In 1983, Howie ran from Winnipeg to the Canadian parliament in the capital Ottawa. He was bitten by a black fly when he left town in Wawa, Ontario, causing a swollen face.
A beer company sponsors US $ 100 a day and gives it a try for free if the runner wears a shirt and hat with a company logo. An insider estimates Howie drinks 18 of their beers each day.
In the same year, Howie finished first in a 100 kilometer race in Toronto in 7 hours and 30 minutes, 31 seconds, nearly 90 minutes faster than the previous record. His strategy in such long-running races was very simple. It is running at a speed that can blot your feet from the first kilometer to discourage others.
In 1987, Howie ran 1,422 around Centennial Stadium, Victoria University, taking 104 hours 29 minutes 48 seconds to break the longest continuous running record that belonged to a Swedish runner. When it was announced he was successful, he still ran 18 more rounds to prevent confusion.
In 1988, Howie ran from John o’Groats, Scotland, to Land’s End in Cornwall, England, 11 days and 3 hours and 18 minutes, 22 hours faster than the previous record. However, this achievement was later surpassed.
In 1989, Howie became the first runner to complete the New York Sri Chinmoy Ultramarathon 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) with a time of 17 days 8 hours 25 minutes 34 seconds, still within the limit of 18 days. After more than 14 days of sleeping less than 4 hours a night, Howie rewarded herself with a 6-hour sleep and woke up in time to welcome the second.
On June 21, 1991, Howie began his journey across Canada estimated at 7,295.5 kilometers. He started from Mile 0 in the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador province. Mayor St. John’s runs with Howie in the first kilometer.
The summer sun burned his lips in just a few days. His lips went black and began to peel. Then, Howie wears pants, a long sleeve shirt when running, covering a homemade cover over his nose. He looked no different from a child dressed up as a penguin.