UltraDolomites

UltraDolomites
1st edition
29 June 2019
87 km 4.600 m+
Registration: from 10 November

Art. 1 ORGANISERS
In collaboration with the Municipality of Auronzo di Cadore, the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, Camelbag ssdrl have organised the first edition of “UltraDolomites”, a partially self-sufficiency, mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, from Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th of June 2019.

 

Art. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION
The UltraDolomites is a running race along trails in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site. It is about 87 km long and has a variation in altitude of 4,600 metres. The race is partly self-sufficient and it starts on Saturday 28th of June 2019 at 6.00 a.m. in Auronzo di Cadore; maximum time: 23 hours.

 

Art. 3 PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to participate in the race, athletes must have had previous experience in the mountains, should not suffer from vertigo, should have a high standard of athletic preparation and have suitable clothes for temperatures that can range from -5 to + 30 degrees celsius. Athletes must also have completed at least one qualifying 3 point race as per the ITRA classification between 1 January 2017 and 9 November 2018 (see art. 4).

 

Art. 4 REGISTRATION
a) Registration requirements
Entry is open to athletes aged 18 and over who are in possession of a valid medical certificate specifically for competitive sports (see art. 5), which does not expire before 30 June 2019. Athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancement drugs shall not be accepted.
In order to register for UltraDolomites, athletes must have completed at least one qualifying race worth 3 points between 1 January 2017 and 9 November 2018. Evaluation criteria has been laid down by ITRA (www.i-tra.org). A list of qualifying races can be found at this link: itra.run/page/290/Calendar.html

 

b) Registration procedures
Registration starts on 10th of November 2018 and closes on 15th of May 2019 or whenever the maximum number of 800 runners have registered.

 

c) Registration fees
90.00 euro from 10th of November 2018 to 10th April, 100.00 euro from 11th of April to 31st of May.
Entry fees include:
- a race bib number
- assistance and refreshments along the race route
- race pack
- a post-race meal
- a gadget for the finishers
- after race shuttle service from Cortina to Auronzo

 

d) Payment procedures
Registration fees must be paid by Credit Card.

 

e) Fixed number
The maximum number of participants is 800 registered athletes.

 

f) Cancellation
If an athlete is unable to participate and wishes to cancel their registration, they must notify the organisers by e-mail at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Procedures for reimbursement are as follows:
- cancellation by 31/12/2018: reimbursement of 60% of fee
- cancellation by 31/03/2019: reimbursement of 50% of fee
- cancellation by 28/05/2019: reimbursement of 40% of fee
- cancellation after 28/05/2019: no reimbursement
Reimbursements will be made by 31 August 2019 and are subject to deduction of bank charges pertaining to refund processing.

Should the race be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control up to 15 days before the race, the Organisers reserve the right to refund 50% of the registration fee paid. This percentage is calculated to enable the Organisers to cover part of the expenses incurred which cannot be recovered.
Should the race be cancelled or interrupted for atmospheric reasons, or for any other reason beyond our control, no refund of the registration fee will be made.

The following is not permitted:
- postponing registration to the following year
- participation in other races instead of the race for which the athlete has registered
- bib number exchange or use by anyone other than registered athlete
Athletes caught with race bibs belonging to other athletes, even after the race, will be disqualified for life.

 

Art. 5 MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
NON-ITALIAN ATHLETES
Non-Italian athletes must fill in the certificate which can be downloaded at this link (active from 1 December 2018), have it signed and stamped by a doctor and upload it on their personal runner space on www.ultratrail.it by 15 May 2019.
Failure to do so by this date will lead to the annulment of registration without reimbursement.

 

Art. 6 COLLECTION OF RACE BIB NUMBER AND RACE PACK
Race number and race pack distribution shall take place:
- at the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo)  from 10.00 am till 7.00 pm on Friday 28th of June 2019
- Auronzo di Cadore at the starting area from 3 pm. till 7.00 p.m. on Friday 28th of June.
When registering athletes must indicate where they prefer to collect their race bib. Any subsequent changes are prohibited.
To collect race numbers athletes must present a valid identity document and all mandatory race equipment.

