Online Fundraising


1. How does the event raise money for mental health?


The de Castella Run for Mental Health is the major fundraising event for the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). More information about MAPrc can be found here, and at the website.


There are several ways in which you can be involved and donate through the de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds:


- REGISTER to participate as a runner or walker, proceeds from the event go towards MAPrc


- Make a DONATION when entering the event on line through our secure website


- Create a FUNDRAISING page and encourage family and friends to help you raise funds for MAPrc


- Create a TEAM and fundraise for mental health together!


- Enjoy the MIND AND BODY EXPO after the event - for a small donation you can buy sausages, drinks, baked goods, raffle tickets and more, with all proceeds going to MAPrc



2. Can I compete in more than one distance?


As the event timetable is set up so each race finishes at around the same time, it would not be possible to compete in more than one distance.



3. I want to enter a team, but my team members wish to compete in different distances. Do we need to have a separate team for each event?



Yes, each team is for one distance only – either 5km, 10km OR 15km. If you and your team members wish to compete in different events, you will need to set up one team for each distance. Please email us at  if you encounter any problems with this.



4. What time do I have to arrive on the day?


We suggest you aim to arrive around an hour before the scheduled start time of your event. This will give you time to pick up your bib (if required), drop your bag and warm up prior to the event. Event start times are here.



5. What does the Smart Start for Kids Dash event involve?


The Run Ready Kids event at the de Castella Run is designed to encourage children aged approx 3.5 to 10 years (kinder to grade 4) to enjoy and be a part of our family orientated event and perhaps ready themselves to tackle the 5km or 10km in the future!


Thanks to RUN READY, participants will enjoy age appropriate skill building activities, including an 80m dash on the oval.


Those registered in the Run Ready activities will be occupied from around 7:30am till 9:15am, enabling their parents, caregivers and older siblings to participate in the 5km run/walk, 10km or 15km run. Afterwards, the whole family can then enjoy the Mind and Body Expo!


Program schedule:
7.30am - Sign in, drop off/warm up time on the basketball courts
7:45 - 8:00am - Start time, kids make their way down to the oval for the 80m dash
8:15am - 9am - Kids activity program on the basketball courts
9am - 9:15am - Sign out and pick up


Age groups:

- three year old kindergarten

- four year old kindergarten

- Prep to grade 1

- grade 2 to grade 4


Participants in Smart Start for Kids will receive a t-shirt and personalised certificate.



6. How do I apply for a Preferred-Start?


Preferred-Start runners will be able to warm up in front of the start area up until 5 minutes before the start. There are two ways to apply for a Preferred-Start:

1.    Tick the box on the registration page when entering or
2.    E-mail your last race distance and time to 

Preferred-Start runners will be contacted by email by Wednesday 17 August. Approved Preferred-Start runners will be able to collect a preferred-start runner BIB label from the Help Desk prior to the start of the event on the day.

If you would like to request a priority start, you must be able to run your selected distance within the following times:

Male - under 18 minutes; Female - under 21 minutes

Male - under 37 minutes; Female - under 40 minutes

Male - under 60 minutes; Female - 65 minutes



7. I am the holder of a pension card, how do I receive the $15 flat fee when entering?


Please enter your card number on line in the registration process. If you experience difficulty please contact with your details, to receive a pension entry discount code.



8. When will I receive my event BIB?

Early bird entrants will have their race BIBs posted to them. Please ensure your postal address is correct when registering to ensure you receive the BIB. 

If you enter after the early bird cut off, you will need to collect your run BIB from the collection counter on the day. This will be in located in the school hall. Please arrive early to collect your BIB so you have plenty of time to reach the start line for your race.


9. Will there be drink stations along the course?


"Aquaforce" Drink stations will be located at three points on the course:


5km turn around point


10km turn around point


There will also be a drink station at the finish line.

Exact locations are marked on the course maps here



Each station will serve "AQUAFORCE" a scientifically formulated sports hydration drink, as well as plain water, in plastic cups. We are very grateful to "AQUAFORCE" for supporting this event.