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Colliers off-road triathlon for medical research for kids

Colliers corporate off-road triathlon to benefit medical research for children

New annual event to promote team participation, wellbeing in spectacular natural landscape

Auckland, March 1 2012 — Seventy-two teams will gather at the starting line on Sunday for the inaugural Colliers Corporate Team Off-Road Triathlon, a new annual event which will raise funds for Cure Kids.

Held in the spectacular surroundings of Long Bay Regional Park, North Shore, the triathlon will embody several values important to Auckland’s business community, says Charles Cooper, Colliers International’s Auckland managing director.

“The event’s integral focus on values including team participation, health and fitness and personal challenge, together with the opportunity to give to a worthy cause, has attracted teams from a wide variety of Auckland corporations.”

Vicki Lee, chief executive of Cure Kids, says the charity is delighted to be associated with the Colliers Corporate Team Off-Road Triathlon, which will continue Colliers and Cure Kids’ long-standing relationship.

“Colliers has been a key partner of Cure Kids since 2005 and has remained a loyal and valued partner since then, holding various fundraising events each year. This support allows us to invest in vital medical research, which has helped save many young lives and improve the quality of life of thousands of Kiwi kids with life-threatening illnesses.”

Cooper adds that while individuals and teams will be challenged over the 500m swim, 12km mountain bike and 5km off-road run distances, the children who benefit from Cure Kids’ investment in medical research are going through far bigger challenges every day.

“Cure Kids aims to help find answers to the many cruel, life-threatening illnesses that devastate the lives of Kiwi kids and their families, by working with scientists and clinicians around the world. So we’re encouraging triathlon teams to ‘do it for the kids’ – and for every kilometre they swim, cycle or run, think about the lifelong battles sick children are going through,” he says.

Off-road format amid beautiful surroundings

Race director Alan Nelson says the event is bringing together a diverse range of Auckland businesses to compete in an exciting new off-road event.

“Corporate teams of three will swim, mountain bike and run amid the stunning landscape, clean water and traffic-free green spaces of Long Bay Regional Park.”

Access to adjoining private farmland, through the generosity of Todd Property, is a unique further attraction of the course, says Nelson.

“The opportunity to access the Todd Property land will only happen once a year with this event, with the entire mountain bike leg of the race and half the run being on the private farm. Coastal landscapes and native bush will also feature throughout the course.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the corporate community to the fast-developing sport of off-road triathlon, while benefiting a worthy cause.”

For more information, visit the event website at

About Colliers International

• Colliers International is the third largest commercial real estate services company in the world with 12,500 professionals operating out of more than 512 offices in 61 countries.
• Colliers provides a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage broking and research.
• In April 2011, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recognised Colliers International as New Zealand’s top performing commercial, industrial and retail sales agency, winning all three awards at the annual RICS NZ Awards.
• The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second most recognised commercial real estate firm in the world.

About Cure Kids

Cure Kids has invested over $26 million in medical research since our inception in 1971. This research has helped save young lives and improved the quality of life for many more. Our New Zealand researchers work collaboratively with scientists and clinicians around the world to help find answers to the many cruel, life-threatening illnesses that devastate the lives of young children. Cure Kids has had several world-first breakthroughs into cot death, childhood leukaemia, hole in the heart babies and cystic fibrosis.


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