race-rules

Competitor and Support Crew Race Rules

  • Once teams have received course maps & notes, plus support crew booklet, it is forbidden for any team member or their support crew to enter the event route until your race has officially begun.
  • Teams must carry the timing transponder allocated to them throughout the race. This transponder is the property of Dare 2 Sweat Events and must be returned to the finish line. Any teams losing their timing transponder a will incur an $80 replacement fee.
  • All team members must wear their race team bib vests throughout the race, and bib vests must be worn over the outer garment or piece of equipment (including pack or life vest).
  • Race bib vests are the property of Dare 2 Sweat Events, and must not be cut or modified in any way. Race bib vests must be returned at the finish line. Any damage or loss of a race bib vest will incur a $40 repair or full replacement fee.
  • Teams must start in the Start Wave assigned to the event and age category their team is entered.
  • Team members must stay together and in sight of one another (with no more than 60m separating the leading member and trailing team member) at all times. There is only one exception to this, where a single team member may stay behind to look after the teams bikes or paddle craft where the rest of the team go scouting for a CP which is inaccessible by bike or paddling craft.
  • Teams must carry their entire individual and team compulsory gear (see the compulsory gear list here – https://spiritedwomen.co.nz/index.php/equipment-required-compulsory-gear/ ) throughout the entire race, on foot, mountain bike and in kayaks. The only exception is during the Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) section(s) where packs can be left where boards, paddles and life vests are picked up from.
  • Teams cannot receive assistance or direction from their support crew outside of supported Transition Areas (TA). Support crews are not permitted to visit unsupported Transition Areas unless dropping off personal paddle craft.
  • All personal paddle craft and associated paddles, life vests and paddling gear must be labelled ‘Private’ with the teams ‘Race Number’ to make them easily distinguishable and identifiable. Event private paddle craft stickers and marker pens will be available at the race registration. Personal paddles and life vests must be labelled by owners and left on top of their boards.
  • Teams must follow instructions detailed on their event course maps/race notes and discussed at their respective briefing– especially where road safety is a concern.
  • Paddle craft and gear must be brought back to the exact same spot they were taken from and left as you found them.
  • On the water, life vests must be worn correctly by every team member and spray decks (kayaks only) fitted to the cockpit rim of craft.
  • A head touch with fresh batteries must be taken by all team members of a team when leaving any transition after 5pm by all team members in a team.
  • Parts of the event may be on open public roads. NO roads are closed for this event, so normal road rules apply at all times. You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Cycle helmets must be worn by team members throughout the mountain bike stage(s).
  • In line with NZ Law, a front (white) and rear (red) light must be fitted when riding in the dark. Bike lights therefore must be fitted to bikes or riders helmets when leaving a TA after 5pm.
  • Teams must clock into Checkpoints (CP’s) in order of CP number. The only exception is when the stage is designated as a Rogaine stage, in which case CP’s can be collected in any order.
  • On any stage designated as a Rogaine Stage, all CP’s must be collected.
  • If your team misses one CP or more, you will be ranked below all teams that get all the CP’s or more CP’s than your team.
  • NO GPS units or devices are permitted to be used.
  • Cell phones must be fully charged, turned OFF and carried in sealed watertight bags. They may only be opened and turned on to use in the case of an emergency of after 10pm (see last point below)..
  • The complete team must enter and exit all TA’s through the timing area – clocking in and also out respectively. Any team not clocking in and also out of TA’s will be ranked below all teams that have clocked in and out of TA’s.
  • Teams must also enter and exit all Mystery Activities (MA’s) through the timing area – clocking in and also out respectively. Any team not clocking in and also out of MA’s will be ranked below all teams that have clocked in and out of MA’s.
  • MA’s are challenges that teams are required to complete before moving on.
  • Rules surrounding commercial MA’s must be adhered to by all teams and any public present must be respected.
  • Teams must also follow instructions from event staff and marshals encountered throughout the course of the event.
  • Teams and their support crews must respect the rights of local landowners, residents, business owners and general public at all times.
  • Leave any gates as you find them. If in doubt – close it.
  • Littering is prohibited. If you do see litter and stop to pick it up, you are a super star.
  • Any breaches in the rules must be reported within one hour of a team finishing and the team(s) in question will incur an appropriate penalty decided by the Race Director and Organisers upon private consideration of the nature and severity of the offence.
  • If one or two of the team members withdraw during the event, teams can continue with 3 or 2 team members respectively with Race Directors permission. A complete set of four team race bib vests, the timing transponder and teams shared compulsory gear must be carried to the finish with the remaining racing team members.
  • Any complete team withdrawing from the event must notify the nearest event TA or MA marshal or event staff immediately. Withdrawing team must also visit the race finish line to return their teams timing transponder and complete set of race bib vests.
  • Any teams still on the course at 10pm must take their mobile phone out of the sealed watertight bag and turn it on. They must then call in using the emergency contact and report their position on the course. The teams mobile phone should then be left on so the communication channel is open.

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