RACE RULES, MANDATORY KIT & PENALTIES
LAST UPDATE: APRIL 13, 2.30pm
VIRTUAL RACE BRIEFING
1) Final Registration will be staggered with time slots allocated alphabetically to ensure we don’t breach the limits for public gatherings.
2) Masks must be worn
3) All competitors and volunteers will have their temperatures taken and will not permitted to participate with a high temperature (but who would want to!)
4) There will be a Virtual Race Briefing via video
There is a MANDATORY kit check for all Torturers. We will open kit check at 5.15.
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
COVID RULES: MUST SANITIZE ON ARRIVAL, ONLY STARTING RUNNER AT START (no team members or supporters), MASK MUST BE WORN UNTIL 500m FROM THE START.
Please respect social distancing requirements, particularly at aid stations, and maintain distance of 6 feet
The main race will start at 5.30am on Saturday, from the Tortola Sports Club.
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.
If anyone wants to start earlier, like at midnight, you must apply for a curfew pass.
CUT OFF TIMES
- West End Aid station (3 person team changeover) – 8.30am
- Stoutt’s Lookout Aid Station – 10.00am
- Mourant Sage Mountain Aid Station (2 person team changeover) – 10.30am
- Brewer’s Bay Aid Station – 12.00pm
- Georges’ North Side Aid Station (3 person team changeover) – 1.00pm
- Little Bay Aid Station – 1.30pm
- Finish – 3.00pm
1) All competitors will be required to wear a mask and sanitize before entering each Water Stop.
2) Please respect social distancing requirements and maintain distance of 6 feet
3) Water Stops will be self-service. Volunteers will be there to assist with sanitizing and replenishing food and water coolers.
4) All food will be pre-packaged – no homemade power treats this year!
5) Masks must be worn until 500m from the changeover/water stop area
6) Team runners on leg 2 or 3 must stay in their cars until their runner is approaching the aid station, and must wear a mask when they are waiting
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 at the finish line.
If you have medical emergency, dial 767 and get straight through to the VISAR hotline, they will coordinate the nearest VISAR team to your location.
EMERGENCY & CONTACT
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...
1) The Finish Line will be slightly separate from the main finish area. Food and drink will be available there and you will not be permitted to leave that area until you are able to sanitize and put your mask back on.
2) Once you are masked up, you will be able to leave this finish line staging area.
1). Currently no plans for a party or large prize giving. Details still to be determined but it might be a hybrid virtual event with just those that make the podium in attendance.