Runners in this event must abide by the following rules:
- No unofficial runners – No bandits (or unregistered pacers) allowed.
- No course cutting – Follow the marked course at all times – it will be clearly marked with orange survey flags (and with reflective tape after AS11), directional arrows, and orange ribbon. If you depart the marked course, you must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing. Cutting the switchbacks is cheating, and leaving the beaten path to avoid mud or water is just bad trail karma – please don’t.
- Mandatory gear – A headlamp or similar lighting is mandatory if you are running after dark. If there is any chance that you’ll still be out there after 8:30pm, make sure you’re carrying a light or have it in a drop bag or with crew.
- Optional race aids – Hiking poles, headphones, GPS devices, heart rate monitors, and similar devices are allowed – but ONLY IF you use them safely and responsibly (so you are aware of what’s around you and not a danger to yourself or others).
- No unauthorized crew support or aid drops – Crew access and drop bags are allowed only at designated aid stations. No one is allowed to drop or store supplies along the race route, and runners are not allowed aid between checkpoints unless it is an emergency.
- Pets – We love trail dogs, but not during a race. Please no pets on the course. (Pets are welcome as part of your crew, and at the start/finish area, but they must be under control and they must be on a leash while within the state park.)
- Do not litter – You can either carry your trash or dispose of it at the aid stations. We are operating under permits from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and litter could threaten future permits. Anyone caught intentionally littering along the trail will be disqualified.
- Passing other trail users – The course uses many popular hiking trails and bridle (horse) trails, so please be respectful of all trail users and yield as needed. Be careful, courteous, patient, and safe while passing competitors or other trail users. Communicate your intentions clearly (“Passing on your left”), and remember that it’s a long run.
- When nature calls – Almost all the aid stations will have bathroom facilities, either a permanent structure or a port-a-john. If you have to pee, find a tree. Anything else, use the outhouse.
- Accountability – We’ll be tracking your progress around the course – it’s your responsibility to make sure your race bib is visible, and to check yourself (and your pacer) IN and OUT of each aid station (even if you are just passing through without stopping). The communications team at the aid station will record your arrival and departure, and relay your progress to race HQ.
- Cut-off times – Aid station captains will strictly enforce the cut-off times that are posted for designated aid stations (see aid station chart). Aid station captains also have the authority to pull you from the course if it is clear that you are physically unable to continue in a safe manner. Their decisions are final, and if you refuse to vacate the course when directed, you’ll be disqualified.
- Dropping out of the race – If you can’t complete the race, you must notify an aid station captain and surrender your race bib, which will officially withdraw you from the race. If you leave the race and don’t show up at the next aid station within a reasonable time, we’ll assume you’re lost and will notify authorities. This could threaten the race’s future permits. Leaving a race without informing an aid station captain means automatic disqualification and restriction from entry in future races.
100k runners may use pacers, according to the following rules:
- Pacers must register – Complete an emergency contact form and a waiver at the check-in station at race HQ before running, and wear the pacer bib you receive there while you are on the course.
- Pacer starts – Pacers may enter the course only at AS7-High Knob, AS8-Dry Run, and AS10-Brunnerdale.
- One pacer at a time – Only one pacer per runner at a time (you may use multiple pacers, but only in series).
- No “muling” – Pacers are there for safety and moral encouragement – not to help carry your stuff (or you). They can help you at aid stations just as your crew would, but they aren’t allowed to carry water, food, or other supplies for you or physically assist you in any way out on the trail. They may run beside you or behind you, but not in front of you – this is your race, not theirs.
- Accountability – Pacers must check in and out with the aid station commo crews at each station just as the runners do. We’re just as concerned about their safety and accountability, so we need to know who is out on the course at any time.
- Pacers may use the aid stations – Pacers are free to use the aid stations they visit with their runner.
A crew can be an important part of your race effort, and they are welcome for both 50k and 100k runners, according to the following rules:
- Crew support only at designated aid stations – Your crew can help you in pretty much any way, but ONLY while you are checked-in at the aid station – nowhere else along the race route. Crews are NOT PERMITTED at AS3-Cold Run, AS6-Coal Mine, AS9-McCarty, or AS11-The Gate.
- One crew vehicle per runner – Parking is limited at many of the remote aid stations, and some of the access roads are narrow and dusty. It will be nicer – and safer – for everyone if there are fewer vehicles moving about.
- Aid Station flow – Aid stations can be busy places, and it’s important that runners have a clear route in and out, with easy and quick access to the station. Please find an out-of-the-way place (but within 50 yards of the station) for your crew activities so you don’t add to the congestion, and please obey the instructions of the Aid Station Captain – the station is their space and their responsibility.
- Crews may volunteer – We’re really one big trail family when it comes down to it… Crews are free to help other runners if they want to, or to help out the aid station crew (if its alright with the aid station captain)