OUTRUN CANCER CORPORATE TREADMILL MARATHON RULES
Rules? We’re not too fond of them either!
But the ones we have are there to ensure your safety, easy time tracking and a fair competition.
So we do – and will – ask you to follow them strictly.
The whole purpose of the event is to challenge ourselves and have fun with colleagues. It’s great to be the fastest team but that only gives you a trophy to show off.
1. Minimum Distance
Each runner must complete a minimum total distance of 2 kilometres. You must stay on the treadmill for at least 1 km before a changeover.
What does it really mean? If you’re running 2km in total, you can break it into two 1km slots. It also means no 200 meters sprint at the end of the race to get the fastest team title. But you can sprint for that last kilometre if you wish!
2. Maximum time on treadmill
The maximum total time a runner can be on the treadmill is 1 hour.
What does it really mean? You can jump on and off the treadmill as many times as you want as long as the total time doesn’t exceed 1 hour and you are running a minimum of 1km each time.
3. Changeover speed
Decrease speed to at least 9km/h or less before each changeover
What does it really mean? To keep it fair and safe we ask everyone to slow down the treadmill to a minimum of 9km/h before a changeover. The timekeeper is responsible to slow down the treadmill and will enforce this rule.
This is really important as you can seriously hurt yourself getting off a fast-moving treadmill.
The correct way to changeover is the simplest. When you are ready to change over, get the timekeeper to slow down the treadmill to 9km/h, keep running for another 5 seconds until the treadmill slows down to 9km/h, then changeove.
We know that especially in the last stages of the marathon, people often get excited and want to get the changeovers done as fast as they can. If you press the pre-set speed of 9km/h the treadmill will slow down in a matter of seconds and everyone is sure not to lose their knees in the changing process.
You are safe, there are no accidents, the gym is happy and we can continue to hold our OCTM and raise funds.
4. Continuous motion
Apart from the duration of the switchover at 9km/h, someone must be RUNNING at all times.
What does it really mean? There is no resting hanging on the bars, or waiting for the treadmill to slow down. You cannot sprint at full speed and then jump on the side and slow down to 9km/h.. that would not be really fair, right?
Before changing over, you must notify one of the time keepers so that your time and distance can be recorded.
Staff and volunteer helping out on the day are there to ensure the event is fun and safe. Be nice – give’em a big smile and let them know when you are about to change over BEFORE you jump on the treadmill!
6. Marathon start time
Each team is assigned to a start time which is calculated based on the team target time + 5 minutes. The goal is for all teams to finish the marathon around 5pm, just before the prize presentation. So, if you are targeting 3hours to complete the marathon, you will start at 1:55PM.
A little extra pressure to train hard and commit to a time and distance!
7. Bonus time
If you are not a fast runner, do not despair!
From 2015 we will have activities and challenges which will run in parallel to the marathon and can gain you some bonus time. The activities will be announced on the day.
I am having some problems paying for my registrations. What do I do?
Do you use Internet Explorer? We have received some complains about compatibility issues. Please use a different browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) while we get it fixed. If you are already using one of these browsers, have a look at the error message you are receiving. Sometimes this may be hard to see, it is in RED at the top of the registration form.
How can I change my team bio, profile picture, target time and fundraising?
On the top right hand side of your fundraising page, use the “Team Actions” dropdown to login. (the username/password were setup by your team captain – if forgotten they can be reset). From there, you will be able to amend your details. If an update doesn’t seem to commit, please check for error messages displayed (it is likely to be the length of the Bio description or photo size).
Up until which day can I change our team target marathon time?
Up until 2 days before the event.
When will I receive the event t-shirt? Do I have to wear it on the day?
You will receive the event t-shirt a week before the event or it will be waiting for you at the gym.
You are invited to wear it on the day but of course, if you want to be uncool you can wear your own! 🙂
Can I change my t-shirt size
Yes and No! There will be a few spares on the day but are on first-in first-served basis
Where can I store my bag
Bags must be stored in the gym locker room or left (at your own risk) in the designated area. The area around the treadmill must be clear from any tripping hazard!
Can I use the gym facilities including the shower?
Absolutely! And we encourage you to do so and chat to the gym PTs and staff to get advice.
Can I get to the gym just before it is my turn to run or do I need to be there earlier/for the whole time?
Totally up to you. You can arrive 10-15 minutes before it’s your turn to run, although I’m sure your team members would appreciate your support while they are running.
Do I have to stay until the 5PM presentation?
No if you don’t want to! But it would be nice if you do so you get to hear the fundraising totals and join the celebrations.
Can I get on the treadmill multiple times? Maybe running 2kms take a break and run other 2kms?
Absolutely, you can get on and off the treadmill as many times as you like. see rule 1 above!
Where can I find a sample runsheet to work out the running schedule for the day?
This is easy. You can find it Here.
I never run on a treadmill before , what do I need to look out for?
I may be stating the obvious here but there are two key things to look out for:
1. The treadmill belt is always in motion, meaning that when you get on/off the treadmill you need to be ready to run and cannot stop altogether! The safest way to get on the treadmill is to step on the sides, hold yourself up using your arms and grabbing on the sides of the treadmill and lower your legs gently down on the moving belt. Once you are comfortable you are running at the speed of the belt you can let the hands go.
2. The treadmill belt is short and you want to make sure you run in the middle of the belt. If you are running too close to the front of the treadmill, you may accidentally push the emergency stop. Not a big deal just annoying. If you run too far back, that’s a bit more dangerous as you may accidentally step off the belt and fall.
If you don’t feel comfortable running on the treadmill remember you can come earlier on the day and practice, ask a volunteer or a colleague to show you how to jump on/off the treadmill, slow down the speed of the treadmill to a walking pace.
What happens if there are malfunctions and the treadmill belt stop or I need to reset it?
Unfortunately, this does happen, the treadmills can’t take the heat!
Don’t panic, let the timekeeper know. He/she will record your distance and will help you restart the treadmill or move you to a spare one.
What happens if my team cannot complete the marathon by 5pm?
Part of the challenge is to predict and commit to running a marathon at a certain speed.
So if you don’t complete by 5pm, unless this was due to a treadmill malfunction, a delayed start, other reasons outside your control or extraordinary circumstances, I am afraid this will result on a DNF (Did Not Finish) in the time allowed. You can still continue on and complete the marathon.
What if the team next to me is not respecting the rules?
That’s naughty! Feel free to let them know what the rules are – maybe they have forgotten or they are too excited – or let one of the timekeepers know.
How do I sign up?
Signing up is easy peasy. Just head here to register your team. The first person to register the team will become the Team Captain and will be given a link the other team members can use to join the team.
My company/I would like to pay the registration fee for all runners. How do I do it?
Yeah! This is a fantastic news! Contact us and we can set that up for you!
Can I register all the runners in my team in one go?
Contact us and we can arrange a coupon code for you. The runners will have to register themselves (takes 1 minutes) so they can accept the T&C.
What is the role of the team captain? Does it require lot of time?
The team captain is the driving force behind the team and our main point of contact. But don’t worry, you won’t have to do much else than ensuring your runners sign up, turn up, run hard and fundraise harder!