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. All runners with dogs need to clean up after their dog, so ensure that you carry poop bags with you at all times. There will be rubbish bins at each Aid Station for you to dispose of this waste. Aid stations will also be positioned around the course where runners and their dogs can fill up with water and snacks along the trail. Please note that the trails in the Western Sydney Parklands will not be closed for the event, so all runners and runners with dogs need to be careful when overtaking each other and be courteous to other track users. There is no other mandatory gear requirements.
Q: Is public transport available to the event?
We recommend checking Trip Planner for the most accurate and up to date information on getting to Western Sydney Parklands. We don't offer special event shuttle buses to the event from nearby train/bus stations. Please visit our Transport page for more information on Public Transport as well as Parking.
Q: Where does the event start?
The event starts and finishers at The Pavilion and Amphitheatre, Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands. Further location information will be sent to participants via email prior to the event.
Q: Is there parking available at the event?
Yes there is parking available at the event. Further information on parking areas will be available in the Event Program sent to participants via email prior to the event.
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: Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
Yes, personalised race bib numbers will be mailed 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 3rd May 2020. International addresses not included for postage, therefore these runners will need to collect their race bib at registration on race day. If you are claiming a withdrawing runners entry after Sunday 3rd May, 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?
All merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration. No merchandise will be mailed to competitors prior to the event.
Q: Are spectators allowed to come and watch me race?
Spectators are welcome at the Start and Finish area at The Pavilion and Amphitheatre, Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands. Remember though that no outside assistance is permitted at the event.
Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Please see the Refunds & Cancellations section HERE
Q: What time does the event start?
For a full schedule of the proceedings click here.
Q: Is a support crew needed for the event?
No, you will be starting and finishing the event at Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands. You don't need a support crew for this event.
Q: Are there any aid stations?
There are 9 Aid Stations on the 38km course, 4 Aid Stations on the 19km course and 2 Aid Stations on the 11km course. Refer to specific Aid Station location information here. At the aid stations, runners and their dogs will have access to the following:
- First Aid
- Unlimited quantities of water
- Pre-mixed Tailwind Nutrition
- Selection of fresh, sliced fruit i.e. Bananas
- Selection of lollies
- Doggie treats for your dog
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 five 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. There are a few stiff hills and the odd steep descent. Nothing that can't be walked if you are uncomfortable running all the way.
Q: Am I able to run the course before the event?
You will be able to run sections of the course in the Western Sydney Parklands as the area is open to the public. 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: 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. There will be a mass start at the designated start time. 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 disadvantaged if you have self-seeded yourself towards the back of your group. For all runners with a dog your wave will start 5 minutes later after the runners, to allow you and your dog to enjoy the trails without congestion and make for a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Q: Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?
All finishers (including the family dog) will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course.
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: Are there prizes for competitors?
Prizes will be awarded to 1st place in each age category on the 38km, 19km & 11km courses. 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: Are there any time cut offs?
Cut-off times will only apply for the 38km event and be enforced at the start of the second loop, 19km into the event. Runners will need to be here by 10:30am, runners arriving after this time will be directed to finish and be classed as a 19km finisher. Cut-off times do not apply to the 19km, 11km or 4km courses.
Q: What are the expected finish times?
For the 38km course we expect the fastest runners to complete the course in just over 3hrs with the slowest runners finished within 7hrs. On the 19km course first runners should complete the course in approximately 1:30hrs with slowest runners back in around 3:30hrs. The 11km should be completed in 1hr by the quickest runners, slowest approximately 2hrs.