All 100 km runners must:

  1. Wear a reflective safety vest when running on the road from Tidal River for the last 20 km.
  2. Run on the edge of the road towards oncoming traffic.
  3. Carry a torch—on strobe setting during daylight hours or on continuous beam after dark, when running on/walking on/crossing the road.

For 44/60/100 km

  1. All runners must run towards the side of the road from Tidal River to Telegraph Saddle Car park
  2. All runners must carry a torch—on strobe setting during daylight hours or 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.

All runners (that includes those doing the 44 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.
  • Broad bandage—for snake bites and sprains (8-10 cm restrictive bandage—white crepe bandages are NOT acceptable). See below
  • 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—100 km runners only for the last 20 km
  • Beanie or hat, gloves
  • Torch, spare batteries
  • Power pack to recharge your mobile phone
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Food
  • Emergency food (energy bar/chocolate)
  • Mobile Phone (for emergency calls)
  • Camera (highly recommended), scenery is fantastic

Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment

Please watch this video prepared by trail runner Dr Cheryl Martin.

The crepe bandage on the right is not acceptable. Ensure that, as a minimum you bring an elastic compression bandage 10 cm in width. You can obtain these from most chemist stores. A crepe bandage may assist in covering the bite wound.

Recent research shows that the effectiveness of traditional crepe bandages is significantly lower than modern elastic bandages in treating a snake bite, and even elastic bandages will be compromised if they are not applied at the correct pressure. In most cases it has been found that not enough pressure is applied when using these bandages, decreasing their efficacy.

In terms of bandaging technique, firm pressure bandaging is required to restrict the lymphatic flow of toxins after snake bite. Strict limb immobilisation is necessary to minimise lymphatic flow, since walking after snake bite will inevitably result in the spread of toxins throughout the body, and render any pressure bandaging useless. More detailed insight can be gained from Australian Venom Research Unit – First aid for snakebite.

Gaiters are likely to be effective against snake bite as Australian snakes generally have small fangs. If the snake were to bite through a closely woven, thick gaiter, the venom will either be absorbed by the gaiter itself, or, due to its position away from the calf, will lead to the venom running down the inside rather than making contact with skin. Source: Wild Magazine, Dec 2014

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. Plastic rain capes are  not acceptable.

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 out the night and complete the run the following day.

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 Air Ambulance Victoria. Medical evacuations are at participants cost. Contact www.ambulance-vic.com.au (Ph: 03 9379 9155)