Please read this section very carefully. Any violations of the following rules and regulations can result in disqualification or a time penalty. Serious offenses may result in banning participation in future races in the series indefinitely.
Such decisions are made at the discretion of the Golden 100 Organizing Committee (GOC) and shall be deemed final.
- All runners should:
- understand the details of the race course, checkpoints and refreshments, and weather on race day. As the race course is considered to be tough and demanding, in case of emergency, response could take longer than usual in certain remote locations;
- engage in proper training prior to the race;
- be able to finish the course solely with their own effort.
- This is a semi-sufficiency race. Runners are required to have mandatory gear with them during the race.
- Runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.
- Runners must stay on the marked race course at all times. Shortcuts are strictly prohibited.
- Runners must complete the entire course and pass through checkpoints in sequence at their own effort. Pacers or supporter runners are strictly prohibited unless pre-race approval was granted by the event organizer. Carrying, or pulling by other runners or members of the public is not allowed.
- Runners who departed from the race course must return to the point of departure before resuming the race.
- Runners are not allowed to place any items along the course. Race staff (such as Race Marshals, Emergency Crews, and Volunteers) will remove such items from the course.
- 2 race bibs will be provided to each runner. They must be entirely visible at all times on the outside of clothing at the front and back of the body. Do not fold the race bibs.
- Do not litter.
- The use of performance-enhancing drugs or blood doping is forbidden. Golden 100 Organizing Committee reserves the right to disqualify a runner/finisher based on competent evidence of such use.
- The event organizer has purchased public liability insurance. However, it does not cover the accidents of runners and support teams. The event organizer strongly suggests runners consider personal accident insurance if needed. The Race Organiser shall not be held responsible for the runners who voluntarily leave the race course.
- The race organizer has engaged official photographers and videographers to capture images during the race. Upon registration, runners have agreed to let the race organizer use these images for future marketing purposes.
RACE SWITCHING AFTER START (100MILES RUNERS ONLY)
- 100MILES runners may choose to switch to the 100 KM race at the Lead Mine Pass checkpoint after start, but not vice versa.
- If runners decide to switch races, please inform race staff at Lead Mind Pass. Race staff will provide instructions accordingly.
- Upon switching races, runners will not be eligible for any podium prizes. They will be recognized as the official finishers of the 100KM race with overall rankings, providing that they could finish within the cutoffs of the 100KM race from Lead Mine Pass.
- Finishers will be eligible for 5 ITRA points.
- 100Miles runners must arrive at CP7 (Lead Mine Pass) before 2/12 20:00 to continue their race. Runners arriving after the cutoff time will be forced to switch to the 100KM race.
- 100Miles runners are required to inform the staff at CP7 if they wish to switch to the 100KM race before the cutoff. (2/12 20:00)
- Runners who cannot meet the 100KM cutoff times at CP1 to CP6 will be forced to withdraw from the race.
- Checkpoints will be closed at designated cutoff times and records will be based on runners’ time to leave the checkpoint. Runners must leave checkpoints before the cutoff to continue the race.
- Unless under special circumstances, runners who arrive at the checkpoint after the cutoff time will be considered as retirement from the race.
- Runners are allowed to return to the previous checkpoints before the cutoff time. Please notify the race staff accordingly. Only the initial crossing of the checkpoint will be counted. Runners who stay at the checkpoint after the cutoff time will be considered as retirement from the race.
- Runners who cross the finish line after the cutoff time will not be considered official finishers
It is the runners’ own responsibility to ensure they are properly equipped at all times during the race. There will be mandatory gear checks along the course. Runners who fail to show proper gears will not be able to proceed until the missing item(s) has been replaced. Breaching of the rules could result in a time penalty or even disqualification.
- Each runner must carry the following items during the race:
- A mobile phone with reception in Hong Kong and with sufficient power during the entire race (including at the finish point)
- Two headlamps/torches (with batteries) and additional replacement batteries
- Waterproof and breathable jacket with fully taped waterproof seams and hood
- At least 1 liter of water or sports drinks (water bladder or water bottles) at the start line and upon leaving each checkpoint with refreshment post.
- Energy Bars/food (min. 300 kcal)
- Cup and utensils (no disposable cup or utensils will be provided)
- A whistle
- An emergency blanket or equivalent (minimum size of 130cm x 200cm)
- A personal rubbish bag
- Flashing light (provided in runner’s pack)
- Cash (min HK$100)
- Race number bib and race timing device (e.g. timing chip)
- Anti-chafing cream / White petroleum jelly
- Trekking poles
- Spare socks
- Warm clothing
- Power bank
- Octopus card
- Race course map
- Adhesive elastic tape/band (minimum 80cm x 3cm)
- First-aid Kit
Runners can choose to leave Support Bags at the designated checkpoint(s) and Luggage Bags at the Finish. Runners are advised not to leave any valuable items in the drop bags. The Race Organizer shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to any items in the bags or luggage.
- Runners are required to use the plastic bags provided by the event organizer as Support Bags and Finish Luggage Bags.
- All drop bags must be dropped off at the designated area. Please follow the instructions of the race staff. The largest acceptable size is 60L backpack.
