INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITION RULES
The Competition Rules, and Event Specific Information published on the GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION’S website forms part of your participation agreement. Please read it carefully.
To provide a consistent set of competition rules for all GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION branded races and events. (the “Races” and together with all programs, activities, ceremonies, receptions, and exhibitions authorized by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION in connection with the Races (the “Events”).
Competition Rules are intended to:
- Facilitate fair play, equality, and sportsmanship;
- Support ingenuity and skill without unduly limiting athletes;
- Penalize athletes who gain, or seek to gain, an unfair advantage.
RACE PERSONNEL DEFINITIONS:
- “Event Director or Race Director” is the person appointed by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION to be in charge of the Event;
- “Head Referee” is the person appointed by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION to be in charge of rule enforcement for all Races;
- “Head Timers” are the people appointed by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION to be in charge of timing for the Races;
- “Race Officials” are each person appointed by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION to manage and/or supervise the Event; (This includes all committee members of THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION);
- “Race Referees” are the Head Referee and each person appointed by the Head Referee to enforce rules for the Race.
- “Race Marshalls” are volunteers appointed by the Event Director or Race Officials to assist where required.
- Competition Rules may vary from venue to venue, due to certain sanctioning requirements, laws, local ordinances, and/or Race course surroundings;
- Event-specific Information Guides will provide further guidance to athletes and will specifically address any Competition Rule exceptions (if any) for each Event venue.
COMPETITION HEALTH RISK
All competitive sport involves a real risk of serious injury or even death from various causes including over exertion, equipment failure, dehydration, accidents with other competitors, spectators or road users, course or weather conditions or other courses.
You should not compete in an event unless you have trained appropriately and are in appropriate physical condition. Consult a medical practitioner if you have any doubts. By registering for the events, you accept the risks which necessarily flow from your participation, which could result in personal injury or loss of life.
YOU RELEASE ALL PERSONS or corporations directly or indirectly associated with the conduct of the event from all claims, demands or proceedings arising out of your participation and YOU WILL INDEMNIFY THEM against all liability (whether arising from their negligence or others) for any injury, loss or damage arising out of or connected with your participation in the event. Without limiting the above this release and indemnity extends to THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE & COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION INC., the owner or lessee of any land upon which the event takes place and any employee, officer, committee member, or contractor of any of any of those persons or transitions and any volunteer associated with the event.
All age-group athletes must participate and compete in the age-group division corresponding to the athlete’s age as at the date of the Event.
For participants under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian is responsible for reading and understanding these competition rules on the participants behalf.
- Prize Money is only available for registered participants who, at the start of the Race, are members in good standing of THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION, and have paid in full the entry fee required for that race.
- When prize money is available for any Event, no restrictive rules or conditions that have the effect of impeding performance may be placed upon any one category of participants unless such rules or conditions are imposed equally upon all those Participants who are eligible for prize money;
- Prize money for any Event shall be offered equally between participants males and females in both amount and depth. For each placing where prize money is offered for one gender or age category corresponding and equal place for the other gender offering the same amount of prize money;
PHOTOGRAPHIC / VIDEO CONSENT AND RELEASE:
THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION owns all rights associated with the Events including, without limitation, the rights to organize, exploit (commercially or noncommercially), broadcast and reproduce the Events. THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION’S rights include, but are not limited to, any type of digital media, whether photographic, audio, or video in nature, captured in connection with any Event or venue (including, without limitation, the Race course) and regardless of ownership of the capturing device. All personal data provided by athletes or spectators for each Event and the data produced from the Event (including, without limitation, the Race results) are the exclusive property of THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION.
I do hereby consent and agree to THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION has the right to take or use photographic and/or recorded material of me (and/or my property) to use in print and electronic media, marketing and promotion or for any purpose whatsoever. I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by a descriptive text or commentary. I waive any right, claim or interest I may have to control the use of my identity or likeness in any photograph and recorded material, and agree that any use described herein may be made without compensation.
Partial or full road closures will take place as they become a part of the race/s course. George Street, Moller Street, Mill Street and the old Bruce highway/ Green Patch Road and Moss Road will be affected.
