FAQ's

WHEN DO WASHIE ENTRIES OPEN?

The Committee tries to get entries open by April of each year, this may be later/earlier depending on the hosting of the Buffs Marathon which they organise before the Washie.

DO WE NEED TO QUALIFY FOR THE WASHIE?

No there are no race requirements to qualify, we feel that only YOU know if you are ready to tackle this 161km on a busy road, during the night, into the day, supported only by your crew.

IS THERE A TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE WASHIE?

No, we do not provide a training programme as it is such an individual thing. There has been opinion from past runners that have become firm suggestions as follows:

  • Do not RACE Comrades, use it only as a training run
  • Consider night training
  • Train to eat real food while running (gels and power drinks will not see you through)

WHAT DOES THE SECONDING CREW DO?

The seconding crew are chosen by you, they must provide a vehicle with a driver, and at least one runner to accompany you at times you need/choose. They will transport all your food/drinks required on the route, essentially become your navigator, chef, medic, sunscreen applier, hairdresser, gopher, DJ, etc etc. These are the people that will see you at your best and your worst and get you through it all.

WHAT IS THE CUT OFF?

You have 26 hours to complete the event. The event starts at 5pm on Friday and the cut off is 7pm on Saturday.

DO WE HAVE TO RUN IN KIT?

No, you do not have to run in your running club kit. There may be several clothing changes during the course of your event, so we recommend keeping your kit change to the last one for crossing the finish line (glory photos). During ALL clothing changes your Washie race number must be visible on the outer most layer, front and back (at all times, extremely important!).

CAN WE HAVE A CYCLING SECOND?

Yes, you may have a cycling second, they may ride behind only though, (definitely not alongside) They must be well lit, without blinding oncoming traffic.

DO WE HAVE TO GO TO REGISTRATION?

Whether you have completed 10 Washies or zero, registration is the MOST compulsory part of the entire event. This includes the attendance of your seconding crew. This is not an event with road closures, watering points and marshalls. Your safety, the safety of your crew and all other road users is the committee’s most critical focus, they need to convey all up to the event information and NO entrant is exempt from attending.