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Adventure Racing Rules

  1. adventure racing teamAll racers are expected to be examples of good sportsmanship. Racers must treat fellow racers and race staff with courtesy and respect.
  2. Teams must assist other teams in need of medical attention.
  3. All team members must always remain within 10 meters of each other while on foot and within 30 meters while on bike. All team members must remain within visual contact at all times (unless otherwise specified).
  4. All team members must check in together at each checkpoint and TA. If one team member must leave the course, they must do so at a manned CP or TA and notify race management. If your team leaves a teammate out on the course, you will be immediately disqualified and not allowed to continue. Incomplete teams may continue unranked. A single person must join with another team who commits to staying with that new racer. Incomplete or single racers must carry the mandatory team gear.
  5. Passports must be carried throughout the entire race.
  6. Race bibs must be worn on the outside of clothing at all times, except they do not have to be worn over packs or PFDs.
  7. Teams must punch passport in correct space at each CP.
  8. Unless otherwise specified by race officials, all CPs must be obtained in order. If your team misses a CP, you may go back and get the CP but must visit each subsequent CP in order (even if you have previously checked in at a subsequent CP).
  9. Teams that miss a CP will be ranked after teams that obtain all CPs (provided that all CPs are in the correct spo)t. Teams will not be penalized for missing a CP if the missed CP is over 10 meters from the correct location of the CP. Correct location is where UTMs given to racers plot the CP.
  10. Race officials reserve the right to alter time cut-offs or the course itself to accommodate changing conditions and to ensure that teams finish on time. If your team is re-routed or there are other course changes, you must sign the check-in sheet to acknowledge that you understand the course change.
  11. Mandatory gear must be carried at all times and may be checked on the course.
  12. No GPS of any kind is allowed (including GPS pace counters).
  13. navigatingCPSC certified bicycle helmets are required at all times during the bicycle section and when specifically directed by race officials.
  14. You must follow any Rules of Travel outlined in the Course Instructions. Where no specific route is designated, you may select your own route between CPs. When instructions designate a specific route, you must follow that route.
  15. Rear bike lights must be on at all times after dark. You will not be allowed to leave a staffed CP/TA if your bike lights are not functioning properly.
  16. Race officials may provide water at some CPs or TAs. There is no Food/Gear Drop unless specified by Race Officials. You may not receive outside assistance except from Race Officials, other registered teams, or unrelated spectators or local residents. No support personnel are permitted. The encouragement of friends and family is 100% allowed.
  17. NO LITTERING! Leave no trace!
  18. Use of cellular phone is for emergencies only. No other use is allowed.
  19. Any time penalties will be added to the team’s finishing time, except for the Top 10 placing teams. Penalties for top-10 teams will be served on the course if possible.
  20. All Bonus Time Prizes are awarded at the post-race ceremony. Only teams that officially finish the race (either full or alternate course) are eligible for bonus times.
  21. Race officials reserve the right to remove a team from the course for health, safety, or other reasons, at the discretion of race officials and medical personnel.
  22. If you want to file a protest regarding on-course activitie, you must do so no later than one hour after you finish (or stop competing in) the event. Protests must be filed with Race Headquarters Personnel by completing and signing a protest form. The Race Director, Course Director, and Race Headquarters will consider race protests prior to finalizing race results. Before a protest can be upheld, all teams affected by the protest will meet with the Race Director and Course Director to formally review the protest.
  23. You have the right to receive basic medical first-aid without the risk of being disqualified from the event. You may only receive basic first-aid at either a Passport Control or Transition Area. If you require medical treatment outside of a PC or TA, you and your team will be pulled from the event and listed as Did Not Finish (DNF) in the official results.
  24. Any team withdrawing from the race must notify a “live” person by checking in with a CP or TA volunteer or by calling the race director. Failure to notify race officials will result in your team being responsible for all search and rescue expenses.

If you have any questions or do not understand any of the above rules, please review the frequently asked questions or post a question on the PNWAR forum.