Welcome to the third Naracoorte World Heritage Trail Run as part of MegaFest 2022. This is an event that hopes to continue to gain the traction of Trail Running as a sport in the region but also link the township of Naracoorte with the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves and its walking trails. Through local businesses’ support, we hope that people come for the run/hike but stay for the Naracoorte hospitality.
We now have FOUR distances to choose from; 5km Dippy, 15km Stoney Point, 23km Megafauna, and introducing the 43km Ultra-Narathon! Appreciate the bushland and pine forest trails, the local kangaroo population and other native wildlife, pass sheep farms, vineyards, and not to mention experience the unique limestone formations that are the Naracoorte Caves. The event has been made possible with funding from the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association.
Event details and schedule
Naracoorte Caves National Park - Visitor Information Centre, 89 Wonambi Road, Naracoorte SA
Start and finish: The grassed area by Alexandra Cave
There will be four distances covered in the event including:
• 8.00am: “Mega Fauna” 23km Briefing: 7.45am
• 8.30am: “Stoney Point” 15km Briefing 8.15am
• 9.15am: “The Dippy” 5km Briefing 9.00am
• 10.30am: “Fossil Dash”1km
Please collect your bib and any ordered merchandise from the Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre at 36 Macdonnell Street prior to the event.
Event Check In – from 6.00am.
You can hike any of the distances but please be aware cut-off times apply.
Cut off for the event is 1pm.
23km $60 (GST inclusive)
15km $50 (GST inclusive)
5km $30 (GST inclusive)
1km – $2 donation made at the start
No Refunds will be given on Entry fees for change of mind. However, we do permit event distance changes. Due to the additional workload placed on our volunteers to process each change, should you decide to change event distance there will be a $10 event change fee, plus any price difference. You will not be refunded the price difference if transferring to a cheaper category. We are unable to process any changes or cancellations after the event registration cut-off. Should the event be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or COVID restrictions, you will get a full refund but still incur the $10 administration fee or your payment can be transferred to 2022.
Trail Run/Hike rules
Please be aware that this is a National Park World Heritage Area and that no dogs are allowed on these runs.
There are also electric fences bordering private properties so please be cautious.
Given the time of year, it is highly recommended that you carry the following:
- at least 500mL water and/or sports drink capacity (this is a no plastic event so your own container is your responsibility)
- phone fully charged before race starts with saved number 0448346527 in case of emergency out on course
- compression bandage (while the area has been cleared, it is a national park and there is a risk of snakes)
- 2 x non-adhesive wound dressings
- sunglasses/ hat
- extra food/ nutrition
Car Parking, road closures and traffic
Park at the MCG, signage will be apparent
Community event signs will be erected to slow down traffic on Caves Road. Roads will be closed to Victoria Caves from 0700 to 1200, including those coming in from Langkoop and Joanna so traffic will be diverted around to Caves Road if wanting to get to the event.
Hydration and Nutrition stations, but please ensure you have your water and nutrition with you as stations will be limited given Covid hygiene rescrictions.
Clothing and car key security
We are happy to look after a bag of clothing whilst you are out running so you have some clean clothes to get changed into after the run/hike. All clothing must be in a single bag, with name, and telephone number clearly marked and must be dropped off at the registration table. Also, you can hand your car keys to us to be looked after if you require. Please keep in mind that we hold no responsibility for lost or stolen property.
First Aid Points:
A First Aid service will be available at the start/finish line.
In addition, Senior First Aiders will be roaming the course and contactable via aid stations. For emergencies please dial 000 first then immediately notify the race director 0448346527 of your situation and location.
Emergency Plans and Procedures
Event withdrawal for emergency purposes – severe injury:
If you have a serious injury whilst out on the course we suggest the following procedures:
•if you are able and without incurring further injury, move off the actual line of travel so you are out of the way of other runners, vehicles and cannot cause further injury to yourself or others
•stay on the course / track at all times - do not try and find your own way to a road by cutting ‘cross country’
•seek assistance from other runners as they come past - tell them to relay a message forward to the next checkpoint confirming your location and suspected injuries
•stay calm, use your First Aid Kit. Help will be on its way as soon as possible
•We will have a ‘Grim Sweeper’ following the last runners/hikers along the course
Event withdrawal for non emergency reasons
If you wish to withdraw from the event because of fatigue, an injury or any other reason AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED please tell an official.
If you started the event and are out on the course and want to withdraw please tell the next marshal (who has mobile communication). MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE NEAREST CHECKPOINT as indicated on the maps above. For non emergency withdrawals we can only arrange for a ‘grim sweeper’ to come and pick you up from the course.
If you get lost or lose the course
If you think you are lost or have gone the wrong way we suggest you follow these procedures.
•STOP! Sit down, have a drink of water and assess the situation with a clear mind. Consider where you are.
•Think about where you last saw a road sign – how far back do you think it was (200m, 700m or 2km?) go to it. Call event director for further instructions.
•When you are certain you have gone wrong backtrack along the exact route you came. Be aware of how far back you have gone and try to limit yourself to what you decided. Use watch to look at the time.
There is a fair to good mobile phone coverage on course for Telstra 4G customers. Please ensure your phone is fully charged before the event.
Fire Safety And Extreme Weather
We are in constant communication with the CFS about the prospect of a fire in the region of the event. We have made a commitment not to compromise the safety of any competitors or any CFS, personnel dispatched to attend a fire, any private land owners or the wilderness and surrounding areas as a result of the MegaFest - Naracoorte World Heritage Trail Run.
As a result, there is a chance that the course could change on the day or the event could be postponed or the event could be cancelled. The event will only be cancelled if there are extreme fire weather conditions in the area over the entire weekend and it is determined that the fire danger is too great to permit runners to go through the course. On a day of total fire ban, the National Park will be closed and the event will be automatically cancelled or postponed.
Declaration of a ‘Code Red’ or ‘Extreme’ fire danger rating for the district on Sunday will mean the event will be cancelled. Any change of course, evacuation or event cancellation will be communicated to competitors as soon and as safely as possible, through any of the following means:
•SMS sent to competitors mobile phones
•at the event registration area on Sunday Morning pre-event
•when runners are assembled at the start line
•when runners pass a checkpoint
•all messages will be copied and placed on the official event notice board in front of the registration area and on the event facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NaracoorteMegaFest
Once again, these changes would be a last resort, but we respect competitor safety, the landowners, residents, flora and fauna of this beautiful part of the world in extreme circumstances.