Frequently Asked Questions

Event Parking

Parking is located in the following areas:


  • Castle St multi car park,
  • Coffs St Olympic Pool Area
  • Marcia St behind the Council Depot
  • Coffs Harbour Showground (limited).

Presentation & Random Prizes

The presentation ceremony will take place at approx. 11.30am (after the 3km is finished). So please bring your chairs, relax, lay back and enjoy the day. Category place winners and random prize draw winners must be in attendance to claim their trophy and/or prize. 

To be in the draw for a random prize, simply tear off the section at the bottom of your race bib and place in your respective draw box prior to the presentation start.

Contact run@rotarycoffsharbour.org.au for more information or with any questions


We have T-Shirts & Singlets in available white or navy for purchase when you buy a ticket to one of the races.

Our T-Shirts & Singlets are lightweight, quick-dry and stylish with available standard sizes including ladies, mens  and kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do entries open?

Entries are now open for the 2022 event here

When do entries close?

Online entries close Friday, September 9th at 5:00pm.

Can i do a late entry?

Yes. Late entries are available in person at Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday, September 10th between 14:00-16:00 with an additional $10 fee for all distances. No late entries on Sunday the day of the event.

Can I enter now and pay later?

No. Payment is compulsory at time of entry. Entries without payment will not be accepted.

What is the Entry Fee?

Beachside Radiology Half Marathon: $55 

CEX Coffs 10km Fun Run:  $35

Coastal Works 5km Fun Run/Walk: $25

Key Employment 3km Fun Run/Walk:  $15

Mercedes- Benz Coffs Coast Nyami and Jaanybarr 36km (first female and male of the Creek): $70

Are there minimum age requirements for each event?

Beachside Radiology Half Marathon & Nyami and Jaanybarr 36km is 16 years. 

CEX Coffs 10km Fun Run is 12 years.

There are no minimum age requirements for the 3km and 5km events.

Age is taken as of Sunday 11th September 2022. 

Are there any refunds?

There are no refunds for non-starters or non-finishers.

Can I change races?

Entries can be transferred between events as available up until Saturday 10th Sept and not on Race Day, either in writing or in person at the Showground.  A fee difference must be paid if changing to a higher fee event.  There will not be any refunds for changing to a lower fee event.

Can I transfer my entry fees?


Do you have race medals?

No we  don’t. We have not had race medals for the last 10 years.

What is the race kit?

The race kit contains your race number and promotional items.  Your race number MUST be worn on the front of your torso for the duration of the race. 

Where do I collect my race kit?

Race kit collection will take place at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday 10th September from 2.00pm – 4.00pm or Sunday 11th September from 5.45am. Race pack collection will close 30 minutes prior to your selected race start. Someone else can collect your race kit on your behalf.

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

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 and the Nyami (First female of the Creek) and Jaanybarr (First Male of the Creek) there will be a table on the track at the Showground where competitors can leave their own container.

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.

Is there a cut off time for the Nyami (First Female of the Creek) and Jaanybarr (Male of the Creek)?

Cut off time: 10.45am

Participants who have not completed the half marathon portion of the event by 10.45am will be cut off.

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?

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.


How does the Southern Cross University Schools Challenge work?

The Southern Cross University Schools Challenge offers cash prizes to the schools with the highest number of participants to spend on sporting equipment.

When students enter, they are asked to type in their school. The schools are broken up into categories based on enrolment numbers and the school with the highest percentage of participants in each category will receive cash to spend on sporting equipment as set out below: –

School Size           Amount

Extra Small:         $500 (minimum 5 entries to qualify)

Small:                     $1,000

Medium:                $1,500

Large:                     $2,000

Schools with both primary and secondary will be considered separate schools.

The more students who participate from each school, the more chance the school has of winning the sporting vouchers.

Distances on offer include the half marathon (ages 16+), 10km (12+), 5km (all ages) and 3km (all ages) events all held on the picturesque Coffs Creek Walkway.

Simply enter and select the school you are from.

Can i volunteer?

Volunteers are most welcome at the Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival as the event is organised by volunteers.

We have plenty of volunteer roles to fill if you are interested. Please contact run@rotarycoffsharbour.org.au for more information.

What time do the races start?

7:00am:  10km Fun Run/Mercedes Benz – Nyami and Jaanybarr (first female and male of the Creek)

8:10am:  Half Marathon

10:15am: 5km Fun Run / Walk

11:00am:  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 discouraged 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 due to the width of the course and race numbers.

Can strollers and wheelchairs be used?

Wheelchairs are permitted. Please contact the event organisers prior to race day. Strollers 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 their child to receive an official time and finisher’s certificate then they must enter and pay the appropriate entry fee as per the usual entry process.

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.

Is there anything to do post-race?

Sit back, relax and cheer the other runners home. There will food and drink options available including a BBQ provided by The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour. Matt and his Team from Coffs Coast Sports Physiotherapy will be present under the shade to supply a quick rub down for any tired muscles etc.


Organisers may have to change the presentation activities at a later date due to changes in the COVID requirements so please check this site closer to the day as it may change.