• Leaving your teammate behind
  • Littering on course
  • Non-assistance to a person in danger
  • Wearing of headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. at any time during the race.
  • Not following race rules


  • Each racer or team must follow the marked course. Any team or racer caught cutting the course short by going off of the marked course will be automatically disqualified (DQ'd) and pulled from the race.
  • Racers on a team must stay within 50 feet of one another at all times during the race. Teams that are separated by more than 50 feet will be DQ'd.
  • All teams must consist of 2 racers. If a team mate drops from the race, the remaining racer may continue on with the race as an unranked team if they wish to do so.
  • All original members of each team must check in together at Transition Areas and manned safety stations. All team members must cross the finish line at the same time.
  • All racers, volunteers, race staff and spectators must follow a "Leave-No-Trace" ethic.
  • No littering of any kind will be allowed. Any team found littering will be automatically DQ'd.
  • Racers must follow all race instructions and avoid off-limits areas.
  • Racers must exclusively travel under their own power during the race. Any team using motorized transportation will be DQ'd and pulled from the race. Teams are forbidden from using race tows of any kind while on foot, bike and / or canoe. Any team caught using a towing apparatus of any sort will be disqualified from the race.
  • No portaging is allowed during the paddling leg of the race. Any team caught portaging their boat will receive a 2-Hour time penalty.


  • Racers are not allowed to receive support in the Transition Areas from any non-racer.
  • Non racers are not allowed on the course or in the Transition Areas without the approval of the race directors. Non racers are allowed at Race Headquarters.
  • All racers must dismount their bikes when approaching the Transition Area (TA) and walk their bikes to their designated area. Race Management will have race staff on the course informing racers of the dismount zone as well as signs.
  • No person shall interfere with another participant's equipment or impede the progress of another participant in any way. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be automatically DQ'd and pulled from the race course.


  • All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the race. Numbers must be attached on the FRONT of the racer and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times while you are on the mountain bike.
  • Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on your mountain bike. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bike.
  • Only mountain bikes are allowed on the course. No cyclocross bikes, road bikes, triathlon bikes, unicycles or tandem bikes are allowed. If you have a question about whether or not your bike is legal to use at the race, please contact us with a link or picture of the bike in question.
  • All racers must properly wear a Coast Guard Approved Type III Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while on the water. (If a team is renting a canoe from Race Management for the race, Type III PFDs and paddles will be provided. All other racers are required to bring their own paddles and PFDs to the race.)
  • SOLO racers are REQUIRED to bring their own kayak or canoe, paddles and PFDs to use during the race. Solo racers (and teams that opt to bring their own canoe) will drop their watercraft and paddling gear near the 8th Street boat ramp before the start of the race. These racers will be required to place the watercraft and paddling gear where the race staff informs them to put them on race day.
  • Teams that choose to rent a canoe from Race Management during the race will have the canoes, paddles and PFDs laid out for them near the start of the paddling leg at the 8th Street boat ramp. You will not be required to transport any of the paddling gear that Race Management provides before or after the race.
  • Teams that choose to rent a canoe from Race Management during the race are still allowed to bring their own personal paddles and / or PFDs with them to use during the race, if they so choose. These racers should store these paddles and / or PFDs with the race staff located at the 8th Street boat ramp before the start of the race.
  • If a team chooses to bring their own canoe to the race, they must also bring their own paddles and PFDs to the race.
  • All solo racers and teams that opt to bring their own watercraft will be required to drive to the Mud Creek boat ramp to pick up their watercraft (and all of their paddling gear) after the race. We will not transport personal watercraft back to Race Headquarters. You will be required to show identification before you will be allowed to take the watercraft. We will have staff at the Mud Creek boat ramp until 1PM on race day.
  • Teams that opt to rent a canoe from Race Management but still use their own paddles and / or PFDs will not be required to travel to the Mud Creek boat ramp to pick up these items after the race. Race management will ensure that these paddles and PFDs are delivered back to Race Headquarters upon completion of the Wakarusa Off-Road Challenge.


  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age in order to participant. Any potential racer that is under this age will need to be accompanied by a legal guardian at racer check-in, and the legal guardian will be required to sign a parental consent waiver release.
  • The time recorded by the Race Management staff will be the official time.
  • Grievances shall be given to race HQ in writing within one hour of the completion of the race.
  • Rules may be added or changed at any time before the event.
  • All racers must sign all waivers and medical forms in order to participate in the race.
  • Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Violators will be automatically disqualifed and removed from the course.
  • No illegal drugs shall be used during the event.
  • Race Management is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged equipment.
  • Race Management reserves the right to alter the course before and during the event based on course conditions and/or flow of the racers along the course.

If required, additional rules and penalties will be added and announced through the website updates or prior to race start. All decisions of Race Management will be final.

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