The following information relates to the 2019 event.



What is the date for the 2019 event?

The Dubbo Stampede will be held on Sunday 25th August 2019.

How can I register?

All registrations must be made online. Early Bird Registrations are open until 31 May 2019.

Registrations close at 11.00pm on 23 August 2019

No registrations can be taken on the day.

Click here to register

What does it cost to enter?

Our Races page includes prices for each race. Register by midnight on 31 May 2019 for Early Bird Discounts (all races) and bonus shirt (21 and 42km races only)

Is there an age limit?

Due to insurance requirements participants must be 16 years or over to participate in the Half Marathon or Marathon. 

Anyone can participate in the 5km and 10km events with prams and strollers a welcome addition, particularly in the 5km which is ideal for families.  Entry to the zoo is free for younger children.  Children under 11 are advised to stay within arms reach of an adult or guardian.

What do I get as part of my race entry?

Not only do you get to run, jog, walk or wheel around the iconic Taronga Western Plains Zoo, your race entry also includes:

 - Race Bib (with timing chip)

- ONE day entry to Taronga Western Plains Zoo (either on Saturday 24th August 2019 OR Sunday 25th August 2019)

- Medal

- Water Bottle

- Free race photos (posted on social media after the race)

- An awesome morning out!

How do I order merchandise?

Look super cool in the Dubbo Stampede official merchandise! You can order merchandise when you register for the event. Click here for the pictures.

If you have completed your registration and want to add on merchandise, follow these instructions.

Merchandising sizes are located here.

To pick up your merchandise on the Saturday of race weekend, orders must be in by midnight 11th August 2019. Orders placed from 12th August until 30th August 2019 will be posted out, with a delivery charge. 2019 merchandise will not be available to order after 30th August 2019.

Once I have registered, how to I edit my details?

In your Registration Confirmation email, click 'My Events' at the very bottom of the email. Log in using your name and password, or create an account if you don't have one. 

Click 'Edit my registration' to change your name, nickname on your bib (see 'How do I get my name on the front of my bib?'), gender, date of birth, address and emergency contact information.

You can also transfer your registration, order some merchandise or change categories.

For more information, click here.

How do I get my name on the front of my bib?

If you register before midnight on the 31 July 2019, your name will be on the front of your race bib, the perfect keepsake! You can also select a nickname if you prefer, this option is also on the online registration form.

If you register from the 1st of August onwards, you will just have a race number on the front of your bib.

If you have already registered and want to add or change a nickname (must be done before midnight 31 July), follow these instructions.

I got an email about an unsigned waiver, what does this mean?

If you registered on behalf of someone else, the waiver may not have been signed for all the other people you registered for.

Affected participants would have received an email regarding this from 'Active', so please go back to that email, click on the link and sign your waiver using your name, DOB and email you used to register.

Everyone that has registered to run with the herd must have signed their waiver prior to collecting their bib to participate on Saturday. 

Alternatively, you can access the waiver here. Email us at stating the name and date of birth for all people you are signing the waiver for (spouse, children etc) and return to this email address.

When and where can I collect my race kit?

Race kits include your racing bib, water bottle and safety pins.

It is important that participants collect their race kits on Saturday. You can ask a friend to collect your race kit for you.

Your race kit can be collected on Saturday 24th August 2019 from 12 noon - 4pm at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Keep an eye out for signs or one of the friendly volunteers who will be able to direct you. There will be no race packs mailed out.

If you have not registered and you do not have a race bib, you cannot run on the designated course. Registrations close on 23 August at 11.00pm.

Can you mail me my race kit?

Sorry. No race packs will be mailed out.

Is there prize money and trophies?

Yes. We have a prize pool of $10,000 for overall male and female placegetters in the Dingo Dash, Cheetah Chase, Zebra Zoom and Rhino Ramble.

How can I get involved in fundraising?

The Dubbo Stampede and Taronga Western Plains Zoo are working in partnership to help the fight for wildlife conservation. You can sign up to fundraise via the official fundraising page.

Signing up is free, and fundraisers will receive a special “Team Taronga” cap to get you started. To keep you motivated and get you race ready, other cool prizes await when you hit certain fundraising milestones!

Why are we fundraising?

Many people are unaware that giraffes are facing a silent extinction.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo has a long and proud history of looking after this beautiful animal, and our breeding program has had great success with three new calves born in 2019. Giraffes are one of the most popular animals at Taronga Western Plain Zoo.

