Safety

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Safety is our primary focus throughout the race event.

  • Staff/volunteers at major street crossings, exchanges and parking lots
  • Staffed medical aid tents at major exchanges
  • Spaceport America emergency response team will create a communications chain with state, city, and county law enforcement officials and first responders.
  • Prior notification of race event to all first responder departments along course
  • Staff and volunteer managers will carry a medical first aid kit
  • Mandatory use of reflective vest, headlamp and blinking LED light by staff, volunteers and participants during evening/early morning hours
  • Signage/volunteers at exchanges to safely guide participants
  • Visible/reflective course markers along route
  • Text number given to all participants as a funnel for emergency calls (call 911 first for emergencies)
  • All teams will be required to have a designated safety manager in each vehicle

In addition, we feature several water, aid, and shade stations along the route.

Our aid stations will have standard snacks for runners, as well as gluten-free options. The runners with GF dietary requirements will receive either a wristband or specialized bib indicating that they have access to our GF food options. This will ensure that there will be GF snack options available to them throughout the race.

As a general rule-of-thumb, we will place a water station along a leg of the course if it is at least 4 miles in distance. Along the course, there may be areas that require extra water stations, particularly areas without team vehicle support.

On legs with minimal or no shade, we may place Shade Stations along the route. These stations will provide shade cover for runners should they require it.

OTHER SAFETY TIPS FOR RUNNERS

We require that all teams follow traffic laws. It is required that runners run against traffic. Running against traffic ensures better visibility for automobiles, cyclists, and runners. Whether they are training for The Pony Express Relay Race or any other race, runners should wear a reflective vest, headlamp, and blinking LED taillight if they are running at night. Listening to music with headphones while running can be dangerous. Runners need to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. We encourage runners who do run to music to listen without any headphones or just use one earpiece. It’s a good idea to carry a cell phone while running and runners should always carry their ID while running. This helps authorities respond quickly if there is an accident. An ID tag which states medical conditions/history is also extremely useful.