Freelance running writer Karien Potgieter is on a mission to run the world and hoping to clock a personal best at the upcoming ASB Christchurch Marathon.
Ms Potgieter, an ecologist and fulltime running writer, has run marathons in seven countries across four continents, including the US, France, the Kingdom of Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and, of course, New Zealand.
“I love combining running and traveling, so this was the perfect excuse to travel to and run in a part of New Zealand that I’ve never visited before,” she says.
“I’ve heard so many good things about both Christchurch and the event and can’t wait to experience it for myself!”
“The ASB Christchurch Marathon Half will be my 10th half-marathon, and I wanted it to be a special one,” she told city promotions agency ChristchurchNZ.
“The fact that the event is known for its fast course definitely influenced my decision to enter the race. I’d love to celebrate my 10th half-marathon with a new PB!”
A 40-year-old working mother of two, Ms Potgieter says sticking to a running routine with young kids has its challenges but encourages other mothers to find creative ways to make their marathon goals come true.
"There’s nothing as inventive (and determined!) as a mom who needs to run!”
“Because trust me, there’s nothing as inventive (and determined!) as a mom who needs to run!”
After swapping a busy corporate job for a life as a freelance running writer, Ms Potgieter, who is originally from South Africa, is now on a mission to run on every continent in the world.
“I’m lucky that my current job as a running writer forces me to stay up to date with the latest running-related research – something that I absolutely love,” she says.
“Seeing scientific proof that running helps and benefits us physically, mentally and emotionally in a myriad of different ways really inspires me to get out there and keep running – it would be crazy not to!”
Thousands of participants will be taking to Christchurch’s streets on June 3 for the 38th year of the Christchurch Marathon, which takes participants on a scenic route around iconic city landmarks such as Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, the Avon River and the Red Zone.
ChristchurchNZ general manager of attraction Linda Falwasser says the marathon is a great opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to be part of a renowned running event.
“Christchurch is the perfect destination for events like these,” Ms Falwasser says.
Major road closures are planned for the Central City to ensure the safety of racegoers, so spectators and participants are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time to get to and from the event by visiting: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/ASB-Christchurch-Marathon