Should an athlete wish to protest results from the event, it is important to understand the process to do so. The protest period begins when results are officially posted on the event website and ends at 11:59PM two calendar days following the event (e.g. If the event took place on Saturday, the protest period would end at 11:59PM on the Monday immediately following). Formal protests can be made via email only to our office at email@example.com and should include the following information:
Your name and contact details as the plaintiff (email address & phone number). Only an athlete can submit a protest.
Nature and details of the protest you would like to bring to our attention, sharing as much detail as possible.
If the protest involves another athlete, indicate the athlete bib number or name.
Protests that involve questioning another athlete's finish time for a top 5 finish in the same division of participation, including accusations of course cutting or cheating will be reviewed by race management. Race management will work with the timing service provider to determine authenticity of the questioned athlete’s participation and results. Start, finish and intermediary times will be considered when investigating a protest, alongside other posted finish times from the current and past years. Every effort will be made to find a fair result. Any athlete involved in a protest (Plaintiff or Questioned) will be communicated with via email by event management and will have a designated time to respond to inquiry as outlined in the email communication. This deadline will be determined by race management based on the complexity of the protest. A non-response by the stated deadline by any athlete involved will be considered a forfeiture of defence (questioned athlete) or protest (plaintiff). A forfeiture of protest will leave results as initially posted, a forfeiture of defence will result in a judgement in favour of the plaintiff and the questioned athlete will be removed from results.
Protests that involve questioning another athlete’s self-chosen division of participation will only be considered and responded to in situations when it affects a top 5 position in results. Event management will undertake an investigation to ensure all athletes involved were in the division they intended to participate in. If this same protest happens to involve a transgender athlete’s result, please note that no athletes are required to provide proof of gender, nor ongoing or completed treatment for gender affirmation. Event management will not argue nor question an athlete’s chosen division once an athlete’s intended division of participation is confirmed in writing as part of the protest process. If all athletes involved confirm that their results do in fact show in the division they intended to participate in, then the results as initially posted will stand. Should an athlete whose result is being protested not respond to an email inquiry requesting a confirmation of their chosen participation division within a 21 day period, the protest process shall judge in favour of the plaintiff, and the questioned athlete will be removed from the results. If the plaintiff is placed in a position to receive a cash award for winning their division after a successful protest, said award will be forwarded to plaintiff as soon as possible following the closing of the protest file by event management.