Runners Guide

Thank you for participating in the 8th Annual Run for the Young presented by Bridge Builders Youth Charity, happening on Sunday 28th November 2021.
The following guide has been split into 3 sections; pre-race, race day, and post-race to provide you with all the important information you need for the event.



Event Details

Date: Sunday 28th November 2021
Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lakeside Campus, Jarlo Drive, Lilydale, Vic 3140
Time: Race begins at 7am and concludes approximately 1:30pm. Registration will be open from 6am.

Entrants will be able to register to participate in all categories up to Saturday the 27th of November at midday. Any entries on or after the 27th will be considered an on the day registration and please note that race bibs are limited.

Race entry cap

WE WILL NEED TO CAP OUR EVENT AT 500 ENTRIES. Our online entry system will automatically close when this happens. 

Covid-19 Vaccinations Requirements

In line with the Department of Health public orders, we encourage and require any person over the age 16 to be fully vaccinated (or provide a medical exemption) to be able to participate in Run for the Young. This includes our volunteers and is effective immediately. Any person who is registered and not able to be vaccinated in time will receive a full refund, upon request. Please not that the Warburton Trail is a public trail and there many other runners and walkers using the area, who are not part of our event. 

Check-in using the QR code will also be required.

In accordance with The Privacy Act (1988), information regarding vaccination status will only be checked at registration and will not be kept or stored by Bridge Builders. Your personal medical details are of a sensitive nature, and we respect your privacy.

Thank you all for your patience, as we continue to provide our programs and services, in a covid safe manner.

Will my race bib be posted?

Usually, race bibs are posted. This year they will be available for local pick in store at The Running Company Lilydale from approx 5th of Nov. Otherwise, you can pick them up from the start line on Saturday 27th Nov between 10am and 2pm. You can pick up your race bib on the day, please be mindful queue’s can be long and you must be socially distancing. 

How do I collect my race bib?

You can pick it up in store at The Running Company Lilydale from approx 5th of Nov. On Saturday 27th Nov registration will be open onsite between 10am and 2pm. You can pick up your race bib on the day, please be mindful queue’s can be long and you must be socially distancing. 

Can I swap between categories?

Transfers of entries are allowed and to do so you must email

In doing so, participants must pay the difference if the new entry is more expensive than the original entry. You will not receive a refund for the portion of your entry fee if you downgrade, for example if you enter the marathon for $65 and then choose to downgrade to the Half Marathon which costs $55, you will forfeit the $10 difference.

What merchandise is available?

There is a range of merchandise items available for purchase, from performance singlets to caps, to collapsible cups! You can view and purchase these items from our website.

Purchase your merchandise HERE

Run for a Cause

The Run for the Young is a charity fundraiser for Bridge Builders Youth Charity.
Simply by registering for our event, you are al ready supporting this wonderful cause. You can always make additional donations to increase your support, this can be done when registering or later on our website.

Make an additonal donation


Event Location

We are incredibly excited to partner with the Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus! This venue is located on the Western side of Lilydale Lake. Please see the map below for details on location.


Free parking is available for participants in the designated Event Car Parking Area (which is located onsite. It is only a short walk to the Start line, which will be marked and directed by signage. See the site map for details.

Start times

Registration will be open from 5:30am. If you have pre-registered (which is advised) simple wear your bib and proceed to the start/finish line. Registrations after the 30th September will need to be picked up on the day before the event, or on the day from the bib pick up point at registration on the day. We are introducing staggered start times due to the increase in participant numbers;
42 km Event – 7am
21 km Event – 7:10am
10 km Event – 7:20am
5 km Event – 8am
2.5 km Kids Run – 10am

Bag drop

On the morning of the event you can organise to leave your gear at bag drop, to be collected at the end of your event.
There are changes to bag drop due to covid-19, the procedure for gear drop off is:
• Bring your own bag with items pre-packed, and write your bib number on it.
• Individual items only may be placed within the bag, such as a change of clothes, light weight jacket, water bottle and post-race snacks.
• After your run you will be asked to show your bib to collect your bag.
• Any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones placed in these bags are at your
own risk. The event team will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.

Elevation Map

Course surface

The majority of all events are on a gravel trail. It is sturdy underfoot. If you have not done much running on this type of surface we would advise you do so prior to participating in Run for the Young. Participants in the 10km, 21km and 42km events get to experience the beautiful surrounds of the Warburton Trail, while the 5km and 2.5km kids run will be around the lovely Lilydale Lake.

Drink stations

All drink stations will be approximately 3 to 4 kilometers apart, so there is ample hydration on course. Our friendly volunteers will have provisions for water and Tailwind Nutrition as the electrolyte source at each station. Tailwind Nutrition will be pre-mixed, flavour will be dependent. A reminder our drink stations are plastic cup free, so you will need to BYO reusable cup, or purchase one of our collapsible cups. You will also need to fill up your own cup, our volunteers are unable to assist you with this. 

First Aid

The Run for the Young has engaged an external service to provide first aid on the day. They will be positioned at 3 points – the start/finish line, at the turn around point for the Half Marathon and the turn around point for the Marathon. If you have any enquiries or need to discuss any special requirements with the first aid officers please connect with our team prior to your event starting on the morning.


All events are professionally timed. For those participants in the 42km marathon you will be able to use your results as qualifier for some other marathon events, including Two Bays. Please note: Results from the Run for the Young may not be eligible for qualifying in all marathon events, please check before hand.
You can be assured that this course has been measured and is accurate.
In order to receive an accurate time, runners should ensure:
• Bibs are clearly visible on the front of the torso and not covered (e.g. by a jumper).
• Bib tag is unaltered and unmodified – please do not bend or fold your bib.
The 42km Marathon event will be open for 7 hours approx, closing at 2pm.


There will be multiple food/drinks vendors at the start/finish line where you can purchases food and beverages. We will also try our best to include vegetarian and vegan options. All participants are responsible for provisions of their own meals and snacks in the lead up to, during and post event. The Run for the Young team will have provisions of water and Tailwind at all drink stations as previously stated.


Use of headphones is permitted; however we would encourage you to keep the volume to a level where you are still able to take directions from our team. There are multiple road crossings and your safety is a high priority.

Prams and other equipment

The use of prams and other equipment such as wheel chairs and walking poles are permitted across all categories. Please keep in mind that the course has a bit of undulation.

Access of all abilities

Our event is completely inclusive, and we encourage all people with varying abilities to participate. Entrants with a varied ability, including those with visual impairment are allowed to have a guide enter free of charge. Please use the code GUIDE when purchasing an entry for your guide. Please keep in mind that entrants enter the run at their own risk.


Finisher medals

Your finisher medal will be waiting for you at the finish line. We know this is a very exciting part to concluding your run, please note that we are unable to hand these directly to you, you will need to pick it up yourself, off a tray that will be close by (much like they did during the Olympics. 

Event Village

The Event Village will be situated near the start/finish line. This area will foster a range of exciting activities including sponsors marquees, food and beverages, giveaways, entertainment stage, and a cool down zone.

Podium finishes

If you finish your event in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place please make your way to the podium for a photo. Be sure to collect your prize!! Podium photos will be taken approximately 10mins after the 3rd place runner has passed the finish line.


Professional photos from the event will be available a couple of days after the event. We believe in making these available free of charge, so you can have a nice memory of your day out! Photo’s will be made available on our website.


Results will be available online soon after the race, where you will also be able to download your finisher’s certificate.