May 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM
All walkers must check-in at the START before 6.50am. We're open from 6am onwards so we suggest that you get in early to jump the queues, grab a hot chocolate, pose for a team shot and then do some warm-up stretches with your team. Morning announcements start at 6.50am and the gun will crack at 7am sharp!
The course in brief
The entire 50km event is contained within the Lysterfield Lake and Churchill National Parks. The Start & Finish staging areas and all Pitstops are located at the same site - this means that each leg of the event (Section 1, 2, 3, 4) are loops that leave from, and return to the same location. Completing Section 4 means that you will have completed the full 50kms. The course itself is on bush trails and walking tracks, surrounded by beautiful Aussie bushland and native animals. You can expect to see kangaroos, echidnas, possums, an array of native birdlife and we need to warn of the possibility of seeing snakes so always vigilant. On a much brighter note the views from various lookouts across Melbourne and the surrounding hillscapes are stunning.
Sorry NO DOGS allowed!
Dogs and other pets are not permitted.
When can I register?
Registrations open on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:30 AM.
When do registrations close?
Registrations close on May 2, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
What is the cost?
You must pay an administration fee to participate in Go the Extra Mile. These fund pay for the operation of the event (venues, permits, insurances, medical staff, food, drink, hire of equipment). We strive to keep this cost low by trying to secure sponsors for the event and when you see their names appear on this website, you can expect a few more creature comforts on event day.
We ask all adults and kids to aim to assist the charity by raising tax deductible donations. You are encouraged to raise as much money as you can and prizes are awarded to the 3 top fundraising individuals. Donations will be accepted until May 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM.
Need some ideas for fundraising?
We would love to help you achieve your target amounts so call on us for assistance. We have resources like DVDs, brochures, powerpoint shows. We can also come to your school, group, church or workplace and speak about the walk and the charity's work. Give us a call or email us and we'll see how we can assist you.
This table lists all the relevant dates for the event.
This table lists the Registration fees that apply to take part in the event.
This table lists the Fundraising Pledges that we ask you to try and achieve when you participate in the event.
Event Section - Lap 1
This lap is the least hilly of all the laps with the lap heading from the start finish, looping around circling the Lysterfield Lake. The trail includes the historic tram-line track which is where a significant amount of granite was sought for Melbourne's pioneering days. You'll most likely see the first of many kangaroos, wallabies, maybe an echidna or two and whilst it needs to be said, as rare as it is maybe a snake (so always be careful). The trail also loops through a small conservation reserve with lush green vegetation with raised boardwalks. Apart from a 300m narrow trail section in the first km most of the trail is quite wide and even surfaced.
Event Section - Lap 2
The Blue Lap is the start of the undulating elements of Lysty50, you'll get a real taste of Lysterfield Park as the lap circumnavigates the Eastern boundary of the park. This section is a long section and need to carry plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy up! This section has varying surfaces from well formed stone fire roads, sandy trails, grassy trails and some uneven surfaces.
Event Section - Lap 3
The hills are alive at the sound of music. This is the most hilly of the laps so have you music ready to distract you from the challenge of constant ascending and descending. The green lap takes you over the highest point (twice!) and around all of the hills in the Churchill Park section. This lap tests the quality of your shoes and your blister prevention strategy, if your a seasoned walker and you've trained well you'll be fine but take some band-aids with you just to be sure! There are amazing views of the city and Port Phillip bay be sure to have your camera ready.
Event Section - Lap 4
Just one more hill! Another hilly lap with four of the last five km's going from the lowest point in the park to the highest point, albeit on a different trail direction from lap 3. This lap is the shortest of all the loops with the end always in sight, however, now that you've been out there for quite a few hours it never feels like the hill will stop or the end will ever come. But dont worry it sure does and you'll arrive to cheers, family, friends and now that you've gone the extra mile knowing you've helped break the cycle of poverty and helped a child smile in Uganda makes the walk and the fundraising worthwhile.
Download the Event Mapbook
The following rules must be observed by all participants:
The following terms must be observed by all participants:
What to take on a training walk
First - a few ideas about what to take on your training walks:
- the event mapbook (print one from the website or take the one sent to you after registering)
- mobile phone
- lightweight, waterproof jacket
- fluid (energy, electrolyte or water)
- food (fruit, energy or muesli bars, lollies, chocolate)
- basic first aid kit (blister pads, pain killers, anti-rash cream)
- change of socks, hat & sunblock
- pen (for marking map with notes)
- waterproof bag on rainy days
- camera (optional - for happy snaps)
- mp3 player
- ID & money
The following training regime has proven successful in helping walkers get over the line!
HopeBuilders. International is an Australian not-for-profit charity and is run by a small team of volunteers, who are motivated by their Christian faith to love the destitute, marginalised and abandoned.
They are determined to build hope into the lives of these precious people - and so the name of the organisation gives a clear indication of their intentions! Their work amongst the disadvantaged children of Uganda is supported by fundraising efforts conducted back here in Australia.
