Sleepless 500km run for charity

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012
Kim Allan
MITCH HYDE/Fairfax NZ
TALL ORDER: Kim Allan will attempt to run for 500km to raise money for charity.

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Running for 500km over four days, with no sleep, sounds like any normal person's idea of hell.

But not Kim Allan.

The Auckland mother will attempt to run sleep deprived for 500km to raise money for charity.

She intends to complete 332 laps of the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile at the Auckland Domain, starting on Thursday.

"This will be a huge challenge, not only physically but mentally and there are days I simply can't get my head around being awake for that length of time," she said.

The 47-year-old was inspired to attempt the ultra-distance event after her friend, Claire Donachie, fell from a horse and injured her spinal cord.

Proceeds from fundraising for the event will be donated to the New Zealand Spinal Trust and CatWalk.

Allan has competed in several ultra-events before, including the Oxfam Trail Walker.

She decided her latest attempt would be the "ultimate challenge" and admits there is no guarantee that she can complete it.

Members of the public are being urged to head to the domain from Thursday through to Sunday to support her.

Allan is being sponsored by the Blue Light community policing youth programme, who said they were inspired by her "extreme commitment" and "dogged determination to attempt something that seems almost impossible".

At the start of her attempt, she will be joined by a group of young people taking part in the Blue Light International Youth Leadership Program who will complete some laps of the Domain.

Allan hopes to beat the record set by Pam Reed, an American Ultra Runner, who completed 486km in just over 80 hours.

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