FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS

Here we answer some of the common questions you may have about the HRTB.
When is the next Run The Bridge

The next edition of the Hobart Run The Bridge will be on Sunday 23 February 2020. it will be the 11th edition of the iconic event.

Are prams allowed?

Yes, we just ask that you start towards the rear of the field to avoid collision with other participants.

All participants need to enter online and pay the registration fee, including little ones in the pram.

If a parent/guardian is entered in either the 5km or 10km event and wishes to participate in the 1km with their child, they do not need to pay an additional entry fee. Simply collect a race bib on race day for the 1km, by showing your 5km or 10km bib to our event team.

Is there an Event Booklet?

The 2020 Event Booklet will be available at the start of February, with all the specific 2020 event information.

You can view the 2019 Event Booklet here.

What's the Menzies 5k Walk?

This was new in 2017 and is on again in 2020. Using the same course as the Huon Aquaculture 5k Run so everyone gets to experience the bridge!

Better yet, a donation from each entry will go towards the Menzies Institution for Medical Research.

Can I walk the event?

Walkers are highly encouraged to do the Menzies 5k Walk which starts on the Tasman Bridge.

Walkers are discouraged from doing the 10km event, as there is a cuttoff to have all participants off the bridge in time to re-open it early.

A cut-off exists for the 10km event to reach Evans Street (approximately 7.5km mark) by 8:45am, so 75min for 7.5km.

You can also walk the 1km event.

Can I get a refund?

If you enter and then cannot run, you have two choices;

1) If you have a medical certificate, you can receive a refund less a $10 admin fee, or

2) You can transfer to a friend for free. Simply email to us your friends name, DOB, gender, email, mobile and their event and we will make the change.

All emails to go to info@epiceventsandmarketing.com.

No refunds or transfers will be provided after February 4.

Can I transfer my entry?

If you want to change events, you can do that up until Sunday 4th February, by emailing us the details of the new participant including name, date fo birth, gender, email and mobile to info@epiceventsandmarketing.com.

When do entries open?

Online entries open for the 2020 Hobart Run The Bridge on November 12, 2019.

What do I get for my entry fee?

Participants in all events get the following;

  • Road closures, traffic management, access to first aid, course entertainment
  • Race bib
  • Finishers medal
  • Finishers E-Certificate
  • Complimentary professional photos of you from Marathon-Photos.com
  • A bottle of Hartz water
  • Fresh fruit at the finish
  • Opportunity to win great prizes
  • Electronic timing (except the 1km)
How much does it cost to enter?
What is your age policy for entry?

There is no upper or lower age limit for the 1km event

The youngest age for the Huon Aquaculture 5k is 7years old on the day of the event and for the 10k participants need to be at least 10 years of age.

For all children under the age of 18, their guardian must enter them and acknowledge they have read and agree with the event waiver before entry will be accepted.

How do I receive my bib and timing chip?

All participants need to collect their race pack from The Running Edge at 73 Murray Street Hobart, at the following times;

Wednesday 19th February: 10am - 5:30pm

Thursday 20th February: 10am - 5:30pm

Friday 21st February: 10am - 5:30pm

Saturday 22nd February: 10am - 4pm

If you can't make these times, please allow yourself an extra 20minutes on the morning of the event to collect it from the event start line.

Will there be medical support available?

Yes. Private Ambulance will have a presence on the course and a significant treatment area at the finish.

If you or another participant need first aid at any time, please advise the nearest course official/volunteer.

In the event of an emergency, please call '000'.

Is the course accurately measured

Yes. We had the course measured to IAAF/AIMS standards, using the accredited Jones counter method.

Your personal GPS device my measure a different reading, however the method we used is the same used for official measurement around the world.

The event is also run under IAAF rules.

Can I participate with an iPod or other music device?

We discourage the use of personal music devices, for your own safety - the ability to hear directions of police, traffic management and marshalls on course.

For your entertainment, we've arranged a number of DJ's along the course. Plus our volunteers are likely to yell out awesome things to you along the way and you're going to want to hear them.

Are there photographers on course?

Yes there are. The team from marathon-photos.com will be at the event taking shots of all our runners and walkers. After the event you will receive an email to download your FREE photos from the day, as part of our gift to you thanks to Optus.

What time do events start

10km Elite Women - 7:25.49
10km start - 7:30am
Huon Aquaculture 5k run - 8:00am
Menzies 5k Walk - 8:00am
1km - 9:30am
Presentations - 9:00am

Is there a personal belongings vehicle?

Yes. A vehicle will run from both the 5k and 10k start precincts to the finish line.

Simply use the perforated strip on the bottom of your race number to attach to your bag. Then show your race number to the officials at the finish line in order to receive your belongings. The vehicles will return to the forecourt of PW1 after each event.

Please ensure you locate the vehicle at the start line no later than 15minutes before the event starts, as it will leave prior to race start (so your belongings are there for you in time at the finish).

Where is the finish line?

All events finish at Princes Wharf Shed Number 1. The post event precinct is in the forecourt of PW1 on Castray Esplanade.

Where is the best place to Spectate from?

