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Friday 5th May 2017
at 00:30 (UTC +00:00) Europe/London

End: Sunday 30th June 2019
at 00:00 (UTC +00:00) Europe/London

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About the event

In 2018, I will be running a marathon in every country. That’s 196 marathons in 196 countries. It's going to take 550 days and result in (hopefully) around eight various world records. This has never been done before.

Why am I doing this you ask?

To try and raise £250,000 & awareness for the fantastic work that Prostate Cancer UK do. If you want to find out a little more about why I'm doing this crazy challenge, check out my website

To reach help reach this target, we are hosting the amazing 'Running The World 196 Virtual Challenge'!

What is it?
The Running The World 196 Virtual Challenge is your chance to get involved and show your support for all who those who have been touched by this horrific disease. We are challenging you to run 196 miles (1 for every country) over the course of the 550 days that I am doing the challenge.

How do I take part?
It's easy, you can show your support anytime, anywhere!  Take part from anywhere in the world and log miles to support the challenge. Simply register on this page and pay a donation fee of £25 (all of which minus administration fees will go to support both Prostate Cancer UK and the challenge itself). You'll get an awesome medal for taking part as well as a certificate of thanks.

What if 196 is too many/not enough miles for a years worth of running?
Whether you're an expert or novice runner, that's no problem, anyone can take part! As well as an individual goal of 196 miles, we are also challenging the community to try and collectively run a global 196,000 miles. Even if you can only do a mile a week, every single one counts and helps us towards our goal of raising £250k for Prostate Cancer UK!

If you're somewhat of an experienced runner and 196 miles over a year is a walk in the park, battle it out for the top spot on the leader board and stake your claim for the top virtual runner!

What do I get for taking part?
First and foremost, just by entering, you are donating to Prostate Cancer UK and supporting a fantastic cause & charity. We thank all our entrants by sending them an official 'Running The World 196' medal and certificate which will be sent out shortly after joining.

Anything else I can do to help?
There sure is! Anytime you post a run on here and share it across social media, you're raising awareness for the challenge & Prostate Cancer. We want you to make your runs as social as possible, so use the official hashtag #RunningTheWorld and tag me in your posts, share your running photos and messages on Twitter and Facebook & let us know how you get on! You'll always hear back from me to say thanks!

So what are you waiting for? Jump in, lets get running and collectively, help make this world free of Prostate Cancer!

Find out more information about the Running The World Challenge on my website.

Please share the challenge far and wide and let's get running.

If you would like to support my challenge by a simple donation please donate via GoFundMe


 Nick Butter

Bristol, United Kingdom


I'm Nick Butter.  I’m a British Endurance Athlete, Ultra Runner and Motivational Speaker. You can find me on Instagram 

As it stands, I've currently ran 288 marathons in my lifetime, 31 ultras, 355 events and over 30,000 training miles.

What am I all about?

In simple terms I believe in leaving a legacy; a legacy that we all have an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it. 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 comprehendible 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.

I believe that it’s the crazy things, the things that no one is doing, and the things that we’re afraid to do… which are in fact exactly that which leaves a positive mark on the world.

Tomorrow is a maybe, but today is a privilege; let’s go make the most it. 

What’s my next challenge and how can you get involved?

I am about to embark on a world record setting mission and I need your help. I am about to run a marathon in every country in the world. That’s 196 marathons in 196 countries in 550 days.

Why am I doing all this?

I am doing this to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK because a close friend of mine has terminal prostate cancer and likely won't be around when I return. This is for him. Please get involved and help.

Get Involved and Support

Sign up to the 'Running the World' Virtual Challenge. This is your chance to support me and Prostate Cancer UK. All you have to do is hit ‘sign up’ and then you have 12 months to run 196 miles. You’ll also grab yourself an exclusive medal and certificate when you complete your distance. Read all about it HERE

Please donate via my Go Fund Me page if you can.