Event FAQs

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the run/walk distances, again?

NAIDOC MARCH VIRTUAL RUN CLOTHING THE GAP

Q. Do you have a discount code for mob (people of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander descent)?  

A. We sure do! 

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people completing this event please use the registration code: WELLAHTOGETHER at checkout for 50% off your registration fee. 

The team at ‘Clothing The Gaps’ are working towards to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. One way we are do this is by increasing the participation of Indigenous families and Communities in events such as this, because we know increasing levels of physical activity can reduce people dying earlier from chronic disease.

Allies and supporters, we trust you. We know that this code will be used by the Indigenous Community to ensure equitable access to virtual run/walk events.  We trust that those that can will pay for their entry and will respect the code not misuse it. Just like we’re trusting that you’ll do your run or walk when you say you will 😊.

Q. Wait, what’s a virtual run?

A. A virtual run or walk is an event that can be completed from absolutely any location you choose, indoors or outdoors! You can run or walk at your own pace whenever you choose on the event date/s.

Q. What does NAIDOC stand for?

A. NAIDOC originally was an acronym for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You can read more here.

Q. Why is the Virtual event over 3 days?

A. The NAIDOC March is traditionally held on the Friday of NAIDOC Week celebrations in July.

Q. I'm not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, can I still do this event?

A. We welcome all people to march or run with us! We love seeing individuals, organisations, community groups, businesses and local councils getting involved.

Q. Can I register more than one person at a time?

A. Absolutely, you can register more than one person under the one order. Each entry receives one corresponding patch, distances 5km and above receive a medal. All of the entries you register under the one order will all be sent to the address entered at checkout. Each entry does not need a separate name attached to it. 

Q. Will there be NAIDOC week activities this year?

A. The National NAIDOC has just announced that NAIDOC celebrations will go ahead in Spring from 8 -15 November 2020.

Q. Who can enter a virtual race?

A. Anyone and everyone! We would ask that if your child (under 18) wants to enter, you as the parent/guardian must complete the online entry form on their behalf. Juniors should complete the distance under supervision and with a competing parent/guardian (and running together is more fun!) but apart from that there are no restrictions. Just get out there and run, walk, hike, whatever works for you!

By entering our virtual event you are agreeing that any injury or damage that is caused by completing your event is your own responsibility. Clothing The Gap will not be held responsible for any injury that occurs during your run. Please see our full Terms and Conditions for more info. 

Q. How do you know we "really" did the virtual run?

A. We trust you! But, if you want to share your run with us and the community we would love that too! Share your experiences by using #NAIDOCmarch #NAIDOCrun @ClothingTheGap both on event day and while you train. 

You can also join our Strava Run Club to join our new online active community to log your training and virtually cheer each other on. You’ll also find our NAIDOC events on Strava to log your run over the event weekend.

Q. How do I join the Clothing The Gaps Run Club on Strava?

A. Strava (strava.com) is free to get an account and join the Clothing The Gaps Run Club (www.strava.com/clubs/CTGactive) to share your training with us and each other.

Once you have joined the Clothing The Gaps Run Club, join the ‘Event’ you have registered for and track your run/walk on the day. Yay! But logging or tracking your run/walk is not compulsory. We're operating on good old trust here. We believe you'll go get it done, you do not have to send us your run or walk times.

Q. Why is there postage charged when I register for the virtual run?

A.  Great question! The postage is so we can get you your beautiful medal and/or patch.

Q. Do I get a medal and patch?

A. Absolutely! Each registration for the 5km, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km events NAIDOC March | Run will earn a limited edition 2020 medal and iron on patch.

Your medal will be posted to the address entered by participants at the point of purchase, before of not long after the event (July 10 - July 12). 

Please note: Those people that enter the 3km march event for $5 will receive the patch only. 

Aboriginal medal Clothing The Gap NAIDOC March Run

Q. What is the meaning of the medal artwork? 

A. Read the blog to find out more about the artwork on the medal which is designed by Gunditjmara artist, Laura Thompson. 

All the medal lanyards are different colours to represent the different distances (5km, 10km, 21.1km, 42.2km) completed over the event weekend. 

Q. Do you have NAIDOC event merch?

A. Of course we do! 

See our range of 'Always Was' event merch.

Q. What about a race bib and certificate?

A. Trust us, we love Fun Run/Walk mementos just as much as you! Once you register, you will be posted your race pack including your bib, medal and patch if you are one of our first 1500 entries. Those people who register later will be emailed your downloadable customisable race bib which is also available for download on the website too!

Your bib also doubles as your certificate and includes a space for you to record your time. Efficient!

Q. Do I need to complete the event distance at once/on the same day? Or can I do it over three days?

A.  We would love for everyone to give completing their event in the one time a go. However, if you would really like to do your event over three days, or at separate times, that's ok with us. The most important thing is that we're getting moving at the moment and we think that deserves a medal/patch.

Q. When do registrations close?

A.  Registrations for NAIDOC March | Run close on midnight  Sun 12th July. Make sure you don't miss out! 

Q. What do the profits from the run go to?

A.  100% profits from this event proudly subsides entry for Indigenous people in this event and supports grass roots Aboriginal health promotion programs and activities run by Spark Health. You can see the work Spark Health does here: www.sparkhealth.com.au 

Q. Why are you organising this event?

A. Great question! As Aboriginal Health Promotion Practitioners running a fashion label, we work on a grass roots level to encourage positive health and well-being, including getting and staying active. We are excited about the NAIDOC March | Run event because it combines two of our favourite things: health and Aboriginal culture. 

Seeing people achieve their daily recommended 60 minutes of activity for kids and 30 minutes for adults during the COVID-19 pandemic is our goal as well as marking the keeping the traditions of NAIDOC week going virtually.

The NAIDOC March | Run is giving us all event to celebrate and something to train for when everything else is cancelled and closed. 

Ultimately, we are passionate about equity and health equity in Australia is one of the most inequitable in the world. COVID-19 has its challenges for all individuals, but those that face the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community are significantly greater. Fundraising from this event will support Indigenous participation in this event and the health promotion work of Spark Health Australia to continue to share free access to health and well-being activities for Aboriginal Communities.  

Q. I don’t live in Australia, can I still enter?

A. Unfortunately, we have pressed pause on our international shipping until the end of August, 2020 due to an increase in demand locally.  

Q. You do realise COVID-19 is serious, yeah?

A. Of course. The health and safety of our community near and far will always be our greatest priority, and we strongly advise that everyone adheres to relevant health authority  COVID-19 advice.

We also know that this situation is not leaving us in a hurry and that at some point if we can't call COVID-19 'Rona', we may actually go mad. There is something about taking control of the name of COVID-19 and doing something in our own strength that reminds us that we still have our self-efficacy. Our self-efficacy to make smart decisions about physical distancing, staying active, nourishing our bodies well, keeping socially connected through technology, looking after our Elders and caring for our communities as a whole through the individual choices we make. 

Q. Do you have Afterpay?

A. Clothing the Gaps proudly offers Afterpay to Australian customers as a payment option for purchases made through our online store. Afterpay is an interest free, deferred payment method that allows you to shop now, receive now, and pay later via four equal fortnightly installments.

Q. Who are your event partners?

A.  We are excited to announce that Homie Street Store, EJ Whitten Foundation and Dardi Munworrow are event partners. 

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