Festival of the Feet 2017 Race Information



Sunday 16 July 2017 


Join us for a fun community running festival featuring events for all ages and abilities.


Register NOW individuals and Family Registration (3km Event)


The Festival of the Feet offers 3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km runs. All courses are off-road and wind their way along Georges River and around Lake Gillawarna, in the beautiful Mirrambeena Regional Park in Georges Hall.

The event attracts more than 600 runners, from serious competitors, to fun runners and families - from babes in prams to energetic octogenarians.

Everyone is welcome for a fun family day of fitness and festivities.

Registrations are now open for individuals in all events, teams in the 7km run and family groups in the 3km event.

Register online to save money and make sure you get a start in the event of your choice.


Where is the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet is held at Lake Gillawarna, within Mirrambeena Regional Park, Henry Lawson Drive in the suburb of Georges Hall near Bankstown.


Where do the Festival of the Feet races start?

3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km events start and finish at the Western Districts Joggers & Harriers clubhouse, situated 150m west of the pedestrian bridge on Henry Lawson Drive. between Flinders Avenue and Georges Crescent.


How do I register for Festival of the Feet?

Click here to register on-line, to make sure you don’t miss out. Online registrations offer the opportunity to enter as an individual, as a team or family group.

Online registrations close 3.00 pm Saturday 15 July, 2017.

We hope to provide registrations on the day if there is still capacity, however some events are likely to sell out. This is why we recommend registering early and registering online. If you hope to register on the day, come early, registrations close 15 minutes before each race.



Who can enter the Festival of the Feet events? 

The Festival of the Feet is an event that welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. 

Anyone can enter the 3km, 7km and 14km Festival of the Feet races. 

You need to be 18 or over to enter the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon because of the 21.1km distance. 

There is a run/walk/jog to suit all runners, joggers and walkers. All event courses are safely off road and well marshalled. 


Do I need to register a child under the age of 5 years old?
 

Yes. All entrants must be registered to be allowed on course regardless of age. 

Children under 5 MUST be accompanied by an adult in order to complete the 3km race. 


When do the Festival of the Feet races start?

The Festival of the Feet half marathon 21.1km race starts at 8.30am.

The Festival of the Feet 14km race starts at 8.45am.

The Festival of the Feet 7km race starts at 9.30am.

The Festival of the Feet 3km race starts at 10.00am.


What does it cost to enter the Festival of the Feet?

Online registrations attract a small processing fee.

The Festival of the Feet half marathon 21.1km race costs $55 online , or $70 on race day.

The Festival of the Feet 14km race costs $40 online , or $50 on race day.

The Festival of the Feet 7km race costs $30 online, or $35 on race day.

Festival of the Feet team bookings can be made online for the 7km race. Teams can be made up of up to six participants, with the top four results being counted.

The Festival of the Feet 3km race costs $15 online, or $25 on race day.

Festival of the Feet family bookings can be made for up to four in the 3km race. Festival of the Feet family bookings just $50 online, or $65 on race day.


Is there a time limit or age limit for the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon?

Yes, runners need to complete the half marathon distance under 3 hours to get marshal support, and have their results recorded.

There is no upper age limit, but participants in the Festival of the Feet Half Marathon race need to be 18 years or over.


Can I organise a team to run in the Festival of the Feet?

Yes, the Festival of the Feet 7km race has the option to register a team of up to 6 people in the event – but you’ll need to register online.

To register a team you’ll need to agree on a team name and make sure each team member uses that name when they fill out their individual entry form.

Maximum of 6 in a team, fastest 4 will be counted. There is no additional fee to be in a team.


What are the age categories and awards for the Festival of the Feet?

We have categories covering all age groups, across all races. The Festival of the Feet awards outright trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female for the 21.1km, 14km, 7km and 3km events.

The Festival of the Feet also awards medals for the male and female winners in all age categories for all races. Outright winners do not qualify for age category awards.

The winning team will receive a medal for each team member (maximum of 6).

And all participants are awarded a Festival of the Feet medal for completing their distance, as well as an awesome race bag full of goodies from our sponsors.

Finishers certificate will be available online with results, times and placings.

3km

7km

14km

21.1km

Under 5 years

Under 15 years

Under 15 years

18 – 29 years

6 – 9 years

 

 

 

10 – 15 years

 

 

 

16 – 19 years

16 – 19 years

16 – 19 years

 

20 – 29 years

20 – 29 years

20 – 29 years

 

30 – 39 years

30 – 39 years

30 – 39 years

30 – 39 years

40 – 49 years

40 – 49 years

40 – 49 years

40 – 49 years

50 – 59 years

50 – 59 years

50 – 59 years

50 – 59 years

60 – 69 years

60 – 69 years

60 – 69 years

60 – 69 years

70 + years

70 + years

70 + years

70 + years


When do I pick up my Festival of the Feet race bib?

If you’ve registered online you can collect your race bib on the day from our friendly volunteers at the registrations tent.

Your race timing chip is in your bib, so you need to wear it on the front of your clothing during the race 
(it's needed for timing, to help marshals direct you on the course, and to identify you in photos)

Registrations commence at 7.00am and close 15mins before each race starts. Register early to avoid delays.


Where can I stash my stuff - will there be a baggage area?

Yes!

The Festival of the Feet bibs feature a special tear off baggage tag that you can attach to your gear to keep it safe during your run.

Whilst every care will be taken to look after your belongings on race day, it’s not a good idea to leave valuables in the baggage area.


Where can I park on race day?

The major parking areas are accessed by the Mirambeena Regional Park entry off Henry Lawson Drive, opposite Lionel Street at the southern end of the park.

We’ll put up lots of signs on the day to help you find the best parking spot.

