Rules and Cutoffs

Race Rules

The race rules as as follows:

  • (all participants) must read and sign the Participant Indemnity
  • Juniors only – (under 18 on race day) must have their parent or guardian advise the organisers, Rapid Ascent, of their intention to enter, must comply with the Under 18 entry requirements as published on the event website and the parent or guardian must read and sign an authorisation and indemnity.
  • Competitors must meet the minimum entry requirements, as detailed HERE
  • Competitors must follow the complete course as marked and directed. Taking shortcuts or using any unfair means of obtaining an advantage over other competitors will result in disqualification. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that the correct course is followed.
  • Your race number must be visible at all times on the outside of your clothing (at the front and rear).
  • Competitors may only receive external assistance on the course from their support crews at designated Checkpoints as described in the Course Description. External support may not be provided anywhere else on the course and this includes the supply of water bottles or food by non competitors.
  • One competitor cannot provide assistance in forward progression through physical pushing / pulling / towing, or the provision of food or drinks, or the carrying of their equipment from another competitor except in emergency circumstances
  • Australian Road Rules apply at all times on all roads, tracks and trails
  • Support crews (and competitors) must NOT bring dogs or pets with them to the event.
  • You must carry the Mandatory Gear as specified in the equipment list. A 30 minute penalty will apply for any (and every) item found missing during any random gear checks and you will not be allowed to continue until the item is replaced. You can expect random gear checks to be made during the race.
  • Competitors are responsible for the actions of their support crew and may be penalised for actions or breaches of the rules by their support crew
  • Support crews are not permitted to run with or pace runners
  • Any competitor who withdraws from the race MUST notify an official. This is an essential requirement to avoid unnecessary searches being conducted and emergency services being engaged
  • All competitors must report in at the manned water / checkpoints as described in the notes for each stage
  • All runners are permitted to lodge protests against results or decisions enforced during the event. A judging panel of three Rapid Ascent staff members will adjudicate on all protests and other contentious matters, and their decision will be final. Protests must be lodged within 30 minutes of the subject competitor crossing the finish line.
  • Rapid Ascent has sole discretion to alter or amend the race schedule, cut off times and race rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate. All changes to the details as published in the event program will also be posted to the event notice board and homepage of the event website. It is the competitors’ responsibility to check this notice board for any changes.
  • If the race is cancelled or called off after it has started, it is each competitor’s responsibility to get themselves to the start / finish area as soon as you have been notified of the cancellation.
  • Littering is prohibited.
  • If a runner does not complete all legs (eg. they miss a leg due to cut off, injury or other issues) they will be listed in the results in the category they entered as an unranked finisher.

Cut off times

The following cut off times are provisional and may change (slightly) nearer the event. Cut off times will be strictly enforced.

Day 1 (long course):

  • Runners must have departed CP1 (17km) by: start time + 3h30min

Day 2 (long course):

  • Runners must have departed CP1 (10km) by: start time + 2h 15min

Day 3 (long course):

  • Runners must have departed CP1 (10km) by: start time + 2h15min
  • Runners must have departed CP2 (23km) by: start time + 4h45min

Cut off procedures

  • A runner MUST depart the CP by the prescribed cut off time to remain ranked
  • Runners who miss a cut off will be unranked but may continue running on subsequent days
  • Solos may also restart the following day if they miss a cut off the day before
  • If the last cut off of the day is missed, then competitors must make their way via alternative means to the finish line – with your support crew or race management
  • If any competitor misses a cut off they will become unranked in the results but they can continue to take part in subsequent legs/days