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by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
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The Kokoda Challenge

The Kokoda Challenge
Image courtesy of The Kokoda Challenge website)

Are you up to the Kokoda Challenge? Hike 96km with 3 mates, within a 39hr time limit. Your goal is to finish with a complete team of four, in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942 - mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice.

Hailed as Australia's toughest endurance event, the Kokoda Challenge follows fire trails and paths through the Gold Coast Hinterland and includes areas of: Austinville, Springbrook, Numinbah Valley, Beechmont and Clagiraba to the finish line at the Nerang Velodrome. Teams pay to enter and a further amount is required in fundraising. The money raised goes to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which aims to "help young people gain confidence, direction, life skills, new friends and the knowledge that anything is possible".

In honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track
Image courtesy of the Kokoda Challenge website)

Team spots are limited and fill within hours of opening. Taking place annually in July, it is an experience to welcome teams in at the finish and cheer them over the line. Up to 39 hours of trekking a 96km course that crosses 12 creeks and summits of 5,000m vertical elevation, is no easy hike.

Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast

The Kokoda Challenge 2012 takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. You must be 18 or over to participate in The Kokoda Challenge (or over 16 and accompanied by an adult) in a team. For those teams who are under 16, the Stan Bisset Cup and Jim Stillman Cup are great alternatives.

(Image courtesy of the Kokoda Challenge website)

In partnership with The Gold Coast Region Scouts, The Kokoda Challenge 2012 will once again include Junior Games. The day includes a series of challenges including a backpack relay race, tug-o-war, obstacle courses, team walk and stretcher races. The fun community day will give kids aged between 6-12 years an introduction to Kokoda Spirit, with the focus not being on winning but doing everything as a team and not giving up at the first hurdle.

Over 300 volunteers support Kokoda, so if you are over the age of 16 and interested in getting involved, click here or email James at

Kokoda Challenge Registration

The Kokoda Challenge wouldn't be possible
without the efforts of over 300 volunteers
Image courtesy of the Kokoda Challenge website)

Registration for 2012 opens on the 1st of February at 6am. Click here to receive newsletters. Remember that places will fill within hours of registration opening, so if you are serious about taking part, get all your paperwork in order beforehand and set your alarm. Taking part is a great way to get fit and take on a personal challenge that you will never forget. You will get to know your teammates as you never have before and your support crew will be your lifeline to success. If 96kms is realistically not for you, drop in at the Nerang Velodrome and cheer in the teams, as they finish what certainly isn't a walk in the park.

The Spirit of Kokoda

The Kokoda Challenge Association was established in 2005 by The Kokoda Challenge Chairman Doug Henderson and his wife Anna. Their goal was to raise awareness of the Kokoda Campaign of 1942 and use the Spirit of Kokoda to help young Australian's reach their full potential. 
Teaming up with a handful of members from the Gold Coast Bushwalking Club, The Kokoda Challenge Association set about planning and hosting the first Kokoda Challenge fundraising event, in the Gold Coast Hinterland in July 2005.

The Spirit of Kokoda mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice was forged by the Australian troops from the 39th and 42nd Militia on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during WWII
(Image courtesy of the Kokoda Challenge website)

The Kokoda Brisbane is a 30km event which will test your fitness and allow you to check if your training is on track.

There is also a Melbourne event where entrants take on a tough 30km course through the Dandenong Ranges in Eastern Victoria.
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Why? A challenge to be proud of and a great way to get fit
When: 14 & 15 July, 2012
Where: The Gold Coast Hinterland
Cost: Registration costs $440 per team with a min additional $1500 in fundraising
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Good luck to this year's Kokoda Challenge participants. The countdown is on with less than 2 weeks until you set out on the trail.
by Susan Jackson (score: 2|763) 2664 days ago
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