Swiss Peaks Trail

Race Regulations

 

SWISSPEAKS TRAIL REGULATIONS EDITION 2024


 

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

To participate, it is essential:

  • To be totally aware of the length and the specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it
  • To have acquired, prior to the race, a real capacity for self-sufficiency in the mountains (1) 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 mental 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.

The “SwissPeaks 360” race is open to everyone, man or woman, at least 20 years of age

The other races are open to everyone, man or woman, at least 18 years of age on the day of the race (except kids race, see below)

Each runner declares their knowledge of and accepts the present regulations and agrees to accept them without reserve

 

SELF AUTONOMY

The individual principle of racing in semi autonomy is the rule. 
Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts, not only on the food front 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:

  • Each runner must have all his obligatory equipment with him at all times during the race (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). He carries this equipment in a pack tagged at the race-bib distribution and it must not be changed during the course. At any time during the race, the marshals can verify the bag, its weight and or its contents. The runner is obliged to accept these controls in a friendly manner, at the risk of exclusion from the race.
  • Refreshment posts have been supplied with drinks and food to consume on the spot.
 Each runner must be sure to have, upon leaving each refreshment post, the quantity of water and food necessary for them to reach the next refreshment post.
  • It is forbidden to be accompanied or agree to be accompanied during all or any part of the race by a person not enrolled, outside the tolerance zones indicated close to the refreshment posts.

 

  • Any form of personal assistance outside the authorized zones (see roadbook table) will be disqualified. Thank you for respecting the ethics of the race.

 

CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

Participation in the SwissPeaks Trail assumes the acceptance of the present regulations

REGISTRATION, SELECTIONS, WAITING LISTS AND NON-ADMITTED RUNNERS

Registration will be open from November 27th 2023 on the website of the event www.swisspeaks.ch

Registration fees : Please note that the exchange rate of the euro is subject to change.

 from 27/11/23
SwissPeaks Half-Marathon

 

– 65 CHF (€65)

SwissPeaks Marathon

 

– 90 CHF (€90)

SwissPeaks 70– 135 CHF (€135)
SwissPeaks 100

 

– 180 CHF (€170)

SwissPeaks 170

 

– 250 CHF (€235)

SwissPeaks 360

 

– 890 CHF (€860)

SwissPeaks 360 DUO

 

– 1500 CHF (€1550)

SwissPeaks 660– 1500 CHF (€1550)

The registration fee includes (for the “SwissPeaks 660”, “SwissPeaks 360”, “SwissPeaks 170”, “SwissPeaks 100” and SwissPeaks 70 races) participation to the race, gift before the race, the fueling stations, the meal at the lifebases, the follower bag, the after race meal, the finisher price and transport to the starting line.

The registration fee includes (for the Marathon race) participation in the race, gift before the race, the fueling stations, the after meal race, finisher award and transport to the starting line.

The registration fee includes (for the Half Marathon race) participation in the race, gift before the race, the fueling stations and the transport to the starting line.

There is no selection to register for the races. The registered runner is admitted.

The number of riders admitted to the races is as follows:

– 300 for the half-marathon

– 500 For the Marathon

– 500 for the SwissPeaks 70

– 300 for the SwissPeaks 170

– 500 for the SwissPeaks 100

– 400 for the SwissPeaks 360

– 150 for the SwissPeaks 660

These quantities will be reduced if sanitary conditions require it (COVID-19).

A runner registered once these limits are reached is automatically on the waiting list.

The first runner on the waiting list replaces a runner who has canceled his/her registration.

Once the registrations are definitively closed, all runners on the waiting list are fully refunded via the method of payment used.

SWISSPEAKS 660 SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The SwissPeaks 660 presents special conditions due to the specific nature of the race. The concept described below may change over time.

Registration for the SwissPeaks 660 is based solely on a selection of runners by the organizer. Pre-registration for the race takes place between 15 September and 1 October 2023.

The selection of riders by the organizer takes place between 1 October and 31 October 2023.

Final registration of riders takes place from 1st November to 15th November 2023.

After this deadline, if the selected rider has not confirmed his registration by paying, he loses his place and automatically awards it to the 1st person on the waiting list. These people on the waiting list will be contacted personally.

