The balisage (course demarcation) consists of “balises”(trail markers) made of strips of red and white ribbon, 60/80 long.
The ribbons are normally tied to the branches of the trees, at 1,5 to 3 m height. Where there are no trees, they are tied onto a stick, about 1m high, driven into the soil.
Where a bifurcation exists, at least two balises are placed on the right course in the 20 meters beyond the fork.
As a general rule, and whenever possible, the balises are placed at about every 300 m and are visible one from another If the topography and the weather conditions allow that.
If after running 4/500 m you do not see any balise, stop and check on the road-book (downloadable from this site), on a map, with a compass and, better, a GPS that you are on the right course.
You shall however consider that although carefully we place the balises in the last days before the raid and in spite of the passage of an “ouvreur” few hours before you, a risk always exists that some balises are removed or even displaced to mislead. Regrettably this already happened.