Done! Nick Butter Runs a Marathon in Every Country

Finish line in the Panathenaic Stadium. Nick Butter, centre, Kevin Webber, Butter's friend and inspiration, at right. Photo: Jersey Evening Post

After enduring almost a year and a half of constant exhaustion, various illnesses and every setback imaginable, Nick Butter finally brought his epic project to a successful close today in Greece, the birthplace of the marathon. He has now run 196 marathons — one in each country.

One of 196. Photo: Nick Butter

The massive project, as difficult logistically as physically, took two years of planning and 675 days, 10 passports and 120 visas to execute. He soldiered on through both heat and cold as well as — far more dangerous —  politically unstable nations. The former Dorset, England banker was shot at in Nigeria and attacked by wild dogs in Tunisia.

Butter began his Running the World 196 project to highlight prostate cancer, after his friend, Kevin Webber, was diagnosed with it in 2014. The marathon man raised approximately $83,000 for research during his journey.

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Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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