CHECK-IN FOR RACES:
Each race will have specific dates, times and place to check-in to collect your runner’s bib (all events) and singlet (Full and Half Pyramid only). Please see Event specific information pages in relation to the event in which you are participating.
RACE ENTRY FEE:
Each event has an entry fee associated with the event. Please refer to the Event specific information pages in relation to the fees payable prior to competing.
Online registration for all events is available from registration opening date (to be advised on the website). Online registrations close 11th of August 2019.
Cash only registration will be available from the 12th to 16th of August at the Pyramid Race office situated in the Bryce’s Arcade, Norman Street, Gordonvale. Office open times will be published on the website.
Participation limits may be put in place if numbers escalate to unmanageable numbers for the Curtis Pitt MP Race to the Base, 1800m Juniors Race and the Charity Fun Run.
We are restricted to 200 personnel on the Pyramid at any one time, therefore the Great Pyramid Race and Half Pyramid Race numbers will not exceed 175 entries.
Full or Half Pyramid Race:
Refunds of your paid entry fee will be available if you withdraw from the Full or Half Pyramid Race due to a medical condition (must produce a doctor’s certificate) up to the 31st July. 10% of the entry fee will be deducted for administration costs, to a maximum of $10.
Curtis Pitt MP Race to the Base and 1800m:
Refunds of your paid entry fee will be available if authorised by the Event Director up to the 31st of July. 10% of the entry fee will be deducted for administration costs.
Charity Fun Run:
Refunds not available, however your donation entry fee will be passed on to your chosen charity.
No refunds (for any event) available after 1st August.
CONDUCT OF ATHLETES
Each athlete must:
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times;
- Be responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others;
- Know, understand, and follow all Competition Rules, as stated herein, in the Event-specific Information pages, and at the Event-specific athlete briefings;
- Obey traffic regulations and instructions from Race Officials;
- Treat referees, officials, volunteers, spectators, the public, and other athletes with respect and courtesy;
- Obey laws and local ordinances and avoid any type of demonstration of political, religious, or racial propaganda. Failure to obey laws or local ordinances and/or failure to refrain from demonstration will result in disqualification;
- Avoid the use of abusive language;
- Inform a Race Official promptly after withdrawing from the Race. Failing to do so may result in temporary suspension or permanent expulsion from other Events;
- Compete without receiving assistance from other parties (other than from Race Referees, Race Officials), and other athletes in accordance with the ASSISTANCE Section outlined below. Receiving assistance (other than in accordance with ASSISTANCE Section will result in disqualification;
- Not dispose of trash or equipment on the course (except at aid stations or other designated trash-disposal points). Intentional or careless littering will result in disqualification;
- Not gain or attempt to gain any unfair advantage from any external vehicle or object;
- Not use any device that will distract the athlete from paying full attention to their surroundings. Using a device in a distracting manner will result in disqualification.
- Follow the prescribed course. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course. Athletes must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification. If an athlete must exit the course, he or she shall re-enter the course at the same point of departure before continuing; and
- Avoid indecent exposure and public nudity at all times during an Event. Indecent exposure/public nudity will result in a suspension from all future events organised by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION.
- Assistance provided by Race Referees or Race Officials (including official Event volunteers) is allowed but such assistance is limited to: providing water and medical assistance, and other necessary assistance (as may be approved by the Event Director or Head Referee).
- Athletes competing in the same Race may assist each other with incidental items such as, but not restricted to: water after a water station.
- Athletes may not provide any item of equipment to an athlete competing in the same Race if it results in the donor athlete being unable to continue with his/her own Race. Such equipment includes but is not restricted to: shoes, water hydration pack. The penalty for this will be disqualification of both athletes; and
- Unless otherwise pre-approved by the Event Director or Head Referee, no athlete shall intentionally cause the physical forward progress of another athlete on any part of the course during the Race. The penalty for this will be disqualification.
- Each athlete acknowledges notice of the Anti-Doping Rules (as such term is defined below), and acknowledges that he/she is bound by, confirms he/she shall comply with, and voluntarily consents to all provisions of the Anti-Doping Rules.
- “Anti-Doping Rules” means all anti-doping rules adopted by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION including, without limitation, the World Anti-Doping Code (the “WADA Code”), all associated International Standards, including , without limitation the List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (the “Prohibited List”) as issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”), and all other rules, policies, and/or procedures adopted by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION.
