Saturday 12th November 2022
Killcare, Central Coast, NSW
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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 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.


Q: Can I transfer my race 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 21km course can change to the 14km 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.

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: 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 here.

Q: 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.

Q: Is public transport available to the event?

Please refer to the Transport section of the website for further information.

Q: Where does the event start?

The race starts and finishes on the beach at Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, Killcare, NSW.

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 2nd October 2022. Any registrations received after Sunday 2nd October 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 2nd October 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: 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?

Yes you are welcome to as the 21km race doesn’t start until 8.45am while the 14km race starts at 9.15am, 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.  

Q: What time does the event start?

Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.

Q: Where can I stay in the area?

Please refer to our suggested Accommodation for further information.

Q: 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.

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
NOTE: There will be no cups at the aid stations, so you will need to carry a water bottle or hydration pack (or similar) to refill. Please refer to the Aid Stations page for information on the distances between each Aid Station.

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 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 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. 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: 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: Is the Bouddi Coastal Run an accredited event with the International Trail Running Association (iTRA)?

No, the Bouddi Coastal Run is not an accredited event with the International Trail Running Association (iTRA). The last time it was an accredited event was in 2019 and this was also the case in 2018 and 2017. Finishers from this event (21km course only) will not earn iTRA points (Mountain points) and will not contribute to a finishers ‘Performance Index’.

Q: 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.

Q: Are there prizes for competitors?

Prizes will be awarded to 1st - 3rd 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 (including the 1km Kids Beach Run).

Q: 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.

Q: 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.