Support Crew and Spectators

The Great Southern Stage Run will be something of a ‘travelling circus’ with teams and support crews travelling along the course from checkpoint to checkpoint each day, making it an incredibly social, and satisfying event for support crews and spectators (as well as for runners!).


It is envisaged that team-mates will basically support themselves, with the non-running team members driving to the next checkpoint together, waiting for their incoming runner and then handing over to their outgoing runner. After which they’d drive to the next checkpoint…

A non-running support crew may be helpful to move camp/accommodation whilst the team are running – maybe visiting the start and 1 checkpoint but primarily to move camp and get the ‘home-fires-burning’ at the nightly accommodation and to prepare meals before / after running. (We suggest team runners give them a lot of chocolate / beer / love as gratitude!).


Solo runners have full access to the hydration and nutrition provided at each of the checkpoints. This will be sufficient for a solo runner to complete the day’s run without additional support from a support crew.

Solo runners will need a non-running support crew to assist them on their odyssey to:

  • Drive solo runners to the start each day
  • Provide additional equipment and gear changes at each checkpoint (if needed)
  • Provide additional support at each checkpoint – eg. their own specific hydration / nutrition (if needed)
  • Care for runners after they have finished.

Rapid Ascent will not take drop bags to checkpoints, or transport solo runners to / from the start / finish (sorry – we’ll be too busy managing 200+km of course).

Rapid Ascent can help solo runners from interstate find a local support crew person if needed – please contact us to request this support.

Further details

Considerable details and information will be provided for support crews nearer the race, such as:

  • driving direction to each CP,
  • checkpoint diagrams,
  • recommended gear lists for support crews
  • recommended spectator spots away from CPs
  • and even recommended coffee stops…