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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Date: Sunday 5 March 2017

Time: The first event category starts at 6.15 am

Venue: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane (look for the sea of pink near the Wheel of Brisbane)

Course length:  Run or walk the original 5 km course or the NEW 10 km course

Run or Walk?:  When registering this year you will need to let us know if you will be running or walking either the 5 km or 10 km course. This is so we can ensure you are in the right wave and have the right start time.

Run: This category is for our seasoned runners who are looking for their PB! To be in this category you would run 5 km in under 25 minutes and 10 km in under 1 hour. Your Race Bib will have a timing chip so you'll be able to look up your time after the event.

Walk: This category is for people who want to walk the whole course (or most of it) while taking in the beautiful Brisbane City views and enjoying all of the fun along the way. You will not be timed.

What are the event category times?

The race distance (5 km or 10 km) and race category (i.e Run or Walk) you chose when you registered will determine your start time on event day. 

  • 6:15 am 5 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in 30 mins) (Purple Zone)
  • 6:20 am 5 km Run (Jog)  Wave 2 (Complete course in over 30 mins) (Black Zone)
  • 6:45 am 10 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in under 1 hour) (Green Zone)  
  • 6:50 am 10 km Run (Jog) Wave 2 (Complete course in over 1 hour) (Orange Zone) 
  • 7:05 am 10 km Walkers (Blue Zone)
  • 7:20 am 5 km Walkers, wheelchair participants (who will complete the course being pushed by a buddy) and other participants with prams/strollers (Pink Zone)

Early bird cut off: Midnight Friday 10 February 2017

Rebel race kit postage cut off: Midnight Friday 10 February 2017

Rebel race kit pick up: If you registered after Friday 10 February or chose not to have your kit posted to you, you can pick up your rebel race kit from the Event precinct (near the Wheel of Brisbane) during the following times:

  • 8.30 am to 1 pm Saturday 4 March 2017, or
  • 5.30 am to 6.30 am Sunday 5 March 2017.

 

Event day timings

Event day timings

What are the event category times?

The race distance (5 km or 10 km) and race category (i.e Run or Walk) you chose when you registered will determine your start time on event day. 

  • 6:15 am 5 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in 30 mins) (Purple Zone)
  • 6:20 am 5 km Run (Jog)  Wave 2 (Complete course in over 30 mins) (Black Zone)
  • 6:45 am 10 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in under 1 hour) (Green Zone)  
  • 6:50 am 10 km Run (Jog) Wave 2 (Complete course in over 1 hour) (Orange Zone) 
  • 7:05 am 10 km Walkers (Blue Zone)
  • 7:20 am 5 km Walkers, wheelchair participants (who will complete the course being pushed by a buddy) and other participants with prams/strollers (Pink Zone)
10 km course

10 km course

This year for the first time in the 26 year history of the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run we are offering a 10 km inner city loop!

This will mean at registration you will need to choose your distance (5 km or 10 km) and let us know if you plan to run or walk.

The new course is a surprise but will be just as fun as the 5 km course with lots of action and of course there will be more water along the way to keep you hydrated for the longer distance.

If you have any questions about the 10 km course please don’t hesitate to call the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run Team on 1800 440 155. 

Male mates, furry friends and bubs

Male mates, furry friends and bubs

CAN MEN COME?

Yes! We love that our male family members and friends want to come and support (pun intended) the women in their life. Men are more than welcome to register and pull on a pink t-shirt, but they won’t be eligible for any prize categories. 

CAN I RUN WITH MY DOG?

With the number of participants expected and for health and safety reasons, no animals are allowed. So please leave your fur-babies at home.

DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY CHILD TO WALK WITH ME?

If your child is able to walk the whole course, then they’ll need to be a registered participant on the day. We even have kids t-shirts for them to wear!

WHAT ABOUT MY BABY IN THE PRAM—IS THERE ANY EXTRA COST INVOLVED?

No, you don’t have to pay for your baby if they’re in a pram or stroller. 

ARE PRAMS/STROLLERS ALLOWED?

Prams/strollers are permitted on the course. You don’t need to register your baby or child if they’re in a pram/stroller while on the course.

We do ask that if you’re walking or running with a pram/stroller, you start at the rear of your race category. 

Already registered? Here's everything you need to know before event day

Already registered? Here's everything you need to know before event day

YOUR REBEL RACE KIT

Your rebel race kit includes your race bib, race day information and RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run t-shirt. 

If you registered before 5 pm Monday 23 January your rebel race kit will be posted to you (unless otherwise advised). We’ll be sending them out from February 1 2017. Postage will be in two waves based on when you registered. 

If you registered after 5 pm Monday 23 January but before midnight Friday 10 February, your rebel race kit will be sent out from Monday 13 February.  

