FAQ

General questions

  • What is the terrain like?

    The surface is very varied: bogs, asphalt, forest roads, paved paths ...

     

    • passing by five dams with beautiful panoramas
    • wild Warche-Valley and Bayehon Valley with its 9 meter waterfall
    • views of the 14th-century castle Reinhardstein
    • stunning view of the mediaeval town of Monschau with the ruins of its fortified fortress
  • Can we also be a team of 2, 3 or 5 members?

    No, a team must consist of exactly 4 members. If you know more than 4 people who would like to participate, try to organize another team. Are you looking for team members? Perhaps the Lonely Boots-forum can be useful.

  • When is the accident insurance of Oxfam-Solidarity applicable?

    The organisers bodily accident insurance is only applied if an accident declaration is made as soon as possible. By “bodily accident”, this applies to a sudden event which produces a bodily injury and thus the cause or one of the causes is exterior to the victim’s person. In case of accident or injury, it is recommended that you make a declaration within 48 hours (if necessary as a precaution). Declaration forms are available from the administration office during the event and at the headquarters in Brussels.

  • Who does what?

    It’s best to set clear ground rules from the start! During the preparation phase for Oxfam Trailwalker, everything will go more smoothly if the tasks are well assigned from the beginning. Designate a team captain who will be the contact person for the administration of Oxfam Trailwalker. Another member of the team can be in charge of the collection of donations, and a third in charge of a training program. Everyone has their talent, so find it and use it to its best advantage! That way, you will form a strong team, which is essential during Oxfam Trailwalker.

  • What characteristics are important within a team?

    Everyone brings their own qualities: enthusiasm, energy, organizational talent, fundraising ideas, a passion for map reading, good humor... Virtually everyone can walk 100 kilometers, but one must prepare correctly!

  • Is there a set of rules for participation in Oxfam Trailwalker?

    Yes, you can read it here. Please take time to read it as it should answer your main questions.

  • How do I change the information on my team page?

    Log in to your team page, and select in the top menu (orange) what you want to change. Forgot your password? Ask a new one first.

  • Is commercial advertising authorised in relation to Oxfam Trailwalker?

    Oxfam Trailwalker has signed partnership agreements with several governments and commercial enterprises who contribute either financially or to the organisation of the event. In exchange, commercial advertising is assured or authorised.

    An organisation which has not been recognized as a partner is not authorised to advertise.

    A team that is sponsored by a company can conduct commercial advertising directly on their supporting materials in relation to its participation (T-shirts, support car, team page, mailing...). Samples (the distribution of product samples) are strictly limited to official sponsors of Oxfam Trailwalker.

Registering

  • Can I participate in Oxfam Trailwalker alone?

    No! Oxfam Trailwalker is a group challenge, only teams of 4 people can participate. If you wish to participate but you are unable to find 3 teammates you can register as a Lonely Boot and get in touch with other walkers. 

     

  • What does Oxfam do with our personal information?

    Your email address serves to provide you with additional information, event invites (info session, training), etc... Your mobile number allows us to contact you quickly if necessary during the year and is indispensable in case of emergency during Oxfam Trailwalker. The postal address of the team captain allows us to send you essential documents. The team captain will receive 2 mailings: a welcome pack (one month after registration) and the Road Map (sent in summer).

    Oxfam Solidarity respects the Privacy Law and does not communicate data of its donors or supporters to any third parties.

  • What is the role of a team captain?

    The team captain registers the team, and is the contact person between Oxfam and your team.

  • Who can join your team?

    Everybody! Friends, colleagues, family members… from your workplace or your sport club... the only condition is that each member must be 18 years of age at the time of Oxfam Trailwalker. Furthermore, don’t forget to choose a supporters team.

  • What is the minimum age to participate in Oxfam Trailwalker?

    Each walker must be 18 years of age at the time of the event. There is no age limit. The oldest participant was 78 years  Before registering or taking part in the event, please consult with a physician. Each participant participates at his/her own risk.

  • What does the 55 Euro registration fee cover?

    This amount covers a part of the organization, logistics and medical assistance costs of the event. Oxfam Trailwalker insures all participants against bodily accidents on the route and offers food and drinks during the walk and access to camping facilities.

