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Registrations

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?

Yes. 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.

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.

Race Bibs

Will there be electronic/chip timing?

Yes. We will be using electronic timing for this event.

Where/when do I collect my race bib?

If at all possible please collect your bib prior to Saturday. If you are planning on collecting your bib on the day, this will commence from 6am. We will not delay the start of the race so if you do need to grab it on the morning of the event, please ensure you arrive early to allow plenty of time to collect your bib before the start of the race.

Note - only participants registered by the end of January will be able to collect their race bib in Perth or Bunbury. Participants registered after this date will need to collect their bib in Busselton.

Can someone else collect my bib for me?

Yes.

What if I forget my bib on the day?

Please see the Information Tent as soon as possible.

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 starting at 6.45am. 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

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:

http://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/Community-Services/Ranger-Services/CBD-Parking-Maps

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?

Yes.

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.

Will there be wave starts?

No, there will be one start for the half marathon and one start time for the 5km and 10km. We ask that runners self seed their start position in the pack in accordance with the nominated time groupings so that all people get a fair and safe start.

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.

How many aid stations will there be?

There will be four aid stations on the full course. Depending on your distance you will pass either one, two, or all four 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, and those completing the half marathon will pass through all four stations twice.

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 be manned with an SES volunteer in charge of communications. In an emergency, please let another runner know as soon as possible, who can then alert the SES communicator who in turn will contact the appropriate authority. St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance at the start/finish line. 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 the First Aid tent which will be established near the finish line in the Registration Tent.

Other

Is there a finisher’s medal or gift?

Yes, the are finisher’s medals that match your bib colour.

Distance Colour
Half Marathon Purple
10KM Red
5KM Green

Photo of the 2016 Busselton Half Marathon medals

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 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.

How does this event benefit the community?

This event attracts a huge number of tourists to the city for the weekend. The City of Busselton estimates economic return for the weekend of over $1.25 million dollars!

The Busselton Runners Club will also be donating part proceeds of this event to our charity partner. Our Charity Beneficiary for our 2017 event is FAWNA.

Your support of our 2018 SunSmart Busselton Half Marathon will help support the work that FAWNA do by aiding in the purchase of equipment that is used by volunteers to raise orphaned or injured native wildlife so that they can be released back into their native environment.

http://www.fawna.com.au/

Our 2016 event raised money to help them purchase a new model “Flir” - Forward Looking Infrared Camera for their rescue boat “BJ Lucy”. This enables them to more efficiently search for vessels in distress in the night hours or in situations of low visibility.

http://www.busseltonsearescue.org.au/

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 Criterium track 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. We will be arranging a number of vendors. 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.

Can I get a refund if cancel my registration? Can someone else replace me if I can’t compete?

As a general rule, refunds and replacements will not available. In some circumstances your ticket may be able to be transferred to another participant at the discretion of the Organising Committee however this will incur an administration fee. Please email your request to the Committee for consideration. Note - this must be approved prior to the event; replacements will not be available on the day. Please note, from 31 January changes can no longer be made as from this date all expenses have been incurred and race bibs have been printed and timing chips allocated.

What else is on in Busselton on the weekend?

The annual Busselton Jetty Swim on Sunday and the Busselton Cycle Club’s Criterium event on Saturday afternoon.

http://www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au/

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact information for the Busselton Runners Club is available here. You can also ask questions on the Facebook page