Marathon 7500 Rules and regulations!

By participating in the 2018 Marathon 7500 race, a competition organized by the Nature Protection and Tourism Club (CPNT) Brasov, participants agree to comply with all of the following Rules:

 

  1.    Competition description:

It is an outdoor mountain competition that includes three separate races Marathon 1600, Marathon 3200, Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500, the number left of “Marathon” meaning the cumulative positive height (and negative) gain expressed in meters; The trail is set in the Bucegi mountains, exclusively on marked touristic trails.

A competitor can not participate in more than one race of the event in one year.

The routes are irregular and coarse, they use public roads and dirt tracks, marked and unmarked trails with steep slopes and rough areas and pass through towns, meadows, lakes, rivers, woodlands and clearings, alpine grounds (ridges, narrow passages, steep slopes, valleys, screes, alpine meadows, areas covered with juniper trees, etc.). When deciding to compete:

  • Any participant must be medically fit for sustained physical effort.
  • Any participant must have a general mountain experience.
  • Any participant must have the ability to trek safely an alpine route.
  • Any participant should be experienced enough to complete a difficult alpine route
  • Any participant should have a good sense of direction in a mountainous terrain, even in difficult weather conditions and poor visibility. This means that each participant should be able to use a map and the information about the routes to get to safety.
  • Any participant should have basic knowledge regarding dangerous and urgency situations, which might appear in the mountains.
  • Any participant should have fair play and friendship and should act accordingly when the situation requires.
  • Any participant should know and keep in mind that no matter how many safety measures the organizers take, all the risks that might appear along the routes due to the nature of the competition, the environment and the weather, cannot be covered.
  • Any participant should know and keep in mind that no prize is above his or/and other participant’s health and life, therefore to act accordingly when he feels or sees a dangerous situation.

The minimum age requirement for racing is set at 18 years of age. Younger persons can register only if they have important sports results and are teaming an adult person racing in the Marathon 1600 or Marathon 3200 races. Participating teams must consist of two people. The team must trek together all the way. The maximum distance allowed between teammates is up to 50 meters. The distance between teammates can be measured at any time of the race.

 

  1.    Categories & Sections:

The event has 4 races with 3 categories each.:

Races: Marathon 1600, Marathon 3200, Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500

Categories: Women / Men / Mixed

The teams in the Marathon 8500 race that have members whose cumulative age is over 80, are automatically registered in the Masters honorifics Category.

  1.    Mandatory equipment:

 

For Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500

Backpack or fanny pack (individual)

Headband / hat (individual)

Raincoat (individual)

Three layers on the upper body, of which 2 are long sleeved – it is accepted to have shorter sleeved shirt and separate sleeves as long as the entire surface of the arms is covered by the combination of the two.

Two layers on the lower body – Long trekking trousers (individual) – it is accepted to have shorter trousers and calf sleeves as long as the entire surface of the legs is covered by the combination of the two AND over pants.

Gloves (individual)

Survival Blanket (individual)

Functional mobile phone (individual)

Functional headlamp (individual)

First aid kit: elastic bandage, sterile bandage, adhesive bandage tape (team)

Water container with or without cap, of minimum 200 ml to use in the refreshments posts – the organizers will not provide disposable cups (individual)

Map, race sheet and race number (will be given by the organizers)

Mandatory equipment in case of bad weather (this equipment is to be available in the base camp as the mandatory equipment list can be updated in the morning of the race start):

  • Warm long sleeve blouse/fleece, warm jacket (individual)
  • Over gloves (individual)

The mandatory equipment is to be carried with during the entire race, as it is the normal gear that is supposed to be carried in such treks.

 

For Marathon 1600 and Marathon 3200

Backpack or fanny pack (individual)

Headband / hat (individual)

Raincoat (individual)

Two layers on the upper body, of which one is a rainproof membrane jacket – it is accepted to have shorter sleeved shirt and separate sleeves as long as the entire surface of the arms is covered by the combination of the two.

Long trekking trousers (individual) – it is accepted to have shorter trousers and calf sleeves as long as the entire surface of the legs is covered by the combination of the two.

Gloves (individual)

Survival Blanket (individual)

Functional mobile phone (individual)

Functional headlamp (individual)

First aid kit: elastic bandage, sterile bandage, adhesive bandage tape (team)

Water container with or without cap, of minimum 200 ml to use in the refreshments posts – the organizers will not provide disposable cups (individual)

Map, race sheet and race number (will be given by the organizers)

Mandatory equipment in case of bad weather (this equipment is to be available in the base camp as the mandatory equipment list can be updated in the morning of the race start):

  • Warm long sleeve blouse/fleece, warm jacket (individual)
  • Over pants
  • Over gloves (individual)

The mandatory equipment is to be carried with during the entire race, as it is the normal gear that is supposed to be carried in such treks.

