FAQs / Info in Alphabetical Order
There are 2500 beds in and near Halls
Gap. Some of the most convenient are right on
the startline at:
a caravan park with extras like 'Luxe cabins,
Swimming Pool, trampolines, playground facilities
To enter the 20km or 36km or 60km runs on the Sunday you must be 18+
There is no age restriction on the 2km or 8km runs on the Saturday. But remember that it's not a child-minding facility. If your child needs supervision then please enter and supervise them.
Upper age limit is 99. Because if you're too old for Lego, then you're too old for this.
Traditional plans: (Note, depending on
Covid situation at time of race, plans may have to
be altered substantially.)
Saturday 8km run. Drink
Stations at Fyans
Creek Track just in from Tandara Road, Brambuk,
Tandara Road, and
the finish line.
Sunday ~65km run.
~65km & 36km runners if you wish to
have special needs delivered to the Mt Rosea
Car Park and/or Borough Huts aid stations you can
create a "drop bag" clearly marked with your name
and race number. This must be done on Friday or
Saturday during opening hours at Centenary Hall.
(See R for Race Number Pickup.)
Gels (for ~65k, 36k and 20k runners).
This is a Trail Run, primarily through National Parks. Cups will NOT be used or provided for the long runs on the Sunday.
It will be necessary for those runners to have some hydration device/bottle/camelbak/fuelbelt to carry water with them.
The Ambulance service is not a free service in Victoria. It's your responsibility to check your health cover and ensure you are covered for ambulance rides in the case of an emergency. To arrange cover with Ambulance Victoria, visit http://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/
For bags you want
to leave while you are running, (as opposed to
Special Needs/Drinks which there's a listing for
lower down), please pre-mark your items with your
race-number and leave them in the bag minding area
in Centenary Hall near the Start/Finish line in
wishing to leave items at the Roses Gap startline
are advised to mark their items and leave them
with the vehicle Race Director Rohan arrives in.
(Probably a Thrifty Box Truck). Items will be
transported back to Halls Gap Cententary Hall for
collection by you later in the day.
Buses for ~65km entrants.
Covered in your entry fee. Leave from near Centenary Hall at 5am Sunday event morning. Arrive out at the Roses Gap start line a bit before the 6am start.
Halls Gap is a
small country town. No charge for
parking. How close can you park?
Crystal ball says that the earlier you arrive, the
closer you park.
already in a longer distance event can change to
a shorter distance event for no
charge. The only exception being that after
August 1st, 36km runners changing to the 20km need
to pay an $11- decrease distance fee to cover a
new race-bib and timing chip, as the files will
have gone to the printer. This can be done by
using the Merchandise/Extras
Facility and paying the Distance Decrease
Entrants already entered in the 20km event wanting to change to the 36km event can do so by emailing us of their intentions and paying the $22- increase distance fee online. Use the "Extras/Merch" Button at the top of the page to pay the change fee.
entered in the 20km or 36km
event wanting to change to the 60km event
can do so by emailing us of their intentions and
paying an $85- or $95- increase distance fee
the "Extras/Merch" Button at the top of the page
to pay the change fee.
entered in a Saturday event (Kids/2km or 8km)
wanting to change to a Sunday event (20km, 36km
or ~65km) are advised the easiest way to
achieve it is to withdraw from the Saturday event
(see R for Refunds) and enter the Sunday event of
their choosing. The requested details between the
two registration facilities are not the same,
hence no smooth method in this situation.
qualification requirements for the runs are
different and you may need to edit your
original registration to provide details for a
relevant event you ran in. Follow the
'EditYourReg' link near the top of your original
registration email to edit your data.
Course is measured and certified to PDA standards.
Covid Crisis Cancellation Policy
If a cancellation has to occur due to Covid-19 restrictions, entrants will be offered a credit of the full value of their entry to a future Big Long Run event of their choice. (Wonderland or Two Bays) Should this be unsuitable you can request a refund of your entry fee minus 6% processing fees incurred in accepting, then refunding your money through the registration / credit card processing facilities.
