Race Rules & Regulations

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"I felt a sense of positive spirit among the Dreamchasers team and the other runners"   - L. Hipps    YT 2012


 

General Race Rules
1. The pre-race meeting on Friday evening for 100 Mile runners is mandatory; participants in the 50 Mile race are welcome to attend as they will receive important information about the course.  All Runners must check-in prior to the start of their race on race morning in
addition to attending the race meeting. 100 mile runners must be checked in by 3:40 a.m. on race day.  50 mile runners must be checked in by 8:40 a.m.
2. There are 2 races taking place, simultaneously, on the race course. 100-mile and 50-mile.  The overall winner of each race for men and women will be the first in each category to cross the finish line.  Gun time is used to determine race and age group winners.
3. Your race number must be worn at all times on the front of the body. If you add or
remove clothing your race number must remain visible at all times.  Please provide your race number when checking in and out of all aid stations - we need to know where you are on the course and this will help with providing race updates on the website.
4. Once the race starts the race clock runs continuously until the 34-hour cut-off time (29 hours for the 50 mile race).  No runners will be allowed to continue forward on the course after the 34-hour cut-off time, or after the intermediate cut-off times at aid stations.
5. Cut off times will be enforced, at aid stations, during the event.  The following Aid Station cut-off (closing) times are in place for all participants: AS#1 = 9am; AS#2 = 11:50am; AS#3 = 4pm; AS#4 = 9pm; AS#5 = Midnight; AS#6 = 3am; AS#7 = 7am; AS#8 = 10:30am; Finish Line: 2PM on Sunday.  NOTE: Cut off times may change slightly due to a course modification in 2015.
6. All runners must run in a single file line at all times. Runners may only move forward
on the course while running facing on-coming traffic, on the left-hand side of the
roadway. If you have a pacer run with you they may not at any time run along-side you.
They must always run behind the registered runner.
7. Runners, pacers, and crew members are required to comply with all pedestrian-related laws of the applicable state. Failure to do so can result in disqualification at the
Race Directors discretion.
8. Each runner, pacer and crew member is responsible for their own personal safety
and are to yield to any and all vehicular traffic at all times
9. Runners are required to check-in and check-out at each fully staffed Aid Station along the course.
10. All Runners, crew, pacers, supporters, and race officials must take great care to
properly discard all trash items and utilize proper actions as to not damage the natural
environment in any way.
11. All racers, crew and staff must display courtesy, good taste, decorum, and
sportsmanship at all times. Nudity is specifically not allowed, especially in a snowstorm.
12. IMPORTANT: All participants must wear a reflective safety vest and a 2 blinking safety lights, one on the front, one on the back, between the hours of 6pm and 7:30am.  Failing to wear these items during that timeframe will result in disqaualifcation. 
13. Crew Vehicles: please make sure your lights are on while driving, your brights are not on at night and that you use your blinkers! Please turn on hazzard lights and turn off your headlights when parked on the side of the road.It is very difficult for oncoming trafic to see the runners when your headlights are on while parked along the roadway.   
 
Registration Requirements.
1. Each runner must complete an entry form for their respective event and pay all
registration fees prior to the race start.
2. Each runner must sign a General Release and/or waiver prior to the race start.
3. Each 100 mile runner must attend the Pre-Race Meeting (and course briefing on race morning for 50 mile runners). Those racers whodo not complete the scheduled check-in and attend their assigned meeting will not beallowed to participate. No exceptions.
4. At the race meeting all runners will be required to show the required safety equipment
prior to receiving a registration packet, number, etc.
5. All runners must be at least 18 years in age to participate in a race. 
 
