ART. 1 ORGANIZATION
The amateur sports association VUT organizes the second edition of the "VUT35K" on Saturday 30 July 2022, a semi-self-sufficient mountain race with an Alpine route.
ART. 2 GENERAL INFORMATION
The Valmalenco UltraDistance Trail is a walking race along the paths of the Alta Via della Valmalenco, of about 35 km and 2,700 meters of positive difference in height, in semi-self-sufficiency, with departure in Lanzada, Pradaccio, and arrival in Caspoggio in the maximum time of 14 hours.
The organization is affiliated to the CSEN sports promotion body.
Each runner must ensure that, at the start from each refreshment point, he has the quantity of water and the food reserve necessary to reach the next refreshment point.
ART. 3 PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
To participate in the race you need mountain experience and appropriate clothing at a temperature that can go from -5 to +30 degrees.
The participating athlete must be fully aware of the environmental context in which the competition takes place and of the technical difficulties of the race track.
ART. 4 REGISTRATION
a) Registration requirements
Athletes who have reached the age of eighteen on the day of departure can register, in possession of a sports medical certificate for the competitive activity (see art. 5), valid at least until the day of the race. Athletes who are serving disqualifications for the use of doping substances will not be accepted.
The event is open to all adult athletes in good standing for the current year with membership for a sports promotion body (Csen, Csi, Uisp, Libertas ...) or Fidal or Mountain & Trail RunCard or RunCard holders.
Those without a membership card (but with a valid medical-sports examination) can sign the CSEN card at an additional cost of 10 euros. All competitors must in any case be in possession of a fitness test for athletics valid on the day of the race (medical visits indicating other sports will not be considered valid, e.g. football, cycling, skiing ...).
Foreign athletes will be able to participate in the competition if already registered with their own athletics federation. Otherwise, for insurance reasons, they must sign the CSEN card at the bib collection, at an additional cost of 10 euros, producing a copy of their medical examination for fitness to practice sports or self-certifying their possession (if foreign) in accordance with current Italian legislation.
Copy of the valid medical certificate or substitute declaration, if not delivered at the time of registration, must be delivered to the bib number collection together with the signed declaration of responsibility (you will find it at the bib number collection)
b) Registration procedure
Registration will open on February 15, 2021 and close on July 12, 2021, unless the maximum number of members is reached.
Registrations must be made in the manner indicated on the ultravalmalenco.com website
c) Registration fees
The registration fee includes:
- refreshments along the way
- race pack
- post race meal
- gadgets for finishers
d) Payment methods
The registration fee must be paid by credit card or bank transfer, according to the methods indicated on the endu website.
In case of impossibility to participate, the application for cancellation of the registration must be communicated via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following refund methods are provided:
- refund of 50% of the fee if cancellation is requested by 10 July
- no refund if cancellation is requested after 10 July
The refund of the fee will be made within one month of the end of the race.
The transfer of the bib can be authorized - at the discretion of the race direction - up to a week before the event, upon payment of 10 euros for secretarial expenses.
It is not allowed:
- the postponement of the registration fee to the following year
In case of cancellation of the race due to force majeure, no refund will be due to the participants.
ART. 5 MEDICAL CERTIFICATION
Italian athletes (including those residing abroad) must send a copy of the valid competitive medical certificate on the days of the race at the time of registration, or present it when collecting the race number. Otherwise the registration will be canceled and no refund will be due to the competitor.
For Italian athletes only the certificate of fitness for competitive sports is valid (pursuant to art. 5 - Ministerial Decree 18/2/82) - yellow form - or equivalent certification for which all the diagnostic protocols provided for the same have been performed decree - white form.
Foreign athletes can participate in the competition if already registered with their own athletics federation. Otherwise, for insurance reasons, they must sign the CSEN card at the bib collection, at an additional cost of 10 euros, producing a copy of their medical examination for fitness to practice sports or self-certifying their possession (if foreign) in accordance with current Italian legislation.
Copy of the valid medical certificate or substitute declaration, if not delivered at the time of registration, it must be delivered to the bib number collection together with the signed declaration of responsibility (you will find it at the bib number collection)
ART. 6 BIB COLLECTION AND RACE PACK
The bib and race pack will be collected at Chiesa in Valmalenco (elementary schools) from 9 to 12 and from 14 to 19 on Friday and in Lanzada (at the start) at 7am on Saturday.
Each bib number is given individually to each competitor upon presentation of an identity document with photo, copy of the medical certificate and disclaimer of liability provided by the organization at the time of bib collection, and all mandatory material.
