24 October 2022

Media release: Fortem launches inaugural 42K Challenge

Fortem Australia is officially launching the inaugural 42K Challenge encouraging people across the country to stay active during November while raising funds to support first responders. 

The challenge involves running, riding, or walking at least 42km during the month of November.  

The 42K Challenge mirrors our ‘Team Fortem’ first responders who are running the New York marathon next month to highlight the importance of physical and mental health wellbeing and promote the work of Fortem Australia to the world. 

Fortem Managing Director and Co-Founder John Bale says it is a great way for Australians of all different fitness levels to support Team Fortem, and first responders across the country. 

“We already have plenty of people who have signed up to complete the 42km next month,” said Mr Bale. 

“Some teams are planning on knocking it over in one day just like our team of six will on November 6, while others will use it as a target for the entire month. 

“However people plan on completing the challenge, we are delighted to see people getting on board to help raise funds that will help support the mental wellbeing of first responders and their families. 

Many of Fortem’s services are underpinned by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: a set of practical lifestyle habits to help us be mentally fit. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is an evidence-based model is an effective strategy to improve mental health and wellbeing, based on substantial research. 

Mr Bale says the challenge fits in with one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Be Active. 

“Being active helps to build resilience and wellbeing, and plays a major role in maintaining mental fitness,” said Mr Bale. 

“It helps us to cope with stress, increases energy and confidence, as well as improving mood and quality of sleep.” 

More information on how to get involved in the challenge is available here.

Media contact: Simon Anderson, M – 0448 601 391 E – media@fortemaustralia.org.au