If your question is not answered here, please email us with your query.
How do I collect my race pack?
Race packs can be collected from the Frenchville Sports Club before the sportsman’s dinner on Friday 1st September 2017, from 5:00-6:30pm. Alternatively, you can pick them up before the race on Saturday 2nd September 2017 from the Frenchville State School Activity Hall from 12pm-2pm.
Can I pick up a race pack for someone else?
Providing you have a printed copy of the person’s race confirmation or written consent, this won't be a problem.
How do I wear my race bib?
Runners/walkers are asked to pin their bins to the front of their shirts. Cyclists are to cable tie their bib to the front of their bike with the ties supplied. This is to help identify competitors in photographs.
Is the race officially timed?
It sure is - we will have timing mats at the start, at the Under 11 start, and end of the course.
Do I need to take my own water with me?
You are more than welcome to carry your own hydration, but we will have 3 drink stations on course that will supply water.
Can I leave my car at the top of the mountain?
Absolutely! We encourage you to organize to leave a car at the top of the mountain so you have your own transport to get back to the bottom - we recommend carpooling where possible due to limited car parking at the top. Just remember that road closures on the mountain will be enforced at 2:30pm - which means no cars up or down. So you will need to organize your car drop off well before 2:30pm.
How do I get to the start line?
You have a few ways to get to the start line.
Have someone drop you there.
Cyclists can ride there......and runners/walkers can run/walk too if you like which will be a great way to warm up! The distance from the school to the start line is about 2km.
Buses will be running from the Frenchville State School Activity Hall car park from 12pm-2pm and can drop you at the start line.
JUNIOR COMPETITORS - must be dropped at their start lines - this transport needs to be arranged by the child's guardian.
How do spectators get to the top?
Spectators are welcome to catch one of the free buses from the School Activity Hall to the top of the mountain (between 12-2:00pm), or anywhere along the course. There are a lot of excellent places to watch from. A bus can pick you up from designated points after the race finished to take you to the top.
My child is competing as a junior competitor, do I need to stay with them?
We ask that parents arrange transport to the start line for their child (U14's start at the saddle which is half way up and U11's start 1.2km from the top of the mountain).
This year, it is required that all U11 competitors are accompanied by an adult the whole way up the mountain. U14 competitors are able to compete without an accompanying adult. There will be personal trainers and other adults to help supervise and support the junior competitors at their respective start lines.
I want to have my belongings and warm clothes taken to the top of the mountain?
Absolutely!!! It will be cold on top of the mountain, so you will need warm clothes and some money for food and drinks! There will be a bag check facility at the Activity Hall at the school. Bags will need to be checked at the bag drop between 12pm-2pm on the Saturday. This can be done by pulling the bag label of your bib and attaching it to your bag. (Not sure what to do.....just ask when you drop your bag off). Bags will then be trucked to the top of the mountain where you can collect after you finish your race. You will need to show your bib to be able to collect your bag.
What time does my race start?
There will be a race briefing at the start line at the bottom of the mountain at 2:50pm for aspiring competitors (runners, walkers, cyclists and teams). It is required that all competitors (with the exception of juniors) attend this briefing. Race briefing for accomplished athletes is at 3:20pm and open athletes at 3:50pm.
Racing will then commence with aspiring (and juniors) competitors at approx 3pm, accomplished competitors at 3:30pm and open competitors at 4:00pm.
How will I get back down the mountain?
For safety reasons, the road will remain closed until the last competitor reaches the top - we anticipate this will be around 5:30 – 6:00pm. There will be no exception to this. Once the road has been opened traffic can leave the top of the mountain (although we encourage you to stay and party with us on top of the mountain!!) We encourage you to arrange your own transportation down the mountain, however, if you don't have your own arrangements we will have some limited bus transportation to get you back to the school (limited bike trailer/ transportation available – bikes must go on the same bus as the owner). We only have a small number of buses - so please be patient! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE IS IT PERMITTED THAT CYCLISTS RIDE BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC CONTROL IN PLACE.
What will be at the top of the mountain?
For competitors, there will be a recovery area with fruit and water. We will have plenty of food and drinks (and a bar) for purchase at the top of the mountain. We would love you to stay, enjoy presentations, live music, and comedy with Steve Bradbury and celebrate all our mountain has to offer!
Will it be cold at the top of the mountain?
In past years it has been a little bit chilly at the top of the mountain when the sun starts to set. But never fear, we’ve got you covered this year. There will be space blankets and fires to keep you warm so that you can stay and enjoy the night! Don’t forget to pack some warm clothes and have them left in a car at the top, with spectators or packed at the bag check facility.
What if I need help while I am going up the mountain?
If you have any questions or require medical assistance while going up the mountain please approach one of the CTM volunteers that will be identified by a fluro vest or the SES who will be located at 1km intervals up the mountain. Medical assistance will also be available at the top of the mountain.
What are we supporting by entering Challenge the Mountain?
Funds raised by Challenge the Mountain are used to improve the infrastructure on Mt Archer. So far we have installed 2 water taps and a water tank at the saddle. Four seats along Pilbeam Drive have also been installed to encourage more people to enjoy the walk up.