Perhaps you have done the City to Bay, Colour Run and Barossa Marathon and are looking for a new challenge?
Then it's time to breathe in the delights of the sea air as you take up the challenge of The Bloody Long Walk. Coming to Adelaide for the first time in 2015, this one day sea change commences at Hallett Cove and concludes at Larg's Bay. During the course of your walk you will pass stunning seascapes at Glenelg, Brighton and Henley.
There are many health benefits associated with being near water due to the presence of negative ions in the atmosphere. These aid relaxation, enhance the immune system and relieve symptoms of allergies, asthma, cold and flu. Think what spending a whole day near the sea will do for you. It's a one day holiday and energising boost to the week.
Be Part of a Crowd for a Cause In 2014, $480 000 was raised by 2200 people walking in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This money was used to raise funds for a cure for Mitochondrial disease. The Bloody Long Walk has gone national in 2015 with participants walking in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The Bloody Long Walk is one of the major annual fundraisers run by the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
What is Mitochondrial disease? Mitochondrial disease (or mito for short), is a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body's cells of energy. It causes multiple organ dysfunction, failure and potentially death. There is no cure and few effective treatments. Mito can cause any symptom in any organ at any age.
Mito affects both children and adults. Due to its genetic basis, the disease often affects multiple family members. Mito has multiple forms and is difficult to diagnose.
More than 1 in 200 people or about 100,000 Australians may carry genetic mutations that put them at risk of developing Mitochondrial disease. One in 5000 people suffer from a life-threatening form of the disease. After cystic fibrosis it is the second most commonly diagnosed, serious genetic disease.
One Participant's Story Karen Crawley is a GP and mother of three children. All three have Mitochondrial disease. Her daughter Kara is severely affected.
Competing in the Sydney BLW last year, Karen did something unexpected and inspiring. She completed the 35km course pushing a 15kg wheelchair covered with the names and photos of those who have lost their lives to mito and those who are suffering from the disease. Even more amazing was that she decided to run this distance, and also willingly carried the wheelchair up and down many stairs, over sandy beaches and through 3-4km of bush tracks.
Karen did this to raise awareness of Mitochondrial disease and as a testimony to the real people the participants in The Bloody Long Walk were supporting.
The Bloody Long Walk is a fully supported course with rest stations, checkpoints and stunning ocean views the entire route along Adelaide's unique stretch of coastline. Do you have what it takes to take the coast trek?
Images supplied by Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation