The event is as an ideal entry level 100+ km multi-stage Ultra. It is well supported and fully waymarked meaning you do not need to carry a map like many Ultras. It is a mix of tarmac and some off-road trails and footpaths. Given the part of the world we are in here, you will never be far from shelter or assistance.
You will have 25 hours in total across two days. Saturday starts at 730am and finishes at 830pm. Sunday’s start window opens at 7am and the course closes at 8pm.
Whilst the event is primarily designed as an ultra-run, The ‘Trails can be completed by brisk walkers. It requires an average speed of 3mph (just under 5km per hour) to allow time for refuelling and breaks at Pit Stops. These will be reflected in the cut off points for each Pit Stop.
We operate a campsite with our Beerstalker bar and food hall, with showers at Rochester on Saturday night. This is not included in the entry fee. We have several pre-pitched and glamping options available to book that can be tailored with mattresses, power sockets and heaters. See more details here. We cannot accommodate runners pitching their own tent at our campsite.
Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have. If you have any special dietary requirements then please plan for this and pack your kit accordingly and use the Bag Drop system to ensure you have supplies that suit you. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional for as broad a mix of needs as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegans and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portion bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving.
Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with litter and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier then we find them. If you want to use Sports Rations products in your training and preparation they can be purchased at www.ratracestore.com
Checkpoints are in addition to Pit Stops that act as enhanced marshal points that enable us to check you through or you can alert the marshal if you are in difficulty. Checkpoints are just to grab a quick drink and a handful of sweets. Water is available by the cup and this is NOT the spot to refill bottles or hydration bladders.
We will move a bag for you from the Start to the overnight location in Rochester and then on Day 2, we will move this bag onwards to the Finish line. This bag can be a max of 70 litres and weigh no more than 15kg. This will go directly to the finish on both days.
Please label all bags with the bag tag stickers provided in your race pack.