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THE GREAT NORTH WALK 100s

 

RACE INFORMATION

PACERS

(A PDF copy of the Pacer Information can be downloaded from here)

 

A Pacer is defined as a "trail companion" who accompanies a Runner along designated sections of the GNW100s for greater than 100 metres at a time.  Pacers are allowed solely as a safety consideration for fatigued Runners in the remote and rugged last sections of the GNW100s.  Pacers should be experienced trail runners in excellent physical shape and conditioned adequately to run long distances over rough terrain.  Most pacing will be done during the dark hours of night and early morning, so Pacers should be warmly dressed and used to running using lights.  Pacers should be adequately supplied with lights, food and water and must carry the same compulsory equipment as the Runners they are pacing. They may accept aid at the Checkpoints.  The following Rules govern Pacers in the GNW100s.

  • One Pacer at a time may accompany each Runner in the 100 Mile Race from Checkpoint 4 (103.7km) to the Finish.

  • Pacers can only join or leave their Runners at a designated Checkpoint and must register with the Checkpoint Captain, sign a Race Waiver, and put on an identifying plastic wristband before joining or leaving their Runner.  If a Runner is accompanied by anyone other than a registered Pacer on any part of the Course, whether on foot, on a bike, or using any other means, the Runner will be disqualified.

  • Pacers must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Provide the number of the mobile phone they will be carrying during the Event to their Competitor at least two weeks before the event so that it can be included in bulk SMS emergency lists.

  • Each Pacer must be marked with an official plastic wristband that identifies the Runner they are pacing and, through colour-coding, identifies them as a Pacer to Race Officials and other Runners.

  • All Pacers must clearly identify themselves when passing through Checkpoints.  It is extremely important that Race Officials know exactly who is on the Course and where.

  • Pacers must stay with their Runners at all times, except in the case of an emergency.  If the Runner withdraws from the Race, the Pacer must also withdraw.

  • Changes of Pacers may be made only at the designated Checkpoints.

  • Pacers must enter and leave each Checkpoint WITH their Runners. They may assist with the re-filling of water bottles or replenishment of supplies while in the Checkpoint, but may not come into the Checkpoint ahead of their Runners, or depart after their Runners, in order to speed up the refuelling process.

  • Pacers may not carry water, food, lights, shoes, clothing or other supplies for anyone other than themselves.  "Muling" is expressly forbidden.

  • No mechanical or physical assistance may be given by the Pacer to the Runner at any time outside of a Checkpoint.

  • Any abuse of event Officials or Volunteers by Pacers will result in the disqualification of their Runner.

  • Pacers must familiarise themselves with the actions to take if they are caught in a bushfire:

    • If on foot

      • Cover exposed skin.

      • If on a slope – move across it then down it towards the rear of the fire and find a clearing or already burnt area.

      • Do not outrun a fire, or go through low flames unless you can see a safe clearing.

    • If driving

      • Do not drive in or near a bushfire.

      • Do not drive through flames or smoke.

      • Stop at a clearing or roadside with low vegetation.

      • Switch off ignition and turn hazard and headlights on.

      • Stay inside unless near safe shelter.

      • Keep vents windows and doors closed.

      • Lie down below window level under a woollen blanket until the fire front passes.

    • If a fire cannot be avoided

      • Lie face down under a rock, embankment or in a hollow.

      • If possible get into a pool, pond, dam, and stream – but not in a water tank.

  • PACERS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL RACE RULES AND REGULATIONS, PARTICULARLY THOSE RELATING TO RUNNER SAFETY (CLICK HERE) AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS FROM RACE OFFICIALS.  RUNNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THEIR PACERS AND WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF THEIR PACERS BREACH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE RACE.

    • Runners/Pacers must render all possible assistance to any person found injured or incapacitated

    • Runners/Pacers must travel on the right-hand side, facing oncoming traffic, whenever travelling along roads, with the exception of the section from the Start to the Wakefield Trackhead when they must travel on the left-hand side of the road.. If at all possible travel off to the side of the road surface.

    • Runners/Pacers must GIVE WAY TO VEHICLES WHEN CROSSING OR TRAVELLING ALONG ANY PART OF THE COURSE. RUNNERS/PACERS ARE REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE ROAD OR TRAIL SURFACE, STOPPING IF NECESSARY, WHENEVER ENCOUNTERING VEHICLES, FROM EITHER DIRECTION, DURING THE GNW100S. Runners/Pacers need to be particularly careful during the hours of darkness and also be wary of trail-bikes and 4WD vehicles that will be encountered on forest roads and tracks at any time.

    • Runners/Pacers must wear Reflective Vests (over their packs and torso) and carry a light visible to oncoming traffic between 5:30pm and 6:00am.

    • PACERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT AT ALL TIMES.  A downloadable PDF copy is available here.

      • DETAILED MAPS (CLICK HERE) AND DETAILED DIRECTIONS (CLICK HERE) AS PUBLISHED ON THE RACE WEBSITE.  Must be downloaded by Runners and Pacers beforehand (not available at Check-In).  It is permissible to carry only the relevant Directions and Maps for each Section.

      • WATERPROOF MAP CASE.  Can be a zip lock plastic bag.  The Waterproof Map Case is not required if the Detailed Maps and Detailed Directions are laminated.

      • MOBILE PHONE.  Must be in working order with a fully charged battery. Telstra is strongly recommended and coverage is generally limited to higher elevations.

      • COMPASS.  Must be analog and not battery-dependent.  Find out how to use one here.  It's not that hard!

      • WHISTLE.

      • THERMAL TOP.  Long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable even if the compression garment is called a "thermal compression garment".

      • THERMAL PANTS.  Long leg thermal pants (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable even if the compression garment is called a "thermal compression garment".

      • RAIN JACKET.  Waterproof jacket with hood (plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket etc. not acceptable).

      • BEANIE, BALACLAVA OR BUFF.

      • BROAD COMPRESSIVE BANDAGE.  Minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched. The wrapping should list ‘heavy weight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’  (for first aid treatment of snake/spider bite or other injury )

      • WATERPROOF BAG to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags, zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine).

      • WATER CONTAINER (2 litres minimum capacity, more recommended).

      • EMERGENCY SPACE BLANKET, LIGHT BIVVY SACK or equivalent.

      • TORCH/HEADLAMP which must be used at all times between 5:30pm and 6:00am.

      • BACKUP TORCH/HEADLAMP (INCLUDING SPARE BATTERIES).

      • HIGH VISIBILITY SAFETY VEST which must be worn at all times between 5:30pm and 6:00am.  The vest must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4602:1999 –D/N Class for day and night time wear and be labelled as meeting the standard.  It is a workwear vest, not a running vest, and can be purchased at hardware stores or workwear stores.  The vest must be clearly visible from both the front and the back, so needs to be a size large enough to cover your torso and your backpack.  Click here for an example of the vest.

  

 

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