The Rules

TO ENTER THE MILNE BAY MILITARY CHALLENGE (MBMC) EVENTS YOU MUST OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES:

  1. 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).
  2. In the 15km and 30km events teams must start with the corresponding number of team members for the category the team has registered in. 2 person, 3 person or 4 persons. 15/30km School teams must start with four team members and one adult supervisor. Note that school teams do not have the option of 2 or 3 team members. Team changes are permitted up until the event closing date as determined by the event organisers. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact the event Director or leave us a message on http://www.milnebaymilitarychallenge.com
  3. To be eligible for a category placing in the event results, teams must start and finish the event with the correct number of entrants and correct gender as per the category chosen at registration. Team member substitutions are not permitted during the event at any time and any team found to be substituting team members during the event will be disqualified.
  4. It is the teams’ responsibility to ensure their team is registered in the correct event category before the event closing date as deemed by the event organisers. Teams must notify the organiser of any change of team members in writing via email. Before the designated close off date, teams can log onto their competitor area team page and change team members themselves.
  5. Teams must check in during their allocated check-in period. Check-in and pre-registration times will be advised prior to each event. The MBMC will commence at 7:00 AM.

  6. All team members must stay together between CPs and must check in and check out together at each CP. CP staff will not check in or check out teams until all members are accounted for. Teams must be no further than 100m from each other at all times while on the event course. Under no circumstances are individuals to be left unattended. If a team member becomes seriously injured and cannot be moved, one person must stay with him/her while others seek help.
  7. If you want to withdraw during the event, you must first report to the nearest CP and sign out. Remaining team members cannot continue until the withdrawal of the team member has been reported. If for any reason you have to leave the event urgently, you must call the emergency number as soon as possible. Failure to do so can trigger an Emergency Services search and waste valuable resources, which may be required elsewhere.
  8. 15/30km events the minimum team number is two. If only one team member is able to continue, they must join with another team to complete the course.
  9. In the case of a School team they must have an 18+ supervisor at all times. If your 18+ supervisor has to withdraw from the event then the team must join with another team which has an 18+ supervisor before they can continue even if they have three or more students remaining. The new 18+ supervisor is now responsible for the students joining their team. At no time can you substitute in a new 18+ supervisor who did not commence the event at the start line.
  10. If for any reason team members decide to stay between two CPs for more than 4 hours, they must call the emergency phone number to inform the organiser; otherwise, they will be considered missing and a search will be initiated.
  11. If your team has not departed a CP by the nominated CP closing time, the team will be withdrawn from the event and the team will be advised not to proceed. The closing times are calculated on the basis that there would be insufficient time to complete the event within the specified 9 hours.
  12. A team’s finishing time will be recorded as the last member of the team reports to officials at the finish line. This is a team event and no individual time(s) will be recorded.
  13. Race bibs as supplied by the organisers must be worn at all times during the event on the shirt front.
  14. Leave no trace of your travel along the event course. Please respect the environment and leave all flora and fauna as you found it and carry out all your rubbish. Please respect other members of the public you may encounter on the course as the event does not have exclusive use of any area.
  15. If, in the opinion of medical personnel, a team member is unable to continue for medical reasons, then the organisers reserve the right to withdraw that member from the event.
  16. Teams must obey the road rules at all times and follow all directions given by road crossing personnel and event officials.
  17. COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT
    1. A 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 event organisers as registration details. Race officials may send out alert SMS messages or call in the case of an emergency to these numbers.
    2. The ability to carry a minimum of 1 litre of water in bottles or hydration bladder.
    3. Your race number bib preferably worn on the front of your person.

The following guidelines are recommended for teams to safely complete MBMC Event

Depending on your assessment of the situation, in the event of an injury or emergency, the following procedures are recommended:

  1. Depending on the situation make your way to the nearest checkpoint, which will have first aid and communication available.
  2. Ring the emergency number on the back of your bib. Be able to identify where you are so that support crew are able to get to you quickly.
  3. Please give way to teams walking at a faster pace. The trail can get quite congested, particularly in the early stages of the event.
  4. Prescription medication and pain killers will be your own responsibility. These cannot be issued by First Aid.
  5. Control children so that they are not running in and around other competitors.
  6. If you become LOST: stop, gather the team and attempt to establish your position from the last known location. Track marking tapes are located approximately 100 m apart. Once you are sure you’ve found the correct path, continue on. Do not make the situation worse by continuing to travel if you are still unsure of your position. If required, call the emergency phone number and speak with race officials.
  7. Bush Fire. Phone the event emergency number if you are between checkpoints and believe you are in danger, in order to advise or gather information. Follow event officials’ instructions and remain at a CP if advised to do so by officials. If trapped, call emergency services on 000 or 112 from a mobile. Find a safe position in water, away from trees (in clear ground), in low ground or dig a trench.
  8. Consult your competitors’ area for further information on training, hydration, course maps, further event conditions and FAQ’s.