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 bicycle lane if sidewalk is adjacent.
    2. Run/walk on the RIGHT with traffic except Legs 1–4, 18, 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. No buses, extra vehicles, limousines or RVs. Display team number (provided at Start) on front and rear window, and rear “CAUTION Runner/Walker on Road” sign ($5 at Start).
    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. Vans may NOT stop within 500 feet BEFORE Exchanges. Exit vans beyond Exchanges.
    9. If a turn is missed, participant must return to missed turn to continue.
    10. To report a rule violation, notify accused team of allegation to resolve misunderstandings. If warranted, submit an Incident Report for review within 30 minutes of finish time.
    11. Respect volunteers and private properties. NO littering or noise in residential areas.
    12. NO alcohol, bicycles, children, hallucinogens, headphones, nudity, pets, vulgarity.
    13. Submit completed Time Record at the finish to receive medals.
    14. Each volunteer (2/team required) must sign in, 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 to win a division:

  1. Maintain order submitted at Start on Roster/Waiver.
  2. Submaster/masters teams must submit driver’s licenses copies 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.