We're simple and honest folks, and we think that most people are the same. Just to make sure we are all on the same page, we've written down some rules that we need everyone to follow. Anyone who breaks these rules may be disqualified from and denied future entry into the race. By starting the race, you agree to abide by all High Lonesome 100 rules, so best read them.
These rules have been updated on 7/24/18 to be clearer and include penalties for violations. This revision was motivated by the issued encountered by the Hardrock 100 during the 2018 running. While we are not trying to be hardasses, we believe that our rules should be clear, concise, and actionable. That means we took out the "Have fun" and "Don't die" rules as they aren't actually rules. We also changed the wording to remove some of the humor.
- No course cutting or short cuts. All runners must run the entire course, no exceptions. Cutting switchbacks, skipping sections, getting rides, or anything that would cause you to gain and unfair advantage will be considered grounds for disqualification. Runners who correct their mistake within the cutoffs will not be penalized. Penalty for uncorrected course deviations: possible DQ
- No littering. It's simple, don't do it. Anywhere. Not even 10 feet outside an aid station. You litter, you don't run. Penalty for littering: DQ
- No PEDs. Any runner caught using performance enhancing drugs will be disqualified. Any runner who has test positive for PEDs will be denied entry. Penalty for using PEDs: DQ and lifetime ban
- Obey all USFS rules. They manage the land for our Colorado trail race, so we follow their rules. No exceptions. Failing to do so could easily cause us to lose our permit forever. Penalty for failing to obey USFS rules: DQ
- No needles. If you get treatment from a medical staff that involves the administration of medication or fluids via needles, then you are considered a DNF. It's okay to get basic treatment, like certain pill-based medication or caring for a sprain or cut for example, but anything that would be considered to give the runner an unfair advantage would be considered a DNF. Medical staff will do their best to inform a runner if a certain treatment could be grounds for a DNF, however their priority is providing care. If you're in rough enough shape that the med staff are treating you as an emergency, you're probably not going to get to keep going anyways.
- Obey race staff orders. If the RD, an aid station Captain or vice-captain, race committee member, or medical volunteer give you an order, failing to comply is grounds for disqualification. Aid station Captains have the authority to act on the behalf of the RD if he/she is not available. Penalty for not obeying a race staff order: possible DQ
- Failing to carry the required gear. We get it, carrying a lot of stuff isn't great. That's why our list is small, but it's also absolutely required. Please don't try and save a few ounces by cutting corners here. The weather is incredibly volatile in the Sawatch in July, and these small pieces of gear could very well end up saving your life. The specific list will be included in each year's Runner Guide, but will generally include a minimum water capacity, extra food, emergency blanket, whistle, and for night sections a backup light source and additional layers. Runners must carry the required gear from the start to the finish. Dumping stashing, or mulling required gear is not allowed. Penalty for failing to carry the required gear for the duration of the race: DQ
- No receiving aid outside of aid stations. We've got great aid stations. They are thoroughly stocked and staffed with everything you need. Any aid you receive from your crew needs to at an aid station. No stashing gear on route and no muling. Racers may assist other racers without any penalty, however don't use your pacer to carry your gear, food, or water. Aid includes but is not limited to the following list: food, water, drinks, gear, or physical assistance of any kind. Penalty for receiving aid outside an aid station (with the exception of another racer): DQ
- No running with dogs. We love dogs, and we do our best to allow them at most aid stations for our races. However, running with dogs can pose a hazard to other runners, wildlife, other users, and the owner so leave the pup with the crew. Penalty for running with dogs: DQ
- No getting into moving or running vehicles. If it's moving or the engine is running, it's not allowed. You can get into your crew vehicle, but it cannot be on or moving. Penalty for entering a running or moving vehicle: DQ
- Impeding another runner. Common, don't do it...it's pretty simple. Penalty for impeding another runner: possible DQ
- Not checking in or out of an Aid Station. We need to know where you are over the 100 miles, so you must check in and out of each aid station. It's okay to yell if it's loud, don't be shy. It's your responsibility to make sure the staff confirm that they heard you. Penalty for failing to check out of an aid station: possible DQ
- Failing a medical evaluation. If you avoid or fail a medical evaluation, you are disqualified. No questions asked. We really trust our med staff, and so should you.
- Bury your s**t. More specifically, please follow all USFS and LNT guidelines about proper human waste disposal. Not doing so is bad for the environment, bad for other runners, and bad for your race...because we'll disqualify you. LNT is important, and if you don't believe us, check out the next rule. Penalty for failing to dispose of human waste correctly: DQ
- Leave No Trace. Don't leave a trace. Run through mud, stay on the trail, don't litter, bury your poop, and help us preserve the quality of our wild areas. Penalty for failing to follow LNT guidelines: possible DQ
- Respect private properties. Certain areas go near private property (mostly around St Elmo). Runners and crews should not trespass or impede the owners of any private property. Crews that knowingly disregard this rule will cause their runner to be disqualified. My guess is the runner would be pretty upset at their crew if that happened, so best not to do it. Penalty for impeding or entering private property: possible DQ
- Don't run as a bandit. Look we know our race is cool, and that you want to run it...but please don't run it bandit style. We will find out and you will be pulled. Penalty for running as bandit: banned from race for life.
- The Race Director has final say. During the race, the RD has final say on any issues that may arise, including issues not specifically listed as an official rule.