Project Blackjack

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Given by 94 generous donors in around 5 months

Looking for 100 GC’s (Good Citizens) to sponsor a dollar per half marathon for the Asthma and Respiratory Society. Max $21.


21x 21km off road half marathons over 21 weeks. Am looking for 100 GC’s (Good Citizens) to sponsor a dollar per half marathon for the Asthma and Respiratory Society.

I’ve been an asthmatic all my life. 56 years old now. My early memories are several annual trips to the children’s ward at Wellington Hospital. I started with Intel as the inhaler as a young person. All the normal meds (Alupent, Ventolin, Bricynal, Pulimcort) plus the occasional nebulisers. I grew up in an age / era when kids with asthma didn’t do sports. They stayed inside or did activities that didn’t require a lot of exertion. As an example – in third form of college it was easier to say to mum that I had detention for two evenings a week than say I had rugby practice. It was only after they came to my first game that they saw I could do it and allowed me to play. As I got older (and able to make my own decisions) I picked up a few sports. I’ve done the Coast to Coast multisport race twice (two dayer – not yet the single day), have competed in running (including ultra’s) road cycling, mountainbiking and kayaking events. For about six years I competed as part of a team in the New Zealand multi-day Adventure Racing series. We raced in Australia in their 10 day XPD event.

I’ve never been a great athlete. I have been a capable one. Occasionally (in terms of results) a surprising one. Mid pack for most major events. If I had let the (then) norm for handling asthmatics (lots of medicines, minimal exertion) I would never have had the fun and experiences that I have had. And the Asthma Foundation has been a key part of my personal journey – helping to change those attitudes about people with asthma as well as treating asthma better. So my being an asthmatic and running the 21 x 21km over 21 weeks is my way of showing that asthmatics can do this – and raise funds to continue the good work the Asthma Foundation is doing.

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Project Blackjack Half Marathon #21 Done and Dusted. We are now complete!!  14 March 2022

And it hurt. Big time. The suggestion was the Mukamuka Munter course - for personal and 'showing others' reasons. It lived up to its name. I limped in to an emotional finish after 29.3km, 1143 vert of climbing and some sorry 4 plus hours.... Seeing some good friends at the finish line was a huge morale booster - as was the company on the run. Nic and Madeline towing my sorry butt along every bit of the course and over every hill.

So we are done. The GiveaLitte page will stay open until the 19th for those that have waited for the last one to be completed before registering their donation. Some stats for those interested:

• 491kms of running

• 11552 vertical metres of climbing (higher than Mt Everest!!).

• A total run time of 53 hours 54 minutes.

• Average run length was 23.5km

• Average height gain per run was 550m. No wonder the legs got tired!

• Quickest half marathon was 1:49 (21.35km).

• The longest was 4:19 (29.23km – the last one.

• Average is around the 2:20 mark.

• Starting weight 68kg. Finish weight 71kg.

It has been a real journey doing all of these over the last three months. Time management and body management has been the hardest part. The running bit was way easier. A huge thanks to those that have (and continue to have) donated and supported the fundraiser. A HUGE thanks to the Foundation for what they do and their support of this adventure.

I may rest for a wee bit now....

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Mike on 19 Apr 2022
Awesome effort Shane and a a very worthy cause, congratulations again for a job well done
Di on 16 Apr 2022
Awesome work Shane for a relatively low profile cause that’s a significant issue in NZ
Fam Vlaar
Fam Vlaar on 07 Apr 2022
Thanks Shane! Awesome cause.
Gerry on 05 Apr 2022
Shane, hoofing effort mate!
Johnny Mack
Johnny Mack on 04 Apr 2022

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