Entrants who can't attend due to a border closure, having to isolate, or other Covid related reasons are also covered by this policy.
Kids/2km & 8km Saturday
Run: Yes, but please put them in the bins
36 & 20km Sunday Events: None.
Zip. Nil. Nada. These are trail runs, not road
races; mostly through beautiful National and State
Parks. Aid stations will have water, sports drink
etc. in 25 litre plastic cubes/drums with taps on
the bottom. You can refill your bottles, camelbak,
fuelbelt or whatever you brought to carry fluids
at these points. (Water carrying device is
20km course - four hours and thirty minutes.
36km course - 8 hours. (Allows
for exceptionally bad weather. Under normal
conditions qualified 36km competitors will likely
finish under 7hrs.) Please bear in mind the
degree to which these courses climb and that parts
of the course are very technical.
36km runners who haven't made the split point (where the 20 and 36km runs split off in different directions about 7.5km into the run) by 2hrs into the event will be directed down the 20km course.36km runners who have not left Borough Huts aid station by 11:30am will be withdrawn from the run.
-65km course - 12hrs overall.
Sundial Carpark - Runners arriving after 7hrs (mandatory 'health check' = Stop. Chat with Cut-off Boss. Describe your race to that point. Describe what you know about the terrain ahead. Any niggles or concerns? Confirm that you know the 10hr cut-off at Borough Huts is not negotiable.) 7hrs30min - hard cut.
Borough Huts - Hard-Cut at 10 hrs. Realistically you're unlikely to complete within 12hrs if you are coming up to the 10hr mark at Borough Huts, but you're on the safer terrain of the valley floor, hence completion can still be an option, even if coming in under overall cut-off is not. Arriving by 9hrs 30mins most likely needed to finish within 12hrs.
Note: Some people feel better being told their day is done. If that is you, you will get a high five or a hug (subject to Covid regs), and an offer of a lift back to grab a beer in Halls Gap.
Cutoff times are enforced due to permits
only lasting so long, and to look after our lovely
volunteers who are putting in a lot of hours to
help runners. We don't want to try their
patience. (OK we'll also admit that the traffic
management on the road crossings costs a bomb and
having entrants on course after the cutoffs gets
really spendy too.)
Overall time cutoffs mean that entrants
finishing after those times will receive a medal,
but will not have their time recorded in the
Slipping/Falls. Probably the number one cause of possible injury on the Wonderland Run course. Go super cautious on the rock sections. Taking a bad tumble does not make for a fast time. The first half of the 20km course and the first 15km of the 36km course are areas of particular concern. The first 9km of the 60k are remote and rocky. If we have to use the Boroka descent again, that is potentially dangerous if taken at speed.
Getting lost. The course will be
well marked, but fatigued runners tend to
develop tunnel vision. Keep your wits about you
and keep an eye out for orange
markings/ribbons/cones. Bring a mobile phone
on the Telstra network. Face facts that
some providers (like Vodaphone) absolutely suck
outside major metro areas.
The map on the back of your race-bib will have mobile phone numbers for the organizers and volunteers. We may be able to help orientate you.
page of this website has links to downloadable
route files. PLEASE USE THE FILES PROVIDED.
There are versions suitable for upload to most
apps, watches etc. They can save you a lot of
confusion, aggravation, cold, loneliness and
potentially a hospital visit or your life.
Obviously you could be quite some distance from the nearest marker, however if you call race organizers and can tell us how many kilometers into the run you are, we will have access to maps that help identify the number of the nearest ESTA marker.
Will my buddies/rivals/enemies be there?
~65km/36km/20km Entrants List Here. (2022 Event)
8km/2km Entrants List Here. (2022 Event)
(Those are also useful links if you can't recall whether you entered.)
There is no magic. This is a remote location. Much of it some distance from roads or fire trails.
Colbrow First Aid service is being
We also pay for an ambulance on stand-by
but the Govt/Union bureaucracy that it is means
that despite paying a four figure sum our only
means of communication with them is very
indirectly through 000. You'll see them
floating around the course on race day.