Funds raised will not only support our conservation and breeding programs but will also go towards improving Taronga’s Western Plain Zoo giraffe exhibit space for both the giraffe and our Zoo visitors.

I’d like to help the giraffe, but don’t have time to fundraise. What can I do?

Did you know that most fundraising occurs shortly before an event date? You’d be surprised what you can achieve with a minimal amount of time!

However, we know it’s not for everyone, and that’s okay! You can make a one off donation to the cause via our website. In the fight against extinction every dollar counts!

You can also spread the word and encourage other friends or family members to encourage them to donate or sign up themselves.

What is the schools fundraising challenge?

We know students are passionate about wildlife conservation. That’s why this year, we’re rewarding the school that achieves the highest fundraising outcome!

Students can fundraise as individuals, an entire class, or the whole school can get involved! Sign up as via our website & contact the fundraising events team on to find out how you can get your school involved.

The school that raises the most money for giraffes will win a free excursion to Taronga Western Plains Zoo for 100 students, and an exclusive giraffe keeper presentation!

What is special about the marathon course?

The marathon course includes three loops of the beautiful Macquarie river track. Competitors will be issued a different coloured wrist band at the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd loop of the river track. Please slip these on your arm as you run past.

After you finish the 3rd loop (and you are wearing the appropriate two wristbands) you will then be directed back into the zoo to finish your race. Keep the wristbands as a memento of your awesome achievement in finishing the Dubbo Stampede marathon!

The marathon does not run the entire zoo loop however your race entry gives you free zoo entry for Saturday or Sunday allowing you to experience the zoo exhibits at your own leisurely pace.

Can I participate in a wheelchair or push a stroller?

Absolutely. Prams & wheelchairs are allowed in any of the races and our generous cutoff times allow for a more leisurely event for those that may not be competitive.  All of our courses are on a road or granite surface suitable for prams.  Prams must start at the back of the pack to reduce congestion. We also have a Wallaby Wheel wheelchair event that follows the Dingo Dash course which means that almost anyone can participate in the Dubbo Stampede.

Can we ride bikes, trikes, scooters, use skates, etc?

For safety and insurance reasons, any other form of transport with wheels other than prams & wheelchairs are not permitted.

Can I bring a guide dog?

Taronga Western Plains Zoo adheres to strict quarantine regulations and unfortunately cannot admit guide dogs, hearing assistance dogs and other assistance animals. Please contact us using the 'CONTACT' button in the menu banner to organise alternative arrangements.

Unfortunately, I now cannot compete, what can I do?

That’s a shame! We hope you can run with the herd in the future.

Unfortunately, we do not provide refunds for your entry. You can transfer your registration to another person. Please click on the link 'Transfer to someone else' in your confirmation email. The last day to transfer your registration is the Thursday before the event.

For more information, click here.

How do I change my race category?

You can upgrade (e.g. 5.3km to 10km) or downgrade (e.g. Half Marathon down to 10km) your category by Thursday before the event. 

If you upgrade, you will need to pay the difference in race fees.

If you downgrade, you will not be refunded the race fee difference.

Registrations that are part of a 5.3km Dingo Dash family package cannot be individually upgraded (e.g. one person cannot upgrade to the 10km). The person will need to register separately as an individual in the 10km.

See instructions here.


On the day

What time do the races start? Is there a cut off time?

Marshalling will occur approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. Please be in the race precinct, ready to move to the start line.

7:00am - EMS Group Rhino Ramble Marathon (Cut off 6hrs) 

7.30am - Destination NSW Dingo Dash 5.3km & LiveBetter Wallaby Wheel 5.3km (Cut off 1.5hrs)

7.45am - Rhino Promotions Zebra Zoom Half Marathon (Cut off 4hrs)

8.15am - Dubbo Traffic Control Cheetah Chase 10km (Cut off 2hrs)

Allow at least 30 mins to travel from town to the Zoo and then 30 mins to get from your car to the start. Stress free and early is the best option. Please allow plenty of time.

Where do we marshal for races?

Marshalling will occur approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time.

Please congregate on the lawn area near the children's play fort in the race precinct. At the designated marshalling time, a marshal with a large yellow sign depicting your race will lead the way for you to follow. Please be prompt and follow directions. Self-seeding is essential.

