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, Marathon, and TS Half Marathon have 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, Marathon or TS Half Marathon.

The Lake Sonoma 50, Marathon, and TS Half Marathon 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, Marathon, and TS Half Marathon.

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. We will ask for their birth gender 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.

Refund/Cancelation Policies

Refunds & Cancelations
– There will be no deferrals (other than pregnancy deferrals), credits, transfers or waitlists for any race distance.
– Runners who must drop out may do so on or before January 8th and will receive a 50% refund*.
– Runners may move down in distance, provided they do so on or before February 15th.

*Race Processing Fee is non-refundable. Refund will be 50% of Race Cost only.

Pregnancy Deferral

If a woman entrant becomes pregnant after registering for the race, we are happy to allow her to defer her entry to either of the next 2 years of the race.

Race Cancelation

If the race cannot be held on the planned date due to conditions out of the race director’s control, the event will be rescheduled at the race director’s discretion. All race entrants will be automatically registered to the new race date. There will be no refunds given.

Travel Insurance

Entrants are encouraged to consider travel insurance as a way to protect their financial interests in the case they cannot attend or travel to the event due to any unforeseen circumstances.