Running 72 responds to the absurd 2020 statistic that showed 72% of deaths by suicide in Aoteroa/New Zealand were men, by holding a relay for life in the centre of the UC campus for 72 Hours non-stop. Last year, the legends in our community ran 6454 laps, a total of 11,617km, and raised over $15,000 for the Lads Without Labels charity.
Running 72 is about the people. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata- What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. Last year we asked a couple of these people their why and this is what they said.
It’s for these people and our community that we are embarking on this adventure again, starting on Tuesday the 27th of September at 4pm, let’s strap on those shoes and hit the pavement together.
You do not have to be a good runner by any means. In fact, you don’t need to be a runner at all. Running 72 is about community and showing up for each other. Running-72 is ours.