Inward Bound is a unique adventure footrace, challenging the physical and emotional endurance of the participants. It also provides a safe and exciting way to explore the Australian wilderness.
Based on World War 2 survivalist training intended for downed pilots, the event starts with teams of four being disoriented, blindfolded and transported to a remote location in the Canberra area. After disembarking their buses, generally in the middle of the night, the teams, use simple map-and-compass navigation techniques to quickly determine their location before running 30 km to 100 km to a given location, racing against other teams.
Limited exclusively to students of the Australian National University, participants will rely extensively on the support and camaraderie of their teammates in order to overcome the various challenges that the course presents them with.
Leadership, navigation and survival skills are just some of those which competitors will acquire and months of rigorous pre-event training necessary to compete promotes a fit and healthy lifestyle (which, for most, will continue, long after they cross the finishing line).
With over fifty annual races having been held to date, thousands of young people regard Inward Bound as a memorable and life-changing part of their experience of Canberra and Australia.
The generous permission of landholders to allow runners to follow tracks/trails on their land ensures that participants are rewarded with breathtaking scenery and challenging route choices.
Race Organisers regard safety as paramount and teams must carry various items of mandatory safety gear, including medical supplies and a YB tracker which will allow them to contact Race HQ if they require assistance. It also provides a way for friends and family to track the teams progress throughout the competition.
For more information please visit the Inward Bound website.