The second edition of the annual Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising walkathon is to be flagged off from the Pearl Valley near Anekal on Friday. The walkathon, in which 174 teams are expected to participate, will culminate in a resort in Bidadi on January 27.

Teams will have to traverse a distance of 100 km within 48 hours to complete the task. A release from Oxfam India said the trail chosen for this year’s challenge is far more rugged compared to the one chosen last year. There are many more teams participating this year, the release added.

The oldest team member participating in this year’s walkathon is 65-year-old Thyagarajan Jaganathan from the Team Ironmen, while the youngest team member is 23-year-old Yashas Gilanchi from the Team Troopers. There are also 36 foreign nationals participating in this year’s walkathon.

Over Rs. 1 crore has already been raised by the teams against a combined target of Rs.1.8 crore said the release.

Kiran Karnik, chairman of Oxfam India, said through the release, “This is only the second time that we are hosting this event and already the number of teams taking part have doubled, and we hope also that the amount of funds raised will double.”

Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India said, “We have committed the Trailwalker funds to six projects, two of which are in Bangalore. Any funds that we raise over and above this, we will use to fund Oxfam’s work to stop violence against women.”

Of the 174 teams, 123 are from companies across the country such as Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Thomson Reuters, Infinite Computer Solutions, Analog Devices, Royal Bank of Scotland, Synergy Maria, Deloitte, HSBC, J. Sagar Associates, Deutsche Bank, Dreamworks, Google and Disney.

The annual Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising walkathon begins today