Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane has wrapped up for a second year, with the last team crossing the finish line at Mt Coot-tha at 7:05am this morning, 45 hours after starting out from Mt Glorious.
Of the 1400 participants that set out from Mt Glorious for the 100km charity challenge on Friday morning, 983 made it to the end of the trail. The remainder retired from the event at various points and were collected by their support teams of friends and family.
138 entire teams of four made it to the finish line, out of the 353 teams that set off together. Some of these teams had only one walker retire from the event, while in some cases up to three members of the team – or even the entire team – withdrew from the event.
The average time taken to complete the event was 30 hours and 28 minutes.
Event Coordinator Brett Long congratulated everyone who took part in the event for their efforts, and for raising $980,000 so far for Oxfam’s work to combat poverty around the world. Altogether, Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane aims to raise $1.2 million for Oxfam.
“Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane is a tough event. It is not only physically demanding, but requires teams to work together and stay together to make it across the finish line in complete teams of four,” Mr Long said.
“Everyone who gets involved in this event is an inspiration. From the teams who not only train hard on the trail but also fundraise in the lead up to the event, to their support crews who bring in food and changes of clothes throughout the event, to the incredible volunteers, without whom we simply could not run the event.
“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to the State Emergency Service, Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers for their involvement in the lead up to and throughout the event, to help ensure the safety of all participants,” Mr Long said.
This year’s fastest team, Team Calibre Consulting, completed the 100km trail in 11 hours and 53 minutes, after running most of the event. The rest of the team results can be found at http://my.oxfam.org.au/twlive/
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.