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The UTMB®

Mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy. 

It is 6:00pm and we are more or less 2300 people sharing the same dream carefully prepared over many months. Despite the incredible difficulty, we feel serene thanks to the help and comfort offered with by 2000 volunteers who in a spirit of sharing and friendship are ready to partake in the same adventure.
We are about to take off on a dream-world adventure.
We will be rubbing shoulders with Aiguille de Bionnassay and crossing Col du Bonhomme by moonlight. At sunrise, we will cross Col de la Seigne into Italy and the magical Val Veni overlooked by Noire du Peuterey and the glaciers descending Mont Blanc. Later we will reach the Val Ferret, guarded by Dent du Géant and Grandes Jorasses before finally turning into Switzerland to relish the beautifully protected countryside.

We will have to put up with fatigue, to overcome our fears and anxieties. Some participants, having pushed their limits to the extreme, will choose to break off the race keeping intact their hopes to make it from beginning to end at some later date. They will be rewarded for their achievement and their names will be added to the list with everyone else at the end of the race.

The others will climb over Bovine and Les Tseppes. Then, with Aiguille Verte in front of them, under the vertical heights of the Drus and with majestic presence of Mont Blanc before them, they will dive down towards the finishing line in the heart of Chamonix. 

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Regulations

Regulations for the 2017 UTMB® / CCC® / TDS® / OCC

ORGANISATION

The Trailers du Mont Blanc (association law 1901 registered officially on 29/11/ 2003 under n° 1627, Club FFA n° 074060) and Sarl Autour du Mont-Blanc co-organise the UTMB® with the assistance of the communes of Chamonix, Les Houches, Saint-Gervais, Les Contamines, Hauteluce, Beaufort, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Seez, La Thuile, Pré Saint-Didier, Courmayeur, Morgex, Orsières (La Fouly, Champex-Lac), Trient and Vallorcine.

EVENTS

The UTMB® is an event, the essence of which is to offer several events deep in the countryside, making use of the well trodden paths of the Mont Blanc and Beaufort regions. Each event is run in one stage, at one’s own speed, but within a time limit.

  • The UTMB® [Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®]: around 171 km with about 10,300 metres of height gain, starts from Chamonix, in semi-autonomy and in 46:30 hours maximum.
  • The CCC® [Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix] around 101 km with about 6,100 metres height gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy and in 26:30 hours maximum.
  • The TDS® [Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie]: around 119 km with about 7,200 metres height gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy and in 33:00 hours maximum.
  • The OCC [Orsières-Champex-Chamonix] around 56 km for about 3,500 metres of height gain, starts from Orsières, in semi-autonomy within a maximum of 14:30 hours.
  • The PTL® [La Petite Trotte à Léon]: this event is appreciably different from the 4 other events and has its own regulations.
  • The #YCC [Youth Chamonix Courmayeur] : this event is reserved for the young and has its own regulations

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.

(1) the participation in other races in order to have the number of necessary points (see the paragraph REGISTRATION CONDITIONS) to be able to register, is useful in acquiring this experience, but it is not always sufficient.

These races are open to anyone, man or women, born in 1997 or before (categories hopefuls to veterans), club member or not.

Each runner declares their knowledge of and accepts the present regulations and agrees to accept them without reserve and to promote the event's ethical charter available at www.utmbmontblanc.com

SEMI 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:

  1. 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 andor its contents. The runner is obliged to accept these controls in a friendly manner, at the risk of exclusion from the race.
  2. The refreshment posts supply food and drink which must be consumed on site. The organisation only supplies still water or energising drink for filling water bottles or reservoirs. The runner has to ensure, when leaving each refreshment post, that they have a sufficient amount of water and food to keep them going to the next refreshment post.

