Overseas Walkers to boost Canberra Economy

What: The Canberra International Walking Weekend incorporates the Canberra Two Day Medal Walk and is a non-competitive challenge walk for all ages. It is in it’s eighteenth year. It’s not a race but is about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge. The walks take you along Canberra ‘s extensive footpath and recreation path network. Routes pass national buildings and Lake Burley Griffin and go through a number of Canberra’s Nature Parks and are different both days. The times allowed means there is time to do some sightseeing or enjoy a coffee along the way while enjoying Canberra’s autumn and the company of fellow walkers.

When: 4th and 5th April 2009

Where: The walk starts and finishes at the *Control Centre. The Control Centre is located at the  Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, on the corner of Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton, ACT

Distances: 5km, 10, 20km, 30km and Marathon distance on the Saturday.

Times: Events start from 7.30am on each day.

Further information: Phil Essam – 0425347025 or Kathleen Berg on 0432143922


There are 90 Overseas Walkers heading for the Canberra
International Walking Weekend on the 4th and 5th of April.  They
are from UK, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy,
Japan, Russia and New Zealand. This will provide another
significant boost to the ACT and Australian economy during their
stay. (accommodation, travel, food, doing other activities whilst
in the ACT)

Marit Olsen, a policewoman from Norway will be walking for the
fifth time in the event.  One of the Japanese walkers will be here
for 9th time.

There are over 500 walkers entered for the whole weekend.

The oldest woman in Tina Zuiderwijk 92, walking 2x 10km. She is
walking for the 8th time. The oldest man is Henry Hoc Tran, a
Vietnamese Australian, who we think is 90. He  is walking 2x 5 k.
He is walking for the 16th time.

The oldest marathoner is D McKenzie who is 77. The oldest 30 k
walker is Ted Fleming (local) who is 84 and Gerald Bennett 86
(local) is the oldest in the 20 k group.

The youngest walker is N Goodyer, 8 walking 10 km

This event has stood the test of time and with the assistance from
the ACT Government it would have the potential to be a major
tourist draw card for the Territory.

Thank you for reading this Press release.


Phil Essam
Publicity Assistant


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