Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the Mudgee Running Festival. If you have a question not covered here or on our main website, please feel free to drop us a line on Facebook, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
How can I register for a race? Online registrations are now open and will be available until 11:59pm on Thursday August 15. Last minute registrations will open on Saturday afternoon August 17 at Lawson Park between 2pm and 5pm (slightly higher entries fees apply for registrations taken on Aug 17).
Can I register for a race on the day? Unfortunately registrations will not be available on race day, so please ensure you register online or on the Saturday afternoon.
Where and when can I collect my race kit? We encourage everyone to pick up their race kits on the Saturday afternoon, August 17 between 2pm and 5pm. You can also collect race kits on race day (please arrive at least 30mins before the start of your race).
Do I get anything for finishing? All finishers will receive a Mudgee Running Festival finisher’s medal to celebrate their achievement and to remember the race. You will also be able to download and print a certificate with your race time soon after the race to prove how awesome you are to family and friends.
What is included in my race kit? Your race kit will contain a disposable timing chip incorporated into the bib number. Please ensure the following in order to receive an accurate time. • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle) • Race bib is pinned in all four corners • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.).
Marathon and half marathon competitors will also receive a fabulous running shirt (BUT only if you have registered before July) and a goodie bag with items from our sponsors.
How can I buy a race visor? Log back into your online registration here.
When should I arrive for my race? The compulsory race briefing for each race will occur at:
6:45am for the Marathon and Half-marathon races
7.45am for the 10km Race
10:45am for the Fun Run.
Competitors should arrive with plenty of time to attend these briefings. While we recommend you collect your race kit on the Saturday afternoon, if you find you need to collect it on race morning, ensure you leave plenty of time to make your race briefing.
What temperatures can I expect on race day and what should I wear? The weather is generally cold at the start of the race with early frosts or fogs at this time of the winter season. However by the mid morning the temperature can be quite warm. The average morning temperature is around 1 degree Celsius with a maximum of 16, but can reach the mid 20’s which means a warm finish. Rain or light showers may also be encountered. Competitors need to ensure that they are prepared for the conditions of the day and should consider wearing gloves, beanies, spray jackets and leg or arm warmers if cold wet conditions are forecast. Discarded items can be left at any drink station. All clothing will be taken back to Race HQ.
Is there a minimum age for runners in the Half and Full Marathons? Competitors in the half and full marathons must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Is there a minimum age for the fun runs?
Competitors must be at least 10 years old on race day to compete in our 10km event. There is no min. age for our 5km Fun Run / Walk (prams welcome!).
Where are the drink stations located? There will be 12 drink stations along the course for the marathon all providing water, lollies, vaseline & toilet paper. For the half there will be 6 drink stations along the course, all providing water, lollies, vaseline & toilet paper. Electrolyte and Special Needs will be available on the marathon course at the fifth station (cnr Lowes Peak Rd & St Fillans Road – just after the halfway point). There will be more electrolyte and Special Needs pickup at the ninth (cnr Eurungere Rd & Craigmor Rd at 32.8km ) which will also cover the half marathon at the 11km mark.
Can you cater to my special needs? There are two special needs aid stations for the marathon. These are at the fourth station (14.2km), on the way down the hill or on the way back. The next is at the ninth station (32.8km). For the half marathon it will be at the third drink station. Please mark all special needs items clearly with your race number and which station it is to be at. These are to be handed in at the special needs tent before race start.
What are the cut off times for the half and full marathons? Half Marathon: The cut off time for the half marathon is 3 hours.
Marathon: The total cut off time for the marathon is 5 & 1/2 hours with a cut off time of 4 hours at the drink station on the corner of Eurunderee Road and Craigmoor Road, which is at approximately the 32.8 km mark. Competitors will not be allowed to complete the course if they have not reached this drink station by 11am.
What are the elevation profiles for the course? The approximate profiles are as follows:
Half Marathon Elevation/ Profile Courtesy of MapMyRun.com. The Mudgee Triathlon Club takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/123625863
Marathon Elevation/ Profile Courtesy of MapMyRun.com. The Mudgee Triathlon Club takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/123615469
Are there any toilets on the course? There are toilet facilities in Lawson Park. Toilets and showers will also be available in the swimming pool complex. There will be one port-a-loo on the course. Toilet paper will be provided at the drink stations if required.
Can I get a refund if I can’t make the race? Withdraw before July 28 to get 75% of your entry fee returned. Withdraw by August 11 and we will be able to refund 50% of your entry fee. No refunds will be issued after August 11.
Can I transfer my entry to a different length race? Transfer of your entry between the different length races is possible by emailing email@example.com. Extra charges will apply to upgrade to longer races. Refunds for changes to shorter races are possible before July 20, at the discretion of the race committee.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else? No substitutions or transfer of entries will be allowed. If any runners are caught substituting for another, they will be immediately disqualified from the race.
Can I wear my portable music player during the race? Unfortunately iPods/music players/head phones are not allowed for safety reasons. The course is on open roads and it is important competitors are able to hear the traffic or instructions.
Can I push a pram in the race? Parents with prams will be allowed to race in the fun runs, however we ask that you start at the back of the racing pack to allow faster racers to run unimpeded, and that you take care to avoid other runners on the course.
Can my child ride their bike around the course? Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, bikes will not be allowed on the course during the races.
Can I run with my pet around the course? Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, animals will not be allowed on the course during the races.
Where can I park on race day? There is limited off street parking in the Mudgee Olympic Swimming Pool car park off Short St. There is also ample parking in Short Street and the near-by side streets. There are no parking time restrictions in these streets. Please do not park on the islands between the roads. Police will be patrolling and fines will be issued to those parking illegally.
Where can I get up to the minute information about the Mudgee Running Festival? The best place to get all the latest information is here and our Facebook page. If something isn’t covered anywhere else, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m travelling from away. Where can I stay in Mudgee? Mudgee is a very popular area for tourists, and has a large range of different accommodation types to suit all budgets. There’s also great places to eat and drink, and some of Australia’s finest vineyards and wineries. Head to http://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au/ for more information on what is on offer.
Where can I find results from prior years’ races? Results for all races back to 2003 can be found here.