In honour of the Kokoda Spirit, this 30km event winds through some of Brisbane’s toughest terrain. The track undulates through the green scenery in the west of Brisbane Forest Park. Starting at Brookfield Showgrounds, you and your team will make your way up to the halfway checkpoint at McAfee’s Lookout before returning to the showgrounds via the tropical terrain of D’Aguilar National Park, reminiscent of the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea. The 30km (or 15km) distance coupled with wide open fire trails, makes this the perfect event for beginners or runners having a hit out.
Teams of two, three and four will find the course is not without toils. As you descend down to a creek bed you encounter a sharp turn onto a narrow trail, aptly named ‘hell hole’ - ensuring that you don’t forget the meaning of endurance before arriving at the finish line. If you want to test your fitness or make sure that your training is on track for the 96km Kokoda Challenge, this event is for you! The Junior Kokoda Challenge Brisbane Event is definitely one to mark in the school calendar. In a break from traditional school sports where teachers are barracking from the sidelines, the Junior Kokoda Challenge Brisbane Event requires teachers to join as a member of the five person team to complete the 30km Challenge.
Whilst training for and during the event, students are both physically and emotionally fatigued and their leaders must develop new strategies to motivate and keep their group going. But there is nothing to beat the feeling of satisfaction that comes from setting a goal and achieving that goal against all odds. Registration opens 21st January 2015. Go to www.kokodachallenge.com or phone (07) 5539 4141.