I. Safety for runners, race volunteers and the public is fundamental and drives most of the rules that follow. (Stay alert! When running on road shoulders, you will be sharing the road with bicycles, vehicular traffic and other runners.) Respect for the environment and the privacy and property of people who live along the race route round out these rules. Everyone will be expected to take each of them seriously and to display courtesy, good taste and sportsmanship at all times. Leave no footprint behind; carry all trash and recyclables with you and dispose of appropriately. Race marshals will be on the route to assist runners and teams as needed. They will also monitor compliance with race rules and be empowered to levy time penalties as described below. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
II. The vast majority of the PALM100 will be run on bike paths or sidewalks. These may be located on either side of the roadway. Running must be on bike paths or sidewalks and not in the roadway where such paths exist. The Route Map & Notes will specify which sidewalks are to be used during the race. Signage will also be in place and volunteers deployed in strategic locations. In those areas of the course where running is on the road shoulder or on the road, itself, racers MUST RUN on the side of the road FACING TRAFFIC. THIS IS A VITAL SAFETY MEASURE. Any infraction will receive a 10 minute time penalty; multiple or flagrant penalties will result in disqualification. Follow the rules. Violating them because someone else did is not an excuse. Do not simply follow runners ahead of you unless you know they are in the right place. No exceptions.
III. Remember, at all times and in all situations, safety is most important. This applies to racers, volunteers, staff, and the general public. The roads are not closed for this event and are quite busy with tourist and local traffic. Always look both ways and listen before crossing the road. Unnecessary road crossings by runners should be minimized.
IV. Relay teams will decide the length of each running “leg”, subject to a minimum length of two miles. However, good discretion will be expected for the safety of all involved and for the respect of private property along the race route. For example, there will be no changes of runners on bridges, and no changes of runners should occur on stretches of road with no sidewalk, little or no shoulder or only private driveways. Examples are Hillsborough Mile and the nearly one-mile section of A1A in Ocean Ridge just south of Manalapan and certain areas of Palm Beach. Use the “Route Map & Notes” to help identify these sections, and make adjustments to hand-off locations as necessary to insure a safe process. RUNNERS AND TEAM VEHICLES MUST BE FLEXIBLE AND ADJUST THE SEGMENT LENGTH--NO LESS THAN TWO MILES--WHEN A SAFE AND APPROPRIATE EXCHANGE POINT IS NOT AVAILABLE.
RACER RULES AND REQUIREMENTS:
I. Pre-Race Check-in and Meeting:
All competitors, must pick-up his/her race packet on Friday, February28th, between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, at the beach pavilion just north of Ocenas234 restaurant, Deerfield Beach. This will be the Start/Finish Area. This will be your opportunity to scope out the area, find the parking garage, bathrooms, showers, Oceans234 restaurant, convenience stores, so your race morning goes smoothly.
At 5:00 & 6:30 PM, there will be a mandatory meeting for all individual racers and team captains. A sign–in sheet will be passed around. All relay team members are strongly encouraged, although not required, to attend in person. A team representative may pick-up race packets for other team members. Team representatives attending the meeting must convey all rules and notices discussed at the meeting to team members who were not in attendance. Any registered runner or team that is unable to attend the meeting must notify Race Director Scott Richards in advance to make alternate arrangements. No individual runner or team will be allowed to race who has not participated in this orientation process.
II. Race Start:
On race morning, all individual competitors and team captains must check-in at the starter's table at least 15 minutes prior to your race start.
The race start(s) will be as follows;
6:00 AM 100 Mile Team Relay
6:15 AM 100K
6:30 AM 50K
6:45 AM 32K
7:00 AM 50K Two Person Relay
All Races will start from the same start location, with the 100 mile relay teams heading south 1st, all other races will be heading North!
III. Race In Progress–Runner:
(A) The race number must be worn on the front of the body, VISIBLE at all times during the race. If not visible, race officials will stop the runner until the number is properly affixed. Time penalties of 10 minutes for non-compliance may also be imposed.
(B) Runners must progress under their own power without any type of physical assistance. Runners may not use walking sticks, ski poles, or the like.
