Tony Mangan of Dublin, Ireland, ran the Dublin Marathon on Oct. 25 and has yet to stop. He is fulfilling a 20-year dream of running around the world.

Mangan, 53, arrived in Maine on Dec. 20 and was running through the Midcoast Dec. 28, beginning at the Blue Goose in Northport and expected to finish in Warren. He is spending two nights with Brendan Curran and Sandie Sabaka of Hope.

Mangan, an ultrarunner, has had quite a lot of success – he is one of a few athletes in the world having broken the 250-mile distance in 48 hours. He holds two world records for running 48 hours on an indoor track and on a treadmill.

On the road he averages approximately 27.5 miles per day and said by phone Dec. 27 that he aims for 31 miles, which is roughly a 50k, each day. Each day he runs with his buggy, named Nirvana, but was able to travel without it on Dec. 28 because Curran and Sabaka allowed him to keep it at their house.

“I’m not happy if I do not run a marathon a day,” Mangan said. A marathon is 26.2 miles.

During the Dec. 27 blizzard, Mangan ran from Winterport to Northport and said it wasn’t his worst day on the road, so far. He said he has had days that are much colder and he has slept outside when he could not find a place to stay. Although he admits to some minor discomfort, he said the weather is not putting him off in the least and he has to keep a positive attitude.

He began his journey across the world at the Dublin Marathon, in eastern Ireland and then crossed the country to Dunquin because it is the most westerly point in the country. He ran across the country, flew to Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the easternmost point in North America and ended up in Maine last week.

He intends to run down Route 1, through southern Maine and stay with his aunt in Hudson, Mass., and eventually make his way to Route 50 to begin the trek across the United States. In Colorado, he plans to have a mini-homecoming, since he used to live there in the early 1990s. From there, it is on to Southern California and into Mexico, through Central and South America to Tierra del Fuego, the southern most tip of the continent. He will then start the eastern hemisphere portion of the journey and his plan is to finish the trip by running the Dublin Marathon on Oct. 29, 2013 in his home city.

“I want to actually make this whole journey as continuous as possible on a map,” Mangan said.

Along the way, Mangan knocks on doors and asks to sleep in garages. Most of the time, people invite him into their home and are happy to share in the experience, he said.

“Most are blown away by the experience and we end up being friends,” he said, adding that people in Maine have been generous. “I’m having a great time, meeting incredible people.”

Curran and Sabaka read an article in the Bangor Daily News about Mangan’s travels and left him a message on his website, that he was welcome to stay with them. Curran is a long-distance cyclist and Sabaka has hiked the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. Mangan is writing a blog on the website during his travels.

“I’m doing the running, but people are making it happen,” Mangan said.

Along the way, Mangan is raising money for Aware, an organization based in Ireland that works to take the stigma out of depression and mental health issues. A link to a fundraising page can be found on