In 1972, Reza was born into a family of seven siblings. They lived farming rice by the Caspian Sea in Northern Iran. His mother and father worked very hard to provide for their children.
At the age of eight Reza felt compelled to help his family he began to learn the trade of an automobile mechanic where each day after school he ran nearly fourteen miles to and from work.
The pride Reza saw in his fathers face motivated him to do more.
By the age of fourteen he would frequently ride to Mashhad about six-hundred and twenty-one miles each way over the Elburz Mountains. He joined the national cycling team and competed until he attained the age of eighteen when he went to serve for his country in the army.
In search for a new beginning he left for Germany and he joined another professional cycling team. By the age of 24 he began competing in Vela Rome and placed on the podium in both team and individual competitions.
Following his heart he began biking thru other countries. From Europe he headed to Asia then to Japan and then Australia. He continued biking to Africa, Central America to then to Mexico.
Reza spent seven years biking across fifty-five countries on six continents and covered over 49,700 miles. He delivered a message of peace every where he went, shared love and began to experience life in a way many people only dream of.
After the events of September 11th Reza felt compelled to show Americans that Iranians are peaceful. He left his life in Los Angeles and headed for New York with an arrival on the anniversary and broke a world record in the process.
In 2007 Reza once again laced up his shoes and decided to run around the perimeter United States. He ran over 11,720 miles in 202 consecutive days and donated the monies raised to The Children’s Hospital of Denver.
Reza Baluchi has traveled our world and shared in the lives of people from every nation. He understands we are all the same and strives for peace in life and hopes to inspire unity.
Reza anticipates to run through 198 recognized countries and paddle a craft boat across the ocean showing the world that anything is possible if only you believe. This epic journey will take nearly 4 years to complete and he will cover more than 85,000 miles. He will be joined by a film crew and he will share his life transparently with the world.
He will meet with our country leaders and have them sign their country flag that will be proudly be hung united as a symbol of peace in New York. A tree as a symbol of peace shall be planted so that he may be remembered.
I am Reza Baluchi. I love to share my story for my run around the world.
This is my dream . . .
I want to spread love as I run around the world. Children are in my heart and I have seen that many do not have good schools, clean water, medical centers or parks to play in. They have very little you can’t imagine. Some places have nothing. I will do what I can with my heart, my hands and my feet, whatever I can do.
Impossible to possible . . .
I don’t subscribe to any one religion. I love every religion around the world. I love people. In every country I respect the beliefs of the people. I believe my heart is love and I simply follow my heart where it takes me, in peace around the world. I believe that anything is possible.”
Reza Baluchi, January 15, 2009
24 Hours of Boulder - 100 miles 1st Place for fastest 100 miles 2nd place overall for distance - time: 16:43
Salomon Equinox Fall Trail Running Fest - 66 miles 1st place men’s solo, time: 11:13
perimeter - 2007/2008 57 miles a day for 202 days (unofficial world record)
Central Park NY to Ground Zero NY
24 Hours of Boulder - 114 miles 1st place, time: time not posted
100 miles a day for 10 consecutive days
Santa Monica, CA to Erica, Oregon
Boston Marathon 810 place, time: 3:03:55
New York City Marathon 305 place, time: 3:05:00
New York, NY
Rock n’ Roll Arizona Marathon 28th place overall, time: 2:46:28
City of LA Marathon 36th place overall, time: 2:45:17
Los Angeles, CA
Run 4 Peace 3,720 Mile Run from LA to NY Ground Zero 124 days (30 mile a day average)
49,700 mile self sponsored trip Run and biking through 55 countries and 6 continents
New York, NY
National Iranian Cyclist Team 1st place, Time Trial
July 12-14, 2010 (Monday – Wednesday)
Death Valley, California
Mt. Whitney, California
Up to 130°F