If you’re looking for a challenge similar to one leg of ‘The Amazing Race’ then have a go with this – crossing the date line to be able to run two parkruns on one Saturday!
Roxie Paine completed the Date Line Double Challenge on 24th November completing Cornwall Park parkrun in Auckland first before flying to her home town of San Francisco and completing Crissy Field parkrun.
Roxie had been visiting friends including Queenstown parkrun Event Director Chris Seymour in New Zealand for the Queenstown Marathon and decided to give the Date Line Double challenge a try on her way home.
She is pictured with her friends, regular Cornwall Park parkrunners, Duncan Erasmus and Holly Fuller who helped her with logistics in Auckland before being picked up by her friend Dave McKenna at San Francisco airport to get to Crissy Field parkrun along the San Francisco Bay.
Hearing that his friend Roxie Paine had successfully completed the Date Line Double challenge of running two parkruns in two countries in one day from Auckland to San Francisco, Queenstown parkrun Event Director Chris Seymour decided to try and replicate the feat.
However, Chris would have to take one extra flight that would complicate the challenge if there was a risk of delay. Chris completed Queenstown parkrun before successfully connecting to Auckland on time and then luckily arrived early to San Francisco where Roxie collected him from the airport and they dashed to Crissy Field parkrun along the San Francisco Bay.
After a stunningly beautiful first day of summer in Queenstown for parkrun, Chris was met with strong winds and rain for Crissy Field parkrun to make the challenge even more interesting!