Event FAQ

Register

How do I register?

Click here to register now!

When does registration close?

Entries will close once the event sells out. If the event has not sold out, there will be limited entries available on event day. Enter here now to secure your spot and a low early-bird registration fee.

What do I get for my entry fee?

When you reach your fundraising target of $250, you'll get an awesome event shirt and Exercise Your Moodwalk drink bottle!

Everyone who registers will also get:

  • Water and fruit along the course
  • Delicious food after your walk catered by Rotary
  • Event entertainment
  • Fundraising support
  • A range of prizes and incentives as you reach fundraising targets
  • Route Map
  • Volunteers to cheer and support you
  • An unforgettable experience
  • The knowledge that you have helped turn ground-breaking research into life-saving action!

What time does the event start and finish?

The event starts at 5pm sharp and finishes at 11pm. You need to be onsite by 4.30pm for a safety briefing and to see our ambassador launch the event!

What happens if I don’t reach the minimum fundraising target of $250?

With the friendly support of the Black Dog Institute fundraising team we are sure that you will reach your goal. Please also utilise the fundraising tools available to you in the 'Fundraising' section of this website which will further help you to meet the modest $250 target by event date.

Please do contact us if you have any concerns.



Are there any age restrictions for the event?

The event is open to participants aged 16 years and over.

Are there rest stops on the course?

Yes! We suggest taking a rest wherever our lovely volunteers are situated, so you are not on your own. They will be at all street crossings and wherever there is a turn in the route. Please view the course map.

Do I have to finish the course?

No. If you feel you have walked enough, please make your way to the village at Fig Grove, our start and finish site, where you can relax at any time.

If you cannot continue to the site, please alert a volunteer so we can assist you.

Do we need to finish by a certain time?

Yes, you need to finish by 11pm, within 6 hours. If you are still walking at this time, we'll collect you in our van and transport you to the start site.

How long is the course?

The course is 21.1kms long, and you will travel the same course twice to reach the half-marathon distance. Visit the course map for more.

Does my entry fee go towards people living with mental illness?

Your entry fee supports the costs of staging the event. We rely on you to raise much-needed funds for Black Dog Institute. All funds raised by walkers will support Black Dog Institute’s vital education programs. Find out more here.

What should I wear?

We do have a prize for the best costume - so go all out! Use light creatively, and give us your best. Dress sporty, fun, colourful - or any athletic gear that you feel comfortable in. We do ask that you wear close toed shoes for your own safety.

Can I wear thongs or sandals?

No, all participants must wear closed toe shoes for safety, such as trainers/sneakers.

Where does the walk start and finish?

The walk starts and finishes at  Fig Grove, please see  the course map. Look out for the big white marquees with the Black Dog Institute logo on the roof and sides. 

Where can I park and what about public transport?

The start and finish site is at Fig Grove, Sydney Olympic Park. Fig Grove is located on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Dawn Fraser Avenue, across the road from McDonalds. 

We STRONGLY recommend taking public transport to and from the event. Trains run to and from Olympic Park for the duration of the event. 

**PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SYDNEY TRAINS HAVE ANNOUNCED TRACK WORK FOR THIS WEEKEND ** This may affect your journey.

Please give yourself extra time to get to the event. You can plan your trip here.

The train station is a 3-minute walk from the start/ finish site.

Parking

There is limited paid parking on site ($25), however we discourage driving home late at night, after walking a half marathon for your own safety. The train station is a 3-minute walk from the start/finish site while parking is some distance away and we cannot accompany you to your car. Please see parking information here.

Ubers and Taxis can access the site and drop you right near the start site.

Where can I get some fundraising support?

Please call us on 02 9382 9251 or email EYMW@blackdog.org.au. You will also receive communications along the way with lots of fun and simple fundraising ideas that will make your walk count.

How can I bank money I have raised and have it appear on my fundraising page?

Where does the fundraising go?

The funds you raise support Black Dog Institute’s vital education programs. Click here for details.

I can no longer participate. Can I get a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What happens if it rains?

Participants should be prepared for all weather. The event goes ahead rain or shine, unless there is a significant danger to participants because of poor visibility, lightning, storms or strong winds. If this occurs, a notification will be posted on our website, an email sent to your email address and an SMS sent to your mobile.

Can I bring my dog?

No. We love dogs, but unfortunately this event is not pet-friendly. The only animals on the walk will be the native wildlife that live in Sydney Olympic Park.

Will there be alcohol at the event?

No, this is an alcohol-free event.

Will there be food at the event?

Fruit and water will be provided along the route and at the finish site and you will receive a token for a meal from Rotary after your walk. You may like to bring extra snacks as well. 

Where can I leave my belongings?

We suggest bringing only what you need for the event - a small backpack, water, snacks, lightweight raincoat or poncho. Unfortunately we do not have space to store personal belongings at the registration point, so please try to carry only what you need.

What if I’m running late?

The event starts at 5pm sharp and you need to be on site at 4.30pm for a safety briefing. If you are not at the site and ready to go at 5pm, you will not be able to participate.

Is the route wheelchair accessible?

Yes - we suggest having someone accompany you as some of the event is in darkness.

What should I bring?

Headlamp and batteries
Water bottle 
Small backpack
Bib number
Waterproof jacket
Extra snacks
Enthusiasm!

Can I run?

For the safety of all participants, this is a walking event only.

Will I win a prize?

While this a walking event and there are no prizes for coming first, we do have some fantastic rewards. Check them out here.

How do I join a team?

It's easy to join a team! 

From the Home page, type the team name into the box on the top right that is titled "Find a Friend"

Press Enter.

The team name will appear in a box. Click on the box.

Click on the orange box that says Join Us.

Follow the prompts to either complete your registration or link an existing registration to the team.

You're all done!

Does everyone in my team need to register for the walk?

Yes. If they are participating in the walk, they must be registered.

Does everyone on my team need to have a fundraising page?

Yes! We ask everyone to aim for a goal of $250 to help create a mentally healthier world. And who doesnt like a bit of healthy competition?