Swiss Peaks Trail

Regulation

REGULATION SWISSPEAKS TRAIL 2021 edition

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

The SwissPeaks trail, particularly the SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 360 races, is an extreme long-term competition requiring exceptional mental and physical abilities and extensive preparation. It has many passages on very technical trails and sometimes at high altitudes near glaciers. Conditions can sometimes be very difficult (darkness, wind, cold, rain or snow). This is why excellent training and a real capacity for autonomy are essential for any athlete wishing to enter this individual race.

To participate, it is therefore essential:

  • Be fully aware of the length and specificity of the competition;
  • to be perfectly prepared physically and psychologically;
  • to have acquired, before the race, a real capacity for personal autonomy in the mountains to manage the problems associated with this type of event, including:
  • to know how to cope, alone and without outside help, with climatic conditions that can be extremely difficult due to altitude and weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain and snow);
  • to know how to manage, even if one is isolated, physical and psychological problems due to great fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint pain, small injuries or excoriations caused by prolonged activity…
  • to be aware that the role of the organisation is not to help a runner manage his problems and that, for a mountain race like the SwissPeaks 360, safety depends on the rider’s ability to adapt to problems encountered or foreseeable.

The SwissPeaks 360 is a competition open to all (minimum age of 20 years), without specific limitations, but it is strongly advised to have already participated in other trails of several days before embarking on this adventure.

The other races of the SwissPeaks Trail are open to anyone, male or female, at least 18 years old on race day (exception initiation Trail, see below)

Each runner declares that they know and accept this regulation

 

SEMI AUTONOMY

The principle of individual semi-autonomy racing is the rule.
Semi-autonomy is defined as the ability to be autonomous between two supply points, both in terms of food, clothing equipment and safety, allowing in particular to adapt to problems encountered or predictable (bad weather, physical problems, injury…)

This principle implies in particular the following rules:

    1. Each runner must have with him for the duration of the race all his obligatory equipment (see EQUIPEMENT paragraph). He carries this material in a marked bag when handing over the bibs and not exchangeable on the course. At any time of the race, race marshals will be able to check the bag and its contents. The rider has an obligation to submit to these controls cordially, under penalty of exclusion from the race.
    2. Supplies stations are stocked with food and beverages to be consumed on site. The runner must ensure that, at the start of each refuelling station, he has the amount of water and food he needs to reach the next refuelling point.
    3. It is forbidden to be accompanied or to accept to be accompanied during all or part of the race by an unregated person, outside the clearly marked tolerance zones near the refuelling stations.
  • Any form of personal assistance outside the permitted areas (see roadbook table) will be disqualified. Thank you for respecting the ethics of the race.

REGISTRATION CONDITIONS

Participation in the SwissPeaks Trail leads to full acceptance of this regulation.

Registration

Registration will be open from 2 November 2020 on the website of the event www.swisspeaks.ch

Commitment rights: Beware, the price of the euro is likely to change. Please refer to the current price of the euro: https://www.b-sharpe.com/convertisseur-franc-suisse-euro/

du 02/11/20 au 31/12/20du 01/01/21 au 30/06/21dès le 01/07/21
SwissPeaks Half-Marathon- 55 CHF (50 €)- 65 CHF (60 €)- 75 CHF (70 €)
SwissPeaks Marathon- 75 CHF (70 €)- 85 CHF (80 €)- 95 CHF (90 €)
SwissPeaks 100- 140 CHF (130 €)- 160 CHF (150 €)- 180 CHF (168 €)
SwissPeaks 170- 215 CHF (200 €)- 235 CHF (220 €)- 260 CHF (243 €)
SwissPeaks 360- 800 CHF (748 €)- 850 CHF (795 €)- 900 CHF (840 €)
SwissPeaks 360 DUO- 1400 CHF (1300 €)- 1400 CHF (1300 €)- 1500 CHF (1400 €)

 

Registration finance (for the SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170 and  SwissPeaks 100) includes participation in the race, souvenir prize, meal on arrival, refuelling, meals in the basics of life, follower bag, transport to the starting point, finisher prize and finisher medal. 

