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Walk for Mitochondrial Disease
Have you heard of Mitochondrial Disease aka Mito?
Mito is a debilitating, often inherited, genetic disorder which occurs when mitochondria fail to produce sufficient energy for the body to function properly. Affecting one in 5000 people, one in 200 may carry genetic mutations which put them at risk of developing mito or related symptoms such as diabetes, deafness or seizures. Mitochondrial disease is highly complex and may affect people of any age and there are no cures and very few effective treatments.
This November (Sunday 3 November), you have the opportunity to take a Bloody Long Walk to raise awareness of mito and funds to enable support to patients and their families and assist in research into prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders.
Commencing at the base of the Adelaide Hills stunning wine-growing region at Carrick Hill at 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield, you will pass the Botanic Gardens and the Zoo then follow the River Torrens to the ocean at Henley Beach. Continuing on you will follow the stunning coastline all the way to Glenelg.
While you can run, jog or walk it is anticipated the course will take approximately 7 – 8 hours to complete. There are checkpoints along the way, approximately 3.5 to 7 km apart that will provide water, fruit and sunscreen and medical support team will be stationed at each checkpoint.
To minimise the impact on the environment, the use of refillable drink bottles is encouraged and recyclable cups will be used at checkpoints. Organisers will use bicycles to put up and take down signage and registrants are encouraged not to print their eTickets but bring them along on their phones.
Cost to register is $95 (plus $4.22 fees) early bird (ends Friday 23/08/19), $110 (plus $4.72 fees) per person individual or team for early birds, $125 (plus $5.06 fees) per person individual or team regular price.
As there is limited parking at the start line, shuttle buses are offered at a cost of $15.95 person at the following places and times:
Adelaide Central Bus Station, Franklin Street – 5.55 am for 6.45 am start and 6.25 am for 7.15 am start
Glenelg Community Centre, West Colley Terrace – 5.30 am for 6.45 am start and 6 am for 7.15 am start
Shuttle bus tickets can be booked when registering or anytime up to 5 pm on Wednesday 30 October.
To encourage you in your fundraising efforts, there are rewards and prizes for reaching milestones as follows:
$10 raised – free Bloody Long Walk drink bottle
$35 raised – you're a star - free hat
$150 raised – you're a champion - go in the draw for a $2,000 travel voucher
$350 raised – you're a hero - go in the draw for a Life's an Adventure 3 day trek to the Bay of Fires and an official Bloody Long Walk Certificate of Appreciation
$1,000 raised – you're a bloody legend – free entry into a Bloody Long Walk of your choice next year