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Crew Rules

Crews must abide by all rules and directives of the Western States Endurance Run as set forth in the WSER Participant Guide, the WSER website, the Performance Rules, Crew Rules, and Pacer Rules, and all other official Run communications, including any final written or oral instructions at the Pre-Run briefing at Olympic Valley (the “Run Rules”). 

1. Crews are only allowed at aid stations specifically designated for crews in the current year’s WSER Participant Guide. 

2. Crews must comply with all instructions of aid station personnel, including where to meet their runner and requests to remain in certain areas. 

3. Crews must remain within a 200-yard radius of the aid station while attending to their runner. Exception: Crews (and pacer, friends, and family) may accompany their runner: 

  • from the bottom of Bath Road to the intersection of Main Street and California Street 
  • from the Rucky Chucky far side to the Green Gate aid station 
  • from Robie Point to the finish line 

4. No crews are allowed at the following aid stations: Lyon Ridge, Red Star Ridge, Miller’s Defeat, Last Chance, Devil’s Thumb, El Dorado Creek, Dardanelles, Peachstone, Ford’s Bar, Auburn Lake Trails, and Quarry Road. Crews may assist runners in designated areas on both sides of the Rucky Chucky river crossing. 

5. Crews will be limited to one vehicle per runner at all aid stations except Foresthill. Due to narrow access roads, motor homes will not be permitted into any aid stations except Foresthill. 

6. No crew vehicles are allowed at the following places: 

  • Deadwood Ridge 
  • Bath Road 
  • the Rucky Chucky river crossing (both sides of the river) 
  • Green Gate 
  • Highway 49 Crossing 
  • Robie Point 

7. Crews can meet runners at the following “foot access only” aid stations: 

  • Rucky Chucky — north (near side): shuttle bus or 3 1/2 mile hike 
  • Rucky Chucky — south (far side): 3¼ mile hike 
  • Green Gate: 1¼ mile hike 
  • Pointed Rocks: 3/4 mile hike 

8. Crews must always drive at safe speeds and within speed limits. Access to many aid stations is on windy, narrow, dangerous roads. Speed limits are strictly enforced. 

9. Crews must never park in such a way as to block traffic, access to the trail or an aid station, or other parked cars. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense, and their runner may be disqualified. 

10. Bicycles are permitted to get to crew-accessible aid stations. However, bicycles may not be used to pace a runner or be ridden on any part of the Western States Trail. 

11. No dogs or other pets are allowed at any of the aid stations, the finish line, or on the Western States Trail. 

12. No smoking is allowed at any of the aid stations or on the Western States Trail. 

13. Littering of any kind at any aid station, on the Western States Trail, or at the finish line is strictly prohibited.