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Pat Farmer completes Pole to Pole Vietnam run

Pat Farmer returns home from ultra-marathon through Vietnam

Friday January 18, 2013

Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer will return to Australia after his epic run from the northern tip of Vietnam to its southern point, landing in Sydney Airport on Saturday morning.

After running the equivalent of two marathons a day for 40 days, Pat will land in Australia after his fundraising run for Red Cross across 3,000km.

"Never has the face of humanity been shown in such a positive light than through this event which has touched the lives not only of the onlookers who have covered the length of Vietnam but also the participants, myself and my crew, who have been moved by the generosity, the physical support and the spirit of the people," Pat said.

"I'm looking forward more than anything to an ice cream and a chocolate milkshake. My priorities have changed from trying to navigate my way through the terrain over 3000km of Vietnam, to trying to navigate my way through my daughter's 18th birthday next week - which I'm sure will be equally as challenging!"

On 9 December he started his journey from the town of Mong Cai in North Vietnam , heading south through Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The run finished in Cà Mau in South Vietnam before Pat rode a jet ski for a two-day journey back to Ho Chi Minh. Funds raised from the run will support Australian Red Cross projects in Vietnam for water sanitation.

In February 2012, Pat Farmer completed a grueling 10-month, 21,000km journey from the North Pole to the South Pole for Red Cross, accomplishing one of the greatest human feats in history.

Last December, Pat embarked on a 3,000km run from North Vietnam to South Vietnam to fundraise for Red Cross. He was joined on the journey by his running partner and Vietnamese National Mai Nguyen Dinh Huy.

Media and Photo Opportunity:

  •  Saturday 19 January, 11am at international arrivals terminal gate, Sydney Airport
  • Pat will speak about his journey and arrival home
  • Images and video footage from Pat Farmer's Vietnam run are available


To support Red Cross this year, you can make a one off or regular donation, please visit or call 1800 811 700.