Crosses on some peoples race numbers mean they have level 2 or higher First Aid Qualifications. If you are in a bad way appeal to them, if you have a widdle gwaze then leave them alone. They are racing too.
Everyone should help a runner in serious trouble.
Read the mandatory gear list for the ~65km & 36km run. Much of it is relevant for the 20km run, particularly for run-walkers.
Handheld bottles not recommended due to the amount of times you might want to use your hands on the 20km, 36km & ~65km courses, for the same reason...
Gloves are recommended for the 20km, 36km & ~65km courses.
Shoes - If your trail shoes have tread that looks like footy boots don't use them. Too little contact on the rocky surfaces that get pretty slippy in rain. So far we're thinking less chunky trail treads or fresh road shoes are the go. (Fresh because then the tread edges are still 'sharpish'.).
Gear - Mandatory List for 20km run:
Capacity to carry 500mls water.
Not mandatory, but strongly suggested you look at the gear for the 65/36k and consider using it, particularly if forecast weather looks bad.
Gear - Mandatory List for ~65km & 36km run:
Head Torches for ~63.5km runners. You start in the dark. Some may finish in the dark.
You must start with a head torch. You don't have to carry it all the way. Unless you're a faint chance of needing it later, then you need to carry it all day.
We are not suggesting this equipment will be something you will need whilst running (although the gloves and THIR may be useful whilst running), but if you fall and cannot run or walk out, you may be waiting hours to be rescued. These items will keep you warmer, drier, less hungry and could also potentially save a trail buddy's life.
• Gloves – Merino wool or synthetic – something that will keep your hands warm.
• Beanie or THIR (Noggin tube fabric thing) www.thir.com.au
• Emergency blanket - lightweight silver type is fine.
• Long sleeve thermal top NOT compression wear. Merino or synthetic is fine.
• Compression bandage min 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched
• Waterproof jacket. I.E. jacket must be waterproof, windproof and to a level that will actually keep you dry and safe. We don’t care how much it costs BUT it must be rated as such to help save your life if something terrible happens. Suggested is a level of over 20,000mm hydrostatic head waterproof rating. Accepted will be anything from 11000 upwards but be aware if the weather turns bad this will only keep you dry for a limited period of time! Anything under 11000 is unacceptable. 6000-11000mm is only rainproof and waterproof under light pressure. If it rains in them mountains it won’t be light! (Think about being stuck for several hours before you can be gotten out.)
• 400 calories of food
• Mobile Phone. Telstra works best
• Capacity to carry 500mls water minimum **2021 UPDATE. Must be full at start of race. Part of the Covid Plan to have runners more self-sufficient.
• Whistle for gaining attention to your situation.
Anyone who crosses the line without the mandatory gear will be disqualified from the race and will not have a time recorded. Anyone who podiums will forfeit their place and time also. This is not us being big meanies – we just want everyone to be safe and get home to their loved ones!
Where do you need to carry the gear?
Assume that you're going to need to carry it the whole way. (Yes, you're allowed to eat your food along the way, but you must start with it.)
There have been years when we've said some items aren't mandatory due to benign weather conditions.
There have been years when we've trucked items to the Rosea car park for potential use later in the race.
Rulings will be made closer to the event.
~65km runners should assume there'll be a gear check at Saturday race briefing or Sunday race morning.
ITRA / UTMB Frequent Flyer Loyalty Points Scheme
No. We aren't participating.
However, if you really want the points, want to deal with the European bureaucracy and pay the Euros, then feel free to do the paperwork and get it organised.
(Some years ago a runner did this for Two Bays without even telling us.)
This is a real issue. Some carriers have very limited coverage. Telstra is generally best even if their 'service' is terrible.
Remember, you can often text where it's not possible to sustain a phone call.
Put Halls Gap into these phone coverage interactive maps to get an idea of coverage on the course.
The first model indicates pretty much no coverage on the Wonderland Range. Both models indicate no coverage on Mount Rosea. My experience using Telstra is that there's patchy coverage on the Wonderland Range and next to none on Mount Rosea.
Poles - Hiking Poles
1. If you'd like to talk about their viability please start another thread in the facebook group... or bump one of the old ones.
