Australia’s toughest 100-kilometre trail run got the better of Dan O’Bree and Travis Edwards last year.
But they’re not accepting defeat.
The so-called ‘Bendigo boys’ are back in the running – literally – for this year’s Oscars100 Hut2Hut.
“If we don’t get it this year we’ll have to step it up next year,” Mr O’Bree said.
With last year’s run still fresh in their minds, Mr O’Bree and Mr Edwards have spent countless hours preparing for this year’s event.
Mt Macedon and Mt Alexander have been the training grounds for their gruelling 100-kilometre trail at Mt Buller.
On one occasion, the ‘Bendigo Boys’ ran from Castlemaine to Bendigo.
“We caught the train down [from Bendigo] and ran back,” Mr Edwards said.
Next Friday marks the start of the three-day trail run.
Mr O’Bree imagined completing the course would be “a bit like winning a grand final”.
Oscars100 Hut2Hut aims to improve the lives of children living with autism.
Last year’s event raised $25,000 for the cause, about $13,000 of which the Bendigo Boys contributed.
Mr Edwards said the fundraising total for this year’s event was close to $19,000 – and counting.
The Bendigo Boys will be among more than 60 teams and 30 solo competitors.
To donate to their fundraising campaign, visit: www.mycause.com.au/page/163964/bendigo-boys