Ensure that you are in good health and that you do not have any illness that will hinder your ability to complete the event. It is your responsibility to monitor your health and condition during the event and to withdraw from the event if you are no longer fit enough to continue. Whether you have a medical condition or not, if you feel unwell on race day – don’t race.
If you have any known medical condition (such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to penicillin, etc.) please ensure you have written all your medical details including any medication on the back of your race bib, include your Medicare number, next of kin and emergency contact details. This is not just an administrative request, it could be a matter of life and death in an emergency.
Apart from staying hydrated, competitors must take responsibility for their own nutritional needs and safety during the event. Read the document ‘Running safely on trails in FNQ’. Ensure you know how to deal with a snake bite. Carry the mandatory gear – two compression bandages* and a whistle. The SES may be in attendance at the event, but they may be a considerable distance from you. A basic first aid kit and a satellite/mobile phone are available at each checkpoint. If you get injured, you must attract the attention of others out on the course.
*The compression (snake) bandages must be Elastoplast or Handy’s heavy crepe bandages (10cmx2.3m) for strong, secure bandaging. Triangular bandages, small crepe bandages, etc. are of little use in treating snake bites.