Rules & Safety
Event Start Time:
Directions to Event:
No littering. If caught, you will be disqualified.
No shortcuts. Same penalty as above.
Mandatory hydration to be carried in every event: 500 ml container is the minimum, but check specific event site for amounts.
Bibs must be worn on the front and visible at all times. No bib, no race. We take "ghosting" very seriously-that is, running the course without being part of the event. This is not allowed.
If you need to retire early from the event (DNF), you must notify a race volunteer as soon as possible. We cannot pack up and go home with people unaccounted for.
Obey the directions of all race volunteers. They have the right to remove you from the course for safety reasons (e.g., you become injured, you reach a cutoff too late) or for violating one of the rules.
If on single track and wanting to pass, call out to the person in front of you with something simple and succinct such as, "passing, please" or "on your left." That person must make way for you when it is safe for them to do so. Be sure you're ready to pass; no one appreciates being passed only to find themselves walking on that person's heels.
Use of music devices: Unless specifically prohibited at an event (e.g., if the event crosses a highway), personal music devices may be used during our trail races. However, we do discourage their use. They limit your ability to respond to environmental stimuli such as the warning sounds in nature (fire, thunder, a tree branch cracking above your head). They change your reaction time for the worse - that is, with your mind on music, you will be slower to respond to a sudden obstacle on your path, be it a hiker, another runner, a snake, a log, or a hole. Personal music devices isolate you from the shared experience of running trails with others and from the experience of the beautiful aspects of nature, such as water trickling along a brook, calls of a bird, or rustling bushes where a skink or roo is hiding. If you feel you "need" music, the volume must be kept low enough such that no one else can hear it and such that you can hear other runners and volunteers talking to you at a normal voice level.
In addition to rules which help preserve our environment, our rules are there to help you keep safe in the bush. In addition to the usual risks of trail running, such as dehydration, hypothermia, hyperthermia, cuts, sprains, broken bones, and snake bites, there is also a threat of bushfire. We advise you to visit this website and learn more about Bushfire Services of WA and to check out Parks and Wildlife.
There is also useful fire-safety related information on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website.