ENTRANT INFORMATION BOOK (Alphabetical Order)
Water, shops close by, toilets will be open, fair bit
of parking. Coffee Vendor.
Facilities, NO DRINKABLE WATER, toilets will be
open early, 110 car parking spaces only. See car
parking notes lower down.
Age 18 (on race day) to 99. Because if you're too old for Lego, you're too old for this. Younger age limit is about the risk profile we present to the insurance company.Aid Stations
Will be positioned per
the overview map on "The Trail" page.
There will be water,
VFuel Sports Drink, VFuel gels and first aid equipment
available at each aid station. Coke comes out for the tail
end of the 28km and the 56km return.
If you wish to have
your own equipment on hand for use at Dromana,
HyslopsRd or Boneo Rd aid stations, you can create a
"drop bag" clearly marked with your name and race
number. You need to hand these over at Dromana on the
For locations on a map
of all aid station sites please see "The Trail"
This is a Trail Run, primarily through National Parks. Cups will NOT be used or provided.
Runners must have some hydration device/bottle/camelbak/fuelbelt to carry water with them.
The Ambulance service
is not a free service in Victoria. It's your
responsibility to check your health cover and ensure
you are covered for ambulance cover in the case of an
emergency. To arrange cover with Ambulance Victoria,
Due to the run going through National Parks which are subject to closure in the event of a Code Red fire day, permits have also been sought to run the event on the following weekend, if it becomes necessary. In the event that the event can't be run on January 13th 2019, it will be rescheduled to be run on January the 20th, 2019.
We encourage car pooling where possible.
We have arranged for
limited roadside parking at the southern end of the
Cape Schanck Road. (Not normally allowed).
Further parking at the Cape Schanck end of the course can be found at Fingal Picnic Area. (1.6km north of Cape Schanck Lighthouse.) Approx 80 car spaces there.
If entered in the
56km run, entrants can change to the 28km run at
no additional charge if:
requesting a change to the 28km run on or after
December 1st 2018 will incur an $11- fee to cover the
replacement race-bib and chip.
56km Entries purchased
after Christmas are not transferable to the 28km run.
If a 28km run
entrant wishes to undertake the longer 56km run
they can do so for an extra $22-, and must fulfil the
qualification criteria for the 56km. Upgrades to
56km are available via the Merch/Extras
do we need to be notified of your wish to change?
Course is measured and
certified to PDA standards. 28km for the one way trip.
56km for the two way trip. (In reality the 28k is
If you can't complete
the 28km in under 4 hours, or the 56km in under 8
hours you should not enter that event. Why are there
Cut-Off times? See also "Q for Qualification
Standards" lower down.
outside of cutoff times will not appear in the final
Times for 56km Runners.
Dromana 3h45m after race start.
will be officially withdrawn from the event if they
have not departed on the return leg of the event by
those times listed above.
Rotten Boardwalks. There are boardwalk
sections covered in chicken wire. Large runners (80kg
plus) are advised to take it easy as some of the
boards are rotten.
First Aid for Snake Bites:
Do NOT wash the area of the bite!
It is extremely important to retain traces of venom for use with venom identification kits!
Stop lymphatic spread - bandage firmly, splint and immobilise!
The pressure-immobilisation approach is simple, safe and will not cause tissue damage (ie, from incision, injection, freezing or arterial torniquets - all of which are ineffective).
See Dr. Cheryl's
youtube video of how to do it.
Weather: It may be hot. Do not attempt this run without carrying a bottle or camelbak.
* Drink the Right
Amount of the Right Fluids
* Replace Lost Electrolytes
* Wear Appropriate Clothing
* Use Sunscreen and Avoid Sunburn
* Acclimate to the Heat
Getting lost. The course will be well marked, but fatigued runners tend to develop tunnel vision. Keep your wits about you and keep an eye out for orange markings/ribbons/cones. The Two Bays track also has official markings that are a blue wren symbol. Maps are on your race-bibs but familiarizing yourself with this map before hand could save you a lot of time on the day. Bring a mobile phone on the Telstra network so you can contact others.
If you are a GPS wearer learn how it use its features and learn how to retrace your steps using the map facility.
