Description

The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultrarunning. Each year, 300 runners attempt to finish this hilly race over beautiful Vermont back roads and trails under the 30 hour cutoff point, and a well-trained few finish in under 24 hours. The race proceeds support Vermont Adaptive.

Athletes with Disability (AWD) Division



Athletes with Disability Division

Criteria for entry into the 2017 VT 100 Athletes with Disability (AWD) Category is as follows:
·         AWDs must be able to run the course; tethers may be used for athletes with a visually impairment,  leg prosthetics may be used for amputees.  Crutches, braces, or poles may be used if indicated/necessary, with approval from the RD.   Since the course is a trail through the mountains, it is not suitable for athletes in wheelchairs.
·         AWDs must be able to finish within the 30 hour cutoff.
AWDs will follow the same registration process as the general registration, registering for the distance race they plan to run.  If an AWD requires additional time to register (due to visual impairment), contact the RD for early registration.

Based on IPC impairment descriptions, the VT 100 will recognize two types of AWD based on clearly defined eligible impairments (listed below).  Depending on number of AWDs registered, the VT100 may choose to group all AWDs within one division or recognize each division listed below individually:
·  - Visual Impaired Division: Individuals with vision impacted by an impairment of the eye structure, optical nerves or optical pathways, or the visual cortex, may be granted registration as an AWD but will not be allowed extended time on the course. 

The Vermont 100 uses colored plates (yellow) to mark the course during the day and glow sticks (yellow) to mark the course at night.  AWDs, with assistance from their guide as needed, must be able to follow the course as marked.  Unfortunately, the Vermont 100 is not able make accommodations for athletes with visual impairments by altering the standard course markings.

In general, dogs aren’t allowed at Silver Hill or at other venues associated with the VT100 (aid stations, race course, etc.).  If an athlete with a visual impairment requires a guide dog, please coordinate with the Race Director for permission to have the dog at Silver Hill and the aid stations.  However, dogs will not be allowed on the course.

·  - Mobility Impaired Division: Individuals with permanent physical disabilities that affect their ability to walk/run, may be granted registration as an AWD but will not be allowed extended time on the course:
·         Limb deficiency: total or partial absence of bones or joints as a consequence of trauma (e.g. car accident), illness (e.g. bone cancer) or congenital limb deficiency (e.g. dysmelia). 
·         Leg length difference: Bone shortening in one leg due to congenital deficiency or trauma. 
·         Short stature: Reduced standing height due to abnormal dimensions of bones of upper and lower limbs or trunk, for example due to achondroplasia (dwarfism) or growth hormone dysfunction.
Unfortunately, due to course restrictions and safety concerns, AWDs in wheelchairs and duo teams in hand cycles, push-rim cycles, or racing wheelchairs, cannot safely compete on the trails of the VT 100.  All AWDs must be fully ambulatory, the use of any mechanical device will not be allowed.

AWDs and Guide Rules:
  • AWDs will start with the rest of the athletes for their race (4 a.m. for 100 mile, 9am for 100km).
  • The course time limit is the same for AWDs as for all participants for their race (20 hours for 100km, 30 hours for 100 mile).
  • AWDs may be accompanied by one guide at a time to complete the VT 100.  Accommodations may be made if an AWD requires more than one guide at a time.
  • Guide exchanges will take place at crew-accessible aid stations.  Accommodations may be made for exchanges at other manned aid stations upon request.
  • Athletes are responsible for bringing their own guides to the race.
  • Guides are not official entrants in the VT100 and are not timed, scored, or listed in the official results.  If a guide wants to be officially timed, scored and listed in results, they need to register as a VT100 participant including paying entry fees and qualifying for the event.
  • Guides participate free of charge, but must sign a waiver prior to participation.
  • Athlete and guide are regarded as a team and must be together at all times along the course.
  • Guides must wear a GUIDE bib on the front and back of their outermost layer, kept visible at all times.
  • Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport.
  • Guides cannot pull the athlete, or propel the athlete forward by pushing.
  • Guides cannot mule for the athlete, or run ahead to aid stations to fill water bottles or otherwise unfairly advantage their athlete.
  • Guides must adhere to the same standards as Pacers (see Pacer handbook)
  • Guide may have a drop bag, separate from their athletes drop bag, at aid stations that allow drop bags.
  • Guides are encouraged to attend the pre-race briefing, however it is ultimately the AWD’s responsibility to attend the meeting and inform their crew and guides of all race rules/regulations.
Guide Responsibilities

  • Assure that drop bags (the guides and AWDs) are placed in the correct corral in the staging area, immediately following the race briefing.
  • Work with AWDs to ensure safety of the AWD.  This includes communication between the AWD and guide to stay out of the way (typically running on the side of the trail/road) when being approached from behind by horses, faster runners, or officials on the course in order to avoid collisions.