1. You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power.
  2. Performance enhancing drugs are prohibited in accordance with The World Anti-Doping Code and the QUARTZ Event Program. Refer to the list of prohibited substances and methods under the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
  3. Any race entrant may be requested to perform a drug test between the time of completing race entry to 15 days after the event. Any testing will be conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.
  4. Any race entrant currently serving a sanction for violating the World Anti-Doping Code will be disqualified from competing in the event.
  5. Any race entrant that was issued with a sanction in the 5 years prior to the upcoming event date for violating the World Anti-Doping Code will be disqualified from competing in the event.
  6. It is not permitted for someone else to compete under your name or for you to compete under someone else’s name. This will result in banning both parties from competing in the event in future years.
  7. Trekking poles are not permitted to be used in Leg 1 of the course due to creating a dangerous tripping hazard.
  8. Trekking poles must be fully collapsible so they can either fit inside your running pack or be strapped to the outside of your running pack when not in use. Trekking poles must not be held in your hands and must not protrude from your running pack or your body at times when their use is not permitted.
  9. Trekking poles are permitted to be used from Checkpoint 1 onwards however they must be used in a safe manner so as not to affect the safety of other runners or tourists on trails.
  10. Your race number must be visible at all times on the outside of your clothing and on the front of your body over your belly or chest. It must not be worn on your pants or leg. Do not cover over your race number with any backpack strap or article of clothing such as thermal top, waterproof jacket (including see-through jackets) or high-visibility safety vest. Refer to Race Number Wearing Instructions.
  11. You must not fold, cut or change your race number in any way. It must be worn as is, unfolded.
  12. Your bag timing tag must be attached securely to the back of your running backpack. If you change backpacks during the event you must re-attach the bag tag to your new backpack. Refer to Instructions for Attaching Bag Timing Tag
  13. You must start in the start group that appears on your race number. You may also start in a later start group. You must not start in an earlier start group. If you start in an earlier start group than that specified on your race number you will automatically be disqualified. If you start in a later start group you will not be disqualified.
  14. The wearing of iPods or other music players with headphones is not allowed at all on Leg 1. This is both for road safety and so you don't hold up faster runners on the single track of Leg 1. Also you must switch off music at all checkpoints so you can hear directions given to you by event marshals, you must switch off music when travelling on all public roads so you can hear approaching traffic and you must switch off music when on any cliff sections of the course such as near Tarros Ladders area and Ironpot Ridge area so you don't cause yourself or someone else to get pushed off a cliff. So while you may use iPods after Checkpoint 1, it is up to you to use them in a sensible and safe manner so that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
  15. On Giant Stairway at the 60.9km mark, you must stop running 5m before reaching any tourist or other person. You must walk this final 5m and then can start running again as soon as you are completely passed the other person.
  16. If you withdraw from the event, you must sign the withdrawal form at the closest checkpoint (unless assisted from the course by a Medical Team).
  17. If you need First Aid help on the course you must use the phone numbers on your Participant Emergency Instructions Card to contact the Event Safety Team who will arrange to retrieve you. Support crews are not allowed to enter the event course to collect runners.
  18. A High Visibility Safety Vest that complies with Australian Standard AS / NZS 4602:1999 –D/N Class for day and night time wear must be worn over the top of your torso and back pack at the times and locations as specified in the Competitor Briefing document. Your race number must still be visible at all times on the outside of your high-visibility safety vest.
  19. You must stay on the marked course. Short cuts are not permitted. If you get lost, return to the last sighted marking.
  20. You must carry your own Mandatory Gear at all times during the event. Random gear checks will be performed during the event. For the sake of fairness to all runners, a 40 minute time penalty will apply for every item that is missing. For on-course gear checks, this time penalty will be served at the location of the gear check so a runner will not be able to proceed on course until the time penalty is served. During this time, the runner must arrange for the missing item(s) to be replaced or they will not be allowed to continue on course even after the time penalty has been served. For severe breeches of mandatory gear or failure to comply with the requests of event marshals, the runner may be disqualified. Where it is not feasible to serve a time penalty on course, the time penalty will be added to the runner’s overall race time. The breech will also be listed within the results spreadsheet. Take special note of what to do with your fleece top and waterproof pants.
  21. You must obey directions of checkpoint staff or course marshals and withdraw from the race if you miss any time cut-offs at checkpoints or on course.
  22. Littering is prohibited.
  23. You must not leave human faeces on the track. If you need to poo either use a toilet, a wag bag or get well off the track and use leave no trace principles.
  24. You must not take dogs into National Parks.
  25. You must not smoke in the National Park
  26. You must obey any information signs such as track closures, etc.
  27. In training you must stay out of any out of bounds areas as shown on the course maps.
  28. Leave gates as you find them. If closed, you may open a gate to pass through but it is your responsibility to close the gate after you.
  29. The participant is responsible for the actions of their support crew. Support crews must comply with all instructions from event staff and officials. The participant may be penalised or disqualified for actions or breaches of the rules by their support crew.
  30. Support crews must obey all road rules and drive within the speed limits. Please ensure that support crew get sufficient rest and are not tired when driving.
  31. Support crews must follow the instructions of all checkpoint staff, road marshals and road traffic controllers.
  32. Support crews must not eat the provided food at checkpoints. The food is for the competitors only.
  33. Outside assistance is only permitted at Checkpoints 3, 4 and 5. You must not receive outside assistance at any other points on the course. Assistance from event staff is fine.
  34. Support crews are only permitted at the Start, Scenic World boardwalks accessible only via Scenic Railway, Checkpoint 3, Checkpoint 4, the 69.2km Water Point at Fairmont Resort, Checkpoint 5 and the Finish. Support crews MUST NOT even attempt to drive, bike ride or walk to the top of The Golden Stairs, Checkpoint 1 or Checkpoint 2.
  35. Support crews and non-race participants are not permitted to run with or pace runners.
  36. Pacers are not permitted.
  37. Support crews are not allowed to enter the event course to collect runners.
  38. Support crews are limited to one vehicle per participant at Checkpoints 3, 4 and 5.
  39. Runners will be given one support crew car sticker with their runner's bib number. To be allowed into the checkpoint parking areas, this sticker must be stuck to the outside of the support vehicle's front windscreen at the top and middle of the windscreen or top left hand side of the windscreen beyond the reach of the windscreen wipers.
  40. The event organisers are not responsible for the safety or whereabouts of support crew.
  41. The event organisers reserve the right to discourage and/or penalise behaviour that is considered unsporting.
  42. Breaking any of the rules may incur a time penalty, disqualification or pre-race withdrawal. Any such penalties are at the organisers’ discretion and are final.