The Kokoda Challenge is an annual footrace providing the ultimate experience for anyone interested in Kokoda adventure holidays. The race takes place in Papua New Guinea starting in the Oro Province at the village of Kokoda and runs the length of the Kokoda Trail ending at Owers’ Corner in the Central Province. The race covers the entire 96 kilometre distance of the Kokoda Track.
Each year, 70 competitors take part, with 20 spots reserved for international competitors. The Kokoda Challenge is usually a two day event held during July or August. Since the race commences at 7am, the night before the event all local Kokoda competitors will need to stay at the Kokoda Hospital, while all other Papua New Guinean and international competitors will be accommodated at the Orohaven Kokoda Retreat.
There are several checkpoints along the trail with workers ready to attend to any nutritional or medical needs of the competitors. Each checkpoint is equipped with a radio and satellite phone. Past winners and other serious racers of the Kokoda Challenge suggest that to win the race; competitors should only stop at the previewed checkpoints.
It is recommended that any international competitors who wish to register for the race arrive at PNG two days prior to the event. Overnight accommodation is arranged at Port Moresby prior to heading to Kokoda the day before the race.