UltraDolomites

UltraDolomites
2nd edition
27 June 2020 8 a.m.

80 km 4100 m+
Time limit: 21 hours

Art. 1 ORGANISERS
In collaboration with the Municipality of Sesto, the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, Camelbag ssdrl have organised the 2nd edition of “UltraDolomites”, a partially self-sufficiency, mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th of June 2020.

  

Art. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION
The UltraDolomites is a running race along trails in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site. It is about 80 km long and has a variation in altitude of 4,100 metres. The race is partly self-sufficient and it starts on Saturday 27th of June 2020 at 8.00 a.m. in Sesto; maximum time: 21 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 2018 and 31 October 2019 (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 28 June 2020.
Athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancement drugs shall not be accepted.
The following athletes may not register:
- athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancing substances
- athletes who have been blacklisted by La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail.
In order to register for UltraDolomites, athletes must have completed at least one qualifying race worth 3 points between 1 January 2018 and 31 October 2019.
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
Pre-registration starts on 1st of November 2019 and closes on 10th of November 2019.
In the pre-registration form the following fields must be filled:
- Name
- Surname
- Birth date
- E-mail address
- Nationality
- ITRA Performance Index link (itra.run/community/)
(e.g. https://itra.run/community/hayden.hawks/1140055/58435)
If participating in a group, all group members must pre-register individually and indicate the name of their 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.
On 15 November, athletes who were successful in the draw will find a link to register in their personal space. Registration must be completed by 20 November. Failure to do so within the established time limits will lead to the annulment of pre-registration.

   

Registration without participation in the draw
- Elite Runners
Elite athletes can register without participating in the draw on the basis of the criteria indicated in the following table:

 

Men

Women

Registration free of charge without participation in the draw

>850

>750

Registration with payment but without participation in the draw

>750

>650

 

Athletes with an ITRA Index between 750 and 850 (men) and between 650 and 750 (women) must pre-register from 1 to 10 November.
Applications to register of elite runners having ITRA Index >850 for men and > 750 for women, must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 January 2020 at the latest. Athletes who meet all requirements can avail of the above mentioned registration conditions if they have attained the necessary points for 2020.

At the start of the race, elite athletes must place themselves at the head of the line-up on the basis of their race bib number and in accordance with indications from volunteers.
Elite athletes must:
- be present at press conferences and official ceremonies to which they have been invited;
- be present at relevant prize-giving ceremonies;
- be at the starting line at least 20 minutes before the start of the race.

  

c) Registration fees
The registration fees is 90.00 Euros and includes the following:
- a race bib number
- assistance and refreshments along the race route
- race pack
- 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 1000 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 31/12/2019: reimbursement of 60% of fee
- cancellation by 31/03/2020: reimbursement of 50% of fee
- cancellation by 25/05/2020: reimbursement of 40% of fee
- cancellation after 25/05/2020: no reimbursement
Reimbursements will be made by 31 August 2020 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 must fill in the certificate which can be downloaded at this link (coming soon), have it signed and stamped by a doctor and upload it on their personal runner space on www.ultratrail.it by 15 May 2020.
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 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. on Friday 26th of June 2020.
To collect race numbers athletes must present a valid identity document and all mandatory race equipment.

  

Art. 7 SHUTTLE SERVICE
- Pre-race shuttle: buses depart at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday 27th June from the bus station in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Via G. Marconi 5. Arrival in Sesto at 7:00 a.m. in the starting area.
- Post-race shuttle: buses depart from the Olympic Ice Stadium in Cortina d’Ampezzo every 90 minutes approximately from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday 27th until 5:30 a.m. on Sunday 28th June.
Pre-race and post-race tickets cost 10€. Booking and payment must be done when registering for the race. Only athletes with the correct voucher issued after booking the shuttle will be guaranteed a place on the bus.
In the race registration form athletes must indicate the bus they intend to take.

