The Great Aussie Hike was developed in 2020 by a group of volunteers who wanted to do something to help the mental well-being of the community during both lockdowns and periods of heavy restrictions. It was designed with the purpose of giving friends a tangible resource they could use to support each other – something that is simple to follow, but based on foundations that research shows does make a difference.
The program component focuses on human connection, goal setting, basic physical activity in nature and mindset development that is completed in small groups. The program concludes with a team walking challenge on April 1-2, 2022. Teams can choose from either 30km, 43km, 57km or 100km walks that wind around the Mornington Peninsula on a stunning new course developed just for this event. Participants can either elect to walk the whole distance or complete as part of a relay team.
We are also delighted to announce that we are also providing a resource that parents and carers can use to help encourage the young people in their lives to strengthen their mental and physical well-being. They can use the challenge to help motivate those aged 12-20 to re-establish fitness and develop new habits after lockdown. These young people can be added to their connected adults’ team and complete the program and 30km challenge for only $25.
One great idea is to put together a team of school parents and students to train and then complete the challenge together. Or why not use this as a fantastic way of reconnecting with your mates and committing to support each other. Alternatively, this is a great opportunity for workplaces to engage in a team-building activity after many months working apart.
Registrations are now open to either complete just the program or join both the program and challenge. Numbers will be limited to ensure the event can proceed under COVID-19 regulations.
The Great Aussie Hike is proudly supported by Mornington Peninsula Magazine.