Registration funding (for the marathon) includes participation in the race, souvenir prize, refreshments, meal at the finish, finisher medal and transportation to the starting point

Registration funding (for the half-marathon) includes participation in the race, souvenir prize, finisher medal, refuelling and transportation to the starting point

 

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION

  • WITH subscription to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

At the time of registration, anyone can subscribe to the cancellation guarantee, for an over-click of:

  • SwissPeaks 360: CHF 35 (€32)
  • SwissPeaks 170 and 100: 20 CHF ($19)
  • SwissPeaks Marathon and Half-Marathon: 11 CHF (10)

This amount is to be added to the registration fee. Cancellation insurance can only be purchased when you register. 

The purpose of the guarantee is to allow reimbursement of the costs incurred for registration for one of the races in the event that a runner asks to cancel his registration due to one of the following events:

  • an accident, a serious illness or the death of the runner himself,
  • a serious illness requiring hospitalization or the death of his notorious spouse   or concubine, his ascendants or descendants in the first degree, this in the thirty days before the outbreak.
  • a pregnancy of the registered runner, or the birth of a child within 15 days before or after the race

In the event of an accident or serious illness of the runner, it is necessary to provide a medical certificate signed and stamped by the doctor as well as medical proof of the inability to participate in the race no later than seven days before the start date of the race in question.

For late cancellations (from 15 July 2021), additional administrative costs (between 10 and 15%) may be levied in view of the many costs already incurred. 

  • WITHOUT subscription to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

In case you haven’t taken out cancellation insurance, the following rules are for:

  • If a runner is unable to participate, he/she is allowed to give his or her bib to a person of his choice (possible change until August 1, 2021, beyond that date no more changes will be accepted)
  • For those who have no one to give up their bib AND if one or more races were to be completed before the scheduled deadline (July 1, 2021 for the SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100; 1 August 2021 for the marathon and half-marathon), a system of transfer of the bib may be put in place by the organiser for the races in question. In this case, cancellations will be taken into account in the chronological order of receipt of an email. A deduction equal to 15% of the price paid for registration will be withheld from the person giving up his bib in order to compensate for the administrative costs.
  • In case the race is not complete and you can’t find anyone to take back your bib, the following rules apply: before December 31, 2020: 70% of the registration fee actually collected will be refunded. From January 1 to June 30, 2021: 40% of the registration fee actually collected will be refunded. After July 1, 2021: no refund will be made.

However, it is possible to change category until 1 August 2021. No refund will be made in the event that a person falls out of category. Otherwise, the person will have to pay the additional amount to arrive at the registration finance of his new category.

Beyond August 1, 2021: no category or name changes will be possible.

  • Case COVID-19

If regulations relating to sporting events prevent the organisation of the race in 2021, all registrations will be posted free of charge to 2022 or 2023.

If the regulations relating to the exit of his country of residence and/or entry to Switzerland result in the inability to be present at the start of the race, registration may be postponed until 2022 or 2023.

 

Equipment

To participate in these events, a mandatory kit of equipment is required. 
However, it is important to note thatit is a vital minimum that each trailer must adapt according to its own capabilities. It is important, in particular,   not to choose the lightest possible clothes in order to gain a few grams, but to choose clothes that really allow good protection in the mountains against cold, wind and snow, and therefore, better safety and performance..

Mandatory basic kit for the SwissPeaks 360 and SwissPeaks 170:   

A single bag to carry the obligatory equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (bottles or flaccids with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 1   litre

2 working lamps with batteries or spare battery for each lamp

Survival coverage of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Adhesive elastic band for a bandage or strapping (mini 100 cm x 6 cm))

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Hat

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long-legged running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks covering the entire leg

Second hot layer addition to long-sleeved (mini weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long-sleeved underwear (mini weight 110g) and a windbreaker jacket with waterproofing protection. The wind-cut jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

ID

Personal bowl for volunteers to drop off the supplies they want

Protective mask

A personal sleeping bag is required in the follower bag to sleep in the living bases as no blanket will be provided by the organization for health reasons (COVID-19 standards).