2. Poles aren't against the rules.
3. But we'd prefer you didn't for the safety of others. (Trip hazard for others trying to overtake on narrow sections. Eye poke hazard to people behind when on stairs, climbing sections - please stow them safely.)
4. They're useless when you're climbing rocky bits. There are times when you really need your hands.
Prizes for 2021
:-( No Podium Presentations in 2021. (It's in the Covid-Plan.)
Winners will be announced mid, the following week in the Facebook Group and mailed prizes.
Kids 2km Prizes
Please see S for Schedule, lower down for presentation times. Because the incentive to be at presentations on time is that your prizes will be reallocated to others if you aren't there.
Qualification Standards for 2021
**Special Note for 2021 Qualifiers**20km Qualification Standards:
Due to the cancellation of some events that would normally be used as qualifiers, this year the use of data links to personal runs will be accepted. I.E. LINKS to Suunto/Garmin/Strava data that could otherwise qualify under the green zone provisions. Not obscure runs on unknown terrain that make it difficult for the Judge to compare to other runners.
Qualification Standards have been introduced firstly for safety. (It's a long run, in difficult rocky terrain and access has difficulties at some points.)
Secondly to not overly test the endurance of our lovely volunteers.
Thirdly permits only last for so many hours.
Fourthly traffic management on the road crossings, First Aid and Ambulance Victoria cost heaps.
36km Qualification Standards:
-65km Qualification Standards:
For those who don't have a current qualifying time you can still enter if you think you can run a qualifier before Aug 21st 2021. The online entry procedure will give scope to write a short note re your ability and plan to run a qualifier.
Please email once you have run a qualifier stating where, when and what time you ran. (With link to official results.) People who have paid entry will have until August 16th to qualify and notify us of that qualification time/event and link.
Qualification enquiries not answered by the above... email:
If you're looking for events to qualify at:
http://www.eventlist.com.au/ . Don't just consider the biggies... Google is your friend.
For Melbourne runners one of the cheapest places to qualify is...
July Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Marathon, 30km, Half M.
If you want to do some reconnaissance in the area then Run The Gap. in May is a good option for qualifying for the Wonderland 20.
**Special Note About Trailwalker: (And other BushwalkingWithRaceNumbers events.) Trailwalker events can be used as qualifiers, but your Trailwalker time needs to demonstrate that you can cover ground at a speed sufficient to complete Wonderland Run within the cutoff times.
***Special Note about Half Marathon qualifying times. It is sub 2:30. Not 2:38-but-I-had-to-stop-twice-to-go-to-the-toilet-so-really-this-is-a-sub-2:30. If your toileting needs are such that you have to go that frequently then you are going to have go more times during Wonderland Run and not less.
If you'd like to withdraw prior to the run please email and request to be withdrawn.
The refund policy in the 20km, 36km and ~65km waiver for 2021 is quoted below ....
"In the event of withdrawal by an entrant, entry fees will be refunded less an administrative fee of $12 if the withdrawal notification is received and acknowledged by the organisers by July 23rd 2021. Less a $17.50 administrative fee if received by July 30th. Less a $22.50 administrative fee if received by Aug 6th. Less a $30- fee if received by August 13th. Less a $40.00- fee if received by 5pm August 20th. Less a $65- fee if received by August 26th. No refund will be given after August 26th. If you think this is unreasonable, you should check out the IronMan refund policies...
Merchandise ordered in on your behalf, but not yet sent can be refunded minus 22% fee to cover credit card charges, handling etc. so long as the request is received by August 21st 2021."
The policy in the Kids / 2km & 8km waiver is...
"In the event of withdrawal by an 8km entrant, entry fees will be refunded less an administrative fee of $12 if the withdrawal notification is received and acknowledged by the organisers by July 23rd 2021. Less a $15 administrative fee if received by Aug 6th 2021. Less a $20 administrative fee if received by August 21st. Less a $30- administrative fee if received by August 26th.
2km entrants can receive a 50% refund up until 3pm August 26th 2021.