Obviously you could be quite some distance from the nearest marker, however if you call race organizers and can tell us how many kilometers into the run you are, we will have access to maps that help identify the number of the nearest ESTA marker.
These diagrams are of suggested routes off the course in the case of mass evacuation where many people need to get off the course immediately, time is of the essence and Emergency Services or organisers are some distance off. Most particularly think of a fire situation.
Mostly the aim is to think about getting to urban areas, roads or farmland. In the event of fire, remember to think about wind direction, where you see smoke rising from, and what terrain will be easiest to get across, and where there's least vegetation.
Parks Victoria grants us an overall cap of 1300 runners.
We make no distinction between 28km and 56km runners. Just 1300 overall.
(Usually this results in about 21% doing the 56km ultra. 79% the 28km funrun.)
The event has sold out every year of its official existence.
No we can't predict precisely when. (Generally late Nov through to late Dec, depending on the year.)
No we can't send you a personal email when its down to the last 50 entries available.
Note: Close to race day we sometimes need to close off 28km entries ahead of the 56km entries as about one hundred 56km entrants will make late changes to become 28km entrants - after the medals and racebibs have been ordered.
First Aid Providers
Colbrow First Aid
service is being used. Major locations will be at
Dromana and Cape Schanck, with visits to Rosebud
street section and Boneo Rd.
Green crosses on some peoples race numbers mean they have level 2 or higher First Aid Qualifications. If you are in a bad way appeal to them, if you have a widdle gwaze then leave them alone they are racing too.
Everyone should help a runner in serious trouble.
Two Bays Trail Run prior to the 2011 event was a FATASS event. (No Rules, No Aid, No Wimps etc.) The idea of using the trail came from Kevin C. Impetus in the early years was provided by 'Virtual'. The 2010 event saw numbers grow to 86 and the attention of the authorities was attracted. Thus the 2011 event was the 7th Two Bays Trail Run, but the first official running of the event with all the necessary permits and consultations having taken place. 2011 saw over 400 people finish. 2012 had close to 700 finishers. 2013 had over 900 finishers. 2014 & 2015 about 1000. 2016 & 2017 about 1100. 2018 had about 1300. (Event is capped by ParksVic at 1300 these days.)
ITRA / UTMB Frequent Flyer Loyalty Points Scheme
No. We aren't participating. Some interesting discussion on the matter here.
However, if you really want the points, want to deal with the European bureaucracy and pay the Euros, then feel free to do the paperwork and get it organised.
(Some years ago a runner did this for Two Bays without even telling us.)
This is a real issue. Some carriers have very limited coverage. Prior experience tells us that Vodaphone has very little coverage in the whole southern half of the course
The Telstra network
shown in the map below has fairly good coverage and we
advise using them for your safety and that of
others. Telstra 'service' totally sucks, but the
network is about as good as it gets.
Having 1000 extra
phones in the area can overload the cells in the areas
of dodgy coverage, so be aware that at Cape Schanck
you may not be able to make calls.
Local taxi drivers
advise that Optus has decent coverage.
Podium Prizes / Money
All first place getters in the 28km run and the 56km run receive free entry to Two Bays Trail Run the following year.
Bonus $50- to all place getters (first to third, F and M in both the 28km run and 56km runs) who complete visibly clad in boardshorts, Hawaiian shirts or swimwear. (that's not just, start or finish in said items). Remember there are on-course photographers. Just starting or finishing in the right gear is insufficient.
The 56km does have some prize money.
See below. Not enough to retire on, but hopefully it eases the travel and accommodation bills... but there is a minor catch....
Cheques will be mailed the Wednesday after the race to those podium people who wrote a post (not just a comment) of 50 words min about their Two Bays race in the facebook group (not to our organization page, or their personal page, or some other place) and posted it by midnight Tuesday after the race. The running public will love hearing from you under your own name. Posts made under spouses names will no longer be eligible.
Program of Events 2019
Sat 12 Jan
1pm-4pm Race Number Packet Pickup from Dromana.
Sun 13 Jan
6am Race Number Packet Pickup at both start locations.
7am All 28km runners start from Dromana.
7:10am All 56km runners start from Cape Schanck.
