Rules & Policies

The Basics

Violation of rules 1 and 2 will get you disqualified. If you are observed violating rule 3 (i.e., not having fun) we may withhold your post-race beer.

Pacers are not allowed due to the difficulty of providing adequate aid. C’mon, you can run 50 miles without a pacer!
No trekking poles.

Policies

In creating a fair and inclusive event, we believe it is important to provide policies that are clear, accepted, and understood by all who are participating at the event.

Anti-doping Policy

The Lake Sonoma 50 & 26.2 has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Any athlete who has been determined to have violated anti-doping rules or policies, whether enforced by the IAAF, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), or any other national sports federation is ineligible for entry into the Lake Sonoma 50 or 26.2.

The Lake Sonoma 50 & 26.2 reserves the right to conduct pre- and post-competition testing for any and all performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) listed on the current WADA Prohibited List. Any athlete who refuses to submit to anti-doping controls, if selected for testing, shall be disqualified and subject to a lifetime ban from the Lake Sonoma 50 & 26.2.

Pregnancy Deferral

If you become pregnant after registering, or have just had a baby (and your body isn’t in a place you feel comfortable racing yet), we are happy to defer your entry to the following year. Please just let us know at least 1 week prior to race day, if you’d like to defer.

Transgender and Non-binary Entrant Policy

We are utilizing the policy Western States Endurance Run has created, with a few minor edits to fit our event. *Kudos to WSER for taking the helm and bringing awareness and progression.

A male-to-female transgender entrant can register to compete as a female provided the runner has been undergoing continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race. 

A female-to-male transgender entrant can register to compete as a male provided the runner has been undergoing continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race.

For transgender entrants who have not been undergoing continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race, please register with the gender that was provided at birth. (For the sole purpose of awards and results.)

Non-binary and non-conforming entrants are recognized as such, but we ask for them to include their birth gender during registration for the purpose of awards and results.

Results Challenges

Result challenges may only be made if the participant in question has placed in the top five or is an age group winner. Challenges are only to be shared with the race director, who will privately speak to the participant in question and also a medical official if necessary. The race director will keep all information and conversation confidential, and will handle accordingly with the utmost discretion based on the situation or question at hand. *Any hateful or discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated.

Cancelation Policy

Cancelation – If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us (email) by January 31st. You will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
 
Deferral  – If you need to defer your entry to 2023, please let us know (email) by February 28th. 
 
There will be no deferrals or refunds after February 28th.