2016 UPDATES

Notification sent to runners on 26 December 2015:

We are now just 2 weeks out from this years Hoka One One Bogong to Hotham trail race. Please read the following as it contains important race information.

I hope your preparation has gone well. If not and you are considering withdrawing, please let me know. 

Entries are already closed and no more will be admitted as entry lists are now being distributed.


Runner tracking

This year for the first time runners will be tracked across the entire course. All runners will carry a small tracker (about the size and weight of a matchbox) that will allow the communication team to monitor your location most of the time (there will be drop-out at some points across the course). In the event of severe weather or a runner getting lost, the tracking system greatly improves our ability to locate you. The tracker will be provided to you at runner check-in. It will need to be in a zip-lock bag (provided) and in a high position inside your pack or in a shoulder pocket of your pack. The tracker must be returned at the end of your race or you will become responsible for posting it back to the company. Check them out here: http://www.trackmelive.com.au/trackers.htm


Mobile mapping

Another enhancement to the safety this year is the introduction of mobile mapping. After downloading the map to your phone you will be able to see where you are on (or off) the course at any time. Look out for links once the full course map is available. You will still need to carry the paper map.


Mandatory gear

Check the list now. https://sites.google.com/site/bogong2hotham/run-information/mandatory-gear-1

Make sure you have everything that is required.

Waterproof jacket must be waterproof. Not just water-resistant.

Thermals must be thermal not just technical apparel and definitely not skins.

I am uncompromising on the mandatory gear. If you do not have it, you cannot start. Do not come to gear check without all required gear, light and heavy kit, regardless of the weather. Same requirement for both 35km and 64km entrants.

Do not try to predict what the weather call will be. Bring the full kit. After doing this for years I am still surprised that some experienced runners show up without appropriate gear. Please respect the organisers and come well prepared. The shops will be closed when you discover you don’t have what is needed. I am considering introducing random gear checks during the race.


Registration and gear check venue change

Following in the tradition of the Pub burning down, now the Country Club has gone into receivership. So our new venue for gear check, registration and race briefing will be in the auditorium adjacent to the Mt Beauty Visitor Centre at 31 Bogong High Plains Rd, on the main road just before the main township. 

This means there is no option for meals at the briefing so it will be kept as short as possible to allow runners to get to dinner.

Without a suitable watering hole the presentations will be held at the finish-line of each race. This means we lose some of the apres-race festivity but there is no other option.

Volunteers

I am still in need of a few volunteers if you have crew, family or friends who want to get involved or know of anyone wanting to help out. Anyone available to help at either of the main aid-stations or hike in checkpoints please contact me.


Weather and fires

The current Otway fires are a salient reminder of what can happen in the aussie bush at summer. Our thoughts are with those still fighting those fires and those who have been effected. It is worthwhile downloading the CFA FireReady App for the latest fire warning updates. 

Hopefully we are due for some reasonable weather this year for B2H and we get to have a cracking race.

Yours,
Andy Hewat


















2015 Update

Notification sent to entrants 22 December 2014:

We are now just 3 weeks out from this summers Hoka One One Bogong to Hotham trail race. Please read the following as it contains important race information.

Refund closing

I hope your preparation is going well. If not and you are considering withdrawing, please let me know. You only have until 5:30pm on 26 December to withdraw and still receive a refund (less admin fee).

Entries are already closed and no more will be admitted off the waitlist as entry lists are now being distributed.

Runner tracking

I am pleased to announce that this year for the first time runners will be tracked across the entire course. All runners will carry a small tracker (about the size and weight of a matchbox) that will allow the communication team to monitor your location most of the time (there will be drop-out at some points across the course). This is a significant safety enhancement for the event. In the event of severe weather or a runner getting lost, the tracking system greatly improves our ability to locate you. The tracker will be provided to you at runner check-in. It will need to be in a zip-lock bag (provided) and in a high position inside your pack or in a shoulder pocket of your pack. The tracker must be returned at the end of the race or you will become responsible for posting it back to the company. Check them out here: http://www.trackmelive.com.au/trackers.htm

Mandatory gear

Check the list now. https://sites.google.com/site/bogong2hotham/run-information/mandatory-gear-1

Waterproof jacket must be waterproof. Not just water-resistant.

Thermals must be thermal not just technical apparel and definitely not skins.

