Where is it?
The event starts at Waterfront City in Melbourne's Docklands precinct. It then progresses along a 50km route in the Melbourne Metropolitan area, making use of the scenic walking routes along the Yarra River. Four checkpoints break the 50km into 10km sections. The Usptream Challenge concludes at Donvale Christian College for celebrations, food and an awards presentation. Click here to view the mapbook.
When is it?
Make sure to circle your diary for Saturday, 16th November 2013. Participants will start at Docklands between the times of 7am - 8.30am. There will be an awards ceremony at the finish location in Donvale at the conclusion of the event. We encourage all participants to invite their family and friends along to the finish line to give a well deserved cheer!
How does the event work?
Participants can enter the event in three different ways; register for the 50km Challenge as an individual or as a team or enter as a relay team.
Individual Entry: walk the entire 50km at your own pace.
Team Entry: walk the entire 50km as a team. Teams can be made up of any number of people with a maximum of 6. Teams MUST stick together throughout the event, so if you are at different fitness levels or speed, we suggest you register as an individual.
Relay Entry: walk the 50km as a relay. Relay teams require a minimum of 2 (and a max of 10) people and each member must walk a minimum of 30km during the duration of the 50km. Teams will need to have someone walking at all times over the 50km but each individual does not need to complete the 30km in one continuous go.
Is this a race?
No, but we do offer some awards in the spirit of friendly competition. We also offer prizes for highest fundraisers. All prizes are donated.
You'll need to register by Friday 8th November 2013. There is no registration fee, but each participant (regardless of individual or team entry) must commit to fundraising a minimum of $200 in donations. $50 of which will be requested during registration. All donations will go towards your total fundraising amount, are tax deductible and 100% will go towards your chosen beneficiary. You can register here.
Participants must nominate which beneficiary they wish to support with their donations, or they can choose to share their donations.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. 100% of donations go directly to the beneficiaries. Donations are due back on Friday the 29th November.
If you need more answers to your questions, please visit frequently asked questions.
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Rowville Sports Medicine Centre
Our friends at Rowville Sports Medicine Centre have once again very generously offered to support the Upstream 50km Challenge in 2013! Not only will they be available on the day to help with Podiatry, Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy, they will also be holding an information night leading up to the event. The information night will cover all the necessary topics to get you ready to tackle the Upstream Challenge including event preparation and injury prevention. More details to come!
Now that you have decided to participate, below are some tips on what to do next....
- Decide if you want the freedom to walk at your own pace and register an an individual or to walk in a team or as a relay
- Determine if you would like to support all three projects and share your donations between the beneficiaries or to support just one
- To meet the age requirements (you need to be over the age of 18 to walk the 50km individually, alternatively you can walk in a team or relay) and other general rules
- Commit to raising $200 in donations per person, $50 of which is to be donated during registration. For more information on how to manage donations, visit the donations page
- To register online no later than Friday 11th November
- We highly recommend a support crew (non-walking friends who can organise your food, water, changes of clothing etc so you don't have to carry it all yourself)
- Develop a training plan