Event Rules

Any runner, non-competing participant or support crew member found in breach of the race rules or otherwise behaving inappropriately may result in the disqualification of the associated runner / relay team at the discretion of the Race Director.

Registration changes

Solo entries may be exchanged and relay teams may change membership prior to the close of entries.  No changes will be permitted following the close of entries.  An administration fee of $20 applies to all changes.


Withdrawals prior to midnight, 30 June 2021 will receive a refund of 50% of their entry fee.  Subsequent withdrawals will forfeit 100% of their entry fee.


In the event of cancellation of Capital to Coast, options will be provided either to carry the registration over to the subsequent year or be refunded less sunk costs.  Due to the complex approval and logistics, if the event is unable to take place on the scheduled weekend, there is no provision for the event to be postponed.

COVID Safe Guidelines

Please follow these COVID safe guidelines on race days. This applies to all attendees at the event inlcuding race participants, support crew, volunteers, family, and friends.

  • Check in at the start of every day using the QR code provided
  • Do not attend if you feel unwell
  • Do not attend if you are required to self isolate (including awaiting a COVID test result)
  • Maintain social distancing of 1.5m from other people where possible
  • Follow good hygiene measures such as, cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue, avoid touching the face, eyes, nose and mouth, dispose of tissues hygienically
  • No hugs or hi 5s
  • Do not share drink bottles or towels
  • Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands with soap and water after running, and in particular before eating.

Check-in at the start of each stage

Each runner participating in a stage must check-in at the registration table before commencing each leg. This will also serve as a COVID check-in for entrants. Each runner must also ensure they have been recorded as finishing the stage.

Timing Chips

Each runner will receive their own personal timing chip which will be attached to a velcro strap and be placed around their ankle. All of the timing chips for each individual in a team will be assigned to the same team number. It is strongly suggested that socks are worn and the ankle strap attached over the sock. The timing chip MUST be worn throughout the stage from the Start to the Finish. Failure to wear your timing chip will be treated as a DNF for that stage – so please double check before the start of every stage. “No Chip, No Time” is the policy.


The staged race will consist of a prologue on Friday afternoon, four stages on Saturday and four stages on Sunday.  Solo participants must complete all nine stages to qualify for a finish; relay teams must have a runner complete the prologue and each of the eight stages. Multiple members of relay teams may participate in the prologue, but the team must nominate the team member whose time will count prior to the start of the prologue.

Course changes

The Race Director reserves the right to alter or cancel a stage of the event for any reason including extreme weather, fire danger, and authority approvals.

Age limits

All solo entrants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.  All participants in relay teams must be a minimum of 15 years of age.  All relay teams must include at least one adult (18+).  Runners under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian in order to participate.


Solo and team placement will be determined by total elapsed time across all nine stages.  Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: solo female, solo male, female pair, male pair, mixed pair, female relay team (3 or 4 members), male relay team, and mixed relay team.

Environmental Policy

No cups

Water and lollies will be provided at aid stations. Aid stations will be present at the midway point of all stages longer than 8 kilometres and at the finish line of all stages.  A “no cup” policy applies and runners are expected to carry their own drink containers for use at aid stations.  There are no provisions for individual drop bags at the aid stations.

No litter

The event is conducted on private property, forestry roads, in national parks and on council land.  There is a strict “no litter” policy.  There are litter receptacles provided at the start, finish and aid stations (where applicable) for use.

Runner Safety

Runners are responsible for their own safety, and to care for the safety of others when out on the course. Seek assistance from first aid and medical crew, event organisers, volunteers, and fellow runners if you need help. Help other runners in distress where required.

Runners to provide assistance

If a runner is in serious difficulty on the course, the next runner is to stop and provide assistance.  The following runner is to proceed to the nearest race official and alert the race team that assistance is required.  Runners providing assistance to a runner in distress will have their time adjusted to reflect lost time.

First Aid and medical assistance

The event has qualified First Aid and medical assistance at the start and finish area of every stage. There will also be limited medical assistance out on the course roaming each stage. For emergencies, please call triple zero 000 in the first instance, and alert the Race Director when possible.

Time limits

Time limits at the end of each stage will be strictly enforced to allow race infrastructure to be moved to the next stage.  Runners (or relay teams) who fail to meet time limits can participate in subsequent stages but will not be given an official finish.  Runners are responsible for ensuring that they are present at the start line (and have signed in) at the advertised start time for each stage – late starts will not be permitted.

Run on right

Several legs of Capital to Coast are located adjacent to public roads open to traffic.  While efforts are made to ensure that drivers are aware of runners, entrants are responsible for their own safety.  Runners are to run on the right-hand side of the road whenever possible and to give way to all traffic.

Audio devices

The use of audio/music players with headphones is at participants discretion. They should be used in a sensible and safe manner so that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

Outside assistance

Runners are to remain on the designated course – if a runner accidentally leaves the course they must re-enter the course at the same point as where they left the course.  Runners may not receive external assistance between the start and finish of a stage except at designated aid stations, from first aid officers or in emergency situations.  Only one runner from a relay team is permitted to be on course during any stage (except the prologue – see ‘Course’ above) – no pacing / muling and no changing relay runners during a stage.

Health and safety

The Race Director (and his/her delegates) have the authority to remove any runner from the race if they feel that the continued participation of the runner presents a significant risk to the health and safety of the runner, other participants, event staff, other members of the event support or entourage, or the general public.


No runner support or entourage vehicles are permitted on course during the staging of a leg unless at the instruction of the Race Director.  All vehicles are to obey applicable road laws.