Pacer Policy

At the Northburn100 Pacers are for participants who’s prime goal is to complete the distance. If you are aiming for a ‘podium’ finish, man or woman, then to ensure an ‘even playing field’ runners with pacers will be excluded from the merit prizes. Runners with pacers who do ‘happen’ to get a placing among the first 3 runners without pacers will still be recognised and rewarded at the prize giving/in the results.* We would like to stress that we are not ‘anti’ pacers, we think that for many participants they are a great idea and we encourage you to use them.

There will be no registration fee for pacers however they will need to fill out a registration form and sign the waiver before heading out on the course.

Pacers are permitted to carry some of their runners ‘extra’ gear. This does NOT include the minimum required gear** that must be carried by all runners (including pacers) at all times. Extra gear might include water proof trousers, a basic first aid kit, a GPS… that kind of thing.

*E.G. at the awards presentations after the first 3 non paced runners get their prizes we’ll call up the paced runner and say what a good time they did – how pleased they must be with the time and here’s (a prize) for your efforts…

The results will be in order of finishing times with a (p) to indicate runners who made use of a pacer.

** All runners including pacers will need to carry the minimum required gear:

  • daypack.
  • rain jacket – it can be just a ‘shell’ but it must be seam-sealed waterproof.
  • merino or thermal long sleeve top
  • extra fleece/mid weight wool top.
  • long tights or trousers (not cotton!)
  • warm hat or beanie
  • polypro gloves
  • survival/emergency blanket
  • own snacks, gels, energy bars etc
  • water bottles/bladders – enough to carry 2 liters of water at all times
  • headlight for night-time with back up batteries.
  • reflector stripes or vest or back flashing light for night-time running (most running packs these days have reflective tape sewn into them).



9 thoughts on “Pacer Policy

  1. Hi there,

    My 2 questions are:
    1. Can the pacer join at any point? And will there be a checkpoint say 20-30km from finish where they could be dropped in by our support crew vehicle?

    2. The mid weight/ fleece layer, can that be a merino long sleeve ( second thermal top) or does it need to be thicker?

    Thanks very much, excited to get there!! ( and bloody nervous!)


    • 1. No pacers can’t join at any point. They can join at the start of the second loop (Race start/finish – main marquee) start of the third loop or from check point TW up the mountain. To get to TW a bit less than 30km from the finish they must take official transport up there – it is serious 4WD access only. $20 per ride.

      2. Merino long sleve is fine so long as it is not a ‘base layer’ the base layers are quite thin – don’t skimp on this everyone who’s been out there at night in the blizzard whished they had thicker layers on!

      Good questions thanks!

      • Hi Eliisha – Terry is quite right with regard to layers. I had a base layer, top layer, wind jacket, thermal gloves and thermal hat and I still got extremely cold. This time I am taking my extra 320 Merino just in case it gets that cold again. You can always swap your top layer with a heavier one or pick up and extra on your way through the start/finish line before you head out for the night section if you want to.

  2. Hi , I am planning to do this race 2014, Are you allowed more than one pacer (1 does first loop, and another does the 2nd loop). Thanks.

    • Guess so… we would prefer 1 does second loop, other does last loop – there is no night section so no real issues with the first 50k loop. Also because there is a 50k and a 100k plus the 160k all starting together over that first 50 there are plenty of other people around…

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