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Glen takes on Down Under 135 for Diabetes

In 2014, Glen Wilkins was concerned with how his weight was affecting his health.
 
Inspired to become a happier and healthier version of himself, Glen embarked on his weight loss journey and in the process discovered a newfound passion for running.
 
Since then, Glen has regained his health and taken his running game to the next level competing in numerous marathons and ultra-marathons. Glen is now taking on his biggest challenge to date, participating in the Down Under 135. He will also be taking this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for diabetes.
 
Down Under 135 is one of the most demanding and extreme foot races offered anywhere in Australia. Covering 217 km single stage non-stop from start to finish, competitors will adventure across the single trails of the Lerderderg and Wombat State Forests in Victoria. To see how extreme the race is, view the video below. 



Glen will be raising vital funds for Diabetes Victoria. Diabetes is a cause close to Glen’s heart as his wife Ainsley has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 12 years old.
 
He has decided to take on this challenge in response to the daily challenges he witnesses Ainsley go through. "While my challenge will end at the finishing post, people living with type 1 diabetes face a never-ending challenge" explains Glen. 

In order to complete this challenge, Glen will be supported by a team of 12 people including pacers and support people.
 
The 6 pacers will run legs with Glen that range between 13km to 28km. Glen must run the first 60km by himself, then the pacers come in for safety reasons. The 6 support people will run the aid station and make sure his food and electrolytes are available when needed.

It’s important for not only Glen to train and prepare for the race, but also the pacer runners so they feel comfortable with the sections they may need to run.
 
The major challenges to participating in the event include staying injury-free whilst training and being away from his young family as countless hours are spent training out in the bush.

It’s also a financial investment participating in the event. The entry fee is $480 and on top of this Glen must invest in footwear, food and electrolytes for the event. Completing the course, Glen will go through approximately 8 pairs of runners which cost between $200-$250 a pair.
 
We wish to thank Glen for generously fundraising for Diabetes Victoria, where all funds raised will support vital diabetes research and programs. 

You can follow Glen’s journey at https://www.facebook.com/teamwilkodoingfortype1/
To donate, please visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/213998/team-wilko-doing-it-for-type1

To find out how you can get involved and make a difference like Glen, go to diabetesvic.org.au/fundraise to learn more.