Mandatory gear/visible race# must be carried during race unless otherwise specified. Violation of this rule may result in DQ or penalty.. Certain checkpoints may have mandatory cut-off times. Teams who miss mandatory cut-off times or checkpoints will not receive an official finish. Teams that voluntarily skip a section of the race (that is not mandatory) will still be ranked, but behind teams who finish all or more of the course as outlined for the event. Team members must be within 100 ft of each other while on the course unless instructed differently. 1st violations of this rule will result in a 1 hr penalty, 2nd violation will result in DQ. Teams can get checkpoints in any order unless further specified. Follow all instructions and avoid off limit areas. Violations of this rule will result in a 1 hr (or as otherwise stated) penalty for each offense. Respect the environment. No littering. Carry out what you carry in. Violations of this rule will result in disqualification. Respect the volunteers. Any unsportsmanlike conduct toward volunteers will result in disqualification. Race Director’s discretion. Outside assistance is not allowed except in specified transition areas. Violations of this rule will result in disqualification. If a racer has a major medical issue, other teams are REQUIRED to aid assistance. Checking a teammate out of the race early must be done at a manned checkpoint. Leaving a teammate on the course will result in DQ. Continuing on the course after checking out a teammate at a manned checkpoint will result in an official time. Kayaks and canoes are not to be dragged on the ground (unless okayed by race staff). Violations of this rule will result in DQ. Each team will receive a passport. Punch the card at each checkpoint coordinating with the number on the checkpoint marker flag. Losing a passport will result in penalties up to checkpoint in which a new one is requested. No GPS unit or cell phone useage is permitted during any portion of the race. Violations of this rule will result in disqualification. Each team is responsible for their own nutritional/fluid needs during the race. The race organizers reserve the right to assess time penalties, bonuses, or disqualifications. Race organizers reserve the right to decide whether a person or team may continue for health, safety or other reasons. Race organizers reserve the right to change the rules or the course at any time, based on weather or other acts of nature. Director rulings are final. Teams may be required to show a form of ID at check-in.