Google's team blog for the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage

July 20-21st 2012 Google's 6th year at the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage! This is a two day, 190 mile relay race from the northern tip of Washington in Blaine, through farm country and along the coast, across Deception Pass and finishing at the southern end of Whidbey Island at Langley. This isn't your average team offsite!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ROAD RULES – Top Eight

  1. Each team must have two reflective vests and two flashlights (or headlamps), in addition to two LED tail lights/”butt lights.” These must be presented at the time teams check-in. Jackets and shirts with reflective piping are not reflective enough.
  2. All runners must run on the left side of the road (into traffic) unless directed otherwise.
  3. All runners must have their team number pinned to the front of their shirt. If you are running at night we suggest that you pin your team number to your reflective vest in a way that doesn’t cover reflective material. If you put a sweatshirt or jacket on in the colder hours, make sure to pin the number to the sweatshirt or jacket. The volunteers must be able to identify the runner coming in.
  4. Only one vehicle is allowed to park at each exchange point. Vehicle 1 is allowed at exchange points 1-6; Vehicle 2 is allowed at exchange points 6-12 etc. Both vehicles are allowed at every sixth exchange point (6, 12, 18, 24 and 30).
  5. Runners must run in the same sequence for each segment of the race. For example, if a runner runs leg 3 he must also run leg 15 and leg 27. In the event of an injury any, of the 11 remaining runners can replace the injured runner. You are not allowed to bring in a 13th member of the team to run the remaining legs. If you are a mixed team and a woman is injured, at least 18 of the legs must be run by women.
  6. Vehicles are not allowed to follow racers to illuminate the road for them, or to pace them. Bicycles are not allowed to accompany runners in the daylight hours. Bikes are allowed at night.
  7. Be Respectful. We depend on the cooperation of local communities and ask that you be respectful and help us maintain a good relationship. Any runners who violate this rule (i.e., littering, honking in residential areas at night) will be disqualified and will not be invited back. This is especially important throughout Anacortes, but especially near Exchange 22.
  8. No vehicles longer than 20', motor homes, pulled trailers, buses or limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support (15 Passenger Vans are allowed). If you have doubts about the legality of your vehicle, you must have it checked at the start by the Director.

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