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Why am I paying for a ticket, and where does the money go?

Money raised through ticket sales will be used to run the event with ALL remaining proceeds directly donated to beyondblue. The costs of running the event include venue hire, insurance, advertising, design work, signage, printing and staff. 
 

Why have you chosen to support beyondblue?

beyondblue has been selected as the supporting charity. beyondblue’s mission is to equip everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. The aim is to give people the confidence to support those around them, and make anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations. beyondblue works hard to tackle stigma, prejudice and discrimination; and breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out. 

In addition to this, beyondblue provides specific Health Services Programs to promote mental wellness in the medical profession, providing support for Doctors and Health Professionals. 

Donation tubs will be available on the day if you would like to donate further to beyondblue.
 

Do I need to bring my ticket on the day?

No, there is no need to bring a physical ticket on the day. Simply say your name at the registration table and we will provide a wristband for you.
 

Can I register on the day?

Yes you can! We encourage everyone to register prior to the event, to best allow us to organise participant numbers, however registrations will still be accepted on the day.
 

Why a fun run?

We chose an event that was centred around exercise, to showcase the many benefits that physical activity can provide. The allows us to raise awareness for good mental health in the medical community, and also promote the positive impact that exercise can have on our own mental health. The many benefits of exercise are beginning to be understood through increased research. This increasing recognition of the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of common and often serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many cancers is extended to that of mental health. A fun run allows us to further spread this message.
 

Do I have to run? What if I am too slow?

The Doctor Dash is not a race. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace, whether that be running, jogging or walking. There is no such thing as going too slow, so feel free to take your time and enjoy being out in the fresh air with family and friends.
 

I'm pretty competitive, will there be a winner?

For those competitive there we will have a prize for the fastest in the 8km and 4km course. Again, this is not a race, but we appreciate some will want to be crowned the inaugural Doctor Dash champion.
 

Can I dress up?

You sure can... in fact, we encourage it! Dressing up will only help us increase our message to members of the public who will see us running and walking past.
 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are more than welcome to walk or run with you along the tan running track. If walking through the neighbouring Botanical Gardens please ensure you adhere to all relevant regulations.
 

I have a disability, can I still participAte?

Of course you can! ACSEP staff will be on hand to lend any assistance they can. Additionally, those that are not able to make it around the tan track are more than welcome to enjoy the celebrations at the finish line. 
 

Is the event family friendly and can I bring a pram?

The event is completely family friendly and we encourage families to attend the day and walk or run together (if you can keep up with the kids!). Prams are very welcome.
 

Do children have to pay for a ticket?

Children under the age of 12 do not need to pay for a ticket. Donation tubs will be available on the day if you would like to donate directly to beyondblue instead of purchasing a ticket for any children attending who do not need a ticket.
 

What if it is raining cats and dogs?

Melbourne's weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, especially at this time of year. The event will go on rain, hail or shine. 
 

Will there be a photographer?

ACSEP will have a photographer taking photos throughout the morning. If you do not wish to have your photo published anywhere please speak with staff on the day.
 

What happens at the finish line?

We encourage participants to enjoy the scenery at the finish line, speak with friends and family and introduce yourself to someone new. We hope there can be many conversations throughout the day that will go towards reducing the stigma of mental illness in the medical community. There will also be some giveaways to enjoy and refuel after your efforts.