Every Runner & Every Team & Their Respective Volunteers Are Equally Responsible for Knowing and Complying with ALL Rules. READ THEM.
PERSONAL, EVENT & COMMUNITY SAFETY:IV’S PROHIBITED.
NEW FOR 2017: Anyone using an intravenous device for ANY reason will be immediately disqualified from continuing to race. If medically required for a team member, that runner may not continue under any circumstances. Any other use of an IV by a team member will result in immediate disqualification of the entire team.
AFTER SUNDOWN. Defined strictly as 7:30pm Saturday until 6:00am Sunday, ALL racers (and pacers, if any,) must wear a vest or similar item with reflective material clearly visible 360 degrees, as well as colored blinking LED lights facing front and rear. Anyone not complying will immediately be pulled from the race. Headlamps do NOT count. Both reflective vest (or similar) AND blinking lights must be worn. Wear all gear as prescribed or sit until morning. No exceptions. Your life--and the race permit--are at stake.
NEW FOR 2017: AT PACKET PICK-UP IN KEY LARGO, ALL INDIVIDUAL 100-MILERS MUST SHOW ACCEPTABLE NIGHT GEAR, AND ALL TEAMS MUST SHOW TWO COMPLETE SETS, IN ORDER TO PICK-UP RACE PACKETS, INCLUDING RACE BIBS.
LIMITS WHEN CROSSING HIGHWAY.
NEW FOR 2017 for teams and crewed runners: These limits will apply when having to cross the highway on foot due to location of parking to exchange or support a runner. For teams, only the new runner and a maximum of ONE additional team member may cross the road for the exchange and to assist the finishing runner. For individual runners, no more than ONE crew member and a pacer may cross the road. All others must remain on the vehicle side, well back from the roadway. ALWAYS when necessary to cross the highway, wait for traffic to pass in both directions and cross with extreme care. NEVER cause traffic to slow down or stop when crossing highway. YOU MUST WAIT. Time penalties or DQ will be enforced with a zero tolerance policy towards dangerous crossings of, or behavior on, any roadway.
AID STATION food, drinks, ice, and other supplies (as well as ice and water at un-staffed cooler locations) are for individual runners ONLY. Pacers and other crew members are NOT included. Quantities are stocked and replenished with runners only in mind. Teams are self-contained and are never included, except in emergencies. Note that the finish line is different; food and drinks are for all runners, team members and REGISTERED volunteers.
DRIVING & SUPPORTPRESCRIBED EXCHANGE & SUPPORT LOCATIONS. Team runner exchanges and individual runner crew support, must take place at prescribed stops only. Separate preliminary lists of these locations appear on the race website; FINAL lists which must be used during the race will be distributed and reviewed at pre-race orientation meetings. You are not required to use every stop; but, when an exchange is made or support given, it must be at one of these locations. First violation will receive a time penalty. Second violation will result in immediate disqualification.
NEVER DISRUPT TRAFFIC. Vehicles pulling on and off the road must do so conservatively, waiting for an adequate opening and not interrupting moving vehicles. Once on the road, speed must be maintained; no slowing down to converse with or otherwise support any runner.
ACTIVITY PROHIBITED ON BRIDGES. No change of runners is ever allowed on a bridge. This includes Seven Mile Bridge. No support of any kind may be given to a runner on any bridge, and no support may ever be given from a moving vehicle. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION, INCLUDING TEAM DQ FOR A “DROP” ON SEVEN MILE BRIDGE.
PARK OFF ROADWAY. Vehicles must be parked completely off the road surface whenever stopped. Vehicle doors must not open onto the road. Do not block bike lanes or trails. NEVER block a driveway, park or enter on private property uninvited, and never walk a dog on private property.
SUPPORT VEHICLE. Each team must have its own vehicle, and only one vehicle per team (or individual runner) will be allowed on the course. A “shuttle” vehicle to ferry crew or gear to the support vehicle is permitted on a very limited basis, but the “shuttle” may not remain on the course in active support.
Vehicle size & type restrictions--NEW: The team or individual runner support vehicle may be a car, SUV, minivan or full-size (12-15-passenger) van. Not allowed on the course at any time are motor-homes or RVs of any type and of any length, including slide-in truck campers. Oversize vans, or vans or “Sprinter”-type vans that have been converted to RVs are not allowed. No trailers of any kind or size may be used in this race. Only one active support vehicle per team will be allowed on the course. The decision of the Race Director or his designee will be final should any question arise about acceptability of a support vehicle. If you are unsure about whether your vehicle will be okay, ask the RD BEFORE the race.
