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REGULATIONS FOR THE 2018 GAOLIGONG BY UTMB®

 

1. EVENTS

The Gaoligong by UTMB® is an event, the essence of which is to offer several races deep in the Tengchong town and countryside. The 2018 edition of Gaoligong by UTMB® will be held in March 2018 in Tengchong and Mt.Gaoligong, China, including three distances – MGU160km, RCE125km and THT55km.

The MGU: around 160 km with about 8400 meters of elevation gain, starts from Tengchong WenZhiGuangChang Square, in semi-autonomy and in 42 hours maximum.

The RCE: around 125 km with about 6600 meters elevation gain, starts from Tengchong WenZhiGuangChang Square, in semi-autonomy and in 31 hours maximum.

The THT: around 55 km with about 2300 meters elevation gain, starts from Tengchong WenZhiGuangChang Square, in semi-autonomy and in 11 hours maximum.

 

2. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

1) These races are open to anyone, man or women, born in 1998 or before 1998 .To be totally aware of the length and the specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it.

2) To have acquired, prior to the race, a real capacity for self-sufficiency in the mountains which permits the management of problems induced by this type of course, and notably:

*To know how to face, without outside help, climatic conditions which can become very difficult due to the altitude (night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow)

*To know how to manage, even if one finds oneself isolated, physical or psychological problems arising from high fatigue, digestive problems, muscular or joint pain, minor ailments.

*To be fully aware, that it is not the role of the organization to help a runner to overcome these problems and that for such an activity in the mountains security depends upon the capacity of the runner to adapt to the problems encountered, or envisaged.

3) Each runner declares their knowledge of and accepts the present regulations and agrees to accept them without reserve and to promote the events ethical charter available at gaoligongbyutmb.com

 

3. SEMI AUTONOMY

As a principle, runners must race individually in semi autonomy.

Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts, not only on the food but also that of clothing and security, being able to adapt oneself in particular to problems encountered or envisaged (bad weather, physical problems, injuries…)

This principle is implicated in the following rules:

1) All runners must have all their obligatory equipment with them at all times during the race (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). The equipment should be carried in a pack tagged at the race-bib distribution and must not be changed during the race. At any time during the race, the marshals can verify the bag, its weight under its contents. The runner is obliged to accept these controls in a friendly manner, otherwise it may result in disqualification.

2) The refreshment posts supply food and drink to be consumed on site. The organization supply still water or energizing drink for filling water bottles or reservoirs. The runner has to ensure, when leaving each refreshment post, that they have a sufficient amount of water and food to keep them going to the next refreshment post.

3)For MGURCETHT, personal assistance is only tolerated at certain refreshment points ,in the zone specifically reserved for this usage and with agreement of the head of post. This assistance can only be assured by one single person, without specific equipment other than one bag of a volume of 30 liters maximum. Assistance given by a professional team, or any medical or paramedical professional is strictly forbidden.

4) The rest of the of the refreshment post is strictly reserved for the runners.

 

4. ENROLMENT CONDITIONS

1) In order to register, it is necessary to have gained the required number of ITRA points by finishing, between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2017 exclusively:

- For the MGU (160 km): 5 ITRA points collected at most in 1 race

- For the RCE (125 km): 3 ITRA points collected at most in 1 race

 There is an exception for THT

- For the THT (55 km): 2 ITRA points collected at most in 1 race OR finisher certificate of CAA registered full marathon between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2017.

2) In the case of the declaration of races without exact references, non-conformity to the regulations or deceit, the organization reserves the right to cancel a registration without the re-funding the admission fee.

3) Please note: in the case of a change to the length of a qualifying race, premature ending of the race or if the race is cancelled, the qualifying points will be recalculated in relation to the actual characteristics.

4) Each runner must submit a specific medical certificate during race-bibs distribution(template provided by the organizer and signed by the doctor) otherwise no bib will be issued.

 

5. ACCEPTANCE OF THE REGULATIONS AND ETHICS OF THE RACE.

Participation in the Gaoligong by UTMB® assumes the acceptance of the present regulations and ethics of the race which are available at gaoligongbyutmb.com.

 

6.ENROLMENT

Enrolment exclusively on the Internet and secured payment by credit card, Wechat/Alipay (Chinese system only) .Enrolment fees:

 

Gaoligong by UTMB®

THT 55KM

RCE 125KM

MGU 160KM

Price

29/06/2017-31/12/2017

600

CHF90

1200

CHF180

1800

CHF265

Early Bird Price

28/04/2017-28/06/2017

500

CHF75

1050

CHF155

1600

CHF235

 

Fee included:Race registration fee,Personal insurance and all the Services which are on the routes and checkpoints.

