How Much Time Would It Take to Walk the World?

A man can walk the whole equatorial circumference of the Earth in 8,300.33 hours if he maintains a constant and unbroken pace of 3 miles per hour (mph). This is roughly the equivalent of.95 years, 11.5 months, 49.4 weeks, or 345.8 days of steady walking in a straight line.

Beyond the biological impossibility of walking continually for more than 8,000 hours, the distance between the landmasses of the Earth prevents such a journey from happening. However, a number of people have received credit for pulling off the feat.

A Direct Route

The Earth is not a perfect sphere, it should be mentioned. The Earth bulges around the equator as a result of its rotation. This results in the equator’s circumference being 24,901 miles, 41 miles longer than the polar circumference (also known as the meridional circumference), which is 24,860 miles.

One circuit would take an individual 8,286.6 hours to complete if they were to continuously walk the meridian at a speed of 3 miles per hour. Divide the distance (24,901 miles) by the speed to get the amount of time it takes to get there (3 miles per hour).

Most rapid walker

British Olympic race walker Tom Bosworth holds the record for moving the fastest. Bosworth set the record for the quickest mile in 2017 after covering the distance in just over 5 minutes at a pace of almost 12 mph.

Bosworth might complete one circle of the globe by “walking” nonstop at the equator in 2,075 hours. 86 days, somewhat more than 12 weeks, or three months are about what this equates to.

People Who Traveled the World on Foot

Several people were accorded the honour of completing a foot tour of the earth despite the practical impossibility of doing so. David Kunst, who departed from Waseca, Minnesota, with his brother John in June 1970, was the first person to be acknowledged as having done so.

The two travelled by foot from New York City to Portugal, where they continued their journey across Europe. Tragically, a bandit attack on Kunst and his brother during their voyage across Afghanistan marred the achievement of Kunst. The robbers shot John, killing him, and seriously injured Dave. On his own, Dave picked up the walk again and finished it on October 5th, 1974.

Kunst’s accomplishment, however, fell short of the criteria set by the World Runners Association (WRA), an international organisation that governs competitions that involve walking around the globe. The WRA stipulates that participants must log at least 16,300 miles of walking. Kunst’s fell short of this rule by almost 2,000 km.

The WRA recognised other people as having successfully completed a foot circuit of the globe. As follows:

Most quickly: Jesper Olsen, 662 days (January 2004 to October 2005)

Tony Mangan travelled the most distance, 31,000 miles (October 2010 to October 2014)

Olsen, 33 years old and 147 days, is the youngest.

Serge Girard, who is the oldest at 62 years and 315 days

Olsen completed the most circumnavigations, doing so twice (including once from pole to pole)

Rosie Swale Pope, Tom Deniss, and Kevin Carr are among the other people who have circumnavigated the globe on foot, according to the WRA records.

typical walking rates

According to a 2011 study, people between the ages of 20 and 29 walk at an average speed of 3.04 to 3.04 miles per hour. The same study also found that as people age, their walking speeds tend to slow down. Researchers from the study observed that people between the ages of 50 and 59 walk at a slower pace of 2.93 mph. The study demonstrates that people aged 60 to 89 walk at a speed of 2.10 to 3 mph.

Walking for All of My Life

An average person will walk 7,200 steps per day, according to estimates. Theoretically, a person like this would have walked more than 200 million steps in his lifetime if he or she lives to be 80 years old. Assuming a man walks with an average stride, a lifetime of walking could total around 110,000 miles. This will cover the necessary distance to travel around the globe five times.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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