This preliminary race briefing does not replace the verbal briefing to take place at 7:45am, 19th August 2018 at Race HQ in Lawson Park (near the finish line). This information is given as an advance information service to prepare competitors for the rules and regulations and general conduct of the event. Please read through these briefing notes carefully as they will provide you with a guide to your safe and fair participation in the 2018 10km event. Further enquiries can be made with an event official at Race HQ on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm (Lawson Park), or on race morning.
Weather and Clothing
The current forecast is for -2° to 11°, dry and windy. It is normally around 2° to 4° by 8am. Competitors need to ensure that they are prepared for the conditions of the day and should consider wearing gloves, beanies, and arm or leg warmers. Please also be prepared for the unlikely event of rain. Please celebrate with us if it does rain!
Please do not discard any items of clothing on the course. We cannot guarantee the return of clothes left on the course. We do have bag drop facilities. Items can be securely left at race HQ.
Race Kit Pick-Up
Race kit pick-up will take place at Race HQ on Saturday 18th August from 2pm until 5pm. If you are unable to pick up your race kit on Saturday, you will also be able to pick it up on race morning until 7:30am. If you pick up your kit on Saturday, you do not need to check in with us on Sunday until the race briefing.
Your race kit will contain a disposable timing chip incorporated into the bib number.
Your race number must be:
- Placed on your front torso
- Be clearly visible from the front
- Unaltered and unmodified (ie not cut, folded or wrinkled)
- Pinned on by all four corners
- Not covered by anything (eg jackets, water bottles etc)
Parking and Amenities
There is ample parking in Short Street adjacent to Lawson Park and the near-by side streets. There are no time restrictions, although do not park on the grassy area in the middle of Short St. This is not allowed. Local inspectors may ticket you.
Amenities are available in the Lawson Park Aquatic Centre (Mudgee Pool). Ample toilets, showers and change rooms are present. There are also some toilets in the park.
Race Day Briefing
At 7:45am, runners will be called to assemble at Race HQ (near the rotunda at the finish line) for the pre-race briefing. This briefing is compulsory and will cover the race course, rules, safety and any changes that may have taken place after this briefing was written. Following the briefing, competitors will move to the start line.
The race start is just behind the finish line, between the river and the children’s play area. The race will start at 8:00am. Please line up according to expected finishing position.
The course is entirely car free. You run out of Lawson Park, do two laps of a bike path around the Glen Willow/Cudgegong River area, before returning to the far end of Lawson Park and then onto the finish line. There will be a lead bike showing the way.
The start takes you to the top corner of Lawson Park and then over the new pedestrian bridge before you start your two laps at the pedestrian tunnel under Ulan Rd.
Each lap takes you around the Cudgegong River sculpture park. There will be one aid station near the suspension bridge, for homeward bound runners. You pass this twice, at 3.6km and 7.9km. Do not use this aid station on the way out, as the path is narrow and there will be runners going in both directions.
When you return from the first lap, you will go through the pedestrian tunnel, turn left for about 50m and do a U-turn, then run back past the tunnel (there will be a garden separating you from the tunnel), before doing another U-turn at the end of the garden, and then turning left into the tunnel to begin your second lap.
When you return on your second lap, repeat the left turn and first U-turn, but then continue back towards Lawson Park.
On your return, enter the park at the same location you left the park, and head back up to the top corner of the park, and then head to the finish line via the road in Lawson Park (this is different to the way you started). Half-marathoners may join this route and be finishing at the same time as you.
Once you receive your finisher’s medal, please continue to the recovery area for some food and drink. Your time should be automatically recorded via your timing chip. Cheer on other runners as they finish.
Any rule infractions may be met with a time penalty or disqualification:
- No Music Players allowed This is not only a safety issue (so you can hear instructions or warnings from race marshalls), but also a matter of politeness towards your fellow runners. The course is narrow and crowded, and will have runners going in both directions, so you need to be able to hear your fellow competitors. Someone may be trying to overtake you, and yelling out to you, while someone else is coming the other way
- No course cutting
- No outside assistance This can be in the form of pacing assistance (eg someone riding a bike next to you), or someone leaving food or drinks for you outside of the aid station
- Race bib must be clearly shown We must be able to see you number clearly from the front
It is every competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fit and capable of running the full 10km.
It is strongly recommended that all competitors have their own personal health insurance, accident or ambulance cover. Competitors will bear all financial responsibility for any medical treatment arising from participation in this event; including ambulance, doctor, hospital fees etc.
Race organisers strongly encourage any competitor who is feeling unwell prior to the race to seek medical advice on their participation.
Race organisers reserve the right to withdraw a runner based on medical grounds. If you do withdraw from the race, you need to notify a race official as soon as possible.
The presentation for the 10km and Half Marathon will take place at 10am at Race HQ. The presentation for the 5km and Marathon will take place just after 12:00pm.
Mudgee Running Festival Committee