Race Rules

Lost Sole is a very challenging event, and participation presents numerous medical risks, many of which can be extremely serious or fatal.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day.

Lost Sole offers two distance events over one day –  50k & 25k

  • The 50km & 25km events both occur on Friday February 22nd.
  • There are cut off times for each distance & the finish line officially closes at 9:15pm.
  • The 50k race starts at 8:15am and the course will close at 9:15pm, giving participants 13hrs to complete the course.
  • The 25k race starts at 10:30am and the course will close at 6pm, giving participants 7.5 hrs to complete the course.
  • The 50km event has two cut-­off times at check points which is at Shek Pik at 4pm and the second at Pui O at 6:30pm.
  • If a runner arrives at a checkpoint after the published cut-­off time, they will have to discontinue the race & proceed via public transport to Mui Wo.
  • It is MANDATORY that runners check in at the start and at each aid station, collect their designated cards & finish at the Kitchen in Mui Wo to complete the challenge.
  • All participants must complete an online waiver when registering. If for some reason a waiver was not completed, one must be signed and returned to Race Management prior to the race in order to participate – no exceptions. They will be accepted at the registration table on race day.
  • All collected cards must be handed to marshal at the finish line to validate completion of the challenge.
  • Obey Marshals.
  • Vehicles have the right of way. DONT run or hike on ANY public roads! Use the pavement (sidewalk).
  • If a runner makes a wrong turn, the runner must return to the course on foot to the point on the course where the error occurred and then resume the race.

While participating in Lost Sole Day, you will be traveling through residential areas and country parks. The route is open to the public on event day so be courteous and aware of other users. Please be polite and respect local residents so as to minimize any disruption.

  • No Pacing: non-­participants may not accompany registered runners (on foot or otherwise) along the course.
  • Do not litter on the course. This will result in disqualification and refusal to run this race ever again.  Ever.  Again.
  • Please use bathrooms, portable toilets or use common sense, if you have to relieve yourself.
  • Slow runners/walkers must yield the trail to others wishing to pass.
  • If you come across an injured fellow runner, please stay with that person until the sweep or medical attention arrives.
  • No short-­cutting.
  • Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the trail.
  • Poles are allowed & recommended.
  • No dogs or baby joggers: Your shoes, clothing, and nutrition/hydration/emergency supplies, carried on your body are all that you should bring on your run to ensure competition fairness and the safety of you and other runners.
  • Headphones ARE permitted, but at volume that allows you to remain aware of your surroundings at ALL TIMES. We request that you only run with one ear bud in but if you chose to run with both in you MUST have the volume low enough so that you can hear other runners, mountain bikers, and any potential wildlife. Loudspeakers or portable speakers that play music out aloud are NOT permitted.
  • Runners may not receive assistance outside of designated check points by anyone other than another registered active runner. This standard is enforced for fairness to all runners. Runners do not need to have a crew.
  • Dropping Out: If you find it necessary to drop from the race, you must do so at a check point. Notify the aid station captain and have the captain note your number. Failure to do so may result in ban from future races. If you feel you cannot get to the nearest check point, call the given race official number & stay on the trail and a sweep will assist you. Do not leave the course without notifying a check point captain. If we can’t account for your whereabouts an expensive search and rescue operation will be initiated at your expense.
  • Mandatory Drop Out: Event officials and check point captains have the authority to pull a runner from the event should they deem it unsafe for the runner to continue. The runner must comply with this decision.

Participants are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. Race Management reserves the right to impose sanctions for behavior not specifically mentioned here.

Official protests must be made directly to the Race Director, Marj Pritchard. In the case of unclear or contested infractions, a jury of available racers, volunteers and race marshals will be assembled to provide an opinion to the Race Director; however, the Race Director reserve the right to make the final decision.


  • Receiving aid outside of an Aid Station from someone other than a registered runner
  • Getting in a moving vehicle including taxis
  • Having a pacer
  • Short-­cutting the course
  • Missing a checkpoint and failing to collect all cards
  • Failing to remain at a checkpoint for evaluation on request of checkpoint personnel
  • Impeding another runner
  • Having a dog or other animal companion on the course
  • Disobeying the directions of Race Management and/or race volunteers
  • Having crews take cars to areas designated as off-­limits.
  • Disobeying rules regarding dogs off-­leash or mistreatment of the environment.
  • Littering.
  • Failing to respect private property.
  • Running as a bandit (either unregistered or using another registered runner’s card).
  • Pacing or crewing for a bandit mistreating Race Management, Aid Station personnel, runners or hikers.

Mandatory gear

  • 2 litres of water or sports drink
  • Octopus and cash
  • 200 calories of nutrition
  • flashlight or headlamp after 4:30pm from Pui O check point
  • whistle
  • Race Directors number (Marj Pritchard) in your phone
  • mobile phone