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Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival

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The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km Fun Run, 5km Fun Run and a 3km Family Fun Run/Walk.

Held on a bush trail on the Coffs Creek walkway, the flat, shady course is ideal for runners. The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees from the centre of town to the coast and back.

The event raises funds for local childrens charities including Life Education Australia, Coffs Coast Autism, Camp Quality and Early Connections Coffs Harbour.

How to enter the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival

  1. 21 1 Km

    Run 13.1mi
  2. 10 Km

    Run 10km
  3. 5 Km

    Run 5km
  4. 3 Km

    Run 3km

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Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival routes

The Course: All events will be conducted on the Coffs Creek Walkway which meanders on the south and north banks of Coffs Creek.

Mike Blewitt Ford 10km FUN RUN:
 One lap of the Coffs Creek Walkway

Beachside Radiology 21.1km HALF MARATHON*: Two laps of the Coffs Creek Walkway

Southern Cross University 5km FUN RUN / WALK:
 Half lap of the Coffs Creek Walkway

Key Employment 3km FUN RUN / WALK:
 Showground through the Botanic Gardens and return.

Event Details

What’s Included

The race kit contains your race number and promotional items. There are water and aid stations along each course.

Half Marathon finishers receive a medal.

Raceday Logistics

RACE BIB COLLECTION

Saturday 8th September from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Coffs Harbour Showground

Sunday 9th September from 5.45am at the Coffs Harbour Showground. Bib collection closes 30 minutes before your event starts.

*NO PINS SUPPLIED due to health and safety regulations. Please bring your own or wear a race belt.

All events start and finish at the Coffs Harbour Showground and are conducted on the Coffs Creek Walkway which meanders on the south and north banks of the Coffs Creek.

Amenities are available on-site and at various locations on the course.

No iPods or music devices are permitted

Minimum Ages for Half Marathon and 10km events are 16 years and 12 years respectively. Age taken from 9th September 2018.

RACE STARTS

Sunday 9th September

Mike Blewitt Ford 10km FUN RUN:


Race start: 7.00am sharp (Race Briefing: 6.45am )

Minimum Age 12.

Beachside Radiology 21.1km HALF MARATHON*:

Race start: 7.30am sharp (Race briefing: 7.15am)

Minimum Age 16.

*INCLUDES FINISHER’S MEDAL

Southern Cross University 5km FUN RUN / WALK:


Race start: 9.30am sharp (Race briefing: 9.15am)

All Ages.

Key Employment 3km FUN RUN / WALK:


Race start: 10.20am sharp (Race briefing: 10.05am)

All Ages.

Kit List

There is no mandatory gear. However, it is strongly recommended to wear comfortable running clothes and shoes.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to watch their racers at the start/finish line.

FAQs

Rules & Regulations

No late entries on Sunday morning. $10 late entry fee for entries received on Saturday afternoon. NO race changes permitted on Sunday morning.

All events will have water stations around the course. Entrants in the Half Marathon will be able to place their own energy/special drink on a table provided on the track at the Showground.

Please follow the directions of the marshals.

Please run / walk on the left hand side of the walkway to allow other competitors to pass

No pets allowed in the event.

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome only in the 3km fun run / walk.

We are conducting all the events on the Coffs Creek Walkway so therefore have to spread the starting times out so all participants can enjoy the experience.

Awards/Prizes Presentation: Will be at approx. 11am at the Coffs Harbour Showground – Category placegetters and random draw winners have to be present at the presentation, if not in attendance they forfeit their medallion and/or prize.

Minimum Ages for the Half Marathon and 10km runs are 16 and 12 years old respectively. Age as of race day.

What do I need to bring to collect my race kit?

Yourself & some ID

Can someone else collect my race kit on my behalf?

Yes

Where do I collect my race kit?

Race kit collection will take place at the Coffs Harbour Showground on:

– Saturday 8th September from 2.00pm – 4.00pm

– Sunday 9th September from 5.45am

Race pack collection will close 30 minutes prior to your selected race start.

Where can I collect my shirt or singlet I purchased online at entry?

