In the week that marked one year since the killing of George Floyd, the Start Line Girls were absolutely honoured to speak to Deo Kato, an amazing young man who is using running as a form of activism. He is on track to complete an incredible 381 day running streak where he has run at least 10k every day! Inspired by the 381 day strike that African Americans participated in as part of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, Deo started running last year after the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Bryonna Taylor and all of the inequalities thrown up by the Covid pandemic.
His roots of growing up in Uganda, his experiences of racism in the UK, his amazing story of how he started running, his life in Australia, New Zealand and London needs to be captured in a book - but here we have it in our podcast!
Deo is running his last day of his run streak on 21 June 2021, from Victoria Park in Hackney to Regents Park, we’ll be joining him to celebrate the end of this amazing journey! We hope you will also join us to celebrate with him and that you will also be inspired to use running as a catalyst for social change.
You can follow Deo on Instagram - @deoruns_381
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Deo is a Ugandan born trail and ultra runner based in London who is a PT, Running Coach and Activist. Coming to the UK at the age of 10 years old to now, Deo experienced racism soon after arriving in the UK and something that still happens now.
On 6th June 2020, Deo set out to run 10km every day for 381 days to protest against racial injustice and inequality in our society - a challenge that concludes on 21st June 2021. The 381 days honours those of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-56 Alabama, USA and the change they created on the policy of racial segregation.
Deo hopes to inspire change through his running journey and experience.