Temporary step back for Step Up

Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo: ODT files
Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo: ODT files
An event encouraging people to step up has been postponed.

Step Up Challenge at Forsyth Barr Stadium was scheduled for later this month but has been pushed back due to uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

It will be held towards the end of summer next year.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand events and community fundraising manager Gina Fergusson said a new date would be announced as soon as possible.

Formerly known as the Stadium Climb, the event has been running in Dunedin since 2018.

During the event, people can do one, two or three loops of a course in the stadium.

‘‘It’s about challenging yourself and your fitness level to attempt to complete the 5200 steps around the event,’’ Fergusson said.

It was not a race but more of a personal challenge.

It was also a fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and more than $14,000 had been raised so far.

‘‘Before the event day we encourage people to do some fundraising to support blood cancer patients in the Otago region.’’

People were able to take part in a team or as an individual.

They were encouraged to dress up in fun costumes, too.

‘‘The thrill when you cross the finish line and receive your ... medal with your friends and family cheering you on is pretty cool.

‘‘How good are you going to feel when you cross the finish line knowing that you’ve not only knocked all those stairs off, but you’ve also done something to help other people?’’

Having to postpone the event was disappointing, as there were many Dunedin people taking part who were affected by blood cancer.

‘‘Hold your loved one in your heart as you climb, as you push yourself.’’

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