The 2015 WildEndurance team walking challenge in the Blue Mountains will take place as scheduled on the weekend, despite the recent bad weather.
Starting at Dunphys Camp in Megalong Valley, up to 350 competitors will walk or run either 50kms or 100kms while experiencing first-hand the beauty and stunning scenery of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
WildEndurance Event Manager, Sarah Williams, said the recent heavy rain and strong winds, which swept across Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter and Illawarra, left its mark on the Blue Mountains but the event is unaffected.
"We are working closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure that all event paths and tracks are clear of any uprooted trees or fallen branches," said Ms Williams.
"It is terrific that people are now safe and the clean-up is now well underway in residential areas, and there are several days before our event commences on Saturday, May 2.
"We have received reports from entrants training in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area of some fallen trees, and we have reported these to the NPWS for their attention.
"We are anticipating good weather in the lead-up to the event so that a full and complete review of the event tracks is conducted for the safety and benefit of entrants," she said."If NPWS identifies any late concerns, we will immediately update competitors directly, post on the WildEndurance websitewww.wildendurance.org.au, and on our Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.
WildEndurance is conducted by The Wilderness Society and will involve mums, dads, families, fitness clubs, walking groups, sports teams, community groups, nature lovers, corporate teams and "bucket list" achievers.
A portion of funds raised this year will be directed to Science for Wildlife for the training of koala detection dogs, GPS equipment, and koala collars for tracking in the Mountains.