If you haven’t received your rebel race kit by Wednesday 1 March 2017 please call us on 1800 440 155. 

Did you register after midnight Friday 10 February 2017? Then your rebel race kit will need to be collected from South Bank (near the Wheel of Brisbane) on Saturday 4 March (8.30 am–1 pm) or Sunday 5 March (5.30–6.30 am) 2017. Make sure you say hi to the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run team while you’re there.

*Please note: because we’ve had to pre-order t-shirts, we’ll try our best to send you the t-shirt size you requested. If your size has sold out, we’ll send you the next available option.

WHAT IF MY T-SHIRT DOESN’T FIT, CAN I SWAP IT FOR ANOTHER SIZE?

Pulled your t-shirt out of your rebel race kit and discovered it was the wrong size? We’ll have a ‘T-shirt Exchange’ tent open on Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March, sizes are limited so while we'll do our best to help you find your size it's best to come down early to avoid disappointment.  

CAN MY REBEL RACE KIT BE POSTED TO ME IF I REGISTER AFTER MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY?

Unfortunately if you didn't register before midnight Friday 10 February we are unable to send your rebel race kit to you in the post. 
You will be able to collect you rebel race kit from South Bank (near the Wheel of Brisbane) before the event on:

  • Saturday 4 March, 8.30 am–1 pm
  • Sunday 5 March, 5.30 am–6.30 am
REBEL RACE KIT PICK-UP ADDRESS

Cultural Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane (near the Wheel of Brisbane)

  • Saturday 4 March, 8.30 am–1 pm
  • Sunday 5 March, 5.30 am–6.30 am
WHAT ARE THE EVENT CATEGORY TIMES

The race distance (5 km or 10 km) and race category (i.e Run or Walk) you chose when you registered will determine your start time on event day. 

  • 6:15 am 5 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in 30 mins) (Purple Zone)
  • 6:20 am 5 km Run (Jog) Wave 2 (Complete course in over 30 mins) (Black Zone)
  • 6:45 am 10 km Run Wave 1 (Complete course in under 1 hour) (Green Zone)  
  • 6:50 am 10 km Run (Jog) Wave 2 (Complete course in over 1 hour) (Orange Zone) 
  • 7:05 am 10 km Walkers (Blue Zone)
  • 7:20 am 5 km Walkers, wheelchair participants (who will complete the course being pushed by a buddy) and other participants with prams/strollers (Pink Zone)

If you are an elite wheelchair athlete please contact the team on 1800 440 155 so that we can ensure you are in the appropriate category. All other wheelchair participants are encouraged to enter either the ORANGE or PINK zones.

WHAT DO THE COLOURED ZONES MEAN?

The category you registered for determines your bib colour. On event day we’ll ask you to line up in your coloured zones e.g. Purple Zone (5 km runners) will line up first and begin at 6.15 am.

CAN SOMEONE WHO HASN’T REGISTERED JOIN IN WITH ME?

No, each person taking part in the RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run has to be registered online or in person at South Bank (our legal team are pretty strict on this as it’s part of the conditions of our Public Liability Insurers). 

Can I still register?

Can I still register?

Registrations are now officially sold out for this year's RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run. 

Raising money for women with breast cancer

Raising money for women with breast cancer

HOW YOU CAN HELP WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER TODAY

Did you know, a staggering 15 934 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year, and that number continues to rise.*  

On any given day, 43 women* will have their worlds turned upside down when they hear the words 'You have breast cancer', and seven women* will tragically lose their fight against the disease. 

These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends—and they need your help.

By raising funds for Mater Chicks in Pink as part of your participation in the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run you can make an immediate impact for these women.

The funds you raise will go towards providing tangible support services such as counselling, yoga and art therapy and mastectomy bras for women who have lost one or both breasts. These support services will make life easier for women affected by breast cancer right now, when they need your support the most.  

Your fundraising efforts will also be helping to fund life-saving research to better understand and treat breast cancer in the future.  

Ultimately, you’ll be helping to make life easier for women with breast cancer today and saving more lives tomorrow.

Click here to find out more about the impact you can have on women with breast cancer today.

*Cancer Australia, 2016

DO I HAVE TO FUNDRAISE?

Your registration fee only covers the cost of putting on such a large public event. This means we really do rely on amazing individuals like you to get involved and do what you can to support women with breast cancer. 

With your help, in 2017 Mater Chicks in Pink is aiming to raise $400 000 to help fund tangible support services to make life easier for women with breast cancer today as well as life-saving research so we can better understand and treat breast cancer in the future.   

Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned prowe’re committed to supporting you and your team in your fundraising efforts. So please contact us if you have any questions by calling 1800 440 155 or emailing womensdayfunrun@mater.org.au 

Raising as little as $107 can make an immediate impacthelping to restore a woman's confidence after surgery to remove one or both breasts, by providing her with a beautiful mastectomy bra. 