I am uncompromising on the mandatory gear. If you do not have it, you cannot start. Do not come to gear check without all required gear, light and heavy kit, regardless of the weather. Same requirement for both 35km and 64km entrants.

Do not try to predict what the weather call will be. Just bring the full kit. After doing this for years I am still surprised that some experienced runners show up without appropriate gear. At GOW100s recently, one runner literally had none of the mandatory gear. Please respect the organisers and come well prepared. The shops will be closed when you discover you don’t have what is needed. I am considering introducing random gear checks during the race.

Volunteers

I am still in need of a few volunteers if you have crew, family or friends who want to get involved or know of anyone wanting to help out. Anyone available to help at either of the main aid-stations or hike in checkpoints please contact me.












Notification sent to email subscribers August 2014:

You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in this years Bogong to Hotham or you have previously run or volunteered at B2H.

Entries opening

I will be opening entries on Saturday 23rd August at 6am. While there has been plenty of interest I do not expect the race to sell out instantly. B2H is an advanced ultra so there are less people eligible to enter than most other races. However, based on the last few years, it is quite likely that it will sell out on opening weekend so I suggest you still try to enter early to avoid disappointment.

Race date

Race date is Sunday 11th January 2015, the second weekend after the New Year.

Hoka One One - Prizemoney

After their successful involvement last year, Hoka One One are again the naming rights sponsor of the race. This means that once again there will be prizemoney on offer for podium finishers! While a finish at B2H has always been a prized accomplishment regardless of prizes, a purse means this race will be even more competitive up the pointy end and hopefully tempt even more of the local elite.

Discounts

All AURA members save $20 so consider joining before entry to save. B2H is an AURA sanctioned race and could not happen without their backing. Please consider joining and enjoy not only the discounted entries across the calendar but their quarterly magazine and help support our representative body. 

Race details

Again there will be the single start and tight entry requirements and the tight cut-offs. This will exclude some runners from potentially entering and inevitably cause more runners to DNF. While this might seem a little harsh it has been necessary to ensure the safety of both runners and volunteers by reducing the time that everyone is out on the mountain. I make no apologies. A B2H finish is a significant achievement and these high standards make it a little bit harder to achieve and a little bit sweeter for those that can get there.

Prizemoney:

First male and female: $600 
Second male and female: $250 
Third male and female: $150

Important details:

single start at first light (6am) to avoid the need for headlamps
a single cut-off of 6-hours at Langford Gap (12pm)
cut-off at Omeo Rd of 7-hours (1pm)
overall finish cut-off at Mt Hotham summit 12-hours (6pm). Outside that is a DNF (and potentially we will collect you at the Mt Loch carpark 1km from the finish)

Entry requirements

This is not a novice or entry level race. The course is not marked. I do scrutinize the entries closely and I will reject anyone not deemed suitable. Many runners have already submitted their previous experience for assessment. I have already refused entry to several runners due to lack of experience. If you plan on entering but are not sure if you qualify then I suggest you email me to confirm your eligibility. I am adding a list of qualifying races and times to the website. These are by no means exclusive but help serve as a reference and guide as to what is needed.

There will be 100 entries across both the classic Rooftop Run of 64km and the Langford 35km. If you enter the 64km and pull-out or miss the cut at the 35km it will be recorded as a DNF. No changing distance on the day or after close of entries. The radio operators rely heavily on the lists they are given before the race to monitor runners. We need these lists to be accurate.

I will be opening 120 entries to allow for withdrawals before race day. A waitlist will be started after these 120 places are filled but will not move until the number falls back to 100.

Part of your entry fee is used as a donation to the Albury/Woodonga Amateur Radio Club. We donate to help with their infrastructure costs (for example they fund the radio repeater on Mt Hotham). 

If you are not planning to run this year but would still like to be involved please consider volunteering on the day.

I have updated the website and most of the information you will need is at www.Bogong2Hotham.com 

The mandatory gear is the same as last year but all entrants should make sure you are comfortable with entry requirements before entering. Rest assured, at the hint of bad weather it will be a 'heavy kit' race. 

If you feel you would like the reassurance of a Personal Locator Beacon to carry on the day, I have secured a great deal with EPIRBhire. Weighing 190g these PLBs (also known as an EPIRB) can be activated in the case of emergency to trigger a search and rescue response. PLBs provide a great sense of security at very little weight. They are not mandatory, but are highly recommended. To arrange hire, which must be done in advance of the event, please email EPIRBhire at info@epirbhire.com.au or call them on 0410 506 709 or (02) 4997 8183.  Individual orders will be delivered to the runner prior to race day at a cost of $44 each including delivery only. Runners will then need to return the PLB via registered post at around $10.

