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Jonas Deichmann Rides 3,144 Miles Across Mexico In 4 Months, Forrest Gump Style

German extreme athlete Jonas Deichmann ran 120 marathons, approximately 3,144 miles, across Mexico. He completed this stage of the race in 116 days, arriving at Playa Delfine, Cancun on October 4.

Jonas Deichmann reaches Cancun – courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Jonas Deichmann in Cancun – courtesy of Markus Weinberg

It was part of his round-the-world triathlon (circling the world from Munich, Germany, swimming, cycling and running) which started in September 2020. The entire course is over 120 Ironmans. , approximately 40,000 kilometers long.

He started this running leg in Tijuana in June:

Deichmann Race Course, courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Deichmann crossed Mexico Forrest Gump-style, says his press release, referring to the movie character Forrest Gump who has crossed the United States five times while drawing an audience of people who ran with him.

He “traversed deserts, jungles and high mountains… encouraging thousands of runners to walk part of the way. ”

courtesy of Markus Weinberg

courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Deichmann, 34, documented his thoughts throughout the trip in a nutshell weekly updates, sharing that the start was tough. He had just completed the 10,000 kilometer cycling stage that took him through freezing weather conditions in Siberia.

“After 35 kilometers it becomes apparent that I have hardly run in the past 7 months,” he wrote in his Week 35 update, citing leg and back pain when pulling the equipment bag trailer for the next few days.

He cited the monotony of running past “the bushes left and right” and avoiding heat that rose to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) sometimes with high humidity.

For his trip from San Cristobal to Palenque, Deichmann had new running companions: 10 police officers. He continued to have police escorts intermittently throughout the run.

In week 43, the local running club accompanied Deichmann and brought the local street dog who often runs with them, La Coqueta. But when the club returned home after a half marathon, the dog continued to follow Deichman and lay outside his tent that night. He found a family in El Salto to adopt him.

In a village in Ocosingo, he received as gifts homemade sugarcane schnapps and podzole (a drink made from corn.) “A local specialty. [here] is a rat stew, which is supposed to give a lot of strength, but luckily it’s not ready yet, ”he joked.

Deichmann continued to receive endless hospitality throughout his run, from being invited to a barbecue by the Pabellon mayoral candidate, to dinners, city tours, and often local drinks and fruit. . A woman from Tehuacan gave him a total of 8 melons and to avoid being rude, he accepted the gifts. With the melons and around 15 bottles of drinks, he estimated his trailer to weigh around 30 kilograms (around 66 pounds) and he struggled to climb the hill.

The TV and radio staff were consistent and outdid Deichmann a bit when he was in Tehuacan, he wrote.

“It gets hotter and wetter with every mile further down the Pacific Plain,” Deichmann said towards the end of his race. He ran for 5 days across the coastal plain above Huzantlan, claiming the heat gave him headaches and muscle cramps he hadn’t had in years.

A runner here, a former football player named Taylor who had a leg amputated due to a tumor, accompanied Deichmann on crutches and stunned him with his motivation.

At week 50, he was counting the kilometers. Over 100 people ran with him to Tuxtla Gutierrez where he was also greeted by a marimba group.

“Exactly 1000 kilometers to Cancun,” he wrote.

The landscape became “boring” again in Campeche where the roads were straight and surrounded by bushes on either side. The mayor of Merida gave her a pyramid and a stone palace, each weighing around 4 kilograms. “Very interesting,” Deichmann wrote.

“The arrival in Cancun is Monday at 1:00 pm,” he said, predicting his scenic arrival where he was greeted by many jubilant fans.

And after?

He will travel to Portugal where he will begin the last part of his 120 Ironman triathlon around the world: a 3,500 kilometer (approximately 2,175 mile) cycle path to Munich.

For now, he is recovering in Cancun for a few days and planning the last cycling stage to Munich. He is delighted to find his bicycle, which he affectionately calls “esposa” or “woman” in English.

Deichmann holds world records for several transcontinental crossings including Eurasia, Panamerica and from the North Cape to Cape Town. He added the world record for longest unassisted open water swim (450 km) during his current triathlon in December, setting the new record at double the previous record in 2016.

Completing the 40,000 km journey would also break the current world record for the longest triathlon, set at 6,759.8 km by the same man who held the previous unassisted open water swimming world record, Sean Conway.

Complete chronology of the triathlon world tour:

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