Human Potential Running Series
This page outlines the policies of The Human Potential Running Series, managed by Human Potential LLC. The following policies are subject to change at any time, for any reason, under the discretion of the Race Director or Human Potential LLC. They have been instituted for your safety, our safety, the safety of all volunteers, spectators, crews, pacers, or other; and for the preservation of future events. They are non-negotiable and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.
(The following policies apply to all HPRS Races)
- Yes, It’s Hard: Embrace the challenge. Enjoy yourself. There will be highs, lows, and everything in-between. You share this with every other runner on the course, and this is the community you’re a part of. Smile!
- NO LITTERING: LITTERING IS GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION AND LIFETIME BAN FROM ALL HPRS RACES & EVENTS.
- DNF’S: Any runner dropping out must immediately notify an aid station captain or the race director. We look at DNF’s as “Did Nothing Fatal.” Be Smart!
- Fans and Groupies: Some of our events prohibit CREWS and/or SPECTATORS out on the course. This includes them being at aid stations. In some cases, this is a provision of our permit(s). Every event with a permit must play by the rules of said permit. In order to allow more runners to enjoy the event, we must limit the number of spectators allowed in the areas we’re using. Please respect this rule where applicable and enjoy your individual adventure.
- Bib Numbers: Runner bib numbers must be worn on the outside of whatever clothes you are wearing. If we cannot see your number we cannot score you at the aid stations. You are allowed to fold your bib, wear it on your hat, etc. Just make sure it’s visible from the front.
- Scoring/Tracking: Please check IN and OUT of each station. It is the responsibility of the individual runner to make sure your number has been noted at all manned aid stations.
- Medical Staff: All runners must abide by the directions of Medical Personnel and the RD. Their direction is for your own safety and the preservation of our events. Listen to them.
- Marco Polo: Runners who get lost during the race must return, without assistance from others, to the spot where they left the trail before they continue. This means if you find yourself off course, you must return to where you got off course (or earlier) before continuing.
- Running Events vs. Riding Events: Runners accepting a ride of any kind, for any reason, will result in disqualification.
- Motorized Pacers: No vehicle shall follow a runner at night, with/without assisting with headlights.
- Carry In/Carry Out: No “muling” (pacers carrying runners gear.) Our races are individual efforts, not you and 6 friends. Carry your own gear at all times. This includes bottles, headlamps, food, jackets, etc.
- Pacer & The Bandits: No unofficial runners or pacers allowed on the course. Please have all pacers check-in with race staff!
- Cacheing: Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the course except at designated Drop Bag Aid Stations.
- Bring Only The Good Friends: Runners are responsible for the actions of their pacers, crews and spectators. Everyone associated with the Race must comply with all race rules & regulations as well as parking and access instructions issued by the RD in pre-race memos and at the pre-race briefing. Non-compliance will result in the disqualification of the runner.
- Be A Good Sport: Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship.
- NO SMOKING: Smoking is not permitted at any location associated with our events.
- NO PETS: Pets are not allowed at aid stations OR the start/finish line. While fluffy might be an amazing companion, loved by many, not everyone enjoys meeting fluffy nor do they necessarily love fluffy.
- MUSIC: The use of headphones or personal speakers (iPods, mp3 players, Walkman, radios, etc) is allowed. Please not that their use presents a major safety hazard. We ask that if using headphones, you use only ONE earbud, and if using a speaker, keep the volume low enough so it is for your enjoyment only.
- POLES: We discourage the use of “trekking poles.” (Discourage…not prohibit.)
- Lotteries and Waitlists: HPRS does not have wait lists for official races, or lotteries for entry into our races. They are first come first served. It is suggested you sign up when you can!
- Any violation could be grounds for disqualification. All potential rule violations are to be reported to the Race Director. Race management reserves the right to bar any runner from competing in this or any future Human Potential Race.
Each of our races come with their own set of policies which reflect the conditions of our permits, facility hosts, towns, counties, etc. Some of our events also have qualifying standards, volunteer/trail work requirements, or other. These policies and requirements are either mentioned on race pages, or in pre-race runner manuals. These policies do not substitute or void the policies listed above. They are in addition to the above policies.
To view our FAQ page and answers to other questions please CLICK HERE.
Additional Race Policies
NO CASH REFUNDS will be issued under any circumstances.
Human Potential will gladly provide runners a 75% credit via Ultrasignup.com for use towards a future Human Potential Running Series race if notified in writing to info@HumanPotentialRunning.com (not Facebook or Twitter message) 60 days or more out from the registered event. Runners may withdraw from a race for any reason, up to 60 days out from the race, and receive the 75% credit providing they follow the above procedure. At the race director’s discretion, within 60 days up to 2 Weeks (14 Days) from the event, a 50% credit may be provided in case of injury (with doctor’s note) or family emergency (with appropriate documentation). No credits will be given less than 2 Weeks (14 Days) out from an event. Credits will be good for one year from date of issuance.
No selling of entries is permitted. No refunds or credits will be provided for dropping down in race distance. Those who move UP in race distance, will be charged the difference for doing so.
Bib Transfer Policy:
Bib Transfers are allowed under the following conditions ONLY. The runner you transfer your entry to will be charged a $20 transfer fee. You, the original registrant, must contact HPRS in writing to info@HumanPotentialRunning.com (not Facebook or Twitter message) and CC the individual who you are transferring your entry to no less than 7 days prior to the race (non-negotiable). The transferred runner will be given a code to register for the event at the $20 rate. Ultrasignup.com registration fees will be applied. Runners entering the race on transferred entry will either be given the original runners shirt, or they can order a race shirt at cost post-run.
In the event the race is cancelled due to extreme weather, fire, or for some other unforeseeable event, we cannot offer refunds, though Human Potential LLC will make a conscious effort to issue credits based on race funds not used.
