TRAVERSE THE ARIZONA HIGH DESERT ON FOOT AND MOUNTAIN BIKE


From the world-famous Meteor Crater at Meteor,
AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon!






  • ACCOMMODATION

    2 nights inclusive lodgings (optional nights available if required).


    MEALS

    Meal provision, including breakfasts, plus pit stop support throughout, plus ‘Pit Stop picnic’ lunches; we also provide dinner when we’re camping on nights 2 and 3.


    GUIDES / GEAR

    Bike rental option (High quality mountain bikes, extra charges apply).


  • TRACKING

    Live satellite tracking and hi-tech navigational aids.


    LOGISTICS

    Overnight bag transfers and in-event bike transfers, support vehicles and riders with mechanical bike assistance, transportation included from Flagstaff to start-line and back from finish-line to Flagstaff (for those who require this service) and all applicable park fees and permits included.


  • MERCH

    A huge gong! High quality medal and t-shirt for all participants.


    SAFETY

    Mountain and trail safety guides and support staff, plus full evacuation planning and medical support throughout .

    Optional airport transfers from Flagstaff International Airport to your hotel prior to the start of this event: For you and your gear + bike if you wish to bring it (extra charges apply).

Traverse the Arizona high desert on foot and mountain bike, linking up some of the absolute icons of the American Southwest on a journey that traces a rough n’ tumble route from the world-famous Meteor Crater at Meteor, AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon – and bagging the high point of the state on the way!

Beginning your journey at the rim of the eponymous asteroid crater at Meteor, AZ you will set out on foot with a hot, dusty and super-scenic trail running blitz through Diablo Canyon, before transitioning to bikes for a classic blast along iconic Route 66. Arriving in Flagstaff at the end of day 1, the action turns on day 2 to a serious assault on the amazing AZ Trail, taking you some 22 blistering miles on foot to summit Humphreys Peak. At 12,637 feet this is the high point of the state and is a serious objective in its own right. On day 3 you’re back on the bikes for a big day in the saddle as you bash your way across 70+ off-road miles of the AZ Trail, reaching journey’s end at the magnificent south rim of the Grand Canyon. Along the way, you’ll experience the real magic of the high desert as well as bearing witness to some of its greatest icons, on a route that takes in the famous, the infamous and the down-right surreal of the great state of Arizona.




APRIL 29 – MAY 3 / 2024


$2500 PLUS TAX AND FEES





Flagstaff, AZ

3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS






START:

Flagstaff, AZ



END:

Flagstaff, AZ





STATS:
115 MILES (BIKE) + 35 MILES (TREK)



DIFFICULTY:




LOCATION


ENDURANCE


TRAVERSE THE ARIZONA HIGH DESERT ON FOOT AND MOUNTAIN BIKE


From the world-famous Meteor Crater at Meteor, AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon!







APRIL 29 – MAY 3 / 2024


$2500 PLUS TAX AND FEES




FLAGSTAFF, AZ


3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS




START


FLAGSTAFF, AZ


END


FLAGSTAFF, AZ

ACCOMMODATION

2 nights inclusive lodgings (optional nights available if required).


MEALS

Meal provision, including breakfasts, plus pit stop support throughout, plus ‘Pit Stop picnic’ lunches; we also provide dinner when we’re camping on nights 2 and 3.


GUIDES / GEAR

Bike rental option (High quality mountain bikes, extra charges apply).


TRACKING

Live satellite tracking and hi-tech navigational aids.


LOGISTICS

Overnight bag transfers and in-event bike transfers, support vehicles and riders with mechanical bike assistance, transportation included from Flagstaff to start-line and back from finish-line to Flagstaff (for those who require this service) and all applicable park fees and permits included.


MERCH

A huge gong! High quality medal and t-shirt for all participants.


SAFETY

Mountain and trail safety guides and support staff, plus full evacuation planning and medical support throughout.


Optional airport transfers from Flagstaff International Airport to your hotel prior to the start of this event: For you and your gear + bike if you wish to bring it (extra charges apply).

Traverse the Arizona high desert on foot and mountain bike, linking up some of the absolute icons of the American Southwest on a journey that traces a rough n’ tumble route from the world-famous Meteor Crater at Meteor, AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon – and bagging the high point of the state on the way!


