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BUCKLEY'S CHANCE


WHEN: November 18-20, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: SURVIVAL RUN & 25KM/ 50KM "OFF" TRAIL RUNS

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BUCKLEY'S CHANCE


WHEN: November 18-20, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: SURVIVAL RUN & 25KM/ 50KM "OFF" TRAIL RUNS

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Welcome to "Buckley's Chance" - The first event of its kind in Australia.

In Australia there is a saying "You've got Buckley's Chance," which essentially means, "you have no chance". This saying is based on the true story of William Buckley, an English convict who was transported to Australia, escaped, was given up for dead and lived in an Aboriginal community for many years. 

Buckley's Chance races are best described as "God's own obstacle course", with athletes leaping, crawling, climbing, swimming, and of course running through some of the world's toughest natural environments. 

BUCKLEY'S CHANCE & SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA are produced and directed by Chief Brabon and Emilie Brabon-Hames, 2-time 1st & 2nd place finishers (overall) of the Hunter Gatherer 50km Ultra, and internationally renowned fitness experts. Shown here at the 2016 SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA

BUCKLEY'S CHANCE & SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA are produced and directed by Chief Brabon and Emilie Brabon-Hames, 2-time 1st & 2nd place finishers (overall) of the Hunter Gatherer 50km Ultra, and internationally renowned fitness experts. Shown here at the 2016 SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA

BUCKLEY'S CHANCE is an event for athletes who have participated in any kind of trail, OCR, Ultra Endurance, adventure race or similar to step up and experience the terrain in the NSW Hinterland. 

SURVIVAL RUN takes that extreme experience to another level. This is the ultimate hybrid event where the world's best obstacle racers, sky runners, adventure racers, trail runners, survivalists and military personnel go head to head in a battle of mental, physical and emotional endurance.

In true FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE style, Australia's only SURVIVAL RUN event will take place inside a 20 million year old shield volcano situated in the NSW/ QLD Border Ranges. This is the same area where the Australian Army has trained its Infantry and Special Forces Soldiers for Jungle Warfare since World War 2...

BUCKLEY'S CHANCE consists of FOUR separate races:

  1. SURVIVAL RUN - Ultra endurance, Ultra Challenge - APPLICATION ONLY

  2. 50KM "OFF" TRAIL RUN

  3. 25KM "OFF" TRAIL RUN

  4. 1600M "BEER MILE"

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2016 event itinerary

Friday 18th:

  • 3:00pm: Registration for Survival Run opens.
  • 4:00pm: Survival Run pre-race briefing.
  • 5:00pm Packet Pick-up for Survival Run Commences (Runners should attend ready to race with all required items).

Saturday 19th:

  • 3:00pm: Packet Pick-up for Off-trail events (25km & 50km) opens.
  • 6:00pm: Survival Run Race Cut-off.
  • 7:00pm: Beer Mile.
  • 7:30pm: BBQ, Survival Run awards, and entertainment. (Bookings required)

Sunday 20th:

  • 3:00am: Packet Pick-up cut-off for 50km Off-trail
  • 4:00am: Start 50km Off-trail
  • 4:00am: Packet Pick-up cut-off for 25km Off-trail
  • 5:00am: Start 25km Off-trail
  • 11:00am: Cut-off for 25km Off-trail finish
  • 2:00pm: Cut-off for 50km Off-trail finish

FAQ's

  • Is there camping on site? Yes, you can hire an onsite tent, or book a location to set up your own.
  • What if I don't like camping? No problem, there are plenty of hotels, bed & breakfasts, and yurts near by. For details on discounts and how to book click HERE.
  • How do I get to the location? A list of travel options is available HERE.
  • Can someone else pick-up my race pack for me? No, but you can collect it yourself up until 1hr before the event..
  • Is there parking on site? Yes, there is plenty of parking adjacent to the Race Village.
  • Is there food available? Yes, there are a number of local cafe's, restaurants and grocery stores nearby, and there will be a limited number of vendors on site.
  • Is there water available on site? Yes, there are fresh rain water tanks.
  • Can I be crewed? No. None of the races are formatted for crewing. Once you leave the Race Village, there is no guarantee you will return until you cross the finish line.
  • Can I be paced? No, no pacers will be allowed on the course.
  • Are there toilets on course? Yes, there are toilets available for use at some checkpoints, and at the Race Village of course.
  • Are there showers? Yes there are hot showers available at the Race Village.
  • Is there first aid on course? Yes, our Medical Director and his team will be mobile throughout the race weekend. All runners are required to carry there own first aid kit though for minor bumps and scratches.
  • Will I get lost? Not likely. All courses have been designed by runners, for runners. In 2015 many runners described the course as one of the best marked that they had ever raced on.
  • Can I drop down a category? Yes, as long as you make the decision prior to commencing the event.
  • Are there prizes? Hell yeah! All 10km, 25km & 50km finishers will receive an amazing Buckley’s Chance finishers medal, great event t-shirt and lots of other swag from our friends and family sponsors. If you are speedy enough to pip the others to the post, there are also Trophy’s for first, second and third male and female in each distance (10km/25km/50km). Survival Runners will also receive some fantastic race swag ... but they will have to earn their individual medallions.
  • What exactly does "Off-trail" mean? The simplest way to put it, is that for much of the race you will be running on uncleared ground, a trail that only the runners in front of you, or the race directors in setting up have run on before. This will means you get to experience more, see more, and be a part of the Australian Jungle. It is a brand new experience to add to your running repertoire!
At best you’ve got Buckley’s Chance mate
— The Life and Times of William Buckley, an Escaped Convict