  

Art. 8 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 t-shirt
- long trousers or trousers that cover the knees
- hat or bandana
- gloves
- headlamp with spare batteries
- appropriate footwear
- cup, glass or water bottle. In order to reduce the use of plastic, there will be no disposable ware (cutlery, beakers, plates, bowls) available at refreshment points thus athletes must bring their own cutlery and containers if they wish to eat hot/cold food.

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. 9 MAXIMUM TIME LIMITS AND CUT OFF TIMES; WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE
The maximum time permitted to reach the finish line is 21 hours (before 05.00 a.m. on Sunday 28 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 (26  km) before 1:30 p.m. Saturday (5 and a half hours into the race)
- Malga Ra Stua (35 km) before 3:30 p.m. Saturday (7 and a half hours into the race)
- Rifugio Col Gallina (55 km) before 9:30 p.m. Saturday (13 and a half hours into the race)
- Passo Giau (62 km) before midnight Sunday (16 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. 10 REFRESHMENT STATIONS
This is a semi self-sufficient race and athletes are obliged to bring at least a supply of one litre of water.
Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous between refreshment points in terms of food and equipment and also to be safely able to adapt to any problems (bad weather, physical distress, injury…).

This means that the following rules are necessary:
- athletes must always carry all obligatory equipment during the entire race.
- food and drink acquired in refreshment points must be consumed there. The Organisers only provide water or energetic drinks for flasks/water bottles and Camelbaks. When leaving refreshment points, athletes must have a sufficient quantity of water and food to reach the following refreshment point.

Family or team members can only provide assistance to athletes in some refreshment points (see art. 10), in the areas designated for this purpose as outlined by the coordinator of the refreshment point. Only one person per athlete may provide assistance.

There are 6 refreshment stations along the race route:
- Rifugio Locatelli (12° km) 
- Cimabanche (26° km) 
- Malga Ra Stua (35° km) 
- Rifugio Col Gallina (55° km) 
- Passo Giau (62° km) 
- Rifugio Croda da Lago (70° 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.
Camelbags 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 Stadium on arrival: in order to avail of this hot meal it is necessary to show your race bib.
There are several streams and 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. 11 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 (26° km) 
- Rifugio Col Gallina (55° km) 
- Passo Giau (62° km) 
Only one assistant per athlete will be admitted only when the athlete has arrived.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.

   

Art. 12 BAG DEPOSIT
When you pick up your race bib, you will also receive a bag in which to place your clothes which will then be taken to the finish line in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The bags must be handed in at the starting line in Sesto from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on Saturday 7th of June. Do not place items of value in the bags. In any case, the Organisers will not be liable for any thefts, losses or damage to bags or their contents.

Only bags provided by the Organisers will be taken to Cortina. After the race, the bags must be collected at the Ice Stadium in Cortina d’Ampezzo (via Bonacossa 1) before 12 noon on Sunday 28th of June upon presentation of a race bib. Under no circumstances will the Organisers send uncollected bags to athletes’ home addresses. In fact, uncollected bags will be immediately destroyed on hygiene grounds. 

  

Art. 13 START OF RACE
Athletes must be at the start area at Sesto (BZ) before 7.45 a.m. on Saturday 27th of June 2020.
The race will start at 8 a.m.

   

Art. 14 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 2020 takes the following route:
Sesto (BZ), Val Fiscalina, Val Sassovecchio, Rifugio Locatelli, 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 80 km and an altitude variation of 4,100 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 INSURANCE
Participants are strongly 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. 16 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. 17 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 the various refreshment points there are rubbish bins into which athletes may throw their rubbish. The Organisers advise athletes to carry a small bag for refuse or any tissues which can then be disposed of at refreshment points.

Athletes must follow the outlined paths and avoid leaving them so as not to cause damage to the surrounding environment.
In order to reduce the use of plastic, there will be no disposable ware (cutlery, beakers, plates, bowls) available at refreshment points thus athletes must bring their own cutlery and containers if they wish to eat hot/cold food.

  

Art. 18 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. 19 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, camelbag 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. 20 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 28th of June at 12.00 a.m. noon 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. 21 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. 22 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.