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We want to make the whole HBF Run for a Reason experience easy and fun for you. To keep you running smoothly, we’ve got the frequently asked questions covered. 

Early bird price

When does the early bird price end?

Early bird prices close at midnight on Monday 13 March 2017.

Entering the HBF Run for a Reason

When do online entries close?

You can register online until midnight on Friday 26 May 2017. After that, you can register in person at the HBF Event Centre until 5pm on Saturday 27 May. 

When do branch entries close?

You can register in branch until Friday 26 May at 5pm. After that, you can register in person at the HBF Event Centre until 5pm Saturday 27 May. 

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry costs vary depending on which distance you’re doing, and we have discounts for Early bird entry, HBF health members, children and seniors. For more details, please visit the:

Are there any discounts available?


  • Early bird discounts apply to all distances and are available until Monday 13 March at midnight – don’t miss out!
  • HBF Health members receive 20% off their entry – over and above the early bird price.
  • We also offer discounts for children and seniors.

What does my entry fee cover?

The entry fee goes towards the costs associated with running organising the event including traffic management, medical and emergency services, fencing, signage, waste management, security, registrations, participant packs and timing requirements.

As you’ll know if you’ve taken part before, this is a huge event and therefore requires professional management for safety and practical reasons – so your entry fees don’t go to the beneficiary organisations. But we do encourage you to fundraise! If you’d like to raise money (or donate directly) to one of the 170 local WA health related charities that benefit from the event, you can choose to make a donation when registering or you can fundraise.

Can I enter now and pay later?

Unfortunately, entries without payment can’t be processed. Any information entered into our online system without a payment being made can’t be saved, unless it is part of a team entry.

Can I enter on the day?

Nope, sorry! And you can’t collect your Participant Pack on event day either. 

Your last chance to register and collect your Participant Pack is Saturday 27 May at the HBF Event Centre, open until 5.00pm.

Do children in prams have to be registered?

Children being pushed in prams don’t need to be registered. However, if you do register your child who will be pushed in a pram, they’ll receive participant benefits like a free event t-shirt and a medal at the finish line – so the choice is yours. 

For safety reasons, participants pushing prams must start in the Walkers and Prams Category for both the Ramsay Health Care 12km and 4km distances.

Does the HBF Run for a Reason offer refunds?

The entry fee is non-refundable under any circumstances, not transferrable and entitles participation for only the person whose name and address is on the registration.

I've got a problem with entering online.

Feel free to give us a call on the HBF Run for a Reason Hotline on 08 9482 3300 and we will help you through the process.

When do postal entries close?

The postal entry option will close on Friday 28 April. All postal packs will be dispatched by Friday 5 May.


What do "distances", "courses" and "start groups" mean?

Courses refer to the three distances - Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon, Ramsay Health Care 12km and Ramsay Health Care 4km.

Start Groups are assigned depending on the course you have entered and the time you expect to take to complete the course. This helps us prevent frustration from being caught behind a walking group when you want to run the course, or feeling like you need to go faster because you’re surrounded by speed demons!

You must start in your assigned group. If you start in a group ahead of yours, your timing device will not activate and your time will not be recorded. Event Officials will also instruct you to move back to the appropriate group.

Which start group should I choose?

Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon

We’ve only got one start group for the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon, which makes things easy!

For the other two distances, see below – choose your group based on how long you estimate it’ll take you to finish your distance on the day.

Ramsay Health Care 12km


Time Male

Time Female

Seeded Runners

Under 45 min

Under 50 min


45 min – 1 hr 10 min

50 min – 1 hr 10 min


1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min

1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min


1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

D (Walkers & Prams) 

Over 1 hr 40 min

Over 1 hr 40 min

Ramsay Health Care 4km




Under 25 min


25 min – 35 min


35 min – 45 min

D (Walkers)

45 min - 50 min

E (Prams & Families)

Over 50 mins with prams and families

What distances can I do at the HBF Run for a Reason?

Where does the course go?

Our courses all start in the heart of the City of Perth and finish at Gloucester Park, covering some of the most beautiful and iconic locations around Perth along the way. Check out the course map for each distance:

How can I join the ‘Seeded Runner’ category?

You’ll need to provide proof times from past HBF Run for a Reason or similar events to qualify for this category. For further enquiries contact or phone 9482 3300.

Are there any rules for young children?

We know that many families will want to walk (or run) the course together as part of a special day out – that’s one of things that makes it such a fun day! Please be mindful of the fact that children who intend walking or running the course must be wearing a participant bib, and be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. It is the right of the organisers to remove any person without a participant number from the course – no matter how young or cute!

Can I walk the course?

