Instagram Scavenger Hunt and More!

In the lead up to IB this year we have a few social media competitions and initiatives to help build excitement for this years event. Importantly, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to keep up with all the latest news, including some juicy course hints šŸ˜‰

Instagram Scavenger Hunt (Every Monday from Bushweek)

Each week we will post on our Instagram account the grid reference for a landmark in and around the city. The aim is for your college to take one of its training runs to that location, take a photo with the landmark in the background with as many people as you can fit in the photo. Upload it to Insta with the #BupaIB16 and it will appear on a feed on the homepage of the website (set profile to public). The college to win the most landmarks (most number of people in the most number of photos) will win a prize after IB. Prize currently includes Zambreros for the entire team and we’re waiting to hear back from some other suppliers before confirming the other prizes.Ā 


  • Grid reference posted on Monday , upload Pic by the following Sunday.
  • Take a photo with the landmark in the background and as many people as possible in the foreground (we’ll be counting the number of people so they need to be clearly visible)
  • Use #[Your College], #BupaIB16 when uploading your pics to Instagram
  • We’ll announce each weeks winner on the Monday.

Guess that Location (Every Saturday)

Each week we will post a photo on Instagram of a landmark on previous and possible IB courses. Comment your guess as to the name and location of the landmark.

IB Legends

Every week forĀ 8 weeks leading up to IB this year we will feature one “Legend” ex-resident from each college who has a special story to tell about Inward Bound on Instagram. Ā If you have any suggestions for your college’s IB legend, please use the contact form below the Instagram Feed.


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Spectator Bus Plan

After the feedback earlier this term we have arrived at a final planĀ regarding the spectator buses for the event this year.

Important updates:

  • The service is free.
  • Times specified for the return journey are flexible (i.e. when a bus is full before the set departure time, then the bus will depart for the return journey), likewise, if a bus is only half full at the allocated departure time, then it will wait until it is at least 75% full before beginning the return journey. There will be a designated spectator bus officer who will liaise with college coordinators to make this work, we’re confident that buses will be able to be kept close to the scheduled times.
    • We have built in excess capacity with the additional 3 buses as well as a fleet of mini buses (4 x 12 seats) which we will retain at EP until the end of the event, this way no one is stranded and colleges can confidently fill the allocated bus at 6:30 in the morning.
  • The assumption has been made that one stop can occur on the return journey, no stops on the way out in the morning.

Driving to EP:

  • There will be no limit on the number of spectator cars that can be driven to EP.
  • Spectators who drive will still be required to register their car and themselves online, signing an online indemnity form before departing ANU. Our carpark attendants will be checking numberplates and unregistered drivers could incur punishments for their colleges.
  • Ex-ressies only have to register if they are taking passengers who are current residents.

Please see the attached Timetable:

Partnership with Bupa Australia

We’re excited to announce Bupa Australia asĀ the principal and naming rights sponsor for the 54th Annual Inward Bound. This is the most significant partnership and investment by the private sector in the event’s 54 year history and reflects the event’s place as a unique student adventure race. So this year we’re pulling out all the stops to put onĀ a very special event. We’re looking forward to working with Bupa this year to improve the event and provide students with access to discounts and deals on a range of products that will help them to participate in the event.

The partnership provides great economic benefits to participants and spectators, as outlined in the draft busses proposal, the entire proceeds of the partnership help to fund the spectator and competitor busses. We are still yet to finalise the latest bus proposal and will have this published on the website here before the end of term. It is now the committee’s intention to fund the initiative on its own, following feedback, we will not be enforcing a spectator car limit but will still be enforcing cars and drivers to be registered before departing ANU for the trip to EndPoint.


Bupa joins ANU Sport and SEEF (Student Extra-curricular Enrichment Fund) who have been long standing sponsors of the event and who we thank for their ongoing support.Ā More information about the partnership can be made available on request. The committee follows full disclosure on matters and initiatives involving student’s funds.

Information about the Proposed Spectator Buses

This proposal is now under review following initial feedback. TheĀ information below is no longer current (4/4/16). PleaseĀ understand that we take feedback seriously and are working to make this a positive initiative for the event.

As some of you mayĀ have heard through ISO, it is the committee’s intention to run a supporters shuttle bus service to and from EndPoint this year. We wanted to give a little more information about the proposal so people can make an informed opinion.
  1. The Committee has already attained private funding for over 50% of the cost of this service and is seeking to fund the remainder through other means. I.e. it is the Committee’s intention to make this service free to supporters.Ā 
  2. The restriction on the number of cars that will be allowed to drive to EPĀ is to reduce parking problems at EP and toĀ provide incentive to use the service. Our current proposal limits the number of cars allowed to drive to Endpoint to 7 cars associated with each college. If a college does not use all of the allocated cars in itā€™s quota, then we can re-allocate these to colleges whichĀ wish to have more cars.
  3. For more information on this initiative, please read the full proposal below, which includes a draft timetable for the busses.
If you have any further questions on this initiative, please feel free to ask, we will take on the feedback from the ISO survey, in the same way as we have been taking on ISO’s feedback in trying to make this arrangement something that people will appreciate.

