Marathon 7500 Rules !

By participating in the Marathon 7500 2017 race, a competition organized by the Nature Protection and Tourism (CPNT) Brasov, participants agree to comply with all of the following Rules:

  1. Competition description:

It is an outdoor mountain competition; The trail is set in the Bucegi mountains.

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 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 Each 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. 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 & Classes:

The marathon has 2 classes, each with 4 categories:

Classes: Elite / Hobby

Categories: Women / Men / Mixed /Master (the cumulative age of the team members is more than 80 years)

  1. Mandatory equipment:

Backpack or fanny pack (individual)

Headband/ hat (individual)

Raincoat (individual)

Long sleeve blouse (individual)

Long trekking trousers (individual)

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, contest sheet and race number (will be distributed 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 (individual)

  1. The competition number

    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)

6.The technical meeting

will take place on July 13th, 2017 at 20:00 for the Elite Class and on July 14th, 2017 at 20:00 for the Hobby Class.

7.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 13th, 2017 between 15:00 – 20:00 for the participants in the Elite section and on July 14th, 2017 between 15:00 – 20:00, for the participants in the Hobby section.

  1. Equipment checking 

    will be done before the race start and can be also done in checkpoints.

9.The race will start:

– on July 14th, 2016 at 6:00 AM for the Elite Class

– on July 15th , 2016 at 6:00 AM for the Hobby Class.

10.The time limit to complete the race is:

– 35 hours for Elite Class (July 15th, 2016 – 17:00 PM)

– 14 hours for Hobby (July 15th, 2016 – 20:00 PM. )

  1. The intermediary eliminatory time

The  intermediary eliminatory time for the Elite section:

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

– P3  Piatra Arsă Cabin: 4h30′ (10:30)

– P6 Salvamont Peștera: 9h00′ ( 15:00)

– P7  Omu Peak: 13h00′ (19:00)

– P9 La Prepeleag: 18h00′ (00:00)

– P10 Omu Peak: 24h00′ (6:00)

– P13 Omu Peak: 33h00′ (15:00)

The  intermediary eliminatory time for the Hobby section:

– P1 Omu Peak: 2h00′ (08:00)

– P4 Omu Peak: 9h00′ (15:00).

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

13.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.

  1. Food and water points:

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, 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

Checkpoint 15, 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 can not or does not want to continue the race, no matter the reason, must inform the organizers immediately, at the start, at the check points, 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:

– Any missing item from the compulsory equipment will result in disqualification

– 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

– Loosing the contest sheet will result in disqualification

– Failure to mantain 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.

The trail is coarse and unprotected that’s why there is a risk of injury and/or death. The contestants must take into account posible 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, heatstroke, 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.