Stay safe on the trail with the following guidelines.
Each team is advised to carry a first aid kit, including
pressure bandages to treat injuries such as sprains, blisters,
cuts and snake or spider bites. Team members are encouraged to
learn basic first aid techniques.
The trail crosses numerous roads throughout the route. Care
should always be taken when crossing roads. Follow the
instructions of the traffic marshals and take care at each
Dehydration is a lack of fluid in the body due to excess water
loss (principally through sweating). Symptoms are only apparent
when you are already dehydrated and can include tiredness,
irritability, tight/heavy feeling muscles, headache, dry mouth
and lips. To maintain the correct hydration level, drink
electrolyte drinks instead of, or in addition to water.
Electrolyte drinks contain salts and thereby assist in
maintaining the correct salt balance in your body.
During the event itself, make sure you are urinating at regular
intervals and that it is light yellow to clear. If you are not
urinating or it is dark in colour, you may be dehydrated.
Frequent, clear coloured urination can signify too high a fluid
intake. If you are concerned during the event, check with the
event medical staff.
The temperature can drop dramatically in the Dandenong Ranges
and a change in weather conditions can see the temperature
plummet. If you are unable to warm yourself you may suffer
hypothermia. Symptoms can include fatigue, shivering, muscle
spasms, clammy skin, stammering and hallucinations. If you
become hypothermic (1) change into dry clothes, (2) cover your
head, face, neck and body with warm clothing, (3) consume hot
drinks and high calorie food to maintain body temperature. Seek
help by contacting the phone number printed on the rear of your
event bib if you are suffering this condition. Watch the weather
conditions and be prepared for poor weather - carry wet weather gear and warm clothing.
During hot weather the body’s internal temperature can rise
resulting in heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms of heat
exhaustion include severe thirst, muscle weakness, nausea, fast
shallow breathing, irritability and headache. Symptoms of
heatstroke include severe headache, confusion, difficulties
breathing, flushed hot dry skin and elevation of body
temperature. If you or a team member is suffering these
symptoms, find a shady area, administer frequent sips of water
and seek help by contacting the phone number printed on the rear
of your event bib. To prevent heat exhaustion on warm days, wear
appropriate clothing, maintain adequate fluid intake and rest to
avoid over exertion.
Eucalyptus trees found throughout the Dandenong Ranges are known
for dropping their limbs - especially in high winds. Be
extremely cautious during gusting or strong wind days as the
chances of falling limbs is very real.
Snakes and spiders are a part of the ecology of the Dandenong
Ranges. If you encounter a snake consider yourself one of the
lucky ones! Never attempt to capture or handle it- simply leave
it alone and keep your distance. First Aid - know what to do in
the case of a bite.
You should also be wary of spiders along the trail. Gear placed
on the ground should be checked for stowaways! First Aid - know
what to do in the case of a bite.