Regulation

Art. 1 ORGANIZATION

The organizing committee of Valmalenco Ultra Trail, in cooperation with Comunità Montana Valtellina di Sondrio, the municipalities of Caspoggio, Chiesa in Valmalenco, Lanzada, Spriana and Torre di Santa Maria; Soccorso Alpino, Club Alpino Italiano, Consorzio Turistico Sondrio e Valmalenco, organizes the first edition of Valmalenco Ultra Trail, semi-self-sufficiency trail running competition, that will be held in an Alpine environment, from the 25th to the 27th of August 2017 (Friday-Sunday). 

Art. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION

The Valmalenco Ultra Trail is a semi-self-sufficiency trail running competition along the path of "Alta Via della Valmalenco”, approximately 86 km long and 6500 m of height gap, that will start on Friday 25th of August 2017 at 24:00 in Chiesa Valmalenco and ends in Caspoggio; maximum time: 24 hours. 

Art. 3 REQUIREMENTS

To take part at the competition it is necessary to have experience with mountain environment, good training, appropriate clothing for a temperature which can range from -5 to +30 degrees and not to be afraid of heights. Upon registration the athlete must provide a personal record of participation to Valmalenco Ultra Trail similar competition. 
The competitor, must be fully aware of the environment context and the technical difficulties of the race track.

Art. 4 REGISTRATION

a) Requirements
Only athletes who on the 25th of August 2017 will have reached eighteen years of age can register and they must have a medical certificate for competitive activity (see art. 5), at least valid until the 27th of August 2017. We’ll not accept athletes who are disqualified for doping.
The athletes must be regular members of FIDAL for the year 2017, regular members of an organization that promotes sports (Csen, Csi, Uisp, Libertas, …), Mountain & Trail RunCard or RunCard holders. 
Those without a membership, but with valid medical certificate, have to subscribe a Mountain and Trail RunCard with an additional cost of 10,00 €.
All athletes must have a medical certificate suitable for track and field sports, valid at least until the end of the competition (27th of August 2017). Medical certificates, released for other sports, will not be considered valid (football, cycling, skiing, …).
Foreign athletes can take part to the competition if they are members of their country track and field federation. If not, for insurance reasons, when they collect their race number, they must subscribe a a Mountain and Trail RunCard with an additional cost of 10,00 € showing a copy of their valid medical certificate or self-certificating that they have one pursuant the Italian laws. If the valid medical certificate or equivalent declaration, is not shown during the registration, it must be displayed when the athlete collects his registration number together with a signed LIABILITY DISCLAIMER (you’ll find it when you collect your race number).

b) How to Register
Registrations will open on the 27th of February 2015 and close on the 10th of July 2017, unless we reach the maximum number of subscribers before.
Entries must be done how specified on our website www.valmalencoultratrail.com
Those who will not be eligible to partecipate will receive an email from the organization.

c) Registration Fees
60,00 € for who registers from 27/02/2017 to 10/04/2017, after this interval it passes to 80,00 €.
Registration includes:
- Race number;
- Refreshment along the track;
- Gift bag;
- Meal after the race;
- Gadgets for finishers.

d) Payment
The registration fee must be paid by bank transfer.

e) Cancellation
If unable to attend, the unsubscribe request must be communicated by e-mail to info@valmalencoultratrail.com.
The following repayment methods are provided:
- Cancellation request until 15/06/2017: 50% refund.
- Cancellation after 15/06/2017: no refund
The refund of the fee will be done within 31/08/2017.
It’s not possible to:
- swap or transfer registration number;
- use the fee for the next competition.
In the case of the cancellation of the competition for major forse causes, up to 15 days before the event, the organization will refund 50% of the paid registration fee. This percentage is justified by the many expenses that the organization has and can not recover.
In the case of interruption or cancellation of the race for whether reasons, and/or unforeseeable circumstances or any other reason not depending from the organization, no refund will be given.

Art. 5 MEDICAL CERTIFICATION

Italians athletes (including those residing abroad) must send a copy of a valid medical certificate when they register or present it when they collect their registration number, otherwise the registration will be canceled and not refunded.
Foreign athletes can take part to the competition if they are members of their country track and field federation. If not, for insurance reasons, when they collect their race number, they must subscribe a a Mountain and Trail RunCard with an additional cost of 10,00 € showing a copy of their valid medical certificate or self-certificating that they have one pursuant the Italian laws. If the valid medical certificate or equivalent declaration, is not shown during the registration, it must be displayed when the athlete collects his registration number together with a signed LIABILITY DISCLAIMER (you’ll find it when you collect your race number).

