Running 999 KM to End Polio

Running 999 KM to End Polio

Neo LothongKum has taken his love for running to new heights. He is planning to run from the very top of Thailand to Thailand’s East Coast for a total of 999 KM to raise $10,000 for the fight to end Polio. The run will take 30 days and he plans to average about 33.3 kilometers each day.

How did this idea come about?

I started running around the same time that I become a Rotarian roughly a year ago. The Run started as a loose idea in my head, but has slowly grown into something amazing as I devote many hours to planning and fundraising. I saw the Rotary End Polio Live Broadcast with one of my favorite actresses, Archie Panjab. Thus, I decided that End Polio was a cause for which I would run. Governments, NGOs and other groups are so close to eradicating polio. Everybody needs to make an effort to stop it in countries where vaccinations are not readily available. All rotarians can have something to be proud in the eradicating polio.

What was your fundraising project?

We are selling 1 Kilometer for $10 so 999 kilometer will become $9999. Anyone can buy their piece of the run. If a person or company donates in an increments of 33.3 kilometer, I will wear that company’s logo or t-shirt for the number of days that corresponds with their donation. I plan to run 33.3 kilometers a day.

What does ending polio mean to you?

Ending polio means a lot to me as I still see the effects of it online, in movies and on the news. There is so much suffering regarding this disease in many countries that do not have the healthcare infrastructure like my home country of Sweden. Once a child gets sick like this, the whole family gets drawn into the care of the child, and thus polio affects a whole family and a parents ability to work in some cases. I see that in Thailand all the time were a sick child is just left with the older family members in the middle of no where. The hope for a child in a poor country with polio is not that great. I was reminded of polio not long ago when my newborn child was vaccinated for Polio here in Thailand. My child’s doctor told me that they still see cases coming from neighboring countries. For this reason, polio vaccinations are a must.

How is the fundraising going so far?
We have raised only 5% of our goal. I think we get much more attention once the run gets started. I am pretty sure that we will pass the goal set if everything goes according to plan. We hope that other people take up the challenge either by donating or and start running to help us raise funds around the world. The actual fundraising does not end until a year after the run is finished. We already have movie and a few books about the run in the works that should also help raise awareness and funds.

We plan to visit local Rotary clubs in Thailand and that will be an amazing experience.

You can find more about the run at and social media use hashtag #999 to support the run and the online donation page with daily updates can be found at
Twitter @DharmaRiders

The Long Run in Thailand

Two days of running and this is my thought so far.
So it turns out the overall distance from the north of Thailand to Pattaya is not 999 KM but in fact a little less, but since I am going to do some round trip runs my overall distance will be longer.
999 KM is about 24 Marathons or 48 half marathons, this is probably more than most people run in a lifetime.

I am hoping to be able to sleep about 10 hours a day and will burn around 6000 Calories a day so eating and sleeping will be a big part of my daily routine.

Some people have said its not possible to run 24 marathons in 30 days but I beg the differ. Stefaan Engels, 49 ran 365 marathons in one year making that one a marathon every day, that’s very impressive and maybe someday I will try to break his record.

There was also an Australian couple who broke that record, they ran a marathon each day for 366 days eating only fruit and vegetables

So the overall distance I’m running is not that great. For me the logistics has been a bigger challenge, finding sponsorship and the thought of being away for a month has been most troublesome.

I am not worried about my run, I am worried about everything else like the car breaking down, losing our way, no place to sleep and most worryingly leaving my dogs at home.

Going back to being a Buddhist would be a better way, having all these attachments in our lives dragging us down, if it was only me the road and running I would be just fine.

So even if my 999 KM run is not the longest run in the world. Consider doing a test run today, Put your running shoes on and see how far you can go.

When you’ve done that come back here and help us raise funds for people and animals in need. Thankyou.

Thank you Thailand Run Sponsors

A big thank you to all my corporate sponsors

It is the 17th of February and Today is the the day. I will begin running in a few hours and you will of course be able to follow my progress on Facebook, Twitter and the Thailand Run blog. But the fundraising is not over yet and we hope you will keep on supporting us and me while I keep on running.
Your donations will inspire me to continue running each morning.

A Plus Property Sales and Rentals

First of all thank you to Roger Karlsson for believing in this project, it has been a great help to have a budget to work with. As an official sponsor A Plus Property Sales and Rentals is a star company on the Pattaya Property Market, while others are satisfied with what they have Roger Karlsson and his team have taken on new challenges and changed the property market in Pattaya, while setting a new standard in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Fellow Swede Nicklas Udman of Gecko It and Swedtech have also supported the Thailand run from the start.