Fee not included: Transportation to and from Tengchong,Accommodation,Visa fee,Personal expenses and so on.

The registration for any of these races is firm and final and it is not possible to change races.

 

7. CANCELLATION OF AN ENROLMENT

1) Any cancellation of registration must be made by email or post. No cancellations are accepted by telephone or fax.

2) If a competitor registered want to cancel their registration, reimbursement of a percentage of the registration fee will be made by crediting the bank account associated to the credit cardWechat, Alipay used upon registration in accordance to the following conditions:

Send date

Amount credited in % of the registration cost (excluding charges)

Before Aug 31 2017

60%

From Sep 1 to Oct 31 2017

50%

After the Nov 1 2017 no reimbursement can be made

 

8. EQUIPMENT

In order to participate in these events, a set of obligatory equipment is required. However it is important to note it is the minimum necessary and that each trail-runner must adapt it according to their needs. It is important, in particular, not to choose clothing that is the lightest possible weight in order to gain a few grams, but to choose items which will give real protection against the cold, windy or snowy mountain weather, therefore giving a good level of security and performance.

1) Obligatory equipment

EQUIPMENT

MGU RCE

THT

Mobile phone with option enabling its use in China (put in one’s repertoire the security numbers of the organization, keep it switched on, do not hide one’s number and do not forget to set off with recharged batteries)

OBLIGATORY

Personal cup 15cl. minimum (water-bottles or flasks with lids are not acceptable)

OBLIGATORY

Water reservoir minimum 1 liter

OBLIGATORY

Head lamps in good working condition with replacement batteries

OBLIGATORY
2
 Head lamps

OBLIGATORY

1 Head lamp

Survival blanket

OBLIGATORY

Whistle

OBLIGATORY

Adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping

OBLIGATORY

Food reserve

OBLIGATORY

Jacket, with a hood, capable of withstanding the bad mountain weather

OBLIGATORY

Cap or bandana or Buff®

OBLIGATORY

Long running trousers or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely

OBLIGATORY

Strongly 
recommended

in the case 

of bad 

weather

Additional warm mid-layer top: a single mid-layer long sleeve top for warmth (cotton excluded)

OBLIGATORY

 

2) Recommended equipment

*Very strongly recommended:

Knife or scissors with which to cut the self-adhesive elasticized bandage

Walking poles for security on slippery ground in case of rain or snow

A change of warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather, rain or injury,

Warm hat

Warm and waterproof gloves

Waterproof over-trousers

CNY cash (in order to cover the unexpected expenses)

 

*Advised (list not definitive):

Change of clothing, compass, string, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream, needle and thread.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race. It is forbidden to start without poles and collect them up along the way.

No poles will be allowed in the spare’s bags.

The use of poles will be forbidden in certain areas along the route, which will have the relevant signs, for safety or environmental reasons.

 

9. RACE BIBS

1).Every bib is individually handed to each runner on production of:

-a photographic identity,

-medical certificate

-race pack and all obligatory equipment

2).The race bib must be worn on the chest or the stomach and must be permanently and fully visible throughout the entire race. It must, therefore, always be positioned over any clothing and cannot for any reason be fixed onto the back or a leg. The name and logo of the sponsors must neither be modified, nor hidden.

3).The race number is the pass necessary to get to the shuttles, buses, refreshment posts, nurses, rest areas, showers, areas for depositing or recuperating spares bags…Except in the case of refusal to comply with a decision taken by a race official, the race bib will never be withdrawn, but in the case of rpuling out of the race, it is deactivated.

 

10. DROP BAGS

When each runner receives with his/her race bib, he/she will get drop bags, to be deposited at the Start with personal item and can be access as follow:

MGU category will receive 4 drop bags and runners can access those in CP6&12&15&Finish.

RCE category will receive 3 drop bags and runners can access those in CP6&11&Finish.

THT category will receive 1 drop bags, to be collected only at the Finish.

For all racers who want to access personal items at pre-selected locations along the route, please follow these guidelines:

1) Racer must use bag(s) provided by the organizer for this purpose. Bags should not be larger than necessary and must weigh no more than 15kg per bag, when full, for each location.

