Will there be wave starts?
Yes, to comply with the COVID plan, We ask that runners self seed their start position in the pack in accordance with the nominated time groupings below so that all people get a fair and safe start. Remember that the wave start will not alter your time, as the time is calculated 'mat to mat'
Is there a minimum age?
There is no minimum age, however if you are entering a young child in this event, please carefully consider both their skill level and enjoyment. The organisers reserve the right to remove a participant from the course at any time.
Participants aged under 12 must be accompanied on the course at all times. The organisers reserve the right to remove unaccompanied minors from the course at any time.
Is there a time limit for the event?
Four and a half hours. You must reach the ¾ mark at Forth street by 8:50 am. There will be a support vehicle available at that point to return you to the finish line if you are unable to complete the course in the required time.
All other distances:
There is a three hour cut off for this event. For those in the half marathon, this means you must have reached the halfway turn-around point by 1 hour 30 minutes. If you are not confident that you can complete the half marathon in this time, please consider registering for the 5km or 10km event instead.
Road closures will be removed at 10AM sharp.
Are walkers allowed?
Walkers are encouraged to register for the 5km event. If you are walking, please ensure you start at the back of the pack.
Will there be electronic/chip timing?
Yes. We will be using electronic timing for this event.
Can someone else collect my bib for me?
Yes, as long as proof of vaccination can be provided for each bib that is collected.
What if I forget my bib on the day?
Please see the Information Tent as soon as possible. [but vaccination]
During the event
What is the weather expected to be like?
The average daily maximum in Busselton in February is 28 degrees Celsius, so by 9am it is often already 20 degrees or more. Please check the weather forecast in the days leading up to the event to ensure you are dressed appropriately.
What time do I need to be there?
There is a mandatory race briefing for Marathon participants at 5:20 am, on the start line.
There is a mandatory race briefing starting at 6.45am for all other distances. If at all possible please collect your bib on the Friday (the day prior to the event), however if you are planning on collecting your bib on the day, this will commence from 6AM.
Please arrive early to avoid delays.
Where can I park?
Foreshore parking will be closed. Parking will be available at Signal Park for a gold coin donation to Country Women’s Hockey Club. There are numerous other car parks available in the Busselton CBD however please also be mindful that many of the car parks in the Busselton CBD are 2 hour maximum only on a Saturday morning. Further information about parking within the City of Busselton is available from the City website:
Do I need to ‘check in’ on the day before the event?
No, there is no need to ‘check in’ on the day.
Will there be a bag drop?
Please note, leaving your items at the bag drop is done at your own risk. Please do not leave valuable items at the bag drop. The bag drop will be manned and you will need to be wearing your race bib when you pick up and drop off your bag/items as your belongings will be stored by bib number and can only be collected by yourself. The Busselton Runners Club take no responsibility for your items and your belongings are not covered by our insurance.
Is the course closed to other pedestrians?
The start and finish area of the event is a closed track however it is possible that other people including walkers, cyclists and dogs will be on the paths on the out and back section of the course.
Can I wear my iPod/music player?
While we discourage the use of iPods or other personal music devices, we do not impose a ban on wearing headphones on the course. However, please remember that the use of headphones can impede an individual’s ability to hear marshals or other course officials; as such we would request that you only wear one ear piece to ensure you are still able to hear. Participants who choose to wear headphones on the course do so at their own risk and are asked to pay attention to officials and other participants throughout their event.
How will the course be marked?
The start / finish of the course will be well marked and marshalled. As it is an out and back course that follows the coastline, only areas that have an alternative choice of direction will be marked either with bollards/witches hats, or with a marshal. All turn around points will be well marked with lead in signs, bollards, flag and marshal.
Are there toilets on the course?
There are multiple toilets at the start/finish area.
For the 5km course, there are also toilets at King Street, near the Busselton Yacht Club.
For the 10km course, there are the King Street toilets, and the Dolphin Boat ramp toilets.
For the 21.1km course, there are toilets at King Street, Dolphin Road boat ramp, Alan Street, and Abbey Beach boat ramp.
For the 42.2km course, there are toilets at King Street, Dolphin Road boat ramp, Alan Street, and Abbey Beach boat ramp, Siesta Park, Quindalup Boat ramp turn point.
How many aid stations will there be?
There will be seven aid stations on the full course. Depending on your distance you will pass either one, two, four , or all seven stations.
As this is an out and back course, you will pass through each station twice i.e. those completing the 5km will pass table one twice, those in the 10km will pass stations one and two twice, those completing the half marathon will pass through four stations twice, and those completing the marathon will pass through six stations twice and one station at the marathon turn point.
Station one and two will be water only. Station three and four will also have Bindi. There will also be water, Bindi and fruit available at the finish line.
Rubbish bins will also be available at each aid station. Please ensure you use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please do not discard rubbish, such as empty cups or energy gel packets, along the course.
Can I bring my pram?
Yes, however you will need to start at the back of the pack and be aware that you must stay to the left of the track at all times.
Can I bring my dog?
No, please do not bring dogs.
What if I need help or medical assistance while on the course?
Please see an Aid Station Supervisor. Every aid station will have a team leader who has contact communication with event officials and emergency services if necessary. In an emergency, please let another runner know as soon as possible, who can then alert the Aid station team leader who in turn will contact the appropriate authority. St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance at the start/finish line, at the marathon turn point at Quindalup and will then relocate to the three quarter marathon mark at Forth St. Your health is most important so if you are feeling unwell in any way, please stop and seek assistance.
What if I need help or medical assistance at the end of the race?
Please advise a course official or volunteer if you require immediate assistance. St John’s Ambulance staff will be at the finish line to help anyone requiring assistance.
If you are able to, you can also make your way to the First Aid tent which will be established near the finish line in the Registration Tent.
Will there be road closures in place for this event?
Yes - Start / finish area will have road closures in place. All road crossings will be marshalled, and where the path is directly adjacent to the road, half road closure will be in place. Half road closures are to provide a buffer zone for runners, it is not an invitation to run on the road. Please stay on the dual use paths.
The Marathon course follows well established cycle/foot paths, some of which pass in front of driveways. All residents have been advised of the event but still be cautious.
Will there be a photographer?
There will not be official race photos taken however we have asked the local photography club to attend and take some photos for us. These will be available online after the event.
Is this course good for spectators?
Yes! The event starts and ends on the City foreshore which offers ample viewing for spectators. The Busselton foreshore also offers grassed areas, shade, playgrounds, toilets, drink fountains, plus the spectacular beach and the iconic Busselton Jetty.
Will there be food and drink available to purchase?
Yes. There are also a number of other cafes and kiosks available on the Busselton foreshore and the event takes place only a short walk from the centre of town.
Do you require volunteers to assist with this event?
We are always happy for any help! If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact information for the Busselton Runners Club is available here. You can also ask questions that are not covered above via email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we are a volunteer based organisation, we will endeavour to answer your email within 7 days.