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:
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.
- 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.