Absolutely – you’re welcome to walk the Ramsay Health Care 12km or 4km. Just make sure you select the  correct category when you enter. We have dedicated waves for walkers, families and prams so that you can take your time and enjoy the atmosphere without too many serious runners.

Unfortunately, the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon can only be completed by runners. Please also note that due to safety regulations, you’re unable to take part in any of the events on a bicycle, roller-blades or scooters.

Can I take part in a wheelchair?

Yes you can! Regular wheelchairs should start in Wave D for the Ramsay Health Care 12km and wave E for the Ramsay Health Care 4km events. Please be aware that due to the surface of the course in some areas, we don’t have a racing wheelchair section. However, if you do wish to take part in a racing wheelchair, you can get in touch with us at the HBF Run for a Reason on 9482 3300.

Is running through the tunnel bad for my health?

No it’s not – and it’s a favourite part of the course for many of our participants! The tunnel is adequately ventilated and will be closed to traffic well before the event commences to ensure that all car emissions have cleared.

Will I get a finishers medal?

Yes – everyone will receive a medal once you have crossed the finish line. 

Who should enter the 4km E Wave?

This wave has been created for people with prams or large groups of families and friends who plan to soak up the entertainment as a group at think it will take approximately 50 minutes to complete.

Participant pack

What is the participant pack?

Participant packs are like a goody bag for everyone taking part! They contain your free event t-shirt, (assuming you’re one of the first 33,000 to register), participant bib with built in electronic timing device, safety pins and a few surprise goodies too. The electronic timing device registers the time you cross the start and finish lines to calculate your time for official publication. It is attached to the back of the participant bib and can be disposed of following the event.

When will participant packs be available?

Packs will be available for collection from the HBF Event Centre. You will need a copy of your confirmation e-ticket. The HBF Event Centre at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre and is open on: 

  • Thursday 25 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Friday 26 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 27 May, 8.30am – 5pm

If you chose to have your participant pack posted when you registered, you’ll receive it via Australia Post anytime from April onwards.

Please note – if you’re in a team, your Team Captain might have opted to collect all the team packs themselves. Please check with them to confirm what they’ve organised.

Can I collect my participant pack on event day?

No, sorry! Your last chance to register and collect your Participant Pack is Saturday 27 May at the HBF Event Centre, open until 5.00pm.

Can someone else collect my participant pack on my behalf?

They sure can. They’ll need to provide ID, as well as a copy of your confirmation e-ticket.

I've lost some of the items in my participant pack – what can I do?

The essential item in your participant pack is your participant bib – we reserve the right to remove anyone not wearing one from the course. If you lose your participant number prior to event day, please visit the HBF Event Centre to arrange a replacement. If you lose your participant number on event day please visit the Information Desk located at the start area.

What do the different colour bibs mean?

Your timing device and participant bib are assigned to a starting group depending on the course you have entered and the time you expect to take to complete the course. The different coloured bibs make it easier to identify which starting group you are in.

Where’s my timing chip?

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your participant bib and you can throw it away after the event. Remember to keep your participant bib if you are planning to use public transport for your trip home as that’s your free ticket!


Does everyone receive an event t-shirt?

We’ve got free t-shirts for the first 33,000 people to enter – but supplies are limited. Sizes can’t be changed once specified during registration, so do yourself a favour and check the size guide for exact measurements.  

Can I get my name printed on my t-shirt?

Yes you sure can! Stay tuned for more information a little closer to the event.

Event day - Sunday 28 May

What time should I arrive at the start line on event day?

It’s best if you arrive about 45 minutes before the start of the event. That way, you can use any services you require (like the Bag Compound), find your starting group and you’ll still be in time to soak up the atmosphere of the start line.

Can I leave my bag somewhere on event day?

You sure can – you’ve got two options. 

  1. You can drop a bag at the HBF Event Centre in the lead-up to event day, and we will take it to the finish line for you to pick up from there. 
  2. Or, you can leave a bag in the Bag Compound at the start line which is located in Forest Place– just remember that you’ll have to collect it from the start line too. We put on free buses from Gloucester Park back into the city so you’ll have no problem collecting on the day. 

What should I wear on event day?

Your FREE HBF Run t-shirt – of course! But if you prefer you can wear your favourite running gear. Make sure your walking/running shoes fit well (and you’ve worn them before to make sure they are comfy). And bring a hat and sunscreen to slip, slop, slap.

Can I listen to music on my phone / mp3 player?

There is loads of entertainment on course, so leave the headphones at home and soak up the atmosphere!

