Below is the initial FAQ
Q: What is the distance for the GSER100?
A: 182km with 10,207m of descent and 11,464m of ascent.
Q: What is the distance for the GSER50?
A: 91km with 5161m of ascent and 5168m of descent.
Q: Where does GSER100 start?
A: GSER100 runs from Mt Buller to Bright in odd numbered years (2017, 2019) and runs in reverse Bright to Mt Buller in even numbered years (2018, 2020)
Q: Is the GSER100 going to be hosted every year?
A: At the moment the management team has committed to hosting the GSER100 for 4 years. A determination for future years will be made after the fourth running.
Q: Where does the GSER50 start?
A: The GSER50 starts in Mt Buller all years.
Q: Do I have to have a crew to do this event?
A: No – crew is not a requirement, having said that they will make your life easier and also give you possibly much needed support along the way. If you do not have a crew – you will need to have some drop bags ready to be checked in the night before the event.
Q: Are runners allowed to use poles?
A: YES, if they choose.
Q: Are runners required to take a headlamp?
A: YES, definitely. All runners in both events require headlamps. You will not do this without going through at least one night- bring spare batteries! Headlamps are part of the Mandatory Gear.
Q: Will there be aid stations?
A: YES! See Aid Station pages
Q: Is there First Aid help out there?
A: YES – absolutely.. The emergency number to call will be provided in your runner pack. If you are in trouble and need help – please call this number. Put it in your phone prior to the start of the event. Also let runners around you know so that they can alert the next checkpoint. If there is insufficient reception to make a call, you can sometimes still get enough reception to send a text. Try that if the phone call fails.
Q: Are we able to have drop bags in the GSER?
A: YES. Drop Bags will be provided for runners to stow their gear. All gear must fit in a drawstring backpack.
Q: What opportunity is there to use pacers?
A: From Mt St Bernard to Upper Howqua Campground runners cover a very remote section of the high country which will have checkpoints but no crew access. Runners can take a pacer runner for their safety to cover this section. Runners are then allowed to have another pacer with them from Upper Howqua through to the finish at Mt Buller. A single pacer cannot cover both legs. See the pacer page for more info.
Q: Why are support crews not allowed access to the course between Mt St Bernard and Upper Howqua Campground?
A: This section of the course is very remote and 2WD access is not possible for the most part. A couple of roads do offer access to a sturdy 2WD car, but on very windy, narrow mountain roads not made for two way traffic. They are also a five hour return trip (at least) from the nearest towns, which places an unacceptable fatigue risk on crews. We recommend crews freshen up during this time, rest and meet their runners at Upper Howqua in the best shape they can be.
Q: Can you post my prizes out if I am not at presentation?
A: No sorry – we do not post prizes out. You may have a friend collect them just after the presentation. Uncollected prizes go back into future prize pools..
Q: What compulsory gear will runners need?
A: See the Mandatory Gear page. It is Mandatory.!
Q: What are the safety issues with this event?
A: The GSER100 uses established trails, it doesn’t bushwhack however some parts of the course are remote, steep and far from vehicle access. Some parts of the trails are overgrown. Runners will have to take responsibility for their own safety as it may be several hours before a race safety team can reach someone who has had an incapacitating injury, and then several more hours to extract them. Hence, you need to be well prepared and experienced in high country travel. In some of the more remote areas there will be simply no way out other then helicopter should the worst happen.
Q: What cutoff times are there?
A: There will be a 56 hour time limit to cover the full 100 miles. Checkpoints along the way will have intermediate time cut offs to ensure you stay ahead of 56 hour pace. Race staff also can withdraw anyone who seems to be incapable of continuing, for medical or other reasons. The withdrawal of a runner shall not be taken lightly and when required – for medical reasons will consult the event medical director. Please see Performance Rules and Cut offs page for more info.
Q: This is a National Park, isn’t it?
A: Much of the race takes place within Alpine National Park or adjacent State Forests. Please respect the environment and don’t drop litter, which is a breach of the race rules, and also of the agreements that let us use this pristine landscape. Also, crews- please do not bring dogs into areas where they are not permitted. There will be bins at checkpoints where runners can offload your rubbish. All crews should take their rubbish with them.
Q: How do I follow the course? Is it marked?
A: The race course will be regularly marked with lengths of colourful flagging tape. Junctions will be marked with extra tape (to catch your attention), arrows pointing the correct way, red Xs indicating the incorrect way, and other signage as we think is needed. If you travel for more than a kilometre without seeing a marker, almost certainly you are not on the race course. Please don’t continue the way you are going- return to the last course marker you saw, and work out where to go from there. In a race this big, you can afford to take a few minutes to make sure you’re on the right trail. Of course maps will be available, so please study them and also actually get out on the course where you can.
Q: Is there a short option, less than 100 miles?
A: Yes, there is a 50 Mile option
Q: Tell me about this relay option?
A: A relay team can run the 100 miles with changover points at Mt St Bernard and Upper Howqua Campground.
Q: What sort of roads will support crews be driving on?
A: The checkpoints at Mt St Bernard, Harrietville are all accessible by normal, sealed road. The drive to Upper Howqua Checkpoint via Circuit Road and Bindaree Road is similar- good quality dirt road that is usable by 2WD. The road to Mt Buller is sealed, although steep and winding.
Q: Will I be in the hurt box during this event?
A: Yes indeed.