Their long term goal is to take the Village of Hope model to other locations within Uganda, and indeed to other nations around the world.
The Village of Hope began construction in January 2009 on 4 acres of land that was acquired by HopeBuilders. This lovely block of land sits on the high side of the Jinja District with a view of Lake Victoria, in the Wairaka parish. The property is a corner block which is adjacent to the Uganda base for YWAM which is called Hopelands.
The Village of Hope includes 14 homes which are each designed to house up to 8 disadvantaged children and a house mother, who in most cases would be a widow. These homes will provide the opportunity for these children to grow up in as close to a family environment as is possible. The village also includes an administration centre which provides offices for the running of the village, as well as vocational and other life-skill type training programs for the mothers and children as well. There is also a vegetable garden and a farm, with chickens, cows, goats and even some turkeys.
The homes are constructed out of earth bricks which are produced by widows that have been trained and equipped by Hopebuilders. to undertake this as a business enterprise. Two commuter busses have also been purchased and now operate from the village as a commercial activity providing funds back to the village.
Groups are welcome to sponsor a home as well as participate in its construction and possibly even play a part in the on-going support of the children and mother that live in that home. Please contact us to explore this further.
Visit the Hopebuilders website here.
Youth Support Uganda is a Uganda HopeBuilders International community based program supporting youth in Uganda in the daily challenges that they face. Young people in communities around Uganda are faced with issues like poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, broken homes, sexual violence, H.I.V, lack of education and more. Often young people find themselves in situations where it is very hard to break out of this cycle of poverty. Currently YSU is working alongside vulnerable young women to help address the issues of abuse and young single mothers.
This is done through teaching them tailoring skills, helping them creating their own businesses, providing emergency shelter and also running trauma rehabilitation programs.YSU also mentors and disciples young men by empowering them with agriculture skills to start their own small businesses as well as providing counseling, drug education and teachings on gender equality issues. YSU educates, supports and empowers young people with micro finance training, small business loans, sponsorship, social justice programs, mentor programs and recreational empowerment programs.
YSU is all about working alongside local communities and youth to help tackle some of the serious issues facing young people. YSU also aims to build a youth center on a block of land that HopeBuilders International has purchased that will give support to youth in the area. You can check out more updates from Youth Support Uganda by visiting www.facebook.com/YouthSupportUganda
Established in 2007, Home of Hope is a community based organization that takes care of children with multiple disabilities housed in a home. It also reaches out to such children in the community through its Occupational therapists and Physio-therapists who give them physical exercises and social workers as well who help teach the parents how to parent such children. Its outreach plans include counseling, small income generating projects for the parents and doing physical exercises with children. The main objectives of the Home of Hope are to:
- Prevent the occurrence of secondary disabilities of children with multiple disabilities.
- Create and increase the awareness to the parents and communities on the cause, prevention and management of multiple disabilities
- Equip parents and communities with necessary skills on how to care for children with multiple disabilities.
Vision: A socially accepted, included, well cared for and involved community of children with multiple disabilities to acquire self help skills in order to live independently in Jinja and Uganda at large.
Mission: To enhance the health social and economic welfare of the children with multiple disabilities through the provision of their basic needs, mental development and psycho-social support to both the children and their care givers.
Find out more information at http://www.homeofhopeuganda.org
Schoolies Rev is a 3-week trip to a developing country or region that is all about celebrating well and making a difference. It is a short-term mission trip that looks to impact the world and be exposed to the issues of poverty, while having a distinct schoolies flavour that emphasises fun, making friends and new experiences.
On the trips, we get alongside local organisations that are making a difference. We seek to impact and influence the communities we visit, encourage the people working there and invest in their projects with our time and resources. Whoever comes on the trip to use their gifts and talents to serve the people we meet and to discover how they can impact the world when they return home.
You won’t change the world in 3 weeks, but by partnering with local organisations we definitely have the opportunity to have a big impact. You could paint someone’s home, help set up an environmental project or even build a house! No matter what you can be sure that you will work in some practical ways and leave behind a visible impact! Mission: “To turn around a generation” – We seek to start a revolution – In our country and in 3rd-world countries. An alternative “schoolies” and a stand for something greater
Find out more information at http://schooliesrev.com.au
Jinja Christian School was built in late 2012 / early 2013 and opened for the first day of Term 1 on 4th February, 2013.
It has been established to provide quality Christian education to children in the Jinja District. It is located in the village of Wairaka, just 10 minutes from central Jinja. It currently draws students from both the local area and from the wider Jinja District.
The teaching staff are all Ugandans who are working closely with the founders of the school, Anne and Ron Matheson, Australian teachers with over 50 years experience between them in Australian and International schools. Their aim is to provide the teachers with skills and resources to teach with a wider variety of teaching strategies to accommodate the different learning styles of the children in each class.
Find out more information at http://www.jinjachristianschool.ug
HopeBuilders International is an Australian not-for-profit charity and is run by a small team of volunteers, who are motivated by their Christian faith to love the destitute, marginalised and abandoned.