What we're about
This is a group for anyone who loves walking long distances for fun and fitness. Each week, we walk in a different part of Melbourne, and it's free to join! Our walks always start and end near public transport and we only choose safe and flat routes. We walk at a brisk pace, but don't worry if you want to go slower because we usually mark the paths clearly and no one has gotten lost before :)
Why do people join this group? The most common reasons are: (a) to keep fit/healthy, (b) to lose weight, (c) to explore different parts of Melbourne, (d) to keep fit in a group, rather than doing it solo, and (e) to challenge oneself to walk long distances.
I often recommend to beginners to try walking a half-marathon (21 km) and if they feel like it later , a full marathon (42 km). You may ask 'why do a marathon or half-marathon?' and 'why WALK it?'
First, finishing a marathon is an awesome feeling! ...whether it is your first or hundredth time.
Second, doing a marathon will require weekly walks (as training) and this will keep you fit and healthy on a continuous basis.
Third, doing marathons will inspire your friends/family/total strangers and raise funds for good causes.
Fourth, walking a marathon puts far less stress on the body than running, which means almost zero injuries.
And fifth, you will get to meet some of the most friendly people ever at marathon/half-marathon events :)
I hope this community will bring together all current and soon-to-be marathon walkers out there. Looking forward to meeting you one day!
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.meetup.com/Marathon-Walking-Community/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ)), 'Like' our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/marathonwalking/) and follow our Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/marathonwalking/). If you need detailed tips about walking half-marathons and marathons, check out our book at Amazon: http://goo.gl/TCEYJi .
By RSVP-ing to our meetups, please note you are agreeing to abide by our Safety Guidelines (http://www.meetup.com/Marathon-Walking-Community/pages/Safety_Guidelines/) and the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: Please note that any training information that is provided to you is based on personal experience and is not to be taken as professional advice. Please see your doctor first if you have not done a walk longer than 10 km before, or if you have a history of health issues. By joining this Meetup Group and any of our Meetups, you (and your guests) are agreeing to indemnify and to hold harmless, the Organisers and Event Hosts of this group, for whatever you may experience or cause.