Former British banker Nick Butter on Sunday became the holder of a unique record of running a full marathon (42 km) in every single country in the world. The challenge, which lasted Butter 675 days, saw him travelling the world at an average of two countries per week and running marathons in every single one of them. Butter has raised £65000 for Prostate Cancer UK through his efforts.
Day 674 - Marathon 196 of 196! Greece 🇬🇷 Athens— Nick Butter (@nickbutterrun) November 11, 2019
I did it. I actually did it. Ha 🙈🏁🏃♂️😛🗺Against all odds. I ran a marathon in every country in the world 🌎 Ha, I can’t believe it. A new world first and a new world… https://t.co/Ik2KP0Y1lO
According to Nick's website, his journey began when a close friend of his - Kevin Webber - was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. In an attempt to raise £250000 for the Prostate Cancer UK foundation, Nick embarked on a journey to run a marathon in every country in the world. He completed his challenge on November 10 when he finished the Athens Marathon and became the first person in the world to have run a marathon in every country.
Besides this, Nick has also actually run 211 marathons to futureproof his records. His current record contains 193 United Nations recognised sovereign unions and three unofficially recognised countries. He was smart about his record as he ran in places that could be recognised in the future as well. For example, he ran in both China and Hong Kong. Among the many figures which have been reported about Nick's entire journey, some are - 201 flights, 45 train journeys, 15 bus journeys and 280 taxis.
He’s only gone and done it! 🎉🥳— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) November 10, 2019
A record-breaking marathon in every country on earth for the amazing @nickbutterrun! 🌎
Here’s the incredible moment Nick crossed the line in Athens alongside the man who inspired it all, @thekevinwebber 😭💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/FCZnj4S5Vd