ROADS LESS TRAVELED RELAY RULES

Safety is priority #1.

We really try to balance the rules we have for your well being with the ability for you to have a great time. Please realize that some of these rules are because we are guests in the areas the race passes through. Please review all rules to avoid penalties (minutes added to finish time) or disqualification. To qualify as a competitive category winner, teams must follow all rules.

PRIOR TO THE RACE

  • All teams must fulfill the volunteer requirement. Failure to abide by either of the two options will result either in the team being unable to start or in their disqualification.
  • All waivers must be signed and turned in at the start including signed waivers from your volunteers in order to participate. If waivers are not signed by ALL runners, volunteers, and van drivers, teams will not be permitted to start - no exceptions.
  • The minimum age for participants is fourteen years of age (16 for Flaming Foliage Relay). Participants between the ages of fourteen and eighteen as well as their parent or guardian will need to sign the waiver of liability.
  • Teams that "fudge" their times to earn an earlier start time will have a 2 hour penalty added to their finish time. This penalty will be accessed if a team finishes 2-hours earlier than their predicted finish time.

ON RACE DAY

Roads Less Traveled race rules are for every one's safety. PLEASE ALWAYS USE EXTREME CAUTION during the entire race. There are no road closures, traffic control, or aid stations. All runners and teammates must be very aware of vehicle traffic at all times as several of the Exchange Points are along busier roads. Always run against the flow of on-coming traffic unless stated otherwise.

VEHICLES

  • Vehicles must drive ahead to the next Exchange Point or Van Exchange to ready the next runner. Follow traffic laws - trailing runners, forcing runners onto the road by obstructing the shoulder, or driving well below the speed limit inhibiting other traffic is prohibited.
  • Except for Van Exchanges (5, 10, 15, 20, 25), only Active Vans may park in the exchange to wait for incoming runners.
  • All teams are limited to two vehicles (ultra teams to one) to transport runners along the route. SUVs, minivans and vans are ideal (motor homes, campers, buses, trailers, or limousines are not permitted). Rule of thumb: If your vehicle is larger (longer and/or wider) than a 15-passenger van, it will not be permitted.
  • All vans must display a "CAUTION: Runners on Road" sign (minimum 17 x 22 inches) on the rear of each vehicle throughout the entire race. Signs may be hand-drawn, but must be legible and clearly visible to all traffic. If the sign can not be read from 30 feet, it will not be approved.
  • All vans must also have their team number (signs provided at the start) displayed on their vehicles. Instructions will be on the signs.
  • Vehicles may NOT stop or park within 500 feet BEFORE Exchanges. Park on in the designated parking areas in the exchange.

RUNNERS

  • All runners need to wear their team numbers (bibs) visibly in front. From sunset to sunrise, runners must also wear reflective vests and carry flashlights. Wearing reflective vests during daylight is highly recommended, as it will increase your visibility.
  • FLAMING FOLIAGE RELAY RULE - runners must carry hydration AND Leg Maps on the single track legs: Legs 8, 9, 10, and 11, as there is no support from your team. You will be checked at the runner exchange and must have this equipment before you can depart.
  • FLAMING FOLIAGE RELAY RULE - Leg 11 runners going over must Georgia Pass MUST carry these clothing items in addition to hydration and the Leg Map: jacket/wind breaker, warm hat, and gloves. Georgia Pass is over 11,000 feet and you will be above tree line. The weather and temperature will be different than where you started. You will not be permitted to start your leg if you do not have all these items.
  • FLAMING FOLIAGE RELAY RULE - If Leg 10 runner has not arrived at Exchange 10 by 4:30 PM, the Leg 11 runner will start before runner arrives and the team will be reclassified as Helter Skelter.
  • Obey all pedestrian and vehicle codes.
  • Cross roads only in crosswalks, intersections, or at the instruction of the race marshal assigned to this task.
  • Runners and vans must stop at red lights.
  • Headphones or ear buds on active runners, and pets or bicycles along the race course are prohibited and can result in the entire team being disqualified (Insurance liability rules)

No Headphones

No Headphone Policy

  • Please be considerate be quiet near any residential areas after dark.
  • Obey volunteers and respect private property. Properly dispose of trash and use the portable toilets. Any runner spotted littering (even the smallest energy gel packet), or urinating/defecating on private property, will cause their entire team to be immediately disqualified. We are guests in the towns and roads along the race route - please act in an appropriate manner and don't perpetuate the negative stereotype of how city folks act when they go to the country.
  • Incoming runners must "hand off" to outgoing runners only at the Runner Exchange Areas designated by the orange traffic cones.
  • If a runner makes a wrong turn, the runner must return to the course on foot to the point on the course where the error occurred and then resume the race.
  • Each team is required to turn in a completed Scoring Sheet with each runner's leg time in order to receive their finisher medals. Scoring sheets will be provided.

RUNNING AT NIGHT

From sunset to sunrise, runners must wear reflective vests, carry lighted flashlights or headlamps, and wear a blinking red light on their back. Women may run with escorts, phones, and/or pepper spray. ALL MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE VAN MUST ALSO WEAR A REFLECTIVE VEST WHENEVER EXITING THE TEAM VAN BETWEEN SUNSET AND SUNRISE.

Shadowing your team's runners between transitions is only permitted from dusk until dawn provided:

  • "Shadowing" your runner means leapfrogging your runner by several hundred yards, waiting until they pass you by a few hundred yards; then repeating.
  • Your team vehicle driver obeys all local traffic laws
  • Your team vehicle does not interfere with the progress of another runner or other vehicle traffic
  • Your vehicle can pull completely off the road onto a shoulder
  • Your vehicle headlights and emergency flashers are on
  • Driving behind the runner at the pace she/he is running is not permitted - vans must maintain the speed limit.

FOR COMPETITIVE TEAMS

  • A complete and accurate time sheet is required to be turned in at the finish for all teams that want to be classified as competitive.
  • Runners must maintain the order submitted at the Start on the Team Roster.
  • Masters teams must submit a photocopy of each runner's driver license to prove their age at the Start.

IN THE EVENT OF AN INJURY OR SUDDEN ILLNESS

  • If a runner becomes injured or ill and is unable to finish (i.e. cannot walk), the next runner (of the same gender if a Mixed team) in the rotation may substitute at the point of injury and continue.
  • A hand-off must occur at the next exchange. A runner may not complete one leg and then also run the next leg.

IF A RUNNER SUBSTITUTION OCCURS

  • The injured runner may not run again.
  • One or more runners will be required to run extra legs.
  • The original order must be maintained.
  • No more than one substitution per leg is permitted.
  • Women must run a minimum of seventeen legs or a mixed team will be reclassified

Example - presume injury is to Female #3 on Leg 7:

Start

Rotation

Revised

Rotation

Position

Gender

Position

Gender

Leg 1

M-1

Leg 1

M-1

Leg 2

M-2

Leg 2

M-2

Leg 3

M-3

Leg 3

M-3

Leg 4

F-1

Leg 4

F-1

Leg 5

M-4

Leg 5

M-4

Leg 6

F-2

Leg 6

F-2

Leg 7

F-3

Leg 7

F-4

Leg 8

M-5

Leg 8

M-5

Leg 9

M-1

Leg 9

M-1

Leg 10

F-4

Leg 10

F-5

  • No runner may drop out to substitute a faster runner.
  • To report a rule violation that would affect a category award, you must submit a Protest Form (included in the relay handbook) to a Relay official within 30 minutes of crossing the finish. Prior to submitting the form, the protesting team must talk with the team with the infraction so misunderstandings can be discussed.

 

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