He’s Running the Dream — all over New Zealand

Steven Maloney and his father Terry leave the Comox Valley for his Running the Dream run across New Zealand this Sunday.

STEVEN MALONEY HEADS to New Zealand this Sunday.

STEVEN MALONEY HEADS to New Zealand this Sunday.

Steven Maloney and his father Terry leave the Comox Valley for his Running the Dream run across New Zealand this Sunday.Maloney plans to run from the most northern point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, to Bluff, the most southern part of New Zealand, starting Oct. 11.His goal is to complete the run in 40 days — or run about 50 kilometres per day. Maloney is no stranger to running.His last big run was the Great Walk from Gold River to Tahsis on June 4. He ran 63.5 km in seven hours and 40 minutes, placing 10th. Maloney raised more than $1,200 for the New Zealand Red Cross to assist earthquake victims in Christchurch.You can follow Maloney’s run on Facebook under Running the Dream. He hopes to keep a daily journal and to let people see how he is doing.Maloney is still collecting pledges to assist New Zealand Red Cross, with the donations going to the earthquake victims of Christchurch.Maloney intends to return to the Comox Valley in February after some rest and relaxation and after spending time with his mom in Invercargill, New Zealand, and meeting his two-year-old niece, Abby Rose.Maloney says it has been a positive experience in the Comox Valley, and he wants to especially thank all the cars that tooted their horn in support on his early-morning runs.Some days, it was a hard grind to get motivated, but he says it always felt good when someone honked and it would give him a burst of energy. Also, a huge thank you to his dad, who pedaled his bike behind him each morning and was there for support.Once again, Maloney wants to thank all the people who donated money to his Great Walk Run. Also, to friends, family and customers of his from Plates Restaurant who continue to donate to his Running the Dream.

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