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important dates

DATES
DATE
DETAILS
8/4/2024
Entries Open
11/8/2024
Last Day For Personalised Race Bibs
25/8/2024
Refunds Close
4/9/2024
Online Entries and Transfers Close
7/9/2024
Race Day!

EQUIPMENT

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. You will need to provide your own bag however bag tags will be available at the start line, make sure your gear is clearly marked with your name and race number, so you can find it at the finish line.
What do I take with me on the course (mandatory gear)?

You will need to carry a minimum 500ml water bottle or hydration pack (or similar) to refill at the Aid Stations out on course. There will be NO CUPS at the aid stations. There are Aid Stations positioned around the course where runners can fill up with water and Tailwind Nutrition. There will also be a selection of sliced fruit such as bananas available at the aid stations so take that into consideration when planning your nutrition strategy. 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.

TRAINING

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. 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. If you need some help with training, check out our Training Plan.

Do you offer a training plan?
Yes, please refer to our Training Plan page for updates on the current offer.
Am I able to run the course before the event?

You will be able to run the whole course (or sections of it if you wish) in the Royal National Park as the area is open to the general public. Check out the NPWS information here.

ENTRY & MERCHANDISE

Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Yes, please refer to the transfers section of the website.
Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
No. All pre-purchased merchandise will be available to collect on race day at the registration / merchandise tent.
Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
No personalised race bibs will be mailed to participants prior to the event. All participants will need to attend Registration on the day to collect their race bib for the event. Safety pins will be available at registration on race day. Please wear your race bib on the front of your shirt, on your chest, where it is clearly visibly or by using a race number belt if you prefer.

TRAVEL

What time does the event start?

Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.

Can I drive to the event on race morning?

See the Transport information page for full details of suggested transport arrangements.

Where can I stay in the area?

There is limited accommodation close to the start of the race, although there are a number of accommodation options available around the area located at Bundeena, Sutherland, Heathcote or Cronulla.

RACE DAY

Will I be given a start wave time?

There are no ‘start wave times’ other than the designated course start time. Participants will need to self-seed themselves within the group of competitors and will head off at 5 second intervals in pairs. Please line up according to your goal finish time and running ability. Please give way to faster runners behind if asked. Your race time doesn’t begin until you cross the timing mat at the start line therefore there’s no need to worry about being disadvantage if you have self-seeded yourself towards the back of your group.

How will I know where to go?

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 sent to participants via email prior to the event.

What if I’m a slow runner, will I be able to walk the course?

We require all competitors to have reached various aid stations by a certain time therefore this event is not suitable for people to walk the entire way. Check our cut-off times and locations. Slowest runners should be back in approx 6 hours if they make these cut off points.

Are there any time cut offs?

Yes, you must reach the aid stations before the time cut-offs or you will be transported to the finish line. Please see the Race Rules for further details.

Are there any aid stations?

There are marshalled aid stations along the course. At the aid stations, runners will have access to the following:

Mandatory Gear: You will need to carry a minimum 500ml water bottle or hydration pack (or similar) to refill at the Aid Stations out on course. There will be NO CUPS at the aid stations. Please refer to the Aid Stations page for information on the distances between each Aid Station.

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 on course.

Are earphones allowed during the race?

Yes, earphones are fine to use if you want to listen to music but if you could please be considerate of other runners and other park users by only having one in your ear that would help so that you can hear if people are wanting to get past you.

Is there a Runner List published before the event?

A Runner List which includes runners allocated race bib number, age category and wave start time (if relevant) will be emailed to runners 2 days before the event in the Last Minute Info email as well as published on the event website in the Last Minute Info Latest News post. The list will not be published before this time.

Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?

All finishers will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course.

Are there prizes for this event?

Yes. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in each age category courtesy of our event sponsors. Winners must be at the prize giving to receive any physical prizes, nothing will be posted. Prize vouchers can be emailed out upon request.

Will I receive a finishers t-shirt for finishing the event?

No, we do not give out complimentary finishers t-shirts. If you would like to purchase a limited edition event t-shirt, this needs to be pre-purchased with your online entry, or added online after entering, see Merchandise for further information. Orders must be placed by the cut-off date. Merchandise is to be collected on race day (no merchandise is mailed out prior to the event).

What are the expected finish times?

We are expecting the first runners to be back in approx 2 hours 45 minutes while the slowest runners will be back in approx 6 hours.

Is the Coastal Classic an accredited event with the International Trail Running Association (iTRA)?

No, the Coastal Classic is not an accredited event with the International Trail Running Association (iTRA). The last time it was an accredited event was in 2019 and this was also the case in 2018 and 2017. Finishers from this event (30km course) will not earn iTRA points (Mountain points) and will not contribute to a finishers ‘Performance Index’.

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