2) Racers must clearly properly label their bag(s) with the luggage tags provided by the race organizers. Be sure to include the racer’s full name and bib #, and the location to which the bag should be delivered.

3) If you will not want your bag returned after the race, please also label it "DISCARD AFTER USE." Otherwise, your drop bags will be made be available at the finish.

4) Remember it is possible that your bag will become wet, hot, cold, or crushed during the race; choose and pack your bag accordingly.

5). All the bags will be taken to the finish line. The bags must have been collected within six hours of the end of the race. After that, the runner will have to come in person collect his bag at his own costs from the organization, in Tengchong.

6) Only the bags supplied by the organization will be transported. Sticks are not transportable in these bags.

7) The contents of the bags not having been checked, any complaint about the contents on arrival is not acceptable. It is recommended not to put valuable objects in it.

8) It is recommended to keep toiletry and change of clothing material at Tengchong.

 

11. RESCUE AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

First aid posts are positioned at different points throughout the course. These posts are in radio or telephone liaison with Race Control. A medical control team is present during the entire duration of the events at the command center in TengchongHeshun.

The first aid posts are aimed at bringing help to any person in danger with the means particular to the organization or convention.

1) If it appears that a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured to call for assistance :

-go in person to a first aid point

-telephone the course controller

-ask another runner to alert the first aiders

2) It is essential that each runner helps anybody in danger and alerts the first aid point.

3) Do not forget, that due to the problems related to the environment and the type of event, one might have to wait for assistance for longer than anticipated. Your security, therefore, depends upon the quality of the materials that you have in your pack.

4) A runner calling on a doctor or a rescuer submits himself to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions. From the moment where the health of a runner necessitates treatment via an intravenous drip, the runner will be, obligatorily, excluded from the race.

5) The first-aiders and doctors have the right to:

-exclude from a race (by invalidating the race-bib) all competitors deemed unfit to continue the event.

-to evacuate by any means a runner judged to be in danger

-to hospitalize any runners whose state of health necessitates doing so

6)The choice of the means of evacuation and of hospital is the decision of the official first-aiders and doctors.

6.1Expenses incurred, resulting from emergency assistance or evacuation, are payable by the person rescued who is also responsible for all costs relating to their return from the area to where they were rescued. We suggest the runner to contact their personal insurance company for compensation.

6.2*If for any reason it is impossible to make contact with the course controller (emergency number on the race-bib), you can call the rescue services direct (especially if you find yourselves in a zone «SOS only »).Emergency number in China110,120.

6.3) An infirmary will be open in Tengchong for the duration by the event. Runners who have a severe medical problem may make use of it.

7. Each runner must stay on the way-marked paths, even to rest or sleep. Any runner who voluntarily leaves the way-marked path is no longer under the responsibility of the organization.

 

12. CONTROL AND REFRESHMENTS POSTS

1) Each runner will be supplied with 2 electronic chips fixed to their race-bibs and backpack. Runners who do not have their 2 chips permanently with them will be penalized.

2) A control is carried out on the arrival of any rescue or refreshment post.

Unexpected control posts are set up in places other than the rescue and refreshment posts. Their position is not communicated by the organization.

3) Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.

4) The race guide and the relevant pages on the Internet give a precise list of the refreshment points.

5)2 types of refreshments are offered:

-Drinks only

-Complete refreshments

*Items will be described in details in the race guide.

6) Furthermore, hot dishes will be offered in some posts of the race.

7) To avoid the wastage of disposable plastic cups during the race, every runner has to equip himself with a cup with a minimum volume of 15cl.

Due to the large numbers, disposable beakers will be used at the dedicated points (to be defined in the race book)

8) Any runner who was found to have disposed of their litter along the route will be penalized. Please use trash cans provided at refreshment posts.

 

13. MAXIMUM AUTHORISED TIME AND TIME BARRIERS

1) The maximum time for the event, for the totality of the course, is fixed at:

MGU42 hours

RCE31 hours

THT11 hours

2) The time limits for leaving (time barriers) of the principle control posts will be marked and written in the race guide.

3) These time barriers are calculated to enable participants to reach the Finish in the maximum time imposed, while making possible stops (rest, meal…)

4) To be authorized to continue the event, runners must set off again from the control post before the fixed time limit (whatever their arrival hour at the control post).

5) Any competitor excluded from the race and wishing to continue to the finish can only do so after cutting the race wristband, and at his own responsibility and in complete autonomy.