Mandatory cleats in the follower bag for the SwissPeaks 360

 

Mandatory basic kit for the   90: 

A single bag to carry the obligatory equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (bottles or flaccids with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 1   litre

1 working lamp with batteries or spare battery

Survival coverage of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Adhesive elastic band for a bandage or strapping (mini 100 cm x 6 cm))

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Hat

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long-legged running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks covering the entire leg

Second hot layer addition to long-sleeved (mini weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long-sleeved underwear (mini weight 110g) and a windbreaker jacket with waterproofing protection. The wind-cut jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

ID

Personal bowl for volunteers to drop off the supplies they want

Protective mask

 

Mandatory basic kit for the   Marathon: 

 

A single bag to carry the obligatory equipment and to keep throughout the race

Mobile phone in working order, allowing to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (bottles or flaccids with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 1   litre

Survival coverage of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Adhesive elastic band for a bandage or strapping (mini 100 cm x 6 cm))

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

ID

Personal bowl for volunteers to drop off the supplies they want

Protective mask

 

Mandatory basic kit for The Half   Marathon: 

Mobile phone in working order, allowing to call abroad and always on to be reachable at all times

Personal cup 15cl minimum (bottles or flaccids with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 0.5   litres

Food reserve

ID

Personal bowl for volunteers to drop off the supplies they want

 

It is difficult to predict the weather in the mountains precisely for an early September. This is why the organization has put in place three kits that are added to the mandatory equipment in order to be equipped in the best possible way. It is therefore advisable to prepare to need one of these additional kits to the basic kit. The information will be given to the runners by e-mail a few days before the start of their race.

 

Heat kit For all races (may be required by the organisation depending on weather conditions): 

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Minimum water reserve 2 litres

 

Great Cold Kit For the races SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100 (may be required by the organisation according to weather conditions) to have OBLIGATOIREMENT in the follower bag and potentially in the rider bag if the weather conditions change during the race: 

An extra warm jacket with feather jacket-style hood

A waterproof over-pane

 

Bad weather kit For the marathon and half marathon (may be required by the organization depending on weather conditions): 

Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane

Long-legged running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks covering the entire leg

Second hot layer addition to long-sleeved (mini weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long-sleeved underwear (mini weight 110g) and a windbreaker jacket with waterproofing protection. The wind-cut jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

 

FOLLOWER BAG

The SwissPeaks 360’s follower bag will have a capacity of 50L to hold a maximum of 10kg. The follower bag of the SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100 will have a capacity of 30L. This bag will follow you from basic life to life base. Be careful, it is your duty to drop this bag in the intended area when you leave the base of life. Only LBags provided by the organization will be transported to the bases of life. The repatriation period is based on logistical constraints. A bag may be late compared to the runner, especially in case of abandonment. Thank you for being patient and respecting the work of the volunteers. The bags will be removed under the tent dedicated to this purpose. A listing of arrivaled bags will be updated regularly

These bags must be picked up by Sunday, September 5 at 6pm at the Bouveret. After that date, the bags will be destroyed.

Please do not deposit personal belongings of securities such as car keys, plane ticket or wallet. 

The follower bag must be dropped off (even if there is nothing in it) at the start of the race to be routed by the organization to the different life bases. If necessary, a penalty will be given to the runner.

Bibs

Each bib is given individually to each runner on presentation:

    • A piece of photo ID,
  • your shopping bag and all the required equipment.

The bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and must be visible at all times and throughout the race. It must therefore always be positioned above any garment and cannot be attached to the bag or leg under any circumstances. The names and logos of the partners must not be changed or hidden. 
The bib is the necessary pass to access shuttles, refuelling areas, infirmaities, rest rooms, showers, drop-off areas or bag removal… Unless the bib is refused to comply with a decision made by a race official, the bib is never removed but in case of abandonment it is deactivated.

In addition to your bib, you will receive a tear-proof bracelet to be worn permanently during the entire race to be able to access the supplies and base of life. This bracelet will also allow you to enjoy the post-race meal (this bracelet will then be cut by the organization to go eat).

 

SECURITY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Emergency stations are set up at various points along the route. A medical team is present for the duration of the events at the Bouveret site (place of departure/arrival).

The relief posts are intended to assist any person in danger with the means specific to the organization or contracted.

It is up to a runner in difficulty or seriously injured to call for help:

  • by showing up at a rescue station
  • calling the medical team
  • asking another runner to notify the emergency services

It is up to each runner to assist anyone in danger and to prevent emergency services.

Keep in mind that hazards of all kinds, related to the environment and the race, can make you wait longer for rescues than expected. Your safety will then depend on the quality of what you put in your bag.

A runner using a doctor or first aid worker de facto submits to his authority and agrees to accept his decisions.
In particular, first responders and official doctors are qualified to:

  • to take out of the race (by invalidating the bib) any competitor unable to continue the race
  • to evacuate by any means at their convenience the runners they deem in danger.
  • to have runners who are required to be hospitalized at their convenience.

