Swapping ED for desert
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.