Frequently Asked Questions
Not really. Muskathlon is about challenge and adventure so the physical aspect is integral to the concept. It's also good to get fit so we want to encourage people to join in. However, these are not competitive events so people can participate in their own way and at their own pace.
The concept of a Muskathlon is to embrace some of the culture and need of the people we are trying to help. You will meet persecuted Christians, spend time with them and hear their stories. Therefore, it is appropriate to spend some time in their environment. With the Muskathlon taking a whole day and other days for travel and rest, we quickly use the 5-7 days that are allocated for each event. However, be assured we do not waste time and we appreciate the impact of every day away from home and work.
Yes, please do. We would encourage people to use the bike they have been training on. Airlines are very relaxed about you carrying 'oversized' items and we will provide appropriate transport at the other end. Make sure you know how to do minor repairs yourself.
Definitely! Muskathlon is not necessarily for seasoned-pros, in fact we encourage those of all different stages of fitness to get involved. The Muskathlon is a unique endurance event in that it isn’t about who gets the fastest time on the day. Muskathlon is all about stepping out in faith in a place where it is difficult to be a Christian in order stand with and suffer for the persecuted church.
There are no consequences for not reaching the fundraising target, you will still be able to participate in the race and rest of the trip. We are confident that—as a team—we will be able to not only reach but exceed your target. There are lots of great ideas on how you can fundraise, so let’s get our heads together to plan the best way.
The physical challenge is part of the trip and the trip is part of the physical challenge. It is not just about the endurance event, it is the whole experience, which means the trip and the event go hand in hand. Choosing one or the other is not an option.
Due to the physical demands of each of the events on offer, we look after our athletes as much as possible. We aim to ensure that the hygiene and safety of the accommodation is to a high standard. The style of accommodation is likely to be hotels, guest houses or lodges. You will stay in twin rooms unless you would like to pay extra for a single room.
- Accommodation based on a twin room share
- Travel in country
- The cost of transporting your bike once you are in country
- Meals and drinks
- Sports top
- Event organisation
- Return flight from the UK
- Mandatory medical examination
- The cost of transporting your bike on the plane
- Supplement for a single room
- Additional expenses of a personal nature
You are responsible for booking your own flight but we recommend that British athletes fly in together so as to arrive at the same time as the broader international team. We will work with you to find the best flight.
The exact itinerary will be confirmed once the scouting trip has taken place and all the details have been finalised. The scouting trip usually happens about six months prior to your departure and the day to day schedule will be communicated with you before you travel.
We advise you to take your training seriously, due to the distances and rugged terrain involved in Muskathlon. You will be supplied with pre-written training guides, and if you require further guidance with your training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Muskathlon is run by 4M Netherlands in collaboration with Open Doors and is an international event. The UK team will travel together to join participants from many other countries. The Muskathlon will be held in Dutch with full English translation available.