Tommy Chen was the FIRST and the ONLY Taiwanese man to run across seven continents in five years. No matter what conditions he faced,he fearlessly endured, conquering mountains,polar regions, forests, deserts and more. In May of 2013, he was the first Asian, and the youngest athlete to finish the Yukon 700 km Race in Canada.
When confronting harmful race environments, physical pain, hunger and loneliness he sometimes questions his ability during the race. As the race continues throughout the night, darkness surrounds him and thoughts of giving up creep into his mind. However, the constant battle between darkness and his mind makes him stronger. He has always been able to fight until the finish line.
His hard-work does not only show in the race. Before every contest, he travels internationally to places with terrible weather and harsh terrain to train. Additional things for Tommy to overcome are sponsorship and funds. He spends countless hours studying and preparing documents to apply for any possible sponsorship.
In the beginning he didn’t have the support from his family and friends. They even tried to talk him out of walking the path. However, in the end Tommy was able to prove himself with his commitment and discipline.
“Anything and any dream: if you can’t touch your own heart, how can you touch others?” he says.
After all the races he has accomplished, the most important advice he has is to have positive energy. He believes everyone should seek to push their limits and make their dreams come true.