Congratulations to Tim Sutton, who was drawn as the lucky Wellington runner to participate in the 2016 Senshu Marathon by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown live on air at NewstalkZB at 8am on Saturday 7 November.
Valentino Hernandez was also drawn as runner up in case of injury. Congratulations!
Applicants had been shortlisted and interviewed by a panel including WSA Committee members, previous Senshu marathon runners and a representative from Wellington Marathon.
The 2016 Senshu marathon will be held on 21 February 2016. Tim will travel to Japan and spend three nights in a hotel before spending three nights with a host family enjoying various Japanese cultural activities. All costs are met by the Sakai City Council.
Tim is an upholsterer who was born in Wellington and grew up in Hataitai and Seatoun. Tim has competed in numerous running and multisport events including Wellington's Crazyman multisport race, coming 23rd in the 2013 World Multisport Champs, and most recently won the Aorangi 100 Ultra-marathon (6-8 November), a trail-running race in which competitors cover over 100km in 3 days, which starts in Eastbourne and finishes in southeastern Wairarapa.
Originally from Argentina, Valentino came to New Zealand a decade ago and is a keen runner with a strong belief in the value of sports to connect people across cultures. Valentino had a dream of running a marathon in every continent (with only Africa and Antarctica to go!). A member of Wellington running club Scottish Athletics, he most recently completed the Challenge Wanaka Ironman event in March 2015.