Frequently Asked Questions
See below for common questions we get asked leading up to the event!
Where does my money go?
All funds raised by this event are split evenly between Cystic Fibrosis Community Care and The Children's Hospital at Westmead and go toward assisting each organisation in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Where is this year's 65k 4 65 Roses Walkathon taking place?
Anywhere! Due of the unpredictability of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and concern for the health and safety of our community, the 2021 65K 4 65 Roses Walkathon is going virtual. This means that, COVID-19 restrictions allowing, you can gather with your team, walk in the location that best suits you, and make a fun day out of it.
Additionally, we have extended the Walkathon period from one day to 9. This give you two weekends and 5 week days to participate. You can either knock your distance out in one go or you can chip away at your distance across multiple days.
What should I do with supplies that I might need throughout the day
If you're planning on walking one of the longer distances it's important that you have some way of checking in with a support team or person while you're walking. Walk a path that goes in a loop so you're periodically checking in at your "base" or arrange to have your support person/team meet you throughout your walk with things like extra food and water, shoes and socks, bandages and sunscreen, etc.
What comes in my registration pack?
Every person who registers on or before 20 February will received a limited edition 65k 4 65 Roses Walkathon cooling headband, a race bib, and a medal. For an additional $20, you can purchase a very special pair of CF socks that will be posted out with your race pack as well.
When do I get my registration pack?
If you register on or before 22 January, your pack will be posted out by 29 January. If you register after 22 January your pack will still be posted out, but you may not receive it until after the event.
When do online registrations close?
65K online registrations close at midnight on Saturday 20 February.
Do I get a free singlet this year?
No. This year we will be offering a limited edition 65k 4 65 Roses Walkathon cooling headband in lieu of the usual singlet. You will also receive a race bib to wear on your walk and a medal to celebrate your achievement.
What time should I start walking?
Traditionally, the 65km distance starts at 2am, the 42km starts at 5am, the 35km starts at 7am, and the 21 and 7km start at 9am. This allows everyone to finish walking before 5pm. We recommend that you follow this schedule while doing the walk on your own in 2021.
Do I need a torch?
If you’re walking at all in the dark, please bring a high powered torch and spare batteries. Even if you're familiar with the path you're walking and know that it's well lit, you never know what things will be like on the day.
Do I need sunscreen and a hat?
ABSOLUTELY! Sunscreen & sun protection is essential as the weather can be quite hot this time of year. Please take all precautions to stay protected from the sun when possible – high SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, sleeves, a hat. If possible, try to walk a shady route.
What if it rains?
Bring wet weather gear and extra shoes/socks if the weather calls for even a small chance of rain. 65k is an outdoor event and is subject to all kinds of weather. Please be prepared!
How should I look after my feet?
Be sure to bring extra wool socks & spare walking shoes if possible, or have someone that can meet you and bring you these things. It’s amazing how sore and tired feet will feel better after a change of shoes and socks. Blister kits and tape for your feet are another key item. If you develop a hot spot on your foot, do not walk another lap without caring for it. 7km can feel VERY long if you have a blister. This can determine whether you finish your goal distance or not.
What should I eat on the day?
Two to four hours before your walk, you should eat a carbohydrate based meal or snack such as breakfast cereal with milk and fruit, or even a ham and cheese toastie. During your walk, you should be sure to keep your energy up with low fat, carb based snacks such as bananas or trail mix. Don’t forget to eat – set an alarm reminding you to grab something every hour or two. This is very important to keep you from running out of fuel mid-walk.
Should I bring my phone?
Definitely. In fact, we ask all long distance walkers to carry a phone on them while walking/running alone in case of emergency. It’s advised to bring a power bank if you have one, as well.