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Cycle challenge to support heart research

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 2:13pm

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Organisers of the South Island Cycling Challenge, Physiology's Tracey Fleet (left) and the Heart Foundation's Joanne Arthur, get in some training on the steps of the Lindo Fergusson building. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Are you up to racing a bike against a member of the Highlanders rugby team?

Otago’s Department of Physiology is organising an event to give something back to a charity that supports many of its researchers – the Heart Foundation.

The South Island Cycling Challenge, which will be held at Wall Street Mall on Thursday 25 February, will see teams of up to four people striving to clock up as many kilometres as possible in 10 minutes on an exercise bike.

"The Physiology Department has many researchers receiving funding from the Foundation and they wanted to give back to the charity which supports them."

These distances will then be plotted on a map of the South Island, to see how far each team has “travelled”.

Members of the Highlanders will also participate, and teams may like to “race” them.

One of the organisers, Physiology Departmental Administrator and PA to the Head of Department, Tracey Fleet says 17 teams have already registered, but there is room for many more.

Heart Foundation Heart Health Advocate - Otago, Joanne Arthur, says this is an awesome event, which will hopefully raise awareness of heart disease, and raise vital funds for its Annual Appeal.

“It’s great to be working together as we do have real synergies. The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s leading independent funder of heart research and we’ve invested more than $55 million into research and cardiology training since 1970. The Physiology Department has many researchers receiving funding from the Foundation and they wanted to give back to the charity which supports them.”

Heart Disease is New Zealand’s biggest killer, responsible for the deaths of more than 6000 Kiwis every year. New Zealand women are 4.6 times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.


Want to take part?

South Island Cycling Challenge
Thu 25 Feb, 11am to 2pm
Wall Street Mall
Register a team of up to four people
Contact Tracey Fleet, Email: physiology@otago.ac.nz