One of Australia’s toughest charity events, Oxfam Trailwalker, kicks off today in Brisbane with around 1300 gutsy walkers taking on the challenge to support those living in poverty.
More than 300 teams of four will set off on gruelling 100km and 55km on-foot journeys over the next two days through D’Aguilar National Park. Teams participating in the 100km event will start from Mount Glorious from 7.00am this morning, and have just 48 hours to reach the Mount Coot-tha finish line.
In an exciting new addition, a 55km single day option of the challenge has also been introduced this year unique to the Brisbane event, with around 500 people taking part from Saturday morning.
Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane Event Coordinator Simon Barwick said after months of training and preparation, participants are now all set to go.
“Teams have shown amazing determination just to get to this point, in both their training and fundraising efforts, so today is a huge day for both them and their friends and family who have supported them in their preparation,” said Mr Barwick.
“Of course, none of this is possible without the unsung heroes, the support crews, and our eager and enthusiastic volunteers and staff who will be helping our Trailwalkers every step of the way.
“Throughout the weekend more than 500 volunteers will help run the massive event from physiotherapists to local school children. We’ll also have another 1400 volunteers, and families and friends to make up the support crews for the teams.
“This year’s teams have already raised an incredible $800,000 for Oxfam, with this expected to reach the $1 million mark over the weekend.”
The fastest teams are expected at the finish line at Mount Coot-tha around 7.00pm tonight. The average course completion time is around 30 hours and the majority of teams from the 100km event are expected to cross the finish line from Saturday afternoon onwards.
Photo and filming opportunities
Teams are available from 6.30 to 10am this morning at the 100km starting line at Maiala Picnic Grounds at Mount Glorious.
Teams are available from 6.30 to 10am on Saturday 21 June at the 55km starting line at Lake Manchester Road, Lake Manchester.
The majority of teams from both events will cross the finish line from Saturday afternoon onwards.
To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782.