GENERAL RULES

  1. Each team must have a minimum of three team members.
  1. Participants aged 13-17 can only participate in a team that has a minimum of two people aged 18 years or over, one of whom must be the team captain (unless permission is granted by event director).
  2. Participants aged under 18 years must provide written consent from their parent or legal guardian prior to October 1, 2022 and also be accompanied at all times by their parent, guardian or team captain. The parent or legal guardian will need to confirm that the participant has sufficient maturity, decision making skills and physical fitness to complete the Program and that the parent or legal guardian will be responsible for all actions taken by the participant during the Program.
  3. You must consult a doctor about your participation if you have any concerns about your fitness level or potential underlying health conditions that may impact your ability to participate safely in the Program or Challenge.
  4. Participants must pass on any relevant and important medical information or health issue concerns to organisers and their team mates before the start of the Team Challenge.
  5. Teams must be aware of, and agree to complete each section within the time restrictions. This will require teams to maintain a minimum walking speed of 4km/hr and spend a maximum of 30 minutes resting between sections.
  6. Running teams can only participate upon application. Anyone completing the course at a speed faster than 6km/hr without notifying event organisers prior to October 1, 2022 will be withdrawn from the event.

ON COURSE

  1. Walking team members must remain within 200m of each other while on course during each section. This will be monitored by roving marshals.
  2. Teams must arrive and depart each Wellness Stop together.
  3. Should a team member need to retire during the Team Challenge, they must be brought to the nearest Wellness Stop (where possible) for assistance. If the team member cannot be moved, one person from the team must stay with them while the remaining team members seek help. Under no circumstances is a team member to be left unattended.
  4. No team will be allowed to continue the course with less than three team members, unless they find another team who agrees to walk with them and stay within 200m of each other for the remainder of the course. The team also agrees to notify event staff of this arrangement.
  5. Should an entire team retire from the course, the Event Organisers must be contacted before leaving the course using the phone number printed on the event bib.
  6. Time limits will apply to the time spent at each Wellness Stop. These must be strictly adhered to.
  7. The course will include several road crossings and sections along roads to which all normal road rules apply.
  8. Participants must remain on the designated course at all times. Event organisers are not able to provide support or assistance to anyone who leaves the specified route. Anyone who purposely leaves will be responsible for their own health and safety.

TEAM CHALLENGE RULES

  1. In case of emergency (eg – serious injury, breathing difficulty, bushfire) you must call 000.
  2. If you have a non-urgent medical issue, please contact the First Aid Team first (contact number on your bib) and they will assist.
  3. All participants must wear their event bib at all times and it must be visible from the front to allow your details to be accessed in the event of an emergency situation.
  4. Participants agree to carry a charged mobile phone that is turned on while on course and to provide this number to Event Organisers should the number be different to that provided during the registration process. Teams agree to carry a minimum of one battery pack per team on course.
  5. Teams are required to carry a basic first aid kit (one per team) on course at all times This should include, but not be limited to, 2 triangular bandages, 2 heavy weight crepe bandages, disposable CPR mask, space blanket, band-aids, blister protection tape, mild pain relief, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  6. All team members are required to carry any personal medication in their own packs so that it stays with them personally at all times.
  7. Each participant is required to carry a minimum of two (2) litres of water. This must also be topped up at each of the Wellness Stops before leaving.
  8. Teams must be self-sufficient and carry a day pack that includes food to get you through the day.

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  1. It is expected that entrants will conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well upon themselves, their team, The Great Aussie Hike and Footstep Events. It is expected that participants show respect towards all event officials, staff, volunteers, other participants and members of the general public.
  2. Participants are expected to look out for both their own team mates and other participants on course and to help out where required.
  3. Participants must be alcohol and drug free whilst taking part in the Team Challenge. If Footstep Events reasonably believes that you are consuming alcohol or taking illegal drugs during the Challenge, your team will be withdrawn from the Event.
  4. There is to be absolutely no smoking anywhere on the course, at the Wellness Stops, start or finish precincts.
  5. Participants are responsible for collecting/carrying their own litter and disposing of it correctly at each Wellness Stop.
  6. The Team Challenge is only possible due to the good will of landowners, the local council, and the region’s community. Participants must respect the natural environment and the land on which they are walking, including residents in the local areas.
  7. Your participation in the Program and/or Team Challenge maybe cancelled if you:
    1. breach these rules or the Program Terms and Conditions;
    2. run the event without permission;
    3. behave in a way that is a risk to you or others;
    4. behave in a way that is inappropriate or offensive or in breach of the law;
    5. use illegal or performance enhancing drugs when undertaking any activity with The Great Aussie Hike;
    6. fail to accept the Terms and Conditions before participating.