THE NORTH FACE ENDURANCE CHALLENGE SERIES CLEAN SPORT POLICY
The North Face is committed to clean sport and does not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs or banned substances at any level of competition. The North Face believes all athletes competing in any The North Face event and sport in general should educate themselves on the anti-doping rules and banned substances established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and on other anti-doping rules and policies.
In order to further this commitment and to help create a clean sport in trail running and ultrarunning, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series (ECS) will be enforcing the policy outlined below and will require athletes competing in ECS events to acknowledge the policy and agree to a ECS Code of Conduct that allows The North Face to enforce the policy.
The North Face Endurance Challenge Series Clean Sport Policy:
Athletes who have been banned from competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), any national sports federation, or a similar organization identified by The North Face, for a violation of applicable anti-doping rules or policies, are prohibited from competing at any ECS event while the ban is effective.
Once the ban has been served and officially lifted, the athlete may compete at any ECS event, however, such athlete (1) will forever be ineligible to receive prize money, awards, podium recognition, or overall or age group competitive rankings at any ECS event, and (2) may not participate in the ECS GORE-TEX 50-mile event elite field. (If a ban is overturned on appeal or otherwise vacated, the athlete will be eligible to compete on the same terms as all other athletes and will be eligible for prize money, awards, etc.).
If The North Face determines, at any time, that an athlete competed in an ECS event while banned from competition as provided in this policy, that athlete must forfeit the event and return any prize money, awards, etc.; The North Face shall have sole and absolute discretion in determining whether a qualifying ban was imposed.
This policy is subject to change by The North Face at any time. If changed, The North Face will notify registered runners of the updated policy.