Art. 1 ORGANISERS
The Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Camelbag (Camelbag Amateur Sports Association), in collaboration with the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, have organised the 11th edition of “The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail”, a partially self-sufficiency, mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2017.
Art. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION
The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail is a running race along trails in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site - that is about 120 km long and has a variation in altitude of 5,800 metres. The race is partly self-sufficient and it starts on Friday 23 June 2017 at 11.00 p.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 30 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 4 point race as per the new ITRA classification (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 25 June 2017. Athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancement drugs shall not be accepted.
In order to register in The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail, athletes must have completed at least one qualifying race worth 4 points between 1 January 2015 and 25 October 2016. Evaluation criteria has been laid down by ITRA (www.i-tra.org). A (non-exhaustive) list of qualifying races can be found at this link: itra.run/page/290/Calendar.html.
b) Registration procedures
Pre-registration starts on 15 October 2016 and closes on 25 October 2016. Should the maximum number of participants not be reached during pre-registration, registration shall be opened again on 4 November (with an increase in registration fee of 10 Euros) and shall close on 26 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
- ITRA Performance Index link (itra.run/community/)
- Indicate if you were unsuccessful in the LUT 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 the demand for places be higher than the number of places available, participants shall be selected at random from all pre-registered applicants and not on a first come basis.
Athletes who satisfy participation requirements shall receive an e-mail confirmation from the organisers by 31 October. Once you receive the email confirmation, you have 4 days to complete registration. Failure to do so within the established time limits will lead to the annulment of pre-registration.
c) Registration fees
120.00 Euros for those who pre-registered from 15 to 25 October 2016, after 25 October the fee is 130.00 Euros.
The registration fees includes the following:
- a race number bib
- assistance and refreshments along the race route
- race pack
- a pre-race pasta party on Friday 23 June 2017
- a post-race meal
- a gadget for the finishers
d) Payment procedures
Registration fees must be paid by Credit Card.
e) Fixed number
The maximum number of participants is 1,500 registered athletes.
Procedures for reimbursement are as follows:
- cancellation by 31/12/2016: reimbursement of 60% of fee
- cancellation by 31/03/2017: reimbursement of 50% of fee
- cancellation by 23/05/2017: reimbursement of 40% of fee
- cancellation after 23/05/2017: no reimbursement
Reimbursements will be made by 31 August 2017.
The following is not permitted:
- bib number exchange or use by anyone other than registered athlete
- postponement of registration fee to the following year
- participation in other races instead of the race for which the athlete has registered.
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.
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) from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm on Thursday 22 June and from 10.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. on Friday 23 June.
To collect both items, the following must be presented:
- a valid identity document
- all required equipment for the race.
Art. 7 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
The following equipment is obligatory 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
- cell phone switched on but on silent mode
- waterproof anorak with hood (preferably in Goretex or similar)
- long sleeved sweatshirt
- long trousers or trousers that cover the knees
- hat or bandana
- 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.
The race bib number will not be given to those who fail to show all the mandatory equipment.
Furthermore, spot checks will be carried out during the race.
- Race participants are advised to bring the following equipment with them:
- waterproof over-trousers
- 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; WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE
The maximum time permitted to reach the finish line is 30 hours (before 05.00 a.m. on Sunday 25 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 six 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:
- Federavecchia (33 km) before 5:30 a.m. on Saturday (6 and a half hours into the race);
- Rifugio Auronzo (48 km) before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (11 and a half hours into the race);
- Cimabanche (66 km) before 1.30 p.m. on Saturday (14 and a half hours into the race);
- Malga Ra Stua (75 km) before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday (16 and a half hours into the race);
- Rifugio Col Gallina (95 km) before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (22 and a half hours into the race);
- Passo Giau (103 km) before 12:00 a.m. on Sunday (25 hours into the race).
Athletes who do not reach these points within the established time limits will not be allowed to continue the race.
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. Failure to hand in the chip to the organisers will lead to a fine of €20.
Art. 9 REFRESHMENT STATIONS
The athletes are required to run in part self-sufficiency and must carry at least one litre of liquid.
There will be 8 refreshment stations along the route:
- Ospitale (15 km)
- Federavecchia (33 km)
- Rifugio Auronzo (48 km)
- Cimabanche (66 km)
- Malga Ra Stua (75 km)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (95 km)
- Passo Giau (103 km)
- Rifugio Croda da Lago (110 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 natural water. We advise athletes 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, 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 rivers and fountains along the race route where participants can find water. During the day, 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 permitted at the following refreshment stations, in a specific area, and with the agreement of the head of the station:
- Federavecchia (33 km)
- Cimabanche (66 km)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (95 km)
- Passo Giau (103 km)
Only one assistant per athlete will be admitted when the athlete has arrived.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.
Art. 11 CHANGE OF CLOTHES BAGS
Each athlete will receive a bag with his/her race bib in which to place a change of clothes to use at Cimabanche (66 km). Once filled with his/her clothes and closed, the bag can be deposited at the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo), from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday 23 June. 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.
Only bags provided by the organisers will be transported to Cimabanche. Bags with clothes left at Cimabanche may be collected at the Ice Stadium from 3pm on Saturday 24 June until and not after 12 noon on Sunday 25 June upon presentation of race bib.
The Organisers will not send uncollected bags to participants' houses. Bags that are not collected after this deadline will be immediately destroyed for reasons of hygiene.
Art. 12 BAG DEPOSIT
There will be a designated area inside the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) with changing rooms and a bag deposit, from 9 pm on Friday 23 June. Bags may be collected at the Ice Stadium until and not after 12 noon on Sunday 25 June upon presentation of 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. 13 START OF RACE
Athletes must be in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo by 10.30 p.m. on Friday 23 June 2017. The race will start at 11.00 p.m.
Art. 14 RACE ROUTE
The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra trail race route has been classified with a red label: EE itinerary for expert excursionists. This itinerary requires the ability to travel on particular kinds of terrain, trails and impervious or treacherous paths (slopes with rocky outcroppings or debris) that are sometimes without barriers.
The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2017 takes the following route:
Cortina (Corso Italia), Cadin di Sopra, Ghedina Lake, Posporcora Pass, Pian de Ra Spines, Ospitale, Padeon Valley, Somforca hairpin bend, Tre Croci Pass, Valbona, Federavecchia, Pian Maccetto, Misurina, d’Antorno Lake, Auronzo Shelter, Lavaredo hairpin bend, Rienza Valley, Landro Lake, Carbonin, Cimabanche, Lerosa hairpin bend, Malga Ra Stua, Pian de Loa, Travenanzes Valley, Col dei Bos hairpin bend, Col Gallina Shelter, Pian dei Menis, Averau Shelter (Nuvolau hairpin bend), Giau Pass, Giau hairpin bend, Ambrizzola hairpin bend, Croda da Lago Shelter, Mortisa, Cortina (Corso Italia).
It is 120 km long and has an altitude variation of 5,800 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. 15 SAFETY AND CHECK POINTS
Members of the Organisation and of 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 required race equipment. Should anyone refuse to undergo the check on the required 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 foreseen in 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. The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail complies with the Spirito Trail Magazine campaign “I don’t leave rubbish after me”.
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 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;
- 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;
- 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 will be applied immediately where the infringement has been established.
Art. 19 PRIZES
There are no cash prizes. Non monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 10 men and the first 10 women. Each athlete who completes the race within the maximum time limit will be given a Finisher gadget. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday 25 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 RIGHTS OF IMAGE USE
On registration, athletes authorise the organisers to freely use any images depicting athletes during their participation in The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail, 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 liability, whether civil or criminal, for damage to persons and/or property caused by or to him/her.