ART. 7 DECLARATION OF LIABILITY
The disclaimer must be signed by each individual athlete at the race office in front of the organization's staff. Already signed releases will not be accepted.
ART. 8 MANDATORY MATERIAL
It is mandatory to have the following material with you for the duration of the race:
- camelbag or bottle cage that contains at least one liter of liquids
- race bib clearly visible throughout the duration of the race
- survival sheet
- mobile phone on with ringtone activated
- waterproof windbreaker with hood (recommended Goretex material or similar)
- long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt with sleeves
- microfleece or equivalent with long sleeves
- pants long or that cover at least the knee
- hat or bandana
- front lamp functioning with sufficient charge for at least 12 hours
- cup, glass or bottle (no glass at refreshment points)
- suitable footwear
The mandatory material can be worn or stored inside the competition backpack.
The organizing committee reserves the right to check the compulsory material when collecting the bib, during the competition or immediately crossing the finish line
It is recommended to have the following material with you:
- waterproof trousers
- energy bars or solid foods
- some money for the possible purchase of food at the shelters
- elastic bandage for bandages
The use of sticks is allowed.
ART. 9 MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT, TIME GATES, WITHDRAWALS
The maximum time to arrive is 14 hours (by 11.00 pm on Saturday). There is a "broom service" that will travel the track following the last competitor, in order to help the retired and prevent any injured from being left without assistance.
A time gate will be set up, where there will be a shuttle bus for returning latecomers to the arrival area:
- Zoia refuge by 18:00 on Saturday (11 hours of competition)
Competitors who do not arrive within the pre-established time limits will be stopped and will not be able to continue the race, and will have to give the bib numbers to the staff on the course.
To protect the health of the participants, the medical staff present at the control points or along the route is authorized to stop the competitor who will not be deemed suitable for the continuation of the race. In this case, the competitor must follow the instructions of the medical staff, under penalty of immediate disqualification.
Competitors who arrive at the time gates outside the maximum time, those who will be judged by the medical staff not suitable to continue the race, and the other athletes who want to voluntarily withdraw, will be able to take advantage of a shuttle service at the parking lot of the Zoia refuge. It is possible that, for logistical reasons, withdrawn competitors must wait a while before being brought back to the finish area. Each competitor who withdraws from the race outside the pre-established points, must immediately communicate his withdrawal by sms or phone call to the number indicated by the organization and autonomously provide for the return to Caspoggio.
In the event that the withdrawn athlete wants to request transport for the return outside the pre-established points, if deemed possible, the organization can offer - at the expense of the athlete - the service through the available means (shuttles or helicopter ).
The means of the organization, not being adequately equipped, cannot intervene in the event of rescue to the athlete who needs medical treatment. In that case, the intervention of the official medical aid will be necessary.
ART. 10 RESTAURANTS
It runs in semi-self-sufficiency with the obligation of water supply of at least one liter. There are 6 refreshment points along the way:
- Motta refuge
- Lago Palù refuge
- Mitta / Alpe Musella refuge
- Zoia refuge
- Cà Runcasch refuge
- Cristina refuge
Only competitors with a visible bib number have access to the refreshment point.
The food and drinks of the refreshment must be consumed on the spot; it is forbidden to drink directly from the refreshment bottles; the waste must be thrown into the appropriate containers.
At the start of each refreshment, runners must have the quantity of water and food necessary to arrive at the next refreshment.
Upon arrival there will be a further liquid refreshment; in addition, each participant can have a hot meal at the facilities set up at the arrival at the Caspoggio sports center: to access it, you must show the meal voucher.
On the way there are several streams and fountains where you can get water. For the duration of the competition it is possible to take advantage of the alpine huts on the route. Any purchase of extra food or drinks in the shelters is the responsibility of the competitor.
ART. 11 RACE ASSISTANCE
Assistance to athletes by family members or teams is only possible at refreshment points.
Accompaniment during the race is prohibited.
ART. 12 BAGS DEPOSIT (DROP OFF)
The bags destined for arrival in Caspoggio can be delivered during the bib collection, or starting at 9 pm at the start.
Inside the facilities set up at the arrival at the Caspoggio sports center, changing rooms and bag storage will be available from 20 on Friday. Scholarships can be collected no later than midnight on Saturday, upon presentation of the race bib. It is recommended not to insert valuables in the bags; in any case, the organization is not responsible for any theft, loss or damage to the bags or their contents.
