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Last chance to register for the biggest walkathon of the country

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jan 19, 2020, 12:55 am IST
Updated Jan 19, 2020, 12:55 am IST
Participants gear up for final training session for Oxfam Trailwalker India on actual trail in Bengaluru.
Participants gear up for final training session. (Photo: File)
 Participants gear up for final training session. (Photo: File)

The 9th edition of one of the biggest walkathons in the country – Oxfam Trailwalker India is being organized in Bengaluru this February from 7-9, 2020, and it’s an open call for the fitness buffs who enjoy making a difference. Regular training sessions in the city have been bringing together participants gearing up for the event, to build strength and stamina. Oxfam India has now announced the last training session before the walkathon and it will allow participants to experience and prepare for the actual scenic trail. On January 18, 2020, the city will see Bangaloreans assemble to test their endurance on a warm afternoon. Starting at the Govt. High School & PU College, Village Vishwanathpur, this practice session will be a way for locals to shake out of their routine life.

The walkathon in its past editions has attracted varied participation and sustained enthusiasm from people from all walks of life. Ranging from corporate employees and their CEOs to saree-clad women and 77-year-old men, participants are contributing and walking for a cause. Over 1600 people walked at Mumbai and Bengaluru last year to raise up to Rs. 5 crores. All proceeds of this from Oxfam Trailwalker India go to charity and help the underprivileged lot, especially children in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

 

In addition to this, Trailwalker helps participants stay fit, not just physically but also mentally. The training session this Saturday will see registered participants walking 17 km on part of the original walkathon trail. Starting from the edge of a beautiful valley in Nandi Hills, the trail passes through more than 30 villages, from Sultanpet to Olde Bengaluru Resort. If you haven’t registered yet, you can now - https://trailwalker.oxfamindia.org

The walkathon will take the participants through natural beauty and picturesque paths as they walk for a good cause and contribute their bit towards society. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to start your fitness journey or would like to find a unique way to be of help to society or equality is a cause you deeply believe in, Oxfam gives you the perfect outlet to channel your energies.

 

“We are driven by the belief that change lies within us and if we want to change the world, we must start within our boundaries. The response for the trailwalker in Bengaluru has been wonderful and we are looking forward to a lot more people registering to contribute towards this cause. The last training session will give the participants a feel of the walkathon and allow them to be prepared mentally as well as physically”, says Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar.

Oxfam India organizes free-to-attend, open-to-all training sessions every month in Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru for participants, employees of corporate partners and interested individuals to prepare them for the ultimate challenge. Oxfam Trailwalker is an environmentally sustainable event and does not harm the environment. Oxfam India partners with organizations for waste management. Rigorous impact assessments are done to ensure that the event is sustainable and the waste generated during the event is effectively managed.

 

Over the years, Trailwalker has successfully developed into a top-notch international fundraiser, challenging walkers in 17 cities across 9 countries including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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