The Compassion Muskathlon: Going the Extra Mile

Challenge yourself to run, trek or cycle while experiencing the life-changing work of Compassion—during a week of unforgettable memories.

21 Mar, 2017

The Compassion Muskathlon: Going the Extra Mile

Imagine running through the rough, rugged landscape of a remote village. As your feet pound the dusty, red roads, you’re cheered on by the dancing and singing of locals, who have gathered to support you. Just as your energy levels start to dip and weariness kicks in, smiling children join your side and spur you on for the remainder of the course.

In May 2016, that was the experience for 20 Compassion UK supporters - ordinary people like you and me with a passion to see lasting change in impoverished communities around the world. The Compassion participants were among 1,000 people from Uganda, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, US, and Switzerland taking part in a life-changing and extraordinary event – the Muskathlon.

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So, what is a Muskathlon? It’s an endurance challenge, set in unusual locations; an adventure of a lifetime that will see you, not only challenging yourself, but bringing about changes in the lives of children in poverty around the world. Men and women have the opportunity to run a half, full or ultra-marathon; to cycle 120 kilometres; or trek 60 kilometres.

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Findlay Anderson, 41, was deeply challenged by the experience: “It has opened my eyes to the power I have in my hands to make some choices that can bring hope where there has been none.” Participants also get to spend some time at Compassion projects and see with their own eyes the incredible difference their efforts are making to the children.

And if they sponsor a child in the country where the Muskathlon is taking place, they get the opportunity to meet their sponsored child – like Sierra, who says of meeting Biira,“She is on this earth for a reason and I feel like she deserves to follow her dreams.”


In 2017, you can join the community of runners, cyclists and trekkers who will be travelling to the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia to go the extra mile. Challenge yourself to run, trek or cycle while experiencing the life-changing work of Compassion.

Muskathlon 2017 Snapshot

Each Muskathlon is run in partnership with our friends at 4M Australia.

Country: Sumba, Indonesia
Dates: 7–16 October
Costs: $2000 (plus flights)
Fundraising: 10 Children sponsored and/or $10,000 (each child sponsored counts for $1,000 of your personal fundraising target)

Will you take part in the ultimate endurance event and fundraise to see more children lifted out of poverty? Express your interest by getting in touch with Gavin at

This article originally appeared on the Compassion UK blog.

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