There will be a merchandise stand at the Showgrounds on the Saturday during registration times and on the Sunday. You can pick your merchandise up from the stand.

Race Day

When should I get to the race pack collection point on Sunday?

At least one hour before your race starts. Registrations close 30 minutes before your race starts.

Race packs may be collected on race day or on Saturday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm at the Coffs Harbour Showground.

What time do the races start?

7:00am: 10km Fun Run

7:30am: Half Marathon

9:30am: 5km Fun Run / Walk

10:20am: 3km Fun Run / Walk

The race starts and finishes at Coffs Harbour Showground.

Why are the Start Times so spread out?

We are conducting all the events on the Coffs Creek Walkway so therefore have to spread the starting times out so all participants can enjoy the experience. The reason for the extensive difference between the starting times of the 5km and 3km events is to enable the participants who do the 5km event time to finish and do the 3km event with their kids.

Can I walk in the Half Marathon and 10km Fun Run?

You can walk in these events, however you should position yourself within the start field relative to your ability and goal so faster participants are not impeded and should be courteous to your fellow participants at all times. Stay on the left hand side of the course.

Can I participate with an ipod/mp3 player?

Use of an ipod/mp3 player is not permitted as it compromises your safety and the safety of others.

Can I ride my bike, or have someone ride alongside me while I run?

NO! Roller blading, skating, cycling, skipping and Nordic pole walking are not permitted in any event.

Can I run with my dog?

No animals of any kind are allowed in any events.

Can strollers and wheelchairs be used?

Strollers and wheelchairs are acceptable in the 3km Run/walk only and must start at the back of the field. However, it is important for parents to be aware that they are responsible for the safety of themselves and other runners should they wish to push a pram along this course. If parents would like the child to receive the finisher’s rewards then they must enter and pay the appropriate entry fee as per the usual entry process.

Race Briefing

A race briefing will be conducted 15 minutes prior to each race start.

Race Etiquette

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all participants, competitors should be mindful of race etiquette:

– The use of ipods/mp3 players is discouraged.

– Position yourself within the start field relative to your ability and your goal time so that faster participants are not impeded.

– Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right.

– Do not stop or change directions suddenly.

– Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times.

– Always follow the directions of all race officials and emergency service personnel.

– Please use the bins that are positioned after each drink stop for your water cup to help us keep the environment clean.

Number Bib

Runners must wear your number bib on the front of your shirt secured by a race belt or safety pins. Runners are required to supply their own pins or race Belt.

Will there be water and refreshment stations?

There will be:

– 8 water stations for the Half Marathon Runners.

– 4 water stations for the 10km Run

– 3 water stations for the 5km Run.

– 1 water station for the 3km Run.

For those who require a special drink or energy drink for the Half Marathon there will be a table on the track at the showgrounds where competitors can leave their own container.

Are there toilets on the course?

Toilets are available at the start / finish and near Dolphin Marine Magic, Saltwater Park, Botanic Gardens and the Showground.

Will medical help be available on course?

YES. An abundance of volunteers will be stationed along the course to assist you should you get into any difficulties or require assistance in any way.

First Aid Officers from St John Ambulance will be on the course for the duration of the event.

NSW Ambulance Service is on call should an emergency present itself.

The Finish

What happens when I finish the race?

Please ensure you stretch and are adequately hydrated. You should make your way to the presentation area at the Showground starting at 11.00am. You MUST be at the presentation for a chance to win the Random prizes. Category place getters must also be present to receive their medallion and/or prize.

Is there anything to do post-recovery?

Sit back, relax and cheer the other runners home. There will food and drink options available inluding a BBQ provided by The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour.

What time is the Presentation Ceremony?

The presentation ceremony will take place at approx. 11.00am (after the 3km is finished). So PLEASE bring your chairs, relax, lay back and enjoy the day. Medals will be awarded to all place getters. We have some GREAT random draw prizes to be won at the presentations but you have to be there to win them. To go into the draw for a random prize, simply tear off the section at the bottom of your bib and place in your respective random draw box just before the presentations start.

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