- Each athlete acknowledges that THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION’S Anti-Doping Rules may be amended from time to time and at any time by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION without notice to athlete other than, as the case may be, posting such amendments on THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION’S website.
- Each athlete acknowledges that the WADA Code and International Standards, including WADA’s Prohibited List, may be amended from time to time and at any time by WADA without notice to athlete other than, as the case may be, posting such amendments on WADA’s website;
- Each athlete is personally responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the AntiDoping Rules (including, without limitation, all substances and methods that have been included on the Prohibited List). Certain medications, common beverages, supplements and other “over-the-counter” or otherwise legal products may contain banned substances. Each athlete is fully responsible for knowing what substances are banned in accordance with the Prohibited List and for monitoring his/her own compliance with the Anti-Doping Rules;
- Each athlete is required to inform applicable third parties (e.g, including, without limitation, medical personnel and athlete support personnel) of athlete’s obligations under the Anti-Doping Rules (including, without limitation,
- Restrictions against the use of prohibited substances and prohibited methods and it is the athlete’s responsibility to make sure that any medical treatment received does not violate the Anti-Doping Rules); and
- Any athlete using or intending to use a prohibited substance or prohibited method, for a legitimate medical reason, must seek a Therapeutic Use Exemption (“TUE”) from their National Anti-Doping Organization (“NADO”) or Regional Anti-Doping Organization (“RADO“) as applicable in accordance with the policies and procedures of the applicable NADO and RADO organizations and the Anti-Doping Rules.
- Athletes must meet all requirements of the Event’s sanctioning body (e.g., including but not limited to the sanctioning bodies’ licensing and/or insurance requirements). Licensing and/or insurance requirements will be stated in the Event-specific Information Pages;
- Athletes under suspension by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION are not allowed to compete in any Event;
- An athlete’s racing age is determined by their age on the Event date;
- Minimum racing age will be stated in the Event-specific Information Pages;
- An athlete who competes in a category different from his/her age will be disqualified from the Event(s) in which he/she participated in. Any awards, prizes, and/or points will be revoked;
- Any athlete that commits fraud by entering any Event under an assumed name or age, falsifying an affidavit or giving false information will be disqualified and risk suspension or expulsion from other Events;
RACE FINISH, TIMING, AND RESULTS
- An athlete will be judged as finished the moment any part of his/her torso crosses a vertical line extending from the leading edge of the finish line;
- A Race will be won by the athlete who has the shortest time from the applicable start signal to the moment when the athlete finishes the Race;
- The Head Referee, in consultation with the Head Timer, will use all resources reasonably available to decide the final position of every athlete. Information from technology may be used to assist in the decision-making process. The Head Referee or Head Timer may decide, based on the available evidence, that a Race is tied if there is no reasonable way of clearly determining which athlete crossed the line first. Results of tied athletes will be sorted according to Race bib numbers, provided, however, athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation (e.g., where no effort is made by either athlete to separate the athlete’s finish time from the finish time of the other athlete) will be disqualified;
- Results will be official once the Head Referee confirms them. Incomplete results can be declared official at any time.
- Results will include athletes who do not finish the Race (“DNF”), and those who are disqualified (“DSQ”).
- Each event has a specific time limit in which the athlete must complete the course. This is due to having consecutive races using the course, also ensuring the safety of the race officials who assist on the course. Athletes must ensure they are able to complete the race under the specified time limit. If an athlete has failed to return to the finish line within the time limit that will be classed as withdrawn from the race. Any athletes remaining on the race course at the time of the next race starting, must move off the track and give right of way to athletes in the race in progress.
- Failure to comply with any of the Competition Rules may result in an athlete being disqualified from the event, suspension from multiple events, or expulsion for life from all Events;
- Race Referees will notify athletes of a rule violation with a verbal directive.
- A suspension or an expulsion will occur for serious violations of the Competition Rules (the severity of Competition Rule violations shall be determined by the Head Referee, in their sole and absolute discretion);
- The most common rule violations and penalties are set forth in Appendix A; and
- In any circumstance where a Race Referee deems an unfair advantage has been gained by an athlete, or if a Race Referee determines that an athlete has intentionally or recklessly created a dangerous situation, such Race Referee may, at the Race Referee’s discretion, assess penalties to disqualify athletes (even if such violations by the athlete are not expressly set forth in the Competition Rules).