There will be lots of requests from fellow competitors, police and marshals that you’ll need to be able to hear for your own safety and fairness of fellow participants, as you’ll be sharing the road. Also, even though the roads are closed, there will be emergency service vehicles on the course so you’ll need to be aware of motorbikes, cars and ambulances.

Will there be food and beverage outlets open before my start time?

Yes, we are working closely with cafes and the City of Perth to ensure more outlets are open, please avoid using these outlets for their toilet facilities and use the event toilets as illustrated on the start map.

Is there any entertainment at the start line?

The atmosphere at the start line can only be described as electric! We’ll be getting the music pumping, having celebrity appearances and taking you through a fun, but all-important, warm-up.

Will there be toilets available on course?

Of course. There are toilets at the start and finish line, and limited facilities are also scattered at various points throughout the course.

Is there food for sale at the finish line?

There sure is. We’ll have many food outlets in the finisher area at Gloucester Park. Whatever your mood you can grab breakfast, lunch or choose from lots of healthy snacks. Some vendors with have card payment however if not there are ATM facilities in the grandstand at Gloucester Park. 

How can I keep warm at the start area?

The best way is to wear an old jumper or jacket that you no longer need – you can leave it at the side of the start line and our volunteers will collect everything and donate it all to charity. Please don’t wear/bring any garbage bags or plastic as these can become a serious tripping hazard.

What should I eat before the race?

The best thing to have before the race is a high carbohydrate meal and plenty of water or a sports drink. 

Where can I get a drink?

There will be drink stations serving water at the start line, throughout the course and at the finish line. On water locations can be viewed on the course map of each distance:

What should I do with my participant bib and timing device?

You need to wear your bib on your chest throughout the event. The timing device is attached to the back of the bib. Please see the back of your bib for more information on how to wear these correctly – we’ll be providing safety pins in your participant pack.

What is the delay in times between the start groups?

The event will have a rolling start meaning that there will be official start times of:

  • 6.45am for the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon (21.1km)
  • 8.00am for the Ramsay Health Care 12km
  • 8.45am for the Ramsay Health Care 4km

Everyone must be in place in your appropriate starting group before the official start time of your event, and our volunteers will move you across the starting line in order. Timing devices and mats will record the time you actually cross the start and finish lines.

What happens if I start in the wrong group?

Your timing device and participant bib are assigned to a starting group within each event category. You must not start in the group ahead of yours. Timing devices are activated as you cross the starting mats.

Can I ride my bike/ skateboard/ roller blade alongside my friend who is running?

Nope, sorry! For safety reasons, the use of bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates or any other similar mode of transport is not permitted for any event with the exception of wheelchairs.

What do I do with my timing device once I cross the finish line?

Once you’ve crossed the finish line, feel free to throw it away – but remember if you want to get back on public transport for free, you’ll need to keep your participant bib.

How do I check my time?

Official records reflecting the time between when you crossed the timing mats at the start and finish lines will be available on event day at the Nine News Timing Tent, and available on the event website on Monday 29 May from midday.

Can I get a photo of myself participating in the event?

Absolutely! We’ll be snapping everyone as they cross the finish line. Photos can be viewed on this website from Tuesday 30 May, so make sure you come back and celebrate your achievement! Fees will apply if you wish to purchase a copy of the photo. There will also be lots of opportunities for you to take your own photos in the #hbfrun social media hub at the finish line. Don’t forget to #hbfrun.

What's on once I've crossed the finish line?

We’ve got lots on at the finish line this year, so stick around and enjoy the entertainment!

As soon as you’ve crossed the finish line, our volunteers will give you a complimentary bottle of Powerade Zero or Mt Franklin water, a piece of fruit and a medal. We’ll have free massages on offer, as well as a stretch and recovery zone to loosen up post-event. If you’re feeling peckish, we’ll have food outlets so you can grab a bite. And don’t forget to cheer your fellow participants as they cross the finish line!

Can I purchase my ReFuel Breakfast after I’ve entered?

Yes, if you’ve already entered, you can purchase your ReFuel breakfast here.

What does the ReFuel Breakfast include?

The takeaway breakfast will include:

  • 1 x 60gm Banana Bread
  • 1 x Carmen’s Fruit Free Muesli bar 
  • 1 x 100 gm browns yoghurt plus Spoon 
  • 1 x 100gm healthy Snack Mix
  • 1 x Zico Coconut water 

You must pre purchase this when you register for the HBF Run for a Reason. The price per person is $12. 

Can I bring my dog with me?

As much as we love furry friends, for safety reasons you can't bring your dog along. 

Getting to / from the HBF Run for a Reason

What’s the quickest way to get to the HBF Run for a Reason start line?