Principle part 1 (Bouveret – Fiesch)

Drop off your personal luggage and following bag in Bouveret on race day (Monday 26 August).

Free pace Bouveret – Fiesch without signposting (map in digital format + tracks in “.gpx” format with altitudes provided by the organizers). This means that there is no time barrier and no timekeeping on this first section. The aim is to arrive in Fiesch in time for the start of the second part of the race on Sunday 1 September at 02:00. This first part of the race will take place in semi-autonomy with 3 refreshment points and 3 living bases organized by SwissPeaks and access to partner refuges, the list of which will be communicated no later than 6 months before the event. In addition to the standard SwissPeaks Trail supplies, these refreshment points and bases will provide lunch packs to take with you for the night (if you wish) when you leave the refreshment point/bases.

A 50-liters tracking bag will follow the runners to the 3 bases.

Once you arrive in Fiesch, you will be accommodated on a full-board basis until the start of the 2nd part of the race. Your personal belongings (following bag + personal luggage) will be transported there. From this point, you can prepare your following bag again. In addition to the refreshments on offer, there are water points along the route.

Principle of part 2 (Fiesch – Bouveret)

Start of the 2nd part (timed) on Sunday 1 September at 02:00 from Fiesch. A light refreshment stop will be organized after around 20km, followed by a hot refreshment stop in Oberwald (with follower bag). For the remainder of the race, the route and assistance (refreshments and life base) will be organized in the same way as SwissPeaks 360, with one exception: there will be no time barrier to Fiesch for the 660. The “Fiesch OUT” time barrier will apply.

A 6-person race committee, made up of 3 registered and elected runners and 3 people from the SwissPeaks organization, will be formed at the beginning of December. Its task will be to listen to the racers and work together to refine the overall concept to ensure that it meets the expectations of the racers and remains realistic.

WARNING! The GPS navigator is a safety and personal protection tool. It is essential to master its use in all its functions, especially in extreme conditions: poor visibility, blizzard, night, unmarked path, etc.

SWISSPEAKS 360 DUO SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The SwissPeaks 360 DUO has a relatively important special feature compared with registration for the SwissPeaks 360 Solo: it must be run in pairs. This means that the 2 runners registered as a DUO must run together and arrive together at each life station/feeding station. If this rule is not respected, the organizers reserve the right to disqualify the team.

If one of the two riders decides to abandon en route, the 2nd rider has the choice of continuing or not. In both cases, the riders must inform the organizers whether one of the 2 riders decides to continue the race. If he decides to continue, the runner will be ranked in the overall SwissPeaks 360 Solo classification.

ELITE REGISTRATION

In order to ensure fair recognition of top athletes and fair registration management, we reserve places for elite athletes, who request them, according to specific criteria based on their overall ITRA performance index. Runners meeting the criteria listed below are eligible for free registration:

Women: > 710

Men: > 820

If you meet this criterion and wish to register, please write to info@swisspeaks.ch to finalize your registration.

CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

  • WITH subscription to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

Any person may subscribe to the cancellation insurance at the time of registration. This amount is to be added to the registration fee.

  • SwissPeaks 660: €50
  • SwissPeaks 360: 35 CHF (€35)
  • SwissPeaks 170 & 100: 20 CHF (€20)
  • SwissPeaks Marathon & Half-Marathon: 11 CHF (€11)

Cancellation insurance can only be taken out at the time of registration.

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

– an accident, serious illness or death of the runner himself,

– a serious illness requiring hospitalization or death affecting his or her notorious spouse or partner, ascendants or descendants in the first degree.

– a pregnancy of the registered runner, or the birth of a child within a period of 15 days before or after the race

In the event of an accident or serious illness of the rider, it is necessary to provide a medical certificate signed and stamped by the doctor, attesting to the contraindication to participate in the race no later than 7 days before the start date of the race in question. Please also complete the following questionnaire: https://forms.gle/r3xVyxPAAFziuXMt6

For late cancellations (starting from 15th July 2024), additional administrative fees (between 10 and 15%) may be charged in view of the many costs already incurred.

