In his 20’s Dion Leonard’s lifestyle was slowly killing him, he was overweight, a pack a day smoker and a heavy drinker that drank to hide the demons from his childhood.
Dion started to overcome his past life memories and health problems when he took up the sport of ultra running. From not being able to to run around the block, Dion has gone onto become one of the best ultra runners in the world competing in some of the world’s toughest endurance races across the planet’s most inhospitable locations ranging from running 100 miles to 240+ mile non stop races whilst setting new records and winning races.
In 2016 Dion was running a 155 mile race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 80 miles.
The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation with the book ‘Finding Gobi’ translated into 21 languages, becoming an International Bestseller, New York Times Bestseller and Sunday Times Bestseller with a movie now in the works.
With dedication, perseverance and determination it’s possible to conquer extraordinary challenges whether that is against the race terrain of a desert or day to day life. Dion’s drive to succeed in not only ultra running but life in general is unquestionably one of his strengths.
Dion has been invited to speak at numerous motivational, inspirational and corporate events ranging from hosting Duke of Edinburgh awards with Prince Edward, Speaking at the President of Slovenia Invite Gala Day, Ted X, After dinner speaking to 450+ business attendees to presenting to 700+ school children. Whatever the situation Dion is available to engage, motivate and inspire your event.