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important dates

DATES
DATE
DETAILS
15/7/2024
Entries Open
15/7/2024
Early Bird Pricing Opens
14/8/2024
Early Bird Pricing Closes
15/8/2024
Standard Pricing Opens
8/10/2024
Standard Pricing Closes
9/10/2024
Final Pricing Opens
27/10/2024
Last Day For Personalised Race Bibs
27/10/2024
Refunds Close
6/11/2024
Final Pricing Closes
6/11/2024
Online Entries and Transfers Close
9/11/2024
Race Day!

EQUIPMENT

What do I take with me 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 sunburnt so please take a hat and sunscreen. Please note that the trails in the Bouddi National Park will not be closed for the event, so runners need to be careful when overtaking each other and be courteous to other track users.

TRAINING

How fit or skilled do I need to be?

With two 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. 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.

Do you offer a training plan?
Yes, please refer to our Training Plan page for updates on the current offer.
Am I able to run the course before the event?

You will be able to run the whole course (or sections of it if you wish) in the Bouddi National Park as the area is open to the general public. Check out the NPWS information.

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 to work out where the course goes and to train on parts of it before the event.

ENTRY & MERCHANDISE

Can I change from one distance to another distance?

Yes, if you are registered for the 21km or 14km distance, you can either downgrade or upgrade. For details on how to upgrade your registration, please refer to the following Active FAQ and if you wish to downgrade in distance, please email us.

Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Yes, please refer to the transfers section of the website.
Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Yes, up until two weeks out from the event date minus the admin fee. Please refer to the Refunds & Cancellations section of the website for further information.
Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
No. All pre-purchased merchandise will be available to collect on race day at the registration / merchandise tent.
Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
No personalised race bibs will be mailed to participants prior to the event. All participants will need to attend Registration on the day to collect their race bib for the event. 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.

TRAVEL

What time does the event start?

Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.

Where does the event start?
The race starts and finishes on the beach at Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, Killcare, NSW.
Is public transport available to the event?

Runners are encouraged to use public transport. An event shuttle bus will run participants from Woy Woy Station to Killcare Beach, and back to Woy Woy Station after you have finished your race. We recommend checking Trip Planner for the most accurate and up to date train information. Bus shuttles to the Start line will run between 7am and 7:20am to allow runners plenty of time to complete registration prior to race start. The return shuttles back to Woy Woy Station will commence at 11:30am and leave at 30min intervals. Full details will be released in the Event Program. Please note the bus shuttles can take up to 30 minutes to the Event Centre, depending on traffic conditions.

We recommend runners arrive using the train that arrives at Woy Woy at 7.02am from the direction of Sydney or the train arriving at 7.14am if catching the train down from the direction of Newcastle. Check timetables for more details

Can I drive up on the morning of the event?

Yes you are welcome to as the 21km race doesn’t start until 8.30am while the 14km race starts at 9.00am, so there is plenty of time to make the 1.5 hour trip north from Sydney. However, if you wish to stay overnight on the Friday and Saturday, refer to our suggested Accommodation.

Where can I stay in the area?

Please refer to our suggested Accommodation for further information.

Is a support crew needed for the event?
No, you will be starting and finishing in the same location. You don’t need a support crew for this event.
Are there any aid stations?

There are marshalled aid stations along the course. At the aid stations, runners will have access to the following:

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. Please refer to the Aid Stations page for information on the distances between each Aid Station.

Are spectators allowed to come and watch me race?
Spectators are welcome at the Start and Finish area at Killcare Surf Life Saving Club. Remember though that no outside assistance is permitted at the event.
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.

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.

RACE DAY

Will I be given a start wave time?
There are no ‘start wave times’, there will be a mass start on the beach to begin the event.
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 I’m a slow runner, will I be able to walk the course?

There are no cut off times for either the 21km or 14km course however both courses will be closed at 3:00pm. We expect the slower runners/walkers to be able to complete the 21km course in 4h 30min and the 14km course in 3 hours. All courses will be closed at 3:00pm so all competitors will need to be off course by this time.

Are there any aid stations?

There are marshalled aid stations along the course. At the aid stations, runners will have access to the following:

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. Please refer to the Aid Stations page for information on the distances between each Aid Station.

Are there any time cut offs?

There are no cut off times for either the 21km or 14km course however both courses will be closed at 3:00pm.

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.
Is there a Runner List published before the event?

A Runner List which includes runners allocated race bib number and age category 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.

Where can I leave my bag?

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.

Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?
All finishers will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course (including the 1km Kids Beach Run).
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).

Are there prizes for this event?

Yes. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in each age category for the 14km and 21km events courtesy of our event sponsors. Winners must be at the prize giving to receive and physical prizes, nothing will be posted. Any prize vouchers can be emailed out upon request.

What are the expected finish times?
We expect the fastest runners to complete the 21km course in just under 2 hours while the fastest 14km runners will complete the course in just over 1 hour. We expect the slower runners/walkers to be able to complete the 21km course in 4h 30min and the 14km course in 3 hours.

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