On April 21st, 2012, Mal Law is going to run up and down North Head in Auckland. That’s 60m of elevation up, then 60m back down.
So what? Well, the thing is, Mal’s not just doing this once. In a 24 hour period, he’s going to do this 148 times.
and the equivalent altitude gain & loss to ascending and descending Everest from sea level. Hence, Everest in a day.
What is even more impressive is that Everest in a Day is a training exercise. Mal’s real goal is the CoastPathRun, a 2-week, 1014km odyssey running the South West Coast Path in the UK, which he is doing in June with Tom Bland.
The CoastPathRun involves climbing and descending 35,000m or the equivalent of going up and down Everest from sea level 4 times! Another way to think of it is scaling and descending the Sky Tower 180 times (13 times a day). If they made a flight of steps that rose 35,000m then there’d be almost 200,000 steps to climb and descend!
Mal and Tom, and their CoastPathRun is all about promoting exercise, and in particular trail running, as a way of maintaining good mental health.
It’s also about supporting charities doing great work in this area. Mal is running to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation NZ, and Tom for it’s UK equivalent.
As well as being a great training exercise, Mal hopes Everest in a Day will help promote the bigger challenge and the charity, and lead to more donations to the cause.
Mal was running in inov-8 before he approached us for support, and we’re very pleased to be helping him with both Everest in a Day, and the CoastPathRun.
If you’d like to support him too, please visit his fundraising page: