Saturday 2nd September 2017
Royal National Park, NSW

Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

Q: What do I do with my extra gear at the start line (back pack, jumper etc)?

We will transport any gear that you leave with us at the start line, to the finish line for you. Please collect a gear bag and make sure your gear is clearly marked with your name and race number, so you can find it at the finish line.

Q: What do I take with me out on the course?

Three water stations will be positioned around the course where runners can fill up with water and Tailwind. There will also be a selection of sliced fruit such as bananas available at the water stations so take that into consideration when planning your nutrition strategy. There will be no cups at the aid stations so you MUST take a bottle or other drinking container with you. Please be sun smart - much of the route is exposed and even on cloudy days you can get sunburnt so please take a hat and sunscreen. Please note that the track will not be closed for the event, so runners need to be careful when overtaking each other and be courteous to other track users. Future permission for the event depends on good feedback about runners’ conduct. Bad feedback will put the event in jeopardy.

General

Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?

Please see the Refunds & Cancellations section on the entry page of the website.

Q: Can I drive up on the morning of the event?

Runners are encouraged to arrive by rail at Otford. There is good parking & connections from Sydney, Sutherland, or Cronulla. There is very limited parking in Otford, but runner drop offs are possible. See the Logistics page for full details of transport arrangements.

Q: What time does the event start?

The first runners will start at 8:30am. Runners need to report to the start line from 8:20am. There will be an event briefing followed by the start at 8:30am. Registration for the event will be open from 7:15am on event day. All competitors must register to receive their bib number and transponders for timing.

Q: Where can I stay in the area?

There is limited accommodation close to the start of the race, although there are a number of bed & breakfast and guest houses in Bundeena, check out the following link, Stayz.com - Bundeena

Q: What are the expected finish times?

We are expecting the first runners home in approx 2hrs 45mins and the back of the field in approx 6hrs There are cutoff times at the Aid Stations along the route. See the Rules & Conditions page for full details.  

Q: Is a support crew needed for the event?

No, you do not need a support crew for this event. The nature of the event will require you to be self-sufficient on the course or to rely on the aid stations provided by the event organisers. That doesn't mean you shouldn't bring the family along - they can see you on course at the Garie and/or Wattamolla Aid Stations and of course at the finish at Bundeena. Please note that any outside assistance provided to runners during the event will result in the disqualification of the runner in question.

Q: Are there any aid stations?

There are four aid stations, each with a supply of water, sports drinks, fruit and other refreshments:
  1. Garie Beach 9.5km
  2. Wattamolla Beach 16.5km
  3. North of Big Marley 22.0km
  4. South Bundeena, Sandy track turnoff 25.0km
Runners are asked not to go to the toilet on the track. There are event toilets provided at Garie and Wattamolla and a small hard to find toilet at Little Marley. Runners should not litter the track. Although we will have sweepers clear event markers after the runners, we appeal to runners to do the right thing! First aid will be available at each of the aid stations.

Q: How will I know where to go on the course?

On the day of the event, the course will be marked with brightly coloured flagging tape for easy guidance. Red and White Arrows and Red on White 'Wrong Way' signs will also be in place at all junctions along the course. Marshals will also be positioned at critical points along the course for extra guidance where needed. The trail outline and markings will be discussed at the briefing prior to the commencement of the event and also included in the official Event Program.

Q: How fit or skilled do I need to be?

The distance will require you to do some training leading up to the event. We recommend a combination of road miles and off road running to develop endurance and technical skills over a variety of terrain. There are a few stiff hills and a fair amount of sand. Nothing that can't be walked if you are uncomfortable running all the way. However it is a running event and it is not suitable for people to walk the entire way. Please be aware of you limitations on narrow single tracks and be prepared to start further down the field then your projected finishing time to prevent holding up other runners on these sections. The track narrows significantly after approximately 1km from the start and you don't want to be the runner causing a hold up.

Q: Am I able to run the course before the event?

Yes, the course is accessible before the event. Make sure you buy a suitable map and exercise common sense - take along adequate food and drink and take some friends.