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7in7 Challenge 2010

1114Team_2_nChallenge conquered!

After 7 days and 370 kilometres, the 7in7 Challenge is complete. Mal Law and the support runners have had a remarkable week.

Mal completed the 60 kilometre Kepler Challenge in 9 hours and 30 minutes and was joined by his 13-year-old son Benin. His finish time was an amazing 40 minutes faster than his 2009 Kepler result.

Mal surpassed his goal of $150,000 by raising an incredible $170,000. Over the last two years, the ultra-runner has raised more than $255,000 for the LBF.

The 7in7 event kicked off on Saturday 27 November with a charity auction at Mitre10 Wanaka. The Mitre10 staff rallied to show solidarity with Mal, the support runners and the support team.

They held an auction with former All Black, Marc Ellis as guest auctioneer. The auction drew in a large crowd from the community who were well entertained by Ellis.

On Day One of the 7in7 event (Sunday 28 November) the runners took on the Twin Lakes Marathon (Lakes Hawea and Wanaka); at 32 degrees, it was hot and challenging. The participants were of all ages and from as far away as Oakland, California and Singapore. Marc Ellis joined in Wanaka to run the half marathon and quickly sprinted ahead. The remainder of the week covered back country and alpine routes around Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau.

There was an amazing amount of energy and support from the South Island communities who came out to encourage and root for the runners. Mal finished the 7in7 Challenge in high spirits as Benin joined him for the last 10 kilometres of the Kepler Challenge.

1093Picture-035_2About the event  

Inspired by the success of the 2009 7in7 Challenge, Malcolm Law set out an another adventure in 2010. The idea was the same as last year – 7 Great Runs, 7 Days, and all to raise funds for the LBF, but this time he had many more join in the fun.

The 2010 7in7 Challenge was based in the Southern Lakes area of New Zealand’s South Island, starting near Wanaka and finishing in Fiordland. Malcolm describes this area as “the home to one of the densest networks of world-class trail runs anywhere on the planet – a trail runner’s paradise.”

His challenge was once again to complete 7 back-to-back days of gruelling trail running. It’s the equivalent of running almost 9 marathons along mostly back-country tramping tracks, with 53 ascents of the Sky Tower thrown in for good measure!

This year, Malcolm welcomed support runners, each of whom ran a day of the Challenge with him and raise much-needed money for the LBF. For more info go to: 7in7fundraising.org

The inspiration

The 7in7 Challenge is the brainchild of Malcolm Law. When he was just 9 years old Malcolm lost his older brother Alan to leukaemia. Ever since then he’s had the dream of doing something big to help others in their battle against leukaemia and related blood cancers and conditions. This dream became a reality at the end of 2009 when Malcolm became the first person to run all 7 of New Zealand’s mainland Great Walks in just 7 days. For more on the history of the event, check out: www.7in7.org.nz

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