Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne 2008 breaks all previous Australian records

Events, Media Releases, Oxfam Trailwalker article written on the 12 Apr 2008

A team of four local participants, have broken the Australian record for the Oxfam TRAILWALKER team challenge, completing 100km on foot in just 11 hours and 26 minutes.
Rohan Day of ‘Team Muttley’, the winning team said, “We thought we were going for a place, but we didn’t think that we were going for a first”.
When asked how he felt finishing the 100km trail he said, “Euphoric”.
666 teams of four started the endurance challenge on Friday morning, and some will continue to walk the track until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Oxfam TRAILWALKER Co-ordinator Tamsin Loy said “Melbourne TRAILWALKER 2008 is set to break all records this year”.
“We have the fastest finishing team. We’ve had a record 2664 participants, and the funds raised are already over $1.5 million – all helping Oxfam overcome poverty and social injustice around the world.”
Neighbours actor Ryan Moloney set off at 7am on Friday morning and crossed the finish line 26 hours later.
“I have huge blisters, and are more exhausted than I have ever been in my life,” Ryan Moloney said.
“But when it stops hurting, I’ll realise it was all worth it.”
Almost 800 volunteers are working as podiatrists, massage therapists, drivers and trail marshals along the 100km trail that stretches from Wheelers Hill to the Yarra Ranges.
Oxfam TRAILWALKER began in 1981 as a military exercise in Hong Kong, and is now one of the world’s largest and longest fundraising extreme endurance challenges. It takes place annually in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and Japan, and will be launched in Belgium in August.
Friends, family and fans can check on the progress of teams or make donations through the Oxfam TRAILWALKER website www2.oxfam.org.au/trailwalker/melbourne/
About State Street:
Global financial organisation, State Street, is the principal sponsor of Oxfam TRAILWALKER in Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Japan. As Australia’s largest institutional investor and a leading bank and custodian, State Street provides investment servicing, investment management, research and trading services for the world’s largest investors.
For more information visit www.statestreet.com.
For more information or to Oxfam TRAILWALKER Coordinators or participants, please contact Melany Markham on 0407 515 559