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SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA


WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: 24-Hour Endurance Survival Race

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SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA


WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: 24-Hour Endurance Survival Race

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Hold up your right hand and repeat after me: “if I get hurt, lost or die, it is my own damn fault,
— Caballo Blanco

About Survival Run AUSTRALIA

SURVIVAL RUN is not for those who question their own ability.

We expect to see the world's best obstacle racers, sky runners, adventure racers, trail runners, survivalists and military personnel to go head to head in a battle of mental, physical and emotional endurance.

  • You must have completed a 50km+ Race or Ultra Endurance (12hrs+) event to have your application considered

  • You will be completing a number of challenges during the event. More details on these will be revealed later in the future.

  • Do not expect to finish the race....  

SURVIVAL RUN is not an obstacle course race, an adventure race, or an ultra-marathon. It is  an original combination of all of these. It is not a standard definition obstacle course race, with man-made mud, manufactured obstacles and gimmicky fire jumps. Survival Run is all about adapting to the environment and taking on challenges that are part of the historic indigenous culture and unique location where the event takes place.

That is why athletes must apply to participate. Only those who are truly prepared to take on these extreme challenges will be considered.

As with all of the BUCKLEY'S CHANCE races, SURVIVAL RUN is "unsupported" meaning, athletes will be called upon to carry all required hydration and nutrition themselves. If they run out of water or food they will need to source it from the natural environment, and ensure that it has been purified before consumption.

SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA OFFERS SOLO & 2-PERSON TEAM CATEGORIES

Awards are given for SURVIVAL RUN™ 1st, 2nd & 3rd place overall SOLO finishers & 1st TEAM finishers.


SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA RULES & THINGS TO KNOW

Applicants must have previous ultra distance experience to be considered for entry!  Accepted applicants will receive a registration link via our Registration System.

General SURVIVAL RUN & Team Category Rules can be found HERE

  1. SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA is hard and dangerous, don't bring your mom and dad. *This race is for big kids.
  2. Complaints will be used against you. *This is not your average hometown race with simulated danger.
  3. Entry is by application only with limited entry. *Applications are approved and entry is taken on a "first come, first served" basis. .
  4. Learn to climb trees. *ropes and bars are for gyms.
  5. Runners must be physically able to run over 80km, swim, climb, jump and carry heavy loads.
  6. Learn proper race hydration and nutrition before coming to this race. *No food and water provided on the course.
  7. GPS Devices of any type are not allowed, course maps are not provided. *Course marking in some areas, but mostly runners must be able to follow directions and self-navigate.
  8. Overall Cutoff time for SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA is 24 hours**Other cutoff times on the course will be announced pre-race. All cutoff times will be STRICTLY enforced.
  9. Runners who refuse to get off of the course past a cutoff time is immediately disqualified and must hand in their race number.  **If they insist on continuing, they must sign a waiver stating they are no longer under the race jurisdiction and protection.
  10. Runners who wish to drop out of the race must report to the nearest volunteer before doing anything else! **Those who do not respect this rule will be disqualified and banned from racing any future events.
  11. Runners are not allowed to take rides of any sort during the course of the race. **Motorcycles, Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, Horses, Cows, etc. are not allowed!
  12. Runners cannot help each other with challenges or carry loads for each other. Anyone found cheating will be disqualified immediately! 
  13. Throwing trash out on the course is prohibited! *Any runner found leaving trash on the course will be Immediately Disqualified!
  14. Runners cannot receive outside medical aid during race from anyone not in the race.
  15. No crew, friends or family allowed anywhere but in the Start/Finish Area.
  16. Runners must provide their own Adventure Sports Insurance, specific instructions are listed below.

SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA GEAR LIST 

Gear Check - Be ready to lay all of this equipment out in an organized fashion so we can make sure you have the required gear.