9:30am 28km Presentations to both M & F podium people.
10:55am Cutoff time for 56km runners to have departed Dromana on their return journey to Cape Schanck.
11am Cutoff time for all 28km runners to have finished by.
11:45am 56km Mens presentations.
12:30pm 56km Womens presentations.
3:10pm Cutoff time for all 56km runners to have finished by.
Qualification Standards for 2019
Qualification Standards have been introduced firstly for safety. (It's a long run, in summer and access has difficulties at some points.)
Secondly to not overly test the endurance of our lovely volunteers.
Thirdly we have the 56km event going on at the same time as the 28km run which presents course constraint issues. Tail end 28km runners intersect with the 56km runners at the Gardens Road reserve. (Narrow Point). Flagging 28km runners intersect with lead 56km runners at the end.
Fourthly, we'll admit that Traffic Management and First Aid cost a bomb. We can measure each quarter hour the course is kept open in hundreds of dollars.
56km Qualification Standards:
For those who don't have a current qualifying time when entries go live please enter if you think you can run one before Christmas 2018. The online entry procedure will give scope to write a short note re your ability and plan to run a qualifier.
Please then email the Judge once you have run a qualifier stating where, when and what time you ran. (With link to official results.) People who have paid entry will have until Christmas to qualify and notify us of that qualification time/event and link.
Qualification enquiries email:
If you're looking for events to qualify at then google is your friend... but as a quick guide for the majority of entrants who are from Vic, are entering the 28k and most frequently use a half-marathon as a qualifier, then there's a bunch of them to start searching for... like at the rate of 1 a week during Sept/Oct/Nov. Don't just consider the biggies...
But here are some late suggestions for Victorians trying to qualify for the 28km run.
Oct Geoff Watt Run Warragul
Nov Bendigo Fun Run
Nov Great Alpine Road, Mt Hotham
Nov Afterglow Anglesea
Nov Run for the Young - Lilydale
Dec Sussan Womens Half
Dec Gold Rush Run Hepburn Springs
**Special Note About Trailwalker: (And other BushwalkingWithRaceNumbers events.) Trailwalker events can be used as qualifiers, but your Trailwalker time needs to demonstrate that you can cover ground at a speed sufficient to complete Two Bays Trail Run within the cutoff times.
***Special Note about Half Marathon qualifying times. It is sub 2:15. Not 2:25-but-I-had-to -stop-twice-to-go-to-the-toilet-so-really-this-is-a-sub-2:15. If your toileting needs are such that you have to go that frequently then you are going to have go more times during Two Bays and not less.
Road Crossings & Sharing
There are two major
road crossings. Browns Road, and
Boneo/C777/Rosebud-Flinders Road. Cars have right of way at these , and all other
road crossings in the Two Bays Trail Run.
Latrobe Pde and the
Rosebud Street section are both Road-Sharing
Speed limit reduction and warning signs will be employed, but be aware you may be delayed a minute or so on occasion.
We are fortunate to be allowed access to the trail to run our event, so please make sure you leave no trace of having been there. Take all rubbish with you or risk disqualification.
This race is a qualifier for the Six Foot Track trail Marathon in the Blue Mountains of NSW. A sub 7hr:30min 56km run or a sub 3hr:15min run for the 28km are the qualification standards accepted.
special needs items must be dropped
at the Dromana
startline on Saturday 12th January, between 1pm and 4pm. Items
will be accepted for delivery to the
Hyslops Rd. South Aid Station, Boneo Road
Aid Station, and to be
retained at Dromana
(for the 56km runners
turning around). Don't use
your special unobtanium drink
bottles. The only means of
retrieval after the event is to send
us a postbag to have them returned.
Delivery of bags for
28km runners to their finish at Cape Schanck
will be available on race morning.
We supply the tags.
You supply the bags. but, pre-marking your items
will save you and us time.
Where the trail uses / crosses roads are the best bets. Look out for runners though!!!! And please don't drive across the course, where runners are crossing roads or using streets.
