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A wild weekend takes on a whole new meaning
Australia has a great tradition of endurance sports. We like to get out there, right into our beautiful and harsh landscape, to test our physical and mental strength. The annual WildEnduranceTeam Challenge is one of Australia's pre-eminent, long-distance, endurance events. But it's about so much more than the personal challenge. By participating in this year's event, to be held once more in the beautiful Blue Mountains, you'll be doing your bit to help preserve Australia's wild places.
Since 2007 teams of walkers and runners from across the corporate, government and community sectors have participated in this event, taking on either the 100 km or 50 km course through the majestic and rugged wilderness of the Blue Mountains. The funds raised go towards the Wilderness Society's environmental campaigns.
You don't have to be an ultra marathon runner to compete, although a certain level of physical fitness is required. Right now competitors are stepping up their preparation and training by getting out in the wild with like-minded people who enjoy the teamwork, the challenge, and the opportunity to do something for the environment. Why don't you join them? You can find all the information you'll need on the event's website and Facebook page, including course and map information here and the event rules here.
Registrations are now open for teams of two plus for the 50 km challenge or three plus for the 100 km challenge. The cost is $180 per participant. You can also search for a particular participant or team here. Don't worry if you don't have a full team. You can find a team whose fitness and commitment levels, and training requirements match your own through the Team Mate Finder Event Facebook page.
If you can't compete but would like to donate you can do so here. You can also donate your time by volunteering for a position with the event. Roles range from office support before the event to checkpoint hands, parking assistants and event runners on the day.
If you set yourself just one challenge for this year make it WildEndurance. You won't regret it. But don't take our word for it - here's what past participants had to say:
"I absolutely loved it!",
"Seriously amazing. It was a truly wondrous experience. I'm actually tearing up remembering it."
and "The best experience ever...felt on top of the world".