Kokoda Challenge Rules
To enter The Kokoda Challenge Events you must observe the following rules:
1. Minimum age requirements for Events are as follows:
General teams in the Kokoda Challenge is 15 yrs of age. .There are no age restrictions over 18 yrs. We have had several competitors in their seventies participate. It is up to the individuals fitness and doctors recommendation.
Jim Stillman Cup - The minimum age is turning 13 years in the year of the event – maximum age is 18years
Stan Billset Cup - The minimum age is turning 15 years during the year of event – maximum age is 18 years
Kokoda 48 - The minimum age is turning 13 years in the year of the event - no maximum age.
Toowooomba, Brisbane Kokoda 48 & Melbourne
For all 15km events the minimum age is Grade 4 (with appropriate physical training).
For all 30km events the minimum age is Grade 6 (with appropriate physical training)
For all events - Participants under 18yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over) in a team and approved by the organiser with a signed Waiver Form by a parent or guardian
2. Each team must start the event with four team members. School/ Junior Trek teams must start with four team members and one adult supervisor. In the 15km and 30km events teams must start with the corresponding number of team members for the category the team has registered in. 2 person, 3 person or 4 person. 15/30km School teams must start with four team members and one adult supervisor. Team changes are permitted up until the event closing date as determined by the event organisers.
3. To be eligible for a category placing in the event results, teams must start and finish the event with the correct number of entrants and correct gender as per the category chosen at registration. Team member substitutions are not permitted during the event at any time and any team found to be substituting team members during the event will be disqualified.
4. It is the teams’ responsibility to ensure their team is registered in the correct event category before the event closing date as deemed by the event organisers. Teams must notify the organiser of any change of team members in writing via email. Before the designated close off date, teams can log onto their competitor area team page and change team members themselves. The eligibility for the family category is through blood line, marriage, foster care or as deemed by Law to be a family unit.
5. Teams must check in during their allocated check-in period. Check-in and pre-registration times will be advised prior to each event. The Kokoda Challenge will commence at 7:00 AM. 96km Participants must start in the wave time you have selected at registration. Your team's finish time will be adjusted accordingly.
6. All team members must stay together between CPs and must check in and check out together at each CP. CP staff will not check in or check out teams until all members are accounted for. Teams must be no further than 100m from each other at all times while on the event course. Under no circumstances are individuals to be left unattended. If a team member becomes seriously injured and cannot be moved, one person must stay with him/her while others seek help.
7. If you want to withdraw during the event, you must first report to the nearest CP and sign out. Remaining team members cannot continue until the withdrawal of the team member has been reported. If for any reason you have to leave the event urgently, you must call the emergency number as soon as possible. Failure to do so can trigger an Emergency Services search and waste valuable resources, which may be required elsewhere.
8. If two members of a team have withdrawn, the remaining two members must accompany another team between CPs. This is to ensure that all walkers travel in groups of at least three people. This does not mean that team members join the other team, however. Each team will retain their identity and team number throughout the event. (15/30km events the minimum team number is two.)
In the case of a School team they must have an 18+ supervisor at all times. If your 18+ supervisor has to withdraw from the event then the team must join with another team which has an 18+ supervisor before they can continue even if they have three or more students remaining. The new 18+ supervisor is now responsible for the students joining their team. At no time can you substitute in a new 18+ supervisor who did not commence the event at the start line.
9. If for any reason team members decide to stay between two CPs for more than 4 hours, they must call the emergency phone number to inform the organiser; otherwise, they will be considered missing and a search will be initiated.
10. If your team has not departed a CP by the nominated CP closing time, the team will be withdrawn from the event and the team will be advised not to proceed. The closing times are calculated on the basis that there would be insufficient time to complete the event within the specified 39 hours.
11. A team’s finishing time will be recorded as the last member of the team reports to officials at the finish line. This is a team event and no individual time(s) will be recorded.
12. Race bibs as supplied by the organisers must be worn at all times during the event on the shirt front.
13. Leave no trace of your travel along the event course. Please respect the environment and leave all flora and fauna as you found it and carry out all your rubbish. Please respect other members of the public you may encounter on the course as the event does not have exclusive use of any area.
