Rules/Safety

Keep your organs safe!

Follow rules to avoid injury/penalties/DQ. There are no road closures, traffic control or aid stations. Be alert. To qualify as winners, teams must follow all rules. Noncompetitive teams must follow rules 1-15.

    1. Obey the CA Vehicle Code (sections 21950-21954):
      a. Cross roads only in crosswalks or at intersections.
      b. Stop at red lights.
      c. Do not run/walk in a bicycle lane if a sidewalk is adjacent.
    2. Run/walk on the RIGHT with traffic except Legs 1–4, 18 and part of 26.
    3. Wear team number (bib, add medic alert info on back) in front and baton (wristband). From sunset to sunrise, wear reflective vest, rear blinking light, plus headlamp or carry flashlight. Consider reflective vests at all times, escorts, phones and mace.
    4. Only one/team may exit a van to assist a teammate and must wear a reflective vest.
    5. Vehicles may not trail participants. Napa and Santa Cruz counties are “no van support.” Follow traffic laws and drive ahead to ready the next teammate. Do not force participants into traffic by obstructing shoulder. Citations result in DQ.
    6. Provide two vehicles with team number (provided at Start) on front and rear window, and a rear sign, “CAUTION Runner/Walker on Road” ($5 at Start). No buses, extra vehicles, limousines or RVs.
    7. Resting Vans may not travel along course or park in Exchanges (see Resting Van Routes in blue on course map). Only Active Vans may park in Exchanges. Active and Resting Vans may park in Van Exchanges (6, 12, 18, 24, 30).
    8. Vehicles may NOT stop within 500 feet BEFORE Exchanges. Park beyond Exchanges before exiting vans.
    9. If a turn is missed, participant must return to the missed turn and continue.
    10. To report a rule violation, submit an Incident Report within 30 minutes of finishing. Reporting team must notify accused team before submission to resolve misunderstandings.
    11. Respect volunteers, private properties and communities. Avoid noise in neighborhoods and littering.
    12. Alcohol, bicycles, children, headphones, nudity, pets and vulgarity are prohibited.
    13. Submit completed Time Record at the finish to receive medals.
    14. Two volunteers must sign in, each fulfill a 5 hour shift and sign out.
    15. Runners/walkers must submit accurate pace times. Teams must not finish more than two hours ahead of estimates.

Competitive Teams (trying to win a division)

  1. Maintain order submitted at Start on Roster/Waiver.
  2. Submaster/masters teams must submit copies of participant driver licenses at Start.
  3. If a participant is injured or ill, the next in rotation must substitute to maintain original order. The injured may not run/walk again requiring one or more teammates to run/walk extra legs. Women must run at least 17 legs or walk 11 legs to remain a mixed team.
  4. A participant may not drop out to substitute a faster teammate. If unable to finish a leg, the next in rotation must take the baton at point of injury and hand-off at the next Exchange. A runner/walker may not complete one leg and the next. Only one substitution per leg is allowed.
  5. A walker must walk (not run) as defined by USA Track & Field Rules of Race Walking.