In brief, I realize I forgot to write about doing the Trailwalker last year and it is coming up again. This post is my feeble attempt to right some wrong and promote this amazing event.
Every year teams of four descend on Lake Taupo to take on a decent team challenge, walking 100km in under 36 hours. Entries are now open for Oxfam Trailwalker 2011 (April 9-10), interested?
In the middle of March last year I got an email to president (at) cutc.org.nz that looked a little something like this:
Obviously the usual thing would have been to forward the email to the club as part of our weekly newsletter; being selfish though, I was far to eager to join the team myself so I jumped at the opportunity before someone else could. Yes I know, what an abuse of power!
We managed to raise lots of money from the generous people in the CUTC. We had lots of direct donations as well as organizing training/fundraising tramps where people would donate money in order to come along. R&R Sport jumped on board as well - giving us a brand spanking new pack to raffle off.
I was luckily already going to be in the north island for a computer science conference the following week so I managed to change my university provided flights. A couple of weeks later we were meeting up in Wellington and squeezed into the NZEGA car - a tiny excuse of a vehicular device if ever I saw one. Here are a few photos from the event, I highly recommend reading the account on stuff I link to at the end.
The start line at 5am
The team above Huka Falls (yes I went and had a good look)
The north island is weird, half of it is on fire...
At a checkpoint - time for lots of food and drink
Meandering along with the hordes
The sun rises and we are still going strong
At the 99th km marker, feeling good!
Walking the 100kms wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, not that I got blisters or anything, in fact I could still run at the end of it, but I was a touch stiff the next day! We were walking solidly for 28 hours. I'd like to do it again, but in a more competitive way - only a few teams tried running the entire thing, but it is clearly possible... just saying.
The team managed to raise just over $2500, thank you very much to all who donated! All up 1200 people walked it, raising over $600,000 for poverty relief! Our team's page is: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/ev
ents/teams.asp?a=show_team _pages&eventid=24&teamid=4 072
Advice for anyone doing the trailwalker: take plenty of pairs of socks, your feet will love you for it, stay hydrated and have fun.Oh and someone I was walking with for a while was actually a reporter, her account is far more entertaining to read than my year late write up: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/3591253/I-feel-like-I-m-going-mad - Note the reference to me: "I strike up a conversation with a 22-year-old engineering student from Canterbury, who doesn't look a day over 16. I'm convinced of this when he leaps a fence."
|Not entirely unrelated Oxfam Unwrapped is a far easier way to help out if you don't feel like walking 100kms! With Oxfam Unwrapped, you can give something special to friends and family, and something extra special to people who haven’t got much at all. So start shopping now and enjoy the ultimate stress-free, feel good, life-changing Christmas! (I'm told there is a Lama somewhere)|
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