Kiwi adventurer set to conquer seven marathons in seven days over seven continents

Kiwi adventurer set to conquer seven marathons in seven days over seven continents

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Media Release
29 January, 2013
 
Kiwi adventurer set to conquer seven marathons in seven days over seven continents
 
Adventurer and Air New Zealand Pilot Mike Allsop will soon depart for the adventure of a lifetime - running seven marathons, in seven continents, in seven days.
The Air New Zealand Captain is gunning to be the first Kiwi to complete the challenge and aims to raise $50,000 for children’s charity KidsCan in the process.
 
Allsop will depart New Zealand on 6 February for the Falkland Islands where he will begin his adventure on 16 February.  Allsop’s journey will take him to various points around the globe including Santiago, Los Angeles, London, Casablanca and Hong Kong before wrapping up seven days later in his hometown of Auckland.
 
Allsop had initially hoped to complete the challenge in July last year however he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his spine just 10 days prior to departure.  The injury was sustained after attempting to break the Guinness Book Of World Records Highest Marathon in Nepal.
 
Through careful rehabilitation, training and sheer determination, Allsop is once again fit and ready to take on his challenge.
“I’m always looking for a challenge and my adventures so far have included summiting Mt Everest.  This time it’s an adventure that seems so far-fetched that it looks almost impossible,” he says.
 
Allsop’s major sponsors Air New Zealand and Vodafone have provided the flights and technology required to make his 777 Project a reality.
Air New Zealand Manager Sponsorships, James Gibson, says: “Mike is an exceptional Air New Zealander who challenges us all to look at ways within our own lives that we can push ourselves to achieve more. We will be following his 777 Project with great interest.”
 
Allsop’s goal of raising $50,000 for KidsCan came one step closer on Saturday when his Nutrition supplier, Usana Health Sciences, presented him a cheque for $2000 and the promise of rounding that up to $10,000 at the completion of the project.
 
Usana's Vice President of the Pacific Region, David Mulham says – “We’re so pleased to be able to support such a worthy cause as well as partner with Mike and assist with the physical demands placed on his body over his week of marathons.”
 
Julie Chapman – CEO of KidsCan says – “We are humbled that Mike has chosen to support KidsCan. He is truly an inspiration to all New Zealanders, especially the children we support. The funds raised will enable us to continue to provide food and clothing for kiwi kids in poverty so they can get to and through the School gates in a better position to learn.”