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K2 Cycle event signs up with major sponsor MitoQ

18 September 2019

The Coromandel's K2 is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's getting an energy boost with a new major sponsor MitoQ, a Kiwi company selling healthy ageing and energy support supplements.

“The K2 has become an iconic New Zealand endurance event, and as a successful New Zealand health brand, supporting things that the country can be proud of is important to us, so there's real synergies in us supporting this event," says John Marshall, chief marketing officer of MitoQ.

“The K2 is an event that motivates and inspires people to have a crack at something that is physically and mentally challenging, for which they need to prepare and in which they need to bring a positive, resilient attitude," says Mr Marshall.

MitoQ's products deliver a breakthrough form of the antioxidant CoQ10 directly into the body’s mitochondria (your cells’ power plants), supporting natural function, health and neutralising potential damage.

“We feel a responsibility to educate the world about mitochondrial health and one way of doing this is connecting to groups of people for whom taking a positive approach to mitochondrial health can deliver significant performance gains. Sponsoring K2 is a good way for us to share the story of mitochondrial health along with the benefits of taking MitoQ and the positive impact this can have on performance," says Mr Marshall.

“Our company goal is about helping people to achieve their personal best whatever they do, so finding events where we can proactively support participants to do this is ideal. Based on the research we have undertaken, we can see a strong link between smart training programmes and MitoQ supplementation delivering performance gains, and consequently we think we can develop a strong connection with K2 participants and help them achieve their personal best," he says.

As well as sponsoring  and promote the K2, MitoQ has a team that will be competing as well. The company have also been helping the organisers with training advice for the community, and they will be at the event, so make sure you go down and say hi.

The next Mito Q K2 is on Saturday 2 November 2019 and will start from Thames, so if you want to be part of the fun sign up, visit the K2 website. There is also shorter course distances, 96km and 53km.

K2 turns 20 in 2020

Keith Stephenson receiving his Community Services Award with Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie, Andy Reid and Rita Stephenson.

Next year will be their 20th anniversary of the K2 cycle event. It's one of the most popular sporting events in the Coromandel, travelling through sub-tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the pohutakawa coastline of the Hauraki Gulf.

Keith and Rita Stephenson have been running the K2, along with other sporting events, for over 30 years. The couple joined up with Andy Reid in 2000, to form ARC Events, hosting over 70 events attracting over 30,000 competitors.

"The K2 is a team effort and it's also down to our volunteers, sponsors and of course all our supporters," says Keith Stephenson.

"We want to thank MitoQ for their support to the K2 and commitment to getting behind an iconic Coromandel event - this is a brilliant partnership for us which we have signed into for 3 years," he says.

Our Council also supports the K2 with funding of $5000 this year, through our Major Events Fund, for St Johns ambulance to be involved.

“It's fantastic to see people's faces once they've finished their race, the sense of achievement both physically and mentally to push through these boundaries," says Mr Stephenson.

"So even if you're a first-timer, or a veteran of this event, we look forward to seeing you in November."