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 sports drink. 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 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. There is no other mandatory gear requirements.
Q: Is public transport available to the event?
We don't offer special event shuttle buses to the event but you are welcome to catch public transport to the event either the day prior and stay overnight or on the morning of the event. We suggest planning your trip via Transport NSW website here.
Q: Where does the event start?
The event starts and finishers at Raffertys Resort, Lake Macquarie NSW. Further location information will be sent to participants via email prior to the event.
Q: Is there parking available at the event?
Yes there is parking available as the event is held from Raffertys Resort, however parking is limited. Further information on parking areas will be available in the Event Program sent to participants via email prior to the event.
Q: Is there a bag drop available?
An area will be set assigned for bag drop and a marshal will be present throughout the event. The marshal will give you a bag which you can stow your gear in and write your race number on using the provided marker pens. Show the marshal your race number once you have completed the event to collect your gear.
Q: Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
Yes, personalised race bib numbers will be mailed prior to the event. You are likely to receive your race bib anytime in the 3 weeks prior to the event. This only applies to event registrations made prior to Sunday 6th June. Participants with interstate (outside NSW) or international addresses listed on their event entry will not be mailed their race bib prior to the event, therefore these runners will need to collect their race bib at registration on race day. Your race bib will also not be mailed to you if you have an unsigned event waiver, so you will need to visit registration to sign the event waiver before you will be permitted to start. If you are claiming a withdrawing runners entry after Sunday 6th June, you will be allocated a NEW race bib number, without your personalised name printed on it and you will need to collect it on race day at registration. Your race bib will NOT be mailed to you prior to the event. The withdrawing runners race bib will therefore become void and can not be used. 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.
Q: Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
All merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration. No merchandise will be mailed to competitors prior to the event.
Q: Are spectators allowed to come and watch me race?
Spectators are welcome at the Start and Finish area at Raffertys Resort. Remember though that no outside assistance is permitted at the event.
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?
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: 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 3 Aid Stations on the 36km course, 2 Aid Stations on the 22km course and 1 Aid Station on the 12km course. Refer to specific Aid Station location information here. At the aid 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. Bananas
- 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 suits 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: Will I be given a start wave time for my respective course distance?
There are no ‘start wave times’ for each course distance other than the designated course start time. Participants will need to self-seed themselves within the group of competitors for their course distance 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.
Q: Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?
All finishers will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course.
Q: 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. 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).
Q: Are there prizes for competitors?
Prizes will be awarded to 1st place in each age category. Winners must be at the prize giving presentation after the event to receive their prize, nothing will be posted. Also, you have to be at the presentation to be in the running for the lucky draw prizes.
Q: Are there any time cut offs?
There are no time cut offs for the 12km or 22km course. A short course time cut off is in place at the 13km mark on the 36km course only. This is the split point for runners on the 36km and 22km course. 36km runners must reach this point by 11.00am or will be redirected onto the 22km course. Short coursed runners will be classified as 22km course finishers and their results will reflect this. Runners aiming to finish the Triple Trail Challenge who do not make this cut off WILL NOT be ranked as finishers for the purposes of the Triple Trail Challenge.
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