Next Event: Saturday 20th October 2018
Sydney, NSW
Entries Open:

Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

Q: Do I need any further specialist equipment?

No and we often do not allow it. Electronic navigational systems, calculators or any other device not previously cleared are banned.

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

That's fine you don't need one, the Great Adventure Challenge provides all the kayaks on the day. We will also be holding a seminar on kayaking and are happy to provide you with a list of places where you can train before the event.

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

If you do not have a mountain bikes please contact us and we can either source one for you for the event or point you in the direction of reputable bike rental shops.

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.

Q: Do I need to bring any special footwear?

Good running shoes are always required. We will always notify you in advance of any such special requirement through the Team Manual which is sent to Team Captains prior 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 pack lunches and energy food to get you through the day.

General

Q: Any other questions?

If you have any further questions send an email

Q: What happens after entering a team?

We will send you a formal welcome letter and invitation to our formal kick off meeting. The kick off meeting is an information evening to impart all the information you need to take part in the Great Adventure Challenge: times, dates, how to get there, rules, footwear and sportswear, personal kit, food and raising money for charity. This will also be included in the ‘Welcome Pack' which we will also hand out on the night.

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 minimum fundraising target of $10,000 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.

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: How do I raise a team?

The Personnel Department will often select a team for the event. Likewise Departmental Heads will sometimes put a team together. Team recruits are often drawn from members of the organisation that have to work together to achieve common objectives. Some companies may decide to have Great Adventure Challenge trials to select the best performers for the corporate team. If it is your responsibility to recruit a team, putting the details of the event on the company notice board can be an effective way to generate interest. You can also publicise the event on your company intranet (please ask Great Adventure Challenge team to e-mail you the relevant information). Other companies have found it useful to publicise the event through company magazines or newsletters. Alternatively your sports and events committees will often find enthusiastic volunteers.

Q: Can the Great Adventure Challenge team assist in presenting to the relevant people within my company?

Great Adventure Challenge team are happy to present to companies, especially first time users of events. Presentations last half an hour to an hour depending on the number of questions asked. As part of the presentation we normally have a representative from the Starlight Children's Foundation to talk about the charity and explain how the much needed funds are used.

Q: Where do I get the budget from?

Great Adventure Challenge is designed to improve teamwork, communications and leadership skills of company staff, it is often the Personnel, Human Resources or Training department which funds the team. Other teams get the budget from the Sports Committee or the Charity Board. Teams also obtain the budgets from Departmental Heads.

Q: What is covered in the registration fee?

  1. Entry for four team members and four support crew including event shirts, end of race meal and photos of the team on the course.
  2. Training seminars on navigation, first aid, nutrition and event specific disciplines for the whole team.
  3. Marquee, table, chairs and cool box with sport drinks for your team and support crew at the event centre.
  4. Fundraising Assistance from Starlight.
  5. Maps, kayaks, race vest, prizes and race pack full of goodies from our sponsors.
  6. Two Compasses per team, One Emergency Blanket per team, Four Whistles per team, One Basic First Aid Kit per team.
  7. Professionally run event with marshals, first aid and safety support.

Q: Do I need any knowledge or experience of specialist activities?

No. If we do require you to execute a specialist task we will train you through our series of seminars prior to the event, so that you can enjoy the experience in the knowledge that you are safe.

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.

Q: What do you mean by average physical ability?

Anyone who regularly takes cardio-vascular exercise or physical activities (e.g. football, squash, cycling, jogging, aerobics etc) should be able to cope with the Great Adventure Challenge events. Individuals who have been inactive prior to events will need to increase their level of fitness. Many individuals and companies are using the Great Adventure Challenge as an incentive to get really fit. The fitter you are the more you can enjoy, and get out of the Challenge.

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.

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.

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 experienced staff from Maximum 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, Maximum Adventure will have fully trained professionals on hand to ensure the correct health and safety procedures are followed. In addition to the Maximum Adventure staff that are trained in first aid, the Great Adventure Challenge will also have permanent cover from a team of paramedics and experienced staff.