FAQs

Registration

Is there an entry fee for Quick as Thieves Run?

There is a substantial cost per participant, including insurance, logistics, signage, bibs, first aid, medals, T-shirts, to name a few. All these costs must be paid up front months in advance.

This year we are asking for your help to cover the ever-increasing costs of running this event via a refundable registration fee. All participants of the charity run must pay an initial participation fee, which can be refunded to the entry participant on request once the entrant reaches the fundraising target of $1,000.

As you know, Quick as Thieves is as much a physical challenge as it is a fundrasing challenge. A personal fundraising target of $1,000 will help restore sight to up to 40 needlessly blind people. Thank you!

What happens if I have to withdraw from the event?

If you have to withdraw from this event prior the race day you can simply let us know by email and we will withdraw you from the run. Unless otherwise advised by you, we will keep your fundraising page live, in the hope that you will continue fundraising* for our cause, however you can just let us know if you prefer us to delete your fundraising page together with your race entry.

*Remember that you could get a full refund of the entry fee paid at registration if you keep fundraising and raise over $1,000 by event day. 

IMPORTANT: Should you have to withdraw on race day or during the actual run, you need to let the race organiser know immediately for safety and security reasons!

When is Quick as Thieves Run and what time does it start?

QaT Run will be held on the last Friday in November. Your start time varies depending the distance you signed up for. Please check your personal webpage for details. Event will finish at 3pm in afternoon.

When can I register for the event?

You can sign up for this event right now. Check out the website and our other FAQ and contact us with any question you may have on 1800 627 892 or email us.

Can I register on the day?

Yes, you could register on the day, however please note number of participants may be limited for certain start waves. You will also have to pay the entry fee to enter the event and get your bib number.

Remember, his challenge is also a fundraising challenge, where you need to raise at least $1,000, therfore it is highly recommend you register well in advance to avoid disappointment and to reach your fundraising target, which will make you eligible for a full refund of the paid entry fee.

When do I receive my race bib?

All race bibs will be handed out on Event Day at the Registration Desk prior your start wave. Please allow at least 30 minutes prior start to collect your bib number.

Can I change my start time allocation?

Yes, subject to availability you may be able to swap into another start wave. Please check at registration desk. Please note spots in each start wave may be restricted due to Covid-19 rules.

How can I find out more about the race?

Once you are registered for the event you will receive regular updates from Mike (and us) informing you about the event, training updates and fundraising. Join our private Facebook Group and our What's App training groups to connect and find out more about QaT event.

Are there any age restrictions? 

Anyone over the age of 16 years can participate in the Quick as Thieves Run. However if you under 18 years of age you must register and be accompanied by your parent or adult guardian at all times. If your parent or guardian leaves the course or withdraws, then so must the under age runner.

Fundraising

Is fundraising mandatory?

Yes, we believe that everyone who signs up for this challenge is motivated enough to help restore sight to needlessly blind people. As little as $25 can help restore sight to a needlessly blind person.

Fundraising is easy and fun and we will help you with tips and tricks. Our goal is that each participants embraces the challenge and helps restore sight to as many as 40 blind people. And remember, you earn a full refund of the entry fee once you have reached the initial fundraising target of $1,000.

How much of the money raised will go to help restore sight?

100% of the money raised goes to The Foundation. Details of how they spend your donation can be found in their annual reports.

Can I donate to The Foundation on the day of the event?

Fundraising pages will stay open until 20 December, so yes, you can let your supporters know even after your race that they still can support your challenge.

How can my friends sponsor me?

Simply send them the link to your online fundraising page and invite them to donate to you. You can use Social Media links to spread the word and engage your network to support you. And never hesitate to call us for help - 1800 627 892

Can I edit my online page?

Yes, it is not only simple to do but highly recommended. A personalise fundraising page with photos and personal message will attract more donors and help you reach your fundraising goal quicker.

Facebook Fundraising

I shared my fundraising page on Facebook and it prompted me to add a donate button, should I use this?

We recommend you DO NOT accept the Facebook prompt and only post your personal message with a link to your fundraising page. Facebook donations are handled by a third party website and we are unable to sync these donations with your Quick as Thieves Fundraising page due to limitations with the Facebook donate functionality. We suggest you ignore the Facebook Fundraising prompt.

Will the money raised through Facebook go to The Fred Hollows Foundation?

Yes, it will. However, at this stage we are unable to link any donations back to your fundraising page. We suggest that you don’t use the Facebook Donate button for that reason. Should you already have set-up such a fundraising post, we suggest you delete that post on your Facebook page and re-post a message with your personal link to your fundraising page instead. Please call us on 1800 627 892 if you need assistance or have a question.

Why are donations raised through Facebook not showing on my fundraising page?

Facebook donations are handled by a third party, and unfortunately, we can not sync these donations with your personal fundraising page due to limitations of the Facebook Donate functionality. We advise you against using the Facebook Donate button to raise funds and recommend that you simply share the link to your fundraising page on your social media pages without using the Facebook Donate button.

How can I delete my Facebook donate button? 

Simply delete the post, as this is the only way to remove the Facebook Donate button and then create a new post and share the link to your fundraising page instead. Do not click on the 'Donate' button if prompted by Facebook. Please call us on 1800 627 892 for assistance or questions.

The Course

How will I know where to go?

Follow the leader!

The course will follow the public walk and cycling path between St. Kilda and Sandringham, so to get lost in this race you have to try very hard... 😆

There will also be event signage and volunteer along the route to cheer you on.

Are there other people using the race route?

YES! Please look out for other people on the course route, the general public and slower runner have right of way all the time! Please keep to the left to allow others to pass. 

Where are the check points?

There will be five (5) checkpoints along the route, which are roughly 3 km apart.

Event Day

What happens if it rains on event day?

Rain, hail or shine, the event will go ahead. We do advise that participants bring wet (or warm) weather gear should the weather forecast be bad.

Is there drinking water available along the course?

Yes, each of the Check Points will have water for you to fill your own drink bottles. There are also additional public water fountains along this course. Please note that our event is a cup-free event, so all participants will need to bring their own water bottle.

What should I bring on the day?

We recommend that you bring a cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and wet weather gear if forecast is for rain. We also try to reduce waste and make this event sustainable, so if you can, please bring a refillable water bottle or cup for your run.

How do I get to the start?

Please catch public transport to start or car pool. There is limited public parking available. Please follow the instruction of our road marshalls.

What can I expect at each checkpoint?

Each of the Check Points will provide you with water and other refreshments, first aid, toilets and free sunscreen. There are toilets, water fountains and one or two café shops along the route where you can find refreshments if necessary.

Will a receive a medal at the finish?

Yes, to celebrate your achievement you will receive a special  Quick as Thieves medal at the finish line. All participants will also receive a Certificate of Acknowlegement, which will be emailed the week after the event. There are special rewards to our top fundraisers as well as fastest runners!

Can I buy a T-shirt of this event?

At this stage The Foundation is not selling merchandise, however, subject to sponsors it will be highly likely that all participants will receive a 2022 QaT racing shirt. And everyone who reached the $1,000 fundraising target will be rewarded with a special QaT Fred Hollows t-shirt.