FAQ’s

What is included with the race entry fees?

  • Your official entry details, including start time.
  • Your official race number bib and safety pins to attach your bib to your shirt.
  • Milne Bay Military Challenge t-shirt.
  • Milne Bay Military Challenge water bottle
  • Dedicated Rotary Club of Toowoomba South and Edge team to assist you with questions and support in training.
  • A marked course that is manned by Rotary Club of Toowoomba South and Edge race officials.
  • Checkpoint stations offering an opportunity to stop for water and snacks that are supplied, as well as volunteers,  support to keep you motivated.
  • Electronic timing with full category results.
  • First Aid members will be located along the routes.
  • The amazing opportunity to be a part of the community and challenge yourself.
  • The feeling of helping our charities.
  • An awesome race experience.

When and where is the race check-in?

Check-in is located in the Millennium Centre located next to Bogunda Oval at Toowoomba Anglican College.

Check-in times and date are yet to be announced for 2019.

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How do I get to the Start Line?

Milne Bay Military Challenge starts and finish at 2 Campbell Street – Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School’s Bogunda Oval.

Please check out ‘Directions & Parking’ for how to get to the Start line.

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Where do I park? Should I carpool?

WHERE TO PARK

On race day park along Campbell Street and Wirra Wirra Street.  There will be very limited parking at the start/ finish line, so we recommend you ask someone to drop you off.  They can Cheer you on as you cross the start line and finish line!

Please be careful when parking and crossing the roads.  Do not park or block any driveways or cars, nor park on Council’s nature strips.  Lock your car and do not leave any valuables in visible.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

TACAPS Carpark off Wirra Wirra Street (opposite the kindergarten) is restricted to sponsors, event coordinators, and first aid members as space are limited.

CARPOOL

To help ensure there is enough parking, we encourage everyone to carpool to the race.  If you are running with friends then why not buddy up and ride in one car to the race.

Is there a Drop Off Zone?

Toowoomba Anglican Collge and Preparatory School’s entrance on Campbell Street, opposite Bogunda Oval, offers a good drop off zone if you are going to be dropped off in the morning and be picked up after the race.

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What should I prepare for the race?

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING – COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT:

What to wear checklist  –

  • Sunhat
  • Well-fitting walking shoes or trainers
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sports top or we encourage all participants to wear the Milne Bay Military Challenge t-shirt.
  • Shorts or hiking pants

What to bring checklist

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks, fruit and nut bars, bananas, etc
  • Towelette or small quick dry towel
  • Minimum of two (2) mobile phones per team (preferably on two different networks with one on the Telstra Network with the same phone numbers given to the Event Organisers as registration details.  Race Officials may send out SMS alert messages or call in case of an emergency to these phone numbers.
  • Hydration bladder, 1 litre water bottle or you can use your free water bottle which can be filled on site.  Participants must have the ability to carry a least 1 litre of water in bottles or a hydration bladder.  Water and Tailwind will be available at all checkpoints, however, cups will not be provided.
  • Your race number bib is preferably worn on the front of your shirt.
  • Please put the following emergency contact number into your phone contacts list – MBMC Emergency Number: 0490 524 560.

I am a slow runner / walker. Can I do this event?

Anyone with a moderate level of fitness can participate in the Milne Bay Military Challenge.  All one has to do is set our mind to do it and train for it.   We suggest that you take up some form of training to make the event more enjoyable and to ensure you reach the finish line with a smile on your face!

Please refer to ‘Training’ on this website for training sessions, information about our coach, nutrition, and articles of interest.

Are there age restrictions?

Minimum age requirements for Events are as follows:

  • For all 30km events the minimum age is 13 in year of event (with appropriate physical training)
  • For all events – Participants under 18yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over) in a team and approved by the organiser with a signed Waiver Form by a parent or guardian.
  • For all 15km events the minimum age is 10 in year of event (with appropriate physical training).

Will there be a gear bag drop?

Yes! For a gold coin donation, you can cloak your personal items in the Millennium Centre located next to the Start and Finish Line on Bogunla Oval at Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School.

Please ensure that your items are placed in a bag or backpack, and are labeled with your bib number and name. All care will be taken however we accept no responsibility for lost or damaged items.

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Will there be bathrooms at the race?

Bathrooms are located in the Millennium Centre located next to Bogunda Oval at Toowoomba Anglican College and Prepartory School.

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Will there be first-aid stations on the course?

First Aid members will be located along the routes and at the Start line and Finish line.  If you are feeling unwell please report to the nearest official or medical personnel as soon as possible.  If you see a fellow participant in distress, please report the incident by contacting our MBMC organisation ordinator’s phone number: 0490 524 560 or see the First Aid member

In an emergency, call triple zero – 000.

Can I wear headphones?

For your safety and the safety of all participants, we do not recommend wearing headphones while participating in the race. However, if you do, we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so you can hear other runners and instructions from event personnel. It is important for you to be aware of other participants coming up behind you as well as being able to hear potential wildlife animals or even snakes. The important thing is paying attention to everyone’s safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other participants.

If you love to wear headphones while running then we can recommend using bone-conducting headphones that do not cover your ears, these allow you to fully hear your surroundings while also listening to your favorite music or audio.

Can my dog run with me?

Only certified guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs accompanied by handlers carrying a handler’s card are permitted to take part in the Milne Bay Military Challenge.

