Date, Time and Place

What date is Run for the Kids 2021?

Virtual Event Period is 12.01am on Sunday March 28, 2021 until 11.59pm on Friday, April 2, 2021, then we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Docklands on Sunday, August 29, 2021

What time does the event start

The Long course starts from 7:30am

The Woodlea Short course starts from 8:50am

These times are earlier than previous years so that we can allow for appropriate  physical distancing of entrants within the start zone.

What is the race distance?

The course distances are currently being finalised.

Our operations team is carefully checking the course routes for changes caused by new outdoor dining facilities, recently introduced bike lanes and new construction sites.

We will confirm the final distances as soon as possible.

Where is the race located?

The start and finish lines, and all the family-friendly fun activities will be in Docklands.

How do I enter?

Enter online right now by clicking on the purple ‘Enter Now”  button in the top right corner of this website.

Where do the courses go in 2021?

Both courses start and finish in Docklands and ALL entrants of the long and the short course will traverse the Bolte Bridge.

Is running along the Bolte Bridge going to be hard? Is it steep?

There is a gradual incline on the bridge and if you’re taking part in the Woodlea Short Course, the ramp onto the bridge will be the biggest challenge but you will be rewarded at the top with fabulous views of Melbourne. Dig deep and enjoy the views!

What’s new in 2021?

Why have the start times changed?

The start times are earlier than previous years to help maximise the number of people that can participate, while still maintaining appropriate social distancing.

 

Is there a discount for children?

Registration for children under the age of 5 are free however, they must registered for the event to ensure their attendance is recorded in case COVID-19 contact tracing is required.

Children aged 5 and over are required to be registered for the event. Registration prices are the same for both adults and children to maximise the donation to the Good Friday Appeal.

Do you have finisher’s medals this year?

Once again, a finisher’s medal will be available for purchase prior to the event.

Medals must be pre-purchased by June 30, 2021.

Medals can only be purchased during the registration process and are limited to one per registration.

I've entered this year's event which means I will have partipated in all 16 events - will there by any special opportunities for entrants who have participated every year?

We are currently working on plans to celebrate 16 year entrants.  We will be in contact with you closer to the event. If you believe you have entered all events, please ensure you advise the Race Office by email on admin@r4k.com.au, so we can make sure we have you on our list. (where entrants have changed their name it can be difficult for us to be certain, so its best to advise us to be sure we have you on our list)

Why can’t I store my bag or backpack in the baggage zone?

For security reasons, we have been advised that we are not able to store backpacks, bags, luggage, or any items that are not in clear plastic bags in the baggage zone this year.

We recommend only bringing limited additional items with you, and only items that will fit in a small self seal clear bag. Clear bags will be available at the entry point to the baggage zone.

If you are participating in the walking zones, you are able to carry your bag or backpack with you on the course.

What are you doing to combat congestion for runners in the long course?

Colour zone capacities will be strictly enforced, and the earlier start time will allow for longer time gaps between start zones.

To help with Covidsafe event management and to help eliminate course congestion, it is imperative that entrants start their event in the colour zone displayed on their race bib.

We have introduced a new Pre-qualifed Runner start zone.  This zone is only available to entrants who completed the 2019 Long Course in a time under 4 1/2 mins per km. Entrants who qualify will be provided with details by email.

If you believe your race time would qualify you to enter in the Pre-Qualified Runner start zone, but you did not compete in the 2019 Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids, it may be possible for you to access this zone by completing the following process:

  1. Email: admin@r4k.com.au
  2. Include in the subject line: Application for Pre-Qualified Runner Zone
  3. Provide: Links to 2020/2021 results that show you have completed an officially timed event at a comparative distance in the required race pace (4 1/2 minutes per km or faster)

Note: there will be an area at the front of the Preferred Runner zone for Elite Entrants and wheelchair athletes to assemble.

I’m running the long course with a pram – what do I do?

If you intend to run with a pram on the long course, please enter the yellow zone and ensure you contact the race office to obtain an Approved Pram sticker for your race bib. There will be a special Pram Runners assembly area at the start line.

Entries

What are the entry fees?

The long course is $65 per person, with more than half the entry fee going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

The Woodlea Short course is $60 per person, with more than half the entry fee going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

Additional credit card processing fees may apply.