    There is no tax receipt provided for the registration fee.

  • What is the final date for registering for the challenge?

    The final date for registration is 31 July.

Supporters

  • Is a team of supporters required?

    Yes. Every team must have at least 2 supporters during Oxfam Trailwalker. We advise participants to carry as little as possible during the walk. Therefore, at control points, supporters are there to provide you with food, dry clothing, night-time equipment, etc... But above all, they provide moral support throughout your challenge. 

  • Can our supporters accompany us on the route?

    No, that would not be fair-play. Violation of this rule can result in the exclusion of the team. However, supporters are allowed on the last 17 kilometers of the route, from 6CP Ovifat till the finish-line. They may also join you in Robertville at the dam and walk the last 13 km to the finish with you. But: there is no shuttle-service to drive them back to Ovifat or Robertville! Your supporters have to organize their transportation themselves.

  • Can friends and family support at the checkpoints?

    Yes, but keep in mind that there is only one car allowed per team per checkpoint. This restriction does not apply at the start and finish.

  • What is the job of the supporters team?

    Supporters are indispensable. They wait for you at every checkpoint during the walk and take care of food, snacks, proper clothes, and of course the needed moral support.

  • What type of vehicles are the supporters allowed to use?

    Supporters can use one vehicle per team. Each team will get one Oxfam Trailwalker parking card, that gives access to one parking spot at the checkpoints.

  • How many supporters do you have in your supporters team?

    We advise you to have at least two supporters for every team. One to drive the car, and the other to find the road. If you have enough room in your car, then bring more supporters.

Before Event

  • What clothes are most appropriate for the hike?

    Preferably those that are light, wind and water resistant and made from breathable fabrics, in order for perspiration to evaporate. They should be comfortable so you can move freely. Read more in the section "Tips and tricks".

  • Must teams bring their own food and beverages?

    On Saturday morning, before the start,  participants can enjoy a large breakfast and/or brunch. At the checkpoints, the organisation supplies water, hot drinks, a snack and fruit. Lunch should be provided by your supporters. On half of the trail you get offered a tasty pasta. After 80 kilometers walking you get offered a hot meal (soup). There are also several extra water points along the route. You will receive more information about the snacks and the distribution points in the Road Map which will be sent during the summer. It is highly recommended that supporters bring additional necessary food according to their team’s needs.

  • How to get to Oxfam Trailwalker

    BÜTCHENBACH

    • By car to the sports hall of Worriken (Bütchenbach). Do you have room in your car or are you looking for a ride to Bütchenbach, then try carpooling.
    • By train to Eupen and then by bus to the stop "Bütchenbach Kreuzung" (line 394). From the bus stop it’s a 15 minute walk up to the sports hall of Worriken.
    • Below you can find the schedule for the bus.
       

    EUPEN:

    • By car to the sports hall of Kettenis (Eupen). Do you have room in your car or are you looking for a ride to Bütchenbach, then try carpooling.
    • By train to Eupen station, located 1.7 km from the sports hall. The road to the sports hall is indicated from the train station. Moreover, vehicles of the organization will shuttle between the station, the most remote parks and sports hall on Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.

    Maandag tot vrijdag - Schoolvakantie

    Zaterdag

    Zondag

  • What happens if a team member decides to drop out before the event (during the training period)?

    This can happen in case of an injury or for family reasons, for example. It is therefore wise to to be prepared and to secure a stand-in from the beginning of your training. Perhaps a person from the support team can train with the team in order to be ready to replace someone if necessary. You can also use our “Lonely Boots”-page. If you have any problems finding a stand-in, please contact the Oxfam Trailwalker-team.

  • Should I wear walking shoes or athletic shoes?

    It’s up to you. Experiment during your training period to determine what works best for you. One bit of advice: do not walk in new shoes during the event! And remember, the High Fens can be very muddy. You can find additional advice here.

Fundraising

  • A friend supporting us has told us that his donation does not appear on our team’s counter

    The online donations (via your team page) appear directly on the counter. For other bank transfers it may take us several days to add them manually.