Art. 6 RACE NUMBER AND GIFT BAG

Athletes must pick up their race number and gift bag in Chiesa Valmalenco on the 24/08/2017, from 15:00 to 19:00, or on the 25/08/2017, from 10:00 to 19:00. 
Every athlete has his own race number and it's given after presenting a valid identification document, a valid medical certificate (exempt FIDAL membership), signed LIABILITY DISCLAIMER and all the compulsory equipment.

Art. 7 COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT

It is compulsory to have the following equipment during all the race:
- Camelbag or water bottle containing at least one liter of liquid;
- Clearly visible race number during the whole duration of the race;
- Survival blanket;
- Whistle;
- Mobile phone switched on (no volume);
- Waterproof hooded windbreaker (recommended material: Goretex or similar);
- Long-sleeved shirt;
- Long trousers or covering at least knees;
- Cap or bandana;
- Gloves;
- Headlamp with spare batteries;
- Cup, glass or bottle (no glass at the refreshment);
- Appropriate footwear.
The compulsory equipment must be worn or placed inside race backpack.
The compulsory equipment will be checked when the athlete will collect the race number. The race number will not be given to those who will not show  the whole compulsory equipment.
The organizing committee could check the compulsory equipment during the competition and immediately after crossing the line.
Recommended equipment:
- Waterproof pants;
- Energy bars or solid food;
- Some money for any purchase in the mountain huts;
- Elastic bandage for bandaging.
It is permitted to use walking sticks.

Art. 8 MAXIMUM TIME, GATE TIMES, RETREAT 

The maximum time to reach the finish lane is 24 hours (26/08/2017 24:00). To warranty security and to help in case of necessity (retreat or injury) the organization will follow the last athlete.
There will be two gates on the track, so who is out of time can go to the arrival point with the shuttle service:
- Alpe Musella (50 km) by 13:00 (saturday 26/08/2017);
- Parcheggio Rifugio Zoia (71 km) by 19:00 (saturday 26/08/2017).
Athletes who will not arrive within the time limits will be stopped and can’t continue the race.
The medical staff, located on the track, is authorized to stop those athletes who aren’t judged adequate to continue the race. In this case, the athlete has to follow the medical prescriptions, if not he’ll be immediately disqualificate.
The athletes that will be out of time at the gates, the ones who aren’t judged adequate to continue by medical staff and others that want to retire voluntarily, can reach the arrival point with the shuttle service. For logistic reasons, the retreated athletes, might have to wait a while before reaching the arrival point.
Whoever retreat out of the predetermined points, must communicate it with a SMS or phone call at the number provided by the organization and return on their own to Chiesa in Valmalenco.

Art. 9 REFRESHMENT

The race is a semi-self-sufficiency trail running competition and the athletes must provide for at least one liter of liquid supply.
Along the track there will be 15 refreshment points:
- Rifugio Piasci;
- Rifugio Bosio;
- Rifugio Ventina / Gerli-Porro;
- Località Chiareggio;
- Rifugio Longoni;
- Rifugio Lago Palù;
- Rifugio Mitta / Alpe Musella;
- Rifugio Marinelli;
- Rifugio Carate;
- Rifugio Bignami;
- Rifugio Zoia / Poschiavino
- Rifugio Cà Runcasch
- Rifugio Cristina
- Piazzo Cavalli
- Arrival.
Only competitors with visible race number will have access to the refreshment. Food and drinks must be consumed at the refreshment spot. It is forbidden to drink straight from the bottles provided by the organization and any waste must be disposed in the appropriate bins.
Athletes must have enough food and liquids to reach the next refreshment point.
At the arrival the organization will provide for liquids and a hot meal that will be delivered in Caspoggio, after showing the meal ticket.

Art. 10 ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE

Assistance to athletes (family or team) is allowed only in the following points, in the areas used for the purpose and on the recommendation of the organization:
- Località Chiareggio (32° km)
- Alpe Musella (50° km)
- Parcheggio Campo Moro (69° km)
Only one person person per athlete can assist and only when the athlete is arrived.
It is prohibited to follow athletes trough the race.

Art. 11 BAG DEPOSIT

In Caspoggio, into a specific structure, athletes can use changing rooms and deposit their bags from 25/08/2017 20:00 till 27/08/2017 12:00. Athletes must show their race number to pick up their bags.
We suggest not to put money or valuable objects in the bags; in no case the organization is responsible for any damage, loss or theft of bags and contents.

Art. 12 START

Athletes must be in Chiesa Valmalenco no later then 23:00 on the 25/08/2017. The competition will start at 24:00. 

