Because of the time and nature of this event, Ultramarathon participants will have to run on the sidewalks, follow all traffic laws, etc. to enhance safety and avoid disqualification. There are no road closures or traffic control in the first loop of the Ultramarathon. Be alert. Do not take risks. For the first loop of the Ultramarathon, participants will be expected to obey the California Vehicle Code (see below for more details on the California Vehicle Code):
- Cross roads only in crosswalks or at intersections and allow approaching vehicles to pass.
- Stop at red lights.
- Do not run in a bicycle lane when a sidewalk is adjacent.
- Run on the LEFT side of the road against traffic.
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- Medical history should be written on the backs of bibs to expedite the delivery of emergency care.
- Bib number should be worn on the front of your shirt or shorts.
- Keep noise to a minimum on streets and at aid stations on the first loop.
- Must run with a head lamp and reflective vest/gear; a blinking red light is STRONGLY recommended. 52.4 participants will NOT be allowed to participate without proper reflective gear.
- Hat or visor to reduce the glare of headlights is recommended.
- Carrying pepper spray and/or whistle is recommended.
- Each 52.4 participant must carry a course map and a cell phone during the first loop (Participants will be provided with a 52.4 Ultra Marathon and San Francisco Marathon phone number to call in case of emergency).
- Each 52.4 participant must carry a water bottle during the first loop.
- Do not litter the neighborhoods, parks or streets of San Francisco! Carry trash with you until you meet up at an aid station.
- If you need to drop out of the event, please stop at one of the aid stations and notify them that you are not continuing. Volunteers will transport you back to The Embarcadero or help you secure a ride back (Taxi).
- No dogs, children, strollers, alcohol or headphones allowed.
- Wheelchairs need prior approval.
- Pacers are not allowed. Only registered 52.4 participants may participate in this event.
California Vehicle Code
Be safe. Read the Rules.
PEDESTRIANS’ RIGHTS AND DUTIES (Excerpted from the California Vehicle Code)
RIGHT-OF-WAY AT CROSSWALKS
21950. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. (b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run in the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian shall unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. (c) The provisions of subdivision (b) shall not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
VEHICLES STOPPED FOR PEDESTRIANS
21951. Whenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
RIGHT-OF-WAY ON SIDEWALK
21952. The driver of any motor vehicle, prior to driving over or upon any sidewalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching thereon.
PEDESTRIANS OUTSIDE CROSSWALKS
21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. (b) The provision of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.
CROSSING BETWEEN INTERSECTIONS
21955. Between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk.
PEDESTRIAN IN BICYCLE LANE
21966. No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an adjacent adequate pedestrian facility.