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The Bloody Long Walk

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
A One Day Holiday
Here is your opportunity to experience some of the most scenic coastline and diverse metropolitan vistas in Australia.

Take up the challenge of The Bloody Long Walk; an endurance navigation challenge to promote health and fitness and encourage fun and participation from families, work colleagues, fitness groups and individuals.

Commencing at Moora Park, Shorncliffe, the route leaves the coastline to cross the peninsula, and follows the passage of the trainline through Sandgate, Deagon and on to Boondall. The Bloody Long Walk passes through the Boondall wetlands, around Nudgee Golf Course and along the canals before dropping down through the stunning residential streets of Brisbane's Ascot. Participants will take in sweeping views of the city and complete the challenge at Kuripla Park in Brisbane city.

The Bloody Long Walk, Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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.

What to Wear
The Information Pack has tons of information. I guarantee you would not have thought of all the items on their list of apparel.

Sun hat


Sports top


Long sleeved shirt to protect you against the sun

Two pairs of thick socks

Comfortable shoes

Lightweight waterproof jacket

Cuffs or gaiters (optional)

The Bloody Long Walk, Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Supportive shoes are essential
Photograph by JA Rossiter

What to Bring
The list of items to stash in your backpack is even more comprehensive.

Water bottle or bladder

Mobile phone - teams must have a minimum of 2 phones, preferably using different networks

Course Maps



Camera (with fully charged batteries and lots of spare memory!)

Empty plastic bag for rubbish


Snacks: fruit and nut bars, bananas etc.

Quick dry towel

Wet wipes

First aid kit: plasters, bandages, Paracetamol, blister treatment kit, scissors, Vaseline, safety pins

Spare shoelaces

Money for refreshments

Personal identification

Trekking poles(optional)

The Bloody Long Walk, Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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. In 2015, the Bloody Long Walk goes national with participants walking in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation runs The Bloody Long Walk as one of their major annual fundraisers.

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 has a genetic basis and often the disease often affects multiple family members. It affects both children and adults. 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
Dr Karen Crawley is a mother of three children. All three of her children 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.

The Bloody Long Walk, Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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 views. Do you have what it takes to walk The Bloody Long Walk?'

Images supplied by Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
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Why? Spend a day enjoying great metropolitan and coastal views, improving your own fitness and benefiting others.
When: Sunday 23 August 2015
Where: Moreton Bay to Crosby Park
Cost: Super Early Bird Fee $88 (Save $22)
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