Certus Financial Group is proud to sponsor Olivier Lacoua in his quest to conquer the 250km Marathon Des Stables through the Sahara.

The real goal for Olivier is to run 100 marathons by 2020 and raise money for the New Zealand Red Cross.

Over 30 years ago an accident with a jug of boiling milk resulted in severe burns for Olivier. He was so touched with the care that he received from the Red Cross he felt indebted to return the favour one day. Olivier’s goal is to raise $26,000 for the New Zealand branch of the Red Cross, based on the fact there are 26 miles in a marathon.

Certus Group will be right behind Olivier with his quest and we encourage our clients to do the same.

Get behind Olivier and donate to New Zealand Red Cross by clicking here.

Follow Olivier on Facebook at olirun3.0

Olivier runs Marathon des Sables

Good evening all,

Well the time has come for me to fly to Morocco on Monday as the Marathon des Sables starts next week!

It is like a dream come true and I am so truly grateful again for all of your support, it would not have being possible without your confidence you had in me to participate to the toughest footrace on earth and running for the NZ Red Cross.

A big THANKS to all and each of you*, your team and I am looking forward to catching up after my return in NZ. I strongly suggest that you share the story with your team (if not done already), friends and family to help raising awareness for the NZ Red Cross, here is my fundraising page where people are invited to donate J, so far more than $37,000 has been raised, the new target is $42.195

As you are aware, there has being lots of interest in the media already, ie.The Café show last month, the Dominion Post, the Capital Mag, radio with Tim Fookes @ newstalkzb last Tuesday, etc and there is more to come …

–         Kiwi Trail Runner Magazine – April edition (Thanks Vicki)

–         Seven Sharp (Thanks Elodie)

–         The Café (Thanks Rebecca)

–         Dom Post (Thanks Chelsea & Rebecca)

–         Tim Fookes Newstalkzb (Thanks Rebecca)

–         etc. .. (Thanks Rebecca @ arriba! pr & communications)

It is just a great way to share and showcase the value of your sponsorship and mostly to help raising awareness of the NZ Red Cross!! Merci

Here is the schedule and how to follow me during this crazy adventure Marathon des Sables – 7 to 17 April 2017 

To follow me, just click the link below (for english, click on the BRETIX flag!)
NZ – Olivier Lacoua – BIB 609


03 April: Departure for Morocco!
07 April, Transfer to bivouac somewhere in middle of the Sahara.
08 April: Technical, administrative and medical formalities.
09 to 14 April: Timed stages with food self-sufficiency.
15 April: Timed, “Solidarity” stage with food self-sufficiency
16 April: Free day
17-19 April: Return to NZ

*Special Thanks to all amazing sponsors listed on my blog website –

A bientot