- Disqualified athletes will not be eligible for age-group awards including, without limitation, to THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION other events. Neither timing splits nor Race results will be listed for disqualified athletes.
- A suspension may be issued for fraudulent conduct or certain rule violations including, but not limited to, illegal transfer of entries, repeated rule violations, intentional course cutting, or dangerous or unsportsmanlike conduct;
- Suspensions will be assessed by the Head Referee based on information submitted by the Race Officials;
- Suspended athletes will be prohibited from competing in any Event and any other event affiliated with THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION during the suspension period;
- Suspended athletes will be notified, in writing, by the Head Referee.
- A list of common rule violations that may result in a suspension are set forth in Appendix A.
- An athlete may be expelled for life from competing in any Events or any other GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION affiliated events if the athlete repeatedly violates the Competition Rules, is repeatedly disqualified from Events, or if the athlete is repeatedly suspended from Events;
- Expelled athletes will be notified, in writing, by the Head Referee;
- Expulsions issued for Anti-Doping Rule violations will be dealt with in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules.
RIGHT OF PROTEST OR APPEAL
- The athlete’s right to protest or appeal, if any, will be governed and handled by the Event’s sanctioning body.
- No protest may be filed with respect to matters which were observed by or previously ruled upon by a Race Referee. No person may file a protest which requires a judgment call. A “judgment call,” as used in these Competition Rules, means the resolution of a dispute involving one or more material facts that cannot be determined with certainty solely through the production of tangible physical evidence. The term “judgment call” shall include but shall not be limited to a resolution of:
- allegations of blocking, obstruction, or interference; or
- allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct.
- Appeals by athletes penalized for judgment calls will not be considered.
Following any suspension period, the suspended athlete must request, in writing to the Head Referee, and receive THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION’S approval prior to resuming participation in any Event.
GENERAL RUN CONDUCT
- Athletes may run, walk, or crawl;
- It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to know and follow the prescribed running course. No adjustments in times or results will be made, for any reason whatsoever, for athletes who fail to follow the proper course (e.g., if the athlete runs in the wrong direction or runs more than necessary, time will not be subtracted from the athlete’s final Race time);
- All athletes must obey all traffic laws while on the running course unless otherwise specifically directed by a Race Referee or Race Official with actual authority. Unless otherwise directed in accordance with the preceding sentence, all athletes must come to a complete stop when required by a traffic sign or traffic control device and must not proceed through any intersection unless such intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. Any violation of this Section will result in a time penalty or disqualification (depending upon severity of the violation);
- Running with a bare torso is prohibited. Athletes must wear THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR SINGLET (for the Full and Half pyramid races), or a shirt, jersey, or sport top/sports bra at all times during the Curtis Pitt MP Race to the Base or 1800m Races; Runners will be disqualified if not remedied promptly)
- Any item that needs to be discarded, including but not limited to water bottles, gel wrappers, bar wrappers, or clothing items, may be discarded only in the designated trash drop zones at each aid station (not including water stations on the Pyramid itself). Discarding any item outside of the trash drop zones is prohibited. Please note: due to the local laws and ordinances at select Event venues, intentional littering will result in disqualification.
- Athletes must wear their GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION issued bib number in front of the athlete’s person and the bib must be clearly visible at all times on the run course. Bib numbers identify the official athletes in the Race. Folding, cutting the bib number, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear bib number is prohibited and may result in disqualification.
- Run course cut-off times will be stated in the Event-specific Information Pages.
- Athletes must wear a hydration backpack at all times during the Full and Half Pyramid Races. NO bottle belt hydration packs will be accepted. Athletes must be self sufficient for water for the duration of the race. Water stops are available at sections along the course, however these are to be used for emergencies only. The Curtis Pitt MP Race to the Base and 1800m runners are not required to use a hydration backpack, but may do so if desired. Charity event participants are advised to carry their own water.
- Headsets or headphones are prohibited during the run segment of the Race. DSQ if not remedied promptly.
