Rules & Policies

Official Yamacraw Race Rules & Policies

The purpose of these rules is to ensure the run’s integrity as well as for the safety of all those involved. Violations of any rules or directives may be grounds for disqualification.

  1. No Whining - PERIOD
  2. RD has final decision making authority on any question that may arise during the race.
  3. Cup Free - All Yamacraw trail races are cup-free races. Each runner is responsible for bringing their own reusable cup or water bottle.
  4. No unofficial runners - All runners must be registered and sign a waiver.
  5. No Crewing - Crewing runners is not permitted in any Yamacraw event. Runners can only receive aid at aid stations from Yamacraw volunteers and staff. No aid can be received outside of aid stations.
  6. Bibs - Each runner’s official run bib number must be worn prominently on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
  7. Staying on Course. Runners must follow the marked trails at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing. Cutting switchbacks is not allowed.
  8. Dropping Out - Any runner wishing to drop from the race must inform the nearest aid station captain. AGAIN....DO NOT LEAVE THE COURSE WITHOUT NOTIFYING A RACE VOLUNTEER OR STAFF MEMBER THAT YOU ARE WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE. We don't want to send out search and rescue to look for you and find out hours later you are back home or your hotel room. This may lead to a permanent ban from future events. 
  9. No external speakers. Headphones are permitted but it is is recommended that you either use only one earbud or something like jawbone conduction which allows you to stay aware of your surroundings.
  10. Discourage the use of headphones - Headphones can lead runners to be distracted during a race and we encourage you to run without them. If you need to run with headphones, utilizing only one earbud at a time is permitted. Using both earbuds at a time is strictly prohibited.
  11. Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. Runners must be checked OUT of the aid station BEFORE the cut-off time.
  12. Littering of any kind is prohibited. Please respect the trails and the right of everyone to enjoy them.
  13. Sportsmanship. Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship towards other participants, volunteers, or any race staff.
  14. Crewing/Pacing. There will be NO crewing/pacing of runners permitted during either race. Runners can only receive aid at aid stations from Yamacraw volunteers and staff.  No aid can be received outside of aid stations.
  15. No pets of any kind are allowed - We do not allow pets of any kind at our events. This is a part of our permit with the NPS.

*Failure to adhere to any of the rules listed above can result in a time penalty, disqualification, or even a ban from future Ultranaut Running events.

For specific registration policies such as refunds, transfers, distance changes, and deferrals, see the refund policy menu in the navigation menu above.

Drop Bag Policies

Each race distance will be permitted one drop bag on the course at Blue Heron which is the finish for all three events and also an aid station at mile 32 for the 40M and aid station at mile 6.1 for the 20K.

**We will transport the 40M drop bags to the finish but 20K and 10K runners should take their drops bags with them on the shuttle ride to the start.

  • Clearly label all drop bags with Name, Bib# (Example: Joe Miller, #25).
  • DO NOT USE BLACK GARBAGE BAGS for drop bags. These can be mistaken for waste. Use White or Clear Garbage Bags if using garbage bags and be sure they are clearly marked.
  • NO larger than 10″wide X 8″tall X 20″ long and less than 20 pounds. (We reserve the right to refuse any drop bag due to size or weight.)
  • Make sure drop bags are made of a durable material, no paper or cardboard containers.
  • You are limited to one drop bag to be used at the Blue Heron aid station.
  • NO ICE CHESTS OR COOLERS.
  • DO NOT leave perishable items or glass bottles in your drop bags.
  • All Drop Bags and contents are the responsibility of the runner. Do not leave valuables in your drop bags. Volunteers and Race Officials are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • After you finish you should take our drop bag back with you on the shuttle return to the Heritage Hall.
  • If you DNF during the race and you can't come to Blue Heron to retrieve it, drop bags will be brought back to the Heritage Hall once the race had completed and race staff shuts down the finish area. This could be as late as 9pm.

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