Browsing through the photos from the McDonald’s Mud Muster 2015, I want to highlight some photos – as it was very cool to see some participants running in tshirts from the Memory Walk, as this was an event I organised in Wanganui about a month before the Mud Muster. The Memory Walk is an awareness raising gathering for Alzheimers New Zealand of people bonding together in a group walk to show support for what is one of New Zealand’s most significant healthcare challenges – dementia.
These ladies took the idea of the Memory Walk to the next level – walking through mud and water and over hills, walls, and obstacles. This is the extreme version of the Memory Walk.
It was the first year it was held in Wanganui, attracting 100+ people all taking a positive step for dementia. It’s estimated there’re 53,000 people with dementia in New Zealand, and this is forecast to triple to 150,000 by 2050. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease – which affects around two-thirds of people with dementia. More information can be found at Alzheimers New Zealand or Alzheimers Wanganui.
It’s very cool to see OCR often having a for-cause element to races – with participants fundraising as part of their challenge, or races contributing to charities.