FAQs

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. 

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General Information

What is the HBF Run for a Reason?

The HBF Run for a Reason is the biggest walking, jogging and running event in WA. It’s truly a community event, bringing together people of all ages and levels of fitness that thrive on the opportunity to run for their reason. Whether that reason be achieving personal fitness goals or fundraising for a local health charity, the event is guaranteed to be a day of fun with family and friends. Over the last five years, the event has raised more than $5 million for over 170 local health-related charities.

When is the HBF Run for a Reason?

The event will take place on Sunday, 22 May 2016. Start times include:

  • Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon at 6.45am
  • Ramsay Health Care 12km at 8.00am
  • Ramsay Health Care 4km at 8.45am

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When do entries close?

Online entries close at 5pm on Friday, 20 May 2016.

HBF Branch entries close on Friday, 13 May 2016.

After that, you can enter in person at the HBF Event Centre until 5.00pm on Saturday, 21 May 2016.

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How much does it cost to enter?

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

Are there any discounts available?

Absolutely! HBF health members receive 20% off their entry. We also offer discounts for children and seniors. You can see a full list of discounts on the entry fees page. ​

What does my entry cover?

The entry fee goes towards the costs associated with 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 WA health related charities that benefit from the event, you can choose to make a donation when registering or you can fundraise.

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

Courses refer to the three distances :

  • Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon
  • Ramsay Health Care 12km
  • 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.

There are no start groups for the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon,

Which start group should I choose?

There are no start groups for the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon, which makes things easy!

For the other two courses, 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

Category

Time Male

Time Female

Seeded runners

Under 45 min

Under 50 min

A

45 min – 1 hr 10 min

50 min – 1 hr 10 min

B

1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min

1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min

C

1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

D (Walkers and Prams)

Over 1 hr 40 min

Over 1 hr 40 min

Ramsay Health Care 4km

Category

Time

A

Under 25 min

B

25 min – 35 min

C

35 min – 45 min

D (Walkers and Prams)

Over 45 min

What are the cut off times for each distance?

Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon

  • 7.15am Thomas Street
  • 7.30 Entry into Kings Park/Saw Ave
  • 8.00am Mounts Bay Road
  • 8.45am Mitchell Freeway
  • 9am Mitchell Fwy/Malcom St overpass
  • 9.25am Tunnel entrance (west)
  • 10.30am Graham Farmer Fwy/Victoria Park Dve
  • 11am Burswood Park
  • 11.30 Causeway (east end)

12KM 

  • 9am Mitchell Fwy/Malcom St overpass
  • 9.25am Tunnel entrance (west)
  • 10.30am Graham Farmer Fwy/Victoria Park Dve
  • 11am Burswood Park
  • 11.30 Causeway (east end)

4KM 

  • Participants must reach Gloucester Park by 10.30am

What happens if I miss the cut off time?

Course marshals will direct you onto the foot path and you can continue your distance to Gloucester Park.

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 us:

08 9482 3300

Start groups

There are no start groups for the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon, which makes things easy!

For the other two courses, 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

Category

Time Male

Time Female

Seeded runners

Under 45 min

Under 50 min

A

45 min – 1 hr 10 min

50 min – 1 hr 10 min

B

1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min

1 hr 10 min – 1 hr 25 min

C

1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

1 hr 25 min – 1 hr 40 min

D (Walkers and Prams)

Over 1 hr 40 min

Over 1 hr 40 min

Ramsay Health Care 4km

Category

Time

A

Under 25 min

B

25 min – 35 min

C

35 min – 45 min

D (Walkers and Prams)

Over 45 min

Can I enter now and pay later?

Unfortunately, entries without payment can’t be processed. After your entry is processed you will receive a registration confirmation email. 

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Can I enter on event 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, 21 May at the HBF Event Centre, open until 5.00pm.

Does everyone receive an event t-shirt?

We’ve got free t-shirts for the first 30,000 people to register – 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.

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 – so the choice is yours.

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

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Do children in wheelchairs have to be registered?

