Officially Brisbane's 'Best Outdoor Event' in 2014, Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane returns in 2015, celebrating its 5th year as Queensland's most iconic and enduring charity challenge.
Are you ready to take on the ultimate challenge with your friends, family and colleagues that changes lives, including your own?
Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2015 will be held from the 19th to 21st of June and will see 400 teams walk either 100km within 48 hours from Mt Glorious, through the D'Aguilar National Park, to Mt Coot-tha, or 55km within 24 hours from Lake Manchester, through the D'Aguilar National Park to Mt Coot-tha.
Oxfam Trailwalker is considered Australia's leading charity endurance event, having raised more than $60 million since 1999 to support Oxfam's poverty alleviation work around the world. Since the inaugural event in Sydney, more than 50,000 everyday people have go on to achieve extraordinary feats and taken on the challenge with friends, family and colleagues. People just like Karen Franklin.
"It was just something I read in the paper one morning. I thought it looked like a fantastic challenge that would help me reach my fitness goals, so I spread the word at my local gym and before I knew it, I had a team," she says.
"The key to a good team is to find like-minded individuals that are supportive, committed and eager. We hit the trail together in the heat of February and knew from that point on, if we could get through that together we were going to be a great fit."
All teams are supported throughout their journey; on arrival at the event weekend teams will receive map books, training guides, fundraising materials and on-call Oxfam staff are always on-hand to lend assistance and provide advice.
There are also rest stops along the entire trail, staffed by more than 500 incredible volunteers.
With the right training and preparation, anyone can take on and complete the challenge of Oxfam Trailwalker.
Participants will experience a diverse range of environments, only 15 minutes drive from the CBD. Starting in lush, tropical rain forest, participants will experience some of Queensland's most inspiring climbs before descending through to Lake Manchester, Queensland's largest man-made reservoir before heading through the remote D'Aguilar National Park full of Australia's most popular flora and fauna, including the koala.
Heading back towards the CBD, participants will make their way around the breathtaking Enogerra Damn before triumphantly finishing at Mount Coo-tha, near the look-out.
With the event attracting teams from across the country, Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane has fast become known as an achievable and inspiring challenge.
"That's what I love about Oxfam Trailwalker — with the training and fundraising, it provides me with a great work-life balance. Life is busy, but there are people in this world that need our help and this is a fun, easy and healthy way to make a difference" says Karen.
Registrations are now open for both the 55km and 100km event options - visit it the Oxfam Trailwalker website for further information or phone 07 3637 4647 for more information.