2) WITHOUT subscribing to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

In the event that you have not taken out cancellation insurance, the following rules apply:

  • If a rider is unable to participate, he/she is allowed to give his/her bib to a person of his/her choice (modification possible until August 1st, 2024, after this date no further modification will be accepted)
  • For those who have no one to whom to transfer their bib AND if one or more races have to be completed before the scheduled deadline, then a system of transfer of the bib will be set up by the organizer for the race(s) in question. Cancellations will be taken into consideration in the chronological order in which an email is received. A deduction equal to 15% of the price paid for the registration will be retained at the person giving up his bib in order to cover the administrative costs.
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  • In the event that the race is not complete, and you cannot find anyone to pick up your race number, the following rules apply: before 31 December 2022: 70% of the registration fees actually collected will be refunded. From 1 January to 30 June 2024: 40% of the registration fees actually collected will be refunded. Beyond July 1st, 2024: no refund will be made.

However, it is possible to change categories until August 1, 2024. No refund will be made in the event that a person downgrades into a category. Otherwise, the person will have to pay the additional amount to reach the registration fee for his new category.

Beyond August 1, 2024: no change of category or name will be possible.

3) COVID-19 Case

If the regulations relating to sport events prohibit the organization of the race in 2024, all registrations will be postponed without charge to 2024

If the regulations relating to the exit from the country of residence and/or entry into Switzerland result in the inability to be present at the start of the race, registration may be postponed to 2024.

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 clothings 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. Compulsory equipment:

Mandatory basic kit for 660, 360 and 170K :

 

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

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

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 liter

2 lamps in good working order with batteries or spare battery for each lamp

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 100 cm x 6 cm)

Food reserve

Cap or bandana

Cap

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

Long leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

Identity document

Personal bowl to place supply in by volunteers

personal sleeping bag to sleep in the lifebase (COVID-19 norms) is mandatory in the follower bag

Mandatory crampons in the follower bag for the SwissPeaks 360

Basic kit required for the 100 & 70K :

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

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

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 liter

1 lamp in good working order with batteries or spare battery

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 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

Long leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

Identity document

Personal bowl to place supply in by volunteers

Basic kit required for the Marathon:

 

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

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

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water supply 1 liter

Survival blanket of 1.40 m x 2 m minimum

Whistle

Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or strapping (min. 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

Identity document

Personal bowl to place supply in by volunteers

Basic kit required for the Half Marathon:

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

Personal cup 15cl minimum (cans or flanges with cap not accepted)

Minimum water reserve 0.5 liter

Food reserve

Identity document

Personal bowl to place supply in by volunteers

It is difficult to predict mountain weather accurately for early September. This is why the organization has set up three kits that are in addition to the mandatory equipment in order to be equipped in the best possible way. It is therefore advisable to be prepared to need one of these additional kits to the basic kit. The information will be given to the riders by e-mail a few days before the start of their race.

 

Heatwave Kit For all races (maybe required by the organization depending on weather conditions):

Sunglasses

Sunscreen cream

Minimum water supply 2 liters

 

 

Cold Weather Kit For SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100 & 70 races (maybe required by the organization depending on weather conditions) MANDATORY to have in the following bag and potentially in the racer bag if weather conditions change during the race:

An additional warm jacket with a feather jacket hood

A waterproof overpants

 

Bad weather kit for marathon and half-marathon (maybe 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 leg running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg

Additional long-sleeved warm second layer (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of warm long-sleeved underwear (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent protection. The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood, and vice versa.

Warm and waterproof gloves

FOLLOWER BAG

The “SwissPeaks 360” race followers bag will have a capacity of 50L and will be resistant (in 2024) to hold a maximum of 10kg. The SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100 races followers bag will have a capacity of 30L. This bag will follow you from base of life to base of life. Be careful, it is your duty to put this bag in the area provided when you leave the base of life.

Only bags provided by the organization will be transported to the lifebase. The repatriation time depends on logistical constraints. A bag may lag behind the runner, especially in the event of a withdrawal. Thank you for being patient and respecting the work of volunteers. The bags will be collected in the tent dedicated for this purpose. A list of incoming bags will be updated regularly

These bags must be collected no later than Sunday, September 10th at 6 p.m. at Le Bouveret. After this date, the bags will be destroyed.

Please do not deposit valuables such as car keys, airline tickets or wallets in it.

