1. When do registrations close?
    Standard registrations close Sunday 10th at midnight. You may register with a Late Entry up until 8AM Race day, November 17th.
  2. Can I enter on the day?
    You can purchase a Late Entry ticket up until 8AM on Race day.
  3. Is the course wheelchair friendly?
    Yes, wheelchairs may participate in any of the events. Prams are restricted to the 5km Family Walk only.
  4. Can I purchase a family ticket?
    family discount of 10% will be applied to all families with at least 3 participants. (This can be either 2 parents + 1 or more children, or 1 parent with 2 or more children) Maximum of 6 per family. Families do not need to all be competing in the same event.
  5. Can I get a refund if I don’t participate?
    There are no refunds for this event. This includes non-participation in case of injury or sickness.
  6. Do I need to wear my race bib during the event?
    You must wear your race bib at all times during the event. It must be pinned to the front of the runner/walker and be clear and visible.
  7. Can I change events from the one I first entered?
    You may upgrade or downgrade at a cost of $15 administration fee. This needs to be done at bib collection at The Running Company.
  8. Are there wave starts or pacers?
    There will not be any wave starts. The Half Marathon, 10km and 5km run will operate on a self seeding system. Please place yourself at the start line accordingly and be aware of others. For example, if you plan to run over 60mins (for 10km event) or over 30mins (for the 5km event), place yourself approximately mid way.
  9. Can I enter or join a team?
    You can enter a team or join a team in the registration process.
  10. How do I register my school/business for the event?
    Please register your school or business as a Team via RegisterNow.
  11. Is there a cut off time?
    If you are running the Half Marathon you will need to ensure you have crossed back over Sturt Street on your second lap prior to 10:50am. All other participants must be finished by 10:50am. If you are still on course after this time, you will be asked to move to the footpath to complete the event.
  12. Can I run with my dog?
    For the dog lovers who wish to compete in Petstock 5km Run or Family Walk, you must purchase a Petstock Pet Pass for $5. The pet pass will come with a Petstock dog lead and some clean up bags in case your lovable pooch does some business on the course.For the Health and Safety of your dog and other competitors, dogs are not permitted in the 10km and Half Marathon events and therefore pet passes will not be available.
    Please note: All Dogs must be on a lead and runners must carry poo bags with them at all times.
  13. Can I run with a pram?
    Unfortunately Prams are not allowed for the running events, however prams are welcome in the 5km Family Walk.
  14. Can I run with headphones?
    It is advised that you do not run with your earphones or music. Runners and participants need to be able to hear instructions from marshals and volunteers.
  15. Can my friend support me on a bike?
    There are no bikes allowed on course. Scooters, roller skates or skateboards are also not allowed on the course.
  16. Will there be drink stations?
    There will be two drink stations on course at 3kms and 7kms. These stations will have water only. There are also a number of existing drink taps around Lake Wendouree for participants to use.
  17. Will there be a warm-up?
    There will be a warm up lead by Fernwood Ballarat for the 5km run, 5km Family Walk and Kids Dash.
  18. How do I collect my race bib and merchandise?
    Collection of race bibs and merchandise will be available from The Running Company between Thursday 14th Nov  from 3pm – 5:30pm and Friday 5th November from 10am – 5:30pm. Alternatively, you may pick up your bib on Saturday 16th from 12pm to 4pm or Sunday 17th November from 6:30am to 8:30am from the Ballarat Foundation tent at the race village at Victoria Park.
  19. Why don’t I receive a t-shirt?
    Your registration for Run For A Cause does not include a free t-shirt. The first 2,500 participants to enter the running events will receive a free pair of Steigen socks. T-shirts are available to purchase via the website.
  20. Can someone collect my bib on my behalf?
    You may allocate someone to pick up your bib, provided they have a copy of your confirmation email.
  21. Will I receive a medal?
    All participants in all events will receive a medal.
  22. Are there prizes for winners?
    There will be many prizes given out during the event that are race specific, event wide and for our different challenges running this year. For more details please check out our Fees and Prizes page.
  23. Where can I leave my bag?
    A bag drop will be located at the Ballarat Foundation tent. Please do not leave valuables in your bag as volunteers cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
  24. Will there be food/beverages and entertainment at the event village?
    Yes! There will be food and coffee vans at the event village. Participants are free to chill out and refuel after the run. There will also be some fun entertainment and music on the main stage, as well as displays and games for kids to interact in.
  25. Are spectators welcome?
    Spectators are more than welcome to attend and cheer their loved ones on.
  26. When will I receive my result?
    Results will be available via a link on our website to Tomato Timing within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.
  27. How much of my registration goes to charity and which charities?
    100% of your entry fee goes to Charity. Half of your fee will go to the Ballarat Foundation to cover event costs, whilst the other 50% will go directly to the Cause of early childhood, split evenly between the Ballarat Reads and a charity partner of your choice. Our charity partners include – Eureka Mums, Uniting Ballarat, Ballarat Community Health, Eureka Community Kindergarten Association, Ballarat Toy Library and Playgroup Victoria.