Walk is just what the doctor ordered

January 31, 2018

Walkers enjoying last year's O'Keefe Challenge.

“GREEN prescriptions” are the key to improving psychological and emotional wellbeing and the O’Keefe Challenge has four doses to choose from.

Families are being encouraged to join a walk on Saturday, April 21 to learn the fascinating history of Axedale by following the Axedale Historic Loop. It is an untimed, fun social event for people of all ages and abilities.

On the Sunday, there are three other events on offer.

The 5km Run and Walk event is an out and back course along the O’Keefe Trail that stays near to Barrack Reserve in Heathcote and takes in the McIvor Creek Trail.

Times are not important — the aim is to finish. Race organisers will not be providing awards to the fastest finishers. Rather, awards will go to those that add atmosphere to this community activity. This is a low key event, encouraging the participation of the local community in promoting health, fitness and wellbeing. Proceeds will be donated to the proposed Heathcote Dementia Village.

The 10km walk offers people who enjoy long walks a satisfying challenge.

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

For those who love a really long walk, there is the Walk the Marathon.

This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. It passes 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.

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

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