Richie McCaw surprised Luke Russell from Middleton Grange School in Christchurch today and invited him to join Richie’s team to run Tough Mudder this November, an event described by organisers as ‘probably the toughest race on the planet’.

Richie said Luke showed “true grit” in his sporting efforts and earned an opportunity to experience the Tough Mudder challenge. Luke has overcome a challenging start in life through the foster care system, to become a promising basketball player and endurance racer, including Coast to Coast and the Mt. Isobel challenge in late May where he completed 1000m ascent in just 8 km before completing a 22km bike ride.

18 other high school students from around New Zealand will also be selected to participate in Sir Richie McCaw’s dedicated iSPORT Foundation wave, which will lead the Tough Mudder pack on November 4th.

There is a strictly limited number of tickets available for the public to Join Richie’s team, with entry fees going towards supporting the work of the iSPORT Foundation.

Participants in Richie’s Wave will receive an exclusive Richie’s Wave T-Shirt, run alongside the All Blacks legend and friends and end with a team photo at the start line.

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About iSPORT

The iSPORT Foundation believes every child has a right to be physically active, have access to positive role models and be the best they can be regardless of their circumstances. By levelling the playing field, educating youth and providing support, the iSPORT Foundation will develop our next generation of employable Kiwis. The iSPORT Foundation relies on the support of New Zealanders to help young athletes reach their full potential.


About Tough Mudder

The global event returns to NZ after a three year hiatus. It features an 18-20k course with over 20 obstacles, including:

  • Arctic Enema; a -2 degree bath, accessed via a head-first plunge through a tight, dark tube, into 10 tonnes of ice
  • The Birth Canal; a gauntlet of sloshing, weighted barriers with over 100lbs of water above participants
  • Everest 2.0; a slick quarter pipe that is over 15 feet tall, with a recurved top that participants must overcome