From recovery to 10km


A stroke survivor’s showing his steely determination to stay active by running the Queenstown International Marathon 10k for charity.

Queenstowner Michael Wright, 68, suffered a serious brain bleed and stroke in December 2014, leading to him needing two months of rehabilitation and recuperation treatment.

Now, he’s running up steep hills and training in town while raising money to give back to a charity close to his heart – the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand.

“You can so easily just sit back and say, ‘oh well, that’s my lot’,” Wright says.

“I do believe that if you take a challenge up like running it not only helps your blood circulation but it also helps all the other positive aspects that exercise does [bring].”

Wright has set up ‘Project 69’ to fundraise for the charity and is calling on locals and businesses to show their support for the cause ahead of the big event on November 17.

He will celebrate his 69th birthday a week before running the race.

Wright says: “Last year I missed the opportunity of participating in the marathon and decided to train then for this year’s one, not really knowing whether I would still be alive by now but, anyway, I am.

“My cognitive processes are very slow.

“I was affected on the left side of my body mainly but fortunately have always been able to talk and walk.”

He’s been training by running either from Queenstown, along Frankton Road to the Mobil garage in Frankton, or back to the town centre from the garage.

His fundraising target is $6,900-$10,000 and the minimum pledge amount for businesses is $69.

Wright’s asking businesses to pledge either $69 for him completing the 10k run, $69 per kilometre he runs or a one-off donation of $100 to Project 69.

To sponsor Wright, email your selected pledge to or visit