Merchandise ordered in on your behalf, but not yet received can be refunded minus 22% fee to cover credit card charges, handling etc. so long as the request is received by 5pm August 21st 2021."
There are several road crossings. All on the Grampians Tourist Road.
Speed limit reduction and warning signs
will be employed, but be aware you may be delayed
a minute. Beware of cars. Traffic
Controllers will endeavour to assist you crossing,
but you should stay alert.
We are fortunate
to be allowed access to the trail to run our
event, so please make sure you leave no trace of
having been there. Take all rubbish with you or
2021 Covid Note: No Prize Presentations
4:30pm to 6:30pm Race Number packets available to be picked up at Centenary Hall near the Start/Finish area.
11:00 to 12:00 Noon. Volunteer Briefing. Only Vols in Centenary Hall.
12:00 Noon to 2pm Race Number packets available to be picked up at Centenary Hall near the Start/Finish area. (Prior to Saturday 2km and 8km runs.)
1pm Kids / 2km Venus Baths Run
2pm 8km Fyan's Flat Run
2:30pm to 4:15pm Race Number packets pickup open. Centenary Hall near the Start/Finish area.
4:15pm Arrive for briefing for ~65km run. Questions taken.
4:30 pm Strongly Recommended Briefing for ~65km run starts. Briefing finishes before 5:30pm. Gear checks available.
4:30am to 7am Race Number packets available to be picked up at Centenary Hall near the Start/Finish area.
5:00am Buses leave Centenary Hall for the ~65km startline
6:00am ~65km Start at Roses Gap
7am 20km run commences. (Wave Started)
8am 36km run commences. (Wave Started)
(Subject to Covid Planning around event time.)
20km Run. No.
36km Run. Items can be available
at Rosea CarPark (just past 9km in) and Borough
Huts Aid station. (21km)
You will need to give us your items on
Friday 4pm to 6pm or
Saturday noon to 2pm and
2:30pm to 4:15pm at Centenary Hall near
the Start/Finish area. We won't be accepting
them on Sunday morning.
We supply the tags. You supply the bags. but pre-marking your items will save you and us some time on the morning of the event.
Sweepers will be
deployed onto the course with the aim of ensuring
there's no one left on the course unaccounted for.
If you leave the trail at any time, please leave
your pack on the trail so the sweeper doesn't go
We will be using a disposable chip system that is stuck to the back of your race number. The system is very reliable, but reliability is aided by wearing your race number lower rather than higher, and by not covering it with your jacket. (Think of using a race number belt such as those popular at IronMan events.)
Transfers of Entries.
to have asked for
a transfer to 2022
by Sun 21 August.
(That means asking
for a transfer to
2022, not just
Long term is to use more of the Grampians Peaks Trail as sections open up and connect to the Wonderland area.Volunteers
If you're available, we'd love to have you. Volunteers receive a warm inner glow, a merchandise voucher and can enter a subsequent Wonderland Run or Two Bays Trail Run without paying entry fees. (Please ask for the super secret entry code prior to entering that subsequent event.)
Seriously it's volunteers who make running events possible, and most have an enjoyable day doing it. Please give it your consideration.
To check what roles are available please email....
Due to the narrow and technical nature of some of the early sections of the course wave starts are utilised in the 20km and 36km events. (And now also due to Covid social distancing measures.)
If you have ever been on a podium, or stand even a small chance of being on it, then please email about being in the first wave.
While everyone will get an accurate time, winning positions are decided by which bodies got over the line first.
1 minute gaps between waves for 2021. Waves of 10. Allocated per what you put in the reg facility as a qualifier. If you didn't put in much info, then expect a later wave.
**Could be changed depending on Covid19 situation**
Link to wave start times will be put here once waves are sorted.
Weather - What will it be?
We have no more
access to any weather
forecasting data than the BOM.
Look for Ararat and Stawell to
get an idea of the weather, then
figure it's going to be worse up
on the top of the mountains on
you wish to withdraw at any stage, you need to do
so at an aid station and notify the attendants of
your intention to withdraw. We will then do what
we can to get you away from the aid station as
soon as we can, but given the length of the event
calling friends or a cab might be the fastest