Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I take with me out on the course?
Aid stations will be positioned around the course where runners can fill up their hydration packs/bottles with water and Tailwind Nutrition or use the cups provided. If you wish to purchase a reusable cup instead of using the provided plastic cups, you may do so when registering for the event online. Fruit will also be available at the Aid stations. Take this into consideration when planning your nutrition strategy. Be sun smart - much of the route is exposed and even on cloudy days you can get burnt so please take a hat and sunscreen. Please note that the course for the Three Bridges Run will not be cordoned off for the event to the public, so runners need to be careful when overtaking each other and be courteous to other track users.
Q: Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Yes, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Can I change from one distance to another distance?
Runners registered for the 42.2km course can change to the 21.1km, 9km or 5km – at the same time runners in the 21.1km can drop down to the 9km or 5km course as can 9km runners drop down to the 5km course. For details on how to change courses, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Is there a bag drop available?
Yes, there will be a bag drop for the event (normally the tent is located nearby the registration tent on the day). A volunteer will be present throughout the event to receive and return items to participants on the day. You will need to provide your own bag however bag tags will be available at the bag drop tent for you to attach to your items on the day. Please make sure your gear is clearly marked with your name and race number using the provided marker pens for the bag tag. Once you have completed the event, show the volunteer your race number for them to provide you with your stored gear.
Q: Am I able to run the course before the event?
Yes, the course is open to the general public as it follows public pathways. Please refer to the Course section of the website.
Q: Are spectators allowed to come and watch me race?
Spectators are welcome at the Start and Finish area and anywhere along the course. Remember though that no outside assistance is permitted at the event.
Q: Is public transport available to the event?
Please refer to the Transport section of the website for further information.
Q: Where does the event start?
The race starts and finishes at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, Fifth St, Parramatta NSW 2150.
Q: Will my race bib be mailed to me prior to the event?
Yes, personalised race bib numbers will be mailed prior to the event. You are likely to receive your race bib anytime in the 3 weeks prior to the event. This only applies to event registrations made prior to Sunday 9th October 2022. Participants with interstate (outside NSW) or international addresses listed on their event entry will not be mailed their race bib prior to the event, therefore these runners will need to collect their race bib at registration on race day. Your race bib will also not be mailed to you if you have an unsigned event waiver, so you will need to visit registration to sign the event waiver before you will be permitted to start. If you are claiming a withdrawing runners entry after Sunday 9th October 2022, you will be allocated a NEW race bib number, without your personalised name printed on it and you will need to collect it on race day at registration. Your race bib will NOT be mailed to you prior to the event. The withdrawing runners race bib will therefore become void and can not be used. Safety pins will be available at registration on race day. Please wear your race bib on the front of your shirt, on your chest, where it is clearly visibly; or by using a race number belt if you prefer.
Q: Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
Only Tailwind Endurance Fuel will be mailed to competitors prior to the event, if they have selected the 'posted' option. All other merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration.
Q: Do you offer a training plan?
We do not offer a training plan for this event.
Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the event?
Please refer to the Refunds & Cancellations section of the website for further information.
Q: What time does the event start?
Please refer to the Race Schedule for further information.
Q: Is a support crew needed for the event?
No, you will be starting and finishing in the same location. You don't need a support crew for this event.
Q: Are there any aid stations?
There are marshalled Aid Stations along the course. At the aid stations, runners will have access to the following:
- First Aid
- Unlimited quantities of water
- Tailwind Nutrition
- Selection of fruit
- Selection of lollies
- Potato chips
Q: How will I know where to go on the course?
On the day of the event, the course will be marked with brightly coloured markers for easy guidance. Marshals will also be positioned at critical points along the course for extra guidance where needed. The course outline and markings will be discussed at the race briefing prior to the commencement of the event.
Q: How fit or skilled do I need to be?
With four race distance options (5km, 9km, 21.1km & 42.2km) you have the choice to enter the event that best suits your skill and fitness level. Nothing that can't be walked if you are uncomfortable running all the way.
Q: Will I be given a start wave time for my respective course distance?
There are no ‘start wave times’ for each course distance other than the designated course start time. Participants will need to self-seed themselves within the group of competitors for their course distance and will head off at 5 second intervals in pairs. Please line up according to your goal finish time and running ability. Please give way to faster runners behind if asked. Your race time doesn’t begin until you cross the timing mat at the start line therefore there’s no need to worry about being disadvantage if you have self-seeded yourself towards the back of your group.
Q: Are earphones allowed in the race?
Yes earphones are fine to use if you want to listen to music but if you could please be considerate of other runners and path users by only having one in your ear that would help so that you can hear if people are wanting to get past you.
Q: Is there a Runner List published before the event?
A Runner List which includes runners allocated race bib number, age category and wave start time (if relevant) will be emailed to runners 2 days before the event in the Last Minute Info email as well as published on the event website in the Last Minute Info Latest News post. The list will not be published before this time.
Q: What if im a slow runner, will I be able to walk the course?
There are no time cut offs for the 5km, 9km or 21.1km course, however, on the 42.2km course if you are not back to the Event Centre by 11:30am which is 5hrs after the start time, you will be short coursed and directed to a 34km course instead. We expect the slowest runners to complete the 21.1km course in approx 4hrs. We expect the slowest runners to complete the 42.2km course in approx 6hrs. All courses will be closed at 12:30pm so all competitors will need to be off course by this time.
Q: Are there prizes for competitors?
Prizes will be awarded to 1st place in each age category for the 42.2km, 21.1km and 9km courses. Winners must be at the prize giving presentation after the event to receive their prize, nothing will be posted. Also, you have to be at the presentation to be in the running for the lucky draw prizes. See Race Schedule for timings.
Q: Will I receive a finishers t-shirt for finishing the event?
No, we do not give out complimentary finishers t-shirts. If you would like to purchase a limited edition event t-shirt, this needs to be pre-purchased with your online entry, or added online after entering, see Merchandise for further information. Orders must be placed by the cut-off date. Merchandise is to be collected on race day (no merchandise is mailed out prior to the event).
Q: Will I receive a medal for finishing the event?
All finishers will receive a finishers medal after completion of the course.
Q: Are there any time cut offs?
There are no time cut offs for the 5km, 9km or 21.1km course, however, on the 42.2km course if you are not back to the Event Centre by 11:30am, 5hrs after the start time, you will be short coursed and directed to a 34km course instead. All courses will be closed at 12:30pm so all competitors will need to be off course by this time.
Q: What are the expected finish times?
We expect the fastest runners to complete the 42.2km course in under 3 hours, the 21.1km course in just over 1 hour and the fastest 9km runners in approx 30 minutes. We expect the slower runners/walkers to be able to complete the 21.1km course in 4 hours and the 42.2km course in 6 hours.