NOTE: GoPros or similar are allowed, GPS is NOT allowed! 

Allowed Items

  • SPOT Trackers or other brands of personal satellite devices
  • GoPro or similar video devices or still cameras

Prohibited Items

  • GPS tracking/ guidance devices
  • Mobile/ Cell Phones or other handheld internet devices.
  • Cigarettes
  • Headphones and music devices
  • Zip Ties

Required Items

  • A sharp Machete with sheath
  • A single piece of material - either 1.5m x 3m or 1m x 4m, with no premade holes, markings or attachments
  • 25m of paracord (550 cord)
  • Water carrying capacity for at least 2L.
  • Water Purifier.
  • 2 x Headlamps or Handheld Light + Extra Batteries.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Survival knife, pocket knife or Leatherman tool with blade.
  • A Survival Whistle.
  • Basic Compass.
  • Gaiters: We suggest Moxie Gear shin gaiters: http://www.moxiegear.com.au/#!moxie-shin-gaiters/zuv4v .
  • Minimum 2 x Pairs of socks
  • NOTE: This year you will NOT be required to make your own leather water carrying device.

Our Event Shop will have some of these items available. (COMING SOON)

RECOMMENDED ITEMS

  • Trail Shoes: with a grip suited to slippery/ muddy surfaces **shoes are required, but this type of shoe recommended.
  • Bugspray: To help protect against leeches and other insects (OFF is the brand that seems to work best with the Leeches!)
  • Sun screen.
  • Cotton & Needle (To be used for making pack)

REQUIRED INSURANCE FOR SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA

If you are not an Australian resident, this insurance will cover you during a Survival Run. You are REQUIRED to present a copy of this insure prior to Packet Pick-up.

Australian residents must sign an additional waiver and show proof of valid medical insurance. 

  1. Visit the applicable website above.
  2. Non Aussies, choose either Patriot Travel Medical Insurance or Patriot Platinum Travel Medical Insurance. This is your choice. 
  3. Purchase no less than $500,000 Maximum Coverage. 
  4. Deductible amount is up to you - remember this is 100% your responsibility! 
  5. YOU MUST choose SPORTS RIDER as Coverage Option. Any additional items are optional. 
  6. Coverage minimum is 5 days, MAKE SURE It covers through the event - If you are doing both races, then more than 5 days is ideal! YOU MUST Bring Proof of Insurance Certificate with you to Packet Pickup or email it to em@bootcamp.com.au .

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BUCKLEY'S "OFF" TRAIL RUNS


WHEN: Sunday November 20, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: 10KM, 25KM & 50KM "OFF" TRAIL RUNS

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BUCKLEY'S "OFF" TRAIL RUNS


WHEN: Sunday November 20, 2016

WHERE: Kunghur (Mt. Warning), NSW, Australia

WHAT: 10KM, 25KM & 50KM "OFF" TRAIL RUNS

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Hold up your right hand and repeat after me: “if I get hurt, lost or die, it is my own damn fault,
— Caballo Blanco

About BUCKLEY's "OFF" TRAIL RUNS

BUCKLEY'S CHANCE "OFF" TRAIL RUNS will require athletes to negotiate natural obstacles such as dense sub-tropic jungle, steep ascents and descents of the 600m high volcanic craters' walls, and water crossings. Athletes should expect to crawl, climb, wade, jump and run through what can best be described as "God's own obstacle course". 

ALL THREE Races are "unsupported" meaning:

Athletes will be called upon to carry all required hydration and nutrition themselves. If they run out of water or food they will need to source it from the natural environment, and ensure that it has been purified before consumption.

Though the "OFF" TRAIL RUNS do not require athletes to complete the additional tasks of SURVIVAL RUN, do not underestimate how challenging these courses can be. Athletes can expect to spend more than twice the amount of time on course than in an average trail running event.


IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES

  • Packet Pick-up: Packet Pick-up for all three Off-trail events opens at 3pm Saturday 19th Nov 2016 and closes 60min prior to relevant event start time.
  • Start Times:
    • 50km: 4am Sunday 20th Nov 2016 (Cut off for this event is 10hrs)
    • 25km: 5am Sunday 20th Nov 2016 (Cut off for this event is 6hrs)
  • Social Events: On Saturday Night (post Survival Run) we will be holding a number of social activities including:
    • inaugural "Beer Mile"
    • BBQ Dinner & Entertainment for runners, supporters and volunteers (Bookings required)

BUCKLEY's "OFF" TRAIL RUNS GEAR LIST

We remind all runners that all events are "Unsupported" so you will be required to carry or source all required hydration and nutrition yourself, as there are no aid stations on course.