The costs resulting from the use of exceptional relief or evacuation means will be borne by the rescued person who will also have to ensure his return from the place where he was evacuated. It is the runner’s sole responsibility to compile and submit a file to his personal insurance within the allotted time.

If you are unable to reach the medical team, you can call the emergency agencies directly (especially if you are in an “emergency only” area)

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Any runner who voluntarily moves away from the marked path is no longer the responsibility of the organization.

 

CHECKPOINT AND SUPPLY STATIONS

A check is carried out on arrival at any rescue or refuelling station.
Unannounced checkpoints are set up in locations other than relief and refuelling stations. Their location is not communicated by the organization.

Only runners with a visible bib, wristband and chip and properly checked have access to the refuelling stations.

Garbage cans are placed in large numbers on each supply station and must be used.

3 types of supplies are offered:

 

Full supplies:

liquid (flat water, sparkling water, energy drink, coca, coffee, tea, syrup, soup) and solids (energy bars, sweet cakes, salted biscuits, chocolate, bananas, oranges, dried fruit, cheese, sausage, bread

Full supplies:

The same goes for full supplies with in addition to starches (rice, pasta, lentils, potato)

Basic life supplies:

The same goes for full supplies with a varied and balanced hot meal

A post-race meal is served at the lagoon restaurant at Bouveret (in exchange for the meal ticket)

 

MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWS AND TIME BARRIERS

The maximum time of the event, for the entire “SwissPeaks 360” course, is set at 160 h.

The maximum time of the event, for the entire “SwissPeaks 170” course, is set at 57 hours.

The maximum time of the event, for the entire “SwissPeaks 100” course, is set at 28 hours.

The maximum time of the event, for the entire Marathon course, is set at 11am.

The maximum time of the event, for the entire Half Marathon course, is set at 6 hours.

 

The start times (hourly barriers) of the main checkpoints will be defined and communicated in the race guide.

These time barriers are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish in the maximum time imposed, while making possible stops (rest, meals, etc.). To be allowed to continue the race, competitors must leave the checkpoint before the deadline   (regardless of the time of arrival at the checkpoint).

Any competitor who has been knocked out of the race and wants to continue his career will only be able to do so after returning his bib, under his own responsibility and in complete autonomy.

In case of bad weather and/or for safety reasons, the organization reserves the right to stop the current test or to change the time barriers.

 

Arrival

Upon arrival, you will receive a voucher to receive your gift finisher (SwissPeaks 170, SwissPeaks 100, Marathon and half marathon). For the SwissPeaks 360, a finisher ceremony will be performed on Sunday at 11am. The finishers prizes will therefore only be given at the time of the awards ceremony. Those unable to stay until the ceremony for professional and/or personal reasons will be required to complete a sending form and pay the cost of sending to the information booth. The finisher prize will be sent no later than 2 months after the race.

It is possible to take a hot shower on arrival (Bouveret). 
Access to the showers on arrival is strictly limited to barefoot runners (a bag is given to you at the entrance for your shoes).

A meal is also offered to all participants on the arrival site.

 

RANKINGS AND REWARDS

For each race, a general classification between men and women and a classification for each category of men and women are established:
The top 3 in each category   receive a podium prize.

Attendance at the awards ceremony is mandatory to receive your prize. No batch will be given to a third party or even mailed later.

SwissPeaks 360Toutes les autres courses
Seniors Hommes (SEH)20 à 39 ans18 à 39 ans
Seniors Femmes (SEF)20 à 39 ans18 à 39 ans
Master 1 Hommes (MH1)40 à 49 ans40 à 49 ans
Master 1 Femmes (MF1)40 à 49 ans40 à 49 ans
Master 2 Hommes (MH2)50 à 59 ans50 à 59 ans
Master 2 Femmes (MF2)50 à 59 ans50 à 59 ans
Master 3 Hommes (MH3)60 ans et plus60 ans et plus
Master 3 Femmes (MF3)60 ans et plus60 ans et plus

ABANDONMENT AND REPATRIATION

Barring injury, a runner should not give up anywhere other than at a checkpoint. He must then notify the postmaster, who permanently invalidates his bib.