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

NUMBERS

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

  • a photographic identity,
  • your race pack and all your mandatory equipment

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. 
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 is never withdrawn, but in the case of retirement, it is deactivated.

SAFETY 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 event.

The rescue posts are aimed at bringing help to any person in danger with the means particular to the organization or registered.

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

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

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.

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.
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

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

Expenses 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. The only resort is for the runner to constitute and present a dossier to his personal insurance within the deadline given. 
If for any reason it is impossible to make contact with the course controller, you can call the rescue services direct (especially if you find yourselves in a zone «Emergencies/sos only »)

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

POSITION CONTROL AND FUELING STATIONS

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

 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.

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

Every runner seen throwing down their litter along the route will be penalized.

Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every refreshment post and must be used.

MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME BARRIERS

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

“SwissPeaks 360” race : 156 hours

“SwissPeaks 170” race : 58 hours

“SwissPeaks 100” race : 29 hours

“SwissPeaks 70” race: 20 hours

“Marathon” race : 12 hours

“Half-Marathon” race : 6 hours

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

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

Any competitor excluded from the race and wishing to continue his race can only do so after returning his race number, at his own responsibility and in complete autonomy. 

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.

ARRIVAL

Upon arrival, you will receive a voucher to receive your finisher gift (SwissPeaks 170, SwissPeaks 100, SwissPeaks 70, Marathon and Half Marathon). For the SwissPeaks 360, a finisher’s ceremony will be held on Sunday. Finisher prizes will therefore only be given out at the prize-giving ceremony. Those who cannot stay until the ceremony for professional and/or personal reasons will have to fill in a form and pay the postage costs at the information stand. The finisher’s prize will be sent within 2 months after the race at the latest.

Access to showers at the arrival is strictly limited to runners (a bag is given to you at the entrance for your shoes).

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

RANKINGS AND AWARDS

For each race, a general classification of man and woman and a classification for each category of man and woman are established:

The first 3 in each category receive a prize podium.

Attendance at the prize-giving ceremony is mandatory to receive your prize. No prize will be given to a third party or even sent later by post.

 SwissPeaks 360other races
Seniors Men (SEH)20 to 39 years old18 to 39 years old
Seniors Women (SEF)20 to 39 years old18 to 39 years old
Master 1 Men (MH1)40 to 49 years old40 to 49 years old
Master 1 Women (MF1)40 to 49 years old40 to 49 years old
Master 2 Men (MH2)50 to 59 years old50 to 59 years old
Master 2 Women (MF2)50 to 59 years old50 to 59 years old
Master 3 Men (MH3)60 years and more60 years and more
Master 3 Women (MF3)60 years and more60 years and more

ABANDONMENT AND REPATRIATION

Except for injury, a runner must only abandon at a control post. They must alert the head of post, who will invalidate their race-bib. 
The runner keeps his invalidated race bib because it is still his pass for shuttles, buses, meals, care rooms… 
Repatriation will be decided on by the post leader, based on the following general rules :

  • Runners who abandon at a refreshment post but whose state of health does not necessitate being evacuated must get back as quickly as possible and by their own means to the closest repatriation point.
  • 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, repatriate the runners having retired and still present at the post
    • in the case of unfavorable weather conditions justifying partial or total closure of the race, the organization ensures the repatriation as soon as possible of those runners having retired.

In case of abandonment before a control point, it is imperative to return to the previous control point and inform the post leader of one’s abandonment. 
If, during this return, the runner meets the end of race sweepers, it is them who invalidate the race bib. The runner is then no longer under the organization’s control.

Any rider who leaves the competition without informing the organization must pay any research costs incurred.

Our runner repatriation system is largely carried out through our RegionAlps partnership. If the head of the post office takes you to the nearest station to repatriate you, you must take a regional train (not SBB) and be in possession of your race number.

ANTIDOPING

Any competitor may be subject to a doping control during or at the finish of the event. In case of refusal or abstention, the athlete will be sanctioned in the same way as if he or she were found to be doping. A runner suspended for doping in his own country will be immediately disqualified and will not be reimbursed.

MODIFICATIONS OF THE RACE OR TIME GATES; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

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

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.

In case of cancellation of an event 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 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, no refund of the registration fee will be made.

