Australia’s premier charity hiking challenge for women, Coastrek, will step out on the Fleurieu Peninsula on Friday, 2 September, walking for mental health in support of Beyond Blue.
Over 1,200 trekkers are set to take on the 30km or 60km challenge in teams of four with a fundraising goal of $700,000 for Beyond Blue’s 24/7 Support Service.
Trekkers will start at Parsons Beach for the 60km and Victor Harbor for the 30km distances, with both events finishing at Goolwa.
The event attracts predominantly women with a growing number of men each year joining in the walk for mental health.
Registrations closes midnight, 24 July 2022 at www.coastrek.com.au/adelaide
“Coastrek is a fantastic fitness goal that includes a dedicated 6-12 week training program ensuring all trekkers are well prepared and get the most out of this life-changing experience,” says Coastrek Founder and CEO, Di Westaway OAM.
“Our goal is to highlight the benefits of training and walking in nature on physical and mental health so that this routine continues well after event day.”
Trekkers up for the 60km challenge will get a taste of South Australia’s famous Heysen Trail between Waitpinga and Encounter Bay – but there are plenty of highlights for the 30km trek as well.
The 2.9km Kaiki Walking Trail will lead trekkers around Granite Island Recreation Park where they’ll see unusual granite formations, crashing waves, and stunning panoramic views from elevated platforms.
The walk also features a spectacular 2.4 km cliff-top sculpture trail which features the work of local, national and international artists.
Julie McCrossin, veteran radio and television broadcaster, journalist, comedian, political commentator and activist for women’s and LGBTQ rights, will be walking as Coastrek Ambassador in the 30km event.
Julie has a long history with Coastrek and, having recently relocated to Adelaide, returns this year after an extensive battle with throat cancer, healthy and ready to hit the trail on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Coastrek on the Fleurieu Peninsula is one of five events around Australia. The Sydney event in March and the Mornington Peninsula event in May raised a combined $4.4 million towards 2022 goal of $6 million.
The Sunshine Coast event will take place in July and a brand new event in Margaret River in October will complete the year’s events.
All Coastrek routes are meticulously planned in coordination with local councils and national parks to ensure all trekkers tread lightly on our treasured land.
Visit www.coastrek.com.au for further information.