Please read this very carefully before you decide to stand on the start line.
IMPORTANT: The purpose of ultramarathons is always to run a place and leave it in a better condition than what you found. Racers, crew, and staff must not litter, mar, or pollute the landscape or environment.
1. Clothing: Running in the hot weather is always tough. Select your clothing accordingly. Make sure most of it is white. Sunscreen, long sleeve jerseys/sleeves, desert cap and water bottles/backpacks are strongly recommended.
2. Emergency Food: Rations for at least 4 hours should always be there in the support vehicle (especially in night) and in the case of such rations requiring cooking, the means with which to prepare and cook.
3. Lighting: Though running on state Highway will make sure most sections are well illuminated especially in Agra, Delhi and whereabouts, Head torch (preferably with remote battery pack) with spare batteries is mandatory for every runner.
4. The marathon will start at 4am. Athletes running the 222 km race have 48 hours (2 days) to complete the course. Those racers that have not finished by these times will be evacuated from the course. The timetable for the event doesn’t allow for any extension to the time for the run should there be a delay at the start.
5. Remember, at all times and in all situations, safety is the most important issue. This means safety for racers, crew, and the general public. The roads are not closed for this event and are, in fact, quite busy with tourist and local traffic. Remember that drivers will not expect to encounter a racer or parked vehicle out on the course. Remember we are on public roads. Racers should not cross over the highway more than necessary; crew should cross the highway carefully to bring assistance to their racer.
6. During the race, you’ll cross many villages, towns and districts. The people on the course are friendly and supportive, however, be very careful during the twilight and night hours. For security reasons do not disclose the start/finish/route of the marathon. Definitely, those people are locals and they know the roads far better than you do.
7. Where athletes either through their own choice or through the direction of the Race Director need to be evacuated from the course, the cost of such evacuation must be borne and is the sole responsibility of the racer him or herself. Where such evacuation is via the use of official support vehicles and does not involve any special journey no cost will be incurred. In the case of outside assistance being required then the athlete will be responsible solely for whatever costs are incurred.
8. The race predominately follows an official Highway. State laws dictate that you must stay on the left of the highway and commonsense dictates that you must yield to motorized vehicles. Running must always be single file, on the far left side of the road or off the left side of the road, facing traffic (pacers, too). During night time hours, reflective material must be worn to both your front and rear.
9. Every support vehicle must be well equipped with ice, first aid kit (including band aids, blister care kit, antiseptics, etc.). Every runner must have a minimum of two and not more than four crew members for support or pacing during the entire course. Crew members may not carry an umbrella, shade cover or hydration pack for a runner.
10. All runners and crew members must be a minimum of 21years in age as on June 1st 2013. Runners/ Crew members may not use illegal drugs, stimulants, or dope, as well as alcohol of any kind, during the race.
11. Where athletes decide to sleep between checkpoints, they must bivvy just off the Highway (obvious I guess) and must CLEARLY indicate where they have bivied in order that passing support crew are fully aware of their whereabouts. If the athlete knows prior to departing a stop point that they will be bivying out then please be sensible and advise the support crew accordingly.
12. The Race Director has the right to cancel, shorten or alter the event should circumstances dictate. Such a decision would not be taken lightly but will always be taken with the racers and support crews best intentions in mind.
13. This is a serious race and not to be taken lightly. Athletes experienced in this environment are very welcome as are those new to this nature of extreme event. Please be sure about your fitness and experience before signing up. The road temperature with traffic around is likely to cross 125 degrees during daytime, high enough to cause a heat stroke. In case of dizziness, inform your support crew immediately and look for medical assistance.