Participant Guide

Performance Rules

The purpose of these rules is to ensure the No’to’mom Endurance Runs’ integrity as a test of individual performance, providing equal conditions for all. The guiding principles of the Performance Rules are as simple as play fair and be safe.

1. Each runner’s official run number must be worn prominently on the front of the body or hat and be easily visible at all times. If the runner is competing in the USATF National Championship, they must wear a back tag indicating their age category. Absence of a back tag may disqualify the runner from being considered for a USATF prize.

2. Runners must follow the marked course at all times.

3. Runners may only accept aid or assistance from their crew or other spectators at crew-accessible aid stations. Runners may not store supplies along the trail.

4. Runners may not be paced by another runner who is not of the same gender and not in the same race. Runners participating in the relay may NOT pace runners who are in an individual race after the first leg. A runner in an individual race may not pace another runner in the same race if they are not on the same lap. This course if very conducive to setting records, so if you think you have a chance at an open or age group record please abide by USATF Rule 144 Assistant to Athletes.

5. Runners must complete the entire course under their own power. No physical or mechanical aids are allowed, including, but not limited to, trekking poles or hiking sticks.

6. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews. Everyone, including crews, must comply with all rules (including all parking, aid, and access instructions) or risk disqualification of their runner.

7. Each runner must cross the timing mat at the start of each lap and at the second aid station at the turnaround. No runners will be allowed to start another lap after 8:00 PM.

8. Medical personnel may evaluate the condition of any runner at any time or place during the race and have complete authority to determine whether the runner may continue in the race. Refusal by the runner to cooperate in any way may result in immediate disqualification.

9. Injection of fluids or drugs (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous) during the event may result in immediate disqualification.

10. Any runner who intends to drop out must notify the nearest aid station captain. This serves as official notice of the runner’s withdrawal from the race.

11. Top runners in the USATF National 100k Road Championship MAY be drug tested, and must comply with the USATF officials collecting samples post race. USATF and the No’to’mom Endurance Runs have zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

12. Littering of any kind is prohibited and threatens our continued use The American River Parkway. Please respect the natural beauty of the Parkway and the right of everyone to enjoy it.

13. Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship.

14. Runners must finish within the 14-hour cutoff time to be included as an official finisher of the race.

15. No headphones allowed. This course is open to the public so you need to be aware of people and bikers that may come up from behind you.

Rule Violation Procedure

Alleging violation of a competition rule is a very serious matter. Any runner determined to have violated a competition rule may be disqualified from the race and/or subject to other penalties, such as disqualification from an age group or other award, a one-year, lifetime, or other ban from the race, or such other penalty or sanction as deemed appropriate under the circumstances by the No’to’mom Endurance Runs Board of Directors.

Protests must be submitted by a registered entrant or race official and lodged in accordance with the following procedure:

  • Whenever possible, protests should be reported as soon as possible to a race official, such as the next available aid station captain; AND
  • All protests must be reported in writing to the Race Director at the finish line by 11:00 p.m. Saturday of the race AND
  • Written protests to the Race Director must include (1) the name and number (if applicable) of the person lodging the complaint, (2) the name and number of the person alleged to have violated a competition rule, and (3) a detailed description of the alleged violation, including where and when it occurred, and to whom the violation was initially reported, if applicable.

The final determination regarding what, if any, penalty or sanction is appropriate shall be within the sole discretion of the No’to’mom Endurance Runs Board of Directors. Both parties shall be given the opportunity to discuss the allegations with the Race Director and the No’to’mom Board of Directors at an agreed upon time and date. In extraordinary circumstances and in its sole discretion, No’to’mom and the USATF may consider protests filed after the Saturday 11:00 p.m. deadline.

The No’to’mom Endurance Runs board will make its final determination after the hearing or defer final determination to a later date. The No’to’mom Endurance Runs board may take any other action, such as withholding the award of a finisher’s award, until such time as it is ready to make its final determination. Failure to appear at the hearing may result in a dismissal of the allegations or a forfeiture of the right to dispute the alleged violation.

Crew Rules

Crews must abide by all rules and directives of the No’to’mom Endurance Runs and all other official race communications, including any final written or oral instructions at the Pre-Run briefing the morning of the race.

1. Crews are allowed at the 2 aid stations on the course – first aid station is the start line, the second aid station is approximately 3 miles from the start, at the run turn around.

2. Crews must comply with all instructions of aid station personnel, including where to meet their runner and requests to remain in certain areas. 

3. Crews must remain within a 50-yard radius of the aid station while attending to their runner.

4. Bicycles are permitted to get to crew-accessible aid stations. However, bicycles may not be used to pace a runner. 

5. No dogs or other pets are allowed at the aid stations or within 50 yards of the finish line.

6. No smoking is allowed at any of the aid stations. 

7. Littering of any kind at any aid station, on the American River Parkway, or at the finish line is strictly prohibited.