Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sydney Coastrek March Endurance Challenge

On the 4th March, the Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek takes place with a 50 or 55km (up to 34 miles) event for all female powerhouses. Raising money to support The Fred Hollows Foundation, the event is open to both genders but each team of four must have at least two women in the party. 
Registration closes on 31st January so you better sign up pronto if you’re an interested Sydney local or visiting NSW and looking to pump up your heart rate. If you’re a singleton, you can easily find a team on their website in the ‘Plan and Train’ section and request to be part of their crew.  It also features information about training with the experts, understanding the terrain and route and how to use brainpower per step. A great perk is the 15% discount for bulk training packs of 5 so you can get into your smarter gear-up groove in preparation for the big day.

Anyone new to the scene? There’s an introductory unlimited training pass to help you strengthen your body and mind, while also making a few new pals along the way as you exercise together. Feeling the need to step it up a tad? The organisation also hosts a Wild Walk and Wild Weekend Escape, including trips through the course while you become familiar with the route. 

The website is ridiculously, impressively compact and easy to understand: From the downloadable map of the Coastrek to the breakdown of each segment path and the registration checklist to the ‘essential information guide.’ There are also numerous briefing event days, where it’s highly advised two members of each team attend at least one of these. Once the event is over, enjoy a huge celebration party on the 17th March, giving you time to heal those muscles with arnica, deep heat pads and old fashioned Epsom Salts.

Again, as the event is a charity fundraiser, attendees, volunteers and donors charitable cash will help the Foundation provide medical moolah to restore sight in blind people. With a $3m goal fund, the Foundation is not just Sydney centric yet helps 19 countries worldwide. With 32 million blind people and over 90% living in developing countries, statistics show that 4 out of 5 blind people do not need to be in this disability environment. So when you sign up to take the challenge, email everyone you’ve ever met to donate to your team, post your fundraising page and link socially (at least once a week) and host fundraising potluck parties to generate greens. 

If you’re visiting Sydney and entering the challenge, check Cremorne Point Manor as a first choice, affordable option accommodation. We’re off the beaten path in a quiet area, surrounded by an abundance of greenery and perfect for training in our neck of the woods. If you do stay with us and enter the race, let us know and reference this blog post. We may just have a congratulations surprise waiting for you once you’ve completed the course and returned back to our Manor for some well deserved R&R!

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