Keeping you safe

Mandatory Gear

The minimum gear that all runners must carry

Stay safe during the race

While we hope you have nothing but fun on The Guzzler course, sometimes things go wrong. The mandatory gear that every runner must carry will help reduce the risk of anything happening or, if it does, will improve your chances of a smooth rescue and recovery.

Please note, this is gear you MUST carry. For you comfort, please consider the weather conditions on race day and carry whatever gear you feel you need to keep you happy through the event. 

Click on each item if you'd like more details and feel free to contact us at The Trail Co. if you'd like more guidance.

100km Mandatory Gear
Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water

This may be in the form of a reservoir, soft flasks, bottles or any combination of these.

You don't need to have 2L of water in there at all times (after all - you should be drinking it!) but do need to be able to carry that much to ensure you can safely complete the distance between each checkpoint.

Race Number

Will be supplied at registration. Bibs must be visible on your front at all times for the timing chip to work and for your safety.

Bibs will include your timing chip, your name (for early entries), and a unique number. 

Mobile phone

Every runner must carry a working mobile phone. Please ensure it is fully charged before starting the Event and that emergency and event phone numbers are saved and easily accessible.

For international guests, you may need to purchase an Australian SIM to use during the event or may be able to access an Australian network using roaming. 

In case we need to contact you while you are out on course, please log back in to the registration platform prior to race day and ensure the number of the phone you intend to carry is up to date in the Event Contact Details section.

Waterproof bags

Dry Sacks will keep your gear protected from rain and sweat, protecting it from damage and ensuring it will be dry if you need to put any of it on.

You can use one large sack or several small ones. Zip lock bags are acceptable if they are in good condition and can be fully sealed.

High-Vis Vest

This must be used by participants at all road crossings after dark. 

The vest must be worn over the top of all clothing and packs with your race bib worn over the top of the High-Vis vest. 

Vests must display Class "D/N" on the tag as well as one of the following:
AS/NZS 4602:1999  
AS/NZS 4602:2010
AS/NZS 4602.1:2011

Headlight

All runners carry a headlight, regardless as to whether you think you'll be running in the dark. If you become lost, ill or injured, you may be out there much longer than intended.

A minimum brightness of 300 lumens is recommended in order to run on dark trails.

Backup Light

A small backup light must be carried to allow runners to continue walking to safety, should their main light fail.

Compression Bandage

Compression bandages will be useful in the event of a snake bite or sprain, if applied correctly. It is advisable that you learn how to use a compression banadge, and other basic first aid, before beginning the event. 

As a minimum, the compression bandage must a heavy-weight, crepe bandage that is 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long (when unstretched). 

Compass

A working compass, designed for Southern Hemisphere use, must be carried in case runners become lost and need to re-orient themselves.

Please take some time to find out how to use it before race day. GPS watch compasses are allowed but you must ensure that you know how to access it quickly and that your watch will have battery by the time you cross the finish line (eg if compasses are part of a random gear check, will you be able to access you at all times?).

The Trail Co. sells some very compact and inexpensive compasses.

Emergency Whistle

An emergency survival whistle will allow you to make yourself more audible to rescuers than simply yelling can achieve.

It must not use a 'pea' to create a sound as these can become sticky causing the whistle to fail - that means no sports whistles. 

Many running packs include a whistle and The Trail Co. also sells some small, inexpensive whistles that can be attached to your pack.

Emergency Blanket

If you become too injured or ill to continue, an emergency blanket will prevent hypothermia while waiting for rescuers. 

The Trail Co. sells some inexpensive Emergency Blankets.

Course map

High resolution versions of the course maps will be available for you to download onto your phone or for printing.

If you intend to carry them in your pack, it is advisable to use clear contact paper or a sealed plastic sleeve to protect them from damage due to rain or sweat.

Thermal Top

This must be a long-sleeved, thermal base layer made of polypropylene or wool which will keep the participant warm in addition to their race clothing. 

Cotton, Coolmax, lycra, compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable to be used as the 'Thermal Top'.

Waterproof Jacket

A good-quality waterproof jacket will keep you dry while allowing sweat to escape. It can also be useful for added warmth or protection from the wind.

At a minimum, the jacket must fit you and be fully seam-sealed, waterproof, and not include any large mesh vents, even if covered by flaps. Minimal underarm vents are allowed. 

Spare food portion

An extra portion of food (eg gel, bar, sandwich), must be carried at all times in addition to the fuel you intend to use if all goes to plan.

This extra portion may prove vital if you are ill or injured and find yourself taking longer to reach the next checkpoint than expected, or if you are waiting some time for aid to reach you. 

 

Gear that is mandatory in certain situations:

Waterproof pants

If heavy rain is predicted, runners will need to carry Waterproof Pants. We will inform you the afternoon before Event day, via email, if these become a mandatory item.

