Canadian National Record Holder to Break TransCanadian Speed Record

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Canadian National Record Holder to
Break TransCanadian Speed Record in Single Largest Fundraising Campaign
Supporting the Rare Disease Foundation

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (June 27, 2018) – Dave Proctor, one of Canada’s elite ultra
marathoners, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Crossing of Canada on Foot
by a Male’ set in September 1991 by Al Howie. The 7,200 kilometre journey will kick off at Mile 0 in Victoria,
British Columbia on June 27 2018. It is expected to take Proctor 66 days to complete, averaging 108
kilometres a day (more than two and a half marathons) and breaking the current record by 6 days.
The campaign, known as Outrun Rare, has a philanthropic component as well. Outrun Rare has partnered
with the Rare Disease Foundation, a registered charitable organization supporting rare disease research
internationally, with a majority of that research taking place in Canada. The goals of the Outrun Rare campaign
are two-fold; to raise awareness of rare disease and to raise $1,000,000 for the Rare Disease Foundation
while setting a new Guinness World Record.
“Dave Proctor has said many times that his son Sam is his hero and his inspiration, and rightly so. But I can
tell you that we consider Dave’s epic journey to be both heroic and inspirational to the nearly 3 million affected
Canadians in the rare disease community,” shared David Cox, Rare Disease Foundation’s Executive
Director. “Outrun Rare represents the single largest fundraising campaign in the Rare Disease Foundation’s
history. We’re all better for witnessing and supporting Dave and are blessed to have him choose the
Rare Disease Foundation as the beneficiary of people’s generosity toward his effort.”
“This task that lies before me is monumental but pales in comparison to the need of the rare disease community
and the struggles that rare disease forces upon those it touches,” stated Dave Proctor. “My 9 year
old son Sam struggles daily with a rare disease called RECA which makes simple movements difficult. So,
every step of this journey we will shine a light on the desperate need for more research. Together, across-
Canada, we will create change.”

About the Rare Disease Foundation
Founded in 2008, the Rare Disease Foundation is a registered charitable organization supporting rare disease
research internationally, with a majority of that research taking place in Canada. Rare Disease Foundation’s
vision and mission is to revolutionize rare disease care through the creation of communities of patients,
caregivers, healthcare providers, researchers and supporters working together to transform the lives
of those living with rare disease. www.rarediseasefoundation.org

About Outrun Rare
Outrun Rare was established to raise awareness and funds for the Rare Disease Foundation while attempting
to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Crossing of Canada on Foot by a Male’ set in September
1991 by Al Howie. Dave Proctor, currently holds numerous Canadian records – 24 hours (257km),
48 hours (360km), and 72 hours (500km). Proctor’s goal is to break Howie’s current record by 6 days averaging
108km per day. More information can be found at www.outrunrare.com.

Media Relations Contacts:

Outrun Rare
Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard
Public Relations & Communications Lead
Take Roots Consulting
Ph: 780-885-0458
stephanie@takeroots.ca

Rare Disease Foundation
David Cox
Executive Director
Rare Disease Foundation
dcox@rarediseasefoundation.org
Ph: 604-318-0237

  • Date June 27, 2018
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