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.