Take a step and make a difference
Are you looking to put your fitness to the test? Or maybe you would like to have a fun day out in the bush, walking with family and friends, or meeting new people? How about doing all of the above, whilst at the same time, making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children? Interested?
Then Helping Feet: Take a step and make a difference is the event for you!
Helping Feet is a community fundraising event that is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. This event is jointly organised by the Yarra Foundation and the Iranian Bushwalkers with the aim of raising much-needed funds to provide essential educational support, infrastructure and resources to disadvantaged children in Iran. Want to know more about how your support helps children? click here.
Run, jog, or walk in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges National Park along one of three designated event tracks. Event volunteers and hydration stations will be accessible at multiple points along each of the tracks. Our wonderful event volunteers will be ready to help you whenever you need them.
Date : Sunday 19th Nov
- Event start 7:30 am to 9:00 am (check your exact start time based on your track of choice)
Check-in Collect event pack at start point
Light Lunch available from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
* All event options include a light lunch
Dam carpark, Stonyford Road, Silvan, VIC 3795
Melways Ref. 120 G11
Public Transport: Route 663 bus
Map of the Event
Start Time: 8:30 am
Finish Time: 1 pm
Distance: 8.5 km
Length: maximum 5 hours
Difficulty: grade 2*
Suitable for families with young children. You can walk this track with a rather relaxed pace and still get to the finish line in time for your light lunch. If you would like a bit of a challenge you can jog or run this track at a faster pace. Expect to see our lovely volunteers at 5 points along the track (including 3 hydration stations). The track is signed but we recommend you study the map prior to starting to have a good understanding of your surroundings.
Start Time: 8:00 am
Finish Time: 1:00 pm
Distance: 14.6 km
Length: maximum 5 hours
Difficulty: grade 3*
Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience. To finish this track in 5 hours you will need to walk an average of 3 km per hour, which can be challenging considering the terrain and elevation profile of the track. Be prepared, have some snacks and drinks with you and expect to see our lovely volunteers at 9 points along the track (including 4 hydration stations).
Start Time: 7:30 am
Finish Time: 1:30 pm
Distance: 23.5 km
Length: maximum 6 hours
Difficulty: grade 5*
Recommended for very experienced bushwalkers. This is a tough challenge! Walking this track in 5 hours requires a high level of fitness and experience in bushwalking. If you have the fitness and want to challenge your body, this is the track for you. Be well prepared, have enough snacks and some drinks with you and expect to see our lovely volunteers at 12 points along the track (including 6 hydration stations).
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Finish Time: 3:00 pm
Distance: 0 km (yes, zero km)
Difficulty: grade 1*
Cannot be there for the whole morning? Too difficult to walk with the little one(s)? Still want to contribute, have a fun day and share the joy? If so, this is the track for you. Just rock up to the finish line at any time between 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, enjoy a light lunch, cheer on the participants and join the fun.
Upon your arrival please proceed to the registration table (see the map below). After check-in you’ll receive your race number(s) and wristband(s) and you’re good to go.
Make sure you bring a bottle of water. There will be hydration stations on the track where you can fill up your bottle. You have a long track to walk/run, so make sure you bring enough food or snacks to have during your walk/run, but not too much to lose your appetite for the yummy burger that is waiting for you at the finish line. You can get your burger anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm near the registration table.
And the weather! Well it’s Melbourne, so you might need both your rain jacket and sunscreen! Check the weather forecast closer to the event day and be prepared.
Your start and finish times will be recorded by our volunteers by scanning your RFID wristbands at start and finish lines. Participants with three best times in each track will receive Helping Feet 2016 medal.
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