RACE RULES, MANDATORY KIT & PENALTIES
There is a MANDATORY kit check for all Torturers. We will open kit check at 4.15.
You will NOT be permitted to start unless you have all of the mandatory kit (for teams, we will check the first runner at the start and subsequent runners at their start):
- One litre of water in resuable water storage* - there are six water stops on the course. That is NOT enough to keep you hydrated while you run 34 miles up and down hills in the Caribbean heat.
- Two energy gels and two energy bars or equivalent in calories
- Reflective gear (for the first runners only, who will be starting in the dark). Headlamp recommended.
- A mobile phone that is turned on - and we will want the number on Friday night
The main race will start at 5am on Saturday, from the Tortola Sports Club. There will be an early start at MIDNIGHT for anyone who would feel more comfortable giving themselves a little extra time.
We have mandatory cut-offs. Those cut-offs are for your safety and will be strictly enforced, so if you think you might not make them, please take the midnight start. None of us will like making you get into the sweeper van if you miss a cut-off, but we will be closing the aid stations and it will be too dangerous to leave you out on the course. So, if you miss a cut-off we will insist that you retire.
CUT OFF TIMES
West End Aid station (3 person team changeover) - 8.00am
Stoutt’s Lookout Aid Station - 9.30am
Sage Mountain Aid Station (2 pers team changeover) - 10.00am
Brewers Bay Aid Station - 11.30am
Georges' North Side Aid Station (3 person team changeover) - 12.30pm
Little Bay Aid Station - 1.00pm
Finish - 2.30pm
After the first aid station at West End there is under 5 miles between each aid station and if runners are filling up their water bottles or hydration packs at each aid station there should be no need for extra water in between. It is your responsibility to carry approriate (reusable) kit to do this!
Distances between water stops after West End stop:
West End to Stoutt´s Lookout 4.5 Miles
Stoutt´s Lookout to Sage Mountain 2.9 Miles
Sage Mountain to Brewer´s Bay 4.8 Miles
Brewer´s Bay to George´s North Side 3.4 Miles
George´s Northside to Little Bay 4.6 Miles
Little Bay to Finish 4.5 Miles
We will have roving medics on the course thanks to the amazing generosity of VISAR volunteers. We will also have a race doctor, who will be based at the half way point at Sage Mountain, and then at the finish line.
EMERGENCY & CONTACT
Some contact numbers (and the course description) will be on the back of your race number. If you have a medical issue that is not an emergency, please call one of us. If you have an emergency, please call 911 first (and then call us - we will also come to you, but if it is an emergency, make sure the emergency services are on their way before you worry about calling us). If you know it, we suggest writing your emergency contact number and blood type on the back of your bib, just in case.
You will be running on open roads, so please be cautious of traffic. We strongly recommend that you don't run with music. If you insist on running with music, please do not use a headphone in the ear closest to traffic. We had one car accident last year (fortunately it involved our medics, not a runner) and we do NOT want a repeat. You have all signed the waiver, so know that this is all at your own risk...
If you have any problems at all, call one of the numbers on the back of your bib. We have some great signage for the course this year, but the course description is on the back of your bibs if you have any concerns.
OVERSEAS COMPETITORS & MEDICAL COVERAGE
If you are visiting from overseas, please check your medical insurance policies regarding coverage outside your home country and validity regarding taking part in ultramarathons. If you have any doubts, please take out additional medical insurance that includes air medical evacuation to your home country.
We are not affiliated with them but have heard good things about SkyMed and World Nomads.
We have seen a large increase in support cars driving the course over the last three years and it is great that everyone wishes to support each other, but due to the nature of the roads, safety of the runners, fairness to overseas competitors, and general congestion, we need to put in some controls.
Kit Check states that everyone should start with 1 liter of water. We put this in for runners´ safety but people are starting with it, then ditching it and taking water from support cars.
Due to this, from this year you will not be able to take water from a support car after the first aid station and support cars may only give aid at Nanny Cay or Pockwood Pond. Support cars must park off the main road in Mulligan´s or DMV car parks.
There will be a 15 minute time penalty for any runner caught taking water from a support car after the first aid station.
USE OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC
We have made our race disposable-bottle-free. Five-gallon jugs, 5-gallon coolers, reusable cups, reusable water bottles and a lot of water from ClearWater, mean that in the region of 1200 half-litre bottles aren´t used on the course each year.
There will be a 15-minute time penalty for any runner caught using disposable bottles.
MEDIA TEAM - SPOT PENALTIES
The media team may impose 15-minute spot penalties to support vehicles if their presence affects their photography, video, or ability to reach key landmarks throughout the race.
Please watch out for the blue Jeep Wrangler.
However, any penalties levied can be appealed at the finish line...