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Benefit Track Event Created For Earthquake Victims

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 23, 2011

It’s to occur on February 26 in Wellington, New Zealand.

According to an article from the IAAF, one of New Zealand’s biggest track stars, Nick Willis, is behind an effort to raise money for the victims of this week’s devestating earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake is responsible for the deaths of at least 65 people.

Willis, a 1500m silver medalist in the 2008 Summer Olympics, says plans are underway to put together a fundraising track event in the city of Wellington. This announcement comes on the heels of the cancellation of the International Track Meet that was supposed to take place in Christchurch this weekend. American runners Galen Rupp and Alan Webb were expected to compete there.

The fundraising meet is to take place on February 26. At that event, Willis will be presented with the Olympic silver medal. He originally won the bronze medal in the Olympics, but Rashid Ramzi (who placed second in the 1500m final) was stripped of his medal due to doping violations.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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