CAN WOMEN DO THE RACE?
Yes, this is a mixed event and there are prize categories for men women. Last year we had about 30%/70% female/ male split across the events.
WHAT TIME DOES THE FIRST WAVE STARTS
The first wave will start at 1000 in each location* (0900 in London) and subsequent waves will start at 15 minute intervals after that in all locations.
* This may change slightly but you will be notified prior to the event if this is the case
DO YOU SEND MY RACE NUMBER AND OTHER MATERIALS THROUGH THE POST?
No. We do not send anything in the post. All correspondence is done through e-mail. You will receive your race number and timing chip on the day at the registration, together with your Tech Race T-shirt. You will hear from us 1 month and then 1 week prior to the event via email.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PICK UP MY RACE PACK ON THE DAY?
You MUST bring a signed disclaimer form and photographic identification so we know accurately who is taking part in case of emergency. If you arrive on the day and these details do not match to the given name you will not be able to register.
CAN I PICK UP MY FRIENDS RACE PACK?
CAN I CHOOSE MY T-SHIRT SIZE PRE-EVENT?
No, you will be picking up your Tech T-Shirt on the day at the registration. Sizes will be given out on a first come-first served basis so be sure to arrive early to get your preferred t-shirt size.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE?
You need to be at least 16 years old on the day of the race. Everyone aged 16 or 17 must provide parental consent for their participation, which must be signed on the day, at registration.
IS IT ONE OF THOSE MUD RUNS?
Sort of, but not quite. Survival is almost certainly going to get you muddy and wet, but you won’t end up finishing the run looking like you’ve been dipped in chocolate. Or anything else…! The unique thing about Survival is that it is an urban obstacle course; we use the fabric of the city around us to produce the course. Sometimes this means mud. Sometimes it means other types of obstacles and challenges.
WILL THERE BE A WATER STATION ON THE COURSE?
Yes, there will be one water station approximately half way around the course.
CAN I CHANGE MY WAVE AFTER I'VE ENTERED?
You cannot change your wave once you have chosen it when entering.
CAN I RACE FOR CHARITY?
Yes, you can race for any Charity of your choice, although there is no obligation whatsoever. See our charity page for some inspiration and you may choose one of our charity partners if you wish, who offer certain incentives for those willing to raise funds for them.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN RACE IN EACH EVENT?
We allow 4500 racers to enter Notts and Manchester; 10,000 in London Day, 2500 in London Night; 2500 in Edinburgh and 3500 in Cardiff.
WHEN DO YOU CLOSE ENTRIES?
We will close entries when each event is full. Last year’s events sold out, so don’t leave it too late!
ARE THE OBSTACLES THE SAME IN EACH LOCATION?
Some are the same, such as the infamous Men’s Health Wall of Fame, the hay bale scramble and the Army Assault course. Others are unique to the host location.
ARE ALL THE COURSES SIMILAR IN EACH LOCATION?
No. Owing to local topography and city layout, each course is different. Each course is approximately 10km long, although exact length will vary from city to city.
IS THE RACE ON TARMAC OR OFF-ROAD?
Both. Given you are in an urban environment, there is plenty of tarmac. But this is Survival of the Fittest after all and you should expect a mixture of terrains underfoot.
DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?
Being a swimmer does help in Nottingham and Manchester but it’s not an essential requirement. Some obstacles in Nottingham and Manchester will involve full immersion in water,* whereas in the other locations it’s partial immersion or a few fun splashes. Where relevant, Buoyancy Aids are provided by the organisers for Nottingham, together with ropes to pull yourself along through the water. There will also be non-swimmer alternatives at these locations if you really do not fancy the wet stuff. Full safety cover, including safety kayakers, is in place where required at all locations.
* Water immersion activities are always subject to weather and environmental factors in these events.
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?
The events are in October and November, which means it could be wet and it could be chilly. You should prepare for the weather conditions and run in what you feel most comfortable in for a tough run, in the autumn, which features mud and water in healthy doses! You will be on tarmac a good deal of the time, but there will be some off road sections, so good robust trainers should be used. Wear shorts, socks and footwear that will dry quickly, if possible. In all events, you will also be getting muddy so don’t wear smoking jacket and your finest cravat. Check out our special kit picks for Survival at the Rat Race Store for some inspiration and for some specific recommendations for these events.
CAN I SKIP AN OBSTACLE BECAUSE IT'S TOO MUCH FOR ME?
The course is designed so that all obstacles are achievable, even if you have to rely on other runners to get help you through it. This is part of the challenge. Skipping an obstacle will only diminish your sense of achievement and it will mean that you have not completed the course properly. If you have an injury, then you must consult your GP on whether it is appropriate to take part in the event. The GP is unlikely to be able to comment on specific obstacles, and it should be seen as a running event-with-obstacles for a full body work-out. If you have a fear, then this might be the event for you to confront that fear. If you really don’t fancy the look of something though, no-one is going to make you do it. Just skip in and enjoy the rest of the course.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
No. We do not do refunds but you can transfer your entry to another event operated by Rat Race or to the same event in the following year. We need 14 working days notice prior to the event to make these changes plus you will need to pay a £7.50 fee to make a change. Should Rat Race need to change the event venue or date of the event you will be offered 30 days from the announcement of this change to make your transfer free of any administration fee. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT VENUES?
There may be limited parking organised by the event at Nottingham and Manchester. The cost will be £5 per car payable on the day and it is first come first served. Please do not park in any unauthorised locations as this will lead to clamping, ticketing and towing at the owners expense. To see more parking options please visit the council web site of the host venue.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
In 2013 there are no prizes for wave winners or overall event winners.The spirit of Survival is all about taking part and this year, our prize offering is designed to celebrate those aims. Whilst we want to encourage you to race hard and those who win their waves (male and female) will be celebrated and announced post-event, our prizes are there for anyone to win. All those who enter and complete the Tri-Nations events; and all those who enter and complete the Full Monty will be entered in a prize draw (per category) to win an amazing prize. Prizes are TBC. All Full Monty finishers will also receive a super-cool special-edition Hoody to wear with pride.