By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The BVI will be one of four Caribbean countries that Dan Thompson will be completing a 10km run in March, as part of his Run the World Challenge. Dan has previously run in 137 countries in Africa, South-East Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe, South Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Middle East.
Thompson will arrive in the BVI on Sunday, after running a 10K in St. Kitts-Nevis during the morning. He will be joined by local runners on his run that starts at the entrance of the Tortola Pier Park at 4:30 p.m., with a circumnavigation of Road Town.
Thompson, whose first run was on July 17, 2013 in Norwary, departs for Dominica on Monday to run a 10K in the afternoon, will end his tour with another 10K in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday.
Run the World is an extraordinary challenge that has been created by Dan, a British businessman and sports enthusiast, who has undertaken to run 10km in every country in the world – a total of 206 countries – by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Following the recent death of his mother from cancer, Dan is doing the challenge to raise money for cancer research and to promote the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.
“I’m very much looking forward to running in the Caribbean and I hope that as many people as possible will join me on the runs,” Thompson said. “I’d like to stress that everyone is welcome to take part – irrespective of their level of fitness or running speed. Participants are also welcome to run part of the way, join in on a bike or just come along and support the runners.”
Cancer rates are on the increase across the world, Thompson noted and, in some countries, it is now projected that 50%– half of us–will get cancer, which he calls a “terrifying statistic.”
“The good news is that cancer treatments and survival rates are improving as we continue to invest in research,” he said in a statement. “The other good news is that 40% of those cancers are avoidable – with the right lifestyle. An active, healthy lifestyle also substantially reduces the risk of a range of other illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression.
“I hope that, by running round the world, I’ll not only raise a lot of money for cancer research but that I’ll also help increase awareness of the huge benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.”