Event Day Schedule
*Each race distance includes optional ‘colour run stations’ for participants to move through.
|7:00am||Group warm up for the 21.1km run and Tracy Wilson Relay|
|7:15am||21.1km run and Tracy Wilson Relay start|
|7:25am||Group warm up for the 10km and 15km|
|7:40am||10km and 15km waves start|
|9.00am||Group warm up for the 5km run and walk|
|9:15am||5km run waves start|
|9:20am||5km walk start|
|TBC||Presentations for the 21.1km/15km/10km events commences|
|TBC||Presentations for the 5km event commences|
Before you arrive
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Don’t forget your race bib!
Please remember to bring your race bib to the event as we cannot guarantee a replacement. Your race bib has your timing chip already attached to it and will only activate when you pass through the starting line.
Race pack and merchandise pickup
If you have not selected to have your pack posted to you, race packs and merchandise can be collected from Bendigo Bank (Bendigo Central Branch, Bath Lane) on Friday 1st November from 10am – 4pm or Saturday 2nd November from 9am – 11.30am.
Please note: There is no postage option for relay team race bibs. They are to be collected either on the day or at race pack collection times above.
Car parking is limited in the immediate area surrounding the event. It is strongly recommended to car pool, get a ride or walk to the event.
There are no storage facilities on site, so please don’t bring valuables to the run. You will need to make arrangements to store you own personal items.
Toilets are located at Sidney Myer Place, at the Rosalind Park side of the Golden Dragon Museum and Tom Flood Sports Centre – including a disabled access toilet.
Please note: For our underage runners we strongly encourage using the facilities before running to avoid leaving the course unattended.
IS COLOUR POWDER SAFE?
Every participant’s health is our first priority. The colour powder used is made of 98% corn starch and 2% permitted colours. The manufacturer is an ISO 9001-2005 certified, Crisil rated company producing the highest quality product. The colour powder used is not considered hazardous.
WHAT IF THE COLOUR POWDER GETS IN MY EYES?
We advise our volunteers to squirt the powder below each participant’s shoulders, however wind and other factors can cause the powder to protrude on the face. There is no need for concern if it does, because the powder is non-toxic and a simple rinse with water will take care of it.
We encourage participants to wear sunglasses, as it will greatly reduce the chances of colour powder getting into eyes. Water and wipes will also be positioned at each colour powder station should participants require it.
CAN WE INHALE IT?
It’s a lot like breathing in dust and dirt, extensive exposure is not recommended. People with lung issues such as asthma are advised to be careful and exercise caution in their decision to participate. As a result, the colour stations will be optional for all participants, so those who wish to avoid them can do so.
CAN COLOUR POWDER BE CLEANED OUT OF CLOTHES?
Although colour powder washes out very easily, we advise participants not to wear their best clothes or most expensive shoes. Leather and suede especially are known for easily absorbing colour powder. If participants wish to keep the colour in their clothing, all they need to do is spray their items with vinegar. However, the colour powder will continue to wash out over time. It is also advised that participants bring towels to cover their car seats for the trip home.
Photos from event day can be viewed on the Bendigo Advertiser website.
The Bendigo Bank Fun Run team will also be taking photos throughout the event for promotional purposes the following year. If you do not want your photo used in promotional material please make yourself known to a staff member on the day.
A free healthy breakfast thanks to the team at Spotless, is included in your entry fee. The breakfast consists of fruit, cereal and juice. To collect your breakfast, simply line up at the tent making sure you are wearing your race bib.
Bacon and egg sandwiches will be for sale from the Bendigo Lions Club nearby the finish line for $5.
Mother Bean will be on hand to fulfil your caffeinated needs!
There are two water stations situated on the course, one in Mitchell Street and one in Bridge Street brought to you by our major sponsor Bendigo Bank. Water taps to fill up drink bottles will be located in Sidney Myer Place.
This is located in Pall Mall out the front of the RSL Soldier Memorial (View on Google Maps). Please arrive at the assembly area at least 30 mins before your event.
Starting line order
The running order for the day is listed above in ’Race Timings’ with the times of each run. If you are a slower runner or running with a pram, please position yourself towards the back. If you are a competitive runner you are welcome to position yourself towards the front, but note the timing chip is not activated until you pass through the starting line.
Because of the large number of participants expected and to ensure your safety, each event will be started in waves. The waves will be determined by your expected finish time. You will assemble into these designated areas at the start line and we request that you stay in these waves.
Your timing starts as you pass through the starting line and finishes the moment you pass through the finish line. Please do not bend or fold your timing chip on your bib as it will void any results. Your timing chip does not need to be returned so you are welcome to keep your bib after the race.
Bikes, skateboards, roller blades or scooters are not permitted on the course as they are deemed hazardous to fellow participants.
Prams/strollers are permitted however no pets are allowed to participate in the event for health and safety reasons.
Finish Line Fun
We encourage all participants and their families to join us in the finishing area to welcome others over the line and enjoy the healthy breakfast on offer.
Participant medals, thanks to Great Ideas Awards and Gifts, are available for collection when coming through the finish line on completion of the run or walk.
Results will be available that afternoon on the Bendigo Advertiser website. Results will also be available on the Bendigo Bank Fun Run website from Monday 4th November.
Refunds & Tax Information
Refunds may be issued at the discretion of the event organisers.*
* A processing / admin fee of $5 will be withheld with all refunds.
Is my registration fee a tax deductible donation?
Your registration fee is not tax deductible. While the whole of your registration fee goes directly to the cause, you are participating in an event and thus receiving a service. Therefore, it does not qualify as a tax deductible donation.
For any queries please contact the Bendigo Health Foundation on 1300 243 000.