To help insure your safety please review the safety rules:
Safety is our number one priority. There are many potential hazards in an open road race of this type including, but not limited to: automobile traffic, road and trail conditions, and weather. We ask that all participants please take appropriate precautions to ensure a safe event. Please help us keep the relay safe by focusing on being safe runners, ruckers, walkers, cyclists and motorcycles and help us keep the relay as safe as possible.
RUNNING IN THE HEAT
Running in hot, humid, and sunny conditions can be taxing on the body. Pre-hydrate before you start, hydrate during your stage, and re-hydrate once you reach your ending point.Electrolyte replacement is just as important as hydration. Gatorade, Power Aid drinks can help with that. Keeping your core body temperature as low as possible is also a vital component when being active in the heat. If you are feeling over heated or are getting hot you can pour cold water on your head and neck and to slow your pace are two great ways to help keep your body’s temperature under control.
WHAT TO WEAR AT NIGHT
When running, rucking, walking, cycling at night we ask that you have a standard reflective vest like one of the following; Radar standard mesh safety vest, Freemove runners vest, and Nathans bandolier vest, Nathans "Streak" reflecting vest, Headlamps or two blinking LED taillights. Drivers can only see you in the dark when they are closer than 200-feet away.
Make sure you are dress according to the cold night time weather conditions.
Most reflective vests make it so runners, ruckers, walkers and cyclists more visible for drivers up to 1200+ feet. by wearing headlamps and flashing LED lights it will help to provide increased visibility and safety.
MORE SAFETY TIPS FOR PARTICIPANTS
We recommend that if possible runners, ruckers, walkers go against traffic. By going against traffic it ensures better visibility for automobiles. We ask that traffic laws are obeyed and that you do not disobey them just to keep the relay going; extra time has already been taken into consideration when calculating your finish time so DON'T RUSH!! Enjoy the Journey
Listening to music with headphones while running can be dangerous. Runners need to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. We encourage runners, ruckers, walkers and cyclists who like to listen to music to listen without any headphones or just use one earpiece.
It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone while out on the road, we also ask that you carry your ID while running, rucking, walking, cycling and of course riding .This helps authorities respond quickly if there is an accident. An ID tag which states medical conditions/history is also useful.
* Running stages are set on a pace of 12 minute miles. If your squad is able to, feel free to go a bit faster.
* Don’t forget to enjoy your run though! Stop at the monuments along the way, reflect, and take time greeting
the next stage captain and taking pictures of new and old friendships.
* Run against traffic if running on the road.
* Be Alert on Blind Curves
* Stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road
* Don't assume cars will stop and that they are aware of their surroundings, this includes when you are
entering a cross walk.
-Motorcycles- * Motorcycles must follow designated speed limits.
* Passengers on a Motorcycle must be registered due to safety and accountability
* Cycling stages should be done at approximately 15 mph.
* Cyclists must obey the rules of the road at all times.
* Ride on the Street, not the sidewalk
* Ride with traffic, not against it-Obey all traffic signals,signs and pavement markings.
* Cyclists must come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Cyclists are required by law to exercise
due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians, motor vehicles or other cyclists
-Ruckers and Walkers- DO NOT RUN With Weight
* Ruckers and Walkers stages are set on a pace of 19 minute miles pace
* You can walk at a fast pace but running will damage the lower extremities (shins, knees, lower back).
* When walking, stride with short, fast steps and straighten the knee each step to relax the leg muscles briefly. * When going uphill, do not go straight up; zig-zag to avoid tiring the leg muscles.
* Walk straight, with the weight of the body kept directly over the feet, walking flat-footed. Conversely, bend
your knees when going downhill to absorb the shock of each step. Dig in the heels with each step.
* Ruck and Walk on the opposite side of the road
- Lastly Runners and Cyclists - PLEASE-
*Respect private property along the route. Don't relieve yourself in the neighbors bushes.
* Please respect the outdoors and Do Not Litter