Frequently-asked Questions

Darkness to Daylight 

What is Darkness to Daylight?

In Australia on average 110 people die from domestic and family violence (DFV) every year.

Darkness to Daylight (D2D) is a 110km run where each kilometre represents one of those lives
lost. It’s a long distance. It’s hard physically and mentally and to get through it, participants
often join together to run and walk in teams to support each other.

We don’t mind if you run or walk, if you complete 3km or 110km. We just ask that you run with a purpose, that you join us in standing up to domestic and family violence.

When we run, a candle lights the way - a symbol of hope to pass onto those who need it most. Our candles let those experiencing DFV know that they are not alone and we will not stop until DFV does.

What is domestic and family violence?

Domestic and family violence is defined as one person in a current or former relationship
using violence and abuse to exercise or maintain power and control over another person.
This can include:

  • physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual, psychological, or financial abuse
  • threatening and coercive behaviour aimed at controlling or dominating the other person through fear.


Domestic violence can occur in any relationship including current or former partners, spouses,
carers or paid support workers, parents, guardians, adult children, and adolescents. We know domestic and family violence does not discriminate and it can happen to anyone regardless of their religion, culture, social background, gender identity or sexuality.


Learn more about DFV here.

How can I raise awareness abut DFV?

  1. Talk about the issue and what DFV is. You can share what abusive behaviours look like and call it out when you see it.
  2. Take part in Darkness to Daylight challenge 2022!
  3. Connect with Challenge DV and Darkness to Daylight on social media and share posts on your social media networks, and let people know why you are doing Darkness to Daylight. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  4. You don’t need to be an expert. If you or someone you know is impacted by, support services are available.

How can I take part in Darkness to Daylight 2022?

Step 1: Register to participate in D2D and set up your fundraising page. Join the Darkness to Daylight challenge facebook group to ensure you stay up to date with all matters D2D.


Step 2: Start a conversation. Darkness to Daylight is all about bringing DFV out of the Darkness and into the Daylight. You can do this by joining the Facebook group, talking to your family and friends and asking them to support you in D2D, promoting D2D on your social channels.

Step 3: Share your journey and the number of kilometers you have completed. Share your fundraising page with your network, friends and family. We have made it easier by providing you with templates. Share your journey with us so our community can be inspired by your support!

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 totall.

Why raise funds?

The money raised from both the virtual and live Darkness to Daylight challenges will equip Challenge DV 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 $450,000. 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 are the routes for the live event?

You can view the routes here:

Please note: these are subject to change without notice.

What happens at the end?

On Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 7:00am, 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 Challenge DV's goal of ending domestic and family violence.

Event timings

What are the timings for the live event on Tuesday 28 June?

Please note that all times are subject to change  - you are advised to check back here the day prior to the event:

  • 4:00am: Event begins  and registration marquee opens
  • 4.45am: 10km run participants warm up starts
  • 5.00am: 10km run starts
  • 5.15am: 10km run participants warm up starts
  • 5:30am: 3km walk starts
  • 6.30am: closing ceremony begins
  • 7.00am: event close

How do I log my distance?

Starting 1 May, you can log your distance via the darknesstodaylight.org website to keep a tally of the kilometres you have completed and to show your friends, family and supporters how you are tracking as you work towards your 110km goal.

Every step counts - every kilometre you complete to shine a light on domestic and family violence, can be entered manually via your the darknesstolight.org site, or it can be linked to automatically update if you use Fitbit or Strava. Please see step by step instructions below for more.

  1. Go to darknesstodaylight.org
  2. In the top right-hand corner select 'Login' and enter your D2D login details
  3. Once logged in, hover over your name in the top right-hand corner and select 'My Fitness Activity'
  4. Scroll down to 'Add Activity' and enter the distance you have completed
  5. Select 'Save Changes' and the tally should increase.

Already use Fitbit or Strava to record your workout? Link your Darkness to Daylight account to your Fitbit or Strava account and your completed kilometres will automatically flow through to your D2D account. You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Download and set up an account for your preferred fitness app if you have not already done so
  2. Go to darknesstodaylight.org/
  3. In the top right-hand corner select 'Login' and enter your D2D login details
  4. Once logged in scroll down to "Connect your preferred fitness app' and select either Fitbit or Strava, then log in using your fitness app details
  5. Once satisfied with preferences, then select 'Authorise'
  6. A tick should appear on your screen briefly and now you are now all set
  7. We recommend checking the first few flow through to your D2D account automatically. Some participants suggest logging out of the fitness App (via their phone) and logging back in to ensure workouts flow through to D2D.

