Are competitors required to finish each stage within a set time limit?

There will be a time limit on each stage in 2019 based on a 5.5-6.5km/h minimum average speed requirement per stage. The checkpoint closing times will be posted the evening before the following day’s stage. If a particular competitor is struggling during a stage, the Race Doctor and Race Director will be called on to make the decision if the runner can stay in or be pulled out. This is safer for the runner due to the high temperatures and sun exposure. If a runner does not reach a CP by the CP closing time, he/she will be picked up and driven to the stage finish. The Race Doctor and Race Director’s decision is based on the personal safety of the runner and support team and their word is final.


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