50km competitors will be able to access a "Drop Bag" at the 25km Check Point.

If you are participating in the 25km event and are concerned that you will be unable to carry all required hydration we strongly suggest that you bring a water purifier so you can source additional water on the course. For all 50km runners - a water purifier is mandatory.

All runners, regardless of event, must carry the following:

  • Water carrying capacity for at least 2L.
  • Headlamp or Handheld Light + Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Salt Tablets or similar
  • Survival knife, pocket knife or Leatherman tool with blade.
  • A Survival Whistle

RECOMMENDED ITEMS

  • Trail Shoes: with a grip suited to slippery/ muddy surfaces **shoes are required, but this type of shoe recommended
  • Bugspray: To help protect against leeches and other insects (OFF is the brand that seems to work best with the Leeches!)
  • Sun screen
  • Gaiters: We suggest Moxie Gear shin gaiters: http://www.moxiegear.com.au/#!moxie-shin-gaiters/zuv4v

 

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BUCKLEY'S TRAVEL


Travel Information for BUCKLEY'S CHANCE Racing Events

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Travel Information for BUCKLEY'S CHANCE Racing Events

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traveling to buckley's chance Races

About the venue

The races start/finish on a private property whose facilities are used by Outward Bound. This property is surrounded by Wollumbin National Park. The venue is called the INTER-ACTION EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTRE and is located at 2954 Kyogle Road, Kunghur NSW 2484. CLICK HERE FOR MAP

AIR

Nearest Airports: Gold Coast Coolangatta (OOL) - 45 minutes & Brisbane (BNE) - 1.5 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those coming from outside of Australia, you may be required to get a visa to come in, it is easy to do, please visit HERE

DRIVING

Auto rentals are easy since most major rental agencies are represented at both airports. Check on Expedia, Priceline, AutoEurope or your favorite travel site for the best deals. 

To Inter-Action from Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast, QLD) Approx 1hr: https://goo.gl/SxUdOH

To Inter-Action from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (NSW) Approx 1hr 20min: https://goo.gl/IAPRsj

To Inter-Action from Brisbane Airport (QLD) Approx 2hrs 10min: https://goo.gl/cKyrgC 

To Inter-Action from Sydney Airport (NSW) Approx 9hrs 30min: https://goo.gl/VLcV5Y 

TRAIN

Inter-Action is approx 40min by taxi from Kyogle Station. Bookings can be made via: http://www.nswtrainlink.info/

NSW Train Link Service from Central Station (Sydney) to Kyogle: Approx 12hrs 

  • Economy Approx $80 per person
  • First Class Approx $115 per person
  • Sleeper Approx $200 per person

NSW Train Link Service from Roma St Station (Brisbane) to Kyogle: Approx 2hrs

  • Economy Approx $32 per person
  • First Class Approx $43 per person

On-site Accommodations 

Since the venue is remote, we provide tent camping. You can either bring your own tent and hire a tent spot or hire one we provide. Our tent hire service covers your tent setup, cots and tent take-down. All you have to do is show up. 

Hot showers and bathrooms are available, please bring your own bedding and toiletries. 

LOCAL OFF-SITE ACCOMMODATION


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BUCKLEY'S VOLUNTEER


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About Volunteering for BUCKLEY'S CHANCE Racing Events

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BECOME a Volunteer for Buckley's chance

Volunteering for BUCKLEY'S involves a combination of hard work and adventure.  Tasks include (but are not limited to) food preparation, packet-pickup, course marking, aid stations, vehicle course control, hiking/running course control, remote aid station support and more.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE?

Details will be provided by our Volunteer Coordinator for each event. These are basic items volunteer will receive.

  1. Cool BUCKLEY'S T-Shirt
  2. BUCKLEY'S Buff Headwear. 
  3. Food during volunteering.  
  4. Cool sponsor swag. 
  5. Discounted Race Entry into an event*Volunteers must be available for at least 2 full shifts to qualify for discounted entry. 
  6. The Experience of a Lifetime!

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure you are available for these times/dates you are registering for. Our volunteers are a very important part of our event. We are flexible and will work with your schedule and needs. If you cannot make the Volunteer Meeting, we can still use you for a shift, just be sure to communicate with your Volunteer Coordinator to let them know.

Volunteers must bring with them a backpack with a change of clothing/socks, headlamp w/extra batteries, sunscreen, bug spray, 3+ liters of water, snacks/food. Sturdy shoes are required. Thank you for volunteering!

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BUCKLEY'S SPONSORS


Of course we could not do this without our wonderful sponsors! 

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Of course we could not do this without our wonderful sponsors! 

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A big thank you to all of our Buckley's chance sponsors!

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