Discussion and feedback from the October Consultation 2015

  1. Appointment of Race Director:

  • I urged the students, to make sure that the race director for 2017 is appointed no later than April 2016.
    • For an event of this magnitude it needs this amount of time to organise.
    • It means that if students are not happy with the format next year, the race director will be much more prepared to return to an earlier date in 2017.

Recommendation: I strongly urge ISO and ANU Sport to do this next year.

  1. Date change:

    Due to the appointment process being delayed, Ā the length of time it takes to gain approvals from the relevant stakeholders, we really do not have any choice but to hold it later in the year. After accepting this, acknowledging that winter is not appropriate, October 14-15th has emerged as the best option from the submissions after the consultation. We have not received many submissions on the date change after the consultation. If people do have strong opinions about the date change, they need to express them to the committee as their feedback is important and will be considered when the dates for 2017 are being decided. Please read through the slides in the consultation for how we plan to tackle the issues we identified in holding the event towards the end of the yearĀ 

    Following the points we raised and the potential dates for the race, the feedback was:

    1. Sep 16th/17th ā€“ people away for mid-sem break, especially spectators (Bruceā€™s submission was critical of this date)
    2. Oct 7th / 8th – The councils raised problems involving school holiday traffic and vetoed this date.
    3. Oct 14th/15th ā€“ Closer to exams, uni games occurs around the same time, people could slack off with regards to training in the mid-sem break. This does currently seem to be the preferred date, and does still give a few weeks to exams.
    4. The problems in 2008 were highlighted, where they struggled to fill anywhere below div 1 when the event was held in September.
      • Talked about honours students being out of action.
        • The median temperature for Canberra in October is 19.1 degrees according to BOM. In March its 24.9.
        • The reason the event was held in September in 2008 was due to a last minute cancellation in March. This would have mean that students would have trained over the summer and throughout term 1 for it to be cancelled near the event. We believe that this was the factor that led to a drop in participation, not the something inherent in holding the event at the end of the year.
        • With the appropriate publicity and cooperation from the colleges and their coaches, the event should be able to retain the hype and participation that it currently enjoys.Talked about there being the potential for very hot days. Asked what temp do we call it off at?

Recommendation: October 14th/15th

  1. A minimum of one female coach per college was unanimously supported.

Recommendation: Colleges to adopt this ASAP

  1. Quota:

    In considering our proposal for a minimum of 7 women per full contingent, the following Ā ideas/issues were raised:

    1. Coordination amongst all female coaches on how to increase participation. (Female coach of BnG Alex Grant to head up this initiative with a meeting with all the female coaches)
    2. A point bonus idea for including 7 women in the contingent was raised as al alternative. This would mean that colleges wouldnā€™t have to field 7 if they didnā€™t think that it was safe to do so.
    3. Another Ideas was increasing to 4 ex-ressieā€™s but one has to be female. Another could be to hold at 3 ex-ressies but 1 has to be female.

Recommendation: Next year we should set the quota at 5 for a team of 28, or the equivalent percentage for a team of any size, rounded down and applying to ADFA too if they participate. We will make a recommendation in the rules that colleges try to field 7 and will review the quota up to 7 for 2017 pending feedback on the 2016 race.

  1. Scoring:

We asked people to have a look and develop a scoring system thatĀ achievesĀ the goals we set out in the consultation slide show.

      • 30-div-place-(2xdiv) seemed to be preferred scoring method
      • (16-div)(13-div-place) (or something like that) formula was received poorly by some
      • I personally think that people might not understand Tomā€™s model which, while more complicated achieves the aims better. (Refer to spreadsheet on IB page for details)

Recommendation: We can hold off on this until next year, but at the moment the model approved by the sports reps (30-div-place-(2xdiv)) seems to be the one.

      1. No Kayaks:

        • Extra costs for colleges to get approval for kayaking (Unilodge, Griffin)
        • Some people donā€™t want to get into a kayak and/or canā€™t swim
        • Concern with dropping compulsory equipment dropping into water
        • Canā€™t put the kayaks in the boat shed

Recommendation: No Kayaks.

      1. Maps

      • A more detailed and smaller scale course-info sheet, and easier to read property whitelist (including grid references for properties) was well received. While some were wary of having too much info given away, I asked them to trust me that we could do it in a way that still made it a challenge to work out where you are.
      • More broadly on maps for the race, supplying the maps that teams need for the course is safer and cheaper for colleges. No team will ever be without a map that they need.

Recommendation: we will continue looking into the mapping software, and venture to make the maps more user friendly while preserving the location challenge of IB.

      1. Gear and equipment central ordering system:

      • All supported it as it would reduce costs for colleges and runners, while providing revenue for us. Itā€™s a smart use of partnerships as the sponsor gets something in return.
      • I disclosed that as the gear sponsor was a personal relation, all costs and prices will beĀ transparent and above board to avoid a conflict of interest.
      • Another way to achieve the outcome is for people to get onto the ‘gear freak’ Facebook group, where people sell this stuff second hand.

Recommendation: This ties in with the website, which will be built over the summer, the gear store will then beĀ a component of the website, technicalities of how to charge will be worked out but the view is as little costs added to this process as possible.

Consultation Documents:


Proposed Scoring models: