How This Runner Became the Fastest Person in History to Visit Every Country in the World

Cassie De Pecol is always on the run. The 28-year-old marathoner recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the fastest person in history to visit all 196 sovereign countries—which she crossed off her list in just one year and 193 days. During her epic journey, De Pecol ran everywhere from Thailand to Honduras to North Korea. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below The Connecticut native, who is currently training for her fifth Ironman, rarely deviated from her intense training regimen, regardless of where in the world she laced up her running shoes each day. We recently caught up with De Pecol to talk about her favorite running gear, penning her first memoir and what it’s really like to run around the world. Related: Stay injury free on the road by getting on the mat with Yoga for Runners.Runner’s World: What role did running play in your record-breaking journey? Cassie De Pecol: When it comes to travel, running enables me to really experience cultures from a local level. It’s literally where I meet people. I find that people welcome you into their homes for coffee or tea when you run away from the pack. You can also see and… Read full this story

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