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Nova Scotia man runs distance equivalent to the world’s circumference

A Dartmouth, N.S. man racked up enough kilometres jogging that he’s ran a distance equivalent to the Earth’s circumference.

York Friesen reached his running goal of just over 40,000 km Monday when he crossed a 5km finish line at a local triathlon.

Friesen told the Chronicle Herald that he originally started out with a plan to run the distance of the Trans Canada Trail at 8,000 km. The plan later snowballed into a larger objective.

“I was enjoying running so much so over a few years, I kind of passed that milestone and so I had to set something else,” he said. “I decided I wanted to run the circumference of the world, which is 40,075 kilometres, give or take a few metres here or there.”

The 56-year-old said he runs an average of 40 km on a regular week and increases that distance to about 65 km if he’s training for a marathon.

He has competed in many events from the Valley Harvest to the Cabot Trail. Friesen also said he has about 75 km under his belt from each Canadian province.

“I keep in shape, it energizes and relaxes me, “he said.

But as he grows older Friesen acknowledged that his latest milestone might be the last of his running related schemes.

“My knee has been bothering me the last couple of years, it’s been tough running the last couple of years,” he said.

The Nova Scotian, who is an also avid swimmer, said he plans to take part in other athletic challenges to fill his running void.

“I decided to do the million-metre challenge in the pool so I should finish late this year too,” he said. “And what’s next, I don’t know!”