- Event organizer will deliver the Support Bags and Luggage Bags to the designated checkpoints and to the Finish respectively. All bags and leftovers at the checkpoints will be recycled or disposed of.
- Runners or their representative can retrieve their own drop bags upon presenting race bibs. After the race, the unclaimed drop bags or luggage will be disposed of or donated to charity.
REFRESHMENTS AND OUTSIDE SUPPORT
- Food and drinks will be provided at the checkpoints. Runners can enjoy the food and drinks at the checkpoints or bring them along to the course. Please do not waste food and do not litter.
- Runners should bring their own hydration systems to refill at refreshment posts/support posts. A full list of food and drinks to be provided will be released prior to the race.
- Outside support is allowed within the designated support zone at the checkpoints. Locations will be released in due course.
- No car park space will be available at the start, checkpoints, and support points. Runners and supporters are encouraged to rely entirely on public transportation.
- The food and drinks at the refreshment posts and water posts will be provided to the runners but not their supporters. Supporters please follow the instructions of the race staff.
- Event organizers should not be held responsible for the safety of supporters.
- Runners can purchase food and supplies from shops along the course.
RETIRE FROM RACE
- If a runner decides to retire from the race, the runner must notify race staff and follow their instructions. Once retired, runners will not be allowed to return to the race. Race bib, however, would be needed to retrieve drop bags.
- Except for injury or sickness, runners should retire only at checkpoints. Runners will be able to rest at the checkpoints and arrange their own transportation. Most checkpoints are accessible by public transportation within a short distance.
- If a runner needs to retire due to injury or sickness and requires assistance, please notify the nearby race staff or call Event Centre as soon as possible and follow instructions from race staff. Please understand that assistance could take longer in remote areas.
EMERGENCY DURING THE RACE
The event organizer will prepare and arrange for rescue and medical assistance during the race. However, each runner must understand that there are risks in trail running that could cause injuries and/or accidents. runners must take their own responsibility and participate at their own risk. In case of emergency, please notify the Event Centre (telephone number can be found on the race bib) or dial the public emergency number “999” for assistance if you are unable to reach a checkpoint.
- Depending on the situation, event organizer will deploy race crews for emergency situations. Runners in need please stay in a safe area while waiting for assistance. Please try to stay on the race course.
- Emergency rescue teams may take a longer time to respond to incidents in remote areas. Please be patient.
- Emergency crews have the authority to stop an injured runner from continuing the race.
- If a runner receives outside emergency assistance, please contact the Event Centre. Runners will have to bear the additional cost incurred by outside emergency assistance, if any.
- During the race, please assist any injured or distressed runner. Simply report to the Event Centre with the emergency telephone number on the race bib. Regarding the extra time used when providing assistance, GOC will make appropriate considerations for the final result.
- The race course is still open to the general public during the race. Please be considerate of other trail or road users, such as hikers and bikers, at all times.
- Pay extra attention when crossing or running on roads and follow the race marshal’s instructions whenever crossing roads. Certain sections of the race course will be on cycling tracks. Runners please use the sidewalk instead.
- Runners are expected to ensure safety when passing another runner. In some sections, runners will be prohibited from passing. Race organizers will announce the sections in due course.
- Please protect nature. Leave no trace along the course.
- Parts of the race course will pass through residential areas. Please do not disturb the neighborhood.
- Please treat race staff and local support with respect at all times.
Below is a list of events that may result in a time penalty (120 min) if observed during the race. If the same event is observed again, the runner will be disqualified. GOC will disqualify any runners involving race misconduct (such as doping, taking shortcuts, removing course marks, etc) and may prohibit such runners from signing up for any future GOC events.
- Taking shortcuts off the trails
- Misplacing race bib or race without a race bib
- Race without a timing chip
- Missing mandatory equipment
- Vandalization (also applicable to supporters)
- Littering (also applicable to supporters)
- Using outside force to proceed (i.e. carrying, pulling, or pushing by other runners or members of the public)
- Running with pacer
- Receiving outside support at any place other than the support zones
- Not abiding by the instructions given by race staff (also applicable to supporters)
- Passing in the “NO-PASSING” area
- Doping and using prohibited drugs
- Cheating (ie. use of transportation, substitute runner, etc.)
- Remove or alter the race course markings deliberately (also applicable to supporters)
- Unlawful actions (also applicable to supporters)
DISPUTE & COMPLAINTS
If a runner would like to lodge any dispute or complaints, please notify the event center or nearby checkpoints within one hour upon the runner’s arrival at the finish. A written record has to be submitted to the organizer, along with any available photos or video clips. Decisions made by GOC will be final and conclusive without appeal.
If the race cannot be started on scheduled dates in the event of natural disasters, typhoons, extreme weather, epidemic outbreaks, turmoil, etc., the event will not be postponed. All race entries will also not be deferred to the next edition. Participants will be eligible for a refund of 75% of entry fees paid.
In the event of natural disasters such as typhoons, hill fires, accidents, or epidemics after the race started, GOC reserves the right to alter the racecourse or even cancel the race. No refunds will be made in such cases.
Cancellation will be announced on the official website, and on the Facebook page.
Golden 100 Organizing Committee reserves the right to change rules and regulations, race course and/or other arrangements without notice. Runners please stay tuned for the latest updates on this website and on the Golden 100 social media.