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Race Rules


The races will begin promptly as scheduled. For example, the 24 hour race will start at 10:00 AM on December 31, 2012, and finish promptly at 10:00 AM on January 1, 2013. If you arrive late for the start, you may still compete, but the time you've missed is lost and cannot be made up. Runners still on the course at the end of a race will be given a flag to mark their progress on the last lap. That distance will be measured and included in the runner's total.
The 12 hour and 6 hour races (only) will each have two distinct start and finish times. Distances run by all runners in each of the two race "heats" will be combined to determine finishing place and overall winners. The Race Director is aware that runners in the second heats of each race will know the the results of the previous heat and, therefore, have a competitive advantage. For the convenience of participants, however, and because there is precedent for multiple heats in other fixed-time races, these choices are being offered. Those competitors who are concerned about this issue are urged to register for the second heat.
A pre-race meeting will take place approximately 1/2 hour before each race starts. Packet pick-up, including race numbers and timing chips, will begin an hour before each race.

The race number must be worn on the front of the body and be visible at all times. Runners not properly displaying numbers will be stopped until the situation is corrected.

You may leave the track at any time. You don't need to report to race officials. If and when you decide to continue, you must return to the track at the same place you left it, and complete the lap you were on when you stepped off the track. You must stay on, or immediately adjacent to, the paved running path as marked when running the course.

Competitors are not required to run a minimum number of miles in a fixed-time race. The objective is to go as far as you can in the allotted time. Of course, the more time you spend moving forward on the track, the more distance you will accumulate. If you wish to stop completely before the official end of the race, inform the Race Director, or whoever is at the timing desk at the time, that you are stopping or leaving early and remember to turn in your chip! You will be charged for your timing chip if it is not returned at the end of the race.

No pacers are allowed, except for the visually impaired.  

Headphones, ear-phones, i-Pods and the like, as well as use of cell phones, will be allowed on the course.

Quiet at night: we will not be alone on the island. Others may be camping, and the park manager’s house is located next to the track. All of us will be expected to be as quiet as possible at night--after New Years’ Eve celebrations have quieted down, of course! This is a specific condition of our race permit and will be enforced.

Track etiquette requires that competitors leave a clear “lane” for others to get by without being forced off the track, especially in the case of two or more persons running or walking together. Others who have no connection to the race will be out there, too.  This is a specific condition of our race permit. Runners do NOT have the right-of-way and must yield to non-runners or run around them, both when overtaking people and when moving towards them. Non-runners must NEVER be forced off the pathway at any time.

Good sportsmanship is the expectation at "Peanut Island 24". Meeting that simple standard will translate to a great race experience for everyone. In all cases, please show common courtesy and remember that most of us run for the enjoyment and thrill of the experience.

Removing ALL our trash from the island is another permit condition. If we brought it onto Peanut Island we must take it off. Everyone's cooperation in helping to meet this requirement will be expected and appreciated.
We are not allowed to sell or give food or drinks to anyone who is not part of the race contingent.  This is a permit issue and must be enforced.

The Park has its own list of rules and suggestions. Here is their partial list:

General information

The alcohol rules have recently changed--and dramatically so.  Alcoholic beverages are no longer allowed on the island except by permit. Our race permit does allow alcohol for personal use within the confines of the race permit area, and we will be allowed to tastefully celebrate the New Year at the southern overlook while viewing fireworks.  To maintain this exception in the future, please be discrete in the use and display of all alcoholic drinks and containers, and take care to dispose of empties appropriately.

It is prohibited to solicit, advertise, or conduct commercial business on or from park property unless previously authorized in writing by the County.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff will be stationed in the park for the protection and safety of visitors at night during the race. On site in support of the race will also be a trained Emergency Medical Technician. In the event of a medical emergency or other serious enforcement or safety related situation, please contact these individuals or call 911.

All plants and animals, including marine organisms, are protected within the park.

Feeding animals alters their natural behavior and ability to survive in the wild. Feeding any animals within the park is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Park Director.


There is only nominal food service--sandwiches, ice cream, snacks and soft drinks--available at the small museum building on the southeast side of the park.  Visitors are strongly advised to bring to the island whatever food and beverages they require for their visit. For your comfort and convenience, water fountains are available at each of the three (3) restroom buildings.

Personal property lost or abandoned in the park will be turned in to the office for temporary storage. Wherever possible, every effort will be made to identify and contact owners. Items not claimed in thirty (30) days will be disposed of as trash or donated to an appropriate community service agency.
(561) 339-2504

No person shall make such loud, excessive, unnecessary noise so as to create a nuisance. Noise is considered a nuisance where it produces actual physical discomfort or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities.

Rollerblades, skates, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island.

Domesticated animals are welcome in designated areas. For your safety and consideration of others, please keep all pets on a leash at all times at a distance not greater than six (6) feet from their handler, pick up their droppings, and provide for their comfort with shade and water. PET WASTE: Handlers are required to clean up and properly dispose of any waste produced by their animals.

[In addition to race-provided transportation] Private water taxi service is available from these independently owned and operated water taxi services.

• Captain Joe’s Peanut Island Ferry aboard the Seafare
(Water Tours, Inc.).
Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E 13th Street, Riviera Beach, slip 517
• Palm Beach Water Taxi
Sailfish Marina Resort, 98 Lake Drive, Palm Beach Shores
(561) 683-TAXI (8294)