- Athletes may not use communication devices of any type, including but not limited to two-way radios, cell phones, smart watches, in any distractive manner during the Race. A “distractive manner” includes but is not limited to making and receiving phone calls, sending and receiving text messages, playing music, using social media, and taking photographs. Using a communication device in a distractive manner during the Race will result in disqualification.
- Cameras, phone cameras, and video cameras are prohibited unless permission is given by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION. If such permission is given by THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION, it is the athlete’s responsibility to notify the Head Referee of such permission prior to the start of the Race. Athletes seen with an unauthorized camera, phone camera, or video camera will be disqualified.
FINISH LINE CONDUCT
Friends, family members, and/or other spectators are not permitted to cross the finish line or enter the finish chute with participating athletes. (Please note: THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION desires for each athlete to be able to celebrate his/her accomplishment without risking the safety of other Event participants, volunteers, and/or spectators). Athletes who choose not to respect the foregoing finish line policy will be disqualified.
POWERS OF THE HEAD REFEREE
The Head Referee has the power to:
- To interpret and enforce the Competition Rules and any other regulations or policies of THE GREAT PYRAMID RACE AND COUNTRY FAIR ASSOCIATION;
- To supervise and control the general conduct of all athletes, and to intervene during the Race at any stage to ensure that the Competition Rules are observed;
- To enforce the Competition Rules and impose penalties for violations of the Competition Rules;
- To make decisions with respect to any Race-related situation before, during, and/or after the Race (including situations not specifically covered in the Competition Rules);
- To instruct, direct, assign duties to, and delegate authority to all other Race Referees;
- To overrule any Judge, Marshal, or other Race Official on any point of interpretation of the Competition Rules;
- To examine the equipment or other items of any athlete at any time to check compliance with the Competition Rules, and to make the final and binding decision as to whether any equipment or other item is improper or unauthorized; and
- To establish all aspects of protest procedures (including the time and place of hearing), to impose sanctions for noncompliance with established procedures, and to assess penalties in accordance with the resolution of any protests.
Race Referees will follow all instructions of the Head Referee. Race Referees shall have jurisdiction over all persons in their respective areas of assignment and shall enforce these Competitive Rules by reporting violations to the Head Referee.
The Head Timer is responsible for collecting and processing all data relevant to the calculation and determination of official Race results.
Common Competition Rule Violations and Penalties
The following is a summary of the most common Competition Rule violations and penalties and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations and penalties (“Summary”). In any instance where this Summary is inconsistent with or otherwise contradicts the Competition Rules set forth in Event Specific Athlete Information The Head Referee will decide which violation shall be governed. Each athlete is responsible for knowing and understanding all Competition Rules (including without limitation any additional rules set forth in the Event-specific Information Pages).
|*SUMMARY OF GENERAL COMPETITION RULES||PENALTIES|
|Public nudity or indecent exposure||Disqualification and potential suspension|
|Littering outside of the trash/rubbish drop zones||Disqualification|
|Using unsportsmanlike behaviour||Disqualification and potential suspension|
|Failure to follow the prescribed course||Disqualification|
|Failure to wear a hydration backpack for the entire race Full and Half Pyramid Races||Disqualification if not remedied promptly|
|Failure to wear the race SINGLET provided for the entire race for the Full and Half Pyramid Race||Disqualification if not remedied promptly|
|Failure to wear a shirt or sport top during the Curtis Pitt MP Race to the Base or 1800m races||Disqualification if not remedied promptly|
|Failure to wear runner’s bib at all times during the races||Disqualification if not remedied promptly|
|Accepting assistance from anyone other than Race Referees, Race Officials or other Race participants in accordance with the Competition Rules||Disqualification|
|Fraud by entering under an assumed name or age, falsifying an affidavit, or giving false information||Disqualification and potential suspension|
|Use of communication devices of any type, including but not limited to two-way radios, cell phones, smart watches, in any distractive manner, during the Race.||Disqualification and potential suspension|
|Use of any device that will distract the athlete from paying full attention to their surroundings, including but not limited to making and receiving phone calls, sending and receiving text messages, using social media, taking photographs.||Disqualification and potential suspension|
|SUMMARY OF RUN RULES||PENALTIES|
|Wearing headsets or headphones during competition||Disqualification if not remedied promptly and potential suspension|
|Crossing the finish line with a non-participating individual||Disqualification if not remedied promptly and potential suspension|
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