With this in mind, a fairly basic mandatory gear list is required. While we do not wish to be the "trail police" we may do spot checks in the interests of runner safety and fairness.
There is a long way between checkpoints (average 20 kilometres) and there are very few freshwater streams in between. Runners cannot rely on these and should carry a minimum of 1 litre of water when leaving each checkpoint and up to 2 litres when leaving Johanna. In hot weather the Johanna to Gables section can stretch a runners water supply. In 2013 the unmanned water drop situated at Moonlight Head saw many runners dry when they reached it.
Runners must follow directions from run officials. Checkpoint captains will have the authority to withdraw a runner if they deem the runner unfit to continue or if the runner is outside the cut-off time. Cut-off times are strictly enforced.
All runners must carry the mandatory night gear (light, back-up light and reflective vest) from Johanna Beach Checkpoint and wear their safety vest from: Johanna Beach to Milanesia Beach and the Princetown road section. The reflective vest should be worn at all times from dusk. In short: vest on for all road sections day or night and at all times from dusk.
When running on roads runners must give way to all traffic and follow designated signage, flagging or witches hats on where to cross or run. Where there is marshalling any direction MUST be adhered to.
If you encounter another runner who is sick or injured you are required to render assistance.
A mobile phone must be carried. The emergency number if your network does not have coverage is 112 (this is like dialing 000 but only if there is coverage for another network).
GOW100s has public liability insurance through AURA but this does not cover individual runners in the event they suffer an injury. It is the runners responsibility to have their own accident and ambulance cover. If race organisers think you need an ambulance we will call it regardless of whether you have ambulance cover or not and you will be responsible for any costs.
From WS100 website: Risks Associated With Low Blood Sodium: Low blood sodium concentrations (hyponatremia) in ultramarathon runners have been associated with severe illness requiring hospitalization and several deaths among participants of shorter events. Generally, those individual who are symptomatic with hyponatremia have been overhydrating. Because of the release of stored water when you metabolize glycogen stores, you should expect to lose 3-5% of your body weight during the run to maintain appropriate hydration. It is important to note that hyponatremia may in fact worsen after the Run, as unabsorbed fluid in the stomach can be rapidly absorbed once you stop exercising. Signs and symptoms of hyponatremia may include; bloating, nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, incoordination, dizziness and fatigue (and swollen hands). Hyponatremia may occur with weight gain and weight loss, so weight change is not helpful in making the diagnosis. If left untreated, hyponatremia may progress to seizures, pulmonary and cerebral edema, coma and death. The best way to avoid developing hyponatremia is to not overhydrate. There is no evidence that consuming additional sodium or using electrolyte-containing drinks rather than water is preventative of exercise-induced hyponatremia. If symptoms develop, one needs to assess whether they have been overhydrating. If that is the case, then stop fluid intake until you remove excess fluid through urination. If severe symptoms present, this is a medical emergency. The runner should be treated with intravenous hypertonic saline and transported to a hospital. Since the typical fluid used for intravenous hydration (referred to as normal saline) can exacerbate exercise-associated hyponatremia, we try to avoid such treatment at the Run unless we are certain that the individual is not hyponatremic.
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