You must carry your Event Passport at all times on both days. This your passport must be presented and stamped at each checkpoint.
Thank you for registering for the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk, the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk.
For those that have participated in this event in past years, this year will be a little different. To all the new walkers, welcome.
The organising team has been working hard to deliver an exciting new event that builds on a fabulous 29-year legacy. We hope you enjoy the weekend.
Check Your Registration Information
Please carefully check your Aussie Peace Walk registration to confirm the distances you are walking each day. Each distance has a different start time and large starting windows. Check start times for Saturday – Check start times for Sunday.
You must not start before the designated start time because the checkpoints are manned in time for each event and you may miss a checkpoint.
Changes may also be made on the day. You must sign in at the check-in desk at the start area in Nara Park before your event each day.
Most participants are walking on both days of the weekend. If you are registered to walk just one day, it is not too late to arrange to walk both days and earn the Aussie Peace Walk Two-Day Walker Medal. Just pay the difference for the extra day when you check-in.
Also, if you feel that you would like to change the distance you are walking, you can do so on the morning of the walk by notifying the volunteers at the check-in desk.
Friday Pack Collection
Event packs will be available for collection between 9 am and 5 pm on Friday 26 March 2021 at the Canberra Visitor’s Centre at Regatta Point.
Note that the volunteers from Canberra Zonta Club will also be able to take late entries at Regatta Point on Friday.
Inside the Canberra Visitor’s Centre, you will see signage indicating where to collect your event pack. If you haven’t visited the centre before, you should take the time to look at the exhibition about the Canberra Region’s rich history and the foundation of the Nation’s Capital.
Inside Your Passport
You must carry your Event Passport each day you are walking, as we will stamp it at each checkpoint on your route, and provide proof for the distances claimed. This is essential for those taking part in the IML and IVV awards.
In Your Event Pack
Your event pack will contain your walking Passport. Inside are small maps of each walk.
If you registered before the online cut-off time, your Passport will be personalised with your name and details on the cover. On the back cover will be your emergency contact’s number and any medical information you provided in case the medical support team need it.
On the maps inside your passport, you will notice spaces for stamps. As you walk around the routes, your passport will be stamped at each checkpoint.
All passports are personalised and colour coded. A yellow dot, indicates a two-day walker, a red dot indicates a Saturday only walker and a purple dot indicates a Sunday only walker.
We ask that you hand the lanyards back after you finish your last walk so they can be used again next year. But please keep your passport as a souvenir of the event.
If you want more detail than is available in the small maps in your passport, we offer a few options:
Saturday and Sunday route maps are available on the website, together with GPX files for you to download onto your smartphone or GPS device if you wish (instructions are provided here).
Using the GPX files on your phone will enable you to use the GPS functionality of your phone to tell you exactly where you are on the route at all times.
If you want larger printed paper copies of maps, you can download A4 size versions of those in your passport and print them before the event.
Saturday – Ringing the Peace Bell
On Saturday, from 8 am until 1 pm, the Peace Bell will be set up for participants to ‘bong’ with the striker as they go past.
A professional photographer will take a photo of you gonging the bell and give you a card with a QR code on it.
If you scan the code with your phone, you can get a copy of the photo on your phone.
Free Parking is available nearby on Saturday and Sunday. Note: The parking within the grounds of the Albert Hall is reserved for event volunteers.
There is parking for hundreds of cars (blue marks on map) which should be ample. There is also parking along some streets on the weekend. There is also an underpass for pedestrians to go from the large carpark, under Commonwealth Avenue to Albert Hall.
The bus “Rapid Routes” (R4, R5 or R7) stop immediately in front of the Albert Hall (3 stops from the City and 3 stops from the Woden bus stations). For public transport, information visit Transport ACT.
Start, Check-in and Finish Arrangements
All walks start in Nara Park and finish at Albert Hall (the Control Centre for the event).
Your Passport has information about COVID safety on the back cover.
ACT Health requires all participants to check-in via the territory’s COVID tracing app. If you don’t have the Check In CBR app, you will need to download it from either Google Play or the Apple AppStore.
Once you have the app, you can use it to scan the QR code conveniently printed on the back of your Passport. You only need to do this once for the weekend of the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk.
Check-In Before You Walk
The COVID check-in is separate from the Walk check-in. Before you start walking your chosen distance, you must sign in so organisers know how many people are out on the walks at any time.
This is a walking event with controlled start and finish time blocks. You are required to start within the designated start-block for your chosen distance.
Not far from the World Peace Bell, walkers enter the natural bushland that can be found throughout the city. Walkers on the Sunday 7km and 12km walks will pass close to this spot.
Due to COVID-Safe practices, every event has a start window of either 1 or 1.5 hours. This means you can start anytime within that starting window.
You cannot start outside the timeframe because checkpoints may not be manned. Also, at the end of the start window, a tail walker will follow the last person to leave in each walk. Their job is to ALWAYS be the last to finish.
The tail-walker will collect route marking arrows and tell the volunteers manning checkpoints that they are the last one through and the checkpoint can pack up.
DO NOT start after the tail-walker. DO NOT let the tail-walker pass you.
There will be late entries taken on the day at the check-in table.
NOTE; if you want to do a late entry, please do so before the commencement of the walk you wish to enter.
The event will go ahead regardless of the weather. Fortunately, the forecast is looking good for walking, with cool starts each day.
Sun protection is advised regardless of the temperature when you start your walk.
The Saturday routes around Lake Burley Griffin are mostly on paved surfaces, with some grass and trail sections on the first half of the marathon route. Walkers may choose to walk on the grassy verge if they prefer.