Brooks Shoes

Brooks running shoes are another great company that sponsored me with enough shoes to keep me running from Mae Sai to Pattaya. Brooks are made by runners for runners and they have won some special awards. Without them we could not complete the run.

Editor’s Choice award from Runner’s World for the Ghost 6 for the fourth year in a row.
Editor’s Choice award from Runner’s World for the Cascadia 8.
Best Buy award from Runner’s World for the PureConnect 2.
Best Trail Shoe award from Women’s Health for the Cascadia 8.
2013 Vendor of the Year award from the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA) for the third year in a row.
2013 Shoe of the Year award from the Independent Running Retailers Association for the Ghost 6.

Energy X band

A big thank you for donating the Energy X bands we have lots of bands to giveaway to those people who donate money to all our causes.
Keep up the good work and lets get healthy.

Soi Dog

The Soi Dog foundation is an official supporter to the run. Without their support the fundraising for the dogs would have been impossible. They have helped us in finding shelters and getting us the contacts with Watchdog Thailand.
Watchdog Thailand are working very hard to catch the dog eaters in North East Thailand.
A big thank you to John and his team at Soi Dog foundation for making this a run for dogs.

Rotary E-Club of Carolinas

The Rotary E-Club of Carolinas have embraced me with open arms and have agreed to match all the donations made for the end Polio run up to $1000.
I am extremely grateful for the support I am getting from the Rotary E-Club of Carolinas.

A big thank you to the Media

Pattaya Trader for always promoting my projects and Pattaya 105, Pattaya Channel that got us some nice donations, the amazing Smart Feel Good Radio in Chiang Mai that made our North Thailand run truly amazing.
Last but not least my good friend and and supporter that actually alone donated the second largest donation after A Plus Property a big thank you to Chaianan Moontreephakdee.

A special thank you EM that supported my run from the start and also donated large sums of money to the dog run even if she not is a corporate sponsors she deserves a special thank you.

But the fundraising is not over yet please keep giving and raise funds!

Why do I run 999 KM?

Why do I run 999 KM?

This is why I am running 999 KM in just one day, when you read this I am already traveling by 17 hours the same way I will be running back in 30 days.

On February 17 2014 Neo starts his 999 Kilometer run from the very top of Thailand down to the east coast of Pattaya. He is hoping to raise funds to End Polio and water projects in Thailand. He will run 33.33 Km per day and he hoping to sell 1 kilometer for $10. There will be no resting days and in total he be running 24 Marathons in 30 days. Neo is a member in the E-Club of Carolinas

I decided early in my planning to run for a few things not only one thing. Some might think that is a bad strategy but I always believe you can accomplish anything you want. As a Rotarian I really want to Rotary to help eradicate Polio and thats why I am doing my part dedicated $10 000 of the run to End Polio. As long as there is Polio in the world we risk another outbreak and with my newborn daughter just born I saw how easy it is to give the vaccine to children. When I asked my doctor if they had any cases of Polio he said not in Thailand but sometimes it comes in through the borders.

Water is having big effects on Thailand on a daily basis, it is needed to grow the rice. People need water to drink but it also takes lives. One of the other things I am raising funds for is Water, I lived in a village in Thailand that did not have any water for one year and they were lucky that I moved there and drilled my own well. Before the whole village went without water for about 11 month of the year and they were flooded for one month. Many people in Thailand still live without clean water close to their home and clean water is still the number seven of the causes of death in Thailand. Seven is also the number of Children that die each day in Thailand from drowning it is a staggering number and only during the 30 days I be running 210 children would die. I want want to establish a Rotary School to teach swimming to children in Thailand when my run is finished.

It is not easy to be a member of Rotary in a country where most Rotary is in Thai and you do not speak the language very well. It is gap with the English speaking clubs and the native Thai clubs. With my run I hope to visit some of the clubs around Thailand and at least say hello and tell them about my projects. We need to show people around the world that Rotary members are doing activities and engage more young people into Rotary

My Thailand 999 KM Run will therefore be among others things to create awareness about Rotary and the new eclub and make a real effort to recruit new members. When I come back from the run I hope to form a few fellowships and action groups some of them are already in the making.

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