Beginning your journey at the rim of the eponymous asteroid crater at Meteor, AZ you will set out on foot with a hot, dusty and super-scenic trail running blitz through Diablo Canyon, before transitioning to bikes for a classic blast along iconic Route 66. Arriving in Flagstaff at the end of day 1, the action turns on day 2 to a serious assault on the amazing AZ Trail, taking you some 22 blistering miles on foot to summit Humphreys Peak. At 12,637 feet this is the high point of the state and is a serious objective in its own right. On day 3 you’re back on the bikes for a big day in the saddle as you bash your way across 70+ off-road miles of the AZ Trail, reaching journey’s end at the magnificent south rim of the Grand Canyon. Along the way, you’ll experience the real magic of the high desert as well as bearing witness to some of its greatest icons, on a route that takes in the famous, the infamous and the down-right surreal of the great state of Arizona.

STATS:


115 MILES (BIKE) + 35 MILES (TREK)





DIFFICULTY:




  • LOCATION



  • ENDURANCE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:


Link two incredible icons of the American Southwest – Meteor, AZ and the Grand Canyon


Experience some of the best sections of the Arizona long-distance trail


Immerse yourself in the history and legend of the desert, plus bag the high point of Arizona – Humphreys Peak at 12,637 feet

The very best local guides, medical provision and safety staff looking after you throughout

Easy logistics out of Flagstaff with built-on transportation options to the start and back from the finish, for out-of-staters

Packing a little tarmac on route 66, our route is 80% real off-road using super-sweet trails

Optional extra nights’ lodgings pre-trip in Flagstaff and post-trip at the Grand Canyon, or back in Flagstaff

Full bike rental services available with high-spec mountain bikes for those who do not wish to travel with theirs


FULL DETAILS ON INCLUSIONS:

1 night high standard hotel, 1 night desert camp and 1 night Grand Canyon eco-camping. Options exist to package extra nights pre-departure for those who wish (extra charges apply).

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION DETAILS.

We will provide breakfasts, plus a minimum of 3 x daily Pit Stop support stations with a lot of snacks and drinks, plus ‘Pit Stop picnic’ lunches; we also provide dinner when we’re camping on nights 2 and 3. You provide your own evening meal when we’re in Flagstaff.

Fully supported format with bag transfers and all in-event logistics taken care of, with road support vehicles, trail riders and safety runners and all medical support throughout all days of challenge.

Free transfers from Flagstaff to the startline at Meteor, AZ and back from the finishline at the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff, for those who wish (these are scheduled departures). Optional airport transfers from Flagstaff International Airport to your pre-event hotel choices on the night before the event commences (extra charges apply for airport transfers).

Rat Race will provide: Satellite tracking hardware. You may of course choose to use your own mountain bike, although high quality rental options are available. All other equipment will be provided by the participant. You will need to prepare for hot n’ dusty desert conditions and will also need to bring some warm outer garments for use in the evenings, when it can get rather cool. You’ll also need some ‘standard’ biking clothing, footwear and safety helmet. You need a GPS device that is capable of handling a GPX file, in order to follow the route. We have rental options available for the GPS device that are uniquely designed for hand-held and bike-based use, plus GPS watches. See the gear list below for more details.

Bike rental option (High quality mountain bikes, extra charges apply).

Professional and local safety staff, bike mechanic, medics, drivers, route safety staff and Rat Race experts on hand throughout.


STYLE OF TRIP: CLASSIC JOURNEY


You will be able to travel at your own pace and our guides and safety staff will support you at set pit stop, with support also delivered via safety support vehicles or trail riders. We will encourage you to ‘buddy up’ with other participants – not least because it’s more fun this way. But it is also useful for safety purposes.


Rat Race classify and grade our trips in terms of difficulty and epic-ness and also in the style of trip undertaken. This trip has been designated as ‘Classic Journey.’ 

To see how we categorise our trips and what the classifications all mean, click here to find out.


150 MILES OVER THREE EPIC DAYS FROM ARIZONA’S METEOR CRATER TO THE GRAND CANYON

INCLUDING 22 BLISTERING MILES ON FOOT TO HUMPHREY PEAK, 12,631 FT

150 MILES OVER THREE EPIC DAYS FROM ARIZONA’S METEOR CRATER TO THE GRAND CANYON

INCLUDING 22 BLISTERING MILES ON FOOT TO HUMPHREY PEAK, 12,631 FT





ITINERARY:


ITINERARY:


The following schedule outlines our proposed itinerary and the disciplines and approximate mileages, too. Please note at this stage, the plan is approximate. Distances, daily stages and in-trip logistics may change between now and departure and even during the trip, such is the nature of this major adventure undertaking.


