Kiwi adventurer Mal Law has achieved one of the most epic feats of endurance ever and all on New Zealand soil, running 50 mountain marathons up 50 peaks in 50 consecutive days.
Law pushed his body to the absolute limit beginning and ending with runs on two of New Zealand’s iconic volcanoes, Mt Tarawera near Rotorua and Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
He began with the Mt Whakapoungakau Trig, a grueling test starting in Rotorua in the beautiful Redwood Forest making his way through volcanic landscapes and finishing atop Mt Whakapoungakau with stunning views of Lake Okataina. Law started his run alongside 1,000 runners taking part in the famous Tarawera UltraMarathon, an event he has completed four times.
His journey took him all over the North and South Islands, through the Kaimanawa Ranges, up high alpine peaks of the Southern Alps, the Central Plateau and Mt Taranaki.
Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour provided the perfect backdrop for Law to end his challenge finishing last weekend (28/02/15) on Motutapu and Rangitoto islands with the Partners Life DUAL Marathon.
Rangitoto is the largest of the volcanoes in the Auckland volcanic field rising to 260 metres and overlooking Auckland City.
Mt Everest - nine times over
Law covered a total of 1,659km and climbed 81,779m (the equivalent of climbing Mt Everest more than nine times).
Because of the rugged nature of the trails each race took around 10 hours to complete.
Illness, a knee injury and the loss of a close friend did not stop Law who spent a total of 427 hours on his feet.
Law had a huge number of support runners from all over the world including the UK, Hong Kong (China), Canada, USA and Australia joining him at different stages of the challenge and, wherever he was running, entire communities turned out to support him.
“A truly special feature of our journey was the people we met along the way and the cascade of goodness that flowed our way from them,” Law says. “We experienced hundreds of moments of kindness and generosity that reaffirmed for us what makes this little country of ours so special: the warmth and spirit of the people who inhabit it.”
As part of the massive feat, Law has raised over $400,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand with a goal to reach over half-a-million dollars.
Running Wild NZ
No stranger to New Zealand’s trails, Law has spent years getting to know the wildest of terrain across the country.
In 2009, he became the first person to run New Zealand’s seven mainland great walks in seven days.
Law is the founder of trail running tourism business Running Wild NZ which aims to promote New Zealand’s beautiful trails to runners of all levels.
Running Wild offers trail running holidays led by experts and provides entry into races, food, accommodation and transport.