Te Araroa Trail runner plants ratas with Project Crimson

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

Richard passed through Wellington over the weekend, and took a short stop Sunday morning, to plant a northern rata tree with Project Crimson on the Wellington Town Belt, which forms part of the Te Araroa Trail.

Richard Bowles and Bridget Abernethy plant northern ratas

Richard and Bridget planting northern ratas on the Te Araroa Trail in Wellington

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 organization. Project Crimson 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.

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.