Rules and Equipment

We will provide food, water and sports drinks for the participants. Support crews of the participants must not eat the provided food at checkpoints. The food is for the participants only.

Equipment

All participants must have their mandatory equipment with them at all times during the race. There will be random gear checks during the race. There is no drop bag service during the course and the support crews of the participants can only provide food/drinks supports at the checkpoints. No assistance is authorised outside the checkpoints (the participant will be penalised if he/she receives any food/drinks supports outside the checkpoints). Nevertheless, the participants are allowed to buy food/drinks from the stores, restaurants and vending machines on the course. Pacers and support runners are prohibited. 

Mandatory equipment

  • Stock of water minimum 1 litre (bottle or bladder)
  • Water-resistant jacket with hood (not disposable)
  • Mobile phone
  • Whistle
  • Food reserve (min. 200 kcals.)
  • Cash (min. HKD100)
  • Octopus card (min. HKD100)
  • Race bib
  • Personal cup/utensils. To avoid the wastage of plastic, we will not provide any disposable cups/utensils throughout the race.

Strongly Recommended

  • One headlamp with replacement batteries
  • Hiking poles. If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole race. It is forbidden to start without poles and recover them up along the way.
  • Long-sleeved clothes in the case of cold weather, rain or injury.
  • First aid kits (including band-aids, disinfectant and blister pads, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Even though we have purchased public liability insurance for the participants, it does not include any personal accident insurance, participants are strongly recommended to purchase their own personal accident insurance.

Rescue and Medical Assistance

First aid posts are positioned at start/finish and all checkpoints. If it appears that a participant is in difficulty or seriously injured, please immediately call for assistance:

  • go in person to a first aid point
  • phone the race organiser (phone number of the organiser will be on your bib)
  • ask another participant to alert the first aid team

It is essential that each participant helps anybody in danger and alerts the first aid point.

Please do not forget that due to the difficulty of access to certain locations, one might have to wait for assistance for longer than anticipated. Your security, therefore, depends upon the quality of the materials that you have in your backpack. A participant calling on the medical team must submit himself to its authority and undertake to accept its decisions.

The first-aiders are authorised especially:

  • To put any competitor unfit to continue with the event out of the race (by invalidating the race bib);
  • To evacuate runners whom they judge in danger, by any means at their disposal; and
  • To hospitalise at their convenience any runners whose state of health requires it.

All expenses incurred, resulting from emergency assistance or evacuation, including all cost relating to the return of the rescue team from the area to where the participant was rescued, are payable by the participant rescued. If for any reason it is impossible to make contact with the race organiser, in emergency situation you can directly call 112 (especially if you find yourselves in a zone « emergency call only » as several sections do not have mobile network coverage).

Each participant must stay on the way-marked paths, even if to rest for a while. Any participant who voluntarily leaves such paths is no longer under the responsibility of the organiser.

Checkpoints

Every participant will be provided with a race bib, and the race bib must be clearly visible and worn on the front and outside of the clothing during the entire race, failing which he/she will be penalised. Members of a Team must check-in together.

Drinks and foods are offered at each checkpoint.

Any participant who commits littering along the route will be disqualified. Trash cans will be provided at every checkpoint.

Maximum Authorised Time and Checkpoints Closing Time

The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and the maximum time for the event is ten (10) hours. The closing time of:

Check Point 1 is 12:00 p.m.;

Check Point 2 is 3:00 p.m.; and

Finish is 7:00 p.m.

The closing time of checkpoints is calculated to enable the participants to reach the Finish within the maximum time imposed. To be authorised to continue with the event, runners must reach each checkpoint before its closing time imposed. In the case of poor meteorological conditions and/or for reasons of safety, we reserve the right to modify the route and the time barriers.

Drop Bags

The drop bag service is only available at the start/finish. On the morning of the race, there will be tents where you can drop your bag that you will recover when you finish.

Dropping Out of The Race

Except for injuries, a participant must not drop out anywhere else other than the checkpoint. He/She must therefore inform the person in charge of the checkpoint, who will invalidate his/her race bib and recuperate the electronic chip.

Checkpoints are easily accessible by public transportation. Therefore, the participant who drops out from the race will be redirected to the nearest bus stop or minibus stop.

Course Markers

The route will be marked with ribbons. Intersections of the route will be marked with arrows and crosses. For better night vision, the markers include a section of reflective material, which will be easily visible with a headlamp. It is recommended to bring the map with you and/or download the GPX file of the route in your tracking device.

You must follow the paths with the markers without taking any shortcuts. Any participant taking any shortcut will be disqualified.

Weather

  1. T8 signal. If still on or put up at 2 hours before race start, the race will be cancelled.
  2. T3 signal. If still on or put up 15 minutes before race start, the decision to start will be made on course conditions and other prevailing weather factors (including the likelihood of changing to T8 during the event). 
  3. Thunderstorm Warning. If thunderstorm warning is in place 15 minutes before the start, the start will be postponed until thunderstorm warning has been dropped and thunderstorms have passed over race course area. If feasible, the race will then be restarted at a later time in the same day. If Thunderstorm Warning goes up during the event, the participants will be asked to finish at the next checkpoint and then, unless so directed by the checkpoint leader of an alternate race course, the participants will have to make their way back to start/finish where their bags are.
  4. Black Rain Storm Warning. If still on or put up at 2 hours before the race start, the race will be cancelled.
  5. Red Rain Storm Warning.  If still on or put up 15 minutes before race start, the decision to start will be made on course conditions and other prevailing weather factors (including the likelihood of changing to Black Rain Storm during the event).

For more information on the weather signals see here: [Hong Kong Government Weather Website]

There will be no refund in the case of a race cancellation due to weather circumstances. We will do our best to reschedule the race.

Insurance

Even though we have purchased accident insurance and public liability insurance for the participants, participants are strongly recommended to purchase their own personal accident insurance.

Team

The two runners of the team must stay together at all times. If one runner decides to stop (for example: Do Not Finish (DNF)), the other runner will be allowed to continue and finish, nevertheless, the finish time will be reported as a finisher but won’t be ranked either in the team or solo category.

Age

Participants must be at least 18 years old on race day: Saturday 1 December 2018.

Awards

If there are fewer than 3 teams participated in any team category, we reserve the right to cancel the relevant team category and awards assigned to that team category, and will inform the relevant team(s) to be re-designated to solo category.

Photos and videos

All the copyrights and usage rights of all photography and videography materials taken by our official photographers are reserved, and we may use them for our future promotional purposes.