Nick Butter: 37 Marathons to Go

In the months since we last covered Nick Butter’s odd, magnificent quest to run a marathon in every nation of the world, the endurance athlete has quietly ticked off country after country. So far, he has completed 159 marathons with 37 more to go.

Last month, he was in Asia. In early July, after a rest period in his native UK, Butter went to Nepal. Heavy monsoon rains and flooding forced delays, a flight cancellation and a long, bumpy drive to Kathmandu. In the end, he managed to complete what he dubbed his Leech Marathon.

His trips to Bhutan, India and Bangladesh were equally unpredictable, in a predictably Asian sort of way. Malfunctioning airport scanners, ridiculous baggage policies and overcrowded flights made flying from India to Bangladesh a logistical nightmare.

Nick Butter along the Annapurna Circuit. Photo: Nick Butter

In Bangladesh, he contracted food poisoning and had to temporarily cancel his marathon. His health worsened in Sri Lanka. Vomiting and diarrhea dehydrated him and led to a kidney infection, which manifested as severe back pains. Despite this, he completed his Sri Lankan marathon and is currently in the Maldives, with an estimated 112 days left.

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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