Oxfam Trailwalker will get underway this morning, with more than 2000 brave walkers setting off to tackle the 100km trail from Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River to Mosman on Sydney Harbour.
Over the next three days, 550 teams of four will attempt to complete the 100km walk in 48 hours through rugged bush land towards Sydney Harbour to raise money for Oxfam Australia.
Oxfam Trailwalker spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo said teams will be battling the elements with help from hundreds of volunteers and support crew members.
“Across the weekend we will have more than 700 volunteers supporting our brave walkers from physiotherapists to podiatrists to ‘sweep teams’ cleaning up after the walkers,” Mr Hunghanfoo said.
“Walking 100km is no easy feat, and teams will need support to keep their spirits high and feet moving out on the track, which is where the more than 2000 support crew members come in.
“The support crews are vital to the success of the teams, providing them with food and supplies throughout the event, as well as some much-needed encouragement along the track.
“It takes months of preparation, planning and dedication to get to this point, and walkers will face a real physical and mental challenge in their courageous pursuit of the finish line. We wish them all the best of luck,” Mr Hunghanfoo said.
This is the 16th year the event has been held in Sydney.
This morning, the teams will set off in four starts at 7am, 8am, 9am and 10am. The fastest teams are expected to finish at Georges Heights Oval in Mosman as early as 7pm tonight, with the majority of teams expected to finish between 7am and 9pm on Saturday.
To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Emma Whalan on 0418 873 782.