Why Run Across Canada?

XCanada4Rare was established to raise awareness and funds for the Rare Disease Foundation while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Crossing of Canada on Foot by a Male’ set in September 1991 by Al Howie.

Dave Proctor is the best 24 hour runner in Canadian history achieving 257km. Proctor’s goal is to break Howie’s current record by 6 days with an average of 108km per day.

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About the Athlete – Dave Proctor

I live in Okotoks, Alberta about 10 minutes south of Calgary. Me and my wife Sharon have three lovely and adventurous kids Julia, Sam, and Adele. I commute into the city to practice at my busy Sports Massage Therapy practice.

When I’m not busy with chasing kids and work commitments I enjoy running obscene distances. I’m 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 my 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.

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About the Rare Disease Foundation (RDF)

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The Rare Disease Foundation is a national charitable organization, founded in 2008.

There are more than 7,000 diagnosed rare diseases and many more undiagnosed. About 1 in 12 people (nearly three million Canadians) will have a rare disease in their lifetimes. Most rare disorders manifest at birth or early in childhood and are severe and chronic.

Our Microgrant Program kickstarts research on patient-focused projects. Already our program has helped develop treatments for 10 different diseases and led to the discovery of 15 genes causing rare disease. Complimenting this research, we develop Peer2Peer Resource Networks to foster organization and empowerment of the rare disease community. These local forums for cross-disease information sharing and social support operate from Victoria to St. John’s.

The Rare Disease Foundation is a registered Canadian charity, number 819326224RR0001

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