Dan said it was great to meet so many people during his travels, including Nathan from Queensland Parks and Wildlife, who kept him safe from bushfires in Guluguba.
Dan said it was great to meet so many people during his travels, including Nathan from Queensland Parks and Wildlife, who kept him safe from bushfires in Guluguba. Contributed

Dan breaks the 500km mark

DAN Englund is now more than 540km into his journey to raise awareness about strokes.

Last week Dan was nearing Taroom on his 1000km run from Emerald to the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, in time for National Stroke Week.

Yesterday he enjoyed a well-earned day off in Miles.

Dan, his wief Tania and children Wyatt and Ava will leave Miles tomorrow and set off for Dalby along the Warrego Hwy.

The plan is to reach Dalby by next Tuesday, in time for a dinner where he will speak about strokes, highlighting prevention and providing encouragement to those who have suffered one.

The last week has been tough on Dan and his legs and he put this down to the Leichhardt Hwy's heavy camber on the road.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) was hard, to be honest," Dan said.

"I am not a fan of painkillers but had to take two Panadol.

The stroke campaigner said he usually did his running in three-day stints but last week he extended it to four days and "it takes its toll on you".

"I will spend the two full days off stretching and rolling so I will be ready to go again Saturday," he said.

"I will be glad to be off the Leichhardt Hwy. It was very heavy ... and full-on psychologically and mentally. I was drained at the end of each day.

"I am hoping the Warrego Hwy is wider and won't be so steep."

One thing that put a spring in his step was receiving $866 from the Taroom community, which Dan said was collected through various fundraisers and donations by the town.

"There is 755 people in Taroom. To come away with $866 is impressive - that's more dollars than people, which is really fantastic," he said.

Dan encouraged other communities to follow in Taroom's footsteps and donate money to the National Stroke Foundation.

"I am not running to Brisbane to prove I can but I am running to raise money and awareness," he said.

"As I am getting closer to the Wesley, it would be nice to reach $50,000."

To follow Dan on his run or to find out how you can donate to the National Stroke Foundation, head to Dan's Facebook page, Dans FAST Run.


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