(C) So-called "cooling vests" or other types of artificial / technological cooling systems may not be worn or utilized by race entrants. Use of ice bandanas and the like are acceptable and encouraged.
(D) After 6:00 PM if still on the course, racers must wear a reflective vest, reflective belt or similar reflective material facing in all four directions, as well as blinking LED lights facing front and rear. RUNNERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE THE RACE IF NOT WEARING THIS REQUIRED SAFETY GEAR. Racers are encouraged, but not required, to wear reflective material during the day as well. Night-time gear may be bought at most local running stores.
(E) Cell phones: Racers will be permitted to carry cell phones; these should be used primarily for emergency and logistical purposes.
(F) Headphones, ear-phones, i-Pods and the like: These devices can impede the ability to hear the runner's surroundings and are, therefore, a potential safety hazard. For safety reasons, such equipment is discouraged on the course.
IV. Race In Progress:
Teams are self-sufficient and will function as their own support crew. After 6:00 PM, pacers will be allowed to accompany the active runner, but must adhere to the same rules as racers regarding required reflective gear and lights. Pacers must be running or walking only. Bicycles, skateboards, etc., are not allowed. Team members who hand off supplies to the active runner must be completely off the roadway at all times. No team may hand off supplies to the active runner from a vehicle.
(B) Individual races:
This is a fully supported race for the individual races. Crew support will NOT be allowed except at aid stations, and will be strictly enforced. After 6:00 PM, pacers will be allowed to accompany the active runner, but must adhere to the same rules as racers regarding required reflective gear and blinking lights. Pacers must be running or walking only. Bicycles, skateboards, etc., are not allowed.
V. Check-in Stations and Cut-off times:
Active runners must be checked-in at the official stations located at approximately Mile 30, in Delray Beach, at the northernmost point on the course in Palm Beach and at the station in Delray Beach at approximately mile 80 on the return to Fort Lauderdale. Limited water and related supplies will be available at each check-in station, but teams are expected to be self-supported.
(B) Individual 100 kilometer race:
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook. Runners will have 20 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station. Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals. These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food. Drop bags may be placed and accessed at the Boca Raton and Ocean Inlet Park aid stations only.
(C) Individual 50 kilometer race:
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook. Runners will have 10 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station. Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals. These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food. Drop bags may be accessed at the Boca Raton aid station.
I. Each team will be allowed one team vehicle on the course. The team vehicle may be an SUV, minivan or full-size, 15-passenger van (recommended). Motor-homes, RVs limousines and other types of vehicles longer than 22 feet are not allowed.
II. All race vehicles, whether leased, rented or privately owned, must meet the minimum requirements of property damage and personal injury liability automobile insurance for the state of Florida. All vehicle drivers must be fully licensed.
III. All support vehicles must have their team name or number visible on all four sides of the vehicle. Home-made signs, letters made from contrasting-color tape or magnetic, reflective, professionally made signs are all acceptable as long as they are adequately visible. In addition, all race vehicles must have a highly visible sign on the back of the vehicle stating "CAUTION: RUNNERS ON ROAD". One sign per race team will be provided at pre-race Check-In. Magnetic, reflective, professionally made signs for this purpose may be ordered from your local sign shop instead, if you prefer.
IV. Vehicles will "leap-frog" the active runner along the race route. Racers may not be "shadowed" (driving a vehicle at the runner's speed) and vehicles must not "caravan" at any speed. Driving must be done at the speed of traffic, never slowing down to encourage, talk to, or lend assistance to any racer while moving. All assistance must be provided on the ground; handing the runner supplies from the vehicle is never allowed. It is recommended that race vehicles stop once during legs exceeding three miles to check on the runner's safety and needs.
V. All support vehicles must have their headlights on whenever the engine is running during the entire race.
VI. Vehicles must be parked completely off the road surface whenever they are stopped, and in a manner that does not force other runners to avoid them by stepping into the road. Do not block bike lanes at any time. Check for approaching bikes before opening doors. If there is no room to completely pull off the road, find a side street. DO NOT PARK ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AT ANY TIME. There are frequent places to pull off the road along the race course, but there will be sections without available parking. Even if the current runner's segment must be extended, teams must drive ahead until appropriate parking is found.
NOTE: ALL RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!