FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I take with me out 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 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.
How fit or skilled do I need to be?
Do you offer a training plan?
Am I able to run the course before the event?
Do you have a GPX route file available for pre-event training?
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Can I change from one distance to another distance?
Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
How will I find out my race number?
Participants will be emailed their race bib number after entries close, 1-2 days before the event in the Last Minute Info email. A Runner List which includes runners allocated race bib number will be published on the event website in the Last Minute Info Latest News post.
Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
Where does the event start?
What time does the race start?
Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.
Is public transport available to the event?
Can I drive up on the morning of the event?
Where can I stay in the area?
Is there parking available at the event?
Is a support crew needed for the event?
Are spectators allowed to come and watch me race?
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.
How will I know where to go?
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.
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. 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.
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.
Where can I leave my bag?
There will be a bag drop area available at the event centre. 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 for you to attach to your items on the day. Please make sure your gear is clearly marked with your name and race number. Once you have completed the event, show the volunteer your race number to collect your bag.
Can I run with earphones?
Yes, you may wear earphones to run with if you want to listen to music. However, please be considerate of other runners and trail users and ensure you can hear if people are wanting to get past you. Earphones must be removed for road crossings and when running on roads open to traffic.
Will I receive a finishers t-shirt for finishing the event?
Finishers t-shirts are not included with your race entry. If you would like to buy 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. Merchandise will be available for collection on race day.
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 for the 12km, 22km and 36km events courtesy of our event sponsors. Winners must be at the prize giving to receive any physical prizes, nothing will be posted. Any vouchers available as prizes can be emailed out upon request.