Support Crew and Assistance
1. All runners must move forward on the course under their own power without any
outside assistance. This includes drafting, the use of any type of trekking pole or
walking stick, or any other form of physical assistance from another person or
mechanical device.
2. Each runner is allowed one crew vehicle on the course.
3. Crew vehicles must have their hazard flashers on and headlights off at all times while parked on the side of the roadway.
4. Each crew vehicle must have a sign affixed to the front and back of the vehicle
stating “RUNNER ON ROAD”
5. No support of any kind can be provided to a runner from a moving vehicle. When
parked on the roadside, ALL FOUR TIRES, of the crew vehicle MUST be completely off
the roadway. Please do not stop in unsafe locations (blind curves, before or after hills, etc.) and exercise great caution and safety when choosing where to stop and support a runner.  Again, hazard lights must be used when stopped on the side of the road.  Additionally, turn off the vehicle headlights so oncoming traffic can see the runners. 
6. Runners in the individual 100-mile race are allowed to utilize a pacer after mile 50 on
the course. Runners may not be accompanied by more than one pacer at any given
time while making forward progress on the race course. Pacers are not allowed for 50 Mile participants.
7. Runners must not run abreast with other runners or with pacers. All running must be
single-file. Pacers may not run in front of race entrants at any time.
8. Bicycles may not be used on the course at any time by runners, crew members or
supporters.
9. Runners or pacers may not use illegal drugs, stimulants, or dope,of any kind, during the race or at any official race events or activities.
10. Any crew vehicle receiving a citation for any violation of the motor vehicle code in
any jurisdiction will result in disqualification for that runner.
 
Safety and Medical
1. Safety is always the most important issue. This race is being held on public roadways
without any special traffic control. Runners and pacers are always responsible for their
own personal safety.
2. The use of I.V.s (intravenous fluids) by runners are explicitly prohibited in this race. If
a runner receives medical attention during the race requiring the use of an I.V. the
runner is automatically disqualified from the race and must withdraw and cease moving
forward on the course.
3. IMPORTANT: From 6:00pm to 7:30am each day (night) of the event, while outdoors on the racecourse, all runners, pacers AND crew members must wear reflective material facing in all four directions, as well as blinking red lights facing front and rear.
4. Runners are responsible for both their own and their pacer’s actions. Any violation to
any of these rules or other instructions from race officials by either the runner or pacer
will result in possible disqualification by the runner.
5. Be careful when crossing roadways at all times. Please do not forget that you are on
busy roadways traveled by vehicles at significant speeds. You must assume that vehicular
traffic will not expect to see you and will not yield to you!
6. See the above section for additional information on crew and crew vehicle safety.
Failure to follow all safety regulations is grounds for immediate disqualification at the
Race Director’s or other race officials discretion.
 
Leaving the Course or Withdrawing
1. The entire course, 100 or 50 miles, must be covered by each runner.  In the event of a runner getting lost they may receive assistance back to the exact location where they went off course. There will not be any time adjustments for any of these instances.
2. Racers may only leave the course for appropriate reasons such as rest, medical
attention, restrooms, etc. Focus must be kept on the timely completion of the course.
3. Should a runner decide to quit the race, they must immediately notify a race official at
the next closest aid station or time checkpoint. We must be able to account for all
runners at all times on the course.
4. All Emergency Evacuation costs for participants or crews will be borne by that person
or their heirs. The race organizers are in no way liable or responsible for emergency
evacuation. We strongly encourage every competitor to purchase a specific travel
insurance policy to cover these costs.
 
Rule Enforcement and Penalties
1. The race rules are in place to insure the safety of all participants, spectators, and motorists and to provide a level playing field for all competitors. Compliance with these rules also keeps us in compliance with authorities that grant the permits for this event and will allow it to continue in the future. All rules regarding safety will be strictly enforced.
2. Any rule infraction by a runner or their pacer that violates the rules of the race that
constitute cheating will result in immediate disqualification.
3. The Race Director has the authority, at any time, to overrule any rule or invent a new
rule based on extenuating, unforeseen, and/or unusual circumstances and/or to
maintain the integrity and fair play necessary for the successful completion, and
continuation, of the race. The Race Director has ultimate authority in regards to all rules,
their interpretation, and their enforcement. There are no appeals. All entrants in the
race, and their pacers, willingly acknowledge this fact, as well as all other race rules, by
attending the race in any capacity.