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Athletes with Disabilities

Rules & Restrictions

wheelchairThe Cap10K welcomes all athletes of all abilities to participate in the event. It should be noted that the event’s course topography and traffic control plan make this event particularly challenging for athletes in general, and disabled athletes in particular. The race route includes several areas with long uphill and downhill sections with sharp turns and uneven road surfaces, including speed bumps.

It is imperative for all participants to complete the event within the designated running lanes, and within the allotted course closure times of three and a half hours (3 1⁄2) in the 10K (6.2 mile) race. Participants not maintaining the pace to finish within these times will be directed to move onto the sidewalk by race officials and the finish line will not remain open beyond these finishing times.

Ventures Endurance will comply with applicable USA Track & Field (USATF) and World Athletics
regulations for participant performance records and event liability. The below are adopted from the World
Para Athletics rules and regulations

Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) – Visually Impaired Athletes, Adaptive (Guided) Athletes, Blade Runners, Pushed Athletes, Push Rim, Racing Chair and Hand Cycles

  • AWD athletes, using permitted reasonable accommodations, must be capable of completing the full race distance within the event time limit requirements.
  • AWD athletes must notify the Race Director a minimum of 20 days prior to the event to participate.
  • AWD athletes must obtain a bib labeled ES (Early Start) to qualify for our events. For approved AWD athletes whonotified the Race Director a minimum of 20 days prior to the event, an ES labeled bib will automatically be assigned at bib pick up.
  • Pushed athletes and coaches/pushers must meet age minimum requirements. If the pushed participant is not at the minimum age, a waiver must be signed by the parent or guardian.

Visually Impaired, Adaptive Athletes, Blade Runners and Push Athletes

  • Athletes must be harnessed in a lap belt at a minimum while sitting in a wheelchair.
  • Athletes are responsible for providing their own guides. An athlete may have no more than 3 guides.
  • Guides are to stay to the right and advise others when passing.
  • Guides are to announce when approaching other athletes.
  • Guides for Adaptive Athletes are not required but encouraged.

Visually Impaired, Adaptive Athletes, Blade Runners and Push Athletes

  • Athletes must be harnessed in a lap belt at a minimum while sitting in a wheelchair.
  • Athletes are responsible for providing their own guides. An athlete may have no more than 3 guides.
  • Guides are to stay to the right and advise others when passing.
  • Guides are to announce when approaching other athletes.
  • Guides for Adaptive Athletes are not required but encouraged.

Push Rim Athletes

  • The wheelchair can have two (2) large wheels and up to two (2) small wheels. The small wheels must be at the front of the chair.
  • No part of the main body (defined as vertical plane of the back edge and  wheels including the seat) of the wheelchair may extend forward beyond the hub of the front wheel and be wider than the inside of the hubs of the two rear wheels. The maximum height from the ground of the main body of the wheelchair shall be 50 cm. No part of the wheelchair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires.
  • The maximum diameter of the large wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 70 cm. The maximum diameter of the small wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 50 cm.
  • Only one plain, round push rim is allowed for each large wheel. No mechanical gears or levers can propel the wheelchair. Only hand-operated, mechanical steering devices are allowed. The participant must be able to turn the front wheel(s) manually both to the left and to the right.
  • The use of fairings or similar devices  specifically designed to improve the aerodynamic performance of the participant in the wheelchair are not permitted.
  • All athletes must wear a protective helmet, undamaged and unaltered, which meets or exceeds the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and which is clearly labeled by the manufacturer as satisfying such standards. Helmets not labeled as approved by the CPSC, but meeting one or more of the following standards: Snell B-90, Snell B-95, ASTM 1447-12, CEN European Standard, Canadian Standards Association, Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand AS/NZS, and Japanese Industrial Standard JIS, may be used by athletes residing outside of the United States. Removal of a helmet cover, if required for that helmet to meet such safety standards is an impermissible alteration rendering the helmet non-compliant.
  • The helmet must be properly placed on the head and fastened before the participant enters the Start corral or area and at all times when the participant is on the race course.
  • Any violation of these helmet requirements will result in disqualification. A participant will not be disqualified if his/her helmet strap unintentionally and temporarily becomes unattached, and the participant immediately comes to a full stop and reattaches the strap and replaces the helmet while fully stopped.

