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Message from Scottish Athletics

27/03/2019

Dear Athletes,

Following an incident last week at a scottishathletics licensed event, I would like to remind all athletes that the swapping of race numbers is strictly prohibited.

For organisers, this often-innocent practice can cause huge headaches, if they either do not allow transfers, or are not at least aware of them. Problems arise most often if a runner is taken ill during an event. The back of a race number usually carries their medical information at a road, trail or ultra event, or it is certainly detailed within the race director’s database and linked to their bib number. If illness or injury does occur, the risks created through incorrectly identifying a runner are very real and potentially life threatening, as has been evidenced in other countries in recent years.

Deciding to run in someone else's number could also impact on your fellow competitors.Undeclared number-swapping can impact on team positions: even if an athlete does not compete in a team event, they may inadvertently have an indirect impact on finishing positions in other teams. Also, where entries are full and waiting lists have been created, you could be keeping someone away from a competition opportunity where they legitimately deserve that place.

It is also worth recognising that within Run Britain rankings or other data used within events, wearing the incorrect number does not provide accurate data on the individuals taking part.

Whilst we will work with event organisers to try to create processes (eg. swapping policies, where practical), scottishathletics will operate a zero tolerance policy towards any athletes caught behaving in this manner, and sanctions may apply.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact the scottishathletics Events Team.
 
Kind regards
 
Mark Munro
Chief Executive Officer
Scottish Athletics Ltd
Twitter: @SALMarkMunro
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