Last year, thanks to his supporters, 20 year old Jika Knight was able to complete the marathon event and to his delight receive a finisher’s medal.
Ross said “the volunteers along the trail provided genuine support and encouragement which was a real boost to Jika and our team. The O’Keefe Ekiden Relay is one of the very few events that provides an accessible track and facilities to make this not just possible, but comfortable and enjoyable.”
The ‘Ekiden’ is symbolic in bringing people together who in the past may not have been physically active to achieve a personal goal and now have the opportunity through the help of others.
The Ekiden provides the opportunity for families, sporting organisations, schools and businesses to have loads of fun whilst experiencing the magic of the trail. Teams can be all male, all female, mixed(but must have at least 3 women) and all abilities.
The all abilities team can be a combination of those who have a disability, their carers, supporters or family and friends. My legs are beyond a marathon now, but Jika's jogging stroller is certainly not. Being part of a relay team gives me a terrific sense of enjoyment, also Jika enjoys the company of his team, the other participants and the volunteers on the trail explained Ross.
For more information contact Event Director Sandra Slatter 0417 350911 or visit the website www.theokeefe.com.au