Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is the start line?
The start line is located next to the boathouses and skate park on the Yarra in between boathouse Drive and Alexandra Avenue.
Who can I contact over the event weekend for support?
Please call 0427 801 858 if you have questions between 5pm Friday, 30 November - Sunday, 2 December.
At all other times, please contact 1300 65 65 85.
What happens if I want to change what wave I have registered to walk in?
On the night you may choose to change the wave you walk in, that is not a problem.
Where can I collect my event pack/kit?
Rendezvous Hotel 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Thursday 29 November: 9am - 4pm
Friday 30 November: 9am - 4pm
You can also nominate a friend to collect on your behalf. If you can’t make one of these pick up times, please collect your kit on the night at Alexandra Gardens - just arrive a little earlier
Are there age restrictions to enter the event?
Walking Stars is open to anybody 16 years and over. Participants aged under 16 will need to have guardian consent to take part and will need to walk with an adult at all times.
Are there any prizes?
There are lots of rewards available for our wonderful fundraisers:
- Raise $300 and you will receive a glow badge to proudly wear on the night.
- Raise $500 to receive a Walking Stars cotton backpack and water bottle.
- Raise $700 to win two Village Cinema tickets.
- Raise $1,000 to win a VIP carpark on event night (Arts Centre Carpark across the road from the track) and two Village Gold Class Cinema tickets.
*To win a prize, you much reach the fundraising target by 20 November, 2018.
Are there prizes for finishing first?
This is a non-competitive event so there are no prizes for finishing first, however there are lots of spot prizes for the best dressed and for simply joining in.
Can I do this?
Yes you can!
Can we take breaks along the way?
Yes there are two pit stops along the way, where you'll have the chance to refresh and replenish.
Do we need to finish by a certain time?
We would expect the last walkers to be over the finish line within 7 hours and we'll set Pit Stop target arrival times to help you keep to this. Most walkers will finish in under 5 to 6 hours.
Do you supply sponsor forms?
No, once you register for the event you will be guided to set up your own fundraising page on everydayhero.com.au, where you can set up a personal web page by adding a photo and your own message.
Once your page is complete you can send a direct link to everyone on your email contact list, and they can sponsor you online. You can also share your fundraising page on your social media accounts.
How far is a half marathon?
A half marathon is 21.09km
How long will it take me?
The average walking speed is 5km/h. Power Walkers are around the 7 - 9km/h. Based on this the following categories are set up for the registration process.
- Power Walker, 6 - 7km/h = 3 to 4 hrs
- Strider, 5km/h = 4 to 5 hrs
- Stroller, 4km/h = 5 to 6 hrs
Is the route accessible for all?
The route has no steps but some steep sections.
Is the walk safe?
The organisers of Walking Stars along with an army of volunteers will provide a safe and well organised event. A couple of things you need to remember:
- Stay on the pavement and do not walk on the roads at any time;
- Cross at designated crossing points only;
- There may be a build-up of walkers from time to time when waiting to cross busy intersections, please remain patient;
- Walk in pairs at all times;
- Keep your mobile phone with you;
- Wear your bib number;
- To ensure you have a safe and memorable experience please read our event rules and our terms and conditions;
- Dress to shine and glow.
What if I'm walking on my own?
If you would like to register for the event on your own, you're more than welcome. There will be lots of people walking alongside you. In the interest of your own personal safety please do not separate from the rest of the group during the event.
What is power walking?
Power walking is walking at a pace above the natural walking gait, typically around 6 to 7 km/h. It's a great alternative to jogging and it has significantly less impact on the joints.
Power walking can be an easy and effective way to keep fit, and lose weight, as it can burn up to 100 calories every 10-15 minutes.
What is the exact route?
To avoid last minute changes as a result of unforeseen building or road works, the final route cannot be finalised until two weeks prior to the event. What we can say is that it will be an exciting mystery tour past some of our city's best loved locations.
What should I bring?
You will need to carry with you at all times:
- Bib number and safety pins;
- Mobile phone;
- Band aids;
- Water bottle;
- Torch or headlamp.
What should I wear?
It's important that you're comfortable so it's best to wear breathable training pants, comfy sneakers, and your Walking Stars t-shirt with your bib number and back sign.
Have lots of fun with accessories that shine and glow! There will be lots of spot prizes for best dressed individuals that are shining bright.
What T shirt sizes are available?
What's in my event pack?
Your event pack will contain a bib number, back sign and final instructions for the night including a route map. You cannot take part in the event without your event pack as you must wear your bib number.
When will I finish?
