Safety Equipment

Mandatory Equipment
(excluding 6k participants)

To be carried at all times and will be checked prior to race briefing, no gear, no start:

  • Capacity to carry at least 1 litre of water
  • Mobile phone (recommended Telstra 3G)
  • Emergency contact details list (on race bib)
  • Map of area (provided at registration)
  • Waterproof map case
  • Compression bandage (not loose crepe), it must be 10cm wide
  • Whistle
  • Compass

weather dependent items

Depending on the weather you may need to carry the following items. Please make sure you bring them at gear check, as this may not be decided until the day, or you may need to carry these on your final lap:

  • Good quality waterproof jacket with hood (water resistant is not adequate, must be taped/sealed seams)
  • Long sleeve thermal top (can be part of worn clothes)
  • Emergency food (at least 2 muesli bars or 200g chocolate, or equivalent)
  • Emergency space blanket

Recommended additional equipment — not mandatory

  • A light beanie/buff
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Blister repair kit
  • Hat

additional safety Information

Ambulance & Insurance

The ambulance is not a free service in Victoria, and is also not covered by this runs insurance. If not a subscriber it is important to check with your health insurer or consider joining or taking out travel insurance to ensure you have coverage.

The run has public liability insurance through AURA but this does not cover individual runners in the event they suffer an injury. It is the runners responsibility to have their own accident and ambulance cover. If race organisers think you need an ambulance we will call it regardless of whether you have ambulance cover or not and you will be responsible for any costs.

Hydration & Electrolytes

Maintaining proper fluid and calorie intake and electrolyte balance is a personal responsibility, and runners should already be competent in this area.

Pain relief and Ibuprofen

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg ibuprofen) during endurance events has been proven to be dangerous. It is requested that runners do not take NSAIDs. The dangers far out way any perceived benefits.

ipods/mp3 players

While iPods and MP3 players are allowed in this race, it is imperative that they are not used on road sections of the course. This is a significant safety issue. Also, courtesy dictates that they should be off in checkpoints so that you can hear volunteers and organisers giving directions.

Checkpoint Food and Drinks

The following food and drinks will be provided at the Balook Visitor’s Centre checkpoint only:

  • Anzac biscuits or similar
  • Fruit cake
  • Bananas, Oranges, Mandarins
  • Crackers
  • Bread for sandwiches
  • Lollies
  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate/Milo
  • Water will be available at this checkpoint as well as various marshall stations throughout the course (see map for details).

important note:

No food, drink or equipment can be stashed along the course by runners, except at Balook Visitor's Centre Checkpoint.

Checkpoint Cut-offs

Cut-offs will be applied for each checkpoint – each checkpoint will be at the Balook Visitor’s Centre. Cut-offs will be strictly enforced and any runner not able to leave a checkpoint before the designated cut-off time will be removed from the race.

Cutoffs will be for 50 km event only which are as follows:

21 km check point of 50 km - 4 hrs

50 km finish cut off time - 9 hrs


Runner Safety

This is a serious ultra marathon and runner safety is paramount. While the course is often not far from the road, there are some sections with poor access for emergency vehicles. If you injure yourself, it may be some time before assistance can reach you so you need to be prepared.

With this in mind, a mandatory gear list is required. We may do spot checks in the interests of runner safety and fairness.

There is a long way between checkpoints and there are very few freshwater streams in between. Runners cannot rely on these and should carry a minimum of 2 litres of water when leaving the checkpoint each time.

Runners must follow directions from run marshals. The marshal and run organisers will have the authority to withdraw a runner if they deem the runner unfit to continue or if the runner is outside the cut-off time. Cut-off times are strictly enforced.

When runners are running on roads, or crossing the roads, runners must give way to all traffic and follow designated signage. Where there is marshalling any direction MUST be adhered to.

If you encounter another runner who is sick or injured you are required to render assistance.

A mobile phone must be carried (excluding 6k participants). The emergency number if you network does not have coverage is 112 (this is like dialing 000 but only if there is coverage for another network).


Pre-Run check in & Briefing

This will happen at the Visitor’s Centre in Balook as described in the schedule of events.

Runners will be able to check in and collect their numbers and maps which was included in event fee. The briefing is MANDATORY. If runners do not attend this will result in disqualification.