The email is quite long and detailed. Some rules are self-explanatory, like no beer in the school or in the park. Or don't take a shit in the middle of the trail. But some are, well, a bit nerve-wracking. Like buying a bear bell and watching for porcupines. I signed up for a race, not a damn safari. And knee pads? That won't happen. I mean, if the trail is going to fuck me hard, I'll deal with it without the knee pads.
Anyway, here are some highlights:
NO DOGS - I never see anyone show up with a cat - if you or your crew / pacer cannot be without your dog for one weekend, STAY HOMEThis one is talking about the race headquarters which is in a school gym:
if you have mud on your shoes, remove them or expect to be asked to put on protective booties over your muddy trail shoes.When talking about a particular aid station that is water only:
This is not a road race with a water station every mile, some new to trail ultras apparently don't understand this.After reading the email three times, I finally noticed one of the first lines:
This will be the only email sent out regarding the race in about 2 weeks - Oct 13th weekend.Makes me wonder what I get if I go for 100 miles instead of 100k:
NO CREDIT FOR A SHORTER DISTANCEIn talking about headphone usage:
In the woods, and especially at night, if you need headphones & music to keep you doing, that is your secret and what happens in the woods stays in the woods.