Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I take with me out on the course (mandatory gear)?
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. 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 change from one distance to another distance?
Runners registered for the 36km course can change to the 22km or 12km – at the same time runners in the 22km can drop down to the 12km course. For details on how to change courses, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Yes, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Do you have a GPX route file available for pre-event training?
No we do not offer a downloadable GPX file of the course maps for you to train with before the event. Refer to the interactive course maps HERE to work out where the course goes and to train on parts of it before the event. Note that 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: Is public transport available to the event?
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.
Q: Where does the event start?
The event starts and finishers at Raffertys Resort, Lake Macquarie NSW. Further information on food/beverage services available at the venue will be provided in the Event Program emailed to all participants prior to the event.
Q: Is there parking available at the event?
Yes, there is parking available at Raffertys Resort, however parking is limited. Further information on parking areas at the venue will be available in the Event Program emailed to participants prior to the event.
Q: Is there a bag drop available?
Yes, there will be a bag drop for the event (normally the tent is located nearby the registration tent on the day). A volunteer will be present throughout the event to receive and return items to participants on the day. You will need to provide your own bag however bag tags will be available at the bag drop tent for you to attach to your items on the day. Please make sure your gear is clearly marked with your name and race number using the provided marker pens for the bag tag. Once you have completed the event, show the volunteer your race number for them to provide you with your stored 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 12th June 2022. 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 12th June 2022, 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?
Only Tailwind Endurance Fuel will be mailed to competitors prior to the event, if they have selected the 'posted' option. All other merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration.
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: Do you offer a training plan?
Yes, please refer to our Training Plan page for updates on the current offer.
Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Please refer to the Refunds & Cancellations section of the website for further information.
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. Click HERE for more information on the host venue. 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 available at Raffertys Resort, however parking is limited. Further information on parking areas at the venue will be available in the Event Program emailed to participants prior to the event.
Q: What time does the event start?
Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.
Q: Where can I stay in the area?
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 marshalled Aid Stations along the course. At the aid stations, runners will have access to the following:
- First Aid
- Unlimited quantities of water
- Tailwind Nutrition
- Selection of fruit
- 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. If you need some help with training, check out our Training Plan on offer HERE.
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: What if im a slow runner, will I be able to walk the course?
There are no time cut offs for the 12km or 22km course. However both courses will be closed at 3:00pm. For the 36km course there is a short course time cut off is in place at the 13km mark. Click HERE for more information on this time cut off. This course will also be closed at 3:00pm. Slowest runners on the 36km course are expected back in 5 hours+. On the 22km course slowest runners are expected back in around 3 hours 30 minutes. On the 12km course slowest runners are expected back in approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
Q: Are earphones allowed in 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.
Q: 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.
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, 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).
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. However both courses will be closed at 3:00pm. For the 36km course there is a short course time cut off is in place at the 13km mark. 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. This course also closes at 3:00pm if you make it past the short course time cut off point. Triple Trail Challenge runners who do not make this cut off will not be ranked as finishers for the purposes of the Triple Trail Challenge as the 36km course needs to be completed.
Q: What are the expected finish times?
First runners on the 36km course are expected back in 2 hours 30 minutes, slowest runners in 5 hours+. On the 22km course first runners should complete the course in approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with slowest runners back in around 3 hours 30 minutes. The 12km should be completed in 1 hour by the quickest runners, slowest approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.