SwissPeaks Trail 2019

Regulations

(Only the French version in PDF format is legally binding)

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CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

To participate, it is essential:

To be totally aware of the length and the specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it

To have acquired, prior to the race, a real capacity for self-sufficiency in the mountains (1) which permits the management of problems induced by this type of course, and notably:

To know how to face, without outside help, climatic conditions which can become very difficult due to the altitude (night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow)

To know how to manage, even if one finds oneself isolated, physical or mental problems arising from high fatigue, digestive problems, muscular or joint pain, minor ailments…

To be fully aware, that it is not the role of the organization to help a runner to overcome these problems and that for such an activity in the mountains security depends upon the capacity of the runner to adapt to the problems encountered, or envisaged.

The “360” race is open to everyone, man or woman, at least 20 years of age

These races are open to everyone, man or woman, at least 18 years of age on the day of the race.

Each runner declares their knowledge of and accepts the present regulations and agrees to accept them without reserve

 

 

SELF AUTONOMY

The individual principle of racing in semi autonomy is the rule. 
Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts, not only on the food front but also that of clothing and security, being able to adapt oneself in particular to problems encountered or envisaged (bad weather, physical problems, injuries…)

This principle is implicated in the following rules:

 

Each runner must have all his obligatory equipment with him at all times during the race (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). He carries this equipment in a pack tagged at the race-bib distribution and it must not be changed during the course. At any time during the race, the marshals can verify the bag, its weight andor its contents. The runner is obliged to accept these controls in a friendly manner, at the risk of exclusion from the race. 


 

Refreshment posts have been supplied with drinks and food to consume on the spot.
 Each runner must be sure to have, upon leaving each refreshment post, the quantity of water and food necessary for them to reach the next refreshment post.

 

It is forbidden, to be accompanied or agree to be accompanied during all or any part of the race by a person not enrolled, outside the tolerance zones indicated close to the refreshment posts.

 

Any form of personal assistance outside the authorized zones (see roadbook table) will be disqualified. Thank you for respecting the ethics of the race.

 

 

CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

Participation in the SwissPeaks Trail assumes the acceptance of the present regulations

 

 

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open from November 15th 2018 on the website of the event www.swisspeaks.ch

 

Registration Fees :

* the euro rate is subject to change. Please refer to the current rate of the euro if you are making a payment by bank transfer in euros

The registration fee includes (for the “360”, “170”, “90” and “Marathon” races) participation to the race, gift before the race, the fueling stations, the meal at the lifebases, the follower bag, the meal at the finish and the finisher price.

 

The registration fee includes (for the Marathon race) participation to the race, gift before the race, the fueling stations, the meal on finish, the finisher price and finisher award.

 CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

 A. WITH subscription to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

 Any person may subscribe to the cancellation insurance at the time of registration. This amount is to be added to the registration fee. Cancellation insurance can only be taken out at the time of registration. 

The purpose of the guarantee is to allow reimbursement of expenses incurred for registration in one of the races in the event that a runner requests to cancel his registration due to one of the following events:

 - an accident, serious illness or death of the runner himself,

- a serious illness requiring hospitalisation or death affecting his or her notorious spouse or partner, ascendants or descendants in the first degree.

 

In the event of an accident or serious illness of the rider, it is necessary to provide a medical certificate attesting to the contraindication to participate in the race no later than 7 days before the start date of the race in question.

 For late cancellations, additional administrative fees (between 10 and 15%) may be charged in view of the many costs already incurred.

B. WITHOUT subscribing to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organiser

In the event that you have not taken out cancellation insurance, the following rules apply:

If a runner is unable to participate, he/she is allowed to give his/her bib to a person of his/her choice (modification possible until August 1, 2019, after this date no further modification will be accepted)

For those who have no one to whom to transfer their bib AND if one or more races have to be completed before the scheduled deadline, then a system of transfer of the bib will be set up by the organiser for the race(s) in question. Cancellations will be taken into consideration in the chronological order in which an email is received. A deduction equal to 15% of the price paid for the registration will be retained at the person giving up his bib in order to cover the administrative costs. 

In the event that the race is not complete and you cannot find anyone to pick up your race number, the following rules apply: before 31 December 2018: 70% of the registration fees actually collected will be refunded. From 1 January to 30 June 2019: 40% of the registration fees actually collected will be refunded. Beyond July 1, 2019: no refund will be made.

However, it is possible to change categories until August 1, 2019. No refund will be made in the event that a person downgrade into a category. Otherwise, the person will have to pay the additional amount to reach the registration fee for his new category.

Beyond August 1, 2019: no change of category or name will be possible.

