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Regulations

Regulations:

Any enrolment for the EcoTrail Wicklow® 2019 implies the tacit acceptance of the of the following regulations:

 1.1 EVENT

A timed running race through the heart of the countryside, following nice trails of different kind. The distances of the EcoTrail Wicklow is over 4 courses with the following approximate distances – 18km, 28km, 45km and 80km. The start and finish are in Bray, Co Wicklow

There is a limited time available, coupled with strict enforced cut off at the check points/service points for all events but particularly the 80km event.

Start and Finish Limits Summary is as below:

80km - 08:30 - 21:00 (12 1/2 hours)

45km - 10:30 - 18:30 (8 hours)

28km - 11:30 - 17:30 (6 hours)

18km - 12:30 - 17:30 (5 hours)

 

1.2 PARTICIPATION

The race is open for anyone aged 18 or more on date of event.

1.3 TRAIL IN SEMI SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The race is intended to be completed in a self-sufficiency manner. On the course will there be service areas where refreshments will be served. Drinks and food are to be consumed on the spot. Only water (excluding other drinks) can be filled up in flasks and containers.

Each runner must make sure to have sufficient food and water to reach to the next service point.

No personal assistance in terms of water, food or pacing is authorized on the course outside the refreshment areas set out for this purpose.

It is officially forbidden to be supported along the course by any person other than a regularly enrolled competitor who is still participating in their own competition.

Any person availing of medical assistance, other than superficial cuts and grazes, will automatically be forbidden to complete the race.

1.4 ENROLMENT CONDITIONS

To enrol for the Ecotrail Wicklow 80 km, you are strongly advised to have participated in and completed a minimum 40km trail race.

All runners are participating in the race at their own risk.

1.5 ACCEPTANCE OF THE REGULATIONS AND OF THE ETHICS

Taking part in the Ecotrail Wicklow®, implies a de facto acceptance without reservations of the current regulations and the ethics of the race published by the organisation. This can be consulted in the section «ethical charter» on the website.

A little bag specifically for collection the participants' rubbish should be carried by each runner together with their race number. The use of this bag is obligatory, and carrying it will be checked out at the control points. Any runner caught throwing down rubbish on the course will be disqualified.

Everyone enrolled undertakes to follow the paths signposted by the organisation, without taking any short-cuts. In fact, short-cutting a path causes an irreversible erosion of the site and thus permanent damage. Non-respect for this direction will lead to disqualification.

A large number of dustbins will be placed at each service point and it is obligatory to use these with an approach to a selective sorting of rubbish.

1.6 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

18k - 150 max

28k - 250 max

45k - 300 max

80k - 300 max

 

1.12 ELECTRONIC CHIPS FOR TIMEKEEPING PURPOSES

During the issuing of race numbers, an electronic chip is individually handed over to each runner for timekeeping purposes. This must be placed as stipulated in the technical description. Each runner is responsible for the good care of the chip. The runner cannot be timed in the following cases:

  • not carrying the chip.
  • losing the chip.
  • damaging the chip.
  • unorthodox carrying of the chip.

1.13 RUNNERS BAGS FOR THE FINISH

Each competitor brings their own personal effects bag of maximum 20 litres' capacity (change of clothing, etc). A label supplied with the race bib must be attached to this bag.

The bag can be deposited at a designated area close to the start area, between 1 hour and 15 minutes before the start of each race close to the start / finish area.

No runner's bag will be accepted by the organization at other times

Bag recovery: at the Finish area. The bags are handed back either to the competitor or to those close to him, uniquely on presentation of the race bib. Bags will be handed out until 22:00 on the Saturday evening. Beyond this time limit, the runner will have to come and recover his bag, at his own cost, from the Ecotrail Wicklow organisors.

Only the bags handed out by the organisation will be taken. As the contents of the bags were not checked, there can be no protest about the contents at the Finish. It is recommended not to put valuable objects in them.

All the bags must be taken back from the association within 1 day the event, beyond which date they given to charitable organisations.

1.14 SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

As the route will be different kind of trails and paths accessible to the general public it is imperative that the runners behave in a good manner, respect traffic rules and show respect for nature and everybody you meet during the race!

A First Aid station has been set up at each refreshment post. These stations are in liaison with Race Control. A medical control team is present throughout the entire duration of the event at Race Control.

The First Aid stations are there to bring aid to any person in danger using the organisation's own or approved means. The official doctors are authorised to take any competitor unsuited to continue the event out of the race (by invalidating his race number). The first-aid workers are authorised to transport those runners whom they consider in danger by any means at their disposal.

Any runner not willing to comply with race- and /or public regulations and instructions from race officials will have to cover themselves all cost in case of damage or recovery patrols.

Any runner contacting or calling a doctor or a first-aid worker submits themselves to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions.

1.15 PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL STAFF AT FINISH

Physical Therapists (For 80km event entrants only) and other medical personnel will be present in Wicklow at the finish area to assist runners at their arrival. Access to the “medical area” is only for runners wearing their bracelet/bib.

1.16 CONTROL POSTS AND REFRESHMENT AREAS

"Mobile" control zones of have been set up at several points along the course. Their position is not communicated by the organisation and the means of control will be specified to the participants during the pre-race briefing.

Only runners carrying a visible race number have access to the refreshment areas. The road map will identify a precise list of refreshment points. The refreshment points are supplied with drinks and food to eat on the spot and with still water for refilling your bottle or flask. A post-race nutrition will be served close to the finish to all the 80km event participants and for participants of the other races who have asked for it during their registration.

1.17 MAXIMUM TIME AUTHORISED AND TIME GATES

The maximum time for the event, for the whole of the 80km course, is fixed at 14 hours. The hour limits from the Start (time gates) of the refreshment zones will be defined and communicated in the road map.

These time gates have been calculated to enable the participants to get to the Finish in the maximum time laid down, while still making possible stops. To be authorised to continue the event, competitors must set off again from the refreshment zone before the fixed time limit (whatever their arrival time in the refreshment area).

Any competitor put out of the race and wishing to continue his course can only do so having returned his race number, and must then continue at his own responsibility and in complete autonomy. From then on, he can no longer be considered as a finisher. In this case the runner will have to sign a waiver taking back full responsability for his behavior.

In the case of poor weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organisation reserves the right to cancel and/or to stop the race including modify the time limits and course route.

1.19 PENALISATION - DISQUALIFICATION

Controllers on the course are authorised to check the obligatory material and, more generally, the respect for all the regulations (runners’ identity, respect for the site and the ethic, illicit help and accompanying, race number not permanently visible to the front)

Any runner not in possession, during a control along the course, of the totality of his obligatory material will be immediately disqualified, without any possibility of making an appeal against this sanction.

The displaying or exhibition of brands, sponsors, or partners being strictly forbidden in the start / finish area. The organiser is in charge of respecting this regulation. Because of this, non-respect will lead to an immediate and irrevocable disqualification. In addition, the competitor concerned will no longer be able to enrol in future running’s organised by EcoTrail Wicklow.

A minimum penalisation of half an hour is applied for any other breach in regulations. The controller tells his post director and/or Race Control and can ask, depending on the seriousness of the act and the behaviour of the runner, for the disqualification of the competitor. The race jury can declare the disqualification of a competitor for any serious breach in the regulations, in particular in the case of:

  • not wearing the race number correctly,
  • not presenting identity papers or the presentation of identity papers not corresponding to those on the race number being worn,
  • not wearing the bracelet,
  • not respecting the regulations and laws regulating the use of public roads/paths
  • not respecting the instructions given by the control post
  • using any means of transport,
  • starting off from a refreshment area after the time limit,
  • not helping another competitor in difficulty,
  • accepting personal assistance outside the official refreshment areas,
  • not respecting the rule not to be accompanied along the course,
  • display or exhibition, in no matter what form, of brands, sponsors, or partners at the start/finish area,
  • pollution or damage to the sites by the competitor or by a member of his team,
  • insults, rudeness or threats made during a meeting with any member of the organisation or any volunteer,
  • refusal to be examined by a member of the medical staff at any moment in the event,
  • drug-taking or refusal to allow a drugs test,
  • not carrying the rubbish bag.