ART. 13 DEPARTURE
Competitors must present themselves at the start in Lanzada (loc. Pradaccio) by 7.30 am on Saturday. At 9.00 the start will be given.
ART. 14 ROUTE
The route of the VUT35K requires the ability to move on particular terrains, tracks or impervious or treacherous paths (slopes with rocky or detrital outcrops), sometimes exposed.
The VUT35K route follows the following itinerary:
Lanzada (loc. Pradaccio), Alpe Ponte, Motta refuge, Palù refuge, Bocchel del Torno, Alpe Campascio, Musella refuge and Mitta refuge, Zoia refuge, Cà Runcasc refuge, Cristina refuge, Alpe Acquanera, Piazzo Cavalli, Caspoggio.
In case of bad weather or impracticability of one or more paths, alternative routes are foreseen which will be presented at the pre-race briefing before the start.
Kilometers are not marked. Competitors must strictly comply with the marked race course, avoiding taking shortcuts or cutting sections of the track. The removal from the official route, in addition to leading to disqualification from the order of arrival, will take place at the exclusive risk and peril of the competitor.
The route may undergo changes based on the conditions that will be assessed in the spring.
ART. 15 SAFETY AND CONTROL
In the most significant points identified by the organization and in any case in correspondence with refreshment points, an emergency call station is established. A rescue staff will be present in the arrival area. Rescue posts are intended to provide assistance to all people in danger with the organization's own means or through affiliated bodies. Official doctors are authorized to suspend competitors deemed unsuitable to continue the race. Rescuers are empowered to evacuate runners judged to be in danger by suitable means. In case of need, for reasons that are in the interest of the rescued person, in the judgment of the organization and of the health personnel, official help will be called, who will take over in the direction of the operations and will put in place all the appropriate means, including the 'helicopter. Any costs arising from the use of exceptional vehicles (helicopter) will be borne by the rescued person according to current regulations. A runner who appeals to a doctor or rescuer actually submits to his authority and undertakes to respect his decisions.
ART. 16 ENVIROMENT
The race takes place in natural mountain environments with delicate ecosystems located within SIC and SPA protected areas. Competitors will have to behave in an environmentally friendly way, avoiding to disperse waste, collect flowers or harass fauna. Anyone who is surprised to abandon waste along the route will be disqualified from the race and will incur any penalties provided for by municipal regulations. To reduce the environmental impact, no glasses will be provided at the refreshment points. Each competitor must bring with them a glass or a bottle to be filled at the refreshment points.
ART. 17 WEATHER
In case of important weather phenomena (dense fog, blizzards, heavy thunderstorms), the organization reserves the right to make changes to the route, even at the last minute or during the race, in order to eliminate potential dangers or conditions of strong discomfort for the participants. Any changes will be communicated to the participants and reported by the staff. The organization also reserves the right to suspend or cancel the race in the event that weather conditions put the safety of the participants, volunteers or rescuers at risk.
In case of interruption or cancellation of the race no refund will be due to the participants.
ART. 18 DISQUALIFICATIONS AND PENALTIES
Disqualification is foreseen, with withdrawal of the race bib, for the following infractions:
- failure to pass through a checkpoint
- cutting the race course
- abandonment of waste on the route
- failure to assist a competitor in difficulty
- insults or threats to organizers or volunteers
- use of means of transport during the race
- refusal to submit to the medical staff check on the route
- refusal to submit to the mandatory material check
- lack of front lamp, windbreaker, thermal sheet, container for 1 liter of liquids
The disqualification can also be applied immediately on the route.
There is a 30 minute penalty for the following offenses:
- lack of whistle, long-sleeved shirt, pants that cover at least the knee, hat or bandana, gloves, glass or water bottle, failure to show the race bib.
The disqualification will be applied immediately, at the point where any infringement will be ascertained.
ART. 19 AWARDS
There are no cash prizes. In-kind prizes will be awarded to the first 5 men and the first 5 women. Each competitor who completes the race within the maximum time will be given a Finisher gadget. The awards ceremony will take place at 8pm on Saturday in Caspoggio. For no reason the prizes will be delivered in advance or sent.
ART. 20 IMAGE RIGHTS
By registering, competitors authorize the organization to use free of charge, without limitation, still and moving images that portray them on the occasion of participation in the VUT35K.
ART. 21 DECLARATION OF LIABILITY
The voluntary registration and the consequent participation in the race indicate the full acceptance of these regulations and any changes made. By registering, the participant exempts the organizers from any liability, both civil and criminal, for damage to people and / or things caused by him or derived from him.