KOTM RACE RULES and GUIDELINES
1. A duly-signed and duly-accomplished Medical Certificate not older than fifteen days from date of issuance must be submitted in hard copy upon claiming of race kits. Failure to do so will mean non-inclusion in the race without the benefit of a refund. There will be no exemptions.
2. Every participant is required to sign a liability and waiver form prior to the race.
3. Since mountain weather is unpredictable, runners are advised to bring the mandatory items and gear listed.
4. All runners must check in at the Start line at least an hour before gun start to have their gear inspected. Runners without night time safety equipment will not be allowed to run.
5. Race numbers must be worn in front and must be visible at all times.
6. No event switching is allowed while the race is in progress. Registrants who wish to downgrade to a lower distance must inform the Race Director/Organizers of their intention to change events within the registration period only. No refunds will be given.
7. Registrants are not allowed to change race numbers nor have substitutes run the race in their behalf. Registration fees are not transferable to other persons, KOTM or FR races. Absolutely no refunds will be given for non-participation for whatever reason. Furthermore, no refund will be given in case of cancellation or postponement of the race due to factors and/or unforeseen events beyond the control of the race organizer.
8. While the organizers will exert their best efforts to mark the course, it is the participant’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the route. No time credits will be given to any runner who gets lost.
9. Drop bags, if allowed in the runner’s distance category, must be properly secured and marked with the runner’s name, race number and event. Organizers will not be responsible for any loss or breakages.
10. Given the distances between and inaccessibility to motorized vehicles of most aid stations, all runners are required to have at least a 1.5-liter capacity hydration bladder or its equivalent in handheld bottles and enough trail food to sustain them between aid (refreshment) stations.
11. Potable spring water sources along the route are available (self-service). Natural spring water is the town’s only water supply source and is used in the race too. Runners may opt to bring their own water or water purifying tablets. (Bottled water can be purchased in stores near the start area).
12. All runners are advised to bring their own drinking cups. No cups of any kind will be available in the water stations to minimize litter.
13. There will be time recorders at different aid stations/cut-off points, so all participants must report to the assigned race marshal/s to have their names and numbers recorded.
14. Runners who decide to pull out of the race or declare themselves as DNF (Did Not Finish) must contact the Race Director or nearest race marshal to inform him of his intention/status.
15. Cell phone signals exist (Smart and Globe networks) but are intermittent. Runners may contact these numbers for any concerns: 0917 803 0664 and 0999 998 7654.
16. Evacuation costs for runners who declare themselves as DNF outside of the Cut-off stations and ahead of the scheduled pull-out of runners at designated areas will be for the said runners’ account/expense. Motorcycles may be hired at negotiated rates.
17. While the organizers will exert efforts to maintain the cleanliness and pre-race condition of the route, it is imperative that each participant do his own share by being a responsible trail runner. Runners are strongly advised to mind their trash at all times. Garbage bags will be available in each water station.
18. Runners are encouraged to practice trail courtesy. Slower runners are advised to step aside for overtaking runners. Those going downhill must give way to runners going up an incline. And since the route is an open, public trail, participants will meet a few locals and pass through small villages along the route as well. Runners must observe extra caution when passing through rice paddies and vegetable gardens. They must close all the gates they pass along the route after use.
19. Participants are strictly prohibited from running in all the hanging bridges and are advised to pass each bridge one at a time.
20. Runners must conduct themselves properly at all times and are requested to treat all the race marshals and volunteers with utmost courtesy.
21. Unregistered runners, pacers, mules and guides are not allowed.
22. Cheating and course-marking sabotage are grounds for immediate disqualification.
23. Any complaint on cheating must be made within 24 hours after the close of the race and must be made in writing, signed and submitted to the Race Organizer/Race Director for proper action. This must also be accompanied by visual proof/s of the alleged cheating. Any complaints after the 24-hour period will not be entertained.
24. The event pushes through, rain or shine, unless the Organizers/Race Director announce/s its cancellation at least 48 hours prior to gun start for reasons beyond their control, such as extreme weather or any condition that may render the course unsafe.
25. The Organizers/Race Director reserve/s the right to modify the race rules and cancel the remainder of the race rules/route while it is in progress at any time for the benefit, safety and welfare of the participants.
26. frontRUNNER Magazine/the Organizers reserve/s the right to use pictures and videos taken for publication in any form of media without any consideration, monetary or otherwise. Owners of published photos/videos will be duly recognized.
27. No TV, film, or video crew, person, producer, director or other broadcast media representative may accompany or cover any racer or the race itself without the specific written permission of the organizers.
28. Official results will be published within 24-48 hours after the event at frontrunnermagph.com.
MANDATORY ITEMS and GEAR FOR ALL EVENTS
- Cellular phone (fully charged and with load)
- Light jacket (preferably waterproof)
- Functioning flashlight or headlamps
- At least 1.5 liter capacity hydration bag or its equivalent in hand-held or belt bottles AND extra food
- First aid kit (antiseptic, antacid tablets, band aid, cotton, salt, loperamide tablets)