IMPORTANT! All runners must abide by these race rules. These rules are non-negotiable and should be reviewed PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR THE RACE. No exceptions to any of these rules will be made on race day.
- Absolutely no doubling up on the relay! All relay teams must run 10 consecutive laps. Only one runner per team is allowed on the course at any given time. If it gets late in the day, and you are afraid you will not make the cut-off your choices are to press on or drop out. We will not allow runners to double up on their laps by sending out two runners at a time. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
- No relay or 100K runners may begin a lap after 11pm. If your last relay runner is not on the course by 11pm your team will be pulled from the race and disqualified. This also applies to solo 100K runners. Solo 100K competitors must begin lap 10 by 11pm. This is for safety reasons. That gives you 1 hour to complete the loop in the dark which no one has ever done! We don't want runners out there until the wee hours of the morning, so there will be no exceptions to this rule. Train and pace yourselves accordingly.
- All runners must complete the event within the cut off times to receive a finisher award. Relay team must complete all 10 laps before midnight in order for anyone on the team to receive a finisher award. A single runner will not get a finisher award no matter how many laps he or she completes. This is a team event, not an individual competition. We succeed or fail as a team.
- Respect the land! Remember this race is on private property, and our hosts have been extremely gracious in allowing us to have our crazy event on their land. 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 (except where expressly permitted). 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. We do have one off-trail section on the race course, so obviously this rule does not apply for that section of the course.
- 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.
- 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. Any disrespectful behavior toward our volunteers will result in your disqualification at the Race Directors' discretion.
- 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 property is extremely well-maintained, and we want to keep it that way.
- 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. Yes, the 10k is only 6 miles; but it is HARD. August in Kentucky can be extremely hot and humid. We will have aid stations along the course, but you should only run this race if you are prepared to deal with the heat. Train appropriate for steep hills and technical terrain.
- No crews or pacers will be allowed on course. All runners can receive full aid at the exchange zone at the start/finish area.
- Runners who leave the established course will be disqualified. ALL RUNNERS must sign in and out of aid station #2 (by the house on the hill). If you do not sign in and out of that aid station we will assume you did not run the full loop. Any 10k runner not running the full loop will be disqualified. Relay runners who do not run a full loop for any reason including medical emergency will have two options to avoid having your entire team disqualified:
- Return to the point you left the race course and complete the loop from there, OR
- Have your team run an extra loop to make up for the one that was cut short.
- **Any team that does not complete 10 full laps of the course will receive a "DNF" as their official race result.
- 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. We love our doggies, but they'll have to miss out on the Hot Hot Hundred.
- No relay runner may run consecutive laps. This is a team event. In the spirit of the relay there must be a hand-off in between each lap.
An 16-HOUR COURSE CUT-OFF WILL BE ENFORCED FOR THE 100K!!!!! That includes relay and solo racers. That means that every team must be done with the race by 12am Sunday morning.