Don Hatton – Team Rider: Don was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where he resides with his wife, Natalie. Don has four grown children sons Kevin and Jason (married to Nicole) and daughters Chelsea and Alexandra. The family is very supportive and involved in Don’s Rally adventures.
A successful Business Owner, Public Speaker and Adventure Sport enthusiast, Don is very involved in his community. He was a Director on the local Sportsplex and a former Director and President of the local Community Policing Advisory Committee. He has competed in Mountain Bike Racing both in Distance Events and Sprint Races. He has also been successful in completing several 24-hour Mountain Bike races in Whistler, BC.
Don’s journey began with a 30 year dream to compete in the Dakar Rally. After his first attempt, he expanded his dream and now participates in the major world championship Motorcycle Rally Raids. He has successfully competed twice in the Shamrock Rally of Morocco, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Tunisian Rally, The Sardinian Rally and the Baja 1000.
He finished as high as fourth in the Moroccan Rally, and fourth in the Baja 1000. Don has made 3 attempts in the Dakar, thwarted once by the complete cancellation of the race, once by a major crash, and once by food poisoning and mechanical issues. He is determined to do something 60% of the riders are unable to do, that’s complete the Dakar.
The last 5 years has been very exciting for Don he has been lost in the Sahara for over 2 hours, been shot at, mugged, lost in the dunes of Dubai, had a serious crash that almost ended his life, but he never gives up!!
Recently Don worked with Charley Boorman and Russ Malkin on the BC stage of Extreme Adventures Canada and has a cameo in the film. He has been teaching Adventure Riding on his farm and has worked many times with fellow Dakar rider and friend, Simon Pavey.
In 2012 Don has returned to his roots in more ways than one; first he has implemented the training schedule that worked so well in 2009, secondly he and wife, Natalie have recently returned to the insurance industry and opened a new Insurance Agency, “Hatton Insurance Agency Ltd.”
Don has joined his friend Simon Pavey and will be competing in January 2013 once again in the Dakar Rally.
Don’s goal: to finally finish the Dakar!!!
An accomplished motivational speaker, a successful business man and adventurer Don has some very exciting and motivating stories. He is available to speak to organizations and groups and can be reached through this website to schedule a talk