FAQs 2023

Our event will be Covid Safe — we will be adhering to all protocols on the day and you can read our current Covid Event plan here*

*Note this plan is subject to change.


Will I get a refund if the event is cancelled due to Covid?

Yes, refunds will be issued via Eventbrite — however, you will lose your Booking Fee which is incorporated into the price of your ticket.


The start* & finish line is located at the Camp Reserve, Forest Street, Castlemaine.

* the half marathon start is from Maldon — participants will leave from Castlemaine station after a briefing at the Camp Reserve.


When do I get my bib?

Bibs for all races are collected on the day at the pre-registration marquee.


Can I register on the day?

Yes! There are a limited number of registrations we can process on the day between 1:00 & 3:30 pm. No registrations will be accepted after 1:30 pm for the half marathon and we strongly recommend that you register online beforehand for this event as tickets are limited.


When does the early bird registration period end?

Earlybird tickets for all events are available until midnight Friday 8th September 2023, at 11.30pm


Who can use the concession code during online registration?

The concession price is for full-time students, healthcare card and pension card holders only. You will be asked for your concession card number for your discount to be applied.


Is there a family discount?

No. We offer an under-15s ticket for the 5 km race only. However, any child under 10 years of age or younger on race day may run for free, but will not be timed. If you wish for your child to be timed then they must pay the standard entry fee.


If I have registered for the 5 or 10 or 21 km event and want to participate in Run Bird Run, do I have to register for that event as well?

No. This year, entry into the 5 or 10 or 21 km distance automatically entitles you entry into Run Bird Run. We ask you to keep your bib on so we can identify you quickly.


Do you have storage facilities?

YES. We will have bag check-in available at the Camp Reserve. For those running the 21 km event, there will be a free bag transfer from Maldon to Castlemaine, where belongings will be held in a secure location.

Can I push a pram in the event?

Yes, but we ask you to be mindful and start towards the back of the group.


Where will the first aid stations be?

Mobile on the course. Ask the nearest Race Marshall for assistance.


Will there be water available?

Yes. There will be water stations set up around the courses. Details to be announced: please check out social media feeds.
We also encourage you to bring your own water bottle!


What do I do if I have an emergency during the event?

We ask that all participants record their name, address, any existing medical conditions or allergies, and emergency contact details on the back of their bib so that one of our many race marshalls positioned over the course can alert the health officials and or the CFA crews we have standing by.



There are a number of toilets at the Camp Reserve, these will be clearly signposted. There are toilets at Castlemaine & Maldon stations (for the half marathon runners). There is also a toilet and drinks stop at Muckleford Station approximately 1/2 way distance on the half marathon course. For 5 km runners & Walkers there are several toilets with the Castlemaine Botanicals Gardens. All will clearly signposted.


Where can I park my car?

This year, there will be no parking in the Camp Reserve. Parking along Forest Street & Gingel Street will be limited too however, there is ample parking & at Castlemaine station with car parks on Kennedy Street & Gingel Street (opposite the Railway Hotel).