Safety

RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RING OF FIRE

Taking part in the Ring of Fire includes taking on risks. With preparation and care these risks can be minimised so that you have a fun and safe event experience.

Key Hazards

HAZARD: Trips and falls on rough terrain causing injury.
COMMENT: There are some technical sections of the course including the Cascade waterfall climb, the Wahianoa Gorge, dropping off the Tukino Road into the valley. Much of leg one and two have a very uneven running surface.
MANAGEMENT: Take care with where you place your feet and the pace at which you run. If it is technical, slow down to pick your path.

HAZARD: Hypothermia from the cold.
COMMENT: Symptoms include shivering, cold fingers and toes and skin colour change.
MANAGEMENT: You need to take enough gear to star warm while running or walking and enough gear to keep you warm if you stop and can not continue. Take all of the compulsory gear and put it on BEFORE you are cold or wet or both!!!

HAZARD: Traffic collision.
COMMENT: The event uses short sections of public road. Although we do have a Traffic Management Plan in place, none of the roads are closed. Please note: there are NO competitor or supporter vehicles allowed up the Tukino Access Road from the entry point of the Desert Road.
MANAGEMENT: Treat all roads as public road. Take care, run on the shoulder, heads up and watch out for traffic. Event transport on the Tukino Access Road MUST be used by all competitors who present their race bib to get on bus and supporters must purchase a $10 return bus ticket through the shop or at registration.

Supporters must also take care when driving on the roads.

Other hazards include:
• Accident/injury
• Bridges/ steps/ barriers / board walks
• Chemical sprays, poison baits, predator traps
• Cliffs/ banks
• Dehydration
• Fatigue
• Flooding
• Getting lost
• Heat stroke / Hyperthermia
• Hikers / cyclists / mountain bike shuttle buses
• Hyponatremia
• Low light conditions
• Medical problems
• Poor fitness
• Renal shutdown
• Steep slopes
• Streams
• Vegetation spikes, prickles, sharp leaf edges
• Vehicles/ public roads / competitors/ spectators hit by traffic

EMERGENCY PLANS

We could have a fire, lahar, eruption or landslide.
In most cases your best response is to move away from the danger.
Follow all instructions from staff who may hold you at certain huts or locations.

What to do if you are injured / ill or just can not continue to run/walk:
1. Stay calm.
2. Contact one of the two phone numbers on your race bib. Or;
3. Stop the next runner going past you and ask for help.
4. Apply first aid to yourself.
5. Put on all of your clothing.
6. If you are in an exposed position, but can still walk, try to get out of the wind. Often you will only have to move 5-10 metres to be in a more sheltered spot, but make sure you are not so far off the track that staff can not find you.
7. Get into your survival bag.
8. Wait for assistance.

We have 11 Field Medics plus 5 other Marshals, many of whom have alpine tents and sleeping bags. These medics will get to you as soon as they can.

Once the medic has assessed you, you will either be assisted out by the medics to a road end or a hut. A rescue helicopter MAY be able to extract you. But if the helicopter cannot fly/land, then there is also a chance that you may spend an extended period on the mountain. Remember that at this point – you will have a medic with you and will be in a sleeping bag and in a tent.

What to do if you are lost.

• Stop.
• Think, can you retrace your steps to the last known track marker? If yes then do so.
• If you cannot retrace your steps then stay put.
• Blow your whistle.
• Follow steps 1-8 above (excluding steps 3-4)

 

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