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Modern day heroes sign up for ASB Christchurch Marathon

15 May 2018

Canterbury University engineering student Christen Ravn will be raising money for humanitarian projects by taking on the ASB Christchurch Marathon’s 10km walk - while carrying a 20-litre container of water.

Ravn is part of the Engineering Without Borders (EWBNZ) Canterbury Students’ Chapter and he’ll be Walking for Water as part of the group’s annual Running Without Borders fundraiser.

“The event is the largest fundraiser for the chapter and last year through 383 donations we managed to raise $13,859.82 to help fund EWBNZs humanitarian projects in New Zealand and in the South Pacific,” Ravn says.

This year Running Without Borders is continuing with the 10km event in which participants will walk carrying 20 litres of water.

“Participants do this to raise awareness for those women and children around the world that have to spend every day carrying water whilst also gaining a greater understanding of what others have to endure,” Ravn says.

“The task takes just two hours on one day, yet women spend on average 6 hours every day in developing countries.”

Ravn will be joining thousands of other racegoers in the early hours of June 3 for the ASB Christchurch Marathon, which takes participants on a scenic, flat, fast track around city landmarks including Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, the Avon River and the Red Zone.

Those wanting to know a bit more about the Running Without Borders program, or to contribute to their fundraising, can find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/347799579046944/.

While many are running for the love of it, others have deeper motivations driving them around the marathon track, such as celebrating the end of chemotherapy, supporting a friend who is suffering from depression and raising awareness for medical research.

They’ll be joining a freelance blogger on a quest to run the world, a yoga group from Australia and girls on a wives’ weekend away from husbands to ‘run, drink and shop’.

One of the fastest courses in the world, Race Director Chris Cox says the Christchurch Marathon event is renowned for its fast, flat and spectator-friendly track.

“We’ve got runners coming from all over the world to experience the speed and beauty of Christchurch, including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom,” Mr Cox says.

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 location for events like these – we have an accessible city surrounded by mountains all the way to the sea,” Ms Falwasser says.

“Christchurch is the perfect location for events like these – we have an accessible city surrounded by mountains all the way to the sea,” - ChristchurchNZ general manager of attraction, Linda Falwasser

The ASB Christchurch Marathon has a range of events for all levels of fitness, including a Full and Half Marathon, a 10km and a Kids Mara’Fun, as well as a wheelchair option.

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.