COASTREK – Australia’s iconic team hiking challenge – will bring its inspirational formula of fun, fitness, friends, and fundraising to the Mornington Peninsula on Friday 26 May, encouraging more women (and men) to get moving in nature and hike for healthy hearts in support of the Heart Foundation.
More than 2500 trekkers will take on a 60km, 45km, 30 or 20km challenge along the peninsula’s picturesque coastlines and hiking trails, starting at sunrise at Cape Schanck lighthouse, and then taking in the natural beauty of Sorrento Beach, panoramic views from Fort Nepean, and coastal bush trails including Farnsworth track to London Bridge and Butlers Track.
Coastrek is an active getaway with purpose, building awareness about the benefits of walking for hearth health and fundraising for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving research to combat heart disease – the leading cause of death in Australia.
Registrations close on Sunday 16 April – Visit www.coastrek.com.au/events-mornington-peninsula-vic
Coastrek Founder & CEO, Di Westaway OAM said walking was the “magic pill” to combat heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
“Coastrek provides a fun and engaging activity that will benefit the whole community,” she said.
The Coastrek Mornington Peninsula event is aiming to raise $2 million for lifesaving research for women’s heart health, supporting Indigenous heart health and bringing an end to Rheumatic Heart Disease, and funding to expand the Jump Rope for Heart Program in Australian schools.
The peninsula route is located on the traditional lands of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation and rich in Indigenous heritage. Scar trees and stone tool sites are common along with vegetation such as edible tuberous plants, once maintained by women of the traditional Bunurong clans that called the Peninsula home.
The walk is run by Wild Women on Top, one of Australia’s largest and longest running women’s health movements.