Commando Steve Champions ANZAC Anniversary 100km Challenge in Sydney
Sydney will host its first metropolitan 100km trail ultra marathon as part of the 100th ANZAC Anniversary commemorations on ANZAC Day 2015. Commando Steve, one of Australia's most recognised and respected health and fitness experts, will champion the event, staged on a spectacular course of scenic trails through the Ku-rin-gai and Garigal National Parks.
Under the banner 'Commemorate, Challenge, Care', the ANZAC Day Challenge invites participants to challenge themselves to cover the gruelling 100km course and raise funds to support injured defence force personnel through the charities Soldier On and Mates4Mates.
Event Ambassador, Commando Steve, is looking forward to seeing the crowds come out on ANZAC Day to throw their support behind a cause close to his heart.
'I'm really excited to be involved in the inaugural ANZAC Day Challenge. I can't think of a better way to commemorate our diggers, their sacrifice and 100 years of ANZAC Sprit than by raising funds to support past and present Australian defence force personnel," he said.
The run will begin at St. Ives Showground with a commemorative big screen broadcast of the dawn service and will finish at the Manly-Warringah War Memorial Park at Manly Dam, alongside the lakeside War Memorial.
Spectacular Sydney sandstone escarpments, majestic water views that take your breath away and hidden bush tracks feature on the scenic course.
There will be a 24-hour time limit on the challenge, making it accessible to people who may wish to trek the course. It can be tackled as 100km solo, in a team covering the 100km together or in a relay team comprising 2 or 3 members, allowing team members to choose the 27k, 33k or 40k sections.
There are no qualifications required to participate in the Challenge, however there is limited capacity so people are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Entries opened on 28th November and already over 160 people have registered from all states of Australia.
The event will be fully supported and include a medical team and regular aid stations along the course.
The ANZAC Day Challenge has been created by the Born To Run Foundation and operated by Big Run Events. The event aims to raise significant funds for the charities Soldier On and Mates4Mates, and forms a part of the 100th Anniversary ANZAC celebrations.
Interested participants can now register on the website to ensure a place in this significant anniversary event. Participants are encouraged to set a minimum $500 fundraising target to support the charities.
All details are available on the event website here.
About Born To Run Foundation
With the mission of 'fitness for fighting diabetes', the Born To Run Foundation aims to raise much-needed funds for diabetes research. As a registered charity all donations to the Foundation will go to research projects and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
About Big Run Events
Big Run Events is one of Australia's leading off-road and outback event companies comprising an experienced team of professionals, specialising in running, trekking and outback music events.
About Commando Steve
Commando Steve is a highly qualified fitness coach and former Team Commander with the Australian Special Forces. With his signature dark sunglasses, black T-shirt and combat fatigues Commando Steve has become a familiar face on Australian television since putting contestants through their paces as a trainer on Channel Ten's 'Australia's Biggest Loser'. Steve has motivated, inspired and pushed contestants to levels of physical and mental fitness they never dreamed possible.
About Soldier On
The charity looks to build on the support offered by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other government and not-for-profit organisations by addressing gaps in the support available for all of Australia's wounded, serving and ex-serving. Soldier On is funded by generous Australians and every dollar donated to the charity goes towards programs to help our wounded. Soldier On is independent of government and is not part of the Returned and Services League (RSL), Legacy, or the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mates4Mates evokes the Australian spirit, that a True Mate offers unwavering loyalty and friendship even in our darkest hour. It was in this spirit that Mates4Mates was born. Mates4Mates is a not for profit charity, initiated by RSL (Queensland Branch) to provide support to our wounded, injured or ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families. Mates4Mates is designed to complement and enhance the capability of the ADF to support their current and ex-serving personnel and their families.