Running for red

New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is about to be run for the first time, but it’s an Australian who is taking up the challenge!  And it's all set to help raise funds for Project Crimson.

Melbourne adventurer and ultra distance runner Richard Bowles is set to create another record in the world of ultra-distance trail running. Started on Saturday 13 October, Richard is running the 3054km Te Araroa Trail stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff where he aims to arrive on 15th December.

Combining a passion for adventure, a love for running, and a determination to make a positive contribution to the places through which he runs, Richard is raising funds and awareness for Project Crimson, a leading New Zealand conservation organisation, which has made impressive progress re-establishing pohutukawa and rata nationwide by planting trees, coordinating and supporting a wide range of maintenance activities, scientific research, possum control programmes and public education.

Richard Bowles

Richard Bowles, photo courtesy of Jessica Parker

Project Crimson Chief Executive, Bridget Abernethy says “Richard’s run on Te Araroa Trail will see him pass coastlines, native forests, farmland, volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, and on green pathways through seven cities. Many of these places are also home to New Zealand’s pohutukawa and rata trees. Richard will see the first crimson blooms appear on these trees along the way. We are thrilled to have been chosen as Richard’s charity partner for this adventure.”

Richard Bowles has many years experience in the discipline of distance running and regularly runs 200km weekly on trails around Melbourne. He is the first person to ever run the worlds longest marked trail, and is the Australian Record holder of the 2010 Tenzing Hillary Mt Everest Marathon; Winner of the 2011 Tasmanian 3 Peaks Challenge (sailing and mountain running event)
and Record Holder of the Wilsons Prom Ultra Marathon 2010.

You can follow Richard's progress on Facebook, and support his run and Project Crimson by sponsoring Richard on the Givealittle website.