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Trek trail takes new format

SHIRE of Mundaring’s popular Trek the Trail event returns in 2016 with a new format to cater to all users.

Shire President David Lavell said Trek the Trail would now be run as three separate events, spaced two weeks apart.

“Traditionally Trek the Trail has been one large event held in September where people get the chance to explore the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, its flora and fauna and learn about the history,” he said.

“While everyone loves Trek, we have been really unfortunate with weather the past few years and have had to cancel events due to severe weather warnings.

“By creating three separate events we reduce the risk of cancellation and the associated costs that still go into preparing for an event of this size.”

The free events include a 20km cycle on Sunday, August 28 from Darlington to Mundaring Community Sculpture Park.

This will be followed by a 6km run on Sunday, September 11 from the Munndaring Sculpture Park to Mahogany Creek and back.

The series will finish on Sunday, September 25 with a 7km walk John Forrest National Park to the Swan View Station and back.

Cr Lavell said the new format would allow participants to complete a section of the Trail by their preferred method of walking, running or cycling.

“By breaking up the event, people can trek the trail in their own way with like-minded individuals,” he said.

“It will also increase exposure of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail to locals and visitors who will have three great opportunities to explore a new section of the trail and see all it has to offer.

“If they are feeling fit, people are welcome to attend two, or even three of the free events.”

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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