Vail Scramble Race Principles
Okay, let’s be honest – there are rules. It’s our desire for you to have a fun and memorable event. Part of making that happen is ensuring that everyone is safe and understands what is expected of them. The Arizona Trail Association has pared it down to these 10 essentials:
- Running is a celebration of life. Be kind to runners, volunteers, and others you encounter along the way.
- Littering is strictly forbidden and is grounds for disqualification. Whatever you start running with needs to end up with you at the finish line. Or toss your wrappers into the trash bins at the aid stations.
- Be aware of other trail users on the Arizona Trail, including hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The trail is open to all, and continued use of this National Scenic Trail is dependent upon others having positive experiences during this event. Always yield the trail to equestrians and be courteous to everyone you encounter along the way.
- No personal music devices are allowed. In the interest of your own safety, you need to be able to hear volunteers, other runners, cars at road/trail crossings, and the sounds of rattlesnakes. Enjoy nature’s sounds while you’re participating in this event. Save the iPod for another time, or listen to your favorite tunes on the way to the start line.
- Follow the marked course at all times. No running cross-country or cutting switchbacks. If you leave the course, you need to find your way back on foot to the point where you left the course and continue from there.
- Slower runners must yield the trail to faster runners. If you need to pass a slower runner, please communicate compassionately that you would like to pass by saying “on your left.” Once the slower runner steps to their right, pass on their left, and say “thank you!”
- If you are injured, proceed to the next aid station (do not run back to the last aid station). If you are unable to continue safely, please ask another participant to communicate your bib # and approximate location to the next aid station. We will send medical professionals to assist you.
- If you are unable to finish you must let a radio communication volunteer know. They are located at all aid stations, road/trail crossings, and at the finish line.
- No dogs are allowed on the trail during the event. We know they’re great to run with, but with so many unpredictable humans around it’s better to have your favorite four-legged running partner just meet you at the finish line (on leash, of course).
- No Refunds. In the unfortunate circumstance where event organizers are forced to cancel due to wildfires or other public safety hazards, refunds or credit toward any other event in the Arizona Trail Endurance Series will be offered to participants.