Olivier's obsession with marathons started eight years ago, after his first successful marathon in Christchurch:

“I was nicely surprised to see how fit I was and how well my body handled the race. I did a few more marathons after that, then I thought to myself ‘why not run 100 marathons?’” says Olivier.

He says his goal became meaningful, and therefore motivating, the moment he decided to raise money for a charity. Choosing a charity was easy for Olivier - Red Cross has had a special place in his heart for a long time.

When Olivier was 18 years old, he went on a school trip to Spain where a pot of boiling hot milk fell on him. The local Red Cross took care of him – something Olivier never really forgot.

So far, Olivier has run 70 races and raised over $21,500! He is hoping to raise $26,200 at the end of his 100th marathon in 2020.

“I made that my target because 26.2 is the number of miles for a marathon. Hopefully I can fundraise $42,200 as 42.2 is equivalent in kilometres for a marathon,” says Olivier. 

Next year, Olivier will be racing the Marathon des Sables (‘The Marathon of the Sands’). This ultra-marathon will be the toughest one Olivier has ever done: 250km over six days in the Sahara desert, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius during the day, and drop down to 3 degrees at night.

“I am very excited about it. I received my gear the other day. It’s all becoming real now. I can’t wait to be there, what an amazing challenge! The scenery looks amazing, it will be full of memories, joy and emotions,” says Olivier.

For his run in the Marathon des Sables in 2017, Olivier has already raised $10,000 through the help of local sponsors. He proudly presented us a big cheque in presence of all of this sponsors.

Olivier handing his cheque to New Zealand Red Cross next to his outfit for the Marathon des Sables.

Artful Dodge Photography

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Does Olivier’s story inspire you? Join Team Red Cross today and challenge yourself to take part in the Auckland Marathon on 30 October 2016 - find out more about how to join.

If you’re not much of a runner ... but you still want to help, you can support Olivier here or find out more about the many ways you can fundraise for us.