What: In one of the most gruelling charity endurance challenges, 350 teams of four will walk or run 100km through D’Aguilar National Park in the 2nd annual Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane this Friday.
They aim to raise more than $1.2 million for international aid agency Oxfam Australia’s work helping people overcome poverty and injustice.
When: The teams set off in three waves from Mt Glorious on Friday June 15 at 7.00am, 8:30am and 10am and have 48 hours to complete the walk.
The fastest teams are expected at the finish line at Mt Coot-tha as early as 5pm on Friday June 15.
Most teams will take around 28 hours to finish the 100kms, with the majority expected across the finish line between 7am to 5pm on Saturday June 16. Some will finish on the early hours of Sunday morning on June 17.
Where: Teams walk from Mt Glorious to Mt Coot-tha via Lake Manchester, passing through the beautiful D’Aguilar National Park and Mt Coot-tha Forest Park, on the trail pictured.
Who: More than 1400 people will take part this year in 350 teams, 70 more teams than during last year’s inaugural Brisbane Trailwalker.
The walkers are of all ages, occupations and fitness levels and come from a wide range of suburbs and towns in Brisbane and across regional Queensland.
In addition to the walkers, around 550 volunteers will work in roles such as podiatrists, physiotherapists, drivers and “sweep teams” to clean up after the walkers.
Another 700 people will lose sleep over the weekend as support crews for each team, providing them with food, band-aids, hugs, clean socks and anything else they need to keep walking.
Picture opportunities of the teams starting their 100km journey are available from 6:30 – 10am on Friday June 15 at the starting line at Maiala Picnic Ground on Mt Glorious Rd.
Picture opportunities of teams crossing the 100km finish line are available from 9am Saturday June 16 at JC Slaughter Falls at Mt Coot-tha.
To arrange interviews with teams and Oxfam spokespeople or to obtain images of the event, please contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Raina Hunter on 0402 145 820.