Rules

Finish Time

Marathon participants should enter only if they are confident that they can finish the course in seven hours. Traffic control and health and safety volunteers, and race officials, will vacate the course 10 hours after the start. (5:00am to 3:00pm) Anyone who continues to run on the course after 3pm will be doing so at his/her own risk.

Vehicles

Unofficial wheeled vehicles (strollers, bikes, baby joggers, skates, skateboards, rollerblades, etc) are not permitted on the marathon route. Pets are also banned from the marathon route. Those who choose to wear headphones are expected to be aware of changing road/race conditions and fellow runners. Any runner who is felt to be imposing a safety concern to other runners or themselves may be removed from the race at the discretion of the race directors.

Age Requirements

Only validly entered runners may participate. No one under the age of 18 years will be allowed to compete in the Boterekwa Marathon.

Course Marshalls

The race will be staffed and videotaped at several checkpoints to ensure competitors who cross the finish line have done so after completing the entire course.

Race Number

Please make sure your race number is pinned to the front of your shirt/singlet/shorts. Please do not attempt to cross the finish line without a race number clearly visible to finish line personnel.

Sag Wagons

Sag wagons will patrol the course and offer rides to competitors who choose not to continue. Your race bib number will be recorded upon boarding. Any competitor who boards a sag wagon will not be allowed to rejoin the race.

Chip Returns

Race-issued chips are to be removed upon crossing the finish line and placed in a receptacle there for your convenience. Volunteers will be on hand if you need help removing your chip.

Cancellations/Postponements

The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify the Marathon in consideration of extremely adverse weather conditions, or other health or safety factors that pose an imminent.

Drug Testing

Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with NAAZ Regulation and/or IAAF Rule 55. Athletes found positive for a banned substance, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and will lose eligibility for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications may contain banned substances.

The no mobile seconding rule will be very strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The stand and hand rule, whereby a runner's seconds may stand at any point on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while the second remains stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the route. Any transgressions will lead to disqualification.

No athlete may run for a club other than a club registered in the Province in which they are domiciled. No wheelchairs nor any mechanical aids will be permitted. No runner may run with an animal under any circumstances. A participant who has received any assistance whatsoever from any other person may be disqualified by the event. "Assistance" includes without limitation the conveying of advice, information, or direct or indirect help to an athlete by any means, including technical communication devices. It also includes pacing in running or walking events by persons not participating in the event. It does not include participation of an officially designated pacesetter in the race, provided such pacesetters start in the event. A participant who has received any assistance whatsoever from any other person may be disqualified by the event. "Assistance" includes without limitation the conveying of advice, information, or direct or indirect help to an athlete by any means, including technical communication devices. It also includes pacing in running or walking events by persons not participating in the event. It does not include participation of an officially designated pacesetter in the race, provided such pacesetters start in the event.

No persons are authorized to be on the course unless they are registered participants. Therefore, no person shall be allowed to accompany a participant if he or she is not registered in the event, nor shall any participant be allowed, without the permission of the event management, to receive assistance or refreshment from anyone during the progress of the event. Any person not properly displaying an authorized and issued bib number shall be directed to leave the course.

A hands-on medical examination during the progress of an event by officially designated medical personnel shall not be considered assistance and will not result in disqualification if participant is deemed medically fit.

The race is run from 'gun to gun'. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the Final Race Instructions. BM reserves the right to alter these positions. Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time. You must collect your race number and runner's Goodie Bag from the venue you have indicated on your entry form. These items will not be posted to you.

It is important to note the following when collecting your race number package:

The use of video devices, iPods, cell phones, computers, cameras or any similar devices by participants while in the event is prohibited.

Club colors and the Boterekwa Marathon 2012 race numbers must be worn on the front and back of your upper body garment throughout the race. Ladies are reminded to wear their race number on the front and back of their upper body garment and NOT on their running shorts as this will result in disqualification. The sponsored peak, which you will receive in your runner's courtesy bag, is the only permissible branded headgear permitted on race day. Runners must familiarize themselves with and abide by the advertising rules as per the IAAF and National Athletic Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) Rulebooks. (IAAF Rule 143 and advertising regulations). These provisions apply for the duration of the race including warming up, all race ceremonies and official press conference. Under no circumstances may a runner display a political slogan. (IAAF Rule 2(a)).

Organizing Committees of the Marathon shall ensure the safety of athletes and officials. In competitions held under Rules 1.1(a), (b), (c) and (f), the Organizing Committee shall ensure that the roads used for the competition are closed to motorized traffic in all directions.

A hands-on medical examination during the progress of an event by the official medical staff appointed by the Organizing Committee and identified by armbands, vests or similar distinctive apparel shall not be considered assistance.

An athlete shall retire at once from the race if ordered to do so by the Medical Delegate or a member of the official medical staff.

In Road Races, an athlete may leave the road or track with the permission and under the supervision of an official, provided that by going off course he does not lessen the distance to be covered.

If the Referee is satisfied on the report of a Judge or Umpire or otherwise that an athlete has left the marked course thereby shortening the distance to be covered, he shall be disqualified.