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Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our communities and we urge everyone to follow the health advice currently available to stay safe and well.  

At the direction of Australian Health Authorities, we can now confirm the postponement of Darkness to Daylight 2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. 


Darkness to Daylight will now take place on October 21st –22nd at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. All purchased registrations for the May event will be honoured for the rescheduled October dates. Registrations will remain open during this time to allow participants to continue with their fundraising journeys.  

A sincere thank you for the continued support for Darkness to Daylight and Australia’s CEO Challenge. We look forward to seeing you in October to come together to show that the community cares, that we can make an impact that matters 

If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the team - eventcrew@aceoc.org. 

National Event

How does it work?

Registrations open on the 1st January 2020. The portal for the National activity will go live on the 1st of October and will close on the 22nd of October when the live event in Brisbane finishes.

Why do the Darkness to Daylight National 110km individual event?

Darkness to Daylight National is a remote version of the live event. Whether you live interstate, are away on 21-22 October or would prefer to run 110km over the course of October, Darkness to Daylight National allows you to still play your part in raising funds and promoting awareness about family and domestic violence. Complete the challenge over the month of October at your own pace.

How do I log my distance?

When the event goes live on the 1st of October, you can run or walk whenever you want, for as long as you want. You then log the distance on your fundraising page through your Fitbit. Alternatively, you can manually upload your activity. You have 22 days (1-22 of October) to complete your 110km individual challenge.

Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your workouts!

If you track your workouts with Fitbit, MapMyFitness or Strava your distances will automatically add to your tally.

Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:

1. Download the FitbitStrava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account

2. Log in to your [charity or event name] account.

3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.

4. Follow the prompts to connect your account

5. When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.

When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

When using MapMyFitness, you must ‘start’ your workout, ‘stop’ your workout and then ‘SAVE’ your workout.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Remember, you can manually add your kilometres to the tally in your My Fitness Activity tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.

Follow these steps to manually add your KMs:

1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’

2. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance

3. The number of KMs will now appear on your fundraising page!

Can we make teams?

Yes you can! We encourage you to form teams and run with colleagues, friends and family. However, please remember this is an individual challenge and you log your own individual walks or runs on your fundraising page. It’s not a team total.

Remember too, you can be very creative with this and have lots of fun. You can dress up and post photos onto your fundraising page by clicking on "Post an Update". The more entertaining you make your Darkness to Daylight journey; the more people will want to be involved and donate.

Also, don’t forget to #D2D2020!

Why Fundraise?

The money raised from both the national and live Darkness to Daylight challenges will equip Australia’s CEO Challenge to build valuable community partnerships between the business sector and frontline domestic violence services as well as develop new tools and resources to assist workplaces with tailored training specific to their sector and industry.

This year, our goal for Darkness to Daylight is to raise $200,000. However, we can’t reach this goal alone. Therefore, we want you to share with your colleagues, friends and family the massive challenge you are taking on and raise not only awareness but also funds. Ensure you tell everyone what you are doing and have them support you along the way. Also, don’t forget to share your page with everyone you know.

What happens at the end?

On the 22nd of October at 8 am, your challenge ends. You will no longer be able to log your walks or runs. This will coincide with the ending of the live event in Brisbane, allowing everyone to finish at the same time.

We then encourage you to catch up with colleagues, friends and family and share your achievement. It is time to acknowledge and celebrate the awareness and funds you raised to support Australia’s CEO Challenge goal of ending domestic and family violence.

Event timings

Event Timings prior to event

  • Registrations open: 1 January 2020
  • Early bird registrations close: 30 June 2020
  • Registrations for national close: 11 September 2020 to ensure packs are ready by 1 October
  • Registrations for live event close: 2 October 2020
  • Participant kit collection: 14-15 October 2020

Events timings on the day

All times are subject to change please check back here the day prior to the event.