TOTAL DISTANCE: 150 MILES

DAY ONE: Flagstaff Admin and Packet Pickup Day


The meeting point for our dabble in the desert will be downtown Flagstaff, exact location to be confirmed nearer the time, but likely to be a good quality hotel, with whom we will have rates in case you wish to stay here tonight also.

We will do some registration activities and you can collect your event packets. This is also the place to head for rental bike pick up, gear check and some event briefings. We will set a meeting time of 4 pm or later, to allow arrivals earlier that day into Flagstaff by road or air.

Once you have registered and attended the event briefings and gear checks, you will be free to make your own plans for dinner and lodgings, although we will have some rates at a hotel in town and we will make an optional plan for dinner in case you want to meet some of your compadres.

ACCOMMODATION: N/A
MEALS: Dinner is optional and at your own expense


DAY TWO: TO THE CRATER!


A very early start will see us heading to Meteor for a spectacular desert sunrise, before we count you down and set you on your way from Crater to Canyon! (If you wish to make your own way to Meteor you can do so; or ride in our complimentary transportation.

Canyon Diablo is your first objective – packing 20 miles of super-sweet trail running to bring you to the Old West ghost town of Diablo Canyon and the transition to bikes. The cool of the morning will allow you to make good going in the canyon and as the day heats up, you will swap onto the bikes for a fast 35 mile blast up Route 66 back to Flagstaff. This section of riding is on the smooth stuff but you will still need a mountain bike, as what is ahead of you on day 3 most certainly is not!

This whole area is awash with history and legend of the American Southwest. From the Apache death cave in the canyon, to the ruins of Old West ghost towns and derelict trading posts plus Navajo heritage for which the area is famous, the desert will captivate and fascinate in equal measure.

At day’s end you will swing into town and we will accommodate you in quality hotel digs. Enjoy a hot bath or shower and join us for dinner in town.


ACCOMMODATION: Flagstaff Hotel
MEALS: Pit Stop support stations, Dinner


DAY THREE: FLAT N’ FAST DOWN THE VALLEY


Switching back onto foot, you’ll come face to face with the wonders of the Arizona Trail as you make your way out of Flagstaff on foot. Today is a massive day and while the mileage may not sound too much at 28 miles total distance, you will be making for an enormous objective – which will be looming on the skyline all day ahead of you. At 12,637 feet, Humphreys Peak is the high point of the State and you will be making for the summit as part of today’s route. Traversing off of it for a mellow 6 mile descent, you will find yourself wearily making your way to our high desert camp – and you will definitely sleep soundly tonight!


ACCOMMODATION: Rustic desert camp
MEALS: Pit Stop support stations, Dinner


DAY FOUR:


Of course day 3 is a big day! There ain’t no small ones on this baby! First up, you’re back in the saddle for a super-engaging 74 mile section to finish up at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Starting with a super fun and gradual descent that brings you out of the high country around Humphreys Peak, you will then climb up to Coconino Rim, before descending again to journey’s end at the Canyon itself.

A beer has most well and truly been earned and we will not disappoint tonight, as you kick back with the views of the most famous national feature in all of North America stretching out in front of you and a cold bottle of suds in hand. Enjoy a wrap up to your journey with a meal on us and some lodgings right here in this most wonderful of settings, at the end of your Crater to Canyon journey.


ACCOMMODATION: Grand Canyon eco-campsite
MEALS: Breakfast, Pit Stop support stations, Dinner


ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD:

ACCOMMODATION
AND FOOD:


Our accommodation features 3 distinct types: NIGHT 1: HOTEL IN FLAGSTAFF DOWNTOWN, NIGHT 2: RUSTIC DESERT CAMP and NIGHT 3: GRAND CANYON ECO-CAMPSITE

Where we use a hotel, all accommodation is offered on a double or twin room basis; or you can request a single supplement if you prefer not to share. If you are taking part on your own, you will be paired with another participant of the same sex in a twin room unless you take the single supplement. If you have a preference for who you share with, you are able to specify that prior to departure.

Hotel accommodation will be of a high standard with plenty of in-room and in-property amenities.

