Ops Kookaburra Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Operation Kookaburra?


Operation Kookaburra is a 12-week marathon training program for runners to compete and complete the Gold Coast Marathon (GCM).

It comprises of two weekday workouts and one weekend long run weekly.  Team FatBird will provide on-land group long run training every fortnightly for 6 weeks.

I did not register for Gold Coast Marathon. Can I still join Operation Kookaburra?

Priority registrations will be given to runners who are running the Gold Coast Marathon (GCM).

You will be able to join the Ops Kookaburra Training Program by paying a training contribution of $150 if you have not signed up for the RUN GOLD COAST package from Scenic Travel & Team FatBird.

What is the RUN GOLD COAST package?


The RUN GOLD COAST (RGC) package is a specially put-together marathon travel and training package.  It consist of travel and accommodation, race registration, a 12-week structured training program with two run workshops that will facilitate the entire preparations and training for Singaporeans participating at Gold Coast Marathon (GCM).


I have just signed up for the RUN GOLD COAST (RGC) package. How can I attend the Kookaburra training for free?


The first 60 sign-ups for the Run Gold Coast Package will get to participate in the Ops Kookaburra training, workshops and lead up runs for free.

What is the training program for Operation Kookaburra based on?

The training program is based on FlightZONESTM Training System, incorporating heart-rate measurements and progressive paced running.  It complements the Official Gold Coast Marathon Training Program. The sessions are conducted by a team of experienced Marathoners and Pacers.

Please refer to “Team FatBird’s FlightZONES Benefits Chart” under the Discussions tab in the Kookaburra’s Nest for more information, accessible once you have successfully registered for the training program.

Where can the trainees get detailed information on training schedules and access to the coach/training crew?

The Kookaburra’s Nest, a private training area in facebook has been set up to inform, update and share all training information. All registered trainees will be invited to join the Kookaburra’s Nest on Facebook.

I have submitted my registration, but have yet to receive any reply. Am I accepted into the training program?

Successful applicants will receive an email confirming their training slot and payment details. Payment for training contributions have to be made within a week (7 days) of acceptance, otherwise the slot may be forfeited.
Payments made are not refundable once the training has begun.

I am unable to commit to the training schedules of the entire Kookaburra Program.

For non Run Gold Coast package participants, there is a drop-in fee of $23/session if you wish to just come for a few selected sessions.  Sign up for the number of sessions you can attend along with the advised payment.

Write in to training@teamfatbird.com with your selected dates, and we will send you the training details.

Drop-in participants will not be able to qualify for program entitlements, but will still have access to training, refreshments, and available team sales/discounts.

Is it compulsory for me to attend all training sessions? What if I cannot attend some of them?

The training schedule serves as a guide for your training. However, while it is not compulsory to attend all training sessions, you are encouraged to attend as many training sessions as possible to gain maximum benefits out of Operation Kookaburra. 

When and where are the weekday/weekend runs held? What time do the runs start?

Please refer to Training Schedule  for more information on the dates for weekend runs.

The training are mainly conducted at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Mt. Faber, Sports Hub and East Coast Park areas.

Detailed weekly schedules will be provided once you are enrolled.

I am busy during the weekday evenings and may not be able to attend some of the weekday training sessions.

Weekday training runs are optional. 

The 3 weekday runs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

They may be done at your own time and venue if you are unable to make it to the designated weekday training runs.

Where can the trainees get detailed information on training schedules and access to the coach/training crew?

The Kookaburra’s Nest, a private training area has been set up to inform, update and share all training information.

All registered trainees will be invited to join the Kookaburra’s Nest on Facebook.

Is there baggage deposit area at the meeting point?

There is baggage deposit area at the meeting point for trainees to store their belongings, however please refrain from storing valuables.

Team FatBird will not be responsible for any loss or damaged items

Are drinks / refreshments provided?

Post-training drinks/refreshments are provided at the meeting point.

There will not be drinks / refreshments stations provided along the running route, therefore bring your own hydration for the duration of the run.

Where do I find the route map for the run?

There will be a route briefing prior to the start of the run, and there will be Running Guides and marshals showing the route during the run.

Will the training runs be cancelled due to bad weather, and will my attendance be recorded in such circumstances?

FatBird Training Runs are rarely cancelled.

The organizers will always be present at all FatBird Training Runs.

In the event of the run needing to be cancelled due to inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances, alert messages will be posted in The Nest (facebook) 1 to 2 hrs prior to the training run. In cases of heavy thunderstorms, training will still go on (with a revised program if necessary) when the rain subsides and there are no dangerous conditions like lightning or flooding. A final decision will be made on location 1hr after the scheduled start time to cancel or proceed.

Attendance for such training sessions will be waived, and made not compulsory. Trainees may do their own run following the program guidelines, and report their timings for record purposes.