 

Art. 7 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
The following equipment is mandatory and must be carried by athletes for the entire duration of the race:
- camelbag or water bottle holder with a capacity for at least a litre of liquid
- race bib number visible during the entire duration of the race
- emergency blanket
- whistle
- cell phone switched on but on silent mode
- waterproof jacket with an integrated hood, made with a waterproof membrane like Goretex with minimum 10,000 Schmerber, designed to withstand the bad weather in the mountains. It is the runner's responsibility to bring a jacket that respects these criteria. In case of a check before or during the race, the steward or judge will decide if the jacket respects the criteria outlined in the official race regulations.
- long sleeved sweatshirt
- long trousers or trousers that cover the knees
- hat or bandana
- gloves
- headlamp with spare batteries
- cup, glass or water bottle (there are no glasses at the refreshment points)
- appropriate footwear.
Mandatory equipment may be worn or placed inside the race backpack.
All mandatory equipment will be checked when athletes pick up their race bib numbers. Race bib numbers will not be given to those who fail to show all the mandatory equipment.
Furthermore, spot checks will be carried out during the race.
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:
- Race participants are advised to bring the following equipment with them:
- waterproof over-trousers
- energy bars or solid food
- at least 20€ to buy food in the Alpine huts
- elastic bandages for dressings
Trekking poles are permitted.

 

Art. 8 MAXIMUM TIME LIMITS AND CUT OFF TIMES; WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE
The maximum time permitted to reach the finish line is 23 hours (before 05.00 a.m. on Sunday 30 June). A “pick up” service will follow the last runner, in order to assist athletes who withdraw from the race and to ensure assistance for anyone with injuries.
There shall be 4 time limit/cut off points, where a shuttle bus shall be present to pick up late athletes and take them back to the finishing area:
- Cimabanche (32 km) before 1:30 pm Saturday (7 and a half hours into the race)
- Malga Ra Stua (41 km) before 3:30 pm Saturday (9 and a half hours into the race)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (61 km) before 9:30 pm Saturday (15 and a half hours into the race)
- Passo Giau (69 km) before midnight Sunday (18 hours into the race)
Cut off points are situated after refreshment points. Athletes who do not reach these points within the established time limits will not be allowed to continue the race. It is forbidden to go beyond the cut-off point and then go back to use the refreshment point. Race officials reserve the right to disqualify athletes who disrespect the rules.
In order to safeguard the health of the participants, medical staff at the check points have the authority to stop runners who are judged unfit to continue the race. In this case, the participant must follow the indications of the medical staff. Anyone who fails to do so will be immediately disqualified.
Participants who reach the check points after the maximum time, those who are injured and those who are judged by the medical staff to be unfit to continue the race, and any other athletes who decide to drop out, shall be taken to the finish line by shuttle bus. For logistical reasons, athletes who have dropped out may have to wait before being accompanied to the finish area. Any participant who drops out of the race at any point other than the established check points should make their own way back to Cortina and immediately inform the race organisers by text message to the number indicated on the bib number.

 

Art. 9 REFRESHMENT STATIONS
Athletes are required to run in part self-sufficiency and must carry at least one litre of liquid. There are 6 refreshment stations along the race route:
- Val Marzon (12 km)
- Cimabanche (32 km)
- Malga Ra Stua (41 km)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (61 km)
- Passo Giau (69 km)
- Rifugio Croda da Lago (77th km)
Only runners carrying a visible race number have access to the refreshment stations.
Food and liquids from the refreshment stations must be consumed at refreshment stations; it is strictly forbidden for athletes to drink from the bottles provided by the Refreshment stations: personal cups or flasks must be used. Garbage must be thrown into the trash cans present in every refreshment station.
Camel bags or water bottles can only be filled with water.
When leaving each refreshment station, athletes must have sufficient liquid and food to reach the next station.
There is another liquid refreshment point at the finish line. Furthermore, each participant can have a hot meal in the Ice Rink on arrival: in order to avail of this hot meal it is necessary to show your race bib.
There are several fountains along the race route where participants can find water. During the day, it will also be possible for athletes to stop at the mountain shelters along the route to purchase food and drink (at their own expense).

 

Art. 10 ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE
Assistance from family or team members is only permitted at the following refreshment stations, in a specific area, and with the agreement of the head of the station:
- Cimabanche (32 km)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (61 km)
- Passo Giau (69 km)
Only one assistant per athlete will be admitted only when the athlete has arrived.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.

 

Art. 11 BAG DEPOSIT
At the starting point in Auronzo di Cadore there will be a designated area for changing rooms and a bag deposit from 5 to 5:45 am on Saturday 29th of June. After the race, bags may be collected at the Ice Stadium in Cortina d’Ampezzo (via Bonacossa 1) up until 12 noon on Sunday 30th of June upon presentation of a race bib. Athletes are advised not to place objects of value in the bags; the organisers accept no liability for any theft, loss or damage of bags or their contents.

 

Art. 12 START OF RACE
Athletes must be at Lake Auronzo di Cadore (BL) before 5.45 am on Saturday 29th of June 2019. The race will start at 6 am.

