So you landed on OUTRUN CANCER’s website, you had a look around and you asked yourself “Who the heck is this Luca Turrini guy?”.
I hope you didn’t have high expectations when you got to this page. To tell you the truth Luca is – I am – a very regular guy.

The only thing “special” about me is that I am a runner with a passion for cancer prevention.
I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer in 2011 and that was the catalyst for my change of attitude towards cancer and generally, my lifestyle choices.

In my IT & business career, when there is a problem, you don’t just try to fix it and keep your fingers crossed it will not happen again. You look at the root cause and take action there. If you cannot be 100% sure it won’t happen again, you take all the steps to mitigate the risks that can be mitigated. In other words you take full responsibility.

I feel that this is not the approach we have towards cancer. We talk about “curing” cancer while I believe we should be talking about not getting cancer in the first place. This is what winning the fight against cancer sounds like to me.

Utopia? Impossible? Unrealistic? Maybe. Still this doesn’t justify not trying. Plenty of researches show that cancer can be prevented, mainly through improvement in environment, lifestyle choices and early detection. The percentage of preventable cancers vary anywhere between 30% and 90%.

In my view whatever the actual percentage is, it doesn’t really matter. The fact remains. We have an opportunity to take back responsibility – we don’t have to wait around hoping for the best. What’s more empowering than that?!
Oh well, actually… knowing how to! And that’s what I am aiming to do with OUTRUN CANCER: to raise awareness, share information about prevention and funds specific cancer prevention programs.

Run Healthy
Run Free
Luca Turrini
OUTRUN CANCER Funder and Chief Runner!

OUTRUN CANCER Founder Luca Turrini

And if that wasn’t really what you were after and wanted to know a bit about my running, once again I am afraid I do not have anything major to share:

Started running in 2009 when I moved to Sydney
I LOVE trails
My favourite distance is marathon and over
I don’t mind running in circles/stationary too – great mental challenge
I recently switched my Inov-8 for Hokas – which also make me look taller!
The best run so far was the Grand Canyon R2R2R
My running heroes and inspiration are Pat Farmer, Killian Jornet
I run most morning before work (at stupid o’clock)
Coconut Water is key part of my re-hydration strategy
I turned “pescatarian” in 2012 and never looked back. Not a fan of veggies growing up now it’s all I eat!
I am Italian: home pizza is on every Sunday but I don’t eat past every other day 🙂

I am a proud Aussie citizen since 2013
I am a father since 2014 and I stopped growing old – my firstborn has stolen my birthday
I think TED.com rocks
While OUTRUN CANCER is starting up, I work in IT part time

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