Rules of the Road
No one likes rules. However, we want everyone to have a fun and safe experience. To accomplish this we have provided some guidelines and a few rules to make sure it is possible.
How it works:
For a team of 12 you will likely be divided into two vehicles that you will provide. Larger vans (12 – 15 passenger) will offer more comfort, while mini-vans will be easier on your wallet. Usually the entire team (both vans – not required) will head to the starting line to watch their first runner begin leg #1. At this point, the vans will split up. Van #1 with the remaining 5 runners drive ahead to exchange #1, drop off runner #2 and wait until runner #1 finishes. When runner #1 finishes, she passes a wristband (aka the proverbial baton) to runner #2 and then climbs into the van. The van now drives to exchange #2 to pick up runner #2 and drop off runner #3. Van #2 will have some time to relax before they are called into action for leg #7.
Runners must be 13 years of age or older, or in Ninth grade to participate in the Tuna Run 200. If a participant is under 18 years of age, there must be a parent or chaperon either on the team or present in the van during the race.
Race numbers must be worn by every runner while he is on the course. Each runner on a team will have the same number. Race numbers will be provided to your team in the race packet.
A Team Wrist Band must be worn at all times throughout the race by the active runner on the course. A wrist band will be provided to your team in the race packet.
HAVE FUN! But, treat everyone like you would like to be treated. Remember that you are running through people’s towns, sometimes in the middle of the night, so enjoy the experience, but always act in a manner in which you can be proud.
We have toiled long and hard to find safe, large and easy to navigate exchange zones. However, some exchange zones are a little smaller than others. Please be sensitive where you park, stop and slow down to ensure safety for the runners (first and foremost) and to not block other vans entering or leaving the exchange zone.
Some exchange zones may be full or not have parking available so please park off the road well beyond the runner exchange zone. Make sure to always be careful when walking around the exchange zones as vans will be pulling in and out.
Vans Following Runners:
We cannot allow vans to follow runners on the course, even at night. As well intentioned as your van-mates are it can cause traffic problems for other teams and those just using the road to get from one place to another. However, it is allowed for the van to drive ahead of the runner a short distance (~.5 – 1 mile) and pull off the road out of traffic to wait and cheer their runner on as they pass.
At every exchange zone we will have race officials. We greatly appreciate you treating them with respect. These officials are volunteers and without them this relay would not be possible. They have the authority to disqualify a team for any team violation or abusive behavior. Please understand that their judgment and decisions are considered final.
This should be a no brainer, but ANY consumption of alcohol during the course of this event will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification of the team if witnessed by any race official. Your safety, and the safety of all the participants is our #1 priority and should be yours too. We promise that Atlantic Beach will provide ample opportunity for a party when the relay is done.
Runners must wear a reflective vest, a head lamp (or flashlight) and two flashing lights (one on the front and one on the back) between the hours of 6:30 pm – 7:30 am. During daylight hours runners must wear a highly visible, bright shirt – bright yellow, bright green, bright orange or bright pink – or reflective vest.
Runners are allowed to wear iPods during the daytime legs (7:30 am – 6:30 pm), but not during the night time legs.
Rotation of Runners:
If you have run a long distance relay before, then this may be a little different. There are no requirements for the rotation of runners other than a runner exchange must happen at each exchange zone (a runner cannot run consecutive legs). This also means that the legs do not have to be divided equally among the team members – one runner can run 1 leg while another runner runs 5 legs. This allows the team to determine the best way for their relay to be run.
Each team will only be permitted two support vans on the course. The course has been chosen very carefully for your enjoyment and safety, however many exchange zones will not accommodate extra vehicles. No RVs are allowed – exchange zones and parts of the course are not able to handle these large vehicles.
We take all of the relay rules and regulations very seriously. In the unlikely event that any rules are broken or abusive behavior is displayed to anyone (a runner, a volunteer, a passerby, anyone) the team will be disqualified.
Now that we have covered all rules we must stress for your team to HAVE FUN! As we promise, it will be a memorable event and you will feel euphoric long after the relay is done.