Please also consider ambulance cover if you don't already have it. The ambulance is not a free service in Victoria. If something goes wrong and you need evacuation it could cost thousands of dollars. A broken ankle is all it takes.

I look forward to seeing your entries and catching up in the mountains in January. Once again, with your help, I plan to keep the tradition of B2H alive and build on it's reputation as one of the toughest but most rewarding races on the calendar. 

Yours,

Andy Hewat

Race Director B2H






9/1/2014 Brief Update: 

Weather looks like being hot but I have spoken with the Fire Warden from Parks today and they are still happy at this stage for the race to go ahead. The weather pattern is stable and winds are low. I carted water into Derrick Hut today and got rained on by steady soaking rain and got quite chilly. So all systems are still go. Expect it to be hot down low and cooler up top. Tell your crew to bring a fly net to ward off flies while they are waiting.

Don't forget to book with the Country Club if you plan to eat during/after the briefing to help them plan for numbers: 
03 5754 4010

Cheers,
Andy

3/1/2014 Update:

Happy New Year to all you Bogong entrants!

This could potentially be the last update before race day pending any news regarding weather and fire risk. Basically, unless stated by me, the race is on. In the unfortunate and hopefully unlikely event of a forced cancellation I will notify via email, website home page and Bogong facebook page and twitter @GOW100s. 

While we have booked out the large function room at the Mt Beauty Country Club for the Saturday night briefing and Sunday night presentation, I have been asked by the manager to get anyone and everyone planning to have dinner to make a booking. This only for those wanting a meal. We have enough room for all runners and crew. This is to help their planning for staff and catering. I apologise for the late nature of this request. Given there are not many other options and we are there anyhow most runners and crew do eat here but they were hoping to get a better gauge on numbers. Given that they don't charge for the use of their venue, I encourage your patronage to help with the goodwill. 

Tell them you are with the race and the number is: (03) 5754 4010
(1 Lakeside Ave, Mt Beauty VIC 3699)

I am still fielding questions about the mandatory gear. Please check the website and make sure you have all the required gear. Waterproof jacket means waterproof with a hood. No "water-resistant" jackets or ponchos. Compression bandage must be heavy weight and 10cm wide. Thermal must be thermal ie, polypropolene, merino or similar but not compression gear (you can use that as well but no instead of). 

Do not assume because it is hot that you won't need the heavy kit. If a change comes through it may be required. I am uncompromising on gear and don't apologise for that.

Many thanks to Hoka One One for their ongoing support. Given the high percentage of entrants at Coast to Kosci wearing Hokas, I am curious to see how many show up at Mountain Creek.

Finally, enjoy your taper and final prep and travel safe. I look forward to getting into the mountains once again seeing you all up there. I will be in the mountains from Wednesday carting in water so will have limited online contact from then.

Cheers,
Andy





26/12/2013 Update:

I hope you all had a great xmas and are enjoying some time off work.

With a little over 2 weeks until race day I also hope that you are fit and well. If not, tomorrow, Friday 27th, is the last day to withdraw and receive a refund (less admin costs). This is not a race to be undertaking if you have a significant injury. Once you start it is a punishing 35km until you can stop. There is no way out, and no-where to hide.  

A quick look at the list of entrants highlights the quality of the field this year. As one runner put it: pound-for-pound one of the best line-ups at an aussie ultra ever. With Hoka One One coming on board this year there is prizemoney up for grabs for the first time ever. As if the competition isn't hot enough up the pointy end, this year there is added incentive to make the podium. Many thanks to Hoka One One Australia for chipping in!

Also for the first time this year you can hire a PLB (EPIRB) as an optional extra to carry with you. The deal is: 

EPIRBhire.com.au can offer the 160gram GPS enabled RescueME PLB for the race at a cost of $35 including delivery to the race organiser.
Competitors can call EPIRBhire to book, pay by credit card, at the end of the race we ask the runner to post the PLB back to EPIRBhire via registered post (approx $10).
We can also offer Satellite phones if needed for $120 including GST and delivery.