 

Art. 13 RACE ROUTE
The UltraDolomites trail race route has been classified with a red label: EE itinerary for expert excursionists. This itinerary requires the ability to run on particular kinds of terrain, trails and impervious or treacherous paths (slopes with rocky outcroppings or debris) that are sometimes without barriers.  
The UltraDolomites 2019 takes the following route:
Auronzo di Cadore (lake), Val Marzon, Val di Cengia, Forcella Lavaredo, Val Rienza, lago di Landro, Carbonin, Cimabanche, Forcella Lerosa, Malga Ra Stua, Pian de Loa, Val Travenanzes, Forcella Col dei Bos, Rifugio Col Gallina, Pian dei Menis, Rifugio Averau (Forcella Nuvolau), Passo Giau, Forcella Giau, Forcella Ambrizzola, Rifugio Croda da Lago, Mortisa, Cortina (Corso Italia) - a total of about 87 km and an altitude variation of 4,600 metres.
Should adverse weather conditions occur or one or more paths become inaccessible, alternative routes will be outlined at the briefing before the start of the race.
Race kilometres are not marked. Athletes should strictly adhere to the marked race route and avoid taking shortcuts or cutting out sections of the route. Any departures from the official route will lead to disqualification and shall be at the sole risk of athletes.

 

Art. 14 INSURANCE
Participants are advised to take out valid individual insurance to cover search and rescue costs in Italy.
ITRA (International Trail Running Association) members can take out search and rescue insurance which is valid all over the world.
For more information: https://itra.run/page/353/Insurance.html
Athletes are responsible for handing over their personal file to their insurance company if necessary within the given timeframe.

 

Art. 15 SAFETY AND CHECK POINTS
Members of the Organisation and the Alpine Rescue Team, in constant contact with Race HQ, will be positioned along the race route. Ambulances with paramedics shall be positioned at different points along the race route, but also at the start and finish, where a doctor and an advanced medical facility shall be present. Check points shall be set up along the route, where members of the staff shall monitor the athletes as they pass and also apply random checks to verify that the athletes are in possession of the mandatory race equipment. Should anyone refuse to undergo the check on the mandatory race equipment, they shall be disqualified immediately.

 

Art. 16 ENVIRONMENT
The race shall take place in a protected natural park area with a natural eco system. Participants are therefore required to fully respect the Alpine environment, in particular by not leaving rubbish, picking flowers or disturbing the wildlife. Anyone found leaving rubbish along the route shall be disqualified from the race and incur the penalties laid down by municipal regulations. In order to reduce the impact on the environment, athletes shall not be given plastic cups at the refreshment points. Each athlete shall be required to carry his/her own drinking cup or water bottle, which can be filled at the refreshment points.

 

Art. 17 WEATHER
In case of adverse weather conditions (dense fog, snow or thunder storms), the organisers reserve the right to make last-minute changes, even during the race, to the race route in order to eliminate potential hazards or conditions that could cause hardship for participants. The staff shall inform the participants of any changes. The organisers also reserve the right to suspend or cancel the race if the weather conditions are such that they put athletes, staff or medical teams at risk.

 

Art. 18 DISQUALIFICATION, PENALTIES AND APPEALS
The following infringements will lead to immediate disqualification and withdrawal of the race bib number:
- failing to pass a check point;
- taking shortcuts;
- leaving rubbish along the race route;
- failing to aid a participant in difficulty;
- insulting or threatening staff or volunteers;
- using transport during the race;
- refusing to undergo checks by the medical staff along the race route;
- refusing to allow checks on mandatory equipment;
A one-hour penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failing to have a head lamp, an anorak, an emergency blanket, camel bag or bottles with a 1-litre capacity.
A thirty-minute penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failure to have: a whistle, spare batteries, long sleeved top, trousers that cover the knees, cap or bandana, gloves, drinking cup or water bottle; failure to show the race number bib.
The penalty may be applied immediately as soon as the infringement has been established or at the end of the race.

Penalties or disqualification can be appealed by writing to the race management within 30 minutes of publication of race results. Appeals will be evaluated and answered in the necessary time; decisions are final, without appeal.

 

Art. 19 PRIZES
Non monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 5 men and the first 5 women. Each athlete who completes the race within the maximum time limit will be given a Finisher gadget. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday 30th of June at 11.30 am at Piazza Dibona in Cortina. Prizes will only be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony, they will not be sent or handed out in advance for any reason.

 

Art. 20 IMAGE RIGHTS
On registration, athletes authorise the organisers to freely use any images depicting athletes during their participation in UltraDolomites, whether still or in movement, with no territorial or time limits.

 

Art. 21 WAIVER OF RESPONSIBILITY
Voluntary registration and subsequent participation in the race indicates full acceptance of the race rules and regulations and any subsequent changes made to them. By registering, participants exempt the organisers from any civil or criminal liability for damage to persons and/or property caused by or to him/her.

 

 

 

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