Rusalka Partners Life DUAL

How to become a trail runner in 15 weeks – Rusalka Munsi

Rusalka Munsi read about the 2017 Partners Life DUAL Scholarship programme in the newsletter she gets from her insurer, Partners’ Life, and the timing just felt right.

Born in India, Rusalka was a regular Jesminder Bhamra (from the 2002 English football movie, ‘Bend it like Beckham’) while she was at school. Although an avid devotee, (and greatly encouraged by teachers into a successful all-girl team), when high school exams began to loom, her mother quickly put a stop to football games so that Rusalka could focus on her ‘more important’ academic future.

Long hours of studying meant the weight started to accumulate, and when Rusalka left India to start university in New Zealand, the problem only compounded.

“I played a bit of social netball at uni, and tried BoxFit at work until my wrist gave out, but nothing has really grabbed my attention or passion like football did when I was young,” she says.

Rusalka was selected as one of 15 participants on a $1500 scholarship programme designed to help her get fit for the Partners Life DUAL which will take place in March 2017. “I’m thrilled to have been chosen,” she says.

“My goal for the Partners Life DUAL is to get healthy again and focus on myself for a change. I need to adjust my work/life balance badly and I think this programme will really help me shift my attitudes and change my habits over the course of the next three months.”

The Partners Life DUAL Scholarship Programme includes weekly boot-camp, a personal trainer, nutrition advice, online support, exercise gear and the entry fee to the Partners Life DUAL event on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands on 25 March 2017.

“I am very thankful to Partners Life and Total Sport for offering the programme and making it available to a wide range of people. Everyone has been so encouraging – so far, so good!,” she says.

Director Aaron Carter from Total Sport says that the scholarship was designed to help people who really wanted make a total lifestyle change, and get fit and healthy – both mentally and physically.

“Total Sport has a simple mission: to get more people outside and enjoying participating in more events and experiences in the wonderful locations New Zealand has to offer,” he says. “The Partners Life DUAL on Motutapu and Rangitoto truly epitomises this,” he says.

Get more information or register for the event here.

About The Partners Life DUAL

The Partners Life DUAL is a participant event on Rangitoto and Motutapu offering trail run and walk, off-road triathlon and mountain bike options. It is a once-a-year opportunity, and is the only occasion where mountain bikes are allowed to be taken over to the island.

It’s an unrivalled, fun day out for serious athletes as well as recreational participants, with onsite childcare, entertainment, catering and camping options.

Taking part in the event helps raise funds for the conservation and restoration work on the islands by the Motutapu Restoration Trust. Entry numbers for the 2017 Partners Life DUAL Motutapu – Rangitoto Traverse are limited by conservation and ferry transport requirements, so early entry is definitely advised!

  • Event options include;
  • 6km Run / Walk
  • 10km Run / Walk
  • 21km Half Marathon
  • 42.2km Marathon
  • 26km Mountain Bike
  • 42km Mountain Bike
  • Off-Road Triathlon (1km Ocean Swim | 26km MTB | 10km Run)

Get more information or register for the event here.

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