  • Set up of all team marquees: No later than 3:00pm, 21 October 2020 * You will be allocated a specific time closer to the event
  • Arrival: 5:00pm, 21 October 2020
  • Opening ceremony: 5:30pm, 21 October 2020
  • 110km challenge starts: 6:40pm, 21 October 2020
  • 10km run participants warm up starts 4.45am 22 October 2020
  • 10km run starts: 5:15am, 22 October 2020
  • 3km walk starts: 6:00am, 22 October 2020


Early bird pricing until June 30th

110k overnight challenge or part of a team involved in the 110k overnight challenge is $30pp
10k or 3k challenge is $30pp
National registration is $30pp (participant pack included, postage extra)

Standard pricing 1st July - 2nd October

Register for national by 11 Septemberl to ensure you receive your participant pack by 1 October.

110k overnight challenge or part of a team involved in the 110k overnight challenge is $50pp

10k or 3k challenge is $50pp

National registration is $50 (participant pack included, postage extra)



Can I register on the day?

No. There are no registrations available on the day of the event. All registrations close on 2nd October 2020 – no late registrations, transfers or changes will be accepted after this date. This is to make sure that we are able to allocate all kits and bibs the week before the event. If you are a team captain, please ensure all your staff are aware of this key date, so they don’t miss out!

Can I transfer my registration?

We cannot change or transfer registrations to another person. If you cancel or cannot make the event, you forfeit entry. Everyone is assigned a running number which is linked to your emergency contact. Therefore, please instruct your staff not to give their bib to someone else if they cannot attend.

Participant packs

What is included in my participant pack?

You will receive in your participant pack:

Branded shirt

Branded drink bottle

Race bib specifically allocated to you and your emergency contact details (please do not swap this with anyone)

Safety pins for secure your bib to your shirt

Battery operated candle

Brochure booklet

When and where can I collect my participant packs?

You can pick up your packs on 14-15 October 2020. We’ll let you know specific times and a location closer to the event. Please note that team captains are responsible for collecting all packs for their team. Team packs will not be split up for participants to collect individually. The team captain must collect the entire team and distribute.

Team Captain information

When and where can I collect my participant packs?

You can pick up your packs on 14-15 October 2020. We’ll let you know specific times and a location closer to the event. Please note that team captains are responsible for collecting all packs for their team. Team packs will not be split up for participants to collect individually. The team captain must collect the entire team and distribute.

Can my team have a marquee?

We highly recommend you organise a marquee for the 110km event. It’s great to have a place for your team to gather, recharge and store their things. Advise your team to bring chairs, sleeping bags and jumpers as it will get cold overnight – yes, even in Brisbane!

You must have flooring for your marquee. The ground will be cold, hard and damp and your team will thank you for it later. Also, please note – no pegs are allowed in the grass. Please use sandbags/weights. If you plan to bring a marquee, please make sure you let us know by 2nd October 2020 by emailing eventcrew@aceoc.org, so we can organise a site plan of marquees.

How does pack up work?

The event officially concludes at 7am on 22 of October. Bump out will occur directly after the close of the event. At this time all marquees, signs and other items need to be removed and packed up.

How many members can I have in a team?

Teams can be pre-paid in the following options:

Up to 25 participants - $700

Up to 50 participants - $1,250

Up to 100 participants - $2,000

Up to 200 participants - $3,600

I’m a team captain, is there anything specific I need to bring?

Thank you for taking on the role of team captain, we know it can require some work, so we really appreciate your extra commitment to the cause.

Please make sure to bring a list of all your team members. The Darkness to Daylight Challenge is getting bigger each year and we ask that team captains coordinate their teams and get them safely on and off the course.

This year, to enable the symbolism of the event to really stand out, participants will carry a battery hand held candle. Every participant will receive a candle. The idea is to keep the candle moving all night. Please remember to bring your candles on the night to the opening ceremony. All batteries are new and should last the whole event.

