The Kokoda Challenge takes place in July each year, in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The Challenge is to complete a 96km hike with 3 mates and get the full team across the finish line. There is a 39 hour time limit (in honour of the 39th Militia, the first Australian Troops to step foot on the Kokoda Track) and 96km is the actual distance of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. Team spots for the event are limited and fill within hours of registration opening. Many participants use other events as part of their training schedule, to test their fitness and to make sure their training is on track. The Kokoda Brisbane is one such event which will take place on the 3rd of June in 2012. This 30km course is in D'Aguilar State Forest. For a route map click here.
3 checkpoints but no support crew access so you be carrying any food, water or supplies you will need Image courtesy of the Kokoda challenge website)
Starting from Brookfield Showgrounds, your route has a 9 hr time limit, with 3 checkpoints but no support crew access. The 96km Kokoda Gold Coast event must have 4 team members. The 30km Brisbane challenge is also a team event but you can enter a 2, 3 or 4 person team. Registration costs $70pp and the fundraising contribution is $200 for a 2 person team, $300 for a 3 person and $400 for a 4 person. The fundraising contribution is compulsory, with the money raised going to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program.
Fundraising supports the Kokoda Youth Program Image courtesy of the Kokoda Challenge website)
The Youth Program is a 14mth commitment to prepare for the challenge of a lifetime - walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. This life changing event is followed by a further 6 months of community service, where participants volunteer their time to not-for-profit organisations.
Registration for the Brisbane Kokoda Challenge opens on 14 March, 2012 at 6am (QLD time). 190 teams registered for the 2011 inaugural event. So whether you are a 96km Gold Coast participant looking to test your fitness or you need a new challenge to keep your fitness goal on track, then find some mates and commit to get fit.
190 teams registered for the Brisbane event in 2011