Anyone who does not follow the rules will be disqualified. No one is allowed to start the race without the required gear.
- Be Safe, Have Fun, Be Nice.
- Being SAFE means being VISIBLE – do not take shortcuts.
- No littering. This includes human waste.
- No outside help is allowed by crews, family, friends – imaginary or real, enemies or otherwise. If you have family/friends watching the race – make sure it does not appear they are offering support. Please explain this to them prior to the event. Spectators need to obey traffic laws and park safely out of roadways/traffic.
- Catching a ride on a snowmobile or vehicle is not allowed. Getting into a non-race volunteer vehicle is not allowed. Pacers are not allowed. Racers may help other racers. Checkpoint volunteers may assist you at the checkpoints. Patronizing local businesses is encouraged and in that respect racers may use product/services of local businesses as long as no race rules are broken. If you want to stop and purchase a pizza at a bar, warm up and throw down a beer, go for it. But no assistance by crews/friends/family. Feel free to contact us with questions.
- Respect other trail users – be aware that snowmobilers using the trail may not know about the race, may not see you and might be going very fast. MOVE OFF the trail any time they are approaching.
- Participants are required to MOVE OFF the trail when stopped. No matter how quick your stop is. Do not stop and remain in the trail. Ever. Even for just a second.
- All racers MUST check in & check out at ALL of their respective checkpoints along the course. Make sure the volunteer takes your race number.
- No camping. Bivy sacks and sleeping bags are required for a safety precaution. If you feel it is necessary/emergency, be safe and use them, off the trail of course.
- NO LITTERING. This isn’t a road race and we don’t have an army of sweepers to pick up trash. Don’t be a bad ambassador of your sport by leaving your empty gu/chomp/burrito wrappers/toilet paper on the trail. If you see trash on the trail, stop and pick it up, even if not yours or non-race related. It will give you a warm fuzzy feeling to know that you are a good person and you will get 1 minute off your finish time.
- Headphones: wear in only one ear
Race directors AND their volunteers have the discretion to implement and interpret the rules as they see fit. The race directors’ decision is final.
Gear check will happen at the check-in on the eve of your race. All requirements below are applicable to the start, duration and finish of the race. Finish line gear checks will be done.
MANDATORY Gear – Updated for 2019!
- Sleeping bag – Zero (0) °F or lower. However, it can be colder overnight so we recommend a colder rating than 0°F. The sleeping bag must be labeled. No exceptions. If your sleeping bag isn’t labeled, find another one. (For Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering bags, contact us prior to the event at firstname.lastname@example.org) (Starting in 2020, if a bag is rated with 3 levels, the middle or “Limit of Comfort” must be rated 0°F or better)
- Bivy sack The bivy must be closed on at least 3 sides. Blankets, tarps, or bivies made from space blanket material are not allowed, including the SOL Emergency Bivy. We recommend a durable, breathable, waterproof material that will keep you dry and provide warmth, and not tear easily. Tents are not allowed.
- Sleeping pad.
- At least 20 square inches of reflective material, 10 front and 10 back. This can be in any form – a vest or belt, or patches sewn on your outer clothing (so long as you keep it on at all times). Do not skimp on this. Being VISIBLE means being SAFE.
- $30 cash – carry this on the trail at all times in the event a race official is required to give you a replacement red LED light. We would prefer to do this than disqualify you!
- Headlamp/bike light or flashlight + back-up batteries for each light
- Light must be switched on during hours of darkness when encountering motorized traffic, i.e., you can travel at night without your light on but if a snowmobile, racer or any other traffic is on the trail you must switch your light ON. If a law enforcement officer sees you at night without a headlight on, you will be DQ’d.
- Suggest minimum ~100 lumen
- 3 individual flashing red LED lights + back-up batteries for each light
- 1 front facing and 2 rear facing
- Flashing lights must be on at ALL times during the race, day and night
- Only LEDs with at least 20 lumen light output are acceptable.
- Pay attention to the run time on flash mode (some lights have day flash mode and night flash mode) – expect lower run times for cold weather – and make sure you have sufficient battery back-ups for the entire race.
- Being VISIBLE means being SAFE. Ever had a snowmobile traveling towards you at 60 mph? If they can’t see you, they will not slow down.
- Examples of red LED lights that meet the requirement are as follows. Most take regular batteries but some are rechargeable via USB. There are many higher spec’d lights by these same manufacturers but we’ve listed ones in the ~$20-40 price range that last several hours on flash mode:
- Princetontec Meridian
- PDW Danger Zone
- PDW Daybot (USB)
- RM-Gear Red LED Light
- NiteRider Cherry Bomb 35
- NiteRider Sabre 80
- Planet Bike Superflash 65 Bike Tail Light
- Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Bike Tail Light
- Gemini Juno 100 (USB)
- Blackburn Local 20 Rear Light
- Blackburn Dayblazer 65 Rear Light (USB)
- Serfas TL-25 Pluto Tail Light
- Serfas TL-200 Twin 1/2-Watt
- Serfas UTL-200 Beacon 30 (USB)
- Cateye Rapid Mini Rear TL-LD635-R (25 Lumens) (USB)
- Bontrager Flare R City Rear Bike Light (USB)
- Moon Nebula (USB) (out of stock, available for less $ via 3rd party sites)
- Cygolite Hotshot SL50 USB
- Red LED lights that do not meet the requirement:
- PDW Red Planet
- Planet Bike Superflash Tail Light (7 lumen)
- Planet Bike Superflash V Bike Tail Light (8 lumen)
- Planet Bike Superflash USB Bike Tail Light (4 lumen)
- NiteRider #5081 – TL 5.0 SL (10 lumen)
- Serfas TL-SSR STOP Sign Tail Light
- Serfas TL-411 4-LED Safety Tail Light
- As a guide – if the manufacturer doesn’t state the lumen and/or it costs less than $20, it probably does not meet the requirement.
- “Runner” strobe lights such as those manufactured by Nathan, as well as armbands and vests with LEDs, do not meet the requirement.
Race directors AND their volunteers have the discretion to implement and interpret the gear requirements as they see fit at check-in and during the race. The race directors’ decision is final.
- Cell Phone – We request that all racers carry a cellphone. Coverage is spotty among most cell carriers, but may be useful for us to find you if you don’t show up as expected. Do not call us if for anything less than a medical emergency. We are not set up to come get you if you decide you want to drop in the middle of the woods. Get yourself to a checkpoint if at all possible.
- Helmet strongly recommended for bikers.
- Insulated water container(s).
- Lots of food. Preferably items which remain chewable at way below zero.
- Extra red blinking lights/batteries.
- Extreme conditions mittens, head gear and outerwear, including waterproof items. 30 degrees and rain/snow can be the most difficult of conditions once you are wet.
- Down/synthetic sweater, spare undershirt/socks etc.
- Over-boots, gaiters.
- Duct tape, Vaseline, sunglasses, lip-balm, moleskin, ibuprofen, etc.
- Map/compass/gps. Reflective vest.
- Sleds or backpack for runners skiers. Assorted tools/waxes as needed.
- Judge your gear based on your mode of transport and skills. Look at the results from the prior years to estimate times.
- Be aware that you may be out there for a long time, in temps below zero F, or wet conditions, and assume that you won’t have any help. If you need to sleep on the trail for a night until we figure out you are in trouble, make sure you can survive.