Smithville 8-Hr RULES


Required gear must be carried at all times during the race. Gear checks WILL be completed on the course!

Automatic reasons for disqualification:

  • Not staying within 100 feet of your team
  • Leaving teammate behind
  • Mode of travel not specified for each segment of the race
  • Use of any electronic navigation device
  • Littering on course
  • Non-assistance to person in danger

On the Race Course

  • Each team will visit a series of checkpoints that are described on the clue sheet. You must visit the checkpoints in order (unless otherwise stated by the race director) and using the mode of transportation described.   The team that visits the most checkpoints in the least amount of time will be the winner.
  • Each team will receive a passport (control card).   You will punch the passport at each checkpoint according to the clue sheet instuctions.
  • There will be no penalty for a missed checkpoint.   Teams that miss a checkpoint will automatically be ranked below teams that find more checkpoints.
  • All teams must consist of either 2 or 4 persons.  If a team mate drops on a 4-Person team, the remaining 3 team members may continue on with the race as an unranked team.  If a member of a 2 person team drops from the race, both team members must drop.
  • All original members of each team must check in together at each checkpoint.   All members of each team must remain within 100 feet of each other at all times during the event.  All team members must cross the finish line at the same time.
  • All racers and spectators must follow a "Leave-No-Trace" ethic.
  • No littering of any kind will be allowed.  Any team found littering will be automatically disqualified.
  • Teams must follow race instructions and avoid off-limits areas.
  • Teams must exclusively travel under their own power during the race. Any team using motorized transportation will be disqualified.

Transition Areas

  • Team members will not be allowed to receive support in the transition areas from non-racers.
  • Non-team members are not allowed on the course without approval of the race directors.

Required Gear

  • Required gear must be carried at all times during the race. Gear checks will be performed on the course.  Failure of a gear check results in loss of a Checkpoint (CP). 
  • Each individual team member must wear a race number at all times.
  • Helmets must be worn during all mountain biking legs of the race.
  • All racers must have a red blinking tail light on their bike at all times.
  • All team members must properly wear a Coast Guard Approved Type III Personal Flotation Device at all times while on the water.
  • No GPS navigation equipment will be allowed. Any team found using a GPS navigation device will be automatically disqualified and pulled from the race course.

Race Management

  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age. If you would like to race and you are under the age of 18, you MUST contact us first in order for your team to race.   You will need parental consent.   The parent or guardian must also sign the Release of Liability Waiver before the race.
  • The time recorded by the Bonk Hard Racing staff will be the official time.
  • Grievances shall be given to race HQ in writing within 30 minutes of the completion of the race.
  • Rules may be added or changed at any time before the event.
  • Team members must sign all waivers and be present at the safety and pre-race meetings in order to race.
  • No illegal drugs shall be used during the event.
  • Bonk Hard Racing is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged equipment.
  • Checkpoint penalties can result for failure to stay on the prescribed course, not carrying required gear, not having race numbers visible, not helping a person in danger and unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Additional rules and penalties may be added and announced through the website updates and at the pre-race meeting. 
  • All decisions of the race directors will be final.

The Race Director reserves the right to alter the course before and during the event based on course conditions and/or flow of the teams along the course during the event.

Any team found purposely cheating will be banned from all Bonk Hard Racing events for a minimum of 12 months.

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