The Head 2 Head 175 (#H2H175) will take place biennially across the April Daylights Saving weekend, ensuring entrants get an extra hour to complete the two distances.
Entry cost will be a non-refundable donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students, whilst under 12s free (entrants under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult).
Groups of between 6 and 10 walkers leave the start line every 10 minutes, from 10am to 12pm.
The challenge requires walkers to pick up between 6kg worth of rubbish, whilst also maintaining a 6km per hour pace from start to finish (1km = 10mins), ensuring that entrants will complete the 175km in under 30 hours.
A staggered start and capped number of entrants (120) will reduce the need for road closures and remove the risk of overcrowding along the route.
The majority of the route has public footpaths/sidewalks, although some of the rural roads will require walkers to share the road with vehicles. Walkers will be warned of the dangers, asked to walk towards oncoming traffic, provided high vis clothing, and those doing the night stages will also be provided head torches. Route marshals and signage will also be stationed along the course to reduce the risk to the entrants. Local residents on some of the more remote roads will be contacted ahead of the event to inform them about the presence of walkers.
Walkers are to select the distance and/or stage/stages that they believe they can complete without dropping the pace. Walkers may complete more than one stage and two teammates can choose to walk on any one stage together (two’s company, three’s a crowd).
Walkers will be tracked using GPS, allowing their teammates and race control to know exactly where people are along the route. Each pit-swap area will have a place for walkers to prepare for, and recover from, their walk.
Walkers should only be changed at one of the designated Pit-Swap points along the route. If a walker is not able to pick up 6kg worth of rubbish during their stage, they will need to do it within a 1km radius of the pit-swap area at the conclusion of their walk.