The rules for the 2016 event are now final and can be found on the bottom of the page. The changes that were written in were those discussed at the forum in October 2015, the outcome of which can be read on another page.
Each division has an estimated running distance, prescribed by the organising committee. These distances have been allotted by the committee in conjunction with experienced runners and course-setters. Courses have been designed the maximise trail and off-road running where possible. Please ensure your training prepares you adequately for this. For more information please refer to the Runners section of this website.
There is a list of equipment that you are required to carry for the duration of the event. Please read it carefully here. You cannot compete without this equipment. Additionally, you may not carry any electronic navigational or communication equipment except those items which are compulsory.
Once you have been cleared through scrutineering, buses have been arranged to transport you to your designated drop-off zone. These buses will have ‘blacked-out’ windows. You will be required to wear blindfolds – please do not remove these blindfolds until you are instructed to do so by volunteers travelling with your division.
At the drop off zone, teams will be required to ‘scout’ and pinpoint their location. Two scouts from each team of four will leave the drop point to explore their surroundings and collect as much information as possible about the area. These scouts must re-join the two navigators (who remain at the drop site) within the times listed below:
While on course, your team may choose to run in any formation, however your team may be spaced no further than 50 meters apart. This is an important safety issue on and off roads. When your team perceives a vehicle approaching, the safest response is to stop running and get well off the road.
End Point is the finish line of the event. This is where students from every competing college wait for teams to arrive.
At the drop point, your team will be given an envelope. The envelope contains safety instructions should you need to withdraw. It also contains the drop-off locations, so DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE UNLESS YOU WISH TO WITHDRAW FROM THE COMPETITION. If you mistakenly open the envelope you will be disqualified.
This year, spectators are not to arrive at endpoint before 7:00am, or time penalties will apply to your residence. In 2016 we strongly encourage spectators to take the supporters buses to and from endpoint for safety reasons.
The Referee is the officer who is responsible for imposing penalties for breaches of the rules. The Referee this year is Jack Chenoweth.
If you believe another residence has breached the rules, the Coach or President of your residence need to make a written complaint to the Referee within 3 hours of the last team finishing. The Referee will investigate the complaint and ask the accused Coach to respond, before publishing his decision on this website.
We want every team to complete the race; however, we must balance this requirement with the safety of our officials, particularly with regard to driving and fatigue. Teams must pass through a specified point (provided on the course information sheet) by 7pm on Saturday 15th October. If teams believe they are going to be late for this cut-off they must notify the race director by 6pm through either their mobile phone or the messaging system in the yellow-brick trackers. Failure to complete the race on these terms will result in the team being disqualified and penalties being imposed on the residence.
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