COVID-19 Exception: If the regulations relating to sports events prohibit the organization of the race in 2024, all registrations will be postponed to 2024. The organizer will endeavor to do this if possible at no cost, as in 2021.

RACE DIRECTION SKILLS

Runner’s participation acceptance

Wildcard assignment.

Invite a runner
Disqualification of a runner who does not respect the race rules.
Modification of the routes (Example: reduction or modification of the limit crossing time).
Interruption or suppression of the event if the conditions require it. Such a decision does not result in the refund of the registration fee.
Protests: to be submitted no later than 30 minutes after the arrival of the racer. After hearing the parties, the race management decides without appeal.
Decisions to be taken on a matter not provided for in this by-law and imposed by the circumstances.

PRIZE MONEY

A prize money is awarded to the first 3 men/women in the SwissPeaks 660, 360 and 170 races.

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SwissPeaks 6601000 €500 €250 €
SwissPeaks 3601000 €500 €250 €
SwissPeaks 170600 €300 €150 €

PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

the race director reserves the right to disqualify any runner who doesn’t respect the present rules.
Any racer seen throwing his trash on the course will be disqualified.

Switching off the GPS beacon, uncoupling it or moving it from its bag will result in immediate disqualification of the runner.
It is strictly forbidden to use any means of transport during the race. Any rider who is an exception to this rule is not allowed to cross the finish line, will not receive a finisher prize, and will not be ranked.

Any rider seen being personally assisted outside the authorized zones will be disqualified.

ANTI-DOPING

Any competitor may be subject to a doping control during or at the finish of the event. In the event of refusal or abstention, the athlete will be penalised in the same way as if he or she were found guilty of doping. A rider suspended for doping in his own country will be immediately disqualified and will not be reimbursed.

INSURANCE

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.

Individual accident:
Each competitor must, obligatorily, have their own accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue 

RULES CHANGES

The organization reserves the right to modify these rules at any time and without notice.

dès le 01/11/22 à midi
SwissPeaks Half-Marathon65 CHF (65 €)
SwissPeaks Marathon90 CHF (90 €)
SwissPeaks 70135 CHF (135 €)
SwissPeaks 100180 CHF (180 €)
SwissPeaks 170250 CHF (250 €)
SwissPeaks 360890 CHF (890 €)
SwissPeaks 360 DUO1500 CHF (1500 €)

The registration fee (for the SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170, SwissPeaks 100 and SwissPeaks 70) includes participation in the race, the souvenir prize, the meal at the finish, the refreshments, the meals at the bases, the follower bag, transport to the start, the finisher’s prize and the finisher’s medal.

The registration fee for the marathon includes participation in the race, the souvenir prize, refreshments, the meal at the finish, the finisher’s medal and transport to the start.

The registration fee for the half-marathon includes participation in the race, the souvenir prize, the finisher’s medal, refreshments and transport to the start.

There is no selection to enter the races. The registered rider shall be admitted.

The number of runners allowed in the races is as follows:

– 300 for the half marathon

– 500 for the Marathon

– 500 for the SwissPeaks 70

– 300 for the SwissPeaks 170

– 500 for the Swisspeaks 100

– 400 for the Swisspeaks 360

These quantities are likely to decrease if health conditions dictate.

A rider registered once these limits have been reached is automatically put on the waiting list.

The first runner on the waiting list replaces a runner who has cancelled his registration.

Once registrations have been definitively closed, all riders on the waiting list will receive a full refund via the payment method used.

ELITE REGISTRATION

In the interest of fair recognition of high-level athletes and fair management of entries, we reserve places for elite athletes who request them, according to precise criteria and based on their overall ITRA performance index. Runners who meet the criteria below are eligible for free registration:

– Woman: > 710

– Man: > 820

If you meet this criterion and wish to register, please write to info@swisspeaks.ch to finalise your registration.

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: 35.- CHF (35 €)
  • SwissPeaks 170 & 100: 20.- CHF (20 €)
  • SwissPeaks Marathon & Half-Marathon: 11.- CHF (11 €)

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

The purpose of the guarantee is to allow the reimbursement of the costs incurred for registration in 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 hospitalisation or the death of his or her spouse or common-law partner, ascendants or descendants to the first degree, within the thirty days preceding the event.
  • 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. In addition, please complete the following questionnaire: https://forms.gle/r3xVyxPAAFziuXMt6

For late cancellations (after 15 July 2023), an additional administration fee (between 10 and 15%) may be charged in view of the many costs already incurred.

