Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane has come to a close with the final team crossing the finish line this morning after walking through rugged terrain for more than 22 hours.
To cheers from supporters, ‘Team 409 Sole Sisters‘, which walked the 55km trail, reached the finish line at Mount Coot-tha at 5.17am.
About 1200 people took part in this year’s event, raising much-needed funds to help Oxfam Australia fight poverty around the world. Participants were required to walk either 100km in under 48 hours or 55km in 24 hours. Crossing the finish line first on Friday night was ‘Team 173 Redman Brioche’ with an impressive time of 13 hours and 40 minutes.
Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane Event Manager Simon Barwick said the event was a huge success.
“Participants raised nearly $900,000 at this year’s event which is a sensational effort,” Mr Barwick said.
“All the teams should be really proud of what they’ve achieved this year and hopefully they’ll come back again next year to do it all again.
“Our thanks to the walkers, support crews and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to helping Oxfam Australia make a difference around the world.”
Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane statistics:
- Of the 179 teams who started the 100km trail on Friday, 69 (41.8%) finished as a complete team of four.
- Of the 123 teams who started the 55km trail on Saturday, 83 (70.9%) finished as a complete team of four.
- Average time to complete the 100km was 30 hours and 21 minutes.
- Average time to complete the 55km was 14 hours and 43 minutes.
- Average team fundraising was $1,804.
Now in its fifth year, Queenslanders have donated more than $5 million to Oxfam Trailwalker since the Brisbane event began in 2011.
Since 1999, more than 60,000 people have participated in the Australia-wide event, collectively raising more than $65 million for Oxfam Australia’s work helping communities around the world fight poverty and injustice.
Registrations for next year’s event, taking place from 17-19 June, open on 31 July. For more information go to: www.trailwalker.oxfam.org.au.
To arrange interviews or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Bianca Wordley on 0407 799 365.