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The Kokoda Challenge is located in Papua New Guinea across the infamous Kokoda Trail. The race starts at Owers Corner and finishes in Kokoda and covers a distance of 96 kilometres.

The current race record holder in both directions is Brendan Buka, with a best time of 16:34.05 in 2008 from Owers Corner to Kokoda.

The race is limited to 70 competitors with 20 places being reserved for international competitors.

To ENTER or SPONSOR someone in the race click here.

For further information please contact us.

Australian Office - Gold Coast

Nathan Thomas

Phone Office : (07) 32010017

Mobile Phone : 0415 499 495

Email : trekking@kokodatrail.com.au


Kokoda Challenge Race Details

Date: 25 August 2012 - 26 August 2012

The 2012 Kokoda Challenge Race will commence in Kokoda on the 25th August at 7am and will finish at Owers' Corner on the 26th August. Local competitors who reside in the Kokoda district will need to make their way to the Kokoda Hospital. International runners and competitors from outside of Kokoda will be accomodated at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat' our base in Kokoda on the night before the race. Trek 860

If you want to win this race, you will have to plan to only stop at checkpoints as Brendan Buka and other serious competitors do not sleep but continue through the night.

For non Papua New Guinea citizen competitors, the cost of this trek is $2650 AUD as it involves several check points which have to be manned; 2 nights accommodation; chartered aircraft both into the track itself and in and out of Kokoda; staff to be flown into the check points; food at checkpoint; trek permits; sat phone communication at all check points; radio communication; village contributions; staff in Kokoda to man the finish line; accommodation at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. Accommodation for international competitors will be at Sogeri Lodge as its closer to the drop off point of Owers' Corner.

Attention International Competitors: Anyone wishing to enter this race will have to arrive in PNG on the 23rd to overnight in Port Moresby. The next day 24th you will be flown over to the Oro Province and overnight in readiness for the commencement of the race on the 25th.

For Papua New Guinea Citizen national entrants the cost will be $1000 AUD. Why not sponsor your favorite guide or porter.

Kokoda Challenge Competitors 2012

The following competitors are running in 2012.

If you are running, please email us a picture and profile and we will uppdate this page.

Brenden Buka

  • Age : 25
  • Location : Kokoda


The fastest man to run the Kokoda Track in a record setting pace of (16 hours 34 minutes - Ower's Corner to Kokoda).

Brendan hold's the record for both dirctions.

Jarad Kohlar













2011 - 3rd Mark Webber Challenge (TAS)
2011 - 5th Lorne Anaconda Adventure Race (VIC)
2011 - 1st Garmin 24 hour MTB 6 person mixed team (VIC)
2011 - 5th World Adventure Racing Champtionships (TAS)
2011 - 1st Australian Multisport Championships (TAS)
2011 - 1st Upper Murray Challenge (NSW)
2011 - 3rd Gold Coast Anaconda Adventure (QLD)
2011 - 6th Wulong Mountain Quest, (China)
2011 - 1st Go Natural Multisport (NSW)
2011 - 1st Adventure Junkie Winter Challenge (VIC)
2011 - 5th Team Peak Adventure Geo Quest AR (NSW)
2011 - 3rd Australasian Multisport Championships (NZ)
2011 - Basie Leye Outdoor Challenge 3rd Team Peak Adventure (China)
2011 - 1st Bullen Merri Challenge Elite Solo Male (VIC)
2010 - 2nd Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge 2010 (UAE)
2010 - 2nd Elite Male Lorne Anaconda AR (VIC)
2010 - 1st Elite Male August Aanaconda AR (WA)
2010 -1st Australian Multisport Championships Freycinet Loge Challenge (TAS)
2010 - 1st Mixed Team Kathmandu Adventure Race (VIC)
2010 - 4th Zunyi Outdoor Challenge (CHINA)
2010 - 12th Wulomg Mountain Quest (CHINA)
2010 - 1st Solo Elite Male Winter Challenge (TAS)
2010 - 2nd Pro Male Pair Chase the Sun Round 3 (VIC)
2010 - 1st Solo Elite Male Go Natural Multisport Race (NSW)
2010 - 1st Premier Mixed Mountain Designs Adventure Series (VIC)
2010 - 1st Foster Anaconda Solo one day race (NSW)
2010 - 1st Bribi Island solo Male 50km event (QLD)

Damon Goerke



2011 - 2nd place Bogong to Hotham 65km trail run

2011 - 1st place Maroondah Dam 50km trail run

2011 - 4th place North Face 100km trail run (1st Aussie)

2011 - 1st place Namib Desert Challenge (Namibia) 220km 5 day trail run

2011 - 1st place Gobi March (China) 250km 7 day trail run


Past Racing Achievements

2 x winner of XPD, Australia’s expedition race

3 x winner of Geoquest 48hr Adventure Race

2010 Australian Rogaining Champ (with Rob Preston)

9th place 2011 World Adventure Racing Champs