Health & Safety
Participant responsibility code
It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they have read and understand all the course, event and safety information obtaining to their chosen event before entering the event. It is also the responsibility of the participant to ensure they are at a competent level to complete their choose event. All personal, contact, emergency and medical information given to Total Sport must be true and accurate.
After spending a lot of time out on the course and working with our safety experts we have compiled a compulsory gear list for this event. We have beefed it up a bit for your safety, which is our number one priority.
All participants of the Marathon and Half Marathon - will be required to have the compulsory gear items at registration. Gear checks will be carried out at registration and there will also be random checks on Saturday morning at the start line and throughout the course. If you do not have the correct gear you will not be allowed to continue on the course. This is for your own safety. The course takes part in an alpine environment in spring where conditions can change rapidly and you need to be prepared. Please do not underestimate how quickly the weather can change in this region.
There are four compulsory gear options. The decision about which option you will need to take on course will be made prior to the event depending on the weather forecast.
- Option 1: No complusory gear needed
- Option 2 : Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket
- Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool)
- Option 4: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool), tights
"I have read and understand the safety information regarding this event and understand that I participate in this event at my own risk. I hereby attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for and reviewed the course descriptions and difficulty ratings of the event that I have chosen to enter. I agree to comply with the rules and directions of event officials and their personnel. I hereby allow the use of my name and image to be used in the media and for marketing purposes.
I understand and accept that my details will be added to the Total Sport event database and I will be contacted from time to time in regards to upcoming events and promotions. I understand that my details will never be distributed to a third party. I hereby agree that in the case of event cancellation due to extreme inclement weather (at the discretion of event officials), my entry fee shall be non‐refundable. I hereby acknowledge this risk disclosure, release and indemnity discharge all persons, corporations, associations and bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the event and their servants, agents, representatives, officers and employees.
This includes but is not limited to the various committees, members, and employees of all independent contracted suppliers to the event, local councils, cities and districts and their respective officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, agents, volunteers, event organisers and sponsors whether or not the loss, injury or damage is attributed to the act or neglect of any or more of them.
I agree to disclose any personal medical conditions which may affect staff, myself or other participants at a Total Sport event. I agree to disclose any specific patient details and/or relevant medical information when treated by a Total Sport staff member or Event Medic for an accident, for the purpose of continual improvement of the Safety Management System. The Privacy Act (1992) prevents Total Sport from releasing specific patient details, without patient consent."
- Sufficient preparation to complete your chosen event
- Ability to follow course marking
- Must carry any required gear with you
- Appropriate experience for the event you are competing in (see course ratings)
- Read all course and safety information prior to participating
(The ratings below are the minimum experience level required to participant in each specific event)
- 5km run/walk - First time
- 10km run/walk - First time
- 21km run/walk - Beginner
- 42km run/walk - Intermediate
- All participants must follow the course marking signs and instructions, this is your responsibility.
- Participants are not allowed to go off course routes. Should you wish to withdraw you must notify an event official e.g. marshal or course crew and await instructions.
- On completing the event you must cross the finish line as the timing transponder records you as finishing – this is used as a safety check for participants.
- Participants who require any personal medication or disability assistance devices while participating must carry those items. This is your responsibility.
- You must wear your event number on your front so it is visible at all times. You must wear your timing transponder correctly at all times, on your shoes, around your ankle or on the fork of your bike for mountain bikers.
- NO LITTERING please
- When over taking other runners/walker you must signal to them that you are attempting to pass. Pass on the right.
- You must respect and treat fellow participants with care. Be friends out there.
- If you are entered in a walk event you must walk only
- Leave gates as you found them
- Waterproof and windproof jacket. (Please note that emergency ponchos are not recommended)
- Thermal layer - long top. Cotton is not recommended. Thermal hat - buff/beanie/balaclava acceptable. Wool or polypropylene recommended
- Thermal gloves - wool or polypropylene recommended.
- Survival blanket (silver foil type)
- Whistle. (Please note: choose a pea-less version to ensure it works when wet)
- Personal medication (if required). This includes glasses, corrective lenses and/or other disability assisting devices.
- Personal hydration and nutrition. Although aid stations are present on course they should not be relied upon as your sole source of hydration and nutrition.
This is a recommended equipment list and is only a guideline to what participants should consider taking during the event. It is the responsibility of the participants to participant with equipment that is suitable for the conditions and their ability.
- Other participants
- Inclement weather – Heat/Cold
- Personal injury and individual physical condition
- Challenging terrain
- Natural hazards e.g. rough surfaces, livestock, (Long and S/Long) slippery rock, lake and unstable cliffs
- Manmade hazards e.g. stairs, fences, bridges, gates
(cut-offs etc. if required)
Should you encounter an incident on course, please follow these steps:
- STOP – do not place yourself in danger
- Try to communicate with the person
- Assist with basic first aid if you are capable and can do so safely
- Send the next participant through to notify the next event official of the situation and location of the incident e.g. two bikers collided, 4km back on the trail, one requires assistance to a sore arm.
- Stop the next participant and request assistance if required.
Incident reporting form
If you have recently be involved with a Total Sport event and were involved or witnessed an incident please complete this Incident reporting form and email or send to us.
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