Art. 13 TRACK

Valmelenco Ultra Trai track is classified as “Bollino Rosso: EE Itinerario per Escursionisti Esperti” (Itinerary for Expert Hikers). The itinerary requires abilities to move on particular soils, arduous tracks (slopes with rocks and detritus).
Route:
Chiesa in Valmalenco, Lanzada, Torre Santa Maria, Ciappanico, Alpe Son, Rifugio Cometti all’Alpe Piasci, Rifugio Bosio, Alpe Mastabbia, Alpe Lago, Alpe Pirlo, Alpe Pradaccio, Laghetti Sassersa, Passo Ventina, Rifugio Ventina, Rifugio Gerli Porro, Chiareggio, Alpe Fora, Rifugio Longoni, Alpe Entova, Alpe Paluetto, Rifugio Palù, Bocchel del Torno, Alpe Campascio, Rifugio Musella e Rifugio Mitta, Vallone di Scerscen, Rifugio Marinelli, Bocchetta Forbici, Rifugio Carate, Bocchetta di Fellaria, Rifugio Bignami, Campo Moro, Rifugio Zoia, Rifugio Cà Runcasc, Rifugio Cristina, Alpe Acquanera, Piazzo Cavalli, Caspoggio.
In the case of bad weather or impracticability of one or more tracks, alternative routes will be shown during the pre-race briefing.
No marks will indicate distances. Athletes must strictly respect the race route avoiding shortcuts. Athletes who don’t respect the race route will be disqualified an will take all the responsibility for any taken risk. 

Art. 14 SECURITY AND CONTROL

In the most significant points and in any case in every refreshment points, the organization provides an emergency calling place. Medical staff will be present at arrival.
The rescue spots are intended to help any person in danger through organization or affiliated staff. The race doctors are authorized to stop any athlete considered in danger. If necessary, the race doctors, will appeal to the official sanitary rescue, that will supplant in the management of any assistance needed, with all the appropriate resources including helicopter.
Eventual expenses arising from exceptional resources will be paid by the athlete.
Any athlete who requests medical assistance, must observe and respect any taken decision.

Art. 15 ENVIRONMENT

The race is set in a natural environment, with delicate ecosystems and protected by SCI and SPA. It’s prohibited to throw trash, to pick up wildflowers or to disturb wildlife. Whoever will be surprised damaging the environment will be disqualified ad will incur in severe sanction regulated by the municipality. 
To avoid to damage the environment, no glasses will be delivered at the refreshment point. Each athlete has to provide for their own glass or bottle.

Art. 16 WEATHER

In case of major atmospheric events (heavy fog, blizzards and storms), at any time, the organization has the right to change the routes to avoid potential hazards and any inconvenient to athletes. Any variation will be communicated to the athletes by our staff. 
The organization can suspend or cancel the race if the weather conditions will be dangerous and become a risk for the safety of athletes, volunteers and rescuers.

Art. 17 DISQUALIFY AND PENALTY

For the following reasons athletes will be disqualified:
- Not passing at the check points;
- Shortcutting the track; 
- Littering the track;
- Not assisting athletes in trouble;
- Insulting or intimidating organizers or volunteers;
- Using any means of transporting during the race;
- Refusing to undergo to medical checks during the race;
- Refusing to submit to the compulsory equipment check;
- Not having a headlamp, a windbreaker, a thermal blanket or container for 1 liter of liquid.
There is also a penalty of 30 minutes for the following reasons:
- Not having a whistle, extra batteries, long-sleeved shirt, pants, covering at least the knee, cap or bandana, gloves, glass or bottle and not exposing the race number.
The disqualification will be applied immediately when the infraction will be ascertained.

Art. 18 PRIZES AND AWARDS

There will be no cash prizes. There will be prizes in-kind for the first 5 men and first 5 women. Each competitor who completes the race within the maximum time will receive a “finisher gadget”.
The awards will take place on the 27/08/2017 at 11:30 in Caspoggio.
For no reason the prizes will be sent or delivered in advance. 

Art. 19 COPYRIGHTS

By entering, participants authorize the organization to freely use, without territorial and time limits, still and moving images, that portray them during the Valmalenco Ultra Trail race.

Art. 20 DECLARATION OF RESPONSIBILITY

The voluntary registration and subsequent participation to the race, indicates the full acceptance of these rules and any eventual change.
By registering, the participant exempts the organizers from any liability (civile e penale), for damages to persons and/or property caused or derived by him.

This regulation has been translated from Italian into English. Any dispute will be referred to the Italian regulation.