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Dan Thompson will be running 10km in nine East African countries in nine days in November as part of his Run the World Challenge. Dan has previously run in 31 countries in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Run the World is an extraordinary challenge that has been has been created by Dan, a British businessman and sports enthusiastic, who has undertaken to run 10km in every country in the world – a total of 204 countries – by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Dan is doing this challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity all over the world and to raise money for cancer research following the recent death of his mother from cancer.

Dan will be running in :

–  18th November : Uganda

–  19th November : Rwanda

–  20th November : Burundi

–  21st  November (morning) : Kenya

–  21st  November (afternoon) : Malawi

–  22nd November : Tanzania

–  24th November : Seychelles

–  25th November : Mauritius

–  26th November : Madagascar

Dan commented “Completing nine runs in nine days, especially combined with all the travel, is going to be physically shattering. However, I’m very much looking forward to visiting East Africa and hope to run with as many people as possible while I’m there.

I’d like to stress that everyone should feel welcome to join the runs irrespective of their level of fitness or running speed. Participants are also welcome to run part of the way or to join in on bike. Or just come along and support the runners!

There is no need to give a donation but, if anyone would like to help fight cancer, then please donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/

Please contact sophie@goldchallenge.org for more information on the runs.

Notes to Editors

Run the World

Run the World is an extraordinary challenge that has been has been created by Dan Thompson, a British businessman and sports enthusiast, who has undertaken to run 10km in every country in the world – a total of 204 countries – by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Dan is doing the challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the recent death of his mother from cancer.

Dan has already completed 30 runs in the Middle East, Southern Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The Run The World Challenge follows on from Dan’s 2012 Olympic Challenge which saw him undertake every different Olympic and Paralympic event – 114 events in total including show jumping, the 10m high dive, white water canoeing, 10km open water swim, 150km road cycle, 50km walk, the marathon and the pole vault.

You can follow Run the World on his Blog, on Facebook and Twitter

Dan’s Biog

After a career in media (music, video games, internet), Dan founded Gold Challenge. Gold Challenge launched in late 2010 and ran two Olympic and Paralympic inspired challenges in the run up to London 2012. Gold Challenge partnered with the British Olympic Association/Team GB, Paralympics GB and Sport England and was part of the official London 2012 mass participation legacy programme.  Gold Challenge also worked closely with LOCOG and hosted one of the pre-Games test events in the Olympic Stadium.

The challenges were highly successful with over 105,000 participants. More than 200 schools and 100 corporates took part including large employers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Atos, EDF, Cisco, John Lewis and Coca Cola. In excess of £1.5 million was raised for Gold Challenge’s 150 charity partners who included household names such as Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, the NSPCC and Help for Heroes.

In early 2013, Gold Challenge launched the Take12 Challenge, a healthy living challenge funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation (the body responsible for the Olympic Park post the Games).Take12 aimed to inspire people in the Olympic host boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Barking & Dagenham to be more active. Focussed on in-actives, families and young people, over 15,000 people signed up for Take12. The follow-up programme – ‘Take 12 in the Park’ – has recently launched to encourage people across London to take part in sport and physical activity in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Gold Challenge also ran the 2014 Challenge – a free challenge that celebrated the 2014 Commonwealth Games and aimed to motivate people across the world to be more active, raise money for charity and become healthier and fitter.

In addition to the above, Gold Challenge runs bespoke physical activity, healthy living and fund raising challenges for corporates, public sector employers and charities.

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