Art. 1 ORGANIZATION
Camelbag ssdrl, in collaboration with the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team, the Italian Alpine Club, has organized the sixth edition of “Cortina Trail”, a partially self-sufficiency mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Art. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION
The Cortina Trail is a running race that takes place along paths in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site - with a distance of about 48 km and variation in altitude of 2,600 metres a.s.l. The race is in part self-sufficient and it starts on Saturday 24 June 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 12 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, have a high standard of athletic preparation and have suitable clothes for temperatures that can range from -5 to + 30 degrees celsius.
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 sports racing activities (see Art. 5), which does not expire before 24 June 2017. Athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancement drugs shall not be accepted.
In order to register in Cortina Trail, qualifying races are not necessary, however, previous participation in long trail runs is advisable.
b) Registration procedures
Pre-registration starts on 1 December 2016 and closes on 10 December 2016. Should the maximum number of participants not be reached during pre-registration, registration shall be opened again on 20 December 2016 with an increase of 5 Euros in registration fees and shall close on 25 May 2017, unless the number of 1,500 participants has already been reached.
In the pre-registration form the following fields must be filled:
- E-mail address
- Indicate if you were unsuccessful in the Cortina Trail 2016 selection
- Name, if any, of participating group (in case of random selection groups will be considered as a single entity)
Pre-registration is free. Should there be a higher request than the number of places available, participants shall be extracted at random. Those who have been considered suitable to participate in the race shall receive a confirmation e-mail from the organizers by 15 December. It will be possible to complete registration from that moment on by paying the registration fee of 55 Euros within 4 days. If payment has not been made within 4 days, pre-registration will be cancelled.
c) Registration fees
55 Euros for pre-registered participants from 1 to 10 December 2016, after 10 December 60 Euros.
Registration fees include the following:
- race number bib
- assistance and refreshments along the race route
- race pack
- a meal after the race
- gadget for the finishers
d) Payment procedures
Registration fees must be paid by Credit Card.
e) Maximum number
The maximum number of registered athletes is 1,500.
The following are the reimbursement procedures:
- cancellation by 31/03/2017: 50% of fee will be reimbursed
- cancellation by 24/05/2017: 40% of fee will be reimbursed
- cancellation after 24/05/2017: no reimbursement.
Reimbursement will be made by 31 August 2017.
The following is not allowed:
Giving a bib number to another person or exchanging bib numbers
Postponing registration to the following year.
Moving between races.
Should the race be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, up to 15 days before the race, the Organization reserves the right to refund 50% of the admission fee. This percentage is calculated to enable the Organization to cover part of the expenses incurred.
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.
Art. 5 MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
Art. 6 COLLECTION OF THE RACE BIB NUMBER AND RACE PACK
The race number and race pack distribution shall take place at the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) between 10:00 am and 6.00 pm on Thursday 22 June, between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on Friday 23 June and between 6 and 7 am on Saturday 24 June.
In order to receive their race bib number, athletes must:
- present a valid identity document
show all the required material.
Art. 7 REQUIRED MATERIAL
The following material 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
cell phone switched on but on silent mode
waterproof anorak with hood (preferably in Goretex or similar)
long sleeved sweatshirt
long trousers or trousers at least to the knee (capri pants)
hat or bandana
cup, glass or water bottle (there are no glasses at the refreshment points)
Required material may be worn or placed inside the race backpack.
Required material will be checked when athletes pick up their race bib numbers. The race bib number will not be given to those who fail to show all the required material.
Furthermore, spot checks will be carried out during the race.
Race participants are advised to bring the following material with them:
energy bars or solid food
some money to buy food in the Alpine huts
elastic bandages for dressings
Trekking poles are permitted.
Art. 8 MAXIMUM TIME LIMITS AND CUT OFF TIMES; DROP OUT
The maximum time allowed for reaching the finish line is 12 hours (before 8:00 pm on Saturday 24 June). A “pick up” service will follow the last runner, in order to help the athletes who withdraw and ensure anyone with injuries is assisted.
There shall be one time limit/cut off point to ensure that slower athletes are not running on the last stretch in the dark:
- Passo Giau (31 km) must have been passed by athletes by 3:30 pm on Saturday (7 hours and 30 minutes into the race)
Athletes who fail to reach this point by the established time limits will not be allowed to continue the race.
In the interest of the health of participants, medical staff at the check points have the authority to stop runners who are judged unfit to continue the race. If this happens, the participant must defer to the indications of the medical staff. Anyone failing 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 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. Failure to hand in the chip to the organisers will result in a fine of 20 Euros.