Bogong is essentially an unmarked course, relying on following the established trail, so if you have fear of getting lost a PLB is handy insurance. 

Mandatory gear: be sure to check you have it all. I am unwavering on this, and there is little chance of finding gear in Mt Beauty at the last minute. No gear=No start.

Weather / fire risk: the ever present threat of fire in the high country is something to be aware of. There is a new alert app that can be downloaded from the CFA website http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/fsc-time-to-download-fireready-app.html and the daily fire ban and risk can be found http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-and-ratings/
I will provide updates via email, facebook and twitter (@GOW100s) of any developments.


Hammer Nutrition have come onboard to provide Fizz endurolyte tabs and HEED electrolyte. If you haven't discovered Hammer's approach to hydration and nutrition you should have a read  http://www.hammernutrition.com.au/running-nutrition/ it makes a lot of sense and is backed by some good science. 

And just a reminder that the Ambulance is not a free service in Victoria and a simple injury that may require a helicopter ride could cost you thousands. Check that you have cover as a member, through your health fund or consider taking out some travel insurance.

All the best for the New Year. Travel safe and enjoy your taper.

Yours,
Andy Hewat






2/12/2013 Update:

I hope this update finds you fit and well. We are about 6 weeks out from race day and things are shaping up nicely for a classic Rooftop Run. The field is at capacity and currently oversubscribed to cater for the withdrawals that are unfortunately likely to still occur. A glance at the entrant-list reveals the depth of talent lined up. It is a cracking hot field.

This will be the 30th anniversary and 28th running of Bogong to Hotham. For the first time in the long history of this race prizemoney is on offer courtesy of Hoka One One. Anyone who has tried Hokas on big downhills will attest that these beauties will be ideal for the descent off Bogong, down T-Spur to Big River and down Cobungra Gap. Apparently stocks of the new model Rapa Nui and Kailua are running low with the xmas rush but there is still time to treat your feet. http://www.hokaoneone.com.au/  

Also on board for the first time is Hammer Nutrition. They offer great advice on hydration and fueling for the race. Check it out here: http://www.hammernutrition.com.au/running-nutrition/

If you are looking for training tips including great conditioning drills Shaun at Brewster's Running has offered free access to some of his online material to help get you ready for the quad smashing descents: http://brewstersrunning.com/ah2013/

I am still in need of a few volunteers if you have crew who want to get involved or know of anyone wanting to help out. And there is a possibility of a sweeper still being needed for the second half.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Radio Operators during the entry process. You will hear me say this many times but without them there would be no race. The donations help support their infrastructure costs, including the installation and upkeep on the repeater tower on top of Hotham that is used all year round. 

Good luck to anyone running Kepler or Coast to Kosci this weekend. 

I hope your training is on track and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Cheers,
Andy Hewat



6/8/2013 Entries opening update:

You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in this years Bogong to Hotham or you have previously run or volunteered at B2H.

Entries opening

I will be opening entries on Saturday 31st August at 6am. While there has been plenty of interest I do not expect the race to sell out instantly. B2H is an advanced ultra so there are less people eligible to enter. However, it is quite likely that it will sell out on opening weekend as it did last year so I suggest you still try to enter early to avoid disappointment.

Race date

Race date is Sunday 12th January. The date has crept forward the last couple of years but traditionally it has always been the second weekend after the New Year which is where it will be in 2014.

Hoka One One

After the disappointment of last years cancellation I am looking forward to a successful race this year. To help secure this success I am pleased to announce that Hoka One One have come onboard as major sponsor and this years race will be known as the the Hoka One One Bogong to Hotham. This means for the first time in nearly 30 years there will be prizemoney on offer for podium finishers! While a finish at B2H has always been a prized accomplishment regardless of prizes, a purse means this race will be even more competitive up the pointy end and hopefully tempt even more of the local elite.

Discounts

All entrants from last year will receive a 20% discount during the entry process in lieu of the cancellation. You will see an option to tick a box to gain this credit. This will be cross-referenced against last years list. If you feel you should be eligible but it refuses, you should continue to enter and email me after.  All AURA members save $30 so consider joining before entry to save. B2H is an AURA sanctioned race and could not happen without their backing. Please consider joining and enjoy not only the discounted entries across the calendar but their quarterly magazine and help support our representative body. 

