Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT DO I TAKE WITH ME OUT ON THE COURSE?
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 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: DO YOU OFFER A TRAINING PLAN?
We have partnered with The Body Mechanic to offer competitors a 12 week plan which will incorporate everything you need to get stronger, improve your mobility and increase your mileage at a safe rate so you can have a great race, without injuring yourself along the way. For more information include cost and how to purchase click HERE.
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. 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.
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 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: 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?
All merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration. No merchandise will be mailed to competitors prior to the event.
Q: WILL MY RACE BIB BE MAILED TO ME PRIOR TO THE EVENT?
At registration you will be issued with your race number and safety pins. No race bibs will be mailed to competitors prior to the event. Please wear your race number 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?
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: IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT AVAILABLE TO THE EVENT?
A shuttle bus will be arranged for those wishing to use public transport to access the event. 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 FREE 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?
There is parking at Bobbin Head for event participants however this is not reserved for event participants. 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. Competitors are strongly encouraged to carpool with fellow runners to help reduce congestion or make use of the FREE shuttle bus to and from Turramurra Station. 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 risk a fine. Further information on parking and the FREE shuttle bus will be available in the Event Program sent to participants via email prior to the event.
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 at here, 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?
For a full schedule of the proceedings, click HERE.
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 see the Refunds & Cancellations section HERE
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. 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?
Cut-off times will only apply for the 45km event and be enforced at the start of the long loop to the Wildflower Gardens. This is located at the bottom of the Sphinx stairs at the 24km point. Runners will need to be here by 10:30am otherwise they will not be able to proceed to the St Ives wildflower gardens but directed back along the trail to the finish. Please Note: If you are aiming to complete the Triple Trail Challenge in 2018 you need to complete the full 22km or 45km course. If you miss the time cut off for the 45km course and have to therefore revert to the 22km course, you will still be regarded as a 22km finisher for the purpose of the Triple Trail Challenge. If you make the 24km time cut off and are a 45km participant, it is at this 24km point that you must decide if you will revert to the 22km course or continue on and complete the full 45km course. If you decide to continue and end up dropping out between 24km and 45km you will be classified as a 45km DNF and therefore ineligible for the Triple Trail Challenge honours. You will not be classified as a finisher in regards to the Triple Trail Challenge for only having completed the 12km 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. 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; after this time the course will be closed and competitors transported back to the finish line.
Q: WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED FINISH TIMES?
First runners on the 45km course are expected back in 4:00hrs, slowest runners in 6:00hrs+. On the 22km course first runners should complete the course in approximately 1:50hrs with slowest runners back in around 6:00hrs. The 12km should be completed in 1hr by the quickest runners, slowest approximately 4:00hrs.