While he did not finish the gruelling 280km six-day unsupported race, he was questioned at length by other competitors who, after getting to know him, wanted to know why New Zealand did not have its own ultra race. Mr Sandri thought that was a very good question — the more he thought about it, the more he wanted to make it happen. "I think coming to New Zealand ... coming to a quirky wee town like Oamaru is quite different. Mr Sandri said the fact the final race was about to start had yet to sink in. I think once the last runner turns up down the re at the harbour I think the reality will set in."
Source: Otago Daily Times February 21, 2020 15:22 UTC