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 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 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 TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO ANOTHER PERSON?
Yes, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: CAN I CHANGE FROM ONE DISTANCE TO ANOTHER DISTANCE?
Runners registered for the 45km 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: 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 the section around The Landings private property at North Turrumurra on Bobbin Head Road as you enter the National Park is 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: DO YOU OFFER A TRAINING PLAN?
Yes, please refer to our Training Plan page for updates on the current offer.
Q: ARE SPECTATORS ALLOWED TO COME AND WATCH ME RACE?
Spectators are welcome at the Start and Finish area. You will also be able to drive to the Sphinx Aid Station to see the competitors in action. Please note that parking is limited at the Sphinx Aid Station and to take extra care when driving around runners. Remember though that no outside assistance is permitted at the event.
Q: AM I ABLE TO RUN THE COURSE BEFORE THE EVENT?
You will be able to run sections of the course in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. However, you cannot download the course map and run it as is. The section around The Landings private property at North Turrumurra on Bobbin Head Road as you enter the National Park is 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: 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. The course is predominantly on single track so the trail has everything to offer from waterside tracks, rainforest, bushland, steep hill inclines and creek crossings. 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: 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: 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: IS A SUPPORT CREW NEEDED FOR THE EVENT?
No, you will be starting and finishing the event at Bobbin Head. You don't need a support crew for this event.
Q: WILL MY PRE-PURCHASED MERCHANDISED 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: WILL MY RACE BIB BE MAILED TO ME PRIOR TO THE EVENT?
Yes, personalised race bibs will be mailed to participants 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 26th June 2022. Any registrations received after Sunday 26th June 2022 participants will need to attend Registration on the day to collect their race bib. 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 26th 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: 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: IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT AVAILABLE TO THE EVENT?
A shuttle bus will be arranged for those wishing to use public transport to access the event. Please refer to the Transport page for further information. The bus will pick up from Rohini St Bus Bay at Turramurra Train Station, at selected times, which will allow all runners in the 12km, 22km & 45km races to reach the Event Centre in plenty of time. This bus will drop you directly to the event centre. This bus will also be used to shuttle runners from Apple Tree Bay parking area to Bobbin Head when not picking up from Turramurra Train Station. Once runners have completed the event the shuttle bus will conduct runs back to Turramurra Train Station as required. Turramurra Train Station has regular services in both the morning and during the afternoon so you will never be waiting too long for a connecting service. Further information on the shuttle bus including pick up/drop off times will be available in the Event Program sent to participants via email prior to the event.
Q: IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT?
Competitors are also strongly encouraged to carpool with fellow runners to help reduce congestion. Please note that parking is extremely limited at Bobbin Head where the Start & Finish will be located. We ask all runners to carpool with fellow participants wherever possible. Please follow the directions of marshals and be courteous of other users as parking is not reserved for event participants. Signage will be in place reserving some car parking spaces for non-event participants, runners are asked to please respect these signs and not use these spaces on race morning. Please take care on the narrow and twisting road to Bobbin Head from both North Turramurra and Mt Ku-Ring-Gai when driving to the Start & Finish. Both access roads to the Start & Finish are very popular with cyclists, take special care when passing cyclists. Parking at Bobbin Head is limited and will fill-up quickly; overflow parking is available at Apple Tree Bay where you can either walk the short distance back to the Event Centre, or wait for the shuttle bus service that has been arranged. Competitors are asked to give themselves plenty of time to park and register before their start time, especially for the 22km and 12km course competitors. PLEASE NOTE: The $12 National Park entry fee is NOT included in your race entry fee. You must pay this at the toll booth when you enter the park or at one of the parking machines in the park or otherwise risk a fine.
Q: WHERE DOES THE EVENT START?
The Event Centre is at historical Bobbin Head in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Both the Start and Finish of the event will take place from the Event Centre, along with registration on the morning of the event.
Q: WHERE CAN I STAY IN THE AREA?
As this event is located with the Sydney metropolitan area, feel free to Google search nearby accommodation options such as hotels, motels or AirBnBs.
Q: WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?
Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.
Q: WHAT IS THE CHARITY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT?
A portion of your entry fees, plus 100% of all donations made by competitors go to supporting a wonderful charity - Love To Give and the Stellenbosch Community Development Programme in South Africa, which does fantastic work in the community of Kayamandi, a suburb of Stellenbosch. Jabulani means “be happy” in Zulu and we hope everyone will encourage friends and colleagues to donate to support this great cause. The primary mission or purpose of Love To Give is to assist in various tangible ways, families whose lives are compromised by poverty. In Kayamandi many live below the bread line and their health, safety, education, and livelihoods are at risk or vulnerable. To donate go to: www.lovetogive.org.za/contribute
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: 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.
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: 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: 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: WILL I RECEIVE A MEDAL FOR FINISHING THE EVENT?
All finishers will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course.
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 45km course there is a time cut off that will be enforced at the start of the out and back section behind “The Landings”, approximately 1km after the Aid Station at the Sphinx, 25km into the event. Runners will need to be here by 12pm, runners arriving after this time will be directed to continue along the rest of the race route as per normal, skipping the out and back section. This course also closes at 3:00pm if you make it past the time cut off point. For further information click here.
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. Signs showing goal times will be displayed at the start to help with your positioning. Be aware that after an easy flat start for the first 1-2km the track soon becomes very narrow and technical. 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: WHAT IF I’M A SLOW RUNNER, WILL I BE ABLE TO WALK THE COURSE?
We require all competitors to be off the course by 3:00pm. If you are still on the course after this time, competitors will be removed from the course and transported back to the finish line. Slowest runners on the 45km course are expected back in 6 hours+. On the 22km course slowest runners back in around 6 hours. On the 12km course slowest runners will be back in approximately 4 hours.
Q: WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED FINISH TIMES?
First runners on the 45km course are expected back in 4 hours, slowest runners in 6 hours+. On the 22km course first runners should complete the course in approximately 1 hour 50 minutes with slowest runners back in around 6 hours. The 12km should be completed in 1 hour by the quickest runners, slowest approximately 4 hours.