Mahe Drysdale will continue to broaden his sporting
horizons by running the Queen St Mile in April - and he might
not be the only Olympic gold medallist to take part.
Drysdale is keeping busy during his six-month sabbatical from
rowing, completing the Coast-to-Coast multisport race earlier
this month and making a tee time to be among the celebrities
at the New Zealand PGA golf tournament later this week.
And the four-time sportsman of the year today confirmed he
would be a starter for the golden mile on Auckland's main
street on Easter Monday.
"I'll be very much out of my comfort zone" he said. "But it's
for a great cause and to support one of New Zealand's true
That is Sir John Walker, whose foundation had reprised the
Queen St mile after a 30-year absence. Alongside the elite
men's and women's races, the are a number of other events for
athletes across a range of demographics, including the 'clash
of the codes' race in which Drysdale will participate.
Drysdale and partner Juliette Haigh, who won a bronze medal
in the women's pair at London before retiring from the sport,
will make up the rowing team, while Drysdale has challenged
several other prominent athletes to meet him on the start
In a tweet addressed to gold medal-winning canoeist Lisa
Carrington, GP2 driver Mitch Evans and All Blacks halfback
Aaron Smith, Drysdale wrote: "I'm calling you out! I want to
take on! A mile down Queen St 1st April. How about it?"
A mile-long run should seem simple for Drysdale after his
recent exploits. He called the gruelling 240km Coast-to-Coast
race "the toughest thing I've ever done" and he'll be back
into the heavy mileage in May when he races the Port
Macquarie Ironman in New South Wales.