Art. 9 REFRESHMENT STATIONS
Participating athletes are required to run in part self-sufficiency and must carry at least one litre of liquid. There will be 3 refreshment stations along the route:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23 km)
- Passo Giau (31 km)
- Rifugio Croda da Lago (38 km)
There will also be a water supply point at Malga Travenanzes (16 km).
Only athletes carrying a visible race number have access to the refreshment stations.
Food and liquids from the refreshment stations must be consumed at the refreshment station; it is strictly forbidden for athletes to drink from the bottles provided by the Refreshment stations; waste must be thrown into the appropriate rubbish bins present.
Camel bags or water bottles can only be filled with natural water. Athletes are advised to bring the necessary quantity of mineral salts to use during the race.
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, participants 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 rivers and fountains along the race route where the participants can find water. It will also be possible to make use of the mountain shelters along the route where athletes can purchase food and drink (at their own expense).
Art. 10 ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE
Assistance from family or team members is only allowed at the following refreshment stations, in a specific area, and with the agreement of the head of the station:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23 km)
- Passo Giau (31 km)
Only one assistant per athlete will be admitted only when the athlete has arrived.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.
Art. 11 DEPARTURE
Athletes must be present in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL) by 7:30 am on Saturday 24 June 2017. At 8:00 am the race will begin. Inside the Ice Stadium (Via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) there will be changing rooms and cloakrooms. 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. After the arrival, bags must be collected at the Ice Stadium until and not after 9 p.m. on Saturday 24 June upon presentation of race bib.
Art. 12 RACE ROUTE
The Cortina trail race route has been classified with a red label: EE itinerary for expert excursionists. These itineraries are generally marked but require an ability to travel on the paths or over less accessible and trustworthy terrain (steep slopes with rocks or rubble).
The Cortina Trail 2017 takes the following route:
Cortina (Corso Italia), Cadin di Sopra, Ghedina Lakes, Posporcora Pass, Travenanzes Valley, Col dei Bos Pass, Col Gallina "Rifugio", Pian dei Menis, Averau "Rifugio" (Nuvolau Pass), Giau Pass, Giau hairpin bend, Ambrizzola hairpin bend, Croda da Lago "Rifugio", Mortisa, Cortina (Corso Italia).
The total distance is 47 km and there are 2,650 meters of altitude variation a.s.l.
Should adverse weather conditions occur or one or more paths become unpassable, alternative routes will be outlined at the briefing before the start of the race.
The race kilometres are not marked. Athletes should therefore adhere strictly to the marked race route and avoid taking shortcuts or cutting out sections of the route. Any departures from the official route, apart from entailing disqualification, shall be at the sole risk of participants.
Art. 13 SAFETY AND CHECK POINTS
Members of the organization and of the Alpine Rescue Team shall be in constant contact with the Race HQ and 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 a PMA (advanced medical site) 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 obligatory race material. Refusal to undergo the check on obligatory race material will result in immediate disqualification.
Art. 14 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 throwing away rubbish, picking flowers or disturbing the wildlife. Anyone found dropping rubbish along the route shall be disqualified from the race and incur the penalties foreseen in the municipal regulations. In order to reduce the impact on the environment, athletes will 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. The Cortina Trail complies with the Spirito Trail Magazine campaign “I don’t leave my rubbish behind”.
Art. 15 WEATHER
In case of adverse weather conditions (dense fog, snow or thunder storms), the organization reserves 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 the participants. The staff shall inform the participants of any changes. The organization 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. 16 DISQUALIFICATION AND PENALTIES
The following infringements will lead to Immediate disqualification with withdrawal of the race number bib:
- failing to pass a check point;
- taking shortcuts;
- abandoning rubbish along the race route;
- failing to aid a participant in difficulty;
- insulting or threatening the staff or volunteers;
- using transport during the race;
- refusing to undergo checks by the medical staff along the race route;
- refusing to allow checks of the obligatory material;
- failing to have a wind cheater (anorak), a survival blanket/heatsheet, container for 1 litre of liquid;
A penalty of 30 minutes will be attributed to athletes for the following infringements:
- failure to have a whistle, a long sleeved top, Capri pants (that come to the knee), cap or bandana, gloves, drinking cup or water bottle, visible race number bib.
The penalty will be applied immediately at the point in which the infringement occurred.
Art. 17 PRIZES
There are no cash 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 26 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.
Art. 18 RIGHTS OF IMAGE USE
In registering for the race, participating athletes authorize the organization to freely use any still or moving images depicting them during their participation in The Cortina Trail with no territorial or time limits.
Art. 19 WAIVER OF RESPONSIBILITY
Voluntary registration and subsequent participation in the race indicates full acceptance of the race rules and any changes they may have to undergo. By registering, the participant exempts the organizers from any civil or criminal liability or damage to persons and/or property caused by or to him/her.