In a time where the La Trobe University community has been isolated from friends, family and colleagues, the Team La Trobe Walk and Run event provided an opportunity for the La Trobe community to connect and motivate one another by aiming to walk or run 42 kilometres across two weeks.
204 people across 19 teams took part in the challenge as part of Team La Trobe, with 76 participants completing the 42km marathon distance by themselves. In total, Team La Trobe covered over 4,300km throughout the challenge, which roughly equates to the distance between Melbourne and Tonga.
La Trobe Sport Events Coordinator, Andrew Pettigrove, praised the Team La Trobe community for the overwhelming positive spirit shown by all participants throughout the challenge.
“On the back of a successful Push-Up Challenge campaign during May, we were so pleased to see the Team La Trobe community back it up again and turn out in such numbers for the Walk & Run event,” Pettigrove said.
“In what has been an extremely challenging period for the La Trobe community, to see people getting active and engaging with their friends and colleagues as part of this challenge has been truly heartening.
“The group Facebook event set up for this event has been flooded with pictures and videos of people sharing their experiences on their walks and runs, and the positive spirit and comradery on display is everything that Team La Trobe is all about.
“Well done to everyone who took part in the Team La Trobe Walk & Run event this year and congratulations to all the individuals and teams that took out the awards.”