- All runners SHALL be nice to the volunteers, and tell them "Thank you". There's a reason this rule is #1. If you haven't volunteered at a race before, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. After you volunteer at a race come see me if you still don't understand why this is rule #1. We love and respect our volunteers, remember that.
- It is highly recommended for racers to leave each aid station with a container carrying at least 16oz’s of fluid.
- Race numbers must be worn on the front of the body and be visible at all times. It may not be worn on the back, hat or head.
- The clock for the 100 and 50 mile racers does not stop for any reason until the race course officially closes 32 hours after the designated official start time (3:00 PM on Saturday). If you can not finish the 50-mile race in 16 hours, you may run into aid stations that are closed. Take this as your official warning.
- The 50K course closes after 8 hours (3:00 PM).
- Any racers that are still on the course after the cut-off times posted will be strongly encouraged to drop out and get a ride back to the start/finish. IF the racer persists on continuing on, and they verbally state to the RD or aid station captain that they want to continue on, they are taking their safety and welfare upon themselves. The racers also need to understand that they will likely be proceeding without any aid. Aid stations are instructed to shut down after the cut-off times, or at the race director's discretion. At this point the racers are no longer part of the Badger Mtn. Challenge and are considered "on their own". If you are behind pace and are not making the cutoff times, please drop out and get a ride back to the start/finish.
- Racers, crew, and staff must not litter, mar, or pollute the landscape or environment. In fact, if you see litter please pick it up! Leave no trace!
- Stay on the trails! Stay on the trails! Stay on the trails!
- It is important to know that some of the course is on private land and we only have permission to be on this land on race day. The racer must stay on the designated route or risk disqualification.
- 100 mile racers and crew members/pacers and 50 mile runners that may be out after sunset (7:15pm) are strongly encouraged to wear reflective material facing in all four directions, as well as blinking LED lights facing front and rear, at night. Remember, portions of the 100 and 50 mile courses are on public roads.
- Headlamps are required for all runners taking the early start (6:00 AM), or for runners that will be on the course after sunset (7:15 PM). It's recommended that you carry at least two BRIGHT light sources in case one of them burns out or breaks. The course flagging is reflective and does not work without a light source to reflect. Sunrise is at 7:00 AM, and sunset is at 7:15 PM. You are responsible for your own lighting and for your own safety. If the aid station volunteer or RD tells you to leave the A/S with a light, then you WILL leave with a light. No one knows the course better than the RD, so listen to him.
- Racers are responsible for both their own and their crew’s actions; crews are responsible for both their own and their racer’s actions. Watch out for your friends and for your other racers! One of the great things about ultrarunners and ultra-racing is the camaraderie and ability to help each other when things get tough.
- A crew member is defined as any individual who provides material support to a runner in the event. Crews may meet runners and assist them only at aid stations specifically designated for crew access, or in specific crewing areas defined below. Crews must wait to assist their runner at such an aid station until after the official check-in.
- Racers are not allowed to get into, or take anything from a moving vehicle. If they do they risk disqualification.
- Racers (and their pacers) must make their presence known at all Aid Stations located along the route.
- If a racer withdraws, he/she or his/her crew must contact Race Headquarters, or the RD, or notify an Aid Station immediately. Name, reason for withdrawal, time of withdrawal, and miles completed must be stated. All racers and crew who drop are strongly encouraged to come to the finish line for both post-race events to greet and celebrate with their fellow racers and crew. There is no shame in DNF-ing!
- This rule is a biggee, so PAY ATTENTION. 100 mile runners that decide to drop down to the 50 mile race distance MUST inform the race director and/or the aid station volunteers that they are stopping at 50 miles at the 50 mile aid station (Trailhead Park). At that point they will receive a medal and an official 50 mile finish time, and their day is done! If the runner leaves the 50 mile turnaround, and proceeds beyond 50 miles, and drops before finishing the 100 miler, it will be considered a DNF. At that point he/she WILL NOT receive an official 50 mile finish time, or a 50 mile finishers medal. In other words, if you entered the 100 miler and decide to drop at 50 miles, you MUST do so at the 50 mile turnaround A/S and nowhere else.
- 50 mile runners are not allowed to drop down to shorter distances. If they quit before finishing they are considered a DNF.
- 50k runners are not allowed to drop down to the 15k. If they quit before finishing they are considered a DNF.
- Remember, there is NO shame in DNF-ing. (I've done it!)
- All Emergency Evacuation costs for participants (and/or crews) will be borne by the racer and/or their heirs. The race organizers are in no way liable, or responsible for emergency evacuation costs.
- The Race Director has the authority to overrule any rule posted, or invent a new rule based on extreme or extenuating circumstances. The Race Director has ultimate authority in regards to all rules, their interpretation, and their enforcement. There is no “appeals committee” or “appeals process.” This statement is not here to bolster the RD's ego, it's here to protect the racers and the public's safety!
- The Race Director has the right to cancel the race at ANYTIME in order to preserve the runners safety.
- All crews shall follow ALL rules of the road while driving! Watch out for other runners and cars!
We have posted these rules for your safety, the safety of the other runners and their crews, the safety of the public, the safety of our race directors, AND for our wonderful volunteers! These rules are the same for all racers. Please understand that failure to abide by any of these rules is grounds for disqualification.