Walk the O'Keefe

February 5, 2018

The latest news is  “green prescriptions” are the key to improving psychological and emotional well-being and the O’Keefe Challenge has four for you to choose from.


A 'Green Prescription' is when a doctor recommends getting active in the outdoors rather than writing a script to take to the chemist. That's nothing against chemists, it's just that the benefits of breathing in some fresh air are very good indeed!



Walk 1: Saturday - Axedale Historic Loop


Get the family together on Saturday 21st April.  Join us at Axedale, as we learn the fascinating history of this town, by following the Axedale Historic Loop. Hear from historical characters and interact with the environment. This is an untimed, fun, social event for people of all ages and abilities.


Cost: from $10


Find out more and enter now >


Walk 2: 5km Run / Walk against Dementia


Our 5km Run and Walk event, is an out and back course from Barrack Reserve in Heathcote, and takes in the beautiful McIvor Creek Trail. 


This is a low key event, similar in style to the popular parkrun phenomenon, in that this also encourages the participation of the local community in promoting health, fitness and your wellbeing.


Times are not as important. The aim is to finish. Race organisers will not be providing awards to the fastest finishers. Rather awards will go to those that likely add atmosphere to this community activity.


Proceeds from this event will be donated to the proposed Heathcote Dementia Village.


Cost: From $10


Find out more and enter now >


Walk 3: 10km Run / Walk


The 10km walk offers those that enjoy walks of this distance a satisfying challenge, and being part of the O'Keefe experience.


Only slightly undulating, this event leaves the residential area of Heathcote on the trail, and goes down the One Eye Track and O'Keefe Rail Trail, before a return journey. It provides a challenge on the return with the middle stages having a slight incline, as you go through the forest road on the outskirts of Heathcote. 


Cost: From $34


Find out more and enter now >

Walk 4: Marathon Walk 



For those who love a really long walk, we have just the challenge for you!  Walk the Marathon distance of 42.195km, starting at 6am!


This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O'Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. Passing the banks of the Campaspe River, Lake Eppalock, and the small towns of Axedale and Knowsley before reaching its final destination in the heart of Heathcote.


Cost: From $39


Find out more and enter now >


All Sunday events will finish on the Barrack Reserve oval where there will be loads of fun and activities for the family.


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