1.20 PROTESTS

They can be made by letter in the 60 minutes after the posting of the provisional results.

1.22 THE RACE JURY

This is made up of:

  • the organiser,
  • the race director,
  • the coordinator responsible for safety,
  • the director of the medical team,
  • the directors of the control areas concerned,
  • as well as anyone considered competant by the President of the Organisation Committee. The jury is authorised to take decisions within a time limit compatible with the rules of the course on all the disputes or disqualifications which occur during the event. Decisions cannot be appealed.

1.23 MODIFICATIONS TO THE COURSE OR TIME GATES; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

The organisation reserves the right to modify the course and the locations of the First Aid and refreshment posts, at any moment and without warning. In the case of really bad weather (strong wind with serious amounts of rain and snow, strong risk of a storm, etc) the start can be delayed by maximum or in extreme cases cancelled.

In the case of bad weather conditions, and for reasons of safety, the organisation reserves the right to cancel and/or to stop the event underway, even to modify the time gates and / or course.

Cancellation, postponement or modification to the race opens no right to enrolment reimbursement.

Any decision will be taken by a jury bringing together at least the race director, the organiser and the coordinator responsible for safety as well as any person competent in the eye of the President of the Organisation Committee.

 

1.24 INSURANCE

Personal liability: The organiser has taken out a personal liability for the duration of the event. This personal liability insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its responsibility, of that of its officials and its participants.

Personal accident: Each competitor should be in possession of an individual accident insurance. Such an insurance should be taken out with any organisation chosen by the competitor

1.25 ROAD BOOK

A detailed description of the course will be supplied at the same time as the distribution of the race numbers. It includes practical information such as the cut offs for the check points, locations of the refreshment areas, the rescue posts, the care posts, as well as the access points for the accompanying members. A single copy of this book will be given exclusively to those who have enrolled.

1.26 RANKINGS AND REWARDS

Only those runners crossing the finish line will be ranked. No monetary prize will be awarded; all the finishers will receive the same specific gifts

A general male and female ranking and a ranking for each male and female category will be established: the first 3 men and the first 3 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 2 in each category will receive a trophy or a gift. General classifications and those by category cannot be accumulated. In the hypothesis where less than 5 runners in the same category will be at the Start of the event, then only the 1st in the category will be rewarded.

The detail of the awards can be given on request at the time of race bib distribution.

By “Finisher” one means all the participants reaching the Finishing Line before 21:00 on September 28th 2019.

1.27 SUPPORT

In the context of the values of solidarity and for the protection of the environment of the EcoTrail Wicklow it has seemed natural for the organisation to associate itself with a project for the environment.

1.28 PICTURE RIGHTS

In taking part in the race, each competitor expressly authorises the EcoTrail Wicklow (or its assignees) to use and allow to use or to reproduce or allow reproduction of their name, their image, their voice and their sports performance in the context of the race with regard to any direct exploitation or in the form derived from the event and this, in any support, in the whole world, through all known and unknown means to-date, and for the entire direction at present granted to these direct or derived exploitations by the legislative or regulatory dispositions, legal or arbitrary decisions of the whole country as well by international agreements, current or future, allowing for possible extensions which might be made to this duration.

EQUIPMENT:

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

  • Minimum 1 litre water  container
  • Food supply sufficient for the event
  • A personal cup or bottle. 
  • Mobile phone (enter the safety numbers of the organisation into its directory, do not hide its number and do not leave without charged batteries for the mobile phone)
  • Proof of identity. 
  • Wind / Rainproof Jacket
  • Cap / Buff

Possible Optional Equipment – Organisers to advise at sign on :

  • Full leg cover
  • Full waterproof leggings
  • A minimum sum of euros to take care of any unforeseen events
  • Rainproof jacket able to withstand poor weather.
  • Gloves
  • Spare thermal long sleeved top