14. If, in the opinion of medical personnel, a team member is unable to continue for medical reasons, then the organisers reserve the right to withdraw that member from the event.
15. Teams in the 96 and 48 km Events are only allowed to access their support crew at the checkpoints designated by event organisers. Teams will be disqualified if they receive assistance from their support crew at any other time or location during the event. Exceptions will only be allowed with prior approval from Race Headquarters and only for extraction or medical emergency.
16. Teams must obey the road rules at all times and follow all directions given by road crossing personnel and event officials.
17. When on Department of Defence Land all competitors must stay on the event route at all times and not detour off the course unless directed by Defence Base Personnel or Event Officials.
Individuals must carry on their person the following as a minimum.
1. Every team member in the 96km or 48km event must wear a high visibility safety vest with reflective tape as the outermost layer of clothing between dusk and dawn at all times when on, near or crossing roads and within support crew parking areas.
2. A correct fitting waterproof jacket or poncho with hood at all times.
3. The ability to carry a minimum of 1 litre of water in bottles or hydration bladder.
4. A working head torch between dusk and dawn.
5. Your race number bib preferably worn on the front of your person.
6. A pealess whistle.
Teams must carry at all times
7. A minimum of two ( 2 ) mobile phones in waterproof bags, preferably on two different networks with one on the Telstra Network with the same phone numbers given to event organisers as registration details. Race officials may send out alert SMS messages or call in the case of an emergency to these numbers.
8. A first aid kit suitable for the event and team size. Suggested items include but are not limited to: space bag or blanket, snake bite bandage, triangle bandage, wound dressings, crepe bandage and wound closure strips..
The following guidelines are recommended for teams to safely complete Kokoda Challenge Events:
1. Depending on your assessment of the situation, in the event of an injury or emergency, the following procedures are recommended:
- Contact Command Centre on the emergency phone number given to you on the briefing night and inform them of the situation. This will be a dedicated phone for emergencies only.
- Depending on the situation make your way to the nearest checkpoint, which will have first aid and communication available.
- Ring 000 and when asked your name also state “we are participating in The Kokoda Challenge”.
- Ring 112 and treat the same as a 000 call. Follow instructions from Emergency Services and/or race officials. Administer first aid treatment if required and continue until assistance arrives.
2. Every team in the 96 and 48 km events should have a support crew. The support crew is responsible for providing teams with food, change of clothes etc. during the event. It is unrealistic to carry all supplies yourself. Once registered, please make sure your support team reads the support team section in the competitor Log In section on the website. Your support crew must attend the compulsory support crew briefing held directly after the start of the event once competitors have left the area. Teams are responsible for the behaviour of their support crew. Any support team or participant found to be contravening any CP landowner’s regulations or event organisers’ directions may lead to the team’s disqualification from the event. (Support Crews are not required for the 15km and 30km events)
3. Event Briefings will made available for all events prior to the relevant event.
4. Please give way to teams walking at a faster pace. The trail can get quite congested, particularly in the early stages of the event.
5. Prescription medication and pain killers will be your own responsibility. These cannot be issued by First Aid.
6. Sections of the trail can get very cold especially at night and it is expected that participants carry and wear appropriate clothing for such conditions.
7. If you become LOST: stop, gather the team and attempt to establish your position from the last known location. Track marking tapes are located approximately 100 m apart. Once you are sure you've found the correct path, continue on. Do not make the situation worse by continuing to travel if you are still unsure of your position. If required, call the emergency phone number and speak with race officials.
8. Bush Fire. Phone the event emergency number if you are between checkpoints and believe you are in danger, in order to advise or gather information. Follow event officials' instructions and remain at a CP if advised to do so by officials. If trapped, call emergency services on 000 or 112 from a mobile. Find a safe position in water, away from trees (in clear ground), in low ground or dig a trench.
Consult your competitors’ area for further information on training, hydration, course maps, further event conditions and FAQ's.