We answer your frequently asked questions

You can find answers to some of the most common questions below. If your question still remains unanswered, please use the contact page and we’ll be more than happy to help!


  • Do I have to run?

    Absolutely not! Participants can walk, jog or run at their own pace. Of course you are welcome to challenge yourself but it’s entirely up to you.

  • How long am I on the treadmill?

    The 24 hours is broken up into 30 minute time slots and you can participate in one or multiples. Your team captain will be responsible for allocating the time slots to ensure all slots are covered for the full 24 hours.

    If you are participating as an individual on a shared treadmill, the team at Very Special Kids will be able to confirm availability of your preferred time slot.

  • What happens if someone doesn’t arrive for their time slot?

    We understand that sometimes unexpected things come up, and the best laid plans can go astray. Team captains are responsible for filling their roster and ensuring all slots are covered on the day. Since the 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge started in 2012 all treadmills have been full for the full 24 hours – it’s a team effort!

  • How do we know when the 30 minutes is up?

    The MCs will announce when there is 5 minutes to go and for the next participants to be ready behind their treadmill. There will be 10 second countdown to the 30 minute mark and participants will be asked to completely stop their treadmill before getting off, and the next participant will get on and re-start the treadmill. Please DO NOT try to get on a treadmill that is running as it is very easy to lose your footing and fall off.

  • What is provided?

    On arrival you will receive an event t-shirt which you can wear while participating and you will be given a wristband so our volunteers know you are registered. Inside the marquee there will be water stations, fresh fruit and snacks, continual refreshments for the full 24 hours and of course much needed coffee! Wonderful supporters Rapid Relief Team will again be providing a breakfast BBQ on both mornings.

  • What should I wear?

    Something you are comfortable walking or running in – activewear and comfortable runners. We would love for you to wear the event t-shirt that you’ll receive on arrival, but it isn’t mandatory. Many teams pick a theme and choose to dress up – this is great fun and creates a fantastic atmosphere – plus, you might be in the running for the best dressed award! Please refrain from wearing items that may be unsafe on the treadmill or cause a trip hazard – long feather boas, stilettos and similar can be dangerous.

  • What should I bring?

    Be sure to bring your water bottle to refill at the complimentary water stations and a sweat towel if needed. If you have specific dietary requirements, please bring snacks if you are planning on staying for a while.

  • Can my family and friends come?

    We encourage spectators to cheer on their colleagues, family and friends – it all makes for a great atmosphere. If any of your spectators would like to participate on the day (pending availability) they will just need to sign off on the terms and conditions to receive a wristband, and then they’re good to go.

  • What is in the marquee?

    It is busy! There will be 36 treadmills and each team will have a couch area in front of their treadmill to keep their belongings and relax with friends and family. There will be activities to join for spectators or while you’re not on the treadmill – in the past we’ve had foosball tables, table tennis and slot car racing to keep everyone entertained.

    We will have a phone charging station and photo area to keep you ‘gramming. There will also be a refreshment area with water stations, sports drinks and continual refreshments. There are also big screens to keep you updated with the fundraising total. First aid support will be onsite for the whole event and have been known to do a stint on a treadmill as well!

  • What about bathrooms?

    There are bathrooms in the main Very Special Kids building, just down a short footpath from the entrance marquee – this will be signed and there will plenty of volunteers around to direct you. Please be aware that there are no shower facilities onsite.

  • Does everything really keep going for 24 hours?

    It sure does! We have MCs to keep you motivated, a DJ pumping the tunes and continuous food and refreshments to keep everyone’s energy up. We do keep the doors to the marquee closed to minimise impact on our neighbours, but inside the great atmosphere keeps on going.

  • Where can I park?

    We’re not going to lie, parking can be tricky, particularly during the day on Friday. Teams that are sponsoring a whole treadmill will have a parking space allocated onsite and there will be volunteers to direct you to your space. There is parking available in surrounding streets and we encourage you to check for time restrictions – you can see options here.

  • Is there public transport nearby?

    Very Special Kids is a short walk from both Armadale and Malvern train stations, and tram numbers 6, 16 and 72 all run close by. For more information, head to ptv.vic.gov.au

  • Does it matter if the weather is bad?

    We are lucky to have a fully enclosed marquee to host the event, so regardless of the weather outside, you’ll be dry inside. It can get cool overnight, and whilst we do have heaters, it’s a big space to warm up so it’s worth layering up if you’re staying a while to cheer your teammates on.

  • What happens at 9am on the Saturday when it finishes?

    We celebrate! There will be a final countdown and celebration, followed by a short awards ceremony for highest fundraisers and the much sought after best dressed awards. We also announce a fundraising total, although it keeps increasing over the following days and weeks.

Fundraising and participation

  • How much is the event trying to fundraise?

    We are thrilled that the event raised over $1 million for the first time in 2019 and we are aiming to make it again with the help of all our wonderful supporters.

  • How much does it cost to participate?

    You don’t need a ticket to take part, instead we ask participants to fundraise based on how many 30 minute slots they are participating in.

  • How much do I need to fundraise?

    We ask participants to set themselves a fundraising goal of $500 for each 30 minute time slot. Of course we would love for you to exceed this, so keep increasing your goal as you reach it. You can visit the ‘Tips & Tricks’ page for some fundraising inspiration.

  • How do I set up a team?

    The team at Very Special Kids will create a team for you that your team members can join. To register a team, contact Sharon on sstynes@vsk.org.au

  • How do I create my fundraising page?

    Go to the pink ‘get involved’ button at the top right and follow the prompts to select your team. It only takes a few minutes and then you’re off and running.

  • Can children take part?

    Of course, they just need a parent or guardian to sign the event terms and conditions on their behalf. We do ask that children are supervised by an adult for their own safety, particularly when getting on and off the treadmill.