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All 66/100 km runners must:

  1. Wear a reflective safety vest at night when running on the road from Tidal River.
  2. Run on the edge of the road towards oncoming traffic.
  3. Carry a torch—on strobe/flashing setting during daylight hours or on continuous beam after dark, when running on/walking on/crossing the road.

For 27/47 km

  1. All runners must run towards the side of the road from Tidal River to Oberon Car park
  2. All runners must carry a torch on continuous beam after dark, when running on/walking on/crossing the road.

Failure to abide by these conditions will lead to disqualification from the event.

Every year we get queried on the information below—it is simple, clear and self explanatory. In a nut shell—turn up without the mandatory gear below and you will not be permitted to start.

All runners (that includes those doing the 27/47 km, so please do not ask again) must carry with them as a minimum the following safety equipment. The reason for this is if someone were to injure themselves out on the trail, they may need to either walk out or wait a couple of hours for medical assistance. Given the area is subject to sudden changes in weather and the possibility of an injured person rapidly losing core body temperature or going into shock, these items are considered the minimum safety requirements:

  • Compass and/or GPS, whistle, waterproof map of the area,  (the best map is Vicmap 1:50,000 Wilsons Promontory NP). You may download the maps from the website.
  • Pressure Snake Bandage see this article Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment NB—bandages other than a pressure snake bandage are unacceptable and you will not be permitted to start if you have the incorrect bandage
  • Antiseptic swipes, bandaids, pain killers
  • Water proof jacket with hood, waterproof overpants
  • Spare long sleeved polypropylene/wool top and long johns (this may be worn at the start)
  • Reflective safety vest—66/100 km runners
  • Beanie or hat, gloves
  • Minimum of 500 ml of water (better still 1 litre if it's hot) and/or a container to carry it
  • Torch, spare batteries (66/100 km only)
  • Fully charged power pack with light indicators to recharge your mobile phone (66/100 km only)
  • Emergency space bag/light bivvi bag (1 only) or equivalent bag (66/100 km only)
  • Food
  • Emergency food (energy bar/chocolate)
  • Mobile Phone (for emergency calls)
  • Camera (highly recommended), scenery is fantastic

Look at this informative video by Trail Running Scotland to see for yourself the difference between mandatory gear, some gear and no gear. 

Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment —make sure you read this, it is very important!

A gear check will be conducted at registration on the Friday night. Failure to carry ALL the mandatory gear listed above will mean you will NOT be permitted to run. Please pay special attention to the requirements regarding bandage.

PLB Activation/Rescue

In a previous run a number of participants had trouble finding exit points off beaches. Runners unable to find their way off the beach MUST NOT activate PLBs unless there is a medical emergency or they are well and truly lost or at risk. All runners MUST have sufficient experience/equipment to allow them to either find an alternate route back to run to headquarters (Telegraph Track runs down the centre of the park) or wait for another runner.

Any runner who withdraws or is unable to complete the 80 km loop back to Tidal river by 10 P.M. on the Saturday MUST attempt to contact the run director by mobile phone 0418 136 070 and advise their status.

Medical Evacuation

Given the nature of the terrain and the distance from the closest hospital you should join Ambulance Victoria. Medical evacuations are at participants' cost. Contact (Ph: 1300 366 141)