Rules are for the safety of all. Violation will result in a time penalty or disqualification.

DISQUALIFICATION will result for violating 1-5


60 MINUTE PENALTY will result for violating 6-8


30 MINUTE PENALTY will result for violating 9-12

1. SAFETY GEAR – Each runner must have their own reflective vest, headlamp, flashlight or hat headlight AND back LED flasher. All safety gear must be worn from 4:00 pm through 7:00 am and the safety vest alone needs to be worn until 9:00 am. Acceptable reflective vests must have reflective material on the front, back and shoulders. Approved vest: Standard Reflective Vest, Running Reflective Vest and Reflective Harness. Unapproved reflective vest: Reflective belt, Reflective sleeves and Clothing with Reflective piping. Teams will be required to show safety items, for inspection, at the Safety Meeting Check-In. After the inspection, teams will be issued the official RWC slap wrap and allowed to participate. A good example of a headlamp: Sponsor Link

2. ALCOHOL – While participating in the RWC, the consumption of alcohol is not allowed at any point along the course. Open alcoholic containers, drinking, inebriated participants or volunteers on the course will immediately be disqualified and could be fined or cited by law enforcement.

3. RESPECT – Participants who are reported to have littered, urinated, or defecated on private property will immediately be disqualified. We are guests and should treat all property and residents with respect and courtesy. Participants must use portable toilets, garbage/recycling containers provided. Do not honk horns or yell out vehicle windows. Do not block any residential or business driveways. Do not impede traffic by driving too slowly or by not properly pulling your vehicle over to the side of the road when stopping. In all cases use good judgment and be considerate. Quiet hours (no loud noise, music, or yelling from 10pm – 6am. No outside loud music speakers.

4. SLEEPING – Teams or participants found sleeping in undesignated sleeping areas, such as on the ground next to your vehicle will be asked to move to a designated sleeping area (tents are allowed). If participants do not agree to move to a designated sleeping area (Exchange 18, Exchange 24, Exchange 30), they will be disqualified from the race. Designated sleeping areas will be marked off at the major exchanges.

5. PERSONAL MUSIC DEVICES AND HEADPHONES. Headphones/buds or any other music devices on the head are NOT allowed. Music must be at a sound considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants. Runners must still be able to hear instructions to both the general public and other runners. If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participants must turn down the volume immediately. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. A good example of a reflective vest with built in speakers below the head: Link

6. RELAY OFFICIALS – Course staff/volunteers, N.D.O.T and traffic safety officials at exchanges are considered Race Officials. The Race Officials will be assisting vehicle drivers with parking in designated areas. They will also be directing runners within the exchange zone. Race Officials have authority to assign penalties for rule violations, abusive behavior, or failure to follow instructions given by volunteers. Abusive treatment or disregard for their authority will result, at minimum, in a 60-minute penalty.

7. RUNNER ROTATION – All teams are to run their members in the same rotation and in the same sequence of rotation throughout the race. Example: If you are runner 1 you would run leg 1, 13 and 25. If you are runner 2, he/she must stay in the number 2 position throughout the race and run leg 14 and 26. If you are runner 3, you must run leg 3, 15 and 27. When determining who will run each leg, (besides distance and leg rating), Captain should consider the following: Time of day runners encounter each leg, the leg’s exposure to sun and/or wind, variable weather, runner ability, runner familiarity with the area, elevation, vehicle support and terrain. Also keep in mind that the race begins at the base of Mauna Kea and descends significantly. Runners who push these legs too hard may end up stiff, sore and sometimes injured.
This rotation should continue unless a teammate has dropped out. If a runner drops out due to injury or illness and is not able to walk to the next exchange, the next runner in rotation may take the wrist wrap and continue to the end of that leg. The next person in rotation can only finish the unfinished portion of the previous leg and go no further. A handoff must occur at the exchange point to the next leg must be run by the next runner in rotation. No more than one substitution in one leg is allowed. In the case of a Mixed Division team, the next runner must be of the same gender. If a minimum of 17 legs are not completed by females the team will automatically be reclassified into a Men’s Division. Once a runner drops out, he or she cannot enter back into the race.

8. RUN AGAINST TRAFFIC – Runners are to run on the left shoulder of all roads (against traffic), using sidewalks or trails when available, unless signs or maps direct otherwise. Runners are to understand that they do not have exclusive use of the roadway and are required to obey all traffic laws. This includes stopping at traffic lights.

9. TEAM VEHICLE SIGNS – Each team should provide two (2) or (1) for Ultra Teams, vehicles. Official vehicle signs will be issued to each team vehicle. A 60-minute penalty will be assessed for failure to properly display these signs. Signs must be clearly displayed on both vehicles. Entrance into certain exchanges is dependent on van number visibility. Van numbers will be distributed at check-in and must be placed on the outside rear window of each van. Do not create a blind spot. Teams using just one vehicle should post both van numbers in their windows so they are allowed at each exchange point. A team found with more than two vehicles on the racecourse or more than one vehicle in one of the restricted areas may be disqualified.

10. RESTRICTED AREAS – No parking is allowed along the road within 500 feet prior to an exchange. Parking is allowed in designated areas only after the exchange point marker. please park off the road as far as possible and team vehicles should always stay to the right of the white fog-line when parked along the road. Watch for participants, and stay alert to other traffic. We ask that all runner drop-offs be brief. Vans must obey “No Parking” signs and volunteer instructions for parking.

11. WRIST BRACELET & RACE NUMBERS – Race bibs must be worn on the FRONT of each runner at all times while on the road. Bib numbers must be pinned to the outermost layer of clothing and the Wrist Bracelet be carried/worn at all times throughout the race. Only runners wearing a wrist bracelet will be allowed to exit the exchange chute to begin a new leg.

12. FOLLOWING RUNNERS – No vehicles will be allowed to follow behind runners to illuminate the road during night-time legs. These vehicles severely impede traffic.

13. WRONG TURN – Educate your teammates to ensure your runners stay on course. If a wrong turn is made, the runner must return on foot to the point where the error occurred and resume the race. Do not mark on the course. Do not drive ahead to make up for the mileage that they may have added. Signage is occasionally moved; be prudent in your knowledge of the course.

14. NO BICYCLES or DOGS – No bicycles or dogs are allowed to accompany participants on the course.

15. TEAM VEHICLES – 12 or 15 passenger vans are recommended whenever possible. Large Sedans are also great. We do not allow any vehicle wider than 6’6″ and/or longer than 20′. Motor-homes, RV’s, campers, trailers, buses or limos are not allowed on the course and/ or at the exchanges by any team or spectator at any time.