We take your safety very seriously on the Surf Coast Trek and we’ve put in place specific measures to ensure this.
Before you can participate in the trek all registrants will need to sign our waiver which will include your details and an emergency contact as well as other relevant information.
Each participant will be required to wear a bib displaying their trek number (this is included as part of your registration kit, available for pick up or mail out from March 15). This is so we can identify participants quickly and check you in/out at each rest stop/ check point.
We recommend all participants have current Ambulance Cover in case of an emergency. Many participants haven’t walked 40kms before, and we would hate for you to not be covered in case something were to occur on the day i.e. sprain, fainting, sunstroke.
We also emphasise that the trek is a walking event- not a run!
Safety considerations, rest stops, nutrition and logistics have been planned to be appropriate for walking speeds of between 4 and 7km/hour. We cannot accommodate runners.
Get Trek Set
What to bring, wear and eat.
What to bring:
- Small back pack to carry your essentials. i.e. water, food/snacks and first aid kit.
- A mini First Aid kit- this should include band aids, blister treatment items such as blister tape, pressure bandage in case of sprains, paracetamol, as well as any personal medications. There will be first aid teams on the trek to assist if and where needed.
- Insect repellent
- Around 2 litres of water- depending on weather forecast. Water will be available at rest stops. Camelbak hydration backpacks are a great way of carrying your water and your other essentials.
- Food (more details below)
- Personal identification
Items you must carry:
- Mobile phone- make sure its fully charged before hand. Consider bringing along a portable charger with you.
- Reusable Drink Bottle- disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the Trek
- Trek Map- provided in your Trek Pack to ensure no one gets lost along the way.
- Safety Briefing – provided in your Trek Pack which contains a list of important contacts and cut off times for the event.
- Trekking poles
- Camera- to capture some of the beautiful scenery along the way
- iPod/music player- if you’re trekking alone, music might help you get into a good rhythm.
What to wear:
Above all- something comfortable!
- Shorts or leggings, T-shirt /shirt (your Trek T.shirt) long sleeve if hot.
- Trek Cap – for shade or warmth, depending on the forecast.
- Raincoat – weather dependant
- Comfortable trail runners / boots- you’ll need to test your footwear prior to the event in different conditions to find out what works best for you. (Generally trail runners are recommended for dry conditions, boots for wet weather and should be worn in for approximately 12 weeks prior to the event)-
- Double layered good quality socks + spare pair, moisture wicking. – see more foot preparation here
- Warm fleece – weather dependant
What to eat
It’s a good idea to eat a carbohydrate rich meal the night before such as pasta, add some protein- chicken or fish is good, then top up on event morning with a slow release carbohydrate breakfast such as porridge.
Food to pack for the journey should include carbohydrate rich, non-messy foods like:
- Museli bars (supplied at Rest Stops)
- Bananas (supplied at Rest Stops)
- Jelly beans
- Salty snacks
- Trail mix
- Energy gels
Some limited snack options (such as lollies, fruit cake and fruit) will available at the rest stations.
It’s very important to keep hydrated especially if the weather is hot. Sip regularly from water and / or diluted sports drinks. Water will be available at all the Rest Stops.