SOUTH KOREA 2019
In October 2019 Open Doors will be sending a team from New Zealand and Australian to South Korea to run, cycle and hike all while raising funds for the persecuted Church.
Each athlete is set the challenge of raising $10,000 for the persecuted church. Open Doors will distribute the money to support persecuted Christians in Asia.
Stuart Irvine will be running 21km in South Korea to raise funds for the persecuted church in Asia.
In October 2020, Open Doors will be sending a team of New Zealanders to Iraq to run, cycle and hike all while raising funds for the persecuted church.
Life is increasingly difficult for Christians living in the Middle East. Iraq used to be home to 1.5 million Christians, but only 225,000 remain as a result of war, persecution and mass emigration. Whilst it has been safe for some Christians to return home, many have struggled to stay due to the lack of jobs.
Together, Open Doors and the 4th Musketeer bring you Muskathlon Iraq. This trip is a unique opportunity to visit the church in the 13th hardest country in the world to be a Christian.
The funds you raise will enable Open Doors to continue to strengthen and encourage the church in the Middle East through our local partners who provide micro-loans, distribute Bibles, train church leaders, and supply emergency relief.
“The week that I spent doing the Muskathlon in Lebanon changed my life and faith. As I ran, I realised that I was running to suffer with the persecuted church, to have but the tiniest glimpse into the lives of Christians in the Middle East.”
– Justine, 2018 Athlete & Open Doors Staff
Will You Make A Difference In 2020?
Challenge yourself to run a half (21km), full (42km) or ultra-marathon (63km).
This 120km ride will take you around mountain bends on both road and gravel tracks.
Hike 60km through windy roads surrounded by dense forest and hills.
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I am definitely not a seasoned athlete - can I still take part in the Muskathlon?
Definitely! Muskathlon is not necessarily for seasoned-pros, in fact we encourage those of all different stages of fitness to get involved. The Muskathlon is a unique endurance event in that it isn’t about who gets the fastest time on the day. Muskathlon is all about stepping out in faith in a place where it is difficult to be a Christian in order stand with and suffer for the persecuted church.
What’s included in the cost of a Muskathlon and what is not?
- Your flights
- Travel insurance
- Travel in country
- Meals and drinks
- Sports top
- Event organisation
- Additional expenses of a personal nature
What is the accommodation like where the Muskathlon is taking place?
Due to the physical demands of each of the events on offer, we look after our athletes as much as possible. We aim to ensure that the hygiene and safety of the accommodation is to a high standard. The style of accommodation is likely to be hotels, guest houses or lodges. You will stay in twin rooms unless you would like to pay extra for a single room.
What if I don’t reach the Muskathlon fundraising target?
There are no consequences for not reaching the fundraising target, you will still be able to participate in the race and rest of the trip. We are confident that—as a team—we will be able to not only reach but exceed your target. There are lots of great ideas on how you can fundraise, so let’s get our heads together to plan the best way.
How much are the flights for Muskathlon and what’s the best way to book them?
As Muskathlons are part of the Open Doors New Zealand travel calendar, all flights will be booked by the Open Doors travel team. It is important that New Zealand athletes fly in together so as to arrive at the same time as the broader international team.
Can I just take part in the race day and not the rest of the trip?
The physical challenge is part of the trip and the trip is part of the physical challenge. It is not just about the endurance event, it is the whole experience, which means the trip and the event go hand in hand. Choosing one or the other is not an option.
What is the Muskathlon itinerary?
The exact itinerary will be confirmed once the scouting trip has taken place and all the details have been finalised. The scouting trip usually happens about six months prior to your departure and the day to day schedule will be communicated with you before you travel.
Will there be any advice on how I should train for Muskathlon?
We advise you to take your training seriously, due to the distances and rugged terrain involved in Muskathlon. You will be supplied with pre-written training guides upon sign up, and if you require further guidance with your training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Can I take my bike?
Yes, please do. We would encourage people to use the bike they have been training on. Airlines are very relaxed about you carrying 'oversized' items and we will provide appropriate transport at the other end. Make sure you know how to do minor repairs yourself.