REMEMBER: This is not a race! Walk at your own pace and rest when needed. Running is not permitted.
Please note there are no dogs allowed on significant portions of the routes on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Sunday routes can be challenging in places with some unpaved trail sections. Closed shoes are recommended for all walkers, and hiking poles will also be helpful if you usually use them. Water is available at each checkpoint, but we advise walkers to also carry water.
We will have tail-walkers removing the route signs and signalling when checkpoints can close. We do not recommend leaving the route because you may end up behind the sweep and get lost.
Please stay hydrated.
Even if it is not hot, walking long distances caused loss of moisture. (You don’t have to sweat to lose moisture, every time you breathe, you expel moisture. It is easy to dehydrate.)
We suggest you bring one water bottle and some snacks if you think you will feel hungry. Snacks are a good idea if you are on a long walk.
We will have water available in 600ml bottles available at each checkpoint.
We have a medical team stationed around the event for the weekend. The emergency number and information is on the back of your passport.
For more information, read Medical Support.
You will also find Pacific Islanders at one checkpoint on each day handing out their deliciously refreshing watermelon, coconut and pineapple drink.
Bring a Snack
No food is provided on the routes, however, there are a few cafe’s that you will pass on some of the routes.
21km walkers will walk along Kingston Foreshore past a number of excellent cafes and coffee shops. Stopping for a snack or relaxing coffee is a nice experience.
At Albert Hall
Tea and scones will be available at Albert Hall, provided by the Zonta Club on Saturday and Sunday.
If bubbles and cheese plates are more to your thing, the House of Bubbles will be stationed at Albert Hall from 11 am on both days.
A coffee cart will also be parked at the start and later in the day at Albert Hall.
Checklist of things to bring with you
✓ Event Passport in your lanyard
✓ Water Bottle
✓ Snack (if required)
✓ Jacket and/or Raincoat (hopefully not required)
✓ First Aid requirements to suit yourself (eg asthma medication)
✓ Money (for purchasing drinks, food, souvenirs, IML/IVV merchandise etc.)
✓ IVV passports (if applicable – bring each day)
✓ IML passport (if applicable – bring on Sunday – or hand in for checking on Friday or Saturday if claiming a special award)
Finishing, Medals and Awards
All walkers will probably be finished by 4 pm on both days.
At the end of your walk each day, you need to report to the Control Centre to have your name checked off and collect the relevant awards.
- All one-day walkers will get a certificate of participation.
- All finishers of the Saturday Marathon will be awarded a Commemorative Marathon pin on Saturday on completion of their marathon walk.
- All two-day walkers will be awarded the Commemorative Two-Day Walker medal after the completion of their second walk on Sunday.
We invite all walkers to stay for a small closing ceremony at Albert Hall after the walk on Sunday.
Special awards will be presented to some IML walkers and the grand team prize will also be announced.
Don’t forget that there are several participation and fundraising prizes to be won.
There are a dozen House of Bubbles prizes that will be given out to participants by volunteers for demonstrating enthusiasm, sportsmanship, getting into the spirit of peace and for community spirit.
There is also a fabulous team prize for the team that entertains the other participants, demonstrates great camaraderie and friendliness. This prize is for 12 people. So even if you only have a team of six, you could still take 12 people to enjoy the prize.
Plus, there is a fabulous 5-Star romantic weekend away prize to be won for an enthusiastic fundraiser. Details are here.
IML Walking Association (IML)
The IML is an international walking association with its own award system, and this event is an IML accredited event for those who walk the qualifying distance on both Saturday and Sunday. The minimum qualifying distance is 20km on both days. However, those who have turned 70 before 31 December 2019 need only walk a minimum of 10km each day. Proof of age may be requested.
Participation in this award program is ideal if you are interested in taking part in similar long-distance multi-day walking events in other countries. More information is available at the Control Centre or on our website.
If you are an IML walker, bring your IML Passports to obtain this year’s Rotary Aussie Peace Walk IML stamp after your walk on Sunday, between 1 and 4 pm. Walkers claiming special IML awards must present their IML passports to the IML desk by Saturday afternoon for checking.
On Sunday afternoon, IML Passports may also be purchased, as well as Australia Country Bars, and Medals and Pins for those who qualify. If you wish to buy an IML passport, please ensure you bring along a passport-sized photograph to paste into the passport.
International Volkssport Verband (IVV)
The IVV has also sanctioned this walk as a multi-day event. The IVV is another international association, with its own award system, with numerous accredited IVV walking events around the world and in Australia. You do not need to travel internationally to earn IVV awards. For more information please visit our IVV counter or read about IVV on the website.
Australian IVV record books may be purchased at the IVV counter at the end of each day, with a heavily discounted starter kit available for new IVV walkers. The cost of each record book covers the cost of the IVV awards once earned.
One IVV stamp per day and a record of the actual distance walked, will be recorded in walkers’ IVV books. There is no additional charge for the IVV stamps for the Aussie Peace Walks on Saturday and Sunday.
If you require IVV stamps for any other walks you have completed in Australia, please bring $5/stamp and your IVV books for stamping on Friday afternoon before the AussieWalk Welcome Walk.
What is The two-day challenge?
Everyone who completes the two-day challenge will get a special commemorative medal.
In 2021, Rotary celebrates 100 years of community service in Australia and New Zealand. The 2021 event will also be recognised as the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk.
A special medal will be struck to commemorate the 1st Rotary Aussie Peace Walk on one side and the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk on the other.
Each of the Sunday walks will pass this point.
Sunday walks include 7km, 12km and 24km.
You will walk past this point on Saturday in the 12km, 21km and 42km walks.
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