6) In the case of poor meteorological conditions and/or for reasons of safety, the organization reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

7) MODIFICATIONS TO THE COURSE OR TO THE TIME BARRIERS; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE.

7.1) The organization reserves the right to modify at any moment the route and the positioning of the rescue and refreshment posts, without warning.

7.2) In the case of unfavorable weather conditions (important quantities of rain or snow at altitude, strong risk of storms….) the start may only be postponed by a maximum several hours, after that time the race is cancelled.

7.3) In the case of poor meteorological conditions, and for reasons of safety, the organization reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

7.4) In case of cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, decided more than 15 days before the date of the start of the race, a partial refund of the registration fees will be made. The amount of this refund will be fixed so as to allow the organization to cover all irredeemable expenses committed, up to the date of the cancellation. In case of a cancellation decided less than 15 days before the departure or in case of interruption of the race, for whatever the reason, no refund of the registration fee will be made.

 

14. REST AND SHOWERS

1) MGU and RCE competitors can benefit from a rest area (with camp beds and blankets) in some checkpoints.

2) It is possible to take a hot shower for all the runners, only at the arrival.

 

15. PULLING OUT OF THE RACE AND TRANSPORTATION FROM THE RACE COURSE

1) Except for injury, a runner can pull out of a race at a control post only. They must alert the head of post, who will invalidate their race-bib.

2) The runner keeps his invalidated race bib because it is still his pass for shuttles, buses, meals, care rooms…

3) Transportation of the runner back to Tengchong will be decided on by the post leader, based on the following general rules :

3.1) Buses are available from certain refreshment posts indicated by a sing “bus” on the event route maps to transport runners who have pulled out back to Tengchong.

3.2)Runners who pulled out at another rescue or refreshment post but whose state of health does not necessitate them being evacuated must get back as quickly as possible and by their own means to the closest transportation point.

3.3)Concerning the refreshment or rescue posts accessible to cars or four-wheel drive

-During the closure of the post, the organization can, in the measure of means available, transport the runners who have pulled out and are still present at the post, back to Tengchong.

- ln the case of unfavorable weather conditions justifying partial or total closure of the race, the organization ensures the transportation from the race course as soon as possible of those runners who have pulled out.

4.) In case of runners pulling out before a control point, they must return to the previous control point and inform the post leader of their decision to pull out.

 

16.COURSE MARKERS

1) For better night vision, course markers include a section of reflective material which will be easily visible with a head torch.

*ATTENTION: if you cannot see any more markers, retrace your steps!

2) It is imperative that you follow the paths with the markers without taking short cuts. In effect, short cutting the paths leads to erosion that damages the site.

 

17. PENALTY – DISQUALIFICATION

1) Race officials present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorized to uphold regulations and to immediately impose a penalty for non-respect, based on the following chart:

BREACH OF RULES

PENALTY (*)

MGU-RCE

THT

Short-cutting the route

 At the race directors decision

Lacking obligatory safety equipment. (no minimum water supply of 1 liter, no waterproof jacket with hood, lack of head lamp (2 for MGURCE, or 1 for THT), no survival blanket, no mobile phone

 Immediate disqualification

Lacking other obligatory equipment (running trousers or leggings , cap or bandana, hat, warm long sleeved clothing whistle, adhesive elastic band, food reserves, cup/tumbler, waterproof over-trousers, warm and waterproof gloves)

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Refuse to have obligatory equipment checked out

 Disqualification

Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their team

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Not respecting people (organization or runners)

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Not assisting a person in difficulty (requiring official assistance)

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Receiving help outside authorized zones

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Being accompanied along the course outside the tolerance zones clearly marked close to the refreshment posts

 Penalty 15 min

 Penalty 10 min

Cheating (e.g.: using transport, sharing race number…)

 Immediate disqualification and for life

Race number not visible

 Penalty 15 min

 Penalty 10 min

Not wearing the race number in the correct manner

 Penalty 15 min (during which the runner adjusts his race number in the correct manner)

 Penalty 10 min (during which the runner adjusts his race number in the correct manner)

Recognized dangerous attitude (e.g.: sticks with unprotected points pointing at the runners or the spectators)

 Penalty 15 min

 Penalty 10 min

Lacking an electronic chip

According to the race directors decision

Not passing through a control point

According to the race directors decision

Refusal to comply with an order from race control, from a race official, from a head of post, from a doctor or from a rescue worker

