What is the date for the 2017 event?
The Dubbo Stampede is on Sunday 27th August 2017.
How can I register?
All registrations are made on our website. Registrations close at midnight on Friday 26th August 2017. No registrations can be taken on the day. Click the 'Enter' button at the top right hand side of the screen.
Get in quick - spots are limited!
Early bird registrations close at midnight on 23rd July 2017.
When and where can I collect my race kit?
It is important that participants collect their race kits on Saturday. You can ask a friend to collect your race kit for you.
Collection will be held on Saturday 26th August 2017 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on the grass area outside the Savannah Visitor Plaza between 12pm - 4pm.
Collection will be open for a short time on Sunday 27th August 2017, between 6am - 7am on the grass area outside the Savannah Visitor Plaza.
If you have not registered and you do not have a race bib, you cannot run on the designated course.
Can you mail me my race pack?
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.
Is what is special about the marathon course?
The marathon course includes three loops of the beautiful 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!
Can I participate in a wheelchair or push a stroller?
Absolutely. Prams & wheelchairs are allowed in any of the four races. These must start at the back of the pack to reduce congestion. In 2017 we also have the inaugural Wallaby Wheel wheelchair event that follows the Dingo Dash course.
Can me or my kids 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.
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 for an additional fee for $5.
Please click on the link 'Transfer to someone else' in your confirmation email. For more information, click here.
On the day
What time do the races start? Is there a cut off time?
The Dingo Dash and Wallaby Wheel starts at 7.30am and finishes at 9.00am (1.5 hours)
The Cheetah Chase starts at 8.15am and finishes at 10.15am (2 hours)
The Zebra Zoom starts at 7.45am and finishes at 11.45am (4 hours)
The Rhino Ramble starts at 7.00am and finishes at 1pm (6 hours).
Where do we marshal for races?
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.
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 min 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.
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.
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 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.
Where are the toilets?
There will be portaloos in the race precinct area as well as toilets in the main zoo building. Four separate toilets are also located around the river circuit and there are other public toilets on the course.
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?
If you have bags you would like stored while you race, you can leave it in a provided plastic bag, with your baggage claim tag from your race bib, at the luggage claim tent in the race precinct. The tent 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 feel sick then don’t risk it.
Can I help volunteer at the MAAS Group 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.