Quiz to boost Pascoe's efforts to run NY marathon
The next twist in Hannah Pascoe's preparations for the New York Marathon is a music quiz at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on Wednesday night.
The quiz was organised to raise funds to cover costs of the trip for Pascoe, who is blind.
She has long held a goal to run in one of the world's famous marathons, a 42.1 kilometre run.
Waikiwi Lions, with support from other Invercargill organisations and businesses, are delighted to help Pascoe achieve her goal.
Bill Obers, of the Waikiwi Lions, said his organisation had a long association with the Invercargill branch of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.
"It's all about helping Hannah [get to New York]," Obers said.
"We are supplying people [on the night] and helping with the quiz."
The quiz is for teams of four people and people wanting to take part should phone Pascoe's running partner, Andrew Moreton, on 2135916.
Pascoe and Moreton leave Invercargill on October 30 for the marathon four days later.
Their training is going well.
Last weekend, they beat 580 people home in the Dunedin half marathon (21km). Their time of 2hr 8min was 20 minutes faster than what they clocked in the Waianawa to Invercargill half-marathon in November.
The Dunedin course was difficult in parts, said Moreton.
"Very narrow footpaths; you couldn't fit two-abreast on some of them. Hannah had to run behind me at times," he said.
"A lot of curbs.
"Every weekend we train a minimum of 20km and in three weeks, we'll be up to 30km. Our fitness is very good."
Training is done in Queen's Park and Oreti Beach. The pair sometimes run at Oreti Beach without their arm strap.
"It's an awesome feeling running free," said Pascoe, who racks up 50km a week on a treadmill at World Health and Fitness in Invercargill.
The combination will compete in the Sports Southland 5km series run on October 17.
"It's amazing how many people want to support me," Pascoe said.
It's a great feeling knowing Invercargill people are behind me."
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