Client Joe Fallen is a fan of sport, adventure, and the great outdoors.  He’s also someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge or a dare.

Whilst completing an 8-day Outward Bound challenge in Anikawa in the Marlborough Sounds earlier this year, Joe was dared to run a marathon.

“There were around 10 visually impaired people on my course; it was about challenging ourselves.  At the end of the course, one of my classmates dared me to do the half-marathon in Taupo.”

Joe’s training began in March; he ran 10kms every second day on the athletics track at Cooks Garden in Wanganui.

Joe completed the Taupo half-marathon on Saturday 5 August, with a finishing time of two hours and 40 minutes.  For a first timer that’s a great time, but Joe thinks he can do better.

“You’ve got to train hard.  I need more training; I died in the last 3kms.”

Joe is planning on completing another half-marathon in November; from Ashhurst to Palmerston North but is skeptical about completing a full-marathon.

“Not at this stage… unless somebody dares me!”

Aside for accepting dares, Joe is a keen tramper who would love to set up a walking group in Wanganui for other visually impaired people.  He also been accepted in the Blind Foundation’s SEED programme taking place later this month.

Local Recreation and Volunteer coordinator, Richard West, who nominated Joe for the programme, can’t help but sing his praises.

“Joe is highly motivated and is a delight to work with.”