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I’m DAVE PROCTOR
On June 27, 2018, at sunrise, I will embark from Victoria, BC on foot and not stop until I dip my foot in the Atlantic Ocean off the harbour in St. John’s Newfoundland. I will have run, on average 108 KM a day for 66 days in a row.
I am known as an elite runner and I like to think an all-around nice guy. My drive to break the current Guinness World Record to run across Canada stems from my deeply seeded passion to push boundaries and making impossible feats possible. Supporting the Rare Disease Foundation is a natural fit. My aim is to draw awareness to the needs and struggles that rare disease forces upon those it touches, and to raise funds to assist those focused on the important research that must continue.
My son Sam struggles daily with a rare disease called RECA, which makes simple movements difficult. Simply put, if he could run like his father he would never stop.
Our fundraising goal is $1 million which I know is a big task but equals the effort. We need your support – volunteer, donate, or spread the word. We’re calling out to every Canadian, Runner, Ultra Runner, Athlete… Believe me, I know the importance of every step – no matter how small.
MEET MY SAM
Over six years ago our lives were turned up side down. Our son Sam, then 2 years old, was hospitalized for the second time in 12 months with symptoms the medical community did not understand. It took 6 long years to receive a diagnosis that Sam has a very rare genetic disease called Relapsing Encephalopathy with Cerebellar Ataxia (RECA.)
This diagnosis was made possible via the dedication of countless scientists, researchers and fundraisers in the rare disease community. Since our diagnosis, peace and calm have flooded our lives, still understanding that at this present time there is no cure for Sam’s disease.
Sam’s disease is so rare, that he is one of only five people in the world to have it. Ataxia means lack of balance and co-ordination. This causes Sam’s speech to slur and he has to use a walker to walk to school. Feeding himself, bathing himself, going to the washroom — are all challenging for Sam.
Sam’s in Grade 3, he goes to a regular school in Okotoks, and he’s just the greatest kid in the world.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Your Support Means More Than You Know
SMITHBILT HATS INC.
Dave is thrilled to have Smithbilt Hats Inc. sponsor him on this journey. Smithbilt created a custom hat for Dave, designed with the Rare Foundation’s colours in mind. Dave will be wearing his authentic Smithbilt hat as he makes his way across the country.
Many, many thanks to Smithbilt and the wonderful people who work there.
Altra Running has stepped-up to sponsor Dave in his record-breaking run. Running 108km a day is not easy on the feet or shoes and Altra has some of the best shoes in marathon running. With their technological developments, the shoes allow for less impact and superior comfort.
The Outrun Rare team cannot thank Altra enough for their generous contribution.
OLIVER & SPENCE CREATIVE
Oliver & Spence Creative has donated their time and expertise by offering their design and marketing skills to Outrun Rare. The team at O&S has been integral in the development of the Outrun Rare brand, website, social media and marketing strategy.
Much gratitude goes to Oliver & Spence for great work and encouragement!
Planet Foods values better business and has a long history of serving their clients, communities and our planet. The brands and products Planet Foods represent are natural, organic and support healthy and active lifestyles.
Being an athlete, Dave really appreciates the healthy and nutritious food this retailer will be supplying. Thank you Planet Foods!
Swiftwick is a team of athletes serving athletes with a shared passion for a fun, active lifestyle. They have graciously donated 100 pairs of socks to Dave PLUS they are giving a percentage of their sock sales to the Rare Disease Foundation!
Fraserway RV is Canada’s favourite RV dealer & premiere RV renter. With locations across Canada, they can certainly help you with all of your outdoor adventures!
Thank you Fraserway RV for your wonderful donation and providing Dave a comfy place to rest while he makes his way across Canada.
So What Does It Take To Run Across Canada?
Training for this kind of “run” — 66 ultra marathons back to back — requires special training. With 11 years ultra running under his belt Dave has such a huge fitness base that he is typically 2-3 weeks of solid training away from being race ready.
Diet is key to success in endurance sport. A balance of healthy nutrient rich foods combined with the things that Dave just craves during and after runs is crucial. Eating loads of food while running is a pillar of success that he takes very seriously in training.
First and foremost there is the HAT. He has sported a cowboy hat while running ultras for years and the reasoning may surprise you. “Its a working mans hat … the cowboy hat shielded the elements when working all day in the fields”.
Dave’s ability to channel his mind, find joy in smallest things , and ability to fall and remain in a flow state is what makes him a success in this sport. A Buddhist at heart Dave looks inward to find solutions where most crumble in despair.
THIS IS NO SMALL ENDEAVOR
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Dave Runs Across The Years
Dave took on this grueling 6 day run in Glendale AZ that started in Dec 28, 2017 and finished Jan 3, 2018. His goal was to break two of the longest standing records in Canada both over 125 years old. First, 72-hour distance was set in 1881 @ 496.5 km, and then the 144-hour record set in 1891 @ 624 km. He also had his eyes set on breaking the 48-hour distance set in 1995 @ 355.8 km.
Well, we are all so happy and so proud to announce that Dave smashed two very big goals! Dave has set a new Canadian 48-hour record at 360 km. He continued on to set a new Canadian 72-hour record at 500 km. To put that in perspective, that is the same distance if Dave ran from Calgary to Salmon Arm in just three days.
However, after feeling the affects of a major infection in his left foot suffered by blisters from running on shifty pea gravel and dirtied with fine desert dust. Dave continues running hundreds of kilometers constantly needing to unlace his shoes further to allow his swollen foot access. Despite the crippling pain he continued running days on end breaking the Canadian 48 and 72 hour records. Early on day five due to the compensation from running on an infected foot his right knee began paining and swelling. After receiving medical advice he decided to go no further as to further tearing at the ITB attachment at the knee would take longer to recover and may in turn compromise the primary goal of Outrun Rare. Remarkably, Dave still placed 3rd overall with an amazing 601.4km (373.7mi) at ATY with only running four and half of the six days.
Now on to the next monumental event: Dave’s Epic Run Across Canada!
Contact Our Team!
This run across Canada will take all of Dave’s mental and physical strength, but it takes much more behind the scenes work to make the event even possible. Outrun Rare is interested in hearing from people across Canada to aid us to help Dave as he runs through your community. We are looking for donations and volunteers. If you, your team, your school, your company, or your organization are wanting to raise money for Outrun Rare, or even lend us your time, please complete this form and send it to us. Someone from our team will contact you for more information. This epic event is only possible with people like you supporting Dave!