Description of race rules and penalties
Race bibs must be worn at all times and the Wrist Wrap must be carried/worn at all times throughout the race.
No stopping, when vehicles are moving, to drop off a runner/walker. This quickly causes a back up of congestion if vans do not adhere to the rule.
No vehicles will be allowed to follow behind participants to illuminate the road during night-time legs. These vehicles severely impede traffic.
Any conduct deemed unsafe or unsportsmanlike by Race Officials will not be tolerated. Do not obstruct traffic, play loud music, yell, or honk horns at night in rural/neighborhood areas. Also, no van decorations that are overtly suggestive, sexual, or that contain foul language.
No parking is allowed along the road within 500 feet prior to an exchange. Parking is allowed in designated areas only after the exchange point marker. Please park off the road as far as possible, watch for participants, and stay alert to other traffic.
All teams are to rotate their team members in the same sequence throughout the race, not consecutively in a row. (For example, if a participant begins on Leg 2, he/she must stay in the number 2 position throughout the race. The participant would then rotate to Leg 14 and Leg 26. This sequence should continue unless a teammate has dropped out).
If a runner/walker on a Mixed Division team becomes injured and drops out during a leg, the injured runner/walker must be replaced with the next team member in rotation of the same gender. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)
If a team member drops out due to injury or illness during a leg, only the next runner or walker in rotation can take the wrist wrap and continue, (but only to the next exchange point). The next person in rotation can only finish the unfinished portion of the previous leg and go no further. A handoff must occur at the exchange point to the next participant in rotation. No more than one substitution in one leg is allowed. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)
Course volunteers, O.D.O.T. and traffic safety officials at exchanges are considered Race Officials. They have authority to disqualify a team for rule violations, abusive behavior, or failure to follow instructions given by volunteers. Abusive treatment or disregard for their authority will result, at minimum, in a 60-minute penalty.
Participants are to travel along the left shoulder of the roadway at all times, unless officially instructed otherwise (Leg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16). They must carry a working flashlight (or Hat with Headlight) and wear a reflective vest from 6:00pm through 9:00 am. Reflective vests are required until 9:00am and can be removed promptly at 9:00am even if participant still running/walking.
Each team is to have two (2) vehicles. Official vehicle signs will be issued to each team (within team bag given at Packet Pickup or Race Check-in Tent). A 60-minute penalty will be assessed for failure to properly display these signs. A team found with more than two vehicles on the race course or more than one vehicle in one of the restricted areas will be disqualified.
(Teams are provided two white and two color signs. Teams are required to display the white signs in the front and back windows of Vehicle 1. Color signs are to be posted in the front driver's side window and back of window in Vehicle 2).
Teams or participants found sleeping in undesignated sleeping areas (such as on the ground in an exchange parking area) must move to a designated sleeping area (or inside their team vehicle)! If participants do not agree to move to a designated sleeping area, they will be disqualified from the race.
6:00pm - 7:00am, all participants on the course must:
Providence is providing each team with two LED flashers in their bag at Packet Pickup!
(Each team must present two reflective vests, two flashlights (or Headllights) and two LED flashers for inspection at the Start Check-In Tent. Teams are then issued the official race wrist wrap and allowed to participate).
Each team is responsible for ensuring all of their volunteers show up at the appointed time, to their assigned job and fulfill the tasks required. If a volunteer cannot report to duty, it is up to the Team Captain to find an alternate volunteer and make sure they report to the appointed job site. Failure of a volunteer assignment to be fulfilled will result in disqualification.
Open alcoholic containers, drinking, inebriated participants or volunteers on the course will immediately be disqualified.
No bicycles or dogs are allowed to accompany participants on the race course. Team members found biking the course are assumed to be accompanying participants and the team will be disqualified.
Participants who are reported to have littered, urinated, or defecated on private property will immediately be disqualified. Please use good judgment and be considerate of property owners along the course. Portable toilets and ample garbage containers are provided at each exchange point.
No vehicles 80" or wider, or longer than 23', motor homes, buses or limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support. If you have doubts about the legality of your vehicle, contact the HTC/PTC Office prior to the relay.
Teams who finish over 2.5 hours faster than their anticipated finish time (based on race pace survey times submitted) risk further review and potential disqualification.
Any teams found starting the race earlier than their assigned Start Time will be disqualified (see Seeding)
Audio amplification devices worn outside the ear are now accepted.
Officials are located throughout the race course recording teams that pass by, as well as infractions. Teams wishing to file a Protest/Penalty must do so in writing within 30 minutes of their finish in Seaside (form found in handbook) and submit to Rules Tent on the beach. Be specific and detailed. Rules Committee decisions are final. Time penalties for running include:
1. A team seen running on one leg by two or more teams will be assessed a 90-minute penalty.
2. A team seen running on two legs by two or more teams will be assessed a 120-minute penalty.
3. A team seen running on three legs by two or more teams will be disqualified.
4. Alleged rule infractions must be written on the official form included in handbook.
5. Turn in all violations/protests for PTC Walk teams to the Rules and Penalties Table at the Finish area by 3:00pm, Saturday.
6. The Rules Committee will review and post results prior to the awards ceremony on Saturday.