From a 28km perspective, the first 1.8km is on road up Latrobe Pde Dromana. Waterfall Gully Road provides access to runners at the 7km mark. Runners cross Browns Road at the 10km mark, and then Boneo Rd. / C777 / Rosebud-Flinders Rd (Different names for the same road) at the 22km mark.
Supporters of 56km runners would look at these locations initially in reverse order, and then later in the order given, as their runners start and finish at the Cape Schanck end of the course.
Sweepers will be
deployed onto the course with the aim of ensuring
there's no one left on the course unaccounted for. If
you leave the trail at any time, please leave your
pack in the middle of the trail so the sweeper doesn't
go past you.
We use a disposable chip system that is stuck to the back of your race number. The system is very reliable, but reliability is aided by wearing your race number lower rather than higher. Best not to have the number compressed against your body under a pack strap either, to aid first read accuracy.
ToiletsWe do get asked how many and where by entrants, so....
Dromana. Foreshore Near Permien St. 3Fpans 1Fbasin, 2Mpans 2Murinal 1Mbasin.
Dromana. Foreshore 317m from Permien St. Melbourne direction.
3Fpans 1Fbasin, 2Mpans 2Murinal 1Mbasin.
Dromana Visitor Info Centre 3Fpans 1Fbasin, 2Mpans 2Murinal 1Mbasin, 1disabled pan 1 disabled basin.
Dromana Parkland near Visitor Info Centre
Rosebud Street Section. Corner Goolgowie and Avalon 1UnisexPan 1basin
Hyslops Rd. Aid Station 1UnisexPan 1basin
Greens Bush Aid Station (Lightwood creek campground) 1UnisexPan 1basin
Boneo Rd Crossing 1UnisexPan 1basin
Cape Schanck 5Fpans 2Fbasins. 1disabledPan 1 basin, 3Mpans, 6Murinal 2Mbasins. .
Two Bays Trail Run Race markers are ORANGE ribbons pegged to trees. Road cones in the street sections. Additional signage also present at key points.
Transfers of Entries.
No. We don't do it. It's a big administrative hassle getting hold
of the new entrants full details,
emergency contacts, medical information...
which may have details they don't want the
original entrant to know, getting them to sign the
waiver yada yada yada. Given
that we refund the highest percentage of
entry fees to the latest date of any major running event then
please withdraw your entry
and ask your
event is sold out, then your
second chance procedures
we also don't
entry to the
next Two Bays,
or the next
(See W for
you next best
If you'd like to volunteer for the event we'd like to have you. On-the-day volunteers are most needed, and if you volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours, we can give you a free entry for the following year, or a special person in your life can run for free in a subsequent Two Bays or Wonderland run.
(Please ask for the super secret entry code prior to entering that subsequent event.)
All volunteers will receive some schwag, the bottle opener medallion and our gratitude.
AURA members can receive points for volunteering that count towards the Championship.
To sign up to volunteer for the 2019 Two Bays. Please fill in this form. Thankyou for being prepared to help out. The show doesn't happen without your pizzazz.Contact:
Yes it's acceptable in a trail run. Just remember,walk on left, run on right. Don't walk 2, 3 or 4 wide, no matter how well your outfits co-ordinate. Allow others to pass. To finish within cutoff most people will need to jog significant sections of the course unless they are proficient power walkers.
For 2019 there will be a single wave of 28km runners starting from Dromana at 7am and a single wave of 56km runners starting from Cape Schanck at 7:10am.
25 degrees according to this... http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_086079.shtml
"In the event of withdrawal by an
entrant, entry fees will be refunded less an
administrative fee of $12- if the withdrawal
notification is received and acknowledged by the
organisers by 4th December 2018. Less
a $17.50- administrative fee if received by 11th
December. Less a $25- administrative fee if
received by 18th December. Less a $33-
administrative fee if received by 25th Dec 2018.
Less a $40- administrative fee if received by 5th
January 2019. Less a $60- fee if received by 10th
January. No refund will be given after 10th
January 2019. No transfers of entries are
permitted between entrants. If you think this is
tough, you should compare this refund policy to
IronMan events. Refunds of optional
merchandise ordered but not yet received can be
accommodated, (minus 20% to cover credit card
fees, handling time etc.), provided the request is
received prior to 28th December 2018.