The rider keeps his bib invalidated because it is his pass to access the shuttles, buses, meals, treatment rooms …

The repatriation will be decided with the postmaster, according to the following general rules:

  • Runners who abandon at a rescue or refuelling station but whose health does not require to be evacuated must return as soon as possible and by their own means to the nearest repatriation point.
  • For refuelling or emergency stations accessible by car or 4×4:
    • When the post is closed, the organisation can, as far as the means available, repatriate runners who have given up and are still present on the post
    • In case of unfavourable weather conditions justifying the partial or total stoppage of the race, the organisation ensures the repatriation of the riders arrested as soon as possible

In the event of abandonment before a checkpoint, it is imperative to return to the previous checkpoint and report its abandonment to the postmaster.
If, during this step backwards, the runner meets the firmers, it is the latter who invalidate the bib. The runner is no longer under the control of the organization.

Our system of repatriation of runners is largely carried out through our RegionAlps partnership. If the postmaster takes you to the nearest station to repatriate you, it is imperative that you take a regional train (not SBB) and be in possession of your bib.

Any runner who leaves the competition without telling the organization will have to pay any research costs incurred.

 

PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

the race management reserves the right to disqualify any rider who does not comply with this regulation.

Any runner seen throwing his waste on the course will be disqualified.

Any runner seen being personally assisted outside the permitted areas will be disqualified.

Extending the GPS beacon, distaching it or moving it from the bag will result in immediate disqualification from the rider

It is strictly forbidden to use any means of transport during the race. Any runner who will make an exception to this rule is not allowed to cross the finish line, will not receive a finisher prize and will not be classified.

 

CHANGES IN THE ROUTE OR TIME BARRIERS; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

The organization reserves the right to change the route (distance and route) at any time, as well as the locations of the relief and refuelling stations, without notice.
In case of weather conditions too unfavourable (large amounts of rain and snow at altitude, high risk of thunderstorms …) the start can be postponed by a few hours at most, beyond that, the race is cancelled.

In case of force majeure (especially in case of bad weather and for safety reasons), the organization reserves the right to stop the current test or to change the time barriers.

In the event of cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, decided more than 15 days before the departure date, a partial refund of the registration fees will be made. The amount of this refund will be set in such a way as to allow the organization to cover all the unrecoverable costs incurred on the date of cancellation. In the event of cancellation decided less than 15 days before the start or in case of interruption of the race, for any reason, no refund of registration will be made.

 

RACE MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Acceptance of a runner’s participation

Wildcard allocation. The race direction allows itself the right to invite a runner.

Disqualification of runner who does not comply with the race rules.

Route change (Example: reducing or changing the time limit).

Interruption or cancellation of the test if conditions require it. Such a decision does not result in the reimbursement of the registration finance.

Protests: to be deposited no later than 30 minutes after the rider’s arrival. After hearing the parties, the race management decides without appeal.

Decisions to be made on a point not foreseen in this regulation, and imposed by the circumstances.

 

Insurance

Liability
The organizer takes out liability insurance for the duration of the event. This liability insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its liability, that of its attendants and participants.

Individual accident
Each competitor must be in possession of individual accident insurance covering the costs of search and evacuation. Such insurance can be taken out from any organization of the competitor’s choice.

 

CHANGE IN REGULATION

The organization reserves the right to amend this regulation at any time and without notice.

Only the French PDF version is authentic.

 

COVID-19 RULES

These COVID-19 rules are there to ensure everyone’s safety. Your personal responsibility and citizenship will be critical to your health and that of our brave volunteers. We count on you to abide by each of these rules.

  • When appropriate, follow the ground markings to respect the flow
  • Respect the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each person
  • Wash and disinfect your hands with the hydroalcoholic gel available in each of the SwissPeaks areas (departure, arrival and each supply)
  • Have a protective mask on you all the time (runners and companions) and wear it properly
  • Respect areas where masking is mandatory (e.g. start of races)
  • Have a personal bowl (in the runner bag) in which volunteers will drop off the standard refueling. You will not be able to serve yourself in the buffet under any circumstances. Volunteers will be there to do it
  • No cover will be provided by the organization for health reasons, so you have the obligation to have in your follower bag a sleeping bag allowing you to sleep in the basics of life (watch out for the cold…)
  • To limit the number of people in the living bases, an accompanying badge will be provided with your bib. As a result, a single companion will be allowed to enter the base of life. He will also have to wear a mask at all times
  • Respect the number of people who can enter the locker room. If this number is reached, please wait
  • Surface disinfectant will be available in the locker room. Please disinfect after your visit
  • For other circumstances (departure, arrival, basis of life,…), your common sense and the possible spontaneous instructions of the organization are authentic