Okotoks runner returns home on trip across Canada

Albertan Dave Proctor heads home on his record attempt to run east to west across Canada in 67 days.

An Okotoks ultrarunner approaches Alberta for his latest attempt to break a cross-Canada running record.

Dave Proctor hopes to race from St. John’s, NL. to Victoria, BC, in 66 days. As of July 7, he was on day 54 of his attempt and was in the Swift Current, Saskatchewan area.

On his FaceBook page, Proctor reports that he fell on uneven pavement and fell on June 23, sustaining a concussion. He continued that day, writing that at 33 degrees Celsius it was the hottest day he had encountered so far.

He has not slowed down and continues to travel an average of about 106 kilometers per day.

Proctor is chasing a record set in 1991 by Al Howie who completed the cross-country race in 72 days and 10 hours. This is Proctor’s second attempt at the feat. His first, in 2018, was scuttled when an injury forced him to abandon the attempt as he crossed Manitoba, having covered 2,415 kilometers of the trip.

Proctor, from High River, Alberta, lives in Okotoks. When he’s not racing on a Canadian highway, he’s a licensed massage therapist at a sports clinic in Calgary.

A map of Proctor’s progress can be viewed at share.garmin.com/Proctor.


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