Kaea Hongara’s ultra-marathon raises awareness for mental awareness

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Hautapu Sports congratulate member Kaea Hongara for completing a solo 100-mile (162km) ultra-marathon to raise awareness of mental health.

His Waitangi Day run from near Taupo to Hamilton has so far raised more than $3,800 for the I Am Hope initiative, run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust.

The Hautapu Sports Club asks members and supporters to get behind this great cause and give what you can via the following link to his Givealittle fundraising page:

It would be fitting that Kaea’s amazing effort is recognised with an equally amazing amount raised.

His initial plan was to take part in a group fundraising event on February 12 in Rotorua but this was cancelled, prompting him to decide to complete the ultra-marathon a week earlier, and by himself.

Kaea left Atiamuri, near Taupo, at 7am and set off to Cambridge and Hamilton along the Waikato River trail.

He was greeted by club members as a came into Cambridge, crossing the Victoria Bridge and heading to the Gaslight Theatre and Velodrome. He finished his mission at 5.50pm at the Hamilton Gardens.

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Kaea Hongara … nearing the end of his ultra-marathon.