Frequently Asked Questions
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 banana's 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 sunburned so please take a hat and sunscreen. Please note that the trails in the Wallarah National Park and Munmorah State Conservation Area will not be closed for the event, so runners need to be careful when overtaking each other and be courteous to other track users.
Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Please see the Refunds & Cancellations section HERE
Q: Can I drive up on the morning of the event?
Runners are encouraged to make a weekend of it by staying over at the magnificent Raffertys Resort. However, if you are unable to stay for the weekend it is possible to drive up from Sydney on the morning of the race. It will take approximately 1.5hrs to drive from Sydney with mostly freeway driving all the way up. From Newcastle it is only a short 35-40 min drive to get to Raffertys Resort. There is parking for all competitors upon arrival.
Q: What time does the event start?
The event will officially start at 9:00am with race day registration opening at 7:30am. For a full schedule of the proceedings, click here
Q: Where can I stay in the area?
With 110 self contained cottages and terraces, look no further than our hosts Raffertys Resort for all your accommodation needs. For accommodation packages on race weekend, click here
Q: What are the expected finish times?
First runners on the 36km course are expected back in 2:30hrs, slowest runners in 5:00hrs+. On the 22km course first runners should complete the course in approximately 1:30hrs with slowest runners back in around 3:30hrs. The 12km should be completed in 1hr by the quickest runners, slowest approximately 1:40hrs
Q: Is a support crew needed for the event?
No, you will be starting and finishing the event at Raffertys Resort with parking and accommodation. You don't need a support crew for this event.
Q: Are there any aid stations?
There are three marshalled feed stations along the course. At the feed stations, runners will have access to the following:
- First Aid
- Unlimited quantities of water
- Pre-mixed Tailwind Nutrition
- Selection of fresh, sliced fruit i.e. Banana’s
- Selection of lollies
- Potato chips
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 markers for easy guidance. 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.
Q: How fit or skilled do I need to be?
With three distance options you have the choice to enter the event that best suites your skill and fitness level. 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, sand sections and the odd steep descent. Nothing that can't be walked if you are uncomfortable running all the way.
Q: Am I able to run the course before the event?
You will be able to run sections of the course in the Wallarah National Park and Munmorah State Conservation Area. However, you cannot download the course map and run it as is. Certain sections around Raffertys Resort and the Stockland property at Murrays Beach are off-limits. If you wish to train on sections of the course, send an email to [email protected] so we can suggest the best locations to access the course.
Q: Are there any time cut offs?
There are no time cut offs for the 12km or 22km course. There is a time cut off on the 36km course at Aid Station 2 (Middle Camp Inlet) after 12.5km. 35km runners need to reach this Aid Station by 11.15am to be allowed to continue along the full 36km course to Catherine Hill Bay and beyond. Runners arriving after 11.15am will be redirected onto the 22km course. Short coursed runners will still be eligible to complete the 22km course, will be ranked as full finishers of the 22km course and will receive the appropriate finishers medal. Please note if you are aiming to complete the Triple Trail Challenge in 2018 you need to complete the full 36km course. If you miss the time cut off and only complete the 22km course you will not be classified as a finishers in regards to the Triple Trail Challenge.