Frequently Asked Questions
Entries & Refunds
When do entries open for 2023?
Entries for the 2023 event will open in March 2023.
When do online entries close?
Online entries close Friday, September 8th 2023 at 9:00am.
Can i do a late entry?
Late entries are available in person at Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday, September 9th 2023 between 14:00-16:00.
Each late entry incurs an additional $10 fee for all distances.
No late entries on Sunday 10th September 2023 on the day of the event.
Can i entry now and pay later?
No. Payment is compulsory at time of entry. Entries without payment will not be accepted.
What are the entry fees?
Beachside Radiology 21.1km Half Marathon: $55
C.ex Group 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 36.1km (first female and male of the Creek): $70
An additional $10 late entry fee will occur for all entries on Saturday 9th September 2023 between 14:00-16:00 for all distances
Are there minimum age requirements?
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 Coatsal Works 5km and Key Employment 3km.
Age is taken as of Sunday 10th September 2023.
Are there any refunds?
There are no refunds for non-starters or non-finishers after the event has occurred.
Refunds are allowed but not within 1 week of the event, except under extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the Event Director
Can i transfer my entry to a friend?
Yes you can transfer your entry to a friend but not after the event has occurred.
Can i defer my entry to the next event?
Deferrals are allowed but not after the event date has occurred.
Can i change races?
Entries can be transferred between events up until 4:00pm on Saturday 9th September 2023 but not on Race Day.
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.
Race Bibs & Start Times
Where do i collect my race bib?
Race bib collection will take place at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday 9th September 2023 from 14:00 – 16:00 or Sunday 10th September 2023 from 05.45am.
Race bib collection will close 30 minutes prior to your selected race start.
What happens when i collect my race bib?
You will be given your race number and promotional items by sponsors if available.
Your race number MUST be worn on the front of your torso for the duration of the race.
Safety pins are provided.
Can someone else collect my race bib?
Yes. Someone else can collect your race bib on your behalf.
What time do the races start?
7:00am: C.ex Group 10km Fun Run and the 36.1km Nyami and Jaanybarr (first female and male of the Creek)
8:10am: Beachside Radiology Half Marathon
10:30am: Coastal Works 5km Fun Run / Walk
11:00am: Key Employment 3km Fun Run / Walk
The race starts and finishes at Coffs Harbour Showground.
Where and when is the race briefing held?
The race briefing is held 10 minutes before each race starts at the start line.
What are the start time 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 is to enable the participants who do, for example, the 5km event time to finish and do the 3km event with their kids.
Nyami & Jaanybarr 36.1km
How does the Nyami and Jaanybarr 36.1km work?
The Nyami & Jaanybarr 36.1km is where runners complete the 10km, followed by the 21.1km and finally the 5km. Other events call this the ‘Triple Challenge’.
Are there cut off times for the Nyami and Jaanybarr 36.1km?
Due to the narrow paths and twists on the course, there runners must complete each distance before their next distance starts. If the 10km or 21.1km are not completed by the next distance, then runners will be unable to continue
Leg 1 Cut Off: Runners must finish the 10km by 08:10am (1hr 10mins) and start with the 21.1km event.
Leg 2 Cut Off: Runners must finish the 21.1km by 10:30am (2hr 20mins) and start with the 5km event.
There is not cut off to complete the 5km.
I know the course well. Can i start the next distance whenever i want?
No. Unlike other ‘Triple Challenges’, at the Coffs Harbour Running Festival All 36.1km runners must start when the 10km starts (7:00am), 21.1km starts (8:10am) and 5km starts (10:3oam). This is due to the narrowness of the course with many twists and turns.
What order do i do the events in?
Leg 1 – 10km. Starts at 07:00am
Leg 2 – 21.1km. Starts at 08:10am
Leg 3 – 5km. Starts at 10:30am
Race briefings occur at the start line 10 minues prior to each race start.
What happens if i finish the event before the next event starts?
Runners who finish an event before the start of the next event start will have the opportunity to rest until the start of the next race.
Can i win overall or age category in each of the individual events as well as in the Nyami & Jaanybarr 36.1km?
Yes. Runners will also be eligible for overall and age category placing for the 10km, 21.1km and 5km as well as top 3 overall in the 36.1km.
Why don't you have age category prizes for the 36.1km?
The 36.1km field is much smaller than our other distances and some age brackets in the 36.1km do not have competitors. Age category prizes may be added in the future as the event grows.
Other Questions & Rules
Is there somewhere i can leave a bag?
In the registration area is the best place for this. However the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour are not responsible for your gear.
It is strongly recommended that valuable items are not left here.
Can i bring a marquee?
Generally non-branded marquees are allowed but you need to contact the Event Director prior at email@example.com
Are there toilets on the course?
Toilets are available at the start / finish and near Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, Saltwater Park, Botanic Gardens and Coffs Harbour Showground.
Will there be water stations?
There will be:
8 water stations for the Beachside Radiology 21.1km Half Marathon.
4 water stations for the C.ex Group 10km Run
3 water stations for the Coastal Works 5km Fun Run / Walk.
1 water station for the Key Employment 3km Fun Run / Walk.
No food, gels or anything other than water is provided on course.
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 opposite the finish line at the Showground where competitors can leave their own container.
This will not be manned and is your responsibility.
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 the Event Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can i walk the event?
Walkers are allowed in the 3km, 5km and 10km.
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.
Walkers are not permitted in the 21.1km or 36.1km.
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 at the start line and floating around the course for the duration of the event. NSW Ambulance Service is on call should an emergency present itself.
Where do i park my car?
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).
Parking at Coffs Harbour Showground typically fills up or before 8am.
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 or wheelchairs be used?
Wheelchairs are permitted noting that the course is bumpy with roots, gravel and bush trails. Please contact the Race Director at email@example.com 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.
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 massage for any tired muscles.
Do you have race medals?
No we don’t. We have not had race medals for the last 10 years, bar one time in 2019 for the 21.1km only.
All participants will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement that they can print off after completing the event.
What are the random draw prizes?
In 2022 we had the following random draw prizes for each of the five distances:
4 night accommodation in a Sea Breeze Villa in any Coffs Coast Holiday Park
2 x vouchers for Brooks Running shoes to spend at Athletes Foot Coffs Harbour