Saturday 21st May 2022
Greater Sydney, NSW

Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

Q: Do I need to hire a kayak for the event?

No, we provide all teams with a Toyboy II sit-on-top kayak (two kayaks per team) with a paddle and life jacket per team member. Participants must wear their life jacket when on or near the water and wear enclosed shoes whilst kayaking.

Q: What do I do if I don’t have a mountain bike?

If you do not have a mountain bike, you will need to hire a mountain bike to participate in the event.  Please see the Gear and Kit List page for all the gear you need to bring to the event and the supplier you can contact for bike hires.

Q: What kind of sports wear do I need?

T-shirts, shorts, good sports socks and trainers are always useful. It is useful to remember that this is an outdoor event and we recommend that you prepare for all elements. It is also advisable to bring a change of clothes. Please also refer to the Gear and Kit List for all the recommended gear you need to bring with you to the event.

Q: Do I need to worry about food?

Although we will provide a BBQ after the event we recommend that you bring your own food, snacks and water to get you through the day.

General

Q: What happens after entering a team?

Please refer to the What Happens Next section of the website for further information.

Q: What if we can’t make the kick off meeting.

If no one from the team can make the kick off meeting then let us know and we will make sure a Welcome Pack is sent out to the team captain.

Q: Is fund raising for charity obligatory?

Yes, each team is expected to meet the average fundraising target of $8,000 over and above the registration fee. Historically teams have raised up to $40,000! The Starlight Children’s Foundation are committed to supporting teams achieve their fundraising targets and are on hand to help, please see the Fundraising Pack for further information.

Q: What is the relationship between Starlight and the Great Adventure Challenge?

Starlight Children's Foundation has joined forces with The Great Adventure Challenge and Maximum Adventure to stage a charitable fundraising adventure race to brighten the lives of seriously sick children across Australia. Maximum Adventure is one of Australia's market leaders in adventure racing with unrivalled expertise and experience in running outdoor training events. Fundraising is central to Great Adventure Challenge ethos. We believe that supporting a charity improves staff morale and provides added focus and impetus to team performance.

Q: What is covered in the registration fee?

Included in the team’s registration fee:
  1. Invitation to the Information Evening.
  2. Invitation to the training day covering navigation and event specific disciplines.
  3. A Starlight liaison person to help and support your fundraising activities.
  4. Regular communication from the GAC team and Starlight with updates and support.
  5. Marquee, table, chairs and cool box with sport drinks for your team at the event centre location.
  6. Maps, kayaks, race vests, one compass per team, one emergency blanket per team, four whistles per team and one basic first aid kit per team.
  7. Race pack full of goodies from our sponsors.
  8. End of race meal and beer!
  9. Experienced and professionally run event with marshals, first aid and safety support.
  10. Photos of the team on the course.

Q: Do I need to train before the event?

Yes, we always recommend getting fitter for the event. Some individuals meet after work or at lunch breaks to train together and build up camaraderie before the event starts. Refer to the What Happens Next section of the website for further information.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

Competitors do not have to be marathon runners in order to do well. With astute decision making, team co-ordination and clear communication anyone of average physical ability who is prepared to extend themselves will perform well and enjoy the challenge. Anyone who regularly exercises should be able to cope with the Great Adventure Challenge, but we recommend individuals who have been inactive prior to event will need to increase their level of fitness. Many individuals and companies are using the Great Adventure Challenge as an incentive to get fit and healthy.

Q: Why enter the Great Adventure Challenge?

The Great Adventure Challenge provides businesses an opportunity to engage employees and help build sustainable workplace communities. This is achieved by offering businesses:
  • An opportunity to create high performance teams by providing a focus towards a common goal and a clear purpose.
  • The chance to become actively involved in supporting their local community.
  • A medium to address wider businesses issues such as the health and wellbeing of its staff.
  • A way to visibly show they invest in their people whilst embedding core business values.
Please refer to Corporate Teams & Benefits for further information.

Racing

Q: Do we need to complete the whole event or will we be able to make substitutions if a team member gets tired?

Teams are required to enter a squad of 8 people and expected to complete each leg of the event. The squad must nominate 4 members to complete each leg (including one of the opposite sex for mixed teams). It is up to the discretion of the squad/captain to select who enters each leg.

Q: How safe is the Great Adventure Challenge?

The Great Adventure Challenge is run by the experienced staff from Max Adventure, who always put the safety of competitors first. The course is regularly checked by professional course setters. If special knowledge is required with particular activities, Max Adventure will have fully trained professionals on hand to ensure the correct health and safety procedures are followed. In addition, the Great Adventure Challenge will be supported by an experienced team of trained paramedics to cover all first aid requirements on the day.