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Bringing the family together, little BIG DASH puts smiles on faces as children and adults compete in obstacle stages. Full of colour and fun, you'll be crawling, sliding and a whole lot more as you navigate through this event which has moved from Penrith to Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park this year.
It's an adventure course with guaranteed laughs as teams of 2-6 members work their way through a Bubble Blast, a Rumble Tumble Tower, a Footy Frenzy, a Donut Dash and 6 other stages of activity over a 3km circuit. Be prepared to get dirty and messy and put fun at the core of this great day out. It's not a gym-hardened veteran's race but a good time for kids aged 5-15 years and parents to create precious moments that can be looked back on in fond memory.
First of all, decide who in your family is participating as the cost to register is based on the number of people in your team. There should be at least one adult in a team and ideally one adult per two children.
Secondly, choose a wave (timeslot). There are 3 to choose from – yellow, pink and aqua. The yellow wave begins at 10am, pink at 11am and aqua at 12 noon.
Thirdly, purchase your tickets. Be sure to get in quick as they're selling fast.
A two person team costs $50 per person, a three person team is $49 per person and it goes down $1 per person as you go up per member with a six person team costing $46 per person. These prices are valid until midnight 30 July. You can register on the day for an extra $5 per person but I don't recommend this as the timeslots will likely book out, such is the popularity of this event.
Team bib numbers will be posted to the team captain prior to the day.
On the day, arrive early and enjoy a free brekkie at the Weet-Bix tent and if you have spare time check out the Expo Village (open from 8.30am-1pm) and use the walking roller, kick a ball around in the soccer zone or try the mini cargo crawl. This area is free for participants and spectators. There will also be food and coffee vendors here throughout the day and special Weet-Bix merchandise for sale.
You'll need to check in 90mins prior to your start time and collect your kit. This includes a cap and leg strap for each participant. Next you move to the warm-up area in front of the stage. At the final hand stand stage, you'll pick up your T-shirt then you need to head over to line up in the start chute (15mins prior to start time).
What to wear and bring?
You can dress up in wacky costumes. There will be prizes for best dressed but be sure to be comfortable and consider the weather on the day. Shoes should be joggers, runners or sandshoes. Definitely no heels here.
Shorts and shirts or singlets are ideal but not your best ones as you will get dirty as I mentioned earlier.
Most important, don't forget your bib number.
No need to bring anything else on the course except your kit given to you at check in. No bags or water bottles. There will be water stations along the course.
Leave valuables at home. There are no lockers and no bag drop off area. If you have any non-participants with you then leave any bag brought with them.