 

  1.    The race BIB

must be attached to the equipment and must be visible all the time during the competition

 

  1.    Timekeeping:

times will be converted and recorded to the next whole second (e.g. 15:38:22.4 will be recorded as 15:38:23)

 

  1.    The technical briefings

12th of July 2018 at 20:00 for Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500

13th of July 2018 at 20:00 for Marathon 3200

13th of July 2018 at 21:00 for Marathon 1600.

 

  1.    Each participant is required to fill the entry form including a declaration that he / she will run entirely at his /her own risk. Signing the form, onsite registration and picking-up the start kits will take place on

July 12th, 2018 between 15:00 – 23:00 for the Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500 participants and on

July 13th, 2018 between 15:00 – 23:00, for the Marathon 1600 and Marathon 3200 participants.

 

  1. Equipment checking

Will be done in two ways: Before the start, the teams will present their equipment in order to have their start validated. This gear check is mandatory, it begins 30 minutes before the start and ends 15 minutes after the start. The second method the organizers can check the teams’ equipment is randomly, in any point of the race or in any checkpoint. If any piece of equipment is missing, the team is disqualified or has its start not validated.

 

  1.    The race will start:

– on July 13th, 2018 at 6:00 AM for Marathon 7500 and Marathon 8500

– on July 14th, 2018 at 6:00 AM for Marathon 3200

– on July 14th, 2018 at 8:00 AM for Marathon 1600

 

  1.    The time limit to complete the race is:

– 35 hours for Marathon 8500 (July 14th, 2018 – 17:00 PM)

– 32 hours for Marathon 7500 (July 14th, 2018 – 14:00 PM)

– 14 hours for Marathon 3200 (July 14th, 2018 – 20:00 PM)

–  8 hours for Marathon 1600 (July 14th, 2018 – 16:00 PM)

 

  1.    The intermediary eliminatory time

The intermediary eliminatory time for the Marathon 8500 race:

– P1 Valea Dorului Cabin :1h45′ (7:45)

– P3 Piatra Arsă Cabin: 4h30′ (10:30)

– P6 Salvamont Peștera: 8h30′ (14:30)

– P7 Omu Peak: 10h30′ (16:30)

– P9 La Prepeleag: 15h30′ (21:30)

– P10 Omu Peak: 18h30′ (0:30)

– P13 Omu Peak: 21h30′ (3:30)

– P16 Omu Peak: 30h30′ (12:30)

 

The intermediary eliminatory time for the Marathon 7500 race:

– P1 Valea Dorului Cabin :1h45′ (7:45)

– P3 Piatra Arsă Cabin: 4h30′ (10:30)

– P6 Salvamont Peștera: 8h30′ (14:30)

– P7 Omu Peak: 10h30′ (16:30)

– P9 La Prepeleag: 15h30′ (21:30)

– P10 Omu Peak: 18h30′ (0:30)

– P13 Omu Peak: 27h30′ (09:30)

 

The intermediary eliminatory time for the Marathon 3200 race:

– P1 Omu Peak: 2h00′ (08:00)

– P4 Omu Peak: 9h00′ (15:00).

 

The intermediary eliminatory time for the Marathon 1600 race:

– P1 Omu Peak: 3h00′ (11:00)

 

  1.    The checkpoints must be visited in the ascending order of their numbers.

 

  1.    Supporters / External assistance:

Supporters can encourage any competitor as long as they respect the race officials’ guidelines and they don’t hinder the race development.

During the race any external assistance (from supporters, spectators, etc) is strictly forbidden, except in check points where competitors can receive food and water. All competitors must carry their own equipment during the race.

The external assistance is strictly forbidden. The competitors whose supporters don’t comply with these rules can be penalized or disqualified.

 

  1.    Food and water points:

 

For the Marathon 8500 race:

Checkpoint 1, Cabana Vf. Valea Dorului: water

Checkpoint 2, Cabana Poiana Stânii: water (300 ml/competitor)

Checkpoint 3, Cabana Piatra Arsă: water

Checkpoint 4, Cabana Salvamont Jepi: water, isotonic drink (Sponser Competition), food (bread, cheese, bananas, lemons, apples, halva)

Checkpoint 5, Cabana Babele: water (300ml/competitor)

Checkpoint 6, Salvamont Peștera: water, isotonic drink (Sponser)

Checkpoint 7, 10, 13 and 15 Vf. Omu: water (200ml/participant/climb), isotonic drink (Sponser), food (lemons, halva, bread, cheese, apples, bananas)

Checkpoint 8, Gura Diham: water, food (salo, bread). Poiana Izvoarelor: water

Checkpoint 14, Ciubotea-Bran: water, food (soup, pasta, bread, cheese)

Checkpoint 15, Valea Gaura: water

Checkpoint 17, Poiana Guțanu: water – spring

Finish: water, food (pasta, soup, fruits)

 

For the Marathon 7500 race:

Checkpoint 1, Cabana Vf. Valea Dorului: water

Checkpoint 2, Cabana Poiana Stânii: water (300 ml/competitor)

Checkpoint 3, Cabana Piatra Arsă: water

Checkpoint 4, Cabana Salvamont Jepi: water, isotonic drink (Sponser Competition), food (bread, cheese, bananas, lemons, apples, halva)

Checkpoint 5, Cabana Babele: water (300ml/competitor)

Checkpoint 6, Salvamont Peștera: water, isotonic drink (Sponser)

Checkpoint 7, 10 and 13, Vf. Omu: water (200ml/participant/climb), isotonic drink (Sponser), food (lemons, halva, bread, cheese, apples, bananas)

Checkpoint 8, Gura Diham: water, food (salo, bread). Poiana Izvoarelor: water

Checkpoint 11, Ciubotea-Bran: water, food (soup, pasta, bread, cheese)

Checkpoint 12, Valea Gaura: water

Checkpoint 14, Poiana Guțanu: water – spring

Finish: water, food (pasta, soup, fruits)

 

For the Marathon 3200 race:

Checkpoint 1 and 4, Vf. Omu: water (200ml/participant/climb), isotonic drink (Sponser), food (lemons, halva, bread, cheese, apples, bananas)

Checkpoint 2, Gura Diham: water, food (salo, bread). Poiana Izvoarelor: water

Checkpoint 5, Poiana Guțanu: water – spring

Finish: water, food (pasta, soup, fruits)

 

For the Marathon 1600 race:

Checkpoint 1 Vf. Omu: water (200ml/participant/climb), isotonic drink (Sponser), food (lemons, halva, bread, cheese, apples, bananas)

Checkpoint 2, Poiana Guțanu: water – spring

Checkpoint 3, Șaua Strunga: water, food (halva)

Finish: water, food (pasta, soup, fruits)

 

  1.    Race stop / retirement:

The organizers reserve the right to stop a participant in the following cases: – Was injured after the start and his condition no longer allows him to continue the race;

– Exceeding the time limit;

– Exceeding the intermediate time limit;

– In exceptional cases;

Any participant who cannot or does not want to continue the race, no matter the reason, must inform the organizers immediately, at the start, at the checkpoints, at the finish line or by calling the emergency numbers marked on the contest sheet. Retirement from the race will be confirmed by competitors by signing the contest sheet and submitting it at the nearest checkpoint from the place of the abandonment.

  1.    Camping:

Every contestant will bring the necessary camping equipment. The organizers will not provide tents, sleeping bags, etc.

  1.    Choosing the places of rest/sleep

during the race is up to the teams entered in the competition.

  1.    Penalties:

– Missing a checkpoint will result in disqualification

– Breaking the race rules will result in disqualification

– Lack of conduct toward other participants, officials, public, other people will result in disqualification – Modifying or changing contest numbers will result in disqualification

– Losing the contest sheet will result in disqualification

– Failure to maintain the distance between teammates will result in disqualification

⦁  Littering during the race will result in disqualification

In case of disqualification, retirement from the race, failure to start the race, trail modification no refund of the registration fee will be made.

Any deviation from the recommended route by the organizers is made at one’s own responsibility.

The organizers are not liable for poor meteorological conditions, as the competitors should choose for themselves if the conditions are proper for them to race.

The trail is coarse and unprotected that’s why there is a risk of injury and/or death. The contestants must take into account possible hazards that may appear during outdoor competitions. These include and are not limited to: collisions with, stones, rocks, trees, people, motor vehicles, other vehicles and other objects; falls, slips, injuries caused by cold and / or heat, hypothermia, heat stroke, dehydration, frostbite, burns, altitude sickness, falling stones, hail, snow, rock and /or soil avalanches, floods, storms, lightning, animals, reptiles, insects, fires, drowning, exhaustion.

Competing teams will certify by their signature that they have accepted the competition rules. Through their valid registration the teams automatically accept the rules and the consequences of their violation.

Not knowing the rules does not exempt from liability the affected teams or any of their members.

The organizers may update, clarify or even change these rules and regulations, for good reason and will notify any of these on the event website, on the facebook page or by email. Also, for safety reasons, the rules and regulations can change even during the race. In this case, the competitors will be notified in the checkpoints.