(For the geography nerds the coordinates are 33o54’40”E 159o58’ 33”S or 33.911227, 150.975826)

There will also be limited parking early on Henry Lawson Drive, and there’s small car park (20 spaces) off Henry Lawson Drive opposite Flinders Road.


Will there be drink stations along the Festival of the Feet races?

Yes!

Each Festival of the Feet race has drink stations at 3km, 5km, 10km, 12km, 17km and 19km distances.


What are the Festival of the Feet courses like?

The Festival of the Feet has four races 3km, 7km, 14km and 21.1kms. All of the Festival of the Feet races are held within the picturesque Mirambeena Regional Park.

You’ll run along pathways which wind around beautiful lakes and along the Georges River, while you listen to western Sydney’s magical song birds.

River gums rise magically from the wetlands and the scrubby hills are full of finches and wrens. If you love a bush run – the Festival of the Feet has to be on your running bucket list.


The 7km loop

Starting on the expansive grassed area adjoining Lake Gillawarna, teeming with bird life including pelicans, swans, wild ducks and waterfowl. The course follows clear pathways, and a beautiful bushy landscape. The first kilometre, will take you from the lakeside, the Georges River beach, then follow the Prospect Creek banks, as you enjoy the flat and beautiful wetlands running.

Having nicely warmed up over a little more than 2kms, you will pass the seven peacemakers (totem poles) on your right and then come to your first hill.

The next couple of hills will be worthwhile, because you’ll hit the drinks station at about 3kms, then sweep down an easy hill.

You will come to the northern most lake at Shortland Brush with its water sculpture to migrating birds on the right.

At the northern end of this Lake you will come to a hill of a few hundred metres in length which will "keep you honest" but as the turnaround point is at the crest of this hill, as is the 4 km mark, you will have a fast easy run down until you turn left and go along the eastern side of this beautiful lake.

At about the 5kms point you will go passed the drink station and through some more undulating hills finishing in an easy fast downhill gradient run.

The last kilometre goes along the eastern side of Lake Gillawarna turning to the right just before the pedestrian bridge, which straddles Henry Lawson Drive, returning to the starting point.


Can I get a course map for Festival of the Feet?

Yes! Click on these links to download all the maps.

3km course map

7km, 14 km and 21 km course maps


Can I run with a pram?

Yes, absolutely!

Carers with prams can participate in the 3km event only.

It’s mostly flat, and there are always lots of family groups in this race.

For safety reasons if you’re starting with a pram we’ll get you to start at the back of the pack.

Also, it’s probably not a good idea to run "competitively" with a pram in the Festival of the Feet.

People with prams are not able to enter the 7km, 14km and 21.1km events.

The nature of the runs and the number of the people in the events means that prams could cause an accident in these Festival of the Feet events.

Can I run with my dog at Festival of the Feet?

Unfortunately, we can't welcome dogs to participate with their masters at the Festival of the Feet.

Some of our courses are very tight, and dogs on leashes can produce a significant trip danger to all runners.

Dogs are allowed to join us on the day at the Festival of the Feet, so long as they remain in the start precinct and remain on their leashes at all times. We also ask that dog owners are conscious that there will be lots of young children around, so it’s wise not to bring dogs who haven’t been socialized around kids.


Where is the event?

The Festival of the Feet is a fun run in the Bankstown region – and is one of is Western Sydney’s favourite running events.

The Festival of the Feet will be held at Lake Gillawarna, within Mirrambeena Regional Park, Henry Lawson Drive in the suburb of Georges Hall.


If it is raining, is the Festival of the Feet still on?

Yes, the Festival of the Feet will still be on if it is raining.

The only reason we would postpone Festival of the Feet is if the Mirrambeena Regional Park is so badly flooded that it becomes dangerous for participants.

If the Festival of the Feet is postponed online entrants will be automatically advised of the new date.

If the date is not suitable to you then you will be able to transfer your entry to another person for the same race distance or lesser distance.


Can I get refund if I can’t run?

The Festival of the Feet is a community event, run by volunteers, which donates any additional funds it raises to charities.

As such, we operate on very tight margins and we can’t offer refunds.

If the event has to be postponed or changed in any way we’ll make sure you have every possible opportunity to participate in and awesome run.

In the event that you can’t run on the day you can transfer your entry to another runner up to two weeks prior to the event (Sunday 2 July, 2017).

Using the email that you used in your entry, please supply the following information of the person you are transferring your entry to:

The name of the runner, their address, date of birth, age on race day, gender, emergency contact, email, mobile number, event they will be running in (you can transfer to the same or lesser distance).


Which charities are supported by the Festival of the Feet?

The charities we support are:

BEHHA - Bankstown East Hills Handicap Association, based at Revesby http://www.behha.org.au/

Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club, a charity that provides sport, recreation, social activities and

opportunities for people with a disability, based in the Bankstown CBD

http://www.disabledsportrsac.org.au/

Australian Cancer Research Foundation https://acrf.com.au/


How can I become a sponsor of the Festival of the Feet?

The Festival of the Feet offers a series of sponsorship packages designed to maximise the return to our loyal supporters, and welcome the opportunity to work together to ensure the race is a successful event for everyone involved.

Sponsorship opportunities are strictly limited, and designed to deliver maximum engagement with your brand, as well as excellent content development and storytelling opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to community.

Contact our publicity officer JV Douglas at jv.douglas@outlook.com.au or 0400 567 677 to find out how we can make your brand BOOM!


Who can I contact for more information?


Contact Joan Eisenhuth, Race Director via email or mobile 0413 787 135, if you need anymore information about the Festival of the Feet.

Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate.

However, information contained in this website is subject to change at any time.


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