How to get there
Hydration & Nutrition
Hydration and Nutrition are essential to running long distances. Check out th Hammer Nutrition Pages on Hydration HERE
6km – aid at the start and finish
Half Marathon – Aid at the 7km and 14km mark.
Marathon – Aid at the 20km – 27km – 34km and finish
Mountain Dash – no aid.
This is an event in a National Park – no cups are to be provided for water, please carry a device with you!
Safety and First Aid.
Mountain Sports employs first aid people to tend to injuries which may occur during the event. We strongly advise all runners to have ambulance cover in the case of an accident requiring evacuation via ambulance – air or road. If in case of a broken bone or serious injury our first aid crew will contact emergency services to evacuate you to the nearest hospital which is Lithgow.
There is a dry and safe place to put your bag at the event hub. You will need your bib to be able to claim it.
As with all events that bring alot of people into a unique setting – there are car parking challenges. A full car parking management document will be sent to you prior to the event and the event organisers will ensure the parking plan is sufficient for the amount of runners attending. Please ensure you car pool whenever possible. on the day – please adhere to all directions of staff, while the directions given may not suit you personally they are there to ensure the entire event runs smoothly. Thank you in advance.
Transferring between events
Yes, you can do it! Simply go to the “transfer” tab on the website and print out the relevant forms and bring them on the day. We do all transfers on the day.
Clothing and Equipment suggestions
Please see the mandatory gear page HERE for the half and full marathon.
Cut Off times
Please see the performance rules for the event you are entering. These times are generous but the terrain in the marathon in particular is tough.
Slipping and falls – likely the number one cause of injury on the course. Go cautious on the downhill sections and pace yourself according to your technical running ability when on rough or uneven ground. Taking a fall does not help you get a fast time! pipeline Pass in the marathon is a tough section and needs runners to be at their best.
Getting Lost – the course is well marked however fatigued runners tend to develope tunnel vision!! If you do not see a marker for some time – go back and find one then resume! get familiar with the course before the day to give yourself the best chance if you become lost.
Snakes – not at this time of year.
Hammer Nutrition will be present and have a stand with Gels, Bars and more. You can purchase these needs on their website www.hammernutrition.com.au beforehand on on the day at the event.
There is no reception anywhere on any of the race courses, with any carrier. The cliffs of the Wolgan Valley can do funny things to the reception of satellite phones, but they are by far your best bet.
To see when you can collect your race number, see the Schedule of Events HERE and scroll down to “Registration Desk Schedule”. WE DO NOT POST OUT.
Please see the Terms and Conditions HERE for our refund policy. As always, early is best.
Obey all National Parks and Wildlife Service rules when in the park, including dogs!
The event will not proceed if there is a catastrophic fire warning for the day, or flooding rain.
Leaving the Course. Entrants who leave the course during the event eg. for toilet stop, getting lost or meeting up with support people; must re-enter the course at the point they left the course. Lost entrants may use any legal method to get back to the course, but must re-enter where they left and resume running from that point.
Withdrawing from the race. Any entrant withdrawing from the race must notify race officials that they have done so.
Using a mountain bike to support runners risks them and other people. Don’t even think about it.
Obey the direction of Race Officials and Volunteers. Entrants ignoring marshals at road crossings will be immediately disqualified.
Be courteous to all you encounter on the course. This includes Parks staff, volunteers, bushwalkers and other users of the trail.
Entrants must help fellow runners in distress.
Entrants must observe madnatory gear requirements.
Entrants must not leave rubbish on the course. Carry it with you to the next aid station and deposit it there if there is a bin. Otherwise; carry it in – carry it out.
No I-pods, MP3 players etc. to be used. There are too many single track sections, some road crossings and other runners to be aware of.
If you are even mildly asthmatic then a puffer is mandatory equipment.
We are fortunate to be allowed access to the trail to run our event, so please make sure you leave no trace of having been there. Take all rubbish with you or risk disqualification.
A sweeper will be deployed onto the course with the aim of ensuring there’s no one left on the course unaccounted for, and to remove course markings. If you leave the trail at any time, please leave your pack on the trail so the sweeper doesn’t go past you and leave you on an unmarked course.
We will be using a disposable chip system that is stuck to the back of your race number. The system is very reliable, but reliability is aided by wearing your race number lower rather than higher.
Markers on the bush trails will be in pink ribbon. Additional arrows and other will be present at key intersections. If you travel more than 500m without seeing a marker, please take the time to retrace your steps to the last marker you saw and double check your course finding. Please don’t keep going down an unmarked track “because it feels right” as it’s probably not right.
If you’re available, we’d love to have you. Volunteers receive a warm inner glow, a t-shirt and can enter a subsequent Mountain Sports run without paying. Seriously it’s volunteers who make running events possible, and most have an enjoyable day doing it. Please give it your consideration. To check what roles are available please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather – What will it be?
We have no more access to any weather forecasting data than the BOM. HERE are their recorded averages for Lithgow.
If you wish to withdraw at any stage, you need to do so at an aid station and notify the attendants of your intention to withdraw. We will then do what we can to get you away from the aid station as soon as we can. If you do not notify staff that you have withdrawn and we assume you’re lost and start looking for you (this has happened!)- we will bill you for the time and expense incurred.