    Perhaps the donor did not use the correct information in his/her transfer (8105-OTW Team “your team number” - donation = the only correct message) or perhaps they did not provide any information at all. If this is the case, you can us at fundraising@oxfamsol.be (with your name, account number, date and amount of donation), so we can find and assign the lost donation.

     

  • How are the profits from Oxfam Trailwalker used?

    The revenue of Oxfam Trailwalker contribute to financing the projects and activities of Oxfam-Solidarity.

     

     

  • Must each team collect 1500 euros?

    Yes, each team must collect 1500 euros minimum. This is a requirement in order to participate on the day. We ask that the amount be visible on your counter (found on your team page) by the Thursday just prior to the Oxfam Trailwalker event.

    If you have any questions or if you would like some advice regarding the collection of funds, do not hesitate to contact the Oxfam Trailwalker administration. It will be our pleasure to help you. You will also find a few tips in the section “How to raise funds“. Have fun!

  • When am I entitled to a tax receipt?

    For donations of 40 euros minimum per year, a tax receipt will be sent in the month of March or April of the following year. Thanks to this tax receipt, your taxable income will be reduced, corresponding to a deduction of around 40% of the total donation. Tax receipts are sent to people having made a donation directly to the Oxfam-Solidarity account, e.g. by way of your team page. Receipts cannot be provided for donations that are the result of a collective endeavor, or for donations that have passed through an intermediary bank account.

  • What can I help finance with 16, 50, 65, 190 and... 750 euros?

    You can find some examples here.

Training

  • How does the training model on our team page work?

    The training module is based on the training of your choice (100 days or 200 days). Our module calculates the average distance per team member trained..

  • Will we have enough time to train?

    Absolutely! Quality is more important than quantity. It is important to create an exercise program with rest periods between long distances. It is also about making the training a fun  moment. A training course in the High Fens can become a real family excursion, a walk can be closed with a barbecue, a long walk can be interrupted by a picnic ... A nightly walk – this must also be practiced - may not be easy, but many have already done it, so why would you not succeed? We offer several training programs and organize several days of training and information sessions during spring.

During Event

  • Where to sleep during Oxfam Trailwalker?

    On the eve before the start everyone (walkers, supporters and volunteers) can stay for free at the Oxfam Trailwalker camping in Kettenis, Eupen.

    You can also stay at the finish. To do so, you can book a room in Worriken. For other options, we refer you to the tourist office of the city of Eupen, Bütgenbach, the eastern provinces, or the youth hostels of Eupen and Malmedy.

     

  • Must you stay with your team throughout the walk?

    Yes! Oxfam Trailwalker is a team challenge. Each team is composed of 4 people who walk the 100 km together. You must also be together when being scanned at the entrance of each checkpoint. At certain checkpoints, you will also be scanned when leaving the checkpoint. The volunteers will scan each participant individually and assure that each team sets out again together.

  • What time does Oxfam Trailwalker start?

    Oxfam Trailwalker starts at 10 AM. Every team has to arrive Sunday before 4 PM

  • What time are the registrations, and what time do I need to be present?

    You can register on Saturday morning from 6 AM until 9:30 AM. If wanted, you can also register on Friday, the evening before Oxfam Trailwalker, between 6 PM and 10 PM.

    Attention, your team must be complete when registering.

  • Are dogs allowed at Oxfam Trailwalker?

    No, dogs are not allowed on the course, not even on a leash. Thousands of people will be present at the event, so in order to secure everyone’s safety, we ask you to leave your dog at home.

  • Can we sleep during the event?

    Of course! At the checkpoint Botrange you will find field beds. Some teams use them, others choose to walk the 100 km without sleep. But remember, the time keeps on running and the time limit of 30 hours expires on Sunday 4 PM, since we start at 10 AM on Saturday morning.

  • What if one or more teammates want to give up during the event?

    People who want / need to abandon for any reason  must  unsubscribe at a checkpoint. Other team members can  continue their walk. Teams of two people must join another team for safety reasons. The same goes for walkers who remain as the last member of their team. The participation rules require that a team must consist of at least three walkers.

  • Can I bring my dog on the route?

    No. During the event there will be many people (walkers, supporters, volunteers) present on the route and at the checkpoints. To keep everyone safe, we request you to leave your dog at home.