Take public transport! Your participant bib doubles as your free ticket to get to and from the event until 3pm on Sunday 28 May – just show it on the bus or train on the morning of the event.

Transperth will be operating special trains to the event – stay tuned for a schedule which will be available closer to event day.

How do I get home from the HBF Run for a Reason?

Included in the cost of your entry is a free shuttle bus that’ll pick you up from the finish line at Gloucester Park and drop you back at the Underground Wellington St Bus Port Make sure you hold onto your participant bib, because it’s your free ticket home on Transperth buses and trains until 3pm Sunday 28 May

Can I drive to the HBF Run for a Reason?

We encourage participants to take public transport as it’s definitely the quickest and easiest way of getting to the event! If you do want to drive though, there will be special rates at the CPP Elder Street Car Park. Be aware that there will be road closures in and around the City of Perth on event day. We’ll release information on exactly which roads are closed and how long for, closer to event day.

Which roads will be closed on event day, and how long for?

It’s necessary to close some roads on event day as they form part of the route our participants walk, jog or run. We’ll release information on exactly which roads are closed and how long for, closer to event day.

Can I cycle to the HBF Run for a Reason?

You sure can! Secure public bike parking is available in the CPP Elder Street car park, corner of Elder Street and Murray Street.

Can I take a pram on the event transport?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a pram along to the event on the free transport services, however please ensure it is folded up while onboard. As so many busses are required to transfer people out of the area some buses may be older and have stair access.

HBF Event Centre

What is the HBF Event Centre?

The HBF Event Centre is where you can collect your participant pack and find out all the information and support that you need leading up to event day. You can purchase merchandise, submit a late entry, change your course and more.

To collect your participant pack you will need a copy of your confirmation e-ticket and ID.

Where is the HBF Event Centre?

The HBF Event Centre at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre and is open on: 

  • Thursday 25 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Friday 26 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 27 May, 8.30am – 5pm

Information for spectators

Where can my friends & family watch me on event day?

What, you mean they don’t want to join in the fun on-course?! If you can’t persuade them to join you, then the best place for them to head is the Cheer Zone directly outside Gloucester Park. They’ll be able to cheer you on as you’re headed towards the final straight, and then meet you once you’re finished to join all the fun in the finish area.

The best places to join in the fun are listed below

Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon

  • Kings Park
  • Riverside Drive
  • Plus, the below 12km spectator points

Ramsay Health Care 12km

  • Burswood Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Causeway

Ramsay Health Care 4km

  • Riverside Drive

If you choose to spectate, please check the road closures closer to the event as many of the above locations are only accessible by foot.

Make a plan. Event day can be hectic so be sure to organise a meeting point beforehand.

Where can I meet my friends after the event?

We’ve got an A-Z meet and greet area, so stick to the letter of your surname and your friends can find you there! View the Finish map here.


I've got a problem with my fundraising page.

Get in touch with Everyday Hero at their hotline: 1300 798 768.

I want to start fundraising for a charity but they aren't yet affiliated?

HBF Run for a Reason allows participants to raise funds for WA health related charities. There are over 170 registrered charities with new ones being added all the time. If you know of a WA health related charity that is not registered please contact the charity directly. Charities can't be added by participants. Charities must contact HBF Run for a Reason where more information will be given on how to get set up on Every Day Hero.

Team and Corporate Information

Do I need to pick up my participant pack if I am a member of a team?

If your team is made up of less than 15 people, then either your Team Captain can pick your pack up for you, or you can do it yourself. Ask your Team Captain what they opted for.

If you’re in a team of more than 15, your Team Captain has to pick up everyone’s participant packs, so you’ll need to speak to them.

Some members of our team are in different start groups, can we all start together?

Sorry, but you’ll need to stick to your assigned group to start, to prevent any frustration from being surrounded by people going at a different speed from you. If you start in a group ahead of the one you’re assigned to, your timing device won’t activate and your time will not be recorded. Our event officials will also instruct you to move back to the appropriate group.

Does every team member need to take part in the same distance?

Teams can include participants across all three distances and waves. 

Free training sessions

What training do you recommend before event day?

Prepare for this year’s HBF Run for a Reason with eight weeks free training run by HBF Fitness, starting 1 April. With 17 outdoor locations and four group fitness levels to choose from, it’s never been easier to turn your reason into reality. Find out more 


Where can I purchase merchandise?

Merchandise can be purchased online or at the Event Centre. Please note that there will be a limited range at the Event Centre, so get in quick!

Can I purchase merchandise after I’ve entered?

Yes you can, merchandise is also available for sale after the you’ve entered. Buy merchandise

If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit the HBF Event Centre.