Morgan Tait is the NZ Herald's police reporter.

Could you do this gruelling Auckland obstacle course?

Do you have what it takes to complete a five-hour obstacle course that includes navigating earthquakes, mud slides, a motorway pile up and tracking and rescuing a patient?

A new charity event in Auckland is giving you the chance.

The Rescue Run is raising money for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust by inviting teams to compete in the event, which is the first of its kind in the world.

At Woodhill Forest on November 19, the run will involve mixed teams of six tracking and rescuing one of their team members, navigating simulated natural disasters and other obstacles.

Designed by rescue workers, the course is expected to take three to five hours with each team having to raise $5000 to enter. Each rescue mission by the chopper costs about $5000.

With 46 teams already entered, the Trust is hoping to attract more competitors to the challenge.

Insurance group IAG has entered three teams and made a video calling for other businesses and groups to join.

Corporate lawyer at the firm, Annemarie Waugh, is team captain and said not only was it a great cause, but the winning group would have ultimate bragging rights.

"You know you are going to save a life, so it's quite amazing," she said.

Her team have been training by doing 14km trail runs in thunder and lightning, and some weight training.

"It's such a great cause and the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter is something that we all might need - whether it's your brother or mum or friend, one day it might even be you."

A training session will be held for teams at Eden Park on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, and all the details of the race can be found on the Rescue Run website.

- NZ Herald

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