This item must be waterproof but does not required taped seams or breathability.

Fleece

If temperatures are expected to reach less than 5 degrees overnight, runners will need to carry a Fleece. We will inform you the afternoon before Event day, via email, if these become a mandatory item.

Fleece jackets or jumpers must be 100-weight or equivalent.

 

50km Mandatory Gear

While the Glass Half Full is half the distance of The Guzzler, you can still push yourself hard, sustain injuries or, if you're not looking at the well placed signs, get lost! While you hopefully won't need it, here is a list of gear that all 50km runners must carry with them.

Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water

This may be in the form of a reservoir, soft flasks, bottles or any combination of these.

You don't need to have 2L of water in there at all times (after all - you should be drinking it!) but do need to be able to carry that much to ensure you can safely complete the distance between each checkpoint.

Race Number

Will be supplied at registration. Bibs must be visible on your front at all times for the timing chip to work and for your safety.

Bibs will include your timing chip, your name (for early entries), and a unique number. 

Mobile phone

Every runner must carry a working mobile phone. Please ensure it is fully charged before starting the Event and that emergency and event phone numbers are saved and easily accessible.

For international guests, you may need to purchase an Australian SIM to use during the event or may be able to access an Australian network using roaming. 

In case we need to contact you while you are out on course, please log back in to the registration platform prior to race day and ensure the number of the phone you intend to carry is up to date in the Event Contact Details section.

Waterproof bags

Dry Sacks will keep your gear protected from rain and sweat, protecting it from damage and ensuring it will be dry if you need to put any of it on.

You can use one large sack or several small ones. Zip lock bags are acceptable if they are in good condition and can be fully sealed.

Headlight

All runners carry a headlight, regardless as to whether you think you'll be running in the dark. If you become lost, ill or injured, you may be out there much longer than intended.

A minimum brightness of 300 lumens is recommended in order to run on dark trails. If you are certain you will be off the trails by night time (sunset is at 17:17), a less bright light will suffice BUT make sure it is still bright enough to see course markings AND navigate rough trails at night should your race plan go wrong. 

Compression Bandage

Compression bandages will be useful in the event of a snake bite or sprain, if applied correctly. It is advisable that you learn how to use a compression banadge, and other basic first aid, before beginning the event. 

As a minimum, the compression bandage must a heavy-weight, crepe bandage that is 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long (when unstretched). 

Compass

A working compass, designed for Southern Hemisphere use, must be carried in case runners become lost and need to re-orient themselves.

Please take some time to find out how to use it before race day. GPS watch compasses are allowed but you must ensure that you know how to access it quickly and that your watch will have battery by the time you cross the finish line (eg if compasses are part of a random gear check, will you be able to access you at all times?).

The Trail Co. sells some very compact and inexpensive compasses.

Emergency Whistle

An emergency survival whistle will allow you to make yourself more audible to rescuers than simply yelling can achieve.

It must not use a 'pea' to create a sound as these can become sticky causing the whistle to fail - that means no sports whistles. 

Many running packs include a whistle and The Trail Co. also sells some small, inexpensive whistles that can be attached to your pack.

Emergency Blanket

If you become too injured or ill to continue, an emergency blanket will prevent hypothermia while waiting for rescuers. 

The Trail Co. sells some inexpensive Emergency Blankets.

Course map

High resolution versions of the course maps will be available for you to download onto your phone or for printing.

If you intend to carry them in your pack, it is advisable to use clear contact paper or a sealed plastic sleeve to protect them from damage due to rain or sweat.

Thermal Top

This must be a long-sleeved, thermal base layer made of polypropylene or wool which will keep the participant warm in addition to their race clothing. 

Cotton, Coolmax, lycra, compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable to be used as the 'Thermal Top'.

Waterproof Jacket

A good-quality waterproof jacket will keep you dry while allowing sweat to escape. It can also be useful for added warmth or protection from the wind.

At a minimum, the jacket must fit you and be fully seam-sealed, waterproof, and not include any large mesh vents, even if covered by flaps. Minimal underarm vents are allowed. 

Spare food portion

An extra portion of food (eg gel, bar, sandwich), must be carried at all times in addition to the fuel you intend to use if all goes to plan.

This extra portion may prove vital if you are ill or injured and find yourself taking longer to reach the next checkpoint than expected, or if you are waiting some time for aid to reach you. 

 

Gear that is recommended for the Glass Half Full:

Waterproof pants

If heavy rain is predicted we recommend that runners carry Waterproof Pants as these can help keep you warm on what can be a long day out on the trails.

Fleece

If you are out for a long day, or if inclement weather is expected, a fleece will keep you warm and happy. Note, a synthetic fleece will help keep you warm even if wet, while a cotton jumper will become saturated and cold. 

 

 

  

The Guzzler is hosted by The Trail Co. ABN: 90609730985