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Russia's Forrest Gump arrives in Beijing 02:30

Russia's Forrest Gump arrives in Beijing

China, Beijing
September 19, 2017 at 12:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian runner, Alexander Kaper, arriving in Beijing, on Tuesday, after running for 200 days setting off from Moscow in early March. Kaper celebrated his arrival with a short run in Beijing’s Olympic park, joined by a group of Chinese fans.

The runner travelled almost 8,000 kilometres (4,970 miles) and destroyed 8 pairs of running shoes as he passed through 16 Russian regions, and three countries.

Alexander Kaper, stated “I was running with a big backpack, with a sleeping bag too, because I had to sleep outside. Also I had to carry a lot of water - I didn’t know where I’d be able to buy it next. So the skin on my back was all rubbed off because of the backpack, and it wouldn’t heal for a while as I had to carry the same backpack every day. It was a vicious cycle.”

Alexander Kaper has taken part in multiple long-distance marathons, with journalists dubbing him "Russian Forrest Gump".

Russia's Forrest Gump arrives in Beijing 02:30
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Russian runner, Alexander Kaper, arriving in Beijing, on Tuesday, after running for 200 days setting off from Moscow in early March. Kaper celebrated his arrival with a short run in Beijing’s Olympic park, joined by a group of Chinese fans.

The runner travelled almost 8,000 kilometres (4,970 miles) and destroyed 8 pairs of running shoes as he passed through 16 Russian regions, and three countries.

Alexander Kaper, stated “I was running with a big backpack, with a sleeping bag too, because I had to sleep outside. Also I had to carry a lot of water - I didn’t know where I’d be able to buy it next. So the skin on my back was all rubbed off because of the backpack, and it wouldn’t heal for a while as I had to carry the same backpack every day. It was a vicious cycle.”

Alexander Kaper has taken part in multiple long-distance marathons, with journalists dubbing him "Russian Forrest Gump".

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