Registrations for new event Walking Stars are now open, with Melbourne’s night-time, half-marathon walk aiming to bring people together to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria.
The fundraising event, to be held in Australia for the first time, involves participants completing a 21 kilometre course at a stroll, stride or powerwalk around Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday 2 December.
The course will take participants anywhere between two and six hours to complete, depending on fitness level and walking speed. It’s a non-competitive event, and with some training, is achievable by everyone.
The half-marathon originated in New Zealand and offers a unique way to experience the highlights and skyline of Melbourne CBD.
Head of Events at Cancer Council Victoria, Megan Potter, said funds raised by participants will go towards vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
"Events like this rely on the time, commitment and support of those participants who so generously get involved and raise funds. This is the first time we are holding this event in Melbourne and we are hoping Victorians will get involved. We want everyone to have a really fun night and all the money fundraised will be going to help those affected by cancer."
Ms Potter said taking part in Walking Stars also encourages participants to train in the lead up and to get active – thus reducing their risk of cancer.
"At Cancer Council Victoria we know that around a third of cancers can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices – like being physically active. That’s just another great reason to sign up for Walking Stars today!"
As part of the registration, participants will enjoy a fun packed night but will also receive access to training and fundraising ideas, tips and advice, hydration and refreshments on the night, a walker number and back sign, and a medal once they have completed the walk.
For more information including how to prepare for the event, course details, fundraising ideas and other ways to get involved, visit the Walking Stars website .