For the campsites, the ‘rustic’ desert camp is just that – it will be basic and you’ll really enjoy the true character of the high desert. There won’t be much in the way of facilities: Toilets- yes. Showers- no. We will serve up hearty food and provide tents for you to sleep in. You will provide your own sleeping bag and mat and we will transport this for you. Alternatively, you can rent these from us.

At journey’s end at the canyon, the camping will be of a more comfortable facility than our rustic camp – but it’ still camping although here will be showers; and a proper sit-down meal will be served to finish up our epic trip.

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Meals


Breakfast

Breakfast will vary with our location day-to-day. When we are stating “early” (which comes part and parcel with such an epic journey!) then we may provide ‘grab n’ go’ materials – pastries, fruit, oats, yogurt, and other simple items that you can either eat before you set off, or take with you on the initial portion of the route that day. There will be a full cooked option at the hotel in Flagstaff. Throughout, there will never be a shortage of good, hot coffee!

Dinner

We will provide inclusive food menus at the campsites; you will pay for your own drinks. At the hotel in Flagstaff, you can choose your dinner plan and wander out into town, or eat at the hotel. In all cases we will ensure there are Gluten-free and Vegan options available where we offer a catering services.


Pit Stops


During the challenge you will have access to our famously well-stocked Pit Stops multiple times throughout the journey: A minimum of 3 times per day when you are on the route. On all stages, these will typically be set-up from our mobile support team at set spots on the route. .

Pit stops will typically have the following available:

Water – Ensure you leave with water bottles and bladders filled so you have enough to get you to the next Pit Stop.
Sports Food Bars – oat-type bars for maximum energy.
Electrolyte / Energy Drink or similar carb-based product.
Salty snacks – such as chips and peanuts.
Savory treats – We will feature sandwiches, local foods, pastries, cheese and other goodies at selected pit stops, around lunchtime.
A fruit option – such as oranges or bananas.
Candy – such as Skittles (vegan) and local speciality sweet candy treats.

Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have – if you use gels and other such products – you should plan to bring these with you. If you have any special dietary requirements then please also plan for this and pack your gear accordingly. Rat Race aims to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional, catering to as broad a mix of needs and diets as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portioned bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving.

Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with your trash and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier than we find them.


BIKE RENTAL

You may of course choose to bring your own bike, but if you do not wish to travel with your own we can provide high-quality mountain bikes. These will be hardtail, with front suspension. All rental bikes are provided with helmet, bottle cage, tool kit and spare tube. Price is $250 and this will be delivered to the registration and packet pick-up venue for fitting; and then collected for you from the Grand Canyon, so you do not need to worry about moving it.

These items can be added to your basket at point of purchase or you may choose to add later on.

GPS DEVICE RENTAL

You will require a GPS device with which to follow our event route. You can use your own GPS watch or handheld device. If you don’t have a device or if want to rent instead, that is also possible.

Your Garmin Edge GPS device is specially designed for use on bikes. It features a handlebar cradle so you can view the route while in the riding position. It will feature our pre-loaded route, allowing you to push a button and follow the route all the way though the event, without any uploading of GPX files required to your own device. You can use the Edge on foot too as a handheld device.

If you want to go for the ultimate tech option here, choose to pair the Edge with a Garmin Fenix watch, too. The watch also has the route loaded onto it and will provide you with the very best route viewing devices for both cycling and foot stages. Watch: Ideal on foot. Edge: ideal on bikes.


FAQs:

The date-range is set and the route is tried and tested. However, our challenges unfold in some of the most spectacular places on Earth. Sometimes we do have to change plans on account of weather, injury or other unforeseen factors. If we do have to do so, you will be informed and usually, these unforeseen changes simply add to the flavor of proceedings and provide for a good story to tell at day’s end! That having been said, our route is likely to remain largely intact, regardless of any on-the-ground changes.
We are mindful that people will inevitably have varying distances to travel to get to Flagstaff – some from out of state and some from their homes in town perhaps! Our plan is to meet at a downtown hotel on day 1 in the afternoon, do some briefings and some admin tasks and take it from there. This will allow folk time to fly in earlier that day, or you may choose to arrive the day before and stay locally, allowing you plenty of time in the morning to do some preparations. If you wish to book extra lodgings for this pre-departure night in Flagstaff, you can do here.
You will be transferred from our downtown meeting point out to Meteor, a short drive down I-40. If you have someone who can drop you off, you can choose to do that instead. Please note there is no provision to leave your car at Meteor, however.

