The Oxfam Trailwalker Perth 100km event kicks off at 6.30 this morning, as participants take off from Darlington on the fundraising endurance challenge of a lifetime.
Teams of four will walk or run 100km in 48 hours or less over the weekend to raise funds for Oxfam’s lifesaving work tackling poverty in communities around the world.
Teams taking part in the 50km event will have 24 hours to complete the half-trail option, starting at Chidlow on Saturday morning and then finishing up at Forrestfield on Sunday.
Team 3 Gen Plus 1 consists of three generations of walkers, including 76 year old Roy Barton – the oldest Perth participant this year – who has flown over from England to complete the 100km trail with his daughter and granddaughter.
The team currently topping the fundraising leaderboard is called Have a Chat and has raised almost $10,000.
Another remarkable team, BFB A62, consists of four young volunteer firefighters from the Kalamunda Bush Fire Brigade. Given the trail passes through Kalamunda bush land, the foursome will likely have an advantage over other teams, with more than 10 years of bush experience between them. Led by 24- year-old Reanne Jackson, the group will be among those taking off from the start line at 6.30am for the 100km event.
A team of AFL boundary umpires has their sights set on being the fastest Perth team this year, aiming to run the 100km in 14 hours.
There are a total of 628 walkers making up 157 teams taking on the Perth trail this year. More than 400 volunteers will be generously donating their time to ensure the event runs smoothly.
“The Perth trail is one of the prettiest trails in Australia, running through the beautiful Perth foothills, and our walkers are all gearing up for a great weekend,” Oxfam Australia’s Event Fundraising Manager Anna Wemyss said.
“We have some really diverse participants this year, people from all backgrounds, age groups and varying fitness levels. The amazing thing about Oxfam Trailwalker is that it’s a challenging event, but it’s something that anyone can complete with the right mindset and training.”
Each year, Oxfam Trailwalker takes place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, raising millions of dollars to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty. The event has raised more than $100 million in Australia since launching in 1999.
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