Dave lives in Okotoks, Alberta (10 minutes south of Calgary). He and his wife, Sharon have three lovely and adventurous kids Julia, Sam, and Adele. He commutes to the city to practice at his busy Sports Massage Therapy clinic. In his spare time, he runs extreme distances. He holds the Guinness world record holder for furthest distance run on a treadmill in 24 hours (260.4kms) and the Canadian 24 hour record holder. This next year will transform his 24 hour specific training to the multi-day training model to challenge the 1991 Canadian record for 6 day event and ultimately the Cross Canada speed record.
“My skill set in this sport is mentally locking in and convincing myself that pain does not exist but replaced with joy and gratitude.”
Dan, (brother to Dave) manages and oversees Outrun Rare to ensure the campaign’s ultimate goals are met and achieved.
“My brother, Dave continually shocks me and our families with his ability to make the impossible possible. I really do believe that he can and will break this record and raise a million dollars for the Rare Disease Foundation.”
With over 20 years experience across public, private and non-profit sectors, Stephanie manages all things communication, including media and community outreach.
“I wanted to be a part of what is sure to be history in the making. Dave is determined and inspired by the most powerful force of all – the love for his children. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and the historic event.”
As a passionate marathon/ultramarathon runner who has lost her brother to Osteopetrosis (a rare disease resulting in abnormal bone development and growth), Deanna is honoured to act as the Outrun Rare team’s Volunteer Social Media Coordinator.
‘”I think that what Dave is doing is heroic. As an epileptic ultramarathon runner, I came to see many parallels between life and the races I was running. There are up’s and downs, times where your running watch stops and you have no idea how much time you have left until you finish a particular leg, and times of pain, awe, triumph and inexperience. But that feeling of crossing the finish line is one that cannot be expressed by words. I am truly honoured to have been recruited to help support Dave’s incredible journey and race against rare disease.”
Becca is a New Media designer with a focus on web design. She is also a competitive middle distance runner and races competitively at high levels in various distances.
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Tyler is a founder and board member of the Rare Disease Foundation. He serves as RDF’s treasurer and and sits on their finance and research committees where he oversees research funding.
“I love that Outrun Rare has partnered with the Rare Disease Foundation. It’s an amazing way to build awareness of both the challenges and opportunites for families impacted by rare disease.”
First – ever Executive Director of the Rare Disease Foundation, the beneficiary of funds raised by Outrun Rare. David has a background in both business and non-profit.
“I’m excited to participate in and support Outrun Rare in any way possible. It will be the largest and most impactful fundraising effort ever attached to the Rare Disease Foundation.”
Isabel connects families and patients through Peer 2 Peer Resource Networks and social media. She speaks at conferences and writes about the importance of patient partnership in research and healthcare.
“I’m thrilled about the OutrunRare project. Connected diverse communities for a common cause makes me happy. It’s a great team filled with motivated and big-hearted people.”
I’m Jen Whitehead, I have 20 years experience as a Production Coordinator in the Film Industry, which is how I fit into the team, I bring my logistics and location coordinating to this team to get Dave across the Country. I’ve known Dave and Sharon for 14 years, and all of their kids for their entire lives.
“Dave’s love for his family is what has inspired me to join this team. His desire to break the record and run across a Country that I am proud to call my home is just an added bonus. I’m excited to be a part of a team where we are all focused on the same goal…to help our amazing crazy ultra marathoner friend raise awareness for the Rare Disease Foundation.”
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As a Business Executive, a retired Military Logistics Major and a fellow ultra-runner, Dennene is the event Logistics planner.
“As a fellow teammate of Dave’s for Team Canada, having met Dave’s family and especially Sam multiple times, I wanted to help in any way I could to make Dave’s pursuit to break records, raise awareness and money in order to have a positive impact on people, a success.”
Marsha Crossman & Jon Paradowski
Marsha and Jon are both fellow ultra-runners. With plenty of charity experience, Marsha organizes and volunteers at events as well as on-boards others to get involved, believing everyone has unique talents to contribute. Jon strives for a positive, healthy lifestyle and hopes to bring his positive energy to encourage Dave on his run.
“We’re proud to be a part of this historical event and inspired by the dedicated group of people behind it. ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.'”
With a passion for running and several marathons behind her, Tracy is excited and honoured to be a part of the Outrun Rare team. She will be assisting in the round-up of sponsorships for Dave.
“This project inspired me from day one. The Rare Disease Foundation needs support and funding. There are 3 million Canadians suffering from Rare Diseases right now. I feel truly blessed to be part of something so special.”
A friend of Dave’s and local Calgary ultra-runner. Terry helps to round up sponsors and attention for the Outrun Rare event.
“As a mother of two, the Outrun Rare cause is very close to my heart. I have two healthy girls and wish the same sense of knowledge and security for all parents. I find Dave’s willingness to challenge what’s possible as inspiration to push myself to new distances and challenges.”
branding & public relations
Kim has been in the advertising world for over 15 years and is delighted to help Dave achieve national success as he runs across the country to raise awareness for this cause.
“I believe in Dave and I believe in raising dollars for this worthy foundation. The Oliver & Spence team is honoured to help spread the word about Dave and his son, Sam, and will do all that we can to ensure success.”
Jay is co-founder of Oliver & Spence and a computer science wizard. He plays a vital role in all things web and digital related and is happy to contribute to the Outrun Rare event.
“When I met Dave, I knew he was capable of amazing feats. I’m really looking forward to see him break this record and run across Canada for such a great cause.”
Brian is Vice-President and Co-owner of Smithbilt Hats Inc. He bring his extensive business knowledge to the team and will be sponsoring Dave along the way.
“I’m truly honoured to sponsor Dave in this incredible feat and look forward to see him break this record and raise much needed awareness for Rare Disease.”
Wayne & Trish Gaudet
Trish and Wayne have travelled and completed multi-day adventures in countries around the world. Dave’s drive will be what motivates the roadie crew to do all that is required to make every stride stress-free, well-nourished and inspired.
“We’re so excited to participate in this epic undertaking with Dave and the rest of the team.”
Also a fellow runner, Julia will be assisting in Special Events as Dave makes his way across Canada.
“I believe a single person can make a significant difference.”
Lisa is excited and honoured to be a part of the Outrun Rare campaign. She brings the knowledge and stamina required to pull off amazing events along with the energy required to crew a man for days on end.
“The opportunity to be involved with Outrun Rare is life-changing for me, but and many others along the way. Even if we touch only one life at each event, it will have such a huge impact on our cause. One life touched leads to one more life touched, it’s the domino effect. “
Pete is an American ultra-marathon runner, best known for his 42-day record-setting run across American in 2016. He’s extremely excited to see Dave put his dream into action and do this run across Canada.
“I have no doubt Dave can and will accomplish what he sets out to do. Surrounding yourself with an exceptional team is vital for a run like this, and I’m honored to help him out in writing history.”
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