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

Go the extra mile in 2020 and join us in seeing extreme poverty eradicated in our lifetime. Each Muskathlon is run in partnership with our friends at 4M Australia.

Join the next trip

Cost

$1900

Travel Dates

04 Jun – 15 Jun, 2020

Compassion HQ

Bandung

Registrations Close

31 Dec, 2019

Register your interest for Muskathlon Indonesia

Register your interest for Muskathlon Indonesia

“I came into the Muskathlon thinking it was for elite athletes and I was ok with that: I’ve done a bit. But I was so wrong! Whilst there were certainly some accomplished runners, the majority of participants were people who wanted to make a difference and were prepared to give it a go. For many, it was their first ever “race”! Even non-runners managed to get in shape enough to walk/jog the 21km. There is no excuse!”

Choose your own adventure

Walk

42km through the mountainous terrain of Sumba. This is no walk in the park—but if you stop to catch your breath, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and some friendly encouragement from locals.

Run

Half-, full- or ultra-marathon take your fancy? Choose which distance (21km, 42km or 63km) suits you best—and then hit the training track. You’ll feel like a warrior when you cross the finish line … because you’ll be one!

Cycle

Get your spandex—and your sweat!—on for this 120km epic ride. The gruelling climbs will be balanced by some moments of bliss as you coast downhill, but they’ll be brief. Speaking of briefs, don’t forget the Vaso … the last thing you need is chafe at the 80km mark.

Visit your sponsored child and see Compassion in action

As well as the promise of epic adventure, an athletic accomplishment to tell your grandkids about (one day), and the joy of travelling to a beautiful location, consider this: if you sponsor a child in Indonesia, you can visit them! And even if you don’t, you can still see Compassion in action—and the programs your fundraising efforts will go to support.

“There were 112 people who were prepared to sacrifice something of their own pride, energy, time and comfort, to be a part of God’s work through Compassion to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. My experience was that God more than repaid with His blessing anything I may have given up to participate.”

Fundraise for children living in poverty

Knowing the incredible impact one-to-one sponsorship has on children in poverty, we ask that you aim to find sponsors for 10 children. For every new sponsored child, your fundraising target will be reduced by $1,000. Your target starts at $10,000. That way, if you find sponsors for 10 children you’ve achieved your goal. If you find eight sponsors and $2,000 in donations then you’ve also reached the target!

We have plenty of advice and tips to help you along the way.

So, just one question remains: Are you in?

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • All transport in country
  • All meals (including bottled water)
  • Sports top
  • Event organisation

What's Not Included

  • International flights (travellers are welcome to book their preferred flights with a local travel agent. If you require any travel advice, we are happy to assist through our designated travel partner)
  • Visa applications
  • Vaccinations or immunisations (please seek relevant medical advice prior to leaving Australia)
  • Travel insurance
  • Child protection check
  • Additional expenses of a personal nature
  • Costs associated with visiting your sponsored child

Important Information

  • Can I pay for my Muskathlon trip in instalments?
    Can I pay for my Muskathlon trip in instalments?

    Trip costs can be paid in instalments or in one go; whichever suits you best. Our friends at 4M Australia will be in touch to make these arrangements once you have signed up to the Muskathlon.

  • What is the accommodation like in Indonesia, where the Muskathlon is taking place?
    What is the accommodation like where the Muskathlon is taking place?

    Given the sports nature of the trip, we aim to ensure that the hygiene and safety of the accommodation is to a high standard. The style of accommodation is likely to be hotels, guest houses or lodges. You will stay in twin rooms unless you would like to pay extra for a single room. Once a pre-scout has happened in the lead up to the trip, we will know the exact accommodation.

  • What if I don’t reach the Muskathlon fundraising target?
    What if I don’t reach the Muskathlon fundraising target?

    There are no consequences for not reaching the fundraising target. We are confident that—as a team—we will be able to not only reach but exceed your target. There are lots of great ideas on how you can fundraise, so let’s get our heads together to plan the best way.

  • How much are the flights for Muskathlon and what’s the best way to book them?
    How much are the flights for Muskathlon and what’s the best way to book them?

    The cost of the flights will be determined by whether you would like to travel with the rest of the team or on your own. Either option is fine. If you wish to travel with the rest of the team, just let us know this is your preferred option. If you are booking your own travel, please check with us beforehand so we can let you know where and when you need to arrive.

  • The Muskathlon trip lasts a week; does this mean that the run, cycle or trek takes place over a week?
    The Muskathlon trip lasts a week; does this mean that the run, cycle or trek takes place over a week?

    Your epic run, cycle or trek takes place on a single day at the end of the week. This is very much a celebration and reward for all your hard work over the months leading up to the trip. All the local community come out to either take part or support you: cheering and dancing.

  • What is the Muskathlon itinerary?
    What is the Muskathlon itinerary?

    The exact itinerary will be confirmed once the scouting trip has taken place and all the details have been finalised. The scouting trip usually happens about six months prior to your departure and the day to day schedule will be communicated with you before you travel.

    Over the course of the week, you’ll experience the life-changing work of Compassion and meet the children you’ve generously supported through your sponsorship or fundraising. You’ll immerse yourself in the beautiful local culture and be welcomed into families’ homes with open arms. By the end of the week, your run, trek or cycle will be a response to all that you have seen; the Muskathlon Day is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in a normal race.

  • Can I visit my sponsored child while I am at Muskathlon?
    Can I visit my sponsored child while I am at Muskathlon?

    One of the unique aspects of an overseas Compassion Challenge is the opportunity to meet your sponsored child. If you sponsor a child in Indonesia, we will do all we can to ensure you meet. This could be at a project visit day, a sports day or as an add-on before or after the trip. Please get in touch with us so we can ensure the best possible experience to suit you.

  • Will there be any advice on how I should train for Muskathlon?
    Will there be any advice on how I should train for Muskathlon?

    We advise you to take your training seriously, due to the distances and increased altitude involved in our trip. If you would like guidance on your training, please get in touch.

  • What vaccinations will I need for Muskathlon?
    What vaccinations will I need for Muskathlon?

    We recommend you visit your General Practitioner (GP), or a travel doctor for a health check prior to travelling. Ask them about obtaining any relevant vaccinations for Indonesia. The decision regarding vaccinations is between you and your doctor, but please be aware that Compassion Australia will not be held responsible for any illnesses that result from a decision not to be vaccinated.

    Please ensure you obtain and carry the appropriate documentation and clearances for to carry any medical equipment and prescription medicines required during Muskathlon.