Four of our Kalka staff, affectionately known as the ‘Kalkodians’, took on the gruelling 96km Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge – commonly referred to as Australia’s toughest team endurance event.
Walking day and night in extreme conditions, this year saw the coldest Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge temperatures in years. With 5000m of vertical elevation to climb (and descend) and 13 checkpoints to get through, the boys proved that with determination, courage and grit, anything is possible.
It was the most gruelling event I’ve ever endured’, said Andy, our Construction Manager, ‘Imagine it’s 3:00 in the morning, cold, pitch black, you’re hungry and struggling to stay awake, let alone positive – that’s where we found ourselves last weekend. It tests everything but particularly your physical endurance and mental stamina’.
Veterans of the Kokoda Challenge found that the 3am – 6am stint during the 96km track can be the toughest - with all sorts of unexpected encounters potentially being thrown your way.
‘At different stages of the event we all experienced times of doubt – particularly in the early hours of the morning. The last 36km was broken up into smaller sections, which gave us goals to work towards. It was those goals and the reinforcement from each other that motivated us to keep moving forward’.
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