Race details

Again there will be the single start and tightened entry requirements and the tight cut-offs. This will exclude some runners from potentially entering and undoubtedly cause more runners not to finish. While this might seem a little harsh it has been necessary to ensure the safety of both runners and volunteers by reducing the time that everyone will be out on the mountain. I make no apologies. A B2H finish is a significant achievement and these changes have made it a little bit harder to achieve and a little bit sweeter for those that can get there.

Important details:

  • single start at first light (6am) to avoid the need for headlights.
  • a single cut-off of 6-hours at Langford Gap (12pm).
  • cut-off at Omeo Rd of 7-hours (1pm).  
  • overall finish cut-off at Mt Hotham summit 12-hours (6pm). Outside that is a DNF. 

Entry requirements

This is not a novice or entry level race. The course is not marked. I do scrutinize the entries closely and I will reject anyone not suitable. Many runners have already submitted their previous experience for assessment. I have already refused entry to several runners. If you plan on entering but are not sure if you qualify then I suggest you email me to confirm your eligibility. As a rough rule of thumb you need to have run a trail ultra equating to a 6-hour 6 Foot Track or equivalent in the 12 months prior to the race. This is not fast enough to get you through the Langford cut but means you have potential to do so. 

There will be 100 entries across both the classic Rooftop Run of 64km and the Langford 35km. If you enter the 64km and pull-out or miss the cut at the 35km it will be recorded as a DNF. No changing distance on the day. The radio operators rely heavily on the lists they are given before the race to monitor runners. We need these lists to be accurate.

I will be opening 120 entries to allow for withdrawals before race day. A waitlist will be started after these 120 places are filled but will not move until the number falls back to 100.

Part of your entry fee is used as a donation to the Albury/Woodonga Amateur Radio Club (without whom there would be no race).  

If you are not planning to run this year but would still like to be involved please consider volunteering on the day.

I have updated the website and most of the information you will need is on here. 

The mandatory gear is the same as last year but all runners should make sure you are comfortable with entry requirements before entering. Rest assured, at the hint of bad weather it will be a 'heavy kit' race. 

Please also ensure you have ambulance cover. If something goes wrong and you have to be evacuated it could cost thousands of dollars. A broken ankle is all it takes.

I look forward to seeing your entries and catching up in the mountains in January. Once again, I plan to keep the tradition of B2H alive and build it's reputation as one of the toughest but most rewarding races on the calendar. 





3/1/2013 

Cancellation:

Disappointingly I have to announce the cancellation of Bogong to Hotham for 2013. 

I have just spoken with the Ranger in Charge at Parks Vic and there is no reprieve in sight. Even while I was there another update came through indicating an increase in the fire risk over the weekend. Under these circumstances I have no option but to cancel. 

While the race rules state there is no refund if a cancelation occurs due to extreme weather I will assess the race funds when I get home to see what percentage of your entry can be returned as a goodwill gesture. A large proportion has obviously already been spent or committed. 

I am sorry for the inevitable disappointment and inconvenience this decision will cause but I must put the safety of runners and volunteers first. Many thanks for your support. And also many thanks to Parks Vic for all their help and the hard work they put in preparing the track for us. 

I had hoped after last year we might catch a break with the weather but not so. I hope to be back next year and hope you all see fit to try again as well. 

Yours
Andy Hewat




Latest email update 2/1/2013:

Dear Bogong runners and volunteers.

For those that didn't receive my update last week outlining the potential weather issues and subsequent fire risk over the coming race weekend included below is the latest forecast for Bright (see http://www.weatherzone.com.au/vic/north-east/bright ).

While the temps at the higher parts of the course will be lower than these, the danger is from the risk of fire in the region. I have spent some time with the Ranger In Charge today going over the latest information, predictions and warnings. The most accurate modeling only projects for 4 days so Sunday is not yet included in that yet. I am revisiting Parks tomorrow afternoon to get the latest update and information for Sunday before making any decision on whether the race can go on. I will still be carrying in water drops tomorrow morning with a hope that we are going ahead but I am prepared to cancel tomorrow afternoon if the risk is deemed too high. I will post that update tomorrow evening.

Of course if a fire breaks out anywhere in the region then it will force a cancelation even if I give the go ahead tomorrow. 

Thank you for your patience. While I am keen for the race to go ahead, runner and volunteer safety is my main priority and I can only make decisions on the information available to me. So I am trying to get the best of that before making any decision.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
B2H Race Director


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