Once we finish, we will provide accommodation at the Grand Canyon and then on the following morning, we will provide a shuttle back to Flagstaff for those who wish. Alternatively, choose to make your own way back to town later on, or hang around for a few more days at the Canyon.

We have designed this challenge so that you may travel at your own pace. See below for our notes on route-finding and guidance. There will also be some ‘cut-offs,’ but in the true Rat Race tradition these will be generous and we will always look to help you to achieve your goals in finishing this challenge, vs having to pull out. Of course, we will give you some early starts to allow the very best possible window for route completion, particularly on the longer days (and the especially hilly one!). But, if you need us and if you need to abandon the route for whatever reason, we are there for you and can pick you up with our support vehicles. The absolute key is that you enjoy this amazing journey across the desert; at your own pace and within your own limits.

We want you to concentrate on the views and the hard work of putting one foot or wheel in front of the other. So we don’t want you to be staring at maps or navigational aids any more than you have to. There is no formal course marking (i.e. signs) used on this event. Instead of course markings, we will be providing and then be asking you to download a route file that you will be able to download onto your smartphone or GPS device. You will follow this ‘line’ when on the bikes and can use this as a back-up at all times. You may use your own device or rent one from us. The route will show the stage start and finish locations of course, plus also show you pit stop locations, so you know exactly how far you are from support along the course.

We will then augment this with some marshalled junctions or key turning points on some of the stages, to ensure there is no doubt on route choice in any locations that we think it could be tricky.

At all times, the GPS device can be used to back yourself up on route-finding as and where required, as it will have the full route loaded onto it. If you choose to rent a GPS device from us, we will provide high-tech Garmin Edge navigational aids and Garmin Fenix navigational watches. The Edges are designed specifically for cycling and mounted to the handlebars with a special cradle, for optimum visibility when you are on the move.

Don’t worry – you won’t get lost. But if you do – support is never far away.

We will use a mixture of safety staff in vehicles, on the trail on bikes or foot and we will also concentrate support services at our pit stops. If it does get too much, if you get injured, get too hot, need sustenance, motivational support or otherwise, we will be able to assist and out team will never be far away out on the route. You are in good hands.

It is always good practice to be self-contained when out on these types of challenges, so when you leave pit stops, we will expect you to leave with some snacks on board, a full water bottle and bike tools and spares on board just in case for those stages….just like any other regular ride in the back-country.

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for our events that are not in your home country, please  make sure your insurance policy covers the activities you will be participating in. There are a number of specialist providers available including Mann Broadbent.

Click ENTER NOW and go through the sign up process, you’ll then be issued with an event voucher which will automatically reserve you a place in the event you have chosen, this voucher must be brought to Registration and exchanged for your Race Pack. If you change your mind you can transfer to any Rat Race event up to 14 days after the purchase of your event voucher for free. After 14 days you will need to go through our transfer process (charges apply) if you wish to change to another event. You can view our transfer policy here.


We can accommodate a limited number of supporters. We can provide accommodation and meals for them with you on a shared basis; and can ensure that get out onto the route with you in the support vehicles, so they can see you in action and interact with you at the pit stops. Where you wish to stay with a supporter at our overnight locations, please do let us know and we can arrange the accommodation accordingly if you have bought a supporter package. Please contact us to find out about supporter spots.

This is definitely a mountain biking event. There is a road-stage on day 1 on Route 66, but on day 3, it is all off-road. So the mountain bike is the machine to choose. If you rent a bike from us, it will be a good quality hardtail mountain bike with front suspension.

Yes. There will be a mechanic supporting the trip throughout. However, they won’t have a limitless spares inventory so you will need to carry with you a range of spare parts specific to your bike.

If you are renting a bike, all the above will be provided with your rental.

Yes. It is highly recommended to run daytime flashing lights when riding for safety on Route 66. These can be basic LED lights and do not need to be fancy.

Hot! We will, however, also be going up pretty high and at 12,637 feet on the summit of Humphreys Peak, it may be chilly. So in addition to the usual hot weather gear, you will also need some more robust gear for the mountains. You will also need a sleeping bag and sleeping mat for our high desert camp. But these items can be rented. A full gear list will be provided later.

