How to prepare for the 2017 Kokoda Challenge

Author: Tim Lofthouse - Wildfire Sports team member  Date Posted: 10 May 2017

This event is not one for the faint-hearted, and it requires a great deal of equipment, planning, and sheer determination to end up at the velodrome within the 39-hour time limit.

At approximately 7:00am on Saturday the 15th of July, crammed into Mudgeeraba’s Firth Park, 2,500 anxious but eager humans will once again begin the 39 hour, 96 kilometre (and 48km) Kokoda challenge, in recognition of Australia’s 39th Battalion - the first line of defence against the Japanese, who fought on PNG’s original Kokoda track in 1942.

In the spirit of mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice, participants will make their way across 12 creeks, numerous testing fire trails, and around and over the Gold Coast Hinterland and 5000 vertical meters of its most prominent ranges and mountains, to cross the finish line at Nerang Velodrome in their team of four.

While we can’t specifically help you with the determination part, we sure can assist with the other two, and make the latter of the three easier to focus on!

A successful Kokoda starts with a fully functional and appropriate set of equipment. To partake in the event, participants must meet the requirements of the mandatory gear list, which consist of:

To further improve your comfort and performance during the event, we also recommend you take the following:


Now you’ve sorted out what you need to take, there is only one thing left to do... Happy training!