Hand Cycles

The Handcycle Division is an exhibition event and is not a competitive race division. There are no awards or prize money for this division. Handcycle results will be posted for informational reasons only.

Handcycle Specifications

  • Ventures Endurance reserves the right to institute a maximum speed limit forhandcycles.
  • A handcycle is either an arm powered, arm-trunk powered or kneeling position, three-wheel device with an open frame of tubular construction. No motorized wheelchairs or “trikes” or any wheelchairs or handcycles that a participant cannot “propel” over the marathon course by himself or herself will be accepted.
  • Any chair or device that is powered by the participant’s legs is a bicycle/tricycle and not permitted.
  • The single wheel may be of a different diameter than the double wheels. The front wheel, or wheels, shall be steerable; the single wheel, either front or rear, shall be driven through a system comprising handgrips and a chain.
  • The handcycle shall be propelled solely through a chain set and conventional cycle drive train of crank
    arms, chainwheels, chain and gears, with handgrips replacing foot pedals. It shall be propelled from the hands, arms and upper body.
  • In the recumbent position, the athlete must have a clear vision. The horizontal of the athlete’s eyeline must be above the crank housing/crank set, when he/she is sitting with his/her hands on the handlebars facing forward at full extent, the tip of his/her shoulder blades in contact with the backrest and his/her head in contact with the headrest, when applicable. A quick release body harness is permitted.
  • In the kneeling position, the Participant’s legs and feet must be supported and protected from the ground surface.
  • Handcycles must have two independent braking systems.
  • A handcycle shall not measure more than 250 cm in length. Its maximum width shall be 70cm overall.
  • The largest chain ring shall have a guard securely fitted to protect the rider.
  • Leg and footrests shall be fitted as necessary, with a secure means of protecting static lower limbs from all moving parts.
  • Hand cyclists must wear shoes or sufficiently stiff foot protection which covers completely the foot, for security measure, unless the handcycle has a shell / structure which allows the feet to rest with no risk of coming out. In such cases, athletes should at minimum be wearing socks. In all cases, the feet should also be fixed to the bike with some sort of device which prevents the feet from falling out of the footrest.
  • All athletes must wear a protective helmet, undamaged and unaltered, which meets or exceeds the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and which is clearly labeled by the manufacturer as satisfying such standards. Helmets not labeled as approved by the CPSC, but meeting one or more of the following standards: Snell B-90, Snell B-95, ASTM 1447-12, CEN European Standard, Canadian Standards Association, Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand AS/NZS, and Japanese Industrial Standard JIS, may be used by athletes residing outside of the United States. Removal of a helmet cover, if required for that helmet to meet such safety standards is an impermissible alteration rendering the helmet non-compliant.
  • The helmet must be properly placed on the head and fastened before the participant enters the Start corral or area and at all times when the participant is on the race course.
  • Any violation of these helmet requirements will result in disqualification. A participant will not be disqualified if his/her helmet strap unintentionally and temporarily becomes unattached, and the participant immediately comes to a full stop and repairs the strap and replaces the helmet while fully stopped.
  • Hand cycle athletes must obtain approval from Race Director if requesting the use of a bike guide.
    a. Bike guide to be provided by hand cycle athlete.
    b. If approved, no more than one bike guide per athlete.
    c. If a bike guide is approved and provided in a marathon, he/she should follow the normal safety
    rules of the road.
    i. A bike guide should always be in front and to the side of a handcycle athlete.
    ii. The sole purpose of the bike guide is to shout out any dangers in the road and to keep
    any runners or oblivious non-runners from getting run over.

***Ventures Endurance has the right to prevent athletes from starting or to remove them
from the course if they do not meet the standards listed in these Event Rules. ***

Ventures Endurance happily welcomes all athletes to participate in our events. Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) include, but are not limited to the flowing athletes, Blade Runners, Visually Impaired Runners, adaptive / Guided Runners, Pushed Athletes, Push Rim, Racing Chair and Hand Cycles. To participate as an AWD athlete you must notify the Race Director of your participation a minimum of 20 days in advance. This allows our staff to ensure the safety and security of each athlete on the course prepare the ES (early starters) corral for athletes. To ensure your spot and be approved as an AWD participant please contact
awd@venturesendurance.com. Should there be a duo team, a coupon code may be provided for  the pusher/coach by emailing awd@venturesendurance.com.