FAQS

Registration

When do online entries close?

Online registration will close at midday on Friday 8th December 2017.  After this entries incur a late fee. “On the Day” registrations can be made at the start location for your event option. Payment for “on the day” registrations can be made by cash, cheque, and Eftpos/credit card.

 

Do I need to bring my e-ticket confirmation with me to the event registration?

No, providing you have entered online, when you arrive at event registration you just need to tell us your name.

Can I register for other people at event registration?

Yes, you'll just need their names to do so. 

I plan on walking most of the course, and jogging some bits when I feel good - do I enter as a walker or runner?

You enter as a runner. The walking category is for people that are going to walk 100% of the course, and these people want to gauge themselves against other people that walk only.

I am injured and cannot do the event, what can I do?

Event Refund/Withdraw

As per the registration waiver there are no refunds if you withdraw from this event. We do offer credits which last for 12 months and can be used towards any Total Sport owned event in that time minus a $15 admin fee. Please email Susan if you withdraw from the event before online registrations close.

In the very unlikely event that we are forced to cancel an event due to bad weather, there will be no refunds available.

Changing Distances

You can change distances prior to online registrations closing. This is possible through your online registration, click to amend through your confirmation email. If you can’t locate your registration confirmation email Susan. Note: There are no partial refunds if downgrading.

Transferring Registrations to Someone Else

Transfers from one person to another within the event will be possible with an administration fee of $15. Email Susan if you have someone you wish to transfer your entry to. She will need the following information for the person taking your place:

  • First name:
  • Surname:
  • D.O.B:
  • Email address:
  • Mobile number:
  • Address:
  • Emergency contact person and their contact number:
  • Any medical condition or medication that may affect you on the day of the event:
  • Confirm you’re doing the distance option of the person who registered: If not, please specify.

Event Queries

What time does my event start?

Please refer to the event information page on this website.

Where can I find specific information for my event?

Please refer to the course options page on this website.

I'm entered into the TEAM Marathon. Where can I find more information?

Please refer to the TEAM Marathon course page on this website.

What should my mandatory equipment list consist of for the 42.2km/30km/21.1km events?

Depending on the weather/forecast for event day, a call will be made by event staff on Thursday as to whether we will be implementing the below options for the competitors in the 42.2km/30km/21.1km event. This will be communicated to you before race day, but plan to need it all, and leave out the un-required items if that call is made (Final decision to be made and communicated on event morning).

Option 1: Nothing

Option 2: Seam sealed jacket

Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket

While some of this gear may seem excessive, we ask you to bring it for your safety. You may not need it while you are running or walking but if something happens and you have to stop you will need it. The event is on very exposed, rugged country and it can be very cold if you have to stay in one spot. 

Where can I pick up my race pack?

All bibs and timing transponders will be issued on the morning of the event from the event base (Marathon, 30km, 13km and 6km) or your start line (those doing the 21km will register at your start line on Constable Road in MURIWAI (not Bethells Beach) at the black registrations tent. Whether you’re already registered or entering on the day, please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time. Your event race bags (with all your sponsor goodies) will be available on the finish line for you to pick up. Please see the registration tent after your run/walk.

Event Transport

Where is the event base?

The street address for Google Maps, is ‘280 Bethells Road, Waitakere’. The drive time is approx. 45 mins (from Auckland CBD) but give yourself a little extra time if you’re not familiar with the area. The event base is on the private property located at 280-282 Bethells Rd, Bethells Beach. This is 1km stroll up the driveway from the parking area, follow event signage. Please bring all gear you will require for the day and leave it with us in the gear tent while you’re on the trail.

How can I get to the start line when I need to have my car at the finish line (21km Event only)?

There is optional transport available from the event base/finish line at Bethells Beach to your start line via bus. There is an additional cost that comes with booking this transport option. The bus will leave at 8:00am SHARP (boarding from 7:30am) from the bottom of the driveway of #280 Bethells Road. The drive is approximately 1 hour. You’ll get off the bus and see the registration team who will give you your race number and timing transponder. If you want to purchase a bus ticket ($20), please access your personal registration details through your registration confirmation email and add the transport item there.

At/After the Event

Do you have a Gear tent to look after my stuff while I’m out for my walk/run?

Yes, you can leave your gear at the event base which will be tagged with your race number. Leave it with us and collect it after your event. For those doing the 21km you can leave gear with the registration team and they will bring it to the finish for you.

Do I need clean shoes?

YES, we’re very privileged to have access to some wonderful tracks through some amazing native bush on the West Coast. Kauri Dieback Disease is thought to be a soil-borne species that basically kills Kauri tress. So please follow these steps below:

  • Make sure shoes and equipment are clean of dirt before and after the event
  • You will be required to walk over the Trigene-filled mats before you start your event
  • Clean shoes and any other equipment that comes into contact with soil after every visit, especially if moving between bush areas
  • Keep to defined park tracks at all times. Any movement of soil around the roots of a tree has the potential to spread the disease

Note: dogs are NOT allowed at the SPEIGHT’S West Coaster.  Dogs can inadvertently spread the disease if they disturb the soil around the trees. 

Are there cut off times?

Yes, please see the times below;
  • 42km:  9hrs to complete the course. You need to be heading South (back to the event base) on Te Henga by 2pm
  • 30km: 8hrs to complete the course. You need to be heading South (back to the event base) on Te Henga by 2pm
  • 21km: 6.5hrs to complete the course. You need to be heading South (back to the event base) on Te Henga by 12:45pm

Is there a special bag drop for the 42km (only)?

Yes, if you would like to leave a special supply bag at the event base to be taken to the Horseman Rd Aid Station (27km point), please hand it over to the registration staff no later than 6.30am. As well as fluids there will be some lollies, pretzels and bananas at this aid station for the 30km and 42km only.

Are there aid stations on the course?

Yes, please see the below;
  • 6km –  4.5km
  • 13km – 3.9km & 8km
  • 21km – 4km, 10km (portaloo here), 15km
  • 30km – 10km (portaloo here), 15km, 20km (portaloo here), 25km
  • 42km – 12km, 22km (portaloo here), 27km, 32km (portaloo here), 37km

Where and when is the prize giving going down?

We are going to have prize giving at the event base. We will kick off at 2:00pm with trophies being awarded to the over-all race winners, male and female, for each of the race option. We hope many of you will hang around and enjoy the day until its prize giving time!
Note: Marathon participants will also receive finish medals at the finish line.

Will there be food options available at the event?

Yes, as always, we will have the Total Sport BBQ fired up and the SPEIGHT’S will be on ice. So once you have sufficiently recovered after your run/walk head over to the big blue SPEIGHT’S tent and grab a nice cold beer and a hot sausage. We will also have non-alcoholic drinks, water and LOADED electrolyte drink to rehydrate. There will be no coffee at the event base but swing by the Bethells Cafe (211 Bethells Road - straight ahead at the bridge as you enter Bethells Beach) on your way up to the event base, it will be open from 8:00am for coffee and 10am for food.

Is there a massage tent at the finish line?

Yes, Bodyneed will be on hand at the event base to give you that well deserved massage after your race. $15 is all it takes to feel you can move again! Please bring cash for your massage.