Runners taking up a challenging new adventure

LAST weekend, Bendigo's Tim Gentle ran a casual 50 kilometres. But he and his team still have more than 2000 kilometres to go on their mission.

The team of 10 mates are raising raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer in the 100 Day Challenge.

The Dedicated Wilderness Adventure Club team will collectively run 3127 kilometres - the distance between Melbourne and Perth.

DWAC is made up of 10 people with varying levels of fitness.

"A few of us have been trail running as a hobby for about a year," Mr Gentle said.

"The other boys have stepped up to plate with five of them hadn’t been running or anything."

Mr Gentle has taken on a majority of the running load.

He is aiming to run 600 kilometres in 100 days and will run the Goldfields Trail from Bendigo to Castlemaine this weekend.

Three other DWAC members will run 500 kilometres with the rest of the team will make up the remaining kilometres.

Thirty days into the challenge, the DWAC team has run more than 770 kilometres, 450 kilometres more than the next team.

"One of the things about DWAC is we are aged between 30 and 40 and are the prime candidates (for the 100 Day Challenge)," Mr Gentle said.

The 100 Day Challenge is aimed at improving your health and raising vital funds to build Australia’s first men’s health centre.

"One in two Australian males will develop some form of cancer before they are 85 and one in five will develop prostate cancer prostate cancer," Mr Gentle said.

"When I thought of those stats in my core group I nearly flipped out. Out of me and my mates, five of us could get some form of cancer and two of us could get prostate cancer."

To donate to Tim Gentle and the DWAC team completing the 100 Day Challenge log on to https://challenge100.org/teams/2 or https://challenge100.org/challengers/42

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