You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power.
Trekking poles are permitted for all areas of the course.
Performance enhancing drugs are prohibited.
It is not permitted for anyone else to compete under your name or vice versa.
Your bib number must be visible at all times on your front, either on the lower portion of your shirt or your leg. It must be worn over the top of any clothing.
The red flashing light must be attached to the back of your pack and be on during night hours.
The hi-vis vest must be worn over the top of any clothing and pack during night hours.
Any decision made by the Medical Director to withdraw a participant is final.
Timing at the Simpson Desert Ultra is manual.
It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they check in at the completion of each loop and check out at the resumption of the next one with the crew at the timing tent in the Event Hub.
It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure their number is recorded at each check point.
If you withdraw from the event you must sign the withdrawal form at the closest checkpoint. If withdrawing at a checkpoint other than the Event Hub you will be transported to the Event Hub at the next available opportunity.
If you need help on course follow the directions on the back of your race bib.
Participants must render aid to fellow participants who require help. Failure to do so may be deemed unsporting and penalties may apply. When rendering aid take note of the time spent and report the time back to staff at the next checkpoint.
You must stay on the marked course. Short cuts are not permitted and will result in being ineligible for a recorded time.
If you get lost return to the last sighted marker. If you cannot find the last sighted marker follow the instructions on the back of your race bib.
You must carry your own mandatory gear at all times where directed to during the event. Random gear checks will occur. For every item that is missing a 30min time penalty will be added to the overall time of the participant. Where the item can be replaced on course the participant will be permitted to continue and no further time penalties will occur. Where the item cannot be replaced it is up to the discretion of the event safety team as to whether the participant can continue and if so, a further 30min time penalty will occur.
For severe breaches of mandatory gear or failure to comply with requests of event marshals, the runner may be disqualified.
You must obey the directions of checkpoint staff and course marshals at all times.
Cut off times will be enforced at all checkpoints. If you miss a cut off you must withdraw from the event.
Littering is strictly prohibited and any participant verified to have littered will be required to discuss the matter with event staff and disqualification may occur.
All human faeces must be buried a minimum of 15cm in the ground. The Simpson Desert is a pristine environment and SDU takes place on a certified organic property. There is very little in the way of vegetation on course and we ask that where possible bowel movements be restricted to the toilets provided at every check point. Where it is not possible please ensure that waste is buried properly and toilet paper carried out not buried. You are required to carry snap lock bags for this reason.
Dogs may be permitted at the Event Hub with prior permission from event organisers.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on course or at aid stations/Event Hub.
Leave any gates or fences as you find them.
Aid can only be received from support crews within 200m of a designated manned checkpoint and the Event Hub. No aid can be received from support crews outside of these areas.
Support crews must comply with all instructions from event staff and officials. The participant is responsible for the actions or breaches of rules by their support crew and may be penalised for them.
Support crews must obey all road rules and drive within the speed limits. Please ensure that support crew receive sufficient rest and sleep breaks.
Support crews and supporters must not eat any food provided at checkpoints.
Support crew vehicles must have a ‘support crew’ sign on them collected from event organisers.
Support crews are not allowed to collect withdrawing participants from anywhere other than a manned checkpoint. Any participant withdrawing from an unmanned checkpoint or along the course will be collected by event crew.
The event organisers are not responsible for the safety or whereabouts of support crew.
Supporters are only permitted to access the Event Hub & checkpoint 1.
Supporters are permitted to walk/run the final 200m with their participant/s into the Event Hub on any loop. They are not permitted to walk/run with them at any other point on the course.
Pacers are not permitted.
The event organiser reserves the right to discourage and/or penalise behaviour deemed unsporting.
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.