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Support Dave Proctor on his epic journey as he runs across Canada in 66 days starting June 27, 2018. His record-breaking 108 KM daily runs will raise awareness and research dollars for all the children, like his son Sam, who are living with a Rare Disease. It is Dave’s mission to raise much-needed research dollars for micro-grants to help families with a Rare Disease. #RareIsEverywhere #1in12 #OutRunRare2018
It takes heart …


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.

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To have a heart …


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.

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So What Does It Take To Run Across Canada?

A great deal of strength, perseverance, sheer determination, and of course good shoes.

Dave’s Training

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.

Dave’s Fuel

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.

Dave’s Gear

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 Zen

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.


KMs Run Per Day (avg)
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Here Are Some Things People Are Saying

Supporting the Rare Disease Foundation is a natural fit. I aim to draw awareness to the needs and struggles that rare disease forces upon those it touches and raise funds to assist those focused on the important research that must continue. - Dave Proctor
Your legs are tired, you’re exhausted, but you can do this.- Dave Proctor
I love the fact that you’re on this planet once … and that the human body can do this. What’s neat — if you say you’re going to do this, you’re going to do this. We set all these limitations for ourselves and we just stop — ‘Oh, I’m going to be so tired eight kilometres into my run.’ Why not 80? Why not 800?- Dave Proctor
As fellow runners, we have true admiration for Dave and the Outrun Rare event. We believe it is important to support worthy organizations like the Rare Disease Foundation. If there was ever a time to test these brands under the most extreme conditions, this is it.- Ian and Susan Lowe-Wylde, Canadian distributors of Swiftwick socks, UltrAspire hydration packs, and Luna Sandals
Fraserway RV is happy to support Dave and the entire Outrun Rare team for this amazing initiative. At Fraserway RV we have many corporate values and our Social Action value is very much in line with the values of Dave and his team. We are proud to support this initiative and to raise awareness for the Rare Disease Foundation. We commend the team for taking on such an incredible venture and we are pleased to be a small part of it. - Amanda Henschell, Marketing Manager – Fraserway RV

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!

KMs : New Canadian 48 hour Distance Record
KMs : New Canadian 72 hour Distance Record
KMs : Total Distance Run in Four Days at ATY
Dave's Overall Place at Across the Years

Contact Our Team!

We are looking for a few, okay many, amazing people to help Dave make this epic run across Canada.

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!

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