CAN I DEDICATE MY RUN/WALK TO A LOVED ONE WITH BREAST CANCER?

Absolutely! In fact, we would love that! We have specially made tribute cards that you'll be able to download soon, or you can pick one up on the day and pin to your singlet or t-shirt.

After the race, we encourage you to place your tribute card on the RACQ Tribute Wall to honour your loved ones.

Can i get a receipt for my donation?

Of course! Any donation over $2 is tax deductible. After making a donation you'll automatically receive a receipt via email. 

I want to approach businesses for prizes or donations to help with my fundraising—how do i prove that i'm authorised to raise funds for Mater Chicks in Pink?

If you need an Authority to Fundraise letter to show local businesses, please email womensdayfunrun@mater.org.au and we will send one to you. This document is proof that you are an approved fundraiser.

The nitty gritty event day information

The nitty gritty event day information

HOW DO I GET TO SOUTH BANK?

Read more information on getting to the event or check out the Translink information for planning your bus or train trip into South Bank.

ROAD CLOSURES

There’ll be road closures in and around South Bank and Brisbane City on the morning of event day, and with 10 000 people expected it will be busy! Plan ahead and download the full list of road closures.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE THE FINISH LINE IS?

The finish line will be marked by a large archway marked clearly with ‘FINISH’ at the top and your very own cheer squad. You’ll find it outside, near the Wheel of Brisbane at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.

DO OUR INDIVIDUAL RACE TIMES GET RECORDED?

Only those who registered to Run or Jog will have their race time recorded—timing chips are included in the entry price.

Don't forget! Runners you can select to have your Garmin race time sent to you via SMS on event day for a small fee when registering. Please make sure your mobile number is correct and included in your registration. Event results for all place-getters will be announced at the presentation ceremony on the day of the event and names will be up in lights on the website within 24 hours.

WILL age category winners receive a medal?

The women who come first, second and third  in each age category will all receive a medal. Sorry boys, these prizes are for the ladies only in celebration of International Women's Day. Check out the T&Cs for more information. 

WILL THERE BE WATER AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?

You bet! To keep you hydrated water stations will be located throughout both the 5 km and 10 km events and at the finish line. 

ARE THERE TOILETS AT THE START OF THE RACE AND ON THE COURSE?

Toilets/Port-a-loos will be available in the event precinct (close to the finish line). South Bank toilets are within walking distance of the start/finish area and will open from 6 am. Toilets are also located in the City Botanic Gardens.

SAFETY INFORMATION
  • Please listen for announcements from the main stage
  • Please only go to the start line when directed by officials
  • Walkers are to remain behind the runners to allow them an unobstructed start
  • Runners with strollers should assemble at the back of their designated zone (check out the precinct signage if you’re not sure where to go). Marshals will also be around on the day to direct you to the correct assembly zone
  • Keep LEFT at all times unless passing
  • Runners who find they need to stop or walk, please move to the left and be mindful of other participants running behind you
  • Please follow the instructions of event officials
  • For your safety, we strongly recommend headphones are not worn during the event so you can hear and fully understand all special instructions and announcements
  • First aid will be located on site and along the course.
WILL MEDICAL HELP BE AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?

First aid/medical assistance will be available in the start/finish area and at the drink station in the City Botanic Gardens. A roaming first aid team will also patrol the course.

WILL THERE BE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THE COURSE?

Yes, there’ll be official photographers at the event. Keep your event bib number so you can easily find your photograph online.  You can download your picture from the website or the RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run Facebook page.

IS THERE A BAGGAGE TENT?

Yes, our volunteers will store your items in the National Storage baggage tent during the event. If you want to store your bags in the baggage tent, please consider the following:

  • Please store items in a bag that closes, so your baggage tag can be secured onto it.
  • To collect or access your bag, you must show the volunteers your event bib.
  • Please note: event organisers advise against leaving valuables or money in the baggage tent and cannot take responsibility for damage and/or theft of any items left in the baggage tent during the event.
  • Please do not bring large or heavy bags—space is limited.
CAN I GET A REFUND IF I’M UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE

Under the Terms and Conditions of entry, we’re unable to offer refunds.

However, if you have a loved one, friend or work mate that can take your place, you’re more than welcome to pass your registration onto them. If you need to transfer your registration to another person please give us a call on 1800 440 155 and one of the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run team members will be able to help you with this.

 

Volunteers make the world go round

Volunteers make the world go round

CAN I VOLUNTEER? 

Our volunteers play a big part in making the event happen! Click here to express your interest in becoming a volunteer either before or on event day.

 

The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.