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

For safety reasons, participants pushing wheelchairs must start in the Walkers and Prams Category (D) for both the Ramsey Health Care 4km and 12km distances.

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!

Will I get a finishers medal?

Yes – everyone will receive a medal. Please look out for the Medal Collection Area at the finish to collect yours on event day. 

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 my fundraising page.

Get in touch with Everyday Hero at their hotline:

1300 798 768.

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.

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 – just show it on the bus or train on the morning of the event.

Transperth will be operating special trains to the event. View train time table

How do spectators get from the start line to the finish line?

The spectator bus stop is located in the CBD on the corner of Wellington Street and Pier Street. Buses will commence from 8am taking spectators from the CBD to the Finish Zone at Gloucester Park. Cheer on your friends and family as they cross the finish line. 

This is free for spectators and participants.

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 into the City of Perth, close to Perth Train Station. Make sure you hold onto your participant bib, because it’s your free ticket home on Transperth buses and trains.

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.

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.

Preparing for the HBF Run for a Reason

Can I bring my pet to the HBF Run for a Reason?

As much as we’d love to, we can’t allow participants to bring their pets on course. They are also not allowed into Gloucester Park which means spectators need to leave their pets at home too.

If you’ve got an assistance dog, you’re more than welcome to take part with it on course and bring it to Gloucester Park. Please contact the HBF Run for a Reason Hotline on 08 9482 3300 to make the necessary arrangements.

What training do you recommend before event day?

We’ve got tailored training guides to help you prepare for the event – whatever your distance, and whatever your level of fitness.

We also run a free eight-week outdoor training program, just head to the training page for more information.

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 30,000 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 Individual 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 is open on^: 

  • Thursday 19 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Friday 20 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 21 May, 8.30am – 5pm

If you choose to have your Participant Pack posted when you enter, you’ll receive it via Australia Post anytime from mid April onwards.

^Subject to change.

When will Team Participant Packs be available?

Your Team Captain might have opted to collect all the team packs themselves. Please check with them to confirm what they’ve organised and forward them your e-ticket to bring to the HBF Event Centre.

The HBF Event Centre is open on^:

  • Thursday 19 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Friday 20 May, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 21 May, 8.30am – 5pm

If you chose to have your Participant Pack posted when you entered, you’ll receive it via Australia Post anytime from mid April onwards.

Large groups of 10 or more people who have opted for Team Captain’s to collect packs will be held at the Teams Desk for ease of collection.

Teams under 10 people in size will not be packed together. To collect these packs, please attend the regular pack collection desks with all e-tickets.

^Subject to change

Can I collect my Participant Pack on event day?

No, sorry! Your last chance to register and collect your Participant Pack is Saturday, 21 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.

Where is the HBF Event Centre?

This year, the Event Centre is located at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre: 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth 6004.

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.

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.

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!

Can I buy HBF Run for a Reason merchandise?

Yes you can – the official Brooks HBF Run for a Reason merchandise is available either online as part of the registration process (until Tuesday 10 May). Please note a limited range will be available at the HBF Event Centre.

View the range here.

Event Day

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 Drop), 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.

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.

Or, you can leave a bag in the Bag Compound at the start line which is located at the General Post Office in Forest Place in the City of Perth – just know 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?

Free event t-shirt – of course! 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’s even more entertainment along the course in 2016, 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 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. Check out the course map for details, and rest assured they will be well signed on the day.

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 celeb appearances and taking you through a fun, but all-important, warm-up.

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.

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
  • 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 are available here

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 Wednesday 25 May, so make sure you come back and celebrate your achievement! Fees will apply if you wish to purchase a copy of the photo.

Finish area

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 and a piece of fruit. 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!

Are there prizes available on event day?

