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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

Trying to get things organised...
01-Apr-2013 09:17:58 AM [(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna]

So, start of April, time to get the blog started I suppose!

I'm a New Zealand micropaleontologist, currently working on a PhD in Amsterdam. I had been considering taking part in one of the RTP races for a while before Iceland was announced as the roving race location for this year... That was the major decider for me as I've been planning on going to Iceland since I moved to Europe in 2010! A 250km exploration around Iceland sounds like the perfect excuse to finally head over that way.

I'm doing this for two reasons, one is to challenge myself. The other reason is to raise money for Forest and Bird. Forest and Bird are a conservational organisation in New Zealand, focusing on protecting the native environment. While I've always had an interest in NZ's flora and fauna, my decision to fundraise for them came about when the Department of Conservation population estimates were published for the Maui's dolphin... The Hector's and Maui's dolphin are the world's smallest dolphin, only found in New Zealand waters. The Maui's dolphin, a subspecies of the Hector's, has an estimated 55 individuals left in the population. However, Forest and Bird has a number of campaigns running, so fundraising will be for general purposes, allowing them to decide how it can be most effectively used.

As the title says, I'm trying to get things organised. That includes getting the fundraising site set up, something I was meaning to do a while ago, but as I'm in the finishing stages of my PhD I have a tendency to get a bit sidetracked by work... I'm also working my way through the gear list. I've been doing a lot of gear research since I first decided to do the race, and I've only got a couple of big (expensive) things left to get - namely, the sleeping bag and a second pair of trail shoes. I also have to start testing food, as I haven't done much of that yet.

In any case, I'm looking forward to August. As it is my first race of this magnitude, I am just aiming to finish and not worrying about my time, preferably without injury. And, of course, have fun!
KRISTINA ARTHUR
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013

Hometown
Auckland, New Zealand

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PhD student/Marine micropaleontologist

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KRISTINA ARTHUR
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 competitor

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I am currently working on a PhD in marine micropaleontology at VU University Amsterdam. I study microfossils to reconstruct past ocean environments. I have had a go at a shorter adventure race/orienteering events and runs, but this will be my first attempt at an event of this length/magnitude.

Hometown
Auckland, New Zealand

Profession
PhD student/Marine micropaleontologist

Why are you competing?
To challenge myself and raise money for Forest and
Bird.

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