  3. UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® : Personal assistance is only tolerated at certain refreshment points (*), in the zone specifically reserved for this usage and with agreement of the head of post. This assistance can only be assured by one single person, without specific equipment other one than one bag of a volume of 30 litres maximum. Assistance given by a professional team, or any medical or paramedical professional is strictly forbidden.
    The remainder of the refreshment post is strictly reserved for the runners.
    No assistance is allowed, at any point of route, during the OCC.

  4. 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.

(*) Personal assistance is tolerated at the following posts :
UTMB® : Les Contamines Montjoie, Courmayeur, Champex, Trient, Vallorcine
CCC® : Champex, Trient, Vallorcine
TDS® : Bourg St Maurice, Les Contamines Montjoie
It is forbidden at all other refreshment posts as well as at any other point along the route.

OCC : no assistance is allowed, at any point along the route.

PREVENTIVE AND RESEARCH ACTIONS CONCERNING MEDICAL MATTERS

The organisation decided to set up preventive and research actions concerning health matters during the UTMB® events. These actions have neither the vocation nor the competence to be substitutes for national and international regulations concerning  anti- doping, but aim to strengthen the medical supervision that the organisation wishes for. These actions are carried out in collaboration with the ITRA (International Trail Running Association), the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT) and the association Athletes For Transparency (AFT). These actions are led by a Medical Commission consisting of doctors who can take advice from the experts of their choice and are, in particular, asked to give consultative advice to the race jury on the medical state of participants.

Each runner agrees to:

  1. Declare the following information to the medical commission  :
    • any medical history and/or pathology which may increase risk during the sport
    • the regular use of treatments and medicines during the 15 days prior to the start of the race
    • all requests for or use of prescriptions subject to a Therapeutic Usage Exemption (TUE)
      The declaration of this information to the medical commission must be made through each runner's ITRA health page which each runner can create free of charge on the ITRA website: www.itra.run (To open an account at www.itra.run is free of charge and is necessary in order to access the health page).
      The medical information declared on the pages is accessible only to the Medical Commission and the organisation's own medical team.
  2. Accept to submit any urine, and/or blood, and/or capillary, and/or saliva samples and the associated analyses requested by the Organisation's Medical Commission, on the understanding that the costs for the sampling and analyses are covered, directly, by the Organisation.
  3. To accept to answer any request that the Medical commission may make based on information that they have collected, in order to discuss their ability or not to participate in the race for which they are registered . As a result of the meeting, the Medical Counsel may suggest that the race Jury exclude the runner from the race.
  4. Accept the use of data concerning the results of research, while knowing that the data used will be strictly anonymous. According to the data protection act, the runner will have a right of access, rectification and opposition to the data concerning them. The Organisation's Medical Commission will be the entity through whom the runner can exercise this right.

Any unreasonable breach, refusal, or transmission of erroneous information in connection with the health policy can result in the exclusion of the runner from the competition.

ENROLMENT CONDITIONS

The organisation of the UTMB® has established a list of qualifying races for the Ultra-Trail® 2015. Each race included in this list has been attributed with from 1 to 6 points.
In order to register, it is necessary to have gained the required number of points by finishing, between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2016 exclusively, any of the races included in this list:

  • To register for the UTMB®, it is necessary to have a minimum of 15 points (9 old points) from a maximum of 3 races.
  • To register for the CCC®, it is necessary to have a minimum of 7 points (3 old points) in 1 or 2 races.
  • To register for the TDS®, it is necessary to have a minimum of 7 points (3 old points) in 1 or 2 races.
  • To register for the OCC, it is necessary to have a minimum of 3 points (1 old point) in 1 or 2 races.

To consulate the full list of regulations regarding qualifying races please consult the “Qualifying Races” page at www.utmbmontblanc.com.
In the case of the declaration of races without exact references, non-conformity to the regulations or deceit, the organisation reserves the right to cancel a registration with out the re-funding the admission fee.

Please note : in the case of a change to the length of a qualifying race, premature ening of the race or if the race is cancelled, the qualifying points will be recalculated in relation to the actual characteristics.

