An unprecedented and massively ambitious plan to run 50 off-road marathons, over 50 mountain peaks, in just 50 days is being launched in Auckland today with fifty ascents of Mt Eden by New Zealand's world record-setting trail runner, Malcolm Law.
Once accomplished, the fifty day, back to back with no rest days, odyssey will rank as one of the great feats of human endurance.
The Partners Life High Five-0 Challenge is the latest endurance feat to be attempted by Malcolm Law.
In 2009 Law became the first person ever to run New Zealand's seven mainland 'Great Walks' in seven days, while raising funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ.
In 2012 he completed the 1,014 km long South West Coast Path in the UK in a record time of 17 days and raised funds for the Mental Health Foundation.
Law's latest challenge is of international significance. What makes his latest particularly unique and challenging is not just the distance being run, but the amount of climbing that is involved.
The total ascent over the seven weeks will be more than 100,000m; equivalent to climbing Everest from sea level almost 12 times or climbing the Sky Tower 530 times.
The High Five-0 has two stages; a year of intensive training, followed by 50 days of hard yakka running and climbing.
Training for the High Five-0 will run from 31 January 2014 through to 30 January 2015.
The fifty day challenge itself will start in Auckland on 31 January 2015, include big peaks all around New Zealand, and finish seven weeks later on March 21 2014 at the Partners Life DUAL marathon on Rangitoto/Motutapu.
During the course of the High Five-0, Malcolm intends to raise $250,000+ for the Mental Health Foundation, and promote the role of exercise and goal-setting in managing mental health.
"The promotion of physical health and mental wellbeing is important to me, which is why I chose the Mental Health Foundation as my charity for this challenge," Malcolm says.
"The High Five-0 is my way of promoting the role of exercise and goal-setting in achieving wellbeing."
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