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Ultrarunner begins trip to complete a marathon in every country

Nick Butter plans to run the marathon distance in every country in the world over the span of 18 months

Nick Butter

British distance runner Nick Butter has begun his around-the-world trip of completing one marathon in each of 196 countries.

On Sunday morning, in Toronto, Butter began the first of his 196 marathons, checking Canada off his list. The ultrarunner’s plans to complete 42.2K in each country will not necessarily be within a sanctioned race. He does however plan on racing all six of the World Marathon Majors, Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.

The course of the trip will be 550 days, or 18 months, according to Butter, and he’s running in support for prostate cancer. Butter says he would be the first person to complete a marathon in every single country in the world.

The motivational speaker, who completed the 2016 Marathon des Sables, one of the toughest footraces on the planet, expects to return home on July 10, 2019. It was in the Sahara Desert, the site of the Marathon des Sables, that Butter met a man by the name of Kevin, who raced with terminal prostate cancer and served as a source of inspiration for the around-the-world trip.

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In just 33 days time ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ after all the planning, preparations, and months of meetings with some of the most amazing people, I will leave the UK and set out on my 550 day expedition to set the world record ๐ŸŒŽ for running a marathon in every country in the world. Thank you to everyone that has supported so far. ๐Ÿ˜€ If you want to get involved please get in touch. Just drop me an email nick@nickbutter.co.uk. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- Text to Donate is LIVE – Text NRTW89 ยฃ10 to 70070 … your money will go through #JustGiving to @prostatecanceruk โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” You can read about the latest challenges and my recent trip to the island of Nevis in the build up to my first day on the road at my blog. www.nickbutterrunning.com โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- If youโ€™re on #Strava please keep up to date with my marathons by following me. My name on Strava is Nick Butter Running The World 196 โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- If you would like to receive a postcard while Iโ€™m away Iโ€™ve teamed up with @touchnote so drop me an email and Iโ€™ll add you to the post card list. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- Thanks to @touchpaperproductions for the recent photo. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- A special mention to my latest sponsors @juiceplus_uk, @runderwearofficial, @unlite, and @newbalanceuk keep an eye out for some reviews and posts soon. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”- #ukrunchat #dosportlive #runningtheworld196 #worldrecord #running #run #runnerman #marathonman #marathon #training #gym #fit #healthy #hot #guy #touchpaperproductions #adventure #prostatecancer #weekend #sunday #monday #touchnote #photography #texttodonate #love #trees #man

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You can follow Butter’s journey here.