Delivery fees for Race Kits are additional $5 per kit.

Can I enter on Race Day?

Unfortunately, to ensure we meet our Covidsafe event planning obligations, we are unable to accept entries on race day.

I would like to access the Long Course Elite start zone, how do I do this?

Access to the Long Course elite start zone is determined by timings set by Steve Moneghetti.

Please email the race office for advice on how to apply for access to the Elite start zone. Applications are considered on merit, and are not automatically provided.

 

What is the Pre-Qualified entry zone and how do I access an entry in this zone?

This pre-qualified runner zone is for runners who have the ability to complete 15km in under 70 minutes. Qualification for this zone is based on results from the 2019 Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids. If you completed the 2019 event in the required pace per kilometre, you will receive an email advising of the opportunity to enter the pre-qualified zone for the 2021 event.

This zone has been created with the aim to improve the experience for faster participants who may not meet the criteria for entry into the Elite Runner start zone.

The pre-qualified runner zone will be trialled for 2021. If successful, the pre-qualified zone will be implemented for future events.

If you believe your race time would qualify you to enter in the Pre-Qualified Runner Zone, but you did not compete in the 2019 Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids, it may be possible for you to access this zone by completing the following process:

  1. Email: admin@r4k.com.au
  2. Include in the subject line: Application for Pre-Qualified Runner Zone
  3. Provide: Links to 2020/2021 results that show you have completed an officially timed event at a comparative distance in the required race pace (4 1/2 minutes per km or faster)

Note: there will be an area at the front of the Preferred Runner zone for Elite Entrants and wheelchair athletes to assemble.

When do entries close?

The maximum number of entrants is 30,000. As soon as this number is reached, entries close, so register and pay as soon as possible to guarantee your entry.

Once or a colour zone or distance has filled to capacity, no more entries can be taken into that particular zone or distance, and entries will automatically close.

To ensure race kits reach entrants in time for the race, entries are scheduled to close  at midnight on Friday, August 13, 2021.

How do I choose which colour zone to enter?

Choose a colour zone in which you will be able to complete the race comfortably. If you are running with a friend or family member who is slower paced, choose the colour zone corresponding to the slower time.

You can review more information about Long Course start zones here

You can review more information about Woodlea Short Course start zones here

How do I buy a t-shirt or singlet?

You can buy a t-shirt or singlet as part of the entry process or by visiting the online store.

Why do I have to pay for a finisher’s medal – other events provide them for free?

The main reason Run for the Kids has not provided finisher’s medals in the past is due to the cost associated with producing them, as this is money that can’t then be donated to the Good Friday Appeal.  Based on the entrant feedback from recent post event surveys, we understand that many participants would love to receive a medal to celebrate their involvement. 

By allowing entrants who are interested in receiving a medal the opportunity to purchase one, we are able to ensure that there is no negative impact on the amount that can be donated to the Good Friday Appeal. Any funds leftover after the medals have been obtained will be added to the fundraising total. 

My plans have changed, and now I can’t participate. Can I get a refund?

Once your entry is accepted, your fee is not refundable except as required by Australian Consumer Law.

We recommend you contact the Race Office for advice on what might be possible.

Race Kits

When will I receive my Race Kit?

To align to our Covidsafe event plan, ALL race kits for the August 29 event will be mailed.

Race Kits will be mailed in progressive mail outs commencing in July 2021, Race Kits can become separated in the mail, so please do not be concerned if Race Kits for your family don’t all arrive on the same day. Its possible they will arrive up to a week apart.

Race Kits will arrive with participants up until August 20.  Please wait until after this date, and if your Race Kit has not arrived, please contact the Race office by email: admin@r4k.com.au. Race Kits will not be replaced until after August 20.

What should be included in my Race Kit?

Your race kit will include the following:

  • Race Number with timing tag attached to the back
  • Safety pins
I have received my Race Kit, what do I do now?

Please check that your race number is identical to the timing chip number stuck to the back of the bib. If they are different, please contact the Race Office on 9292 2901, or admin@r4k.com.au

Then, please read all the information in the Race Book, as this will help you prepare for the day, and ensure that your day is enjoyable.

