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Run Australia Challenge

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SCHOOLS CHALLENGE

When you register to Marathon Kids UK for the 2022/23 academic year your school will automatically be registered to the Run Australia Challenge.

Join Nikki Love, ambassador for Marathon Kids UK, and thousands of other children across the UK in a challenge of a lifetime, by collectively running across Australia as a school.

Nikki will be taking on the superhuman challenge of running solo from Perth to Sydney, that is a total of 2,450 miles, (3,943km), or 93 marathons across the Australian outback. She is setting the challenge to all schools to run across Australia with her and help raise £24,500 for Marathon Kids UK, by every child raising £24.50 each.

Nikki will be setting off on 01 May 2023 and aims to finish in 63 days. You will have until the end of of the academic year to finish your 93 marathons as a school.

Can your school collectively run 93 marathons? We challenge you to give it a try.

Download our Run Australia Challenge Support Pack HERE, the pack includes a printable sponsorship form too.

BOOK NIKKI FOR A INSPIRATIONAL TALK

Would you like a virtual visit from Nikki to inspire your Marathon Kids to run Australia? To book a 20 minute virtual assembly and Q&A click HERE

PRINT OUT A FREE RUN ACROSS AUSTRALIA MAP

Track your schools journey across Australia with this free map. Create a board to keep track of everyone’s distance run and show just how easy it is to run 2,450 miles when everyone does it together.

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CORPORATE CHALLENGE

G’DAY MATE! ARE YOU READY TO LACE UP FOR THE BIG AUSSIE ‘WALKABOUT’!

Looking for a challenge? Looking to get your work colleagues or friends and family up and moving? Want to do all this whilst also donating to a national children’s charity?

Well we have just the challenge for you. Take on this incredible ‘walkabout’ and run, or walk the distance of Perth to Sydney Australia. That’s 2,450 miles or the equivalent of 93 marathons. Not possible you say. Of course it is, especially when you get a team together and all do your bit.

NIKKI LOVE’S WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

For your inspiration we have our super human ambassador Nikki Love. Nikki will be attempting to break the current World Record in May 2023 by finishing in 63 days, the current record stands at 67 days, 2 hours and 57 minutes. Nikki, also known as ‘the girl that loves to run’, is a true believer that anything is possible and that people should ‘chase your extraordinary’. Her challenge to you is to finish your ‘walk about’ across Australia by the time she has finished hers and help her to raise an incredible £245,000 for Marathon Kids UK.

HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS

The aim is to cover the distance between Perth and Sydney, following the route that Nikki will take on her World Record attempt, (2,450 miles) as a team.

All members of the team are challenged to complete 10,000 steps per day, the equivalent of 5 miles. These steps can be tracked throughout the day using a health tracker or smart phone app, and can include any mileage covered during exercise.

Distance covered by each team member is accumulated to give a total daily distance, such as –

Teams of 10 people:

  • 10,000 steps per day per person (the equivalent of 5 miles per person, based on the 5 day working week)
  • 50 miles per day as a team = 250 miles per week
  • Perth to Sydney in 10 weeks!

THE BENEFITS OF TAKING ON THE RUN AUSTRALIA CHALLENGE 

  • Completing 10,000 steps a day increases a persons Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which accounts for 15% of calories used each day
  • Aerobic activity improves cardiovascular health
  • Encourages people to be active during work breaks to help reduce stress and keep people mobile
  • Bring people together and improve teamwork and encouragement in the workforce, as well as create healthy competition among teams!
  • Your donation of £24.50 per person will be directly improving the lives of children across the UK
  • All finishers will receive a Marathon Kids UK medal to show off and be proud of their achievements

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Get your team together
  • Choose a Team Leader – this is the person we will communicate with during the challenge and who will keep us updated with the teams progress
  • Choose a Team Name – make it something fun
  • Register to take part using the click button below
  • Make your £24.50 per person donation, or more if you like (link to JustGiving page will be in your registration confirmation email)
  • Schedule a start date
  • Start your Run Australia Challenge!
  • Send us your progress each week, including photos of your team and any inspiring stories so we can shout about you on our social channels
  • Tell us when you have achieved the challenge and we will send your finisher medals

BOOK NIKKI FOR A INSPIRATIONAL TALK

Inspire your team to run Australia and chase their extraordinary with an inspirational talk from Nikki. Book HERE

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