Over the next two days, 239 teams of four will walk or run either 95km in under 48 hours or 55km in under 24 hours, staying together the whole time. It’s one of the nation’s most gruelling endurance challenges with teams navigating some of Brisbane’s most rugged bush land.
Participants hope to raise more than $1 million for Oxfam to help fight global poverty.
- Friday 17 June (today) – 7.00am and 8.30am start times for 95km event participants.
- Saturday 18 June (tomorrow) – 7.00am start time for 55km event participants.
- End: The fastest teams from the 95km event are expected to finish tonight, with the majority of teams expected to cross the finish line from 9.30am tomorrow. The fastest teams from the 55km event are expected to cross the finish line around 1pm tomorrow, with the majority of other teams finishing tomorrow night.
The event starts at Lake Manchester, through D’Aguilar National Park, and finishes at Mt Coot-tha, 15 minutes from the CBD:
- 95km and 55km event start line: Lake Manchester Road, Lake Manchester.
- 95km and 55km finish line: Mount Coot-tha.
Almost 2,200 people are involved in Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2016. They include:
- Participants: 956 people will walk the 95km and/or 55km trails – that’s 239 teams of four.
- Volunteers: More than 500 volunteers will work in 40 different roles over the weekend, including trail marshals, physiotherapists and massage therapists.
- Support Crew: More than 700 people will lose sleep over the weekend to act as a lifeline to a particular team, providing them with whatever they need to keep walking.
Picture opportunities of teams starting their 95km journey are available from 6.30am to 8.30am today at the Lake Manchester starting line and from 6.30am to 7am tomorrow, for those walking the 55km trail. Teams will be crossing the finish line from tonight until early Sunday morning.
If you would like to contact a team or spokesperson to arrange interviews or photos, or to find out about teams participating from your area, please contact Oxfam’s Media Coordinator Bianca Wordley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 799 365.