Rehband is proud to announce and to welcome Nick Butter to our team of Ambassadors. Nick is a British endurance athlete, adventurer, speaker, photographer and charity fundraiser. On January 6th, 2018 he left the UK on an 18-month solo expedition to run a marathon in every country in the world in order to raise money for prostate cancer. If he succeeds, he will be the first person ever to have run a marathon in every country in the world.
Nick ran his first marathon at age 11 and gravitated towards ultra-running in 2010, after quitting a successful career in financial law at the European Bank. His current goal is to run 196 marathons in 196 countries in 550 days, to be exact. The aim is to raise £250,000 for prostate cancer research and as he does so, he leaves friends and family behind, crosses borders into war zones and ventures into extreme climates like Antarctica. Rehband is excited to follow his journey and to get behind and support this amazing challenge.
Watch Nick’s video to get the full overview of his challenge:
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
The reason why Nick is doing the challenge is to raise money for prostate cancer, and to support Kevin, a man in his 50s who he met at a marathon race in the desert some time ago. At the time Kevin had been told he had merely two more years to live as he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Now, however, Kevin has surpassed that and Nick describes him as one of the most positive and happy people he has ever met, someone who made a huge impact on him and how to live his life. Nick now wants to leave a legacy.
“I want to leave the world better than I found it. By exploring, being appreciative, pushing myself to my limits, and never sitting back and saying I’ve finished. This trip will hopefully inspire young minds, old minds, any minds; that we can all do our bit to value the time we have on this wonderful planet. Even if our ‘bit’ is just being grateful for today.”
As the Running The World trip is planned to take 18 months in total, Nick will spend approximately 60 hours per country. In some countries he will stay longer and in others shorter time. The plan is to return on the 10th of July with a lot of memories and stories to share. Upon Nick’s return he hopes to have reached the number he set out to donate to Prostate Cancer UK and also to have raised awareness that men should get themselves checked. Sometimes there are not any obvious signs.
“If I’m lucky enough to get to the point in life when I’m old and grey, chatting with my grandchildren I want to know I’ve explored every inch of the planet. I want to have exhausted every ounce of my potential, challenged myself beyond what is comprehensible and leave the planet knowing I did everything in my power to make the best use of my time; to love, to work hard, and to spend as little time as possible in the so-called comfort zone.”
Follow this link to an interactive map which shows the locations that Nick is visiting and his latest stats. You can also head over to his blog, where he shares his latest stories from each marathon, in all the different countries he visits. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nick if you would like to meet him, have a chat, run with him (even if it’s a few meters), or are able to offer him a place to stay.
“Tomorrow is a maybe, today is a privilege, let’s go make the most of today.” – Nick Butter
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