In 2020 we will travel to Indonesia for the third time for a Muskathlon with Compassion! And we don't just do that. Indonesia is a beautiful country, with thousands of islands and a particularly rich history. However, a large part of the population suffers from extreme poverty. With this Muskathlon we fight against the consequences of this among the children in Indonesia and we make a statement against the injustice they suffer as well.

The story behind the Indonesia Muskathlon | Sumba
During the past two Muskathlons, the drama of poverty on these islands has become increasingly clear. Because the debt problem on that island is so great, many parents leave their children to work elsewhere. Children are left to their own devices and even sold to raise some money. Sumba is the main supplier within Indonesia of children who are put to work in households, factories and in the sex industry. A horrible reality that the local church in Sumba wants to oppose.
The Muskathlon wants to encourage pastors in their fight against this injustice and make a significant contribution by visiting the island again with a group of muskathletes to free even more children from poverty. Imagine that you can protect a few children from living as a child worker or as a sex slave. This is worth every effort!

The Muskathlon
The Muskathlon is an ultimate challenge in an extreme location, to raise maximum funds to combat injustice. This Muskathlon will take place from 4 to 15 June 2020 in Indonesia.

The Muskathlon week
During the Muskathlon week you will be exposed to the raw reality of extreme poverty. We know Indonesia for its lush beaches and luxury vacations, but for a large part of the population, daily life is a struggle for survival. As always, children are the first and biggest victims of poverty. The work of Compassion makes a huge difference for them.

In the Compassion projects, children are given the opportunity to develop and grow up to be loving, independent young people. You get to experience a unique side of Indonesia, you can witness the consequences of severe poverty, but you also see how the church really makes a difference for people in great need.

The weekly program generally looks like this (adjustments can still be made):

  • Saturday: arrival, inspiring session and team time.
  • Sunday: visit to a church service in a slum, meeting local children, first training, inspiring session, team time.
  • Monday: departure towards Sumba.
  • Tuesday: visit to a Compassion project, meeting with own sponsor child, inspiring session, team time.
  • Wednesday: fun day full of sport and adventure with local children, training, inspiring session, team time.
  • Thursday: rest day, inspiring session, team time.
  • Friday: Muskathlon day and party.
  • Saturday: conclusion with inspiring session and departure.
  • Sunday: travel day

The Muskathlon day
The terrain in Indonesia is mountainous. The Muskathlon route leads partly through unpaved roads through the mountainous terrain and partly over the main roads. 

The following costs are included in the travel sum:

- Inspiration evenings organized by 4M and Compassion with advice on, among other things, raising funds and training for the Muskathlon.

Muskathlon week:
- Hotel accommodation, transport and food during the Muskathlon week
- Transfers and domestic flight to Sumba
- Inspiring sessions for personal development
- Team time
- Visits to projects of Compassion
- Medical care during the week
- Sports training

Muskathlon day:
- Muskathlon shirt or singlet
- Eating and drinking during the Muskathlon day
- Medical care and guidance on the Muskathlon day

The travel sum does not include:
- Meeting with your current sponsor child if he does not live close to the projects that we are going to visit during this Muskathlon. Organization runs through Compassion.
- Certificate of Good Conduct that is mandatory for participation in this Compassion Muskathlon
- Transport of mountain bikes to and from Indonesia
- Possible visa costs
- Costs for performing a sports medical examination
- Costs for possible vaccinations

Practical information

  • This Muskathlon adventure starts on 4 June 2019 and ends on 15 June 2020. It is not possible to join the group later or to leave this Muskathlon trip earlier. Please note that these dates include the travel days.
  • If for some reason outside the control of 4M and Compassion the airlines cannot offer tickets for the majority of the group on the indicated dates, the start and / or end date of the Muskathlon will be adjusted. This will of course be communicated in a timely manner.
  • Depending on the available flights and prices, the departure and arrival dates may be +/- 1 day.
  • Registration for this Muskathlon takes place on the current website: When registering you must make a first deposit of € 100. After receiving your payment, your personal Muskathlon profile including a fund-raising page will be activated.
  • Part of all funds raised is used to cover operational costs for the Muskathlon. Each new Compassion child sponsorship counts for € 1,000 in the total fund-raising goal.


4 - 15 June 2020


  • 21km

  • 42km

  • 63km

  • 42km

  • 63km

  • 106km


  • 120km

  • 500km

  • 57.5km

  • 115km

  • 230km


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Funds raised for Indonesia

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The challenge | Collect €10,000 for Compassion's work and running (21, 42 or 63 km), walking (42 km) or cycling (120 km).

Costs | € 2,265 incl. Tickets from the Netherlands

Part of the project price is the price for your airline ticket. At this moment the price for your airline ticket cannot yet be determined definitively. The current project price is based on a realistic estimate of the price of an airline ticket.

If the price of your airline ticket appears to deviate substantially from our estimate, we reserve the right to adjust the project price. So keep in mind that the project price can be higher.

Depending on the available flights and prices, the departure and arrival dates may be +/- 1 day.

In addition to the project price, you must take into account additional costs such as costs for extending your passport, your visa, a sports medical examination and vaccinations. For cyclists additional costs apply for the transport of a bicycle.

Extra info | This Muskathlon is organized by Compassion and 4M NL. This Muskathlon is open for men and women. The Muskathlon program will be held in Dutch.


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