Race shirts may only be picked up in person at packet pickup or on race day, we will not mail out shirts to participants that do not attend the event. We also will not mail any forgotten drop bags or unclaimed finishers awards. All drop bag items left behind will be donated to runners in need or some other suitable area non-profit.
DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY HPRS RACE. They are not allowed at the pre-race meeting or post-race celebration. They are not allowed at the start, or the finish. They are not allowed at any aid station out on the course. Should your family or friends bring a dog to the event, you will be immediately disqualified from the event, will not receive a finishers award, will appear as a DNF in the results, and you will not be eligible or entitled to any refund or credit. You could also face a ban from all future HPRS events for this infraction as well. While fluffy might be an amazing companion and loved by many, not everyone enjoys meeting fluffy nor do they necessarily love fluffy. In the past, dogs have become an increasing issue at all ultra events, not just those put on by HPRS. At HPRS, dogs have been left to roam free at aid stations and in doing so they have eaten food for runners. There have been numerous dog fights at aid stations where dogs have been injured, and another situation where an 8-year old girl interfered in a dog fight to save her own dog. This poses a huge liability risk to all runners, spectators, and HPRS as a business. A risk we are not willing to take. NO DOGS. PERIOD.
Abandoned Drop Bags:
We will not ship any drop bags abandoned at our races. As soon as each race concludes, the contents of abandoned drop bags are either donated to local charities or non-profits, or will be rummaged through to provide gear for needy runners (think college students, high schoolers looking to get into ultra, or runners who lost items in a house fire, etc). We will do our very best to return drop bags to the finish line in a timely manner. We highly suggest you keep nothing of personal value or importance in your drop bags. If you do not intend to retrieve your drop bag at the finish line late in the day, it is best to not have a drop bag, or at least one with items you’re not ok with losing.
We will not ship any awards not picked up on race day. In most cases, awards are handed to you at the finish line. In other cases (Silverheels 100) there is an awards ceremony. HPRS is dedicated to bettering our ultra community by hosting events that encourage mingling and partying before and after the run. If you are unable to engage in this process, by staying behind to obtain your award, please see us immediately on race day for other options.
Post-Race Food Policy:
Few races can afford to feed all runners and volunteers, plus their family and friends. We’re not one of them. Please respect this policy as feeding our already large crowd is our biggest expense, and it is unreasonable to expect us to feed everyone who attends a race.
No successful event can happen without the dedicated service of volunteers. Volunteers are eligible to accrue points towards discounted and comp race entries for HPRS events only. Points accrued expire at 11:59:59 on December 31st of the year accrued. Race registration for the following year typically opens on December 1st. No exceptions will be made for those who “drag their feet” and fail to sign up using their points for the following year in a timely fashion.
Walk-up volunteers the day of the event are eligible for compensation on a case by case basis, typically tied to volunteer need by race staff, and the amount and type of work performed. Otherwise, compensation is only awarded to those who signed-up to volunteer prior to the event. You can learn more about volunteering and the compensation system on our Volunteer Page.
Compensation codes will be issued ONE TIME via email following the completion of race weekend. Compensation cannot be used at the event worked. These codes are transferable to a family member, friend, or stranger at your discretion provided HPRS is notified via email beforehand at info@HumanPotentialRunning.com.
Drugs & Alcohol Policy:
The Human Potential Running Series focuses on the community of trail and ultra running first, and competition second. Because we do not offer prize monies, or special accommodations, for elites/front runners, we feel that doping at our events should theoretically be a non-issue. We do recognize that doping in our sport has become a hot topic, and HPRS is dedicated to providing runners with an accurate representation of our stance.
Marijuana & Alcohol:
Please be aware that your right to possess marijuana in any state does not apply when you are visiting national parks, national forests or monuments, or other federal properties. Possession of marijuana on federal land is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 on the first offense, along with a 15-day mandatory sentence that can be extended to two years in prison for a second offense. After that, perpetrators can receive a 90-day to three-year prison term, and a $5,000 fine.
It is 100% illegal to possess any marijuana on federal lands. Colorado Amendment 64 does not permit the consumption of marijuana openly and publically outside the comfort of your own home.
In regards to alcohol, HPRS is not permitted to provide runners with alcohol before, during, or after the race. We have not obtained the required liquor license, and/or additional insurance policy, to do so. Starting in 2016, Prohibition of alcohol is a condition of our permits moving forward. Therefore HPRS, nor any associated volunteers/individuals, are permitted to distribute alcohol to participants for any reason. Runners wishing to bring their own alcohol to the event, are allowed to do so, but will be subject to all laws pertaining to open containers and alcohol consumption in public settings.
In both the circumstances of marijuana and alcohol neither will be encouraged, distributed, or even handled by HPRS or its representatives. Should you decide to provide these items for your own personal use, you do so at your own risk and are subject to all local, state, and federal rules and regulations. Should it become a concern of HPRS that you are intoxicated, under the influence, or generally not of clear sound mind (enough to continue through the event) for any reason we reserve the right to pull you from the course immediately.
Volunteers at our events are allowed to bring their own alcohol for personal consumption. At no time, for any reason, is a volunteer to share, distribute, or so much as offer alcohol to one of our race patrons. Alcohol consumption at aid stations is only to be consumed during times in which your aid station is closed or “inactive.” While you are allowed to drink, it is strictly prohibited for you to get intoxicated/drunk during the event at any time. If you would like to drink to access, we require that you only do so after your duties at the event have concluded in their entirety. All alcohol present at your aid station must be 100% out of view from runners. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed from red solo cups only.Volunteers and staff who ignore or violate this policy, will be immediately removed from the event and banned from ALL future HPRS events.