The 50 in 50 challenge of 50 peaks in 50 days, was the brainchild of one man – Mal Law – who lives for taking on big outdoors adventures for causes that he is passionate about. The concept was borne out of Mal’s lifelong love affair with mountains & wild places, and his more recent love affair with long-distance trail running.
Mal’s intentions were to complete 50 days of back-to-back hard yakka, climbing to the summit of 50 peaks while running the equivalent of 50 marathons over predominantly rough, tough New Zealand backcountry trails… and he did just that! Over the 50 days Mal Law ascended more than 80,000 M; that’s close to the equivalent of doing Mt. Everest from sea level almost 12 times! Spent 427 hours on his feet, and covered 1659 KMs. So how much did Mal Law’s 50 days raise for his chosen charity, the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand.…a whopping $511,765! But this most gruelling endeavour was not done alone, and every day of the challenge he was joined by a fresh band of support runners ‘the red army’ who shared Mal’s adventure along the way.
GPR was at the final day of Mal’s challenge with friend Anna Frost who was taking part on the 28th March 2015. The final run was at the Total Sport Dual marathon close to Auckland City on the stunning Motutapu & Rangitoto Islands. The sheer number of supporters Mal had along the way is testament to how much the running community are passionate about supporting others and giving back in so many ways.
Here are some images from the final day of Mal and his support runners, and also other runners out on the course. To find out more about this amazing fundraiser and how it gave so much back, visit the official 50 in 50 site.