Dan is running round the world
A man travelling the world to run a 10K race in every country stopped off in Bermuda at the weekend to chalk up his 131st destination.
Dan Thompson, 56, who is raising funds for the UK charity Cancer Research, began his odyssey in 2014 at the Olympic Park in London.
He aims to complete his epic journey of 206 countries in Tokyo in 2020 when the city hosts the Olympic Games.
Mr Thompson took up the challenge in memory of his mother, Kristin, who died from cancer in 2013.
He made a whistle-stop visit to Bermuda to run the Bacardi 8K road race on Sunday — and added an extra 2K to make up the full 10K distance.
He is doing the challenge in stages, and ran in a number of Caribbean countries, including the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Saint Croix, before flying from Miami to Bermuda.
After finishing 100th out of 266 in the Bacardi race, Mr Thompson headed home to the UK to plan and train for his next selection of countries, which he will visit in January. Those will be in Africa and include Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.
Mr Thompson admitted that running up to eight 10Ks a week — the equivalent of two marathons — and travelling from country to country can be exhausting. But he added that at the same time there is the joy of meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and raising funds for Cancer Research.
Mr Thompson said: “I get to meet people all over the world, which is great.”
He has raised $35,000 and hopes to double that by the time he completes his global challenge.
Mr Thompson said he had enjoyed his brief visit to Bermuda and the opportunity to run in the Bacardi race.
He added: “It was so well organised and I want to thank the sponsors and all the good people I have met.”
Mr Thompson was made welcome by members of Swan’s Running Club and Mid Atlantic Athletic Club while on the island.
• To find out more about Mr Thompson’s around the world 10K adventures and his fundraising for Cancer Research, visit his blog at https://dansgoldchallenge.wordpress.com