Docs + Rules + Gear

Know the Rules!

Downloads so you can plan for race day:

Waiver – This form is mandatory for all racers. Nobody is allowed on the course without one. You can bring it with you signed and witnessed.

Medical Form – This form is optional. Fill it out if you have a medical condition or anything you want our medics to know (contact lenses to heart problems).

Emergency Protocol – Please review this document as it will help you understand what to do in case of an emergency.

Recommended Gear

We suggest you carry the following gear. You will be in remote wilderness, and you are responsible for your safety. If you are injured it may be several hours before we can reach you, so you need to be prepared. Do not think it will not happen to you! Weather changes quickly in the mountains, and every year we have racers that DNF due to environmental conditions, so prepare accordingly. You may elect to carry additional gear, like bear spray, at your discretion.

  1. Headlamp (after 8:00pm)
  2. Full water bottles or hydration pack to carry 2L of fluid
  3. Wind/water resistant jacket
  4. Toque or warm hat
  5. Sun hat
  6. Whistle (for alerting others)
  7. Space blanket (shelter)
  8. Bear spray or bear banger (IF you know how to use it)
  9. Race Bib (mandatory)
  10. Timing Chip (mandatory)

If you do not wear your timing chip or bib number, as per the race rules, you are not considered a competitor in the event.

No cups at aid stations

Note: We do not supply disposable cups at our aid stations, so you must have a vessel if you want water or electrolyte. You are welcome to refill bottles and bags.

Prohibited/Restricted Items

  1. Performance-Enhancing Drugs: See Race Rules.
  2. Headphones (limited use): See Race Rules
  3. Dogs: Competitors are not allowed to bring dogs onto the course.

Rules and Definitions

Updated May 9, 2021

New! See our new Gender Category Policy.


Race Rules

  1. Competitors are required to check in at registration by 9:00pm on the day prior to the race, and sign a waiver provided by the Sinister Sports Inc. A competitor is considered DNS without a signed waiver.
  2. Competitors are responsible for their own medical coverage and all costs incurred by any form of rescue services, treatment, or hospitalization if they are injured during the race. If emergency evacuation is required, the cost will be the responsibility of the individual in need of assistance. This includes the cost of airlifting and helicopter or ground search if required.
  3. The race begins at 9:00am on the Saturday of the event.
    1. Competitors must start within 10 minutes of their assigned start time. Late starters may be removed from the course or shuttled ahead and marked as Unranked at the discretion of the Race Director.
  4. The race ends at 7:00pm on the Saturday of the event (10 hour cutoff).
    1. Racers not finished by this times will be considered Over Time Limit (OTL) and do not receive a regulation time.
  5. Start and finish times may be adjusted at the discretion of the Race Director due to environmental, traffic, or safety factors.
  6. Each leg of the race has a cutoff, and competitors must start the next leg by the time listed. If a competitor cannot finish their leg by this time, they may be instructed to pull out of the race. Cutoff times are available on the course page of the website.
  7. The only means of travel on the course is self-powered and on foot (running, walking, crawling); using any other means of travel will result in disqualification.
  8. The timing chip is property of Sinister Sports, or it's suppliers, and must be returned at the end of the race. Not returning the timing chip will result in a $75 fee.
  9. A timing chip and bib number must be worn while on the course or the competitor is not considered a participant in the race. The bib must be worn on the front of your body so that it is visible to race marshals.
  10. Competitors must check in at all CPs and TAs. Your number and time will be recorded before you continue on the course.
  11. If a relay competitor is not ready at the TA when their previous runner finishes a leg, the team’s race time continues to elapse. No time credits will be given if your runners are late showing up at their TA.
  12. The course is marked and runners must adhere to the designated route; any deviance or short cuts will result in disqualification.
  13. If any act of nature or uncontrollable act takes place that inhibits your progress on the course (eg: animal, rockslide) no time credit will be given; these factors are a part of the race.
  14. Competitors are allowed assistance (eg: support crew, volunteer, race marshal, or bystander) only at the designated TAs. Accepting assistance outside the TA from anyone besides a registered competitor or race medic will result in disqualification. You can receive assistance from appointed race medics anywhere on the course, even outside of the designated TA, providing that the assistance is not in the form of transportation.
  15. Relay teams must designate which leg(s) of the race each of their teammates will run by no later than 9:00pm at registration on the day prior to the race start. Relay competitors may be substituted during the race, at the discretion of Race Administration, by contacting race officials at the TA. (Note that this may be also be updated online in advance by editing the team's profile)
  16. Relay competitors must finish the entirety of their designated leg(s) of the race. If the relay competitor must withdraw part way through their designated leg, the leg must be started over with a new runner and completed within the cutoff times in order to receive an official time.
  17. Competitors are not allowed to use pacers. Competitors may run with others under the following circumstances, and any other instances will result in disqualification*:
    1. Competitors may run with a solo competitor who is competing on the same leg of the race, and has not been marked as disqualified.
    2. Competitors may run with a relay competitor who is designated to run that specific leg of the race, and has not been marked as disqualified.
    3. Relay competitors may run with one (1) member of their relay team if declared at registration (see 15 & 16). The relay competitor who is designated to run a specific leg must carry the timing chip and will receive the official time for their team on that leg; no transfer of timing chip may occur at any time.**
    4. Any individual may join the competitor within 300m of end of a leg in order to show support to the competitor as they finish.
  18. Competitors are not allowed to cache food or gear along the course except at the designated Transition Area.
  19. Littering on the course is unacceptable and will result in immediate disqualification.
  20. Any competitor found using, or supplying performance-enhancing drugs to other competitors, will be disqualified and permanently barred from all Sinister Sports events. See for banned substances. Sinister Sports Inc. respects any existing bans and will comply with any investigation undertaken by anti-doping agencies.
  21. Headphones must be removed in a CP or TA. Not doing so may result in penalties or disqualification at the discretion of the Race Director. If used on course, consider wearing only one earbud and keeping the volume at an acceptable level so that you can hear your surroundings without disturbing other competitors.
  22. Any competitor that drops out of the race must notify the nearest race marshal or director at the earliest opportunity. Do not drop out of the race without telling race officials as this will result in a costly search and you may be billed.
  23. Medical staff and/or Race Directors may remove any competitor from the racecourse if they feel it is unsafe for the competitor to proceed (eg: natural hazards, hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite, debilitating injury, unprepared for weather events).
  24. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification at the discretion of the race director.
  25. Any disputes with the racecourse, race results, course management or the actions of other competitors must be submitted to the Race Director, in writing, within 30 minutes of the end of the race. If not received within this time, complaints will not be considered.
  26. The Race Director will determine if there has been a violation of these rules and will be the final authority in assigning penalties.


**We do not encourage teammates to run together as it is meant to be one person per leg, however, we recognize that teammates often run together in order to show support to young or new runners. The runner designated for that leg is the one who must run the entirety of that leg. For safety reasons, Race Administration must be aware that additional runners are on that stage of the race.

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