The 34th Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising hiking event came to a perfect ending.
The S53 team “2XU UFO” finished the hike in 11 hours and 58 minutes, becoming the first local team to win the championship since the route was revised in 2009, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
This year’s champion team comprised Tsang Chun-kit, Law Chor-kin, Lam Shing-yip and Tang Sun-kam, all Hong Kong Chinese. They beat the first runners-up by 23 minutes.
Had they finished two minutes earlier, they would have equalled the time of last year’s champions, Team Columbia S1 – Nepal, who clocked 11 hours and 56 minutes.
According to Oxfam Hong Kong, more than 10,000 people participated in this year’s Trailwalker, including 5,200 walkers and more than 8,000 supporting team members, staff and volunteers.
A total of 4,502 walkers, or 88 percent, completed the 100-kilometer MacLehose Trail and a section of the route extending to Yuen Long in 48 hours. They started at Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung at 8:30 a.m.
Since 2009, the finish line has been moved from Perowne Barracks in Tuen Mun to Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Yuen Long, making the race about 2 kilometers longer.
The fundraising target was HK$32 million and all funds raised will go towards the organization’s poverty alleviation and disaster relief projects.
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