Swap­ping ED for desert

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Run­ning a marathon is con­sid­ered crazy for some, let alone run­ning 250 kilo­me­tres in the desert.

Inia Rau­mati is an emer­gency depart­ment doc­tor at Auck­land City Hospi­tal – in his spare time he likes to run.

‘‘It started about five years ago af­ter I had a kayak­ing ac­ci­dent and dam­aged my back, I put on lots of weight.’’

The spe­cial­ist told Rau­mati he needed to lose the weight or his health could suf­fer so he started run­ning.

Since then he has been run­ning ul­tra marathons from dis­tances of 100km to 250km.

Rau­mati, who lives in Avon­dale, re­turned from run­ning the Rac­ing the Plan­ets 4Deserts Se­ries in Namibia ear­lier in May, a 250km race through the desert over seven days.

This year he ran to raise aware­ness for Men’s Health Month.

June is Men’s Health Month and the theme this year is to get men talk­ing to each other about their health, both phys­i­cal and men­tal.

Rau­mati says men need to not be em­bar­rassed about vis­it­ing the doc­tor as it could pre­vent ma­jor health scares.

‘‘Be more re­spon­si­ble, and so much can be im­proved by diet and ex­er­cise.’’

Rau­mati is speak­ing at the launch of Men’s Health Month on June 1 at Auck­land Mu­seum.

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