 

EQUIPMENT

 In order to participate in these events, a set of obligatory equipment is required. However it is important to note it is the minimum necessary and that each trail-runner must adapt it according to their needs. It is important, in particular, not to choose clothing that is the lightest possible weight in order to gain a few grams, but to choose items which will give real protection against the cold, windy or snowy mountain weather, therefore giving a good level of security and performance.Compulsory equipment:

 

Mandatory basic kit for 360 and 170K :

A single bag to carry the required equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing you to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 litre

2 lamps in good working order with batteries or spare battery for each lamp

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 100 cm x 6 cm)

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Cap

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

Identity document

 

 

Basic kit required for the 90 :

A single bag to carry the required equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing you to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 litre

1 lamp in good working order with batteries or spare battery

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 100 cm x 6 cm)

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Cap

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

Identity document

 

 

Basic kit required for the Marathon:

A single bag to carry the required equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing you to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 litre

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 100 cm x 6 cm)

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Identity document

 

Basic kit required for the Semi Marathon:

Mobile phone in working order, allowing you to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 0.5 litre

Food reserve

Identity document

 

It is difficult to predict mountain weather accurately for an early September. This is why the organisation has set up three kits that are in addition to the mandatory equipment in order to be equipped in the best possible way. It is therefore advisable to be prepared to need one of these additional kits to the basic kit. The information will be given to the riders by e-mail a few days before the start of their race.

 

Heatwave Kit For all races (may be required by the organization depending on weather conditions):

Sunglasses

Sunscreen cream

Minimum water supply 2 litres

 

 

Cold Weather Kit For 360, 170 and 90 races (may be required by the organization depending on weather conditions) to have in the following bag if weather conditions change during the race:

An additional warm jacket with a feather jacket hood

A waterproof overpants

 

Bad weather kit for marathon and half marathon (may be required by the organization depending on weather conditions):

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

  

 

FOLLOWER BAG

The “360” and “170” races followers bag will have a capacity of 50L and will be resistant (in 2019) to hold a maximum of 15kg. This bag will follow you from base of life to base of life. Be careful, it is your duty to put this bag in the area provided when you leave the base of life.

In case of withdraw, this bag will be repatriated within 48 hours of your withdrawal. Please make the necessary arrangements, by your own means, if you have to pick it up before these 48 hours!

These bags must be collected no later than Sunday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at Le Bouveret. After this date, the bags will be destroyed.

Please do not deposit valuables such as car keys, airline tickets or wallets in it. 

 

NUMBERS - BIBS

Every bib is individually handed to each runner on production of:

a photographic identity,

your race pack and all you obligatory equipment

The race bib must be worn on the chest or the stomach and must be permanently and fully visible throughout the entire race. It must, therefore, always be positioned over any clothing and cannot for any reason be fixed onto the back or a leg. The name and logo of the sponsors must neither be modified, nor hidden. 
The race number is the pass necessary to get to the shuttles, buses, refreshment posts, nurses, rest areas, showers, areas for depositing or recuperating spares bags…Except in the case of refusal to comply with a decision taken by a race official, the race bib is never withdrawn, but in the case of retirement, it is deactivated.

 

 

SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

First aid posts are positioned at different points throughout the course. These posts are in radio or telephone liaison with Race Control. A medical control team is present during the entire duration of the event.

The rescue posts are aimed at bringing help to any person in danger with the means particular to the organisation or registered.

If it appears that a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured to call for assistance :

go in person to a first aid point

telephone the course controller

ask another runner to alert the first aiders

It is essential that each runner helps anybody in danger and alerts the first aid point.

 

Do not forgot, that due to the problems related to the environment and the type of event, one might have to wait for assistance for longer than anticipated. Your security, therefore, depends upon the quality of the materials that you have in your pack.

A runner calling on a doctor or a rescuer submits himself to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions. From the moment where the health of a runner necessitates treatment via an intravenous drip, the runner will be, obligatorily, excluded from the race.
The first-aiders and doctors have the right to :

exclude from a race (by invalidating the race-bib) all competitors deemed unfit to continue the event.

to evacuate by any means a runner judged to be in danger

to hospitalise any runners whose state of health necessitates doing so

The choice of the means of evacuation and of hospital is the decision of the official first-aiders and doctors.

 

Expenses incurred, resulting from emergency assistance or evacuation, are payable by the person rescued who is also responsible for all costs relating to their return from the area to where they were rescued. The only resort is for the runner to constitute and present a dossier to his personal insurance within the deadline given. 
If for any reason it is impossible to make contact with the course controller, you can call the rescue services direct (especially if you find yourselves in a zone « urgences/sos only ») at 144

Each runner must stay on the way-marked paths, even to sleep. Any runner who voluntarily leaves the way-marked path is no longer under the responsibility of the organisation.

 

POSITION CONTROL AND FUELING STATIONS

Each runner will be supplied with electronic chips fixed to their race-bibs. Runners who do not have their chips permanently with them will be penalized.

 A control is carried out on the arrival of any rescue or refreshment post.
Unexpected control posts are set up in places other than the rescue and refreshment posts. Their position is not communicated by the organisation.

Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.


 

Every runner seen throwing down their litter along the route will be penalized.

Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every refreshment post and must be used.

 

Complete fueling station are composed of : banana, orange, cheese, chocolate, sausage, salt biscuit, energetic barre (mulebar), water, energy drink (punch power), coca

 

Liquid fueling station are equipped with water

 

Lifebases are equipped with the same as complete fueling station + warm meal (like pasta) and soup, tea.

 

 

MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME BARRIERS

The maximum time for the event, for the totality of the course, is fixed at:

“360” race : 160 hours

“170” race : 53 hours

“90” race : 24 hours

“Marathon” race : 11 hours

 

The time limits for leaving (time barriers) of the principle control posts will be marked and written in the course guide.

These time barriers are calculated to enable participants to reach the Finish in the maximum time imposed, while making possible stops (rest, meal…) To be authorised to continue the event, runners must set off again from the control post before the fixed time limit (whatever their arrival hour at the control post).

Any competitor excluded from the race and wishing to continue his race can only do so after returning his race number, at his own responsibility and in complete autonomy. 

In the case of poor meteorological conditions and/or for reasons of safety, the organisation reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

 

 

ARRIVAL 

On goal, you will receive your finisher gift (“360”, “170” “90” and “Marathon” races).

You can take a hot shower, on arrival only (Bouveret).

Access to showers at the arrival is strictly limited to runners (a bag is given to you at the entrance for your shoes).

A meal is also offered to all participants on the site of arrival.

 

 

RANKINGS AND AWARDS 

For each race, a general classification man and woman and a classification for each category man and woman are established:

The first 3 in each category receive a prize podium.

 

ABANDONMENT AND REPATRIATION 

Except for injury, a runner must only abandon at a control post. They must alert the head of post, who will invalidate their race-bib. 
The runner keeps his invalidated race bib because it is still his pass for shuttles, buses, meals, care rooms… 
Repatriation will be decided on by the post leader, based on the following general rules :

 

Runners who abandon at a refreshment post but whose state of health does not necessitate being evacuated must get back as quickly as possible and by their own means to the closest repatriation point.

Concerning the refreshment or rescue posts accessible to cars or four-wheel drive

During the closure of the post, the organisation can, in the measure of means available, repatriate the runners having retired and still present at the post

ln case of unfavourable weather conditions justifying partial or total closure of the race, the organisation ensures the repatriation as soon as possible of those runners having retired.

In case of abandonment before a control point, it is imperative to return to the previous control point and inform the post leader of one’s abandonment. 
If, during this return, the runner meets the end of race sweepers, it is them who invalidate the race bib. The runner is then no longer under the organisation’s control.

Any rider who leaves the competition without informing the organisation must pay any research costs incurred.

 

MODIFICATIONS OF THE RACE OR TIME BARRIERS; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

The organisation reserves the right to modify at any moment the route and the positioning of the rescue and refreshment posts, without warning.
In the case of unfavourable weather conditions (important quantities of rain or snow at altitude, strong risk of storms….) the start may only be postponed by a maximum several hours, after that time the race is cancelled.

In the case of poor meteorological conditions, and for reasons of safety, the organisation reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

In case of cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, decided more than 15 days before the date of the start of the race, a partial refund of the registration fees will be made. The amount of this refund will be fixed so as to allow the organisation to cover all irredeemable expenses committed, up to the date of the cancellation. In case of a cancellation decided less than 15 days before the departure or in case of interruption of the race, for whatever the reason, no refund of the registration fee will be made

 

 

RACE DIRECTION

Runner’s participation acceptance

Wildcard assignment. The race director has the right to invite a runner.

Disqualification of a runner who does not respect the race rules.

Modification of the routes (Example: reduction or modification of the limit crossing time).

Interruption or suppression of the event if the conditions require it. Such a decision does not result in the refund of the registration fee.

Protests: to be submitted no later than 30 minutes after the arrival of the racer. After hearing the parties, the race management decides without appeal.

Decisions to be taken on a matter not provided for in this by-law and imposed by the circumstances.

PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

The race director has the right to disqualify any runner who doesn’t respect the present rules.

Any racer seen throwing his trash on the course will be disqualified.

 It is strictly forbidden to use any means of transport during the race. Any rider who is an exception to this rule is not allowed to cross the finish line, will not receive a finisher prize and will not be ranked.

Any rider seen being personally assisted outside the authorized zones will be disqualified.

 

 

INSURANCE 

Civil responsibility:
 The organiser has taken out civil responsibility insurance for the duration of the event. This civil responsibility insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its responsibility, of that of its officials and of the participants.

 

Individual accident:
 Each competitor must, obligatorily, have their own accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue 

 

 

RULES CHANGES

The organization reserves the right to modify these rules at any time and without notice.