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 in the Western Sydney Parklands will not be closed for the event, so runners 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 don't offer special event shuttle buses to the event but you are welcome to catch public transport to the event on the morning of the event. We suggest planning your trip via Transport NSW website here.
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?
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: 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 6 Aid Stations on the 35km course, 4 Aid Stations on the 19km course and 2 Aid Station on the 11km course. Refer to specific Aid Station location information here. At the aid 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. Bananas
- Selection of lollies
- Potato chips
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 four 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 disadvantage if you have self-seeded yourself towards the back of your group.
Q: Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?
All finishers 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 35km, 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: What are the expected finish times?
First runners on the 35km course are expected back in 2:30hrs, slowest runners in 5:00hrs+. 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