Family & Friends Vehicles--NEW: Due to extremely limited parking throughout the race, secondary vehicles, including those of family and friends, are NOT otherwise permitted on the course at any support location or aid station. Supporters, including family and friends, are invited to view the race start and are welcome to watch the finish at Higgs Beach. They may also park at non-race support locations and cheer their runner from there or walk to a support location to do so.
BIB NUMBERS must be worn on the runner’s front and be clearly visible at all times.
COMPETITION & SPORTSMANSHIP:STRICTLY FOLLOW COURSE. Run ONLY where course instructions direct at all times. Examples: When running on the road shoulder, racers MUST RUN ON THE OCEAN SIDE OF THE ROAD FACING TRAFFIC. When a bike path or sidewalk is available, runners MUST run there and NOT on the road shoulder. This is NOT an option and will be considered cutting the course. The race’s intent is to keep runners off the road to the maximum extent possible. Runners failing to comply will be required to retrace their steps to the point of infraction, then run the proper route.
DECORUM. Runners and crew must display courtesy, good taste, decorum and sportsmanship at all times, and must not litter, mar or pollute the landscape or environment. Bathrooms and portable toilets are available throughout the Keys. Use them. (Penalties for doing otherwise apply.) Nudity is specifically not allowed and will be severely penalized.
CHECKING-IN AND OUT. Individual runners MUST check-in at every staffed aid station, and teams must check-in at MM73.9, MM50 and MM25.
NO BIKES. Supporters or pacers on bikes, skates, skateboards and the like are never allowed.
RUNNING UNDER OWN POWER. Runners must progress under their own power without any type of physical assistance. Runners may not use walking sticks, ski poles or similar. Neither runner nor crew may carry an umbrella or shade cover while progressing on the course. Artificial cooling vests or systems are prohibited. Wearing ice in a bandana, buff or other article of clothing is permitted and encouraged.
VEHICLE MARKING & SIGNS. Vehicles must have the team or runner number CLEARLY visible--team or runner name is recommended but optional--on all four sides of the vehicle, and must display both "CAUTION: RUNNERS ON ROAD" AND “SUPPORTING RUNNERS CREW, SLOW MOVING VEHICLE” signs on the rear of the vehicle, as required by race permits. (These signs will be provided at pre-race check-in.) Bring blue painter's tape for mounting. Headlights must be on whenever the engine is running.
FURTHER NOTES:ENFORCEMENT: Violations of race rules will result in a time penalty for each infraction of up to one hour at the discretion of race marshals. Depending upon the severity of the violation and other factors, including but not limited to flagrancy of the violation and safety considerations, violators may be disqualified from the race at any time at the discretion of the Race Director. A second violation of the required team hand-off and individual support location rule WILL result in DQ. This is a permit and safety obligation. No exceptions. Race marshals and staff will be monitoring the course throughout the race for runner health and safety and rules compliance.
OBTAINING TIMING CHIP. NEW FOR 2017. Timing chips for all races (individual and relay) will be distributed AFTER orientation meetings. Attendance at meetings is mandatory for all races. Participants will be provided with proof of attendance. This proof MUST be presented to receive timing chip.
MARSHAL’S JOB—NOTE TO ALL. Race marshals will be on the route to assist runners and teams as needed. Some will be driving in separate vehicles and others will be imbedded with teams or individual runners’ crews. Marshals will monitor compliance with race rules and be empowered to levy penalties. When workload and circumstances permit (including direction being traveled), marshals may ferry “dropped” runners to the next aid station. Marshals are NOT authorized to provide medical support, but will attempt to reach medical staff or call 911, when warranted.
TEAM VOLUNTEER. CAPTAINS: THIS IS A RACE REQUIREMENT. Virtually ALL ultra-distance team relay races have significant volunteer requirements. (Ragnar requires EVERY team to provide three race volunteers.) Without this help, it is extremely difficult for ultra-distance races to provide necessary runner support during the event. For KEYS100, each team with one or more team members residing within 50 miles of any point along the course MUST provide at least one race volunteer to be available on race weekend for a minimum of four (4) hours to work at an aid station, the finish line, packet pick-up or similar position. A team driver does NOT meet this requirement! (Online Volunteer Registration is required; this allows volunteers to select the position and time slot they prefer--first come, first served--and to confirm that they are fulfilling your team requirement.) FOR 2017, ALL TEAMS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A VOLUNTEER MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN MAY 1. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL MAKE THE TEAM INELIGIBLE FOR RACE AWARDS. While this is a race requirement, we respectfully request your help in identifying and encouraging as many people as possible to volunteer. (It is inevitably a gratifying and inspiring experience for those who do.) Please do your fair share in support of the race: identify your team volunteer and have him/her register before May 1st. This requirement will be monitored and enforced.