For Wallaby Wheelers, look for the large Wallaby Wheel sign and Marshal. The marshalling point will be in line with the old Cob & Co building near the start line.

Please make sure you do not cross the timing mats before commencing your race. This is especially important for those who are warming up prior to their race. Your timing chip will activate once you cross the mat.

If you do not cross the start line before the next race commences your time may not be recorded accurately.

Can you accommodate special foods, drinks, etc?

Marathon runners with special needs (food, drinks, energy gels, prayers) must provide these in a clearly labelled plastic bag (full name and race number) at the Registration Tent in the precinct no later than 6:30am.
These will be available for collection at each loop of the river - 17.5km, 31km & 40.5km.

What’s parking like on the day?

We have designated parking in and around the zoo. Get there early and follow the instruction of traffic controllers.

It’s not a long drive from town to the start line, but it will take time as others will also be arriving. So allow at least 30 mins to get there and 30 mins to get to your event. You are better off arriving early and stress free than missing the start.

There is plenty of parking so please do not park outside designated areas and follow instructions at all times.

There will be a drop off point (two minute stopping only) located just inside the main gates of Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This will be well signposted.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Being at a zoo, there is a strict no pets policy due to the stringent quarantine requirements of the zoo.

Can I duck back after I finish and cross with my friends or family?

Unfortunately no. If you cross the finish line twice it will wreak havoc with your timing chip. Also tired runners are easily confused, so someone running the other way may result in people following you. Join the crowd at the finish line and cheer the other competitors across the line

Can I use my ipod, mp3 player, mobile phone?

We very strongly discourage the use of headphones, headsets, iPods, mp3 players and other types of personal audio devices. If earpieces are in place, directions from organisers may not be clearly heard. This presents a risk to personal safety. If you use your mobile phone GPS to track your race, we request that earpieces not be used.

I’ve lost my hat, phone, keys, child. Where can I find them?

Any articles you have found, please bring to the Stampede Information Stand. Any articles you have lost, please check to see if they have been handed in to the Information Stand (including small children!). Articles not claimed on the day will be donated to St Vincent de Paul. Items lost within the zoo may also be handed into zoo staff and therefore it is recommended checking with the zoo information desk if not located at the Stampede Information Stand.

Where are the toilets?

There will be portaloos in the race precinct area as well as toilets in the main zoo building and around the zoo circuit. Four separate toilets are also located around the river circuit and there are other public toilets on the course. A list of toilets is available on the Races page.

Where can I get food?

A variety of hot and cold food and beverage options will be available from Bakhita’s Café and Bakhita’s To Go as well as outside at the event area with a BBQ and coffee bar in the children’s playground.

Bookings are also welcome at Bakhita’s Café for breakfast and lunch. To make a booking in advance, call 6881 1437.

There are also lots of picnic spots and BBQ areas around the zoo. Pack a picnic hamper and make a day of it with friends and family.

Crowds at food venues are likely, so we do ask for some patience. Relax, take in the atmosphere and remember you have experienced something special!

Wow! I’ve just finished my race. What’s for recovery?

Dubbo Baptist Church will very generously provide a refreshment marquee in the precinct serving water, GU Brew, oranges as well as snacks and lollies to replenish the expended energy stores.

Is there a baggage drop off?

A baggage storage area is available in race precinct. A baggage claim tag comes with your race bib. The baggage storage area will be staffed from 6.00am until 1.30pm. 

Any items not claimed by 1.30pm will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

I’m feeling a little off. Should I participate?

Safety is paramount. Make sure you are fit and healthy on the day and that you can complete your chosen event. If you are unwell, please don’t risk it, it's probably best you do not compete.



Can I help volunteer at the Dubbo Stampede?

Absolutely! We have many varied roles on the day to help make the Dubbo Stampede a success. To help out, click Contact at the top right hand side of the screen.

When can I visit the zoo as part of my entry?

Your race entry price entitles you to run around the zoo, past the animals, during the race. Your race entry ALSO entitles you to enter the zoo circuit free of charge over the weekend of the Stampede. Please note this is a one day entry only.

Runners can either go to the ticketing office or straight to the checkpoint at the start of the circuit and enter the Zoo with their race bib.

If you decide to go to the Zoo on Saturday, before race kit collection begins, you will need to provide identification and have your name marked off the registration list at the Zoo entry gate.