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 entries 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.


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.  Each member of a team must complete at least one leg on Saturday and at least one leg on Sunday (i.e., no rest days).  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 or fire danger.

Entry limits

Council and National Park approvals limit the field to a total of 80 runners participating in any stage (e.g., 40 solo runners and 40 runners as part of relay teams).  Once the field is full, prospective participants can be added to a waiting list by emailing the Race Director (see Contact C2C page).

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 or 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, sports drink and fruit / lollies will be provided at an aid station at (approximately) the midway point of all stages longer than 8 kilometres and a similar aid station will be available 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.

Sign in

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

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 adjcaent 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

Runners are strongly discouraged from wearing audio devices at any time and audio devices are not to be worn when running on open roads.

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.

First aid

Pearce Performance is providing first aid services to the event.  Runners concerned about continued participation should consult with Billy or Rhian.

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.

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.