To validate their registration, each runner must:

  1. supply a specific medical certificate(*). It must be posted on the runner's page before may 31st 2017 (the organisation does not accept medical certificates by email or post).
    Non- reception of the medical certificate by this date means that the registration will be cancelled and the fee not refunded.
  2. Complete, before July 31st 2017, a declaration of honour using the on-line form available on the runner's page.

NO race-bib will be issued without the medical certificate or the declaration of honour

(*) upon registration, each runner will receive a confirmation email with the official medical certificate form attached.

ACCEPTANCE OF THE REGULATIONS AND ETHICS OF THE RACE.

Participation in the UTMB® assumes the acceptance of the present regulations and ethics of the race which are available at www.utmbmontblanc.com

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RUNNERS

UTMB® (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®) : 2300
CCC® (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix) : 1900
TDS® (sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) : 1600
OCC (Orsières-Champex-Chamonix) : 1200

ENROLMENT

Enrolment exclusively on the Internet and secured payment by banker’s card.

Enrolment fees:

  • UTMB® : 235 € (*)
  • CCC® : 143 € (*)
  • TDS® : 158 € (*)
  • OCC : 78 € (*)

(*) of which an Eco participation of 1.5€ per person is destined to finance the cleaning, repairing or rehabilitation of paths and which also includes the 10€ 2017 membership of the association of Trailers du Mont-Blanc.

Engagement fees include all the services described in the present regulations...

The registration for any of these races is firm and final and it is not possible to change races
.

GUARANTEE OF ENROLMENT CANCELLATION

Any person can at the moment of their enrolment subscribe to the cancellation guarantee, averaging an additional charge of 15 € per person to add to enrolment fees on the same payment.
The object of the guarantee is to enable reimbursement of the fees incurred for the enrolment to one of the three races in the case where a runner asks to cancel his enrolment because of the following events:

  • an accident, a serious illness or the death of the runner himself/herself.
  • a serious illness necessitating hospitalisation or a death one’s spouse or common law husband/wife, one’s parents or one’s children in the first generation, this in the thirty days preceding the event.

In the case of an accident or serious illness to the runner, it is necessary to furnish a medical certificate with signature and stamp of the doctor attesting to the contra-indication to taking part in the race. All other reasons for cancellation must be justified with a certificate signed and stamped by an official authority.

Conditions of indemnity: Any demand for reimbursement must reach us accompanied by the medical certificate, at the last in the 10 days following the event. The demands are treated in the two months which follow the event.

CANCELLATION OF AN ENROLMENT

Any cancellation of registration must be made by email or post. No cancellations are accepted by telephone or fax.

In the case of cancellation for a cause described in the paragraph above, the competitor can, if they have subscribed to it at the time of their enrolment, make his guarantee of enrolment cancellation function by sending us with his letter of withdrawal the necessary document (see above paragraph).

If a competitor registered has not taken out the cancellation guarantee upon registration or wishes to cancel their registration for a reason not covered by this cancellation guarantee, reimbursement of a percentage of the registration fee will be made by crediting the bank account associated to the credit card used upon registration in accordance to the following conditions:

Send date Amount credited in % of the registration cost (excluding charges)
Before March 15 60%
From March 16 to May 15 50%
From May 16 to July 31 40%
After the 31st July no reimbursement can be made

No exchange of race number is possible.

CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION DUE TO INJURY

In the case of a the runner having osteo-articular or non chronic muscular injury, and only in this case, suffered after registration and not completely healed by the day of the race, the organisation recommends that the injured runner does not unnecessarily put themselves at risk, but cancels their registration (cancellation conditions are described in the paragraph “cancellation of a registration” above) and requests a priority registration, for the same race, at a later date.

All requests for priority in the case of a registration cancellation due to injury, has to reach us, accompanied by a full medical report (detailed report and all images confirming the diagnosis ) by September 2nd at the latest, only by post ( the medical committee does not accept files via email). All incomplete reports will be rejected.

The request