A half marathon is 21km and will take the average walker 4 to 5 hours to complete. We'd expect the slower paced strollers to complete the walk in between 5 and 6 hours with a finish time between 02:00am and 03:00am.
Where can I collect my event pack?
Your event pack pick up details can be found below:
Kit Collection venue and dates
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Thursday 29 November: 9am - 4pm
Friday 30 November: 9am - 4pm
Where does the money raised go?
By fundraising for Cancer Council through Walking Stars you'll be making an incredible difference to the thousands of Victorians living with the devastating impact of cancer. Here's how:
You fund research
Walking Stars fundraisers support laboratory-based research projects to improve the early detection and treatment of cancers. You will also be helping Cancer Council Victoria learn more about the causes of cancer through research like our Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study. This study will investigate the lifestyles of 50,000 Australians between the ages of 40 and 74, and is aiming for breakthroughs that will enable more individualised prevention and screening to occur.
You fund prevention
A third of cancers can be prevented. That's why Cancer Council has programs such as SunSmart, Quit and LiveLighter to educate the community on how to cut their cancer risk. The organisation also runs a range of screening campaigns to increase awareness about the importance of early detection for cancers such as bowel, cervical and breast.
You fund support
Cancer Council is there for all cancer patients as well as their loved ones. The organisation provides services such as the 13 11 20 information and support line, which is manned by experienced cancer nurses, as well as free wigs, peer support groups, legal and financial assistance and free holiday breaks for cancer patients.
Cancer Council's support services are 100% donor funded, and relies on fundraising events like Walking Stars to make sure that they can continue helping people impacted by cancer. Cancer Council could not continue to make a difference to Victorians affected by cancer or continue to improve survival rates without people like you.
Who is Cancer Council Victoria?
Cancer Council Victoria has an international reputation for innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. Our mission is to prevent cancer, empower patients through providing information and support, and save lives.
As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, Cancer Council relies on the generosity of the Victorian community. By taking part in Walking Stars you'll be helping support the more than 33,300 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year.
Are there any event rules?
Yes please read the event rules outlined in our Terms and Conditions.
Why can't I run Walking Stars?
Walking Stars isn't a running race. It is a walking event which is open to everyone 16 years and over with the aim of raising funds for Cancer Council Victoria. The course will not be set up for runners, so if you run you will be putting your safety and the safety of others at risk. You will also be asked to leave the event.
Can I give my walker number to somebody else to take my place?
No, please don't pass your walker number onto another participant as we won't have their personal registration details, and this would go against the event health and safety policy.
Can we enter as a team?
You can walk the event as a team, but all team members must register online individually to be allocated a space at the event, and a bib number. If any team member does not register online, or does not have a bib number, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.
How can I register for the event?
You can register for the event online through Everyday Hero. This is the fastest and easiest way to register and you will receive instant confirmation. Register online
You can also register by phone and email by contacting our Supporter Care team on 1300 65 65 85 or emailing email@example.com
I can no longer take part in the event can I have a refund?
Sorry but the registration fee is non-refundable.
I entered online, my friend wants to enter too but all the places are taken. What can we do?
The online registration closes once all spaces at the event are filled. Unfortunately this means registrations can no longer be accepted.
I'd like to change something on my application form, what should I do?
You can call or email our Supporter Care team on 1300 65 65 85 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they can assist with the change.
I've registered but haven't received confirmation?
Confirmation of your registration should be within one hour of registering. If you do not receive confirmation please call our Supporter Care team on 1300 65 65 85 or email@example.com and they can confirm your place and ensure you receive email confirmation.
What will the event fee include?
The fee includes:
- Your training plan and healthy eating tips
- Walker medal
- Walker bib number
- Back sign
- Route map
- Goodie bag
- Refreshments along the way
- Event operation costs
How can I reach my fundraising target?
The best way to reach your fundraising target is to customise your fundraising page and really make it shine. Here are our top tips to customising your page:
- Upload a photo. This is a quick and effective way to help people know who it is they are supporting. Don't be shy and choose your best pic! Fundraisers who upload a profile photo tend to raise over 10 times more on average than fundraisers who don't.
- Update your story on your fundraising page. This helps your supporters feel more connected to your challenge. It's also a fantastic way to express why you chose to participate in Walking Stars and to share who you may be walking for.
- Share your page to social media platforms. Our top fundraisers share their page over 11 times!
- Donate to yourself. This sets the bar for future donations to come and shows just how dedicated you are in helping work towards a cancer free future.
I need help setting up my fundraising page?
You can contact our Supporter Care team on 1300 65 65 85 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be happy to guide you through the process.
How much training will I need?
The level of training required will depend on your existing personal fitness and your target finish time. Access our training plan.