Nobody likes rules; but in order to maintain the integrity of the race, keep everyone safe, and keep it fair we need to law down some rules. Violation of any of these rules could result in disqualification.
- Respect the land! This race is run on both private land and public land across the Daniel Boone National Forest. We proudly support the US Forest Service and the private landowners who allow the Trace to flourish. As such any misuse of this great land will not be tolerated. Next Opportunity strives for sustainability in all of our races, and we hold our runners to the same standard. DO NOT litter, pick wildflowers, or otherwise deface the property in any way. Failure to follow this rule will get you disqualified from the race and asked to leave the premises.
- Stay on course and on trail. Going off trail creates a negative ecological impact. So if there is an obstacle in your path go through it, over it, or under it. If there is mud, get muddy. If there is water, get wet. If there is a tree down, find a way over it. This isn’t just about the environment. It’s about challenging yourself. Again, so of this course crosses private land and deviation from the marked trail of the race course will be considered trespassing.
- Be respectful and courteous of each other. If you need to pass another runner you must announce your intent to do so. If you are being passed, step aside and let the other runner by when you feel safe enough to do so. Offer some words of encouragement to each other while you're at it!
- Be respectful to and obey all race volunteers. Thank the volunteers and obey the orders of the course marshals and emergency personnel. They want you to have a great time, but above all they want you to be safe. The Race Directors reserve the right to disqualify any runner that is disrespectful to any of our volunteers.
- Take nothing. Leave nothing. Leave no trace of your presence by taking any trash out with you. Do not pick or otherwise deface any plant life. This trail is extremely well-maintained, and we want to keep it that way.
- Use extreme caution and run on the LEFT side of the road when running through the city of Morehead. That is all.
- Leave no injured runner behind. Help your fellow competitors. If you come upon an injured runner, help them if you can or run to the nearest race official. Tell the race official the injured runner’s location, bib number, and nature of the injury.
- Know what you're getting into. While this is a great introductory race, trail running is never to be taken lightly. Train and prepare properly. Make sure you get some experience running trails before you attempt to tackle any of the Big Turtle distances. This race is challenging but very achievable if you are properly prepared.
- Crews are allowed at the Fresh Prince and Family Matters Aid Stations ONLY. 50 mile runners may have crew. There are two crew points: Fresh Prince Aid Station (located at Elk Lick Road) and Family Matters Aid Station (located on FS-977 at Big Perry Road). Reference the Event Guide above for specific directions. Any runner who receives aid from a crew at any other point in the race will be disqualified. Any crew teams attempting to access any other aid station locations will have their runner disqualified. This is due to the remoteness of our aid stations.
- All runners must check in and out of every aid station. This is to ensure that everyone is accounted for and that everyone runs the full distance of each race. If you do not check in/out at of any aid station you will be subject to disqualification. There will be a volunteer at each aid station responsible for checking each runner in and out. It is the runner's responsibility to make sure he or she gets checked in and out of every aid station. When you arrive at an aid station, announce your bib number and make sure that you get checked in. The same goes for when you leave the aid station.
- Runners must run the full distance in order to receive an official finishing time and finisher award. Turning back before you reach the turnaround of your race distance will be cause for disqualification. No questions. No exceptions.
- Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. No grace time will be given at the aid stations for cut-offs. If you fail to leave an aid station before its cut-off you are disqualified from the race. The same goes for the total race cut-off. If you do not reach the finish line before the race cut-off you will receive a “DNF” as your official finishing time and result.
- Returning to an aid station after the aid station cut-off will result in disqualification. If a runner returns to a previous aid station for any reason other than medical emergency the runner will be disqualified.
- No pets are allowed at the race. This includes dogs on or off leash. Per regulations related to our USATF event sanction and Next Opportunity insurance policies pets are prohibited on the race course and at the race site for the duration of that event. That includes Friday night.