The race rules continue to evolve in conjunction with new directives from, and negotiations with, the National Park Service. It is imperative that all racers and ALL crew members are studying the race rules regularly and very closely.
Today we want to bring your attention in particular to the new rules regarding high-visibility clothing required for all crew members (not pacers, not racers), which were instituted by the National Park Service, NOT by AdventureCORPS / Badwater:
New regulations for sporting events held within Death Valley National Park require that ALL support crew members for the Badwater 135 wear a minimum of OSHA Class 2 (or higher) high-visibility clothing during daylight hours, and OSHA Class 3 high-visibility clothing during nighttime hours. These regulations may ONLY be met by wearing the special garments pictured below and developed by ZZYXXZ in collaboration with BADWATER and which can be pre-ordered at this link for pick-up in Furnace Creek on July 27
The alternative is wearing certified OSHA Class 2 (in daytime) and Class 3 (at nighttime, or night + day) vests / jackets, such as those worn by highway workers, as in these two examples: Example 1 | Example 2.
Please note that running-type reflective vests, such as those by Nathan Sports, do NOT meet OSHA Class 2 or Class 3 requirements.
NOTE: Racers, and Pacers when allowed, may dress as they choose during daylight, and must wear 360 degree reflectivity (such as runner-type vests by Nathan Sports) and front and rear blinky lights at night. Racers and Pacers are not required to wear the specific OSHA Class 2 or OSHA Class 3 garments that are required for all crew members, though that level of high-contrast reflectivity and visibility is highly recommended for racers and pacers, too.
In addition to the requisite reflective garments, all crew members, pacers, and racers must wear front and rear blinky lights whenever they are outside of a motor vehicle during nighttime.
To pre-order the Class 2 short-sleeve shirts for during the day and Class 3 long-sleeve shirts for during the night (and day also, if desired), please click here. Orders must be submitted by June 15 so that ZZYXXZ can have your garments ready for you during Racer Check-In on July 27.
TO BE CLEAR: All crew members MUST wear these shirts, OR must wear certified OSHA Class 2 (in daytime) and Class 3 (at nighttime, or night AND day) vests / jackets, such as those worn by highway workers, as in the examples cited above.
AT RACER CHECK-IN: All racers must display a minimum of two running-style reflective vests – which will be worn and utilized by the racer and pacer (if any) during nighttime periods of the race – and eight blinking red lights for racers, pacers, and crew members to wear at night. Also during Racer Check-In, all entrants must display one OSHA Class 2 reflectivity garment for each crew member to wear during the day, and one OSHA Class 3 reflectivity garment for each crew member to wear during the night.
Thank you for your close attention to these matters and for quickly ordering the necessary garments to meet these rules.