Burnie Mayor signs up for the Burnie Challenge

Entries are flying in at a record rate for the annual Burnie Challenge, scheduled this year for Sunday April 15, starting at 11am from Hellyer College.

The Burnie Challenge is an extreme sporting event that consists of trail running mixed with various types of challenging man-made obstacles, mud and more. Over 800 people took part in the first time event last year.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said, “I have been pressured into taking the Burnie Challenge this year. So I am now mentally preparing for the muddy and physically challenging course. I would really appreciate others joining me and possibly helping me through the obstacles. I also will be challenging all the other Aldermen to join me and take part in this great local event.”

The Burnie Challenge is part of the Healthy Communities Initiative that is set to help increase the Burnie community’s participation in healthy eating practices and lifestyles.

Burnie City Council Community Development Officer and event organiser Allison Daley said, “The event was so popular last year that we have decided to put a cap at 1500 people entering this year. The course has been extended and there are many more obstacles to tackle. We are very impressed with the amount of entries we have already received. I would encourage everyone to enter as soon as possible, just in case you miss out.

“The course is going to challenging, however we love to see family teams enter. If your child is under seven years of age they must be in a family team. It has been great to see that a huge amount of the entries received are from businesses, sporting groups and schools who are teaming up together.”

Entry is only $10 for an individual or $30 for a team of four. Registration forms and full details can be found online or drop into the Burnie City Council’s Offices at 80 Wilson Street.

The Burnie Challenge event is supplemented by a number of cross training programs to assist participants prepare for the event. Both the event and the training programs highlight the benefits of cross training, a healthy diet and nutrition.

Select local trainers are running free training sessions for anyone who holds either a health care card or pension card. Anyone else wanting to train for the event can attend these sessions for a discounted cost.

The supporting trainers are:

  • Storm Fit Fix – Mason Doherty Phone: 0439 003 965
  • KAW Training – Kent Wyllie Phone: 0400 634 963
  • KickStart Fitness – Sherry Rand Phone: 0412 874 465
  • HealthGlo – Andrew Keen Phone: 6431 4708
  • Lakeland Fitness Services – John Lakeland Phone: 0418 405 867

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net