Will the race be canceled in the event of rain?

The event goes ahead rain or shine.

What about snakes and wildlife?

As this is a trail race there is always the risk of coming across wildlife including snakes.

What to do if you see a snake?

If you see a snake while running, do not panic! Back away slowly and carefully look for a way around. Also be sure to shout out “snake” and point out the location so other participants are aware and can carefully get around it. Snakes will generally leave you alone if they are not provoked. Simply left alone, snakes will continue on with their life, they do not actively seek out confrontations with any of their natural enemies, humans included. The number one reason people are bitten by venomous snakes throughout this country is because of the attempt to catch, kill, or tease them when we find them.

I can’t make it, can I transfer my entry?

All registrations are transferable to another person by the close of 11:59pm, Friday 12th of April 2019.

To transfer your registration to another person please log in to your Active Network account (For instructions please click here).  If you are experiencing any technical difficulties please complete the Enquiry Form.

You need to arrange reimbursement for your entry fee between yourself and the person taking your entry.

No transfers are permitted after 11:59pm, Friday 12th of April 2019.

Is it okay if I participate in the event without registering?

No, it is not. While the parks and lands where the event take place are typically open to the public, and running at the same time as an event is totally fine. Those entering into the start/finish area or intentionally jumping into the race just after the start, using the marked course, racing against other participants, etc. are essentially freeloading off of the race and the other participants, regardless of whether they take aid station supplies, medals or other race supplies.

Permits, insurance and race materials for the event are obtained with set numbers of participants, planned and accounted for. Costs for events are also planned, taking into account those numbers and sharing the race costs among all entrants.

When people “hijack” a race they jeopardize the race’s ability to come back, create potential for problems for other participants trying to determine their place in the race and for support personnel to identify participants and (if necessary) provide emergency support. Like shoplifting, being a race bandit does not cost the person taking anything, but the cost ultimately goes to the people who follow the rules and pay to run the race.

Can I have a refund if I am unable to participate?

Registration fees are non-refundable for non-starters and non-finishers as agreed at the time of registration.

To cancel your registration if you can no longer participate in the event please complete the Enquiry Form to notify the organiser and simply mention that you are canceling your entry with your full name and event name.

In the event that the event course is, in the opinion of the event organisers, unsafe (for example by reason of heavy rain, high winds, bushfires, ‘acts of god’), Rotary Club of Toowoomba South & Edge Club may, in their sole discretion, attempt to re-route the course, find an alternative shortened course or cancel the event.  The organisers of Rotary Club of Toowoomba South & Edge Club also reserve the right to cancel the event for any other reason which may include but is not limited to terrorism or war.  If the event is canceled, re-routed or shortened, no refund or transfer to another event will be made.  Due to the scale of the event and travel commitments involved by competitors, it is not practical to re-schedule the event to any other weekend.  We are not liable to the participant for any loss or damage in the event of poor weather before or during the event.

Can I change the category that I am registered for?

Yes, you can change your current registered category.  Changes can be made by the close of 11:59pm, Friday 12th of April 2019.  No changes to another category are permitted after 11:59pm, Friday 12th April 2019.

No refunds provided if the change of category is of less value than the original registered category.

To change your current category to another please log in to your Active Network account (For instructions please click here).  If you are experiencing any technical difficulties please complete the Enquiry Form.

How do I collect my bib, t-shirt and free water bottle from?

Your bib, t-shirt, and a free water bottle can be collected from the registration check-in desks located in the Millennium Center at Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School. Dates to be advised.

When do entries close?

Entries close on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, unless sold out prior.  However, we encourage participants to register as early as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.

Is there a course map?

Please refer to ‘Course Map’ on this website.

How do I get to and from the event?

Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School is located at 2 Campbell Street, Toowoomba.  There is parking but is limited at the start line, so it is recommended you ask someone to drop you off.  They can cheer you on as you cross the start line!.

Bus:  Translink – 13 12 30 provides information on local bus times and map routes for Mt Loft Bus route 903.

Taxi:  Black and White Cabs  – 133 222 or Uber Toowoomba.

Please refer to ‘Directions & Parking’ for additional information.

What time do I need to be at the Start Line

It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the Start area at least 45 minutes before the start of your event. This will give you time to use the facilities, register, and become familiar with the Start area and attend the event briefing.

What can I expect to find at the Start Line?

You will find toilets, meeting points, water, registration check-in desks, sponsor activities, and an array of vendors offering food, drinks, massages, and other services and products.

Are there safety guidelines for the day?

Please see ‘Rules and Conditions’ on this website.

If you require assistance because you’re sick or injured, please contact our MBMC organisation ordinator’s phone number: 0490 524 560 and we will help you as quickly as possible.

In an emergency, call triple zero – 000.

It is the participant’s responsibility to have appropriate food and medication that you require with you at all times.

First Aid members will be available at the event and at various checkpoints on the course.  Should an ambulance be required to transport you to the nearest hospital it will be at the participant’s own expense.

Participants accept they are responsible for their belongings during the event.  It is recommended that valuable items should not be left without supervision, as we accept no liability for loss or damage of personal belongings

Will I get a finishers medal?

Not a medal, but you will receive a Milne Bay Military Challenge t-shirt and water bottle at registration check-in and a digital results certificate. We don’t offer medals as we try to ensure our event costs are largely covered by registration fees, meeting that all funds raised will go into supporting our charities and community projects.