  • WITHOUT subscription to the cancellation insurance proposed by the organizer

If you have not taken out cancellation insurance, the following rules apply:

  • If a runner is not able to participate, he/she is allowed to transfer his/her number to a person of his/her choice (modification possible until 1 August 2023, after this date no modification will be accepted)
  • For those who have no one to give up their bib AND Should one or more races be sold out before the scheduled deadline (1 July 2023 for the SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170 and SwissPeaks 100; 1 August 2023 for the marathon and half-marathon), the organiser may introduce a system for the transfer of race numbers for the race(s) in question. In this case, cancellations will be taken into account in the chronological order in which the email is received. 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.
  • If the race is not full and you cannot find anyone to pick up your number, the following rules apply: before 31 December 2022: 70% of the registration fee actually paid will be refunded. From 1 January to 30 June 2023: 40% of the registration fees actually collected will be refunded. After 1st July 2023: no refund will be made.

However, it is possible to change category until 1 August 2023. 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.

After 1st August 2023: no change of category or name will be possible.

  • Case COVID-19

If sporting event regulations prevent the race from being held in 2022, all entries will be postponed without charge to 2024.

If the regulations on leaving one’s country of residence and/or entering Switzerland result in the inability to be present at the start of the race, registration may be postponed to 2024.

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. In particular, it is important not to choose the lightest possible clothing in order to save a few grams, but to choose clothing that really provides good protection in the mountains against cold, wind and snow, and therefore better safety and performance.

Mandatory basic kit for 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 bandage or strapping (min 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 additional long sleeve (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long sleeve undergarment (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent 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

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).

The SwissPeaks 360 requires crampons in the following bag

Basic kit mandatory for the 100 and 70 :

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 bandage or strapping (minimum 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 additional long sleeve (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long sleeve undergarment (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent 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

Basic kit mandatory 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 bandage or strapping (minimum 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

Basic kit mandatory 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 wave kit for all races (may be required by the organisation depending on weather conditions):

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Minimum water reserve 2 litres

Cold KitFor races SwissPeaks 360, SwissPeaks 170, SwissPeaks 100 and SwissPeaks 70 (may be required by the organisation depending on weather conditions) MUST be carried in the follower’s bag and potentially in the runner’s 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 additional long sleeve (minimum weight 180g) OR the combination of a warm long sleeve undergarment (minimum weight 110g) and a windproof jacket with water-repellent 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 bags provided by the organisation will be transported to the life bases. 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 list of bags that have arrived will be updated regularly.

These bags must be collected no later than 6pm on Sunday 10 September in Le 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.

A post-race meal is served at the restaurant La Lagune in Le 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 course, is 156 hours.

The maximum time of the event, for the entire “SwissPeaks 170” course course, is 58 hours.

The maximum time for the entire “SwissPeaks 100” course is 29 hours.

The maximum time for the entire “SwissPeaks 70” course is 20 hours.

The maximum time for the event, for the entire Marathon course, is 12 hours.

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 authorised to continue the event, competitors must leave the checkpoint before the set time limit (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

On arrival you will receive a voucher for your finisher’s gift (SwissPeaks 170, SwissPeaks 100, SwissPeaks 70, Marathon and Half Marathon). For the SwissPeaks 360, a finishers’ ceremony will be held on Sunday at 10:45. Finishers’ prizes will only be awarded at the prize-giving 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.

ANTI-DOPING

Any competitor may be subject to doping control during or at the finish of the event. In case of refusal or abstention, the athlete shall be sanctioned in the same way as if he/she was found doping.

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 case of cancellation of an event more than 15 days before the start date, a partial refund of the entry fee 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 case of cancellation less than 15 days before the start of the race or in case of interruption of the race, no refund will be made.

Exception COVID-19: If sporting event regulations prevent the race from being held in 2023, all entries will be postponed to 2024. The organiser will endeavour to do this as far as possible without charge.

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.