In 2013 the Seddon Earthquake caused our public transport network to close just before the end of a busy workday. Large numbers of people were left stranded in Wellington. This real-life situation inspired the Kāpiti Lions Club to organise the first Long Walk Home – a walking event to give commuters a taste of what it would be like to walk home following an emergency.
In the event of a large earthquake now, road and rail links out of Wellington City could cut off for many days, possibly longer. Many of the 80,000 people who commute into the city will have no choice but to walk home.
The Long Walk Home is a great opportunity to practice a long-distance walk alongside other commuters and has become increasingly popular since 2013. It helps raise awareness that many people will have no choice but to walk home after a large earthquake in the region.
The Long Walk Home is an organised walking event from Wellington City to Silverstream, a total distance of 30 kilometres.
The walk is not a race. It is a shared challenge where participants walk at their own pace from the Westpac Trust Stadium to Silverstream. Along the way participants are encouraged to get to know one another, support each other and have fun.
Participants can walk as far as they are comfortable, with multiple checkpoints along the route where people can decide to stop if they are close to home or have had enough.
It’s a good opportunity to help people be more prepared – mentally and physically.
How much does it cost?
There is a $20 registration fee per person.
What if I don’t live in Lower Hutt?
The event is a great opportunity for participants to practise walking long distances with fellow commuters straight from work. Participants can catch the train back into the city when they finish their walk.
This year the event will be run by the Rotary Clubs of Hutt Valley in association with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO). Next year’s Long Walk Home will be run by the Kāpiti Lions Club to Kāpiti, via Porirua.
Register and check out the route at GetPrepared.nz/longwalkhome