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Running the World 196 – Nick Butter

With 8 years of running expeditions in his pocket, including 2 years of preparation for his latest challenge, it’s not hard to understand that Nick Butter loves to explore. But he also wants to leave a legacy.
He’s running a marathon in every country in the world to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

“I met a man in the desert! This extraordinary man was not only one of the most positive and happy people I’ve ever met but he made a huge impact on me and how I live my life. Kevin has terminal prostate cancer and was given as little as just two years to live. This trip is for him. I hope to return after 18 months having raised over £250,000 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK and helped shout about how men need to get themselves checked. Sometimes there are no obvious signs. Help me make Kev proud.”

The trip takes a bit longer than the 18 months Nick planned for, but he hopes to achieve his goal after 675 days on the road. “I’ll spend minimal time in some countries and longer in others. On average I’ll spend just 60 hours per country. I will return home with thousands of photos, memories, stories and publicity for the charity.

With your help,  can reach the £250,000 target.

I will leave my friends and family behind, cross borders into war zones, venture into the extreme climates such as Antarctica, and no doubt have some pretty emotional ups and downs along the way. I love running, but this is pushing it.

My team makes this possible. I have around 30 members contributing to the success of this journey and I really couldn’t do this without them. Some would argue the logistical challenges far outweigh the physical.”

A World First
“It’s never been done. So let’s give it a try. The idea is to run a full marathon distance in every country on the planet. There are currently 196 official countries in the world as identified by the United Nations.

Starting in London, I’ll make my way around the globe, documenting everything from race prep, the people I meet, and the incredible culture I’ll experience. My hope is that friendly folk from each country will join me on my marathon days, run with me, support the journey and raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. I’m appealing to the extra friendly people of the world to give me a bed for the night. If you want to help then please get in touch.

There are a number of world firsts and records to be broken. Let’s see what happens. By the time I return home after over 550 days on the road, I hope to have set the world record for the first person to run a marathon in every country on earth.”

If you’re a runner, or just want to support there are so many ways you can help. If you fancy a little jog, Nick would love to hear from you. You don’t have to be fast, and you certainly don’t have to run a full marathon. If you’re 5 or 105 you can sign up to come and run with Nick in any country on the planet. See where Nick is using the button below, check out the Itinerary above and complete the ‘Run with Nick form’ The community element of this journey is something Nick is extremely passionate about. The idea is to connect with as many schools, families, runners and individuals as possible.

If you don’t want to venture too far from home, and instead run in your local area, Nick has a Virtual Challenge where you can sign up to run 196 miles, either in a few weeks or over a few years. Sign up, run your 196 by the time Nick gets back and you’ll receive a medal and certificate. It costs £25 and it all supports Prostate Cancer UK.


Jan 06 2018 - Nov 10 2019
Running the World 196


  • Nick Butter
    Nick Butter
    Speaker, author

    Nick’s journey started as a casual jogger but quickly he won races.

    During the 7-day stage race Marathon des Sables he met Kevin who has terminal prostate cancer and was given as little as just two years to live.
    Nick decided to run around the world to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer research. He started in 2018 and completed his mission of running 196 marathons in all 196 official countries of the world, identified by the United Nations, in 2019.
    It had never been done.

    In 2020 Nick will be touring 100+ SCHOOLS and THEATRES to share his story.
    “I hope to inspire young people to get out and explore the world. It’s your enormous privilege to follow our dreams.”

    And he’s planning a new adventure (and world record!) so stay tuned!

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