" You have to learn the rules of the game And then you have to play better than anyone else. " - Albert Einstein
Please keep in mind these 24 rules while you take part in the Oxfam India Trailwalker. It is important to read and understand all the rules prior to the event:
1. All participants in the Trailwalker must be aged 18 or above on the day of the event.
2. At the start of the event, each team must have four members.
3. All teams need to check-in at the start point before the event. Only checked-in teams will be allowed to start the event.
4. All team members must stay together between checkpoints and must check in and check out together from each checkpoint. Staff at checkpoints will not check in or out incomplete teams.
5. Any participant who is either injured or exhausted must be brought to the nearest checkpoint by team mates for assistance. If the injury is serious, you are requested to follow the emergency procedures. All participants are issued bibs. Every bib would have the emergency phone number printed. For any assistance, teams are advised to call the emergency contact number, state the emergency and also the exact location between checkpoints. Teams are advised not to move away from the location after calling the emergency numbers or leave behind the injured team member.
6. Under no circumstances are individuals to be left unaccompanied. If a team member becomes seriously injured and cannot be moved, one person must stay with him or her while the others seek help.
7. Participants wishing to withdraw during the event must first report to the nearest checkpoint. Remaining team members cannot continue until the withdrawal of the team member has been reported.
8. In order to withdraw, the participant must complete a retirement certificate at one of the checkpoints. A team with less than four members cannot continue without a copy of the retirement certificate. This must be presented at each remaining checkpoints.
9. If two members of a team have withdrawn, the remaining two members must accompany another team between checkpoints. This is to ensure that all event participants travel in groups of at least three people for safety reasons. This does not mean that team members join the other team — each team will retain their identity, team number and bib colour throughout the event.
10. Teams that fail to depart a checkpoint by the nominated closing time will be withdrawn from the event and will be advised not to proceed. Teams that disregard this advice proceed at their own risk. The closing times are calculated on the basis that there would be insufficient time remaining to complete the event in the specified 48 hours.
11. A teams finishing time will be recorded when the last member of the team reports to the check-in desk at the finish. Oxfam Trailwalker is a team event. No individual time will be recorded.
12. The identification race bibs must be worn at all times during the event.
13. Oxfam Trailwalker is a challenging team event. Adequate time is necessary for training and fundraising before undertaking it. Therefore, substitution of all four team members is not permitted.
No substitutions will be allowed to a team once the team has started the event.
14. Every team must have a support crew and must be self-sufficient. The support crew is responsible for providing teams with their food, water and changes of clothes during the event. Please ensure your support crew is suitably briefed.
15. Do not litter. Participants and support crews must respect the environment and local neighborhood by using the litter and recycling bins at the checkpoints.
16. Dogs are not permitted on the trail or at checkpoints. Smoking and consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden on the trail and at checkpoints.
17. Teams are requested to respect residentials and local parking regulations.
18. Participants must keep noise levels to a minimum when walking in residential areas during training and the event.
19. Each team must carry at least one first aid kit at all times containing as a minimum:
- A compression bandage
- Crepe bandage
- Sterile Dressings
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Assorted Blister Treatments
- Four Thermal Blankets
- Medicines for common fever, cold, stomach upset and other common ailments.
- Skin Ointments
20. Additional first aid supplies must be kept with your support crew. The team is responsible for carrying prescribed medications and painkillers.
21. Teams must raise a minimum of Rs. 80,000 in addition to the non-refundable registration fee to participate in the event. Teams must have fundraised at least the minimum fundraising requirement by December 02, 2016 (Mumbai Trailwalker) and January 13, 2017 (Bengaluru Trailwalker), the Friday prior to the event-week to be eligible to participate. Donations to Oxfam India are exempted under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. Tax exemptions certificates will be issued to Indian taxpayers only against their donations.
22. Only complete teams of four finishing within 48 hours will be eligible for official ranking.
23. Teams that raise over Rs. 2,00,000 by the time fundraising closes will be eligible for fundraising awards.
24. Slower teams must give way to those teams travelling at a faster pace as the trail can get quite congested, particularly in the early stages of the event.