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TriHards Defeat their Demons in the Blue Mountains!

15 May 2010

15 May 2010

TriHards Defeat their Demons in the Blue Mountains!

The TriHards at the finish line.
No, that is the real finish line after 33 hours and two minutes!

There’s no denying it, the Wild Endurance is a huge event - not only in terms of actually completing the 100km trek - that’s almost the easy part when seen within the big picture. Well, no, not really, it’s still quite hard. But there are other challenges involved: there’s the fundraising components - each team member has to raise a minimum of $400. And the logistics of determining what each team member will require during the race in terms of food, drink, and comfortable places to sit and/or sleep. Finally, there's the task of trying to find people who are just as insane as the TriHards to be the support crew; who will drive around from checkpoint to checkpoint, laden with the team’s gear, ready with hot food and drink, chairs, and encouragement.

An event so big, so hard, and so complicated needs more than a simple race report. No single page will cover the drama associated with the Wild Endurance. No, discussion of such an event needs many, many pages: we want you, dear reader, to know just how overwhelming the various challenges of the Wild Endurance were, so that you know the breadth and depth of our victory in actually completing it. We want you to have every gory detail of our efforts to get a team into the race, and to actually complete it.

So, please, browse through this section and read all about our exciting tales of the Wild Endurance. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoyed doing it. Hopefully you’ll learn something, like not to do the Wild Endurance!

Four walkers on a dirt road

19 May 2010

TriHards Survive the Zombie Holocaust!

Residents of Wentworth Falls were alarmed to discover zombies roaming their streets on morning of 2 May, 2010; fortunately they weren’t the dangerous, fast moving, angry zombies of movies such as 28 Days Later; not, these were the classic, slow-shuffling zombies in the Romero style. They were, however, slightly different; rather than shuffling along with their standard plea for “brains”, these white-clad zombies were shuffling through the streets moaning “bacon.... bacon....” We sent our bravest, most intrepid investigative reporter to the scene, where some disturbing secrets were revealed.

...Read all about it ...
Mountains view.

Accommodation

17 May 2010

17 May 2010

Accommodation

Two tips which come up relating to the night before a big adventure race or event are: eat a good, hearty, high carbohydrate meal, and get a good night’s sleep. In their usual style, the organisers of the Wild Endurance took care of the first through organising a high-carb buffet meal at the Carrington (which also offered deals to cater for the second).

But the team that sleeps together stays together. And the TriHards always endeavour to share common accommodation on their away trips. Now, normally this is done by staying a cabin at a caravan park. After all, luxurious accommodation would be wasted on the team when all they want is a few hours sleep prior to an event. But the Wild Endurance is not a normal event, and the TriHards team for the Wild Endurance was not a normal team! So, for around the same price as a caravan park cabin, the TriHards secured luxurious accommodation in Katoomba in the form of Harrys Lookout.

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Mountains view.

15 May 2010

Fundraising: The Hidden Challenge!

Non-profit organisations are increasingly starting to realise that these big events provide fantastic fundraising opportunities. Think the Gong Ride (MS), Urban (MHF), Mother’s Day Classic (Breast Cancer), LifeStart Kayak for Kids and the Wild Endurance, which last year managed to raise more than $140,000 for the Wilderness Society - and this year they have crossed the halfway point to their goal of $500,000. And who could blame them, it’s a fantastic way to raise money.

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