Everyone is given a Darkness to Daylight shirt in their registration packs. You are welcome to wear your own company shirts if you desire. However, our Darkness to Daylight shirts are wonderful quality and have been designed especially for awareness raising. There are also reflective strips to ensure safety for your team members, and we recommend that your team wear the specifically designed shirts.

Please ensure that if you finish your team captain role part way through the event, you have someone else to hand over to– especially if your team is taking part in the overnight event.

If you have any solo 110k runners, please ensure that they notify the check in/out table when they start and finish. This desk will be located near the stairs going down toward the river. This is so we can keep track of runners as is part of our risk management process.

I’m/my team is planning to take on the full 110km – is there anything specific I need to know?

Congratulations on taking on such an impressive challenge. The 110k event starts at 6:40pm at City Botanic Gardens. However, we ask that you please arrive at 5:00pm to get yourself organised, take part in our opening ceremony.

You have until 7:00am to finish the run. The closing circle completion ceremony will be held for all participants straight after on Thursday 22nd  May along with the breakfast. Pack up begins at 7:00am.

To prepare for the event, we recommend you:

  • undergo a medical check-up before this challenge
  • bring a water bottle or hydration belt – there will be water provided along the route
  • bring your own spare clothes, food, energy food and drinks; particularly if you are covering the distance solo
  • check the weather the night before and on the day to make sure you bring appropriate clothing
  • wear high visibility gear
  • wear a head torch

General event information

How safe is a night run at the City Botanic Gardens?

We have worked with the Queensland Police Service and Brisbane City Council to ensure that the route that our participants will run along is safe. Personnel from the Queensland Police Service and Australian Defence Force will be on-site for the duration of the event, along with our own security team.

Will there be food and drink?

Yes – we certainly wouldn’t expect you to last 12 hours without food! There will be food trucks in the evening selling food and coffee. We will also have a free breakfast available after the event concludes at 7:00am on 22 October 2020. But please feel free to bring your own snack items with you (especially energy gel’s or electrolyte replacements). Water will be available at two of the turnaround marshal stations on route.

Can I dress up?

Yes. We encourage it! Wherever possible, though, we encourage participants to wear our Darkness to Daylight Challenge t-shirts which display the message behind the run.

Will you have a bag minding area?

Yes. However, we will only accept a wallet, keys and phone in a clear zip lock bag only. We ask that you do not bring large bags or back packs. You can leave items in your corporate tents and are done so at your own risk. We take no responsibility for items left in the bag minding area.

May I use a baby jogger, MP3 player or iPod, roller blades, scooter, headphones or ear buds?

We do not forbid baby joggers but request that participants using these are mindful of their environment and of other participants. MP3 players, iPods, headphones or ear buds are discouraged for safety reasons – especially for our 110k runners.

What is the course etiquette for this event?

Please remember what this event is all about. The Darkness to Daylight Challenge is not a race, nor is it a place to beat personal bests. We ask that you take your time and remember why you are running. Please keep to the left at all times and do not push past people. Some areas of the route can be very narrow. Please be thoughtful and mindful when you run, take your time and be kind to all who are there for this symbolic event.

Can I volunteer at the event?

Absolutely! We’d love your help and have many opportunities before during and after the event. Please click here to register your interest.

What happens at the end of the event?

A very important closing circle ceremony will be held following the breakfast on 22 October at the Hub in the City Botanic Gardens, where we will acknowledge what we have achieved as a community and honour the message we have carried throughout the journey. We ask that all participants please stay for the closing circle ceremony.


What kind of medical assistance do you provide?

1300 Medics will be available for the entire event at the main hub area, with strapping facilities available. There will also have a roaming bike paramedic on the course for the entire event.

What if I get injured?

Safety is our number one priority. If you are injured, unwell or distressed immediately STOP and move to the side of the path. Notify the nearest runner or marshal. First aid kits are located at each marshal point and Queensland Ambulance will be onsite throughout the entire event.



Watch this space! We are working hard to finalise the best transport options for you.