The HBF Run for a Reason is all about taking part and enjoying the fun with your friends, we have a small number of prizes which will be awarded on event day:

Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon 

  • 1st Place (male & female) $1500
  • 2nd Place (male & female) $1000 
  • 3rd Place (male & female) $500 

Ramsay Health Care 12km

  • 1st Place (male & female) $1000
  • 2nd Place (male & female) $500 
  • 3rd Place (male & female) $250

Ramsay Health Care 4km

  • 1st Place (male & female) $500
  • 2nd Place (male & female) $250 
  • 3rd Place (male & female) $100

Woodside Team Challenge

  • Highest Team Fundraiser $1000 to your nominated charity, plus trophy
  • Largest Corporate Team $1000 towards your choice of wellness activities or charity, plus trophy
  • Largest School Team $1000 of sporting equipment, plus trophy
  • Largest Social Team $1000 to your nominated charity, plus trophy
  • Largest Charity Team (new category for 2016) $1000 to your charity, plus trophy

Other Prizes 

  • Highest Individual Fundraiser – $250 The Athlete’s Foot voucher and $250 to your charity of choice.

What food and drink options are available?

At HBF we realise everyone has deserves something to eat or drink no matter how far your run, jogged or walked! In 2016, we have more options than ever, including:

  • Recharge Zone – leave your money at home and pre-purchase your Recharge Breakfast during the registration process. 
  • Chill Out Zone – bring your cash and enjoy a variety of trucks for you to purchase food & drinks on the day. 
  • Food Trucks – Just in case you missed the food trucks in the Chill Out Zone, there are more options before you leave Gloucester Park
  • Corporate Hospitality – Are you a larger group or team, pre purchase a sit down breakfast in one of the many dining rooms overlooking the Finish Line. 

See the Finish area map here.

What is the Recharge Zone

New for 2016! Pre purchase your Recharge Breakfast online when you enter the HBF Run for a Reason and we’ll have your breakfast ready when you cross the finish line. Grab some breakfast and enjoy the comforts of this ticketed area and the 96fm DJ.

The Recharge Breakfast costs $12 and will include a variety breakfast items including: frittata, muesli, yoghurt, pastries and muffins.

Please note the recharge area is sold out. 

Can I purchase my ticket to the Recharge Zone on Event Day?

Unfortunately not, entry is only available by advanced purchase. Please note the recharge area is sold out. 

How do I collect my Recharge Zone ticket?

We don’t want you to be weighed down with lots of items for HBF Run. Your Recharge Zone Ticket won’t be available at the Event Centre nor posted out. Your name and bib number will be on a guest list when you arrive at the Recharge Zone. On entry will be given a wrist band for the Recharge Zone.

Is my Recharge Zone ticket transferable?

We recognise that sometimes your plans change, so yes, your Recharge Zone ticket is transferable. Simply provide your friends name and bib number for entry into the Recharge Zone area at Gloucester Park.

What is the Chillout Zone?

We understand that sometimes after the HBF Run for a Reason you just want to grab something to eat or a coffee. In 2016, the Chillout Zone will have lots of food trucks providing you with a wide selection of healthy breakfast options.Please remember these food trucks only accept cash.

What is the Corporate Hospitality?

Open to groups of any size, enjoy a more substantial breakfast overlooking the Finish Line.

To discuss your team’s hospitality options, please call 9482 3300 or email enquiry@hbfrun.com.au

What is the Retail Zone?

The Athlete’s Foot & Brooks will have a small range of footwear and accessories available for purchase at the finish.

What is the Partner Zone?

This is a meeting point for select supporters of HBF Run for a Reason.

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 new 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 and shown on the course map.

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 as many of the above locations are only accessible by foot.

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.

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 people, 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.

Are there any incentive prizes available for team captains?

Absolutely! We recognise that sometimes you need a little encouragement to get your team together.

New for 2016, the Woodside Team Challenge is providing prizes for you to grow your team based on the number of team members:

  • 20 members: Your team captain will receive a double pass (2) for the Recharge Breakfast in the Recharge Zone (valued at $25)
  • 40 members: Your team captain will receive a $50 voucher from The Athlete’s Foot
  • 60 members: Your team captain will receive a $100 voucher from OPSM

Terms and conditions apply.

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

Teams can include participants across all three distances. 

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