Performance Rules & Cut Offs

    Performance Rules

(see below for cut off times)
The purpose of these rules is to ensure the events integrity as a test of individual performance under equal conditions for all who are participating. The performance rules were put together with the following guiding principle in mind. A fair and safe event for all participants.

Any violation of the rules will be grounds for disqualification and possible banning from future events.

  • Each runner’s official race number must be worn prominently on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
  • Pace runners are not allowed.
  • Runners must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
  • Each runner must complete the entire course under his own power. No physical or mechanical aids are allowed, with the exception of Walking Poles which are allowed.
  • Except in case of medical emergency, runners may not accept aid or assistance in any form from anyone between checkpoints.
  • Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the trail.
  • All cut-off times will be strictly enforced. Runners must be checked OUT of the checkpoint BY the cut-off time. Runners returning to the checkpoint after the cut-off time will be removed from the event.
  • We operate under a strict “leave no trace” policy. Litter and rubbish which is left on the trails will incur both time penalties and possibly disqualification for repeat offenders. Minimum penalty for this offence is 30 minute time penalty.
  • Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship. Misdirection, physical contact etc is not acceptable and will incur both time penalties and possibly disqualification for repeat offenders.
  • Runners who leave the course without turning in their race number will be classified as “lost,” thereby activating the First Aid Wilderness Team to look go out on the trails and look for them.. In the case we are looking for you but you have gone home without notifying us – any costs associated with this will be billed to the runner.Minimum charge is $480 for any Snow Trail event.
  • This is a trail run event and not a walking event. Unless you are an exceptional walker you cannot expect to walk the entire course and still finish before the cut off times. All runners, will walk during the event at times, especially the uphills and especially as fatigue sets in. While this is expected – setting out to the walk the entire course is not within the realm of this event.
    • Cut Off times

    Mt McKay Summit Dash
    Runners in this event are expected to finish within 5 hours. You must be prepared and trained to cover at least 3 km per hour.Runners who do not finish in the allotted time will not be credited with a time.

    SnowSprint
    There is an expectation you will finish the course in 8 hours. Note this is a long time to be in the high country and while you will be supported with 4 aid stations – it is imperative that you be prepared to cover at least 4km per hour. Runners finishing after 8 hours will not be credited with a finish time.

    SnowMarathon
    There is expectation you can finish the entire course in 11 hours. Note this is a long time to be in the high country and while you will be supported with 6 aid stations – it is imperative that you be prepared to cover at least 4km per hour.
    There are two cut off times for the Marathon Runners:
    20km (Mt McKay turnoff) 5.5hours – Runners reaching this junction after 5.5hours will be marshalled to finish with the SkySprint runners and credited with a time only in the SkySprint event.
    38km – Howmans Gap – 9 hours.
    – Runners will be driven up to the finish if they miss this cut off time.