Rat Race require you to be over 18 on the day of Registration for this adventure. If you wish to participate as a family group or with a responsible adult and you are 16+, we will consider applications on an individual basis. Please contact us if this is the case.

This is of course a big challenge set over multiple big days on foot and in the saddle. BUT the Rat Race ethos is to set extraordinary challenges for ordinary people. You do not need super-technical riding skills or to be a seasoned back-country trail snake. You do need a good base fitness and you should be prepared for a series of long back-to-back days on the trail and in the saddle – and those switches from foot to bike and vice versa will need some practice too, to ensure your muscle groups know what’s happening to ‘em! But this route is definitely designed to be ‘doable;’ and in no way would this be what we would call a ‘sufferfest.’ Our events just are not set up that way.

You 100% have it in you to do this. We will ensure we support you the very best way we possibly can. This one is all tortoise and no hare. Unless you really are off the pace, we will not cut you off. Even if you are off pace and you feel you need a bit of a push along the route on some of the days, we can pick you up in a vehicle, ‘boost’ you further up the course a bit and you can re-join the trip further up the line. It’s up to you how you tackle it and we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, versus under major pressure just to ‘get the job done.’

We have firm emergency protocols and response systems in place whilst out on our adventures. Our main priority above all else is to keep you and our staff safe. Before we leave for each trip a comprehensive in-country risk and threat assessment has been conducted by the Head of Expeditions. All protocols are put in place relating to those assessments. We make sure that the staff involved have the highest level of first aid training; a higher level of medical cover is also put in place if needed; all instructors have qualifications and/ or competencies to match the adventure we will undertake. In the event of an emergency, Rat Race staff and appointed contractors have comprehensive knowledge of procedures which will rapidly be put in place. If needed, our staff will provide first aid and then further medical assistance and evacuation if needed in line with a published Medical Procedures Plan. We have medical back-up and Clinical Directorship provided by a specialist events medical company and we have further emergency response support services provided by competent contracted partner. All our cover is available 24/7 while operations are underway. We use our knowledge and emergency procedures to provide the best possible care in our often remote and austere environments. Before leaving on a trip, we will advise on the insurance cover you are required to have in place for the trip; we will ask for a copy of these insurance details before the departure date.

At all times you are in the high desert here – clear skies, plenty of sun exposure and hot, dusty terrain. Day 1 will feel flat in comparison to what comes next. On day 2, you may feel the effects of altitude as you ascend Humphreys Peak and that will most certainly be a tough day out. With the peak in the bag, it is not plain sailing of course with significant mileage remaining on the bikes, including some big climbs. The terrain is rugged and it will demand commitment and concentration on foot and on the bike.

Read more about the route, the profile and the terrain here.

Yes. This is a fully inclusive itinerary from start to finish, with all accommodation and all meals, except 1 dinner that you will provide yourself on night 1 in Flagstaff

If you no longer wish to take part, and can give us enough notice, you may be able to go use our transfer process. Please see our transfer policy here. Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.

Race entry includes a brilliant finisher’s medal and bespoke event Rat Race tech tee. We will request your t-shirt size when you register online and this will be the size you will be given at Registration. Other merch will be available to purchase also.
A full gear list will be published in due course.
If you need to bail while on the course, we will collect you via the Sweeper vehicles if we can reach you – or you simply get to the next Pit Stop and we collect you from there. We will always look to move you forwards on the course (subject to medical advice if it is a medical issue that has forced you to pull out). We are unable to transport you backwards (i.e. we cannot take you back to the start of that stage). You can choose to re-start further up the course if you still want to do some riding or running/ trekking that day, or we can take you to the end of the stage. It is always best to bail at a Pit Stop, where we have vehicles standing by. You can retire from the route at any time and we will always be there to support you.

We are not into ‘once you stop you can’t restart.’ That is not our thing. If you bail and wish to restart, as laid out above (and subject to medical advice) – no problem.

No. We do not offer refunds but we you are able to transfer your first instalment value if you withdraw prior to the final payment date. We recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. Please see our transfer policy here https://ratraceamerica.com/transfer-policy/ Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.

For those wanting extra financial protection there is the option to join the Refund Protect scheme when reserving a place in 2022/2023 events. Refund Protect is a separate company to Rat Race and the terms of their refund protection can be seen here.