KOKODA SPIRIT: Lowood State High School Kokoda Challenge team leader and co-ordinator Emma Hayes with students Justin West, Felicity Harm, Shae Pocock, Courtney Vogler, Ben Moorcroft and Jack Kitching.
KOKODA SPIRIT: Lowood State High School Kokoda Challenge team leader and co-ordinator Emma Hayes with students Justin West, Felicity Harm, Shae Pocock, Courtney Vogler, Ben Moorcroft and Jack Kitching. Tom Threadingham

Tough test for Lowood students

LOWOOD State High School students and staff are gearing up to tackle one of Australia's toughest endurance events.

About 30 students and eight staff will lace up their joggers to compete in the 2015 Kokoda Challenge in May and July.

Team leader and co-ordinator Emma Hayes said eight students would walk in the 96km, eight would hit the 48km track and about 20 would take on the 30km challenge.

She said it was the second year the school had participated in the event.

"Last year was our first one and we faced lots of challenges but this year we are overcoming that and we are seeing where we can make improvements," she said.

"It's challenging but other than that it is really fun and enjoyable and they get to know different people because we have kids from Year 7 to Year 12 all working together.

"It gives them confidence and knowledge and at the end of it they know that they can do whatever they set their minds to."

Mrs Hayes said it was more than just about providing students with a challenge.

"I think that it's really important that kids recognise Kokoda and those that have fought for us before.

"It's a fundraiser too, so we are raising funds for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program which helps disadvantaged youth overcome their challenges.

"We do it as a school as well because it promotes a positive and collaborative schooling environment and it gets them to participate in something."

The 96km Kokoda Challenge will have the students traverse along fire trails, 12 creek crossings and summits of 5000m.

The 96km and 48km challenges will be held on July 18-19 in the Gold Coast hinterland with the 30km challenge held on May 31 in Brisbane.

The Lowood State High School is raising funds to cover $2500 per team, which is required to purchase specialised equipment, team uniforms, first aid and sustenance on the day. Each team is also required to make a compulsory donation to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP).