Airline pilot, extreme marathon competitor and Everest mountaineer.
26 October 2017
Venue TBA, Palmerston North
In 2013, Mike Allsop, the self-proclaimed ordinary kiwi, completed 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, raising over $75,000 for NZ-based charity KidsCan. Proving that this ordinary Kiwi, like any other, can do extraordinary things.
Hearing Mike recount his experiences will take you on a journey of courage and companionship, life and death; including narrowly dodging a fatal avalanche in Peru, nearly being shot in Russia and returning a replica of a stolen Yeti hand to a monastery in Nepal.
Not to mention having reached the summit of Mt Everest earlier in 2007, Mike has since gone on to conquer numerous other mountains, pitting himself against the limits of human endurance and the unpredictable weather conditions that abound at extreme altitudes.
Most recently, Mike returned to the Himalayas to run the world’s highest marathon around Everest – a feat never before attempted. Backed only by a Sherpa team, he trekked to 5,630 metres above sea level. There he ran a distance of 42.2 kilometres (22.6 miles) in temperatures of -30 degC (-22degF), setting a new world record. This feat is captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Altitude’.
Come along to hear Mike's story and realise there’s no point in wondering ‘what if?’