MAREE McCulley is no stranger to a challenge, having abseiled down Wrest Point and run the Point to Pinnacle.
She became passionate to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania (CFT) after learning that her uncle, who lives with the disease, was in need of a transplant.
This year she will be put to the ultimate test when she runs up the Great Wall of China in May to continue her support for the charity.
Suffering from asthma and the prospect of dealing with the smog in Beijing, Ms McCulley said the decision to participate was not made lightly.
“I am excited and really scared at the same time because I will be going into the great unknown until I get there,” she said.
“It will be a mental and physical challenge for myself, but it is the least I can do because a person with cystic fibrosis suffers each day.
“For me, it is just one day.”
Cystic fibrosis is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children and young adults.
It primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus.
In Tasmania, around 110 people are living with the condition.
Ms McCulley thanked CFT, Southern Athletics Community, coach Peter Lyden and her family for their help and support.
To support Ms McCulley, visit https://hub.benojo.com/campaigns/maree-mcculley-the-great-wall-of-china-half-marathon.
Caption: Maree McCulley during the most recent Ross Marathon.