Download a printable version here

Pricing

How much does it cost to register?

It costs $55.00 per person to register for any of the following options: 

  • 110k virtual challenge or part of a team involved in the 110k virtual challenge 
  • 10k or 3k live event challenge

Registration

Can I register on the day?

No. There are no registrations available on the day of the event. All registrations close on 17 June 2022 – no late registrations, transfers or changes will be accepted after this date.

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 wrist band with a number which is linked to your emergency contact. Therefore, please instruct your staff not to give their wrist band to someone else if they cannot attend.

The wristband is very important to gain access into the Speakers Green at Parliment House which is where the closing ceremony will be held. 

Participant packs

What is included in my participant pack?

You will receive the following in your participant pack:

  • Branded shirt
  • Battery Operated candle

For those participating in the live event you will  also be provided a ID wristband which will link to your emergency contact details. Please do not swap this with anyone - it will also give you access to the speakers green at Parliment House.

This year there will not be a printed booklet to ensure we keep to our sustainability policy as much as possible. You will be able to find all the information you need online.

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 extra 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. Please remember to bring your candles on the morning to the live event or whereever you are participating on the morning. 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. We recommend that your team wear the specifically designed shirts.

When and where can I collect my participant packs?

All participant packs will be mailed up until 8 May 2022. After this date you will need to collect your packs on the morning of the event on George Street, in front of Parliment House in Brisbane which will open from 4.00am. Packs will be available individually, if team captains would like to collect everyone's please let us know at eventcrew@challengedv.org

I’ve already registered – when will I get my t-shirt and pack?

If you’ve already registered to take part, keep an eye on the post - participant packs started to be mailed out from 20 April. 

Will there be a leaderboard?

There is a leaderboard for both the team and individual that raises the most money. We think this a great way to celebrate the hard work of those participants and team.


You can find the leaderboards on the Darkness to Daylight homepage.

Team Captain information

When and where can I collect my participant packs?

All participant packs will be mailed up until 8 May 2022. After this date you will need to collect your packs on the morning of the event on George Street, in front of Parliment House in Brisbane which will open from 4.00am. Packs will be availalbe individually, if team captains would like to collect everyone's please let the eventcrew@challengedv.org

Can my team have a marquee?

This year due to the venue change there are only marquee opportunities for sponsors. 

How does pack up work?

The event officially concludes at 7.00am on Tuesday 31 May.

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 - $875
  • Up to 50 participants - $1,750
  • Up to 100 participants - $3,000
  • Up to 200 participants - $5000

Once you have pre-paid for your team please make sure you share both the Team name and the promotional code so you team members can enter without paying but then can also be connected to your team.  

General event information

What safety measures should I be aware of?

Safety is our number one priority, and we encourage all participants to follow instructions from the event team on the day of the event.

We also ask you adhere to all local road rules and pay attention to your surroundings. We have medical personnel, Army and the Queensland Police force out on the course on the morning. 

Also, this year, you will not be able to bring your bags to drop off before the event.

Will you have a bag minding area?

Unfortunately, we will not be having a bag drop this year for safety reasons.

Please pack light as you will be required to carry your bag while walking.

Will my distance and time get recorded at the live event on Tuesday 28 June?

We will not log your time or distance. For us, this event is about running with a message and remembering the symbolism and meaning behind running (or walking) out of the darkness and into the daylight.

If you choose to log your distance you can do so by using your Fitbit, mobile phone or tracking device. Alternatively, you can manually upload your activity.

Do I have to track my distance?

While we encourage participants to track their distance, it is certainly not essential.

Will there be food and drink?

Yes, there will be coffee and light breakfast refreshments available to purchase. We will also have a free breakfast available after the event concludes Tuesday 31 May.

Please also feel free to bring your own snack items with you, especially energy gels or electrolyte replacements if you are running. Water will be available at two locations on the course for the 10km event.

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.

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

We do request that participants using prams or baby joggesr are mindful of their environment and of other participants. MP3 players, iPods, headphones or ear buds are discouraged for safety reasons. For safety reasons we do not encourage roller blades or scooters.

Can I bring my dog?

No. While we love dogs, we aren't able to accommodate them on the running/walking tracks or at the live event in case they become trip hazards for other participants.

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.

Medical

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.

There will be first aid personnel on location throughout the entire event.

Transport

Is there parking available at Parliament House?

There is no parking available at Parliment House.  We encourage you to find alternative measures to attend the event.  Keeping in mind to plan ahead with Translink Jouney Planner