RACE RULES FOR VARIOUS SECTIONS
A. Detours and short cuts not allowed.
B. The marked course must be followed.
A. Helmet, Buoyancy vest and protective footwear strongly advised.
B. Any deviation from the course (meaning "river bed") apart
from porting at Terry Road culvert (which is mandatory) will automatically
disqualify the team. Failure to properly report to stewards at a checkpoint
will automatically disqualify the team.
C. Minor repairs to craft during event allowed, but must be performed
by competitors. Back up crews not allowed.
D. Craft may be a one-man canoe, kayak or surf ski.
E. Paddles only to be used for propulsion, spare paddles may be carried
F. Competitors must mark their craft with their team number on both
left hand and right hand sides. Numerals must be minimum size of 100mm
and 15mm thick. Numbers preferably black on yellow background. Numbers
1, 6, 9 rnust be underlined.
A. Any attachment to any part of the body, e.g. flippers, not allowed.
B. Wetsuits allowed. Goggles and swimming caps allowed.
IMPORTANT - ALL EQUESTRIAN RACE RULES ARE IN THE SECTION FOLLOWING
CYCLING – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
A. Spare bike not allowed.
B. Road traffic rules must be observed at all times.
C. Minor repairs during race allowed but must be performed by the
competitors. Back up crews not allowed.
E. Vehicles driving alongside or immediately in front of competitors
F. Start assistance allowed.
G. Protective head gear is compulsory.
The equestrian part of the Blackwood Marathon is unique among endurance
rides in W.A. Often the Blackwood is the first exposure of the horse
to this type of event. It differs from other events too, in that the
rider is under pressure as member of a team consisting often of people
who have little or no knowledge of horses, therefore cannot appreciate
the potential dangers pushing a horse (or allowing a horse to push
itself) beyond its physical limitations. In the past the majority
of teams competing in the Blackwood Marathon have been very conscientious
in preparing, competing and caring for their horses. The low number
of serious equine problems reflect the commitment and skill of the
riders. Despite this, problems have occurred.
a) The horse must be presented at the pre-ride veterinary examination
by the RIDER.
b) Horses may run barefoot, but due to course conditions shoes and/or boots are highly recommended.
c) At the pre-ride veterinary examination the horse must, in the opinion
of the examining veterinarians be able to complete the race without
jeopardizing the health of itself or the rider.
d) The horse’s heart rate must be at, or below 60 beats per minute
within 30 minutes of crossing the finishing line, and in the opinion
of the official veterinarians must not show any lameness or distress.
e) The horse must be free from any ‘prohibited substance’.
‘Prohibited substance’ means any substance having a direct
or indirect action on the central or peripheral nervous system, the
cardiovascular, the respiratory system, the alimentary digestive system,
the musculo skeletal system or the urogenital system of a horse. ‘Prohibited
substances’ include analgesics, antihistamines, anti- flammatory
agents, blood coagulants, diuretics, hormones and their synthetic
counterparts, cortico-steroids, anabolic steroids, local anaesthetics,
muscle relaxants and tranquillisers, Prohibited substances’ also
include vitamins administered by injection.
f) All Iron Man entrants must provide a Certificate of Competency
in horse riding before their entry will be accepted. This must accompany
their entry form.
g) Minimum age limit for horses – 4 years. This rule will be
strictly adhered to.
to meet the above criteria will result in disqualification.
Team number must be on front of helmet approximately 5cm high and
the team number must be securely attached to the horse’s bridle.
This is the responsibility of the competitor who must present the
bridle for inspection at the veterinary check.
B. Any type of horse may be used.
C. Riding caps or helmets must be worn.
D. The marked course must be followed.
E. The team will be disqualified if any competitor takes a short cut.
F. The team will be disqualified if there is any unsportsmanlike behaviour,
i.e. barging, etc.
G. No whips, spurs or long reins allowed.
H. DRUGS – Placegetters and other horses selected at random may
be swabbed and/or have a blood sample taken. Positive swab samples
will result in disqualification for this and future Marathons.
I. Veterinarians have the right to disqualify any horse.
J. Horses should be available at 9.30am for veterinary inspection
at JAYES BRIDGE.
K. The Chief Veterinarian will disqualify any rider for any blatant
disregard of the rules and/or ill-treating a horse and that rider
will be disqualified from competing in the relay in the future.
L. The Chief Veterinarian’s decision in final.
9.30am. - 11.30am. PRE-RACE VETERINARY CHEK AT JAYES BRIDGE
Please note you must present your horse for the check prior to 11:30am.