It's such a scenic course, that there are several places you can get a good view from. Just be mindful of the road closures in place and allow extra time to travel around Hobart during the event. Some good spots include;

  • Tasman Bridge - you can walk along the usual footpath and see runners and walkers in their thousand cross over
  • Hobart Waterfront - as the participants make their way along Evans and Hunter street, through Constitution Dock, it makes for a great sight
  • Finishline at PW1 - here you will see participants go past and then again finish as they make the turn back. We recommend lining the Deck of PW1 and really adding to the event atmosphere as you see Australia's best distance runners, along with your friends and family
Where are the aid stations?

Two aid stations will be located on the 10km course and 1 for the 5km. Both will provide Hartz water, portaloos and friendly volunteers. Locations are;

  1. Kangaroo Bay - On the new boulevard, just next to Kangaroo Bay Oval. This is approximately 3km into the 10km event
  2. Tasman Highway - Just on the city side of Government House. This is approximately 7km into the 10km event or 2.5km into the 5km event.

At the finish, everyone will receive a Hartz bottle of water and there is also Gatorade available.

How will my time be recorded?

We use the 'MyLaps' system, which is regarded as one of the best timing systems in the world. When you receive your bib you will receive a timing chip that is attached to the back of your bib.  This chip is disposable, so you don't need to return it at the finish.

In 2020 we will be offering a 'gun' and 'net' time. This means that there will be timing mats at the start and finish, so you will receive a time from when the gun goes, to you crossing the line, but also a time from when you physically cross the start line also.

For runners in the 10km event, a '5km split' will also be offered, if you are at the 5km point within 29minutes. After that point, the timing mats are used for the 5km starts.

Please note no times are provided for the 1km event, as this is all about participation and encouragement.

Team information

For 2020 we have new team categories, including;

* Schools

* Corporate

* Social

Thanks to 13cabs, we'll have the following prize categories for teams.

* Biggest teams in each category

* Best team name

Simply get the first team member to 'create' the team when they enter online. Then tell everyone else to select that team from the dropdown box when they enter online.

13cabs Team Competition

In 2020 we have a number of team categories, including;

* School

* Corporate

* Social

A team or group is a group of friends, work colleagues, sporting teams,
social groups or a group of two or more people who want to get together
to run or walk the event.

You can enter your group into the team entry system where you can be
in the running for some great prizes to become the biggest team in the
fun run.  All you have to do is nominate a captain.

If you have a team of 20 or more people and need assistance, please contact us via info@epiceventsandmarketing.com.

Prizes will be given to the largest teams in each category and the best team names.

Bus Information

Buses will run from Salamanca to Blundstone Arena and Montague Bay Primary School. Purchase a bus ticket for $5 online when you enter online.

If you've purchased a bus ticket, you will receive a sticker when you get your race bib when you collect your number.

10km Buses

The following approximate schedule applies for 10km participants.  Please note, buses will depart as they fill up, so arrive early;

6:00am
6:05am
6:10am
6:20am
6:30am
6:35am

5km Buses

Buses will also run for the Huon Aquaculture 5k Run and Menzies 5k Walk participants from Salamanca to Montagu Bay Primary School at the following times;

6:35am
6:40am
6:45am
6:50am
6:53am
6:55am

Are the roads closed to traffic?

Some roads will be closed for short periods of time during the event, between 7:15am and 10:15am. Tas Police, Altus Traffic Management and course marshalls will be on hand at key points to help motorists and participants. 

As it was the past few years, the Tasman Bridge will be completely closed to all vehicles from 7am - 9am in 2020. One lane will be made available for emergency vehicles only, but all other vehicles will not be able to cross the bridge.

Motorists are advised to make alternative arrangements if you need to cross the Tasman Bridge during this time (including participants getting to the start lines);

  • Use the Bowen Bridge (10minutes to the north)
  • Be on the Tasman Bridge by 7am
  • Delay your travel until after 9am

For a list of affected roads and times, please go here.

What is the Prizemoney?

For the 10km event, the following prizemoney exists for both men and women;

1st - $3000

2nd -$1500

3rd - $1000

4th - $500

5th - $250

A bonus of $2000 is given to the first 'person' to cross the finish line in the 'battle of the sexes'. This makes the first person prize pool the biggest for any 10km event in Australia. The elite women's field will start 4minutes 11seconds in front of the men, which is the difference between the two course records. The men's course record is 28:30 and the women's is 32:41.

For women to receive prize money in the 10km event, they must start with the specific elite women start ahead of the main field.

The Running Edge gift vouchers are given to the top 3 placegetters in the 5km run event. Men and women receive the following;

1st - $250

2nd - $150

3rd - $100

What is the Battle of the Sexes all about?

We've been running this unique element since 2016 and it returns again in 2020. Men have taken line honours in 2016, 2017 and 2019, with Lisa Weightman the only woman to cross the line first in 2018.

In 2020, the elite women start 4minutes and 11seconds in front of the rest of the field including the elite men, after Brett Robinson set a new course record at the 2019 event. This is the difference between the men's and women's course records.

The first 'person' across the line in the 10km event will win an additional $2000, on top of the $3000 first place for each male and female across the line. With the first 'person' winning $5000, it makes the Run The Bridge the richest 10km in Australia.