I paid for postage but haven’t received my Race Kit, what do I do?

Where entrants have paid for postage, race kits will arrive with participants up until August 20, 2021

Please wait until August 20, and if you race kit has not arrived, please contact the race office by email to admin@r4k.com.au to request a replacement.

 

I’ve lost my race number/timing chip. What do I do?

Your race number contains your timing chip so is crucial to your participation in the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow entrants to participate unless they are wearing a race bib when they arrive at the start line.

If you are unable to locate your race kit, please email the Race Office at admin@r4k.com.au. The Race office staff will verify your entry and advise how to obtain a duplicate race kit in time for the race.

There is a $15 fee to replace a lost race number.

I am moving house, how do I stop my race pack from being sent to the wrong address?

To alter your details, please email admin@r4k.com.au, with your full name, the distance you have entered, and your old and new address

I have entered in the wrong colour zone, what do I do?

To assist us to carefully manage event capacity, it is critical that you participate in the event in the colour zone displayed on your race bib.

If you would like to change your start zone, please contact the Race Office at admin@r4k.com.au. Changes between zones are subject to availability of positions within the requested zone, and approval by the Race Registration Manager. There is a $10 fee to transfer to a different colour zone.

I have entered in the wrong distance, what do I do?

If you have entered in the wrong distance, please contact the race office at admin@r4k.com.au.

The Race office will provide you with the appropriate advice on how to change the distance that you particpate in. 

Please note, if your race kit has already been dispatched by the Race Office, it MUST be returned before a new race kit is issued.

Will there be a storage area for baggage?

Yes. The baggage zone is located in the Event Precinct, close to the start line and is colour coded according to start zone. Items left in the baggage zone must be stored in a CLEAR bag available at the entry to the baggage zone.

For security reasons, backpacks, luggage and any other bags that are not clear CANNOT be accepted for storage in 2021

Your Race Number includes a tear-off baggage label, which is used to identify any baggage you leave in the baggage zone. Loop and secure this tag onto the bag you leave at the baggage area.

The organisers are not responsible for any clothing left at the start. The organisers are similarly not responsible for lost items and you are advised to keep any money, valuables or important items with you at all times. Make sure you collect your bag by 1pm.

Children, Pets and iPods

Can I bring my pet dog to walk the course with me?

No. As with most fun runs, for safety reasons, the organisers will not permit any animals on the course.

Can I ride my bike alongside my friend who is running?

No. For safety reasons, bikes, handcycles, roller-skaters and roller-bladers are prohibited on the course. This includes children’s bikes and scooters

Can I listen to my iPod/iPhone as I run?

For the safety of all participants, please leave your iPod/iPhone/walkman/portable music device or radio at home.

Can I bring my pram?

Prams are permitted but for safety reasons, entrants walking with a pram will be required to start at the rear of the Red zone (Long Course) or White zone (Short Course). If you intend to run with a pram, please ensure you contact the race office to obtain an Approved Pram sticker for your race bib.

I have a toddler, do they have to pay?

Babies and infants who are pushed in prams or strollers do not have to register. But many parents do enter children younger than four into the race as they know that the majority of their entry fee is going directly to the Good Friday Appeal. Young children will also enjoy a range of free activities at the finish area as part of what we hope is a special family occasion.

Are there any rules for young children?

Children who intend walking the Woodlea short course must do so under the supervision of their parent or a guardian and must be entered and wearing a race number. It is the right of the organisers to remove any person without a race bib from the course.

Can my 10-year-old participate in the Long Course event?

There is no age limit for the event and we are aware that many families will want to complete the full course together as part of a special day out for a special cause. There is no prize in the long course for children as the organisers do not wish to encourage children younger than 12 to race such a long distance. It is up to the parent or the guardian to decide if their child is capable of completing and enjoying the longer course.

Medical Support

How do I obtain first aid if I need it?

First aid is available at the start line, at each aid station on the course and at the finish line. If you feel unwell at any stage during your race, speak with a course marshal who will be able to obtain assistance for you.

Timing

How is Run for the Kids timed?

All entrants are issued with a numbered timing tag attached to the back of their race number. When you cross the start line, your tag will register that you have started the race, and when you cross the finish line, your tag will register that you have finished the race. These times are recorded and your net race time is calculated. Please note: Your timing tag will only work for the event in which you are registered.

Do I have to return the timing chip that is issued to me?

The timing chips issued in 2021 are disposable. You are not required to return them.

How do I return the timing tag if I don’t participate on the day?

As the timing chips issued in 2021 are disposable, there is no requirement to return them if you chose not to participate.

Results

How do I obtain my participation certificate?

Certificates for the event on August 29 will be available as a pdf download from midday Monday, August 30, 2021.

Certificates for Virtual R4K 2021 will be available as a PDF download during the week after Easter.

When will results be available?

They will be available online at runforthekids.com.au midday Monday, August 30 or you can pre-purchase an SMS with your result.

I’d like to receive my time by SMS – how do I arrange this?

Simply select and pay for the SMS result during the registration process.

If you have already entered the event, contact the Race office by telephone 03 9292 2901 to add an SMS time to your registration.

I can’t find my results online, how do I find out my time?

Please try searching by your race number and both your first and last name. If you are still unable to locate your result please email admin@r4k.com.au, with you full name, address, race number and race distance, and we will investigate.

Do I need to submit a time for Virtual R4K?

Whilte you are absolutely welcome to time your event using your favourite fitness app, due to the range of activities  being undertaken by entrants in Virtual R4K 2021, there is no requirement to submit your time.

All entrants in Virtual R4K will be sent a participation certificate in the week after Easter.

VIRTUAL R4k 2021

What activity can I do for my Virtual R4K?

Any activity that you are happy to participate in for 90 minutes, will be accepted as your involvement in Virtual R4K.

We know runners and walkers love our event, and we look forward to seeing the other activities entrants choose. 

This means that in addition to runners and walkers, we are calling on all skaters, surfers, cyclists, swimmers, horse riders, rowers, dancers, hikers, rollerbladers, dirt bikers, parachutists, sailors, golfers, basketballers, jet-skiers, scooters, gym-bunnies, gymnasts, hang-gliders, snorkellers to join in.

You can complete 90 minutes in one block of time, or break it down into smaller blocks – ie 3 blocks of 30 minutes.

Who can enter?

Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in Virtual R4K 2021. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, so welcome participants of any activity.

We welcome all shapes, sizes, ages, fitness levels and locations. Even the family pets can get involved!

We’ve tried to make the price affordable for all, while still raising money for the Good Friday Appeal.

As long as you complete your registration for Virtual R4K 2021, we look forward to welcoming you to the Run for the Kids family.

How do I enter?

Decide which activity you will complete for your 90 minutes of movement.

Complete the entry process for Virtual R4K 2021 and pay for your entry to register your involvement. 

Then just find 90 minutes between March 28 – April 2, 2021 to complete your Virtual Event, and share your efforts on social media.

Don’t forget to hastag your photos with #VIRTUALR4K

How much does Virtual R4K cost?

Entry for Virtual R4K is $20 per person.

More than half the entry fee will be donated to the 2021 Good Friday Appeal.

When is Virtual R4K?

Anytime that suits you between Sunday, March 28 and April 2.

Use your Virtual R4K to kick start your training for Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids in August.

You can complete 90 minutes in one block of time, or break it down into smaller blocks – ie 3 blocks of 30 minutes.

Where is Virtual R4K?

Anywhere that works for you (and is safe and legal) and takes into account the COVID-19 guidelines that are current at the time of your Virtual R4K.

The beauty of Virtual R4K is that if can be completed anywhere in the world, giving everyone the opportunity to support the Good Friday Appeal.

Race Director Steve Moneghetti will be completing his Virtual R4K in Ballarat, and we look forward to seeing where entrants choose to complete their 90 minutes of movement.

Why is Virtual R4K happening in 2021?

Its double the fun in 2021!

We understand that many of our entrants are looking forward to participating in the traditional event on August 29, however we recognise that entrants are used to fundraising in the lead up to Good Friday. Virtual R4K is being provided to maximise the fundraising opportunities in such an important year for the Good Friday Appeal.

Who was the winner of the Qatar Airways Virtual R4K 2021 competition?

The lucky winner of the Qatar Airways competition was A.Rose (VIC 3161).

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