Adventure racer begins new challenge at Lincoln

06 March 2024 | News

New Sports Scholar Fynn Mitchell is used to putting in the hard yards to succeed.

In January the former Southland Boy’s High pupil became only the fifth person to complete The Revenant, dubbed New Zealand’s toughest endurance race.

He ran for 59 hours (with only 30 minutes sleep) to cover 200km and climb 19,000m over the event.

Fynn, who started a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Finance in 2024 at Lincoln, already had some impressive results.

He was first in last year’s U23 Australasian 24hr Rogaine Championships and raced with a professional American team at a world champs qualifier race in the Faroe Islands in August, placing third among the top European teams.

He also had a ninth place in the Adventure Racing World Championship in South Africa.

Racing in the South African desert (Fynn is at the rear of the team) 

“Definite highlight, such a different experience,” Fynn said.

“Racing in 40 degree heat through game parks and desert.”

He placed seventh in Godzone 2023, a 450km team race.

“I was the youngest person to ever compete so was thrown in the deep end, but it worked out in the end.

“I am heading over to Arkansas in April for the Ozarks Adventure race. This is a 500-600km long, multi-discipline race. It is part of the AR world series so there will be a hugely competitive field.”

He will also be in Ecuador in November for the AR world Championships.

“I enjoy adventure racing because you see the area in which you race through in a different way to if you were just travelling through it. It provides me with the opportunity to travel and to explore places I would never go otherwise.

“I also enjoy the challenge of pushing myself to the limit and beyond and find it interesting how my body performs under extreme stress and exhaustion.”

Training consists of a mixture of running biking and kayak training for around 10 hours a week.

“The Sports Scholarship will supplement my training program with targeted gym work to correct imbalances and prevent over-use injuries that are very common in this sport. It will also help me around my nutrition as that is a pivotal factor in adventure racing," he said.

He has his goals firmly set.

“My sporting aspirations are to win a world champs within the next five years.

“I came to Lincoln because I feel it is well connected and respected in the primary industry. The career opportunities and pathways it presents are best suited for my career aspirations.

“I want to go into a career developing new products and processes within product supply chains to enhance productivity.”

Welcome to Lincoln Fynn.