The following rules and regulations apply to all participants of the DPR Trail Races and MUST be adhered to at all times during the event. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand all of the following before starting the race. All competitors are responsible for their actions. These rules have been established to protect the natural landscape, competitors, volunteers and other individuals using the trail system. Failure to comply with these rules may result in: time penalties, immediate disqualification from the event or fines. The Race Directors have the authority to alter and/or implement rules as needed before or during the event. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and assistance. Additional rules may follow.
1. All runners MUST be registered with race management and MUST display their bib number on the front of their body so it is visible at all times
2. No Littering! Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. If you are caught littering and/or leaving debris of any kind on the trail, you will be immediately disqualified from the event and denied entry to any future DPR Trail Race. We ask that you please respect the natural beauty of our trail system and the right of everyone to enjoy this section of the Forest Preserve. Remember, we are issued a permit to use the trails and your negligence will threaten this process…please don’t ruin it for everyone else.
3. All runners must stay on the marked trail. Any competitor taking an alternate route from the official marked trail must return (on foot) to the point of trail departure before continuing. So, please do not shortcut, blaze a new trail or cut the course.
4. Hiking/ski poles or walking sticks are not permitted for any runner. All competitors must complete the entire course for their designated race under their own power. That is, carrying, pushing, pulling or towing a registered runner is strictly prohibited at all times.
5. Each competitor MUST be checked IN at all full-service Aid Stations along the course. It is the runner’s responsibility to check in at these Aid Stations by announcing their number. All cut-off times will be strictly enforced*.(*Please note, cut-off times and/or the course may be altered slightly in the event of inclement weather.)
6. Smoking is not allowed along the course or at the Aid Stations.
7. Please use good sportsmanship and trail etiquette: be courteous to hikers, bikers, other runners and horsemen. Collisions on these trails could cause injury. Slower runners MUST yield the trail to runners wishing to pass. These are public use trails and horses may be spooked by the sudden appearance of a runner, with serious consequences to the rider. Stop and step off the trail to let oncoming horses pass. Runners should never pass a horse from behind without first notifying the rider. All competitors must treat the volunteers, aid station personnel and medical staff in a courteous manner.
8. Pets are not allowed on the course. Please respect your fellow competitors and leave your pets at home.
9. Injection of drugs (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous) during the event may result in immediate disqualification. Please, no alcohol on the course.
10. Any runner who is unable to finish the Race must personally inform the aid station captain or medical volunteer at the nearest checkpoint of their decision to withdraw. Please do not leave the course without first notifying a race official; search and rescue efforts are very expensive and you will be responsible for the costs related to all search and rescue missions.
11. PACERS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
Infractions Resulting In Disqualification:
Short-cutting of the course
Failure to display bib number
Missing a checkpoint / Failing to check-in at a checkpoint
Getting in a moving vehicle
Failing to remain at a checkpoint for medical evaluation on request of checkpoint personnel
Failing to withdraw on request of race officials
Impeding another runner
Having a pacer
Infractions Resulting In Denial of Future Entry:
Running as a bandit
Disobeying Forest Preserve rules regarding disposal of human waste and/or mistreatment of the environment
Failing to respect private property
Mistreating aid station personnel, runners, medical staff or race officials