 Disqualification

Refusal to accept an anti-drug test

The runner will be sanctioned as if found guilty of taking drugs

Departure from a control post after the hour limitation

 Disqualification

Pack not tagged

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

Use of sticks not carried with you at the beginning of the race

 Penalty 1 hour

 Penalty 30 min

 

2) The Race Director has the authority, at any time, to overrule any rule or invent a new rule based on extenuating, unforeseen, and/or unusual circumstances and/or to maintain the integrity and fair play necessary for the successful completion, and continuation, of the race. The Race Director has ultimate authority in regards to all rules, their interpretation, and their enforcement. There is no "appeals committee" nor an "appeals process." All entrants in the race, and their support crews, willingly acknowledge this fact, as well as all other race rules, by attending the race in any capacity.

3) Any competitor can be submitted to an anti-drug control before, during or at the end of a race. If he/she refuses or abstains, the sportsman or woman is treated as if found guilty of taking drugs.

4) Racers who witness another racer cheating, cutting the course, or behaving poorly may file a complaint with the Race Directors or an Aid Station Captain. Please provide as much detail as possible, and do so as soon as possible after the incident which you wish to report

5) In all cases and circumstances, it is the intent, and spirit, of the rules which will govern their implementation and enforcement.

 

18. COMPLAINTS & RACE JURY

1) COMPLAINTS.

All objections must be in writing and lodged with the race director.

2) RACE JURY.

This is made up of:

-One of the Governments official

-One of Co-Race Directors

-One representative of the runners

-And relevant people chosen for their competences by the committee and course director

3) The jury is authorized to give a ruling in the time compatible within the imperatives of the race on all the objections lodged during the event. The decisions will be without appeal.

 

19. INSURANCE

1. Civil responsibility:

The organizer has taken out civil responsibility insurance for the duration of the event. This civil responsibility insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its responsibility, of that of its officials and of the participants.

2. Individual accident:

1) Each competitor must, obligatorily, have their own accident insurance that will cover any costs of search and rescue in the race areas.

2) NB: The choice of the evacuation depends exclusively on the organization, which will systematically the priorities the runners’ security.

 

20. RANKINGS AND REWARDS

The mission of Gaoligong by UTMB® is to protect nature, respect history, and explore oneself. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting its global bio-diversity and cultural-diversity. The race does not provide cash awards. All finishers will receive medals and souvenirs.

1) For the 3 races, only the runners arriving at the finish Heshun Town (MGURCE & THT) are classed.

2) For each race, there are a female and male results as well as age group categories, which are as follows:

l   20-29

l   30-39

l   40-49

l   50 and over

Winners of age categories swill receive awards.

3) MGU: top 8 men and women in the general classification will receive “YUN BAO Marshall” trophy and prize.

These trophies can be translated from Chinese as follows:

First: Juedi Marshall – warrior so swift his feet do not touch the ground

Second: Fanyu Marshall – warrior who can outrun a bight in flight

Third: Benxiao Marshall – warrior who runs great distances across wilderness

Forth: Yueying Marshall – warrior who chases the sun

Fifth: Yuhui Marshall – warrior whose armour is magnificent like a bird’s plumage

Sixth: Chaoguang Marshall – a warrior who can cast ten shadows

Seventh: Tengwu Marshall – a warrior who rides clouds

Eighth: Xieyi Marshall, meaning a winged warrior who soars through heavens

4) RCE and THT: the first 3 men and the first 3 women in the general classification will receive trophy and prize.

5) All the finisher of race will have the appropriate ITRA points:

-         MGU: 6 points

-        RCE: 6 points

-       THT: 3 points

 

 

21. INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Competitors who are sponsored may only have the sponsors logos on their clothing or equipment used during the race. All other publicity accessories (flags, banners) are forbidden at all points of the race including at the finish, at the risk of penalties imposed by the jury.

 

22. PHOTO COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

1. Every competitor relinquishes their claim to photographic copyright during the event, and he relinquishes any recourse against the organizer and against his approved partners for the use of his image. Only the organization can pass on these rights for the image in any media, via an accreditation or an adapted license.

2. Gaoligong、MGURCETHTMt. Gaoligong Ultra are being registered as legal trademarks. UTMB® is a legal trademark. Any communication about the event or use of event’s pictures must be made respecting the full event name and the trademark (Gaoligong by UTMB®), and with the official agreement from the organizer. 

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