Speed Walkers

Based on previous years results and feedback from competing teams, we have updated this category to a Speed Walking Category.  Your team must be able to complete the race within the 11 hours maximum time allotted to the walking categories.

Due to the specific rules around race walking, we have implemented a new rule which states that walking teams can report other walking teams to the race officials if they are seen jogging or running during their leg. Teams caught running or jogging during their leg will be disqualified and receive a DNF for the team results.  

Walking teams have will bib #’s 200-205 and 300-310

Here are the rules for race walking.  Race walking differs from running in that it requires the competitor to maintain contact with the ground at all times and requires the leading leg to be straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground. It must remain straightened until the leg passes under the body.

1.Legs CANNOT be shared

2. Participants CANNOT be on more than one team

3. Participants MUST walk on the shoulder of the highway

**Everyone starting in Carcross, Checkpoint #7, will be started on the left hand side of the highway by checkpoint volunteers**

4. Participants MUST obey all traffic control signs and officials at the checkpoints and along the route.

5. Participants will be called forward by checkpoint officials prior to beginning their leg.

6. Participants and support personnel MUST wear reflective and high viz safety apparel to ensure they are visible at night, preferably on the left side of the body. A LED slap band will be provided to those who are not wearing a required piece of LED high viz gear.

7. Participants will be held at a checkpoint if they are not wearing their appropriate team BIB#, LED or high viz (nighttime legs) and the teams timing fob

8. Participants MUST wear the bib number(s) assigned to them and ensure that they are visible on the front chest and back at all times through their leg. Do not pin to your legs—they are not visible

9. A participant MUST withdraw from the relay at once if ordered to do so by a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol who provide First Aid at each checkpoint. The team may substitute another runner and a 5-minute penalty will be assessed. Any substitutions MUST be recorded on the teams BLUE POST RACE PLAN

10. A participant may register to walk more than one leg but can only walk for one team. If a walker is registered to walk consecutive legs, they must display the proper number for their first leg upon arriving at the checkpoint and must display the proper number for the next leg before leaving, except in the case of a substitution. Penalties will be recorded and assessed for any runner arriving at or leaving the checkpoint without the proper number

11. Participant numbers must not be transferred. Violation will result in team disqualification. (See Substitution Rules.)

12. Participants MUST obey the signs and traffic control personnel at the Miles Canyon turnoff and cross the highway only in the designated corridor

13. In the Miles Canyon section (leg 10 & 10B) runners/walkers are asked to run/walk on the left hand side of the road and use extreme caution. This road is not closed to local traffic. Support is not allowed in this section due to potential congestion and safety concerns. Be advised water and first aid is provided in this section

14. Exiting the Miles Canyon section, walkers will walk on the right hand side of the road until they are directed to follow the paved river trail to the Finish Line

15. Bicycles, rollerblades and dogs are not permitted on route.  Only registered participants who have signed the agreement release form and are on a teams race plan are permitted to walk during this event and ONLY during their designated leg.

16. Mass Start-Checkpoint #10: All teams/categories will be started at 1:00pm PST if the leg 9 racer has not arrived at the checkpoint by that point. Official times will be recorded at the finish line.  Check-In REQUIRED

17. **NEW-Speed Walking categories MUST be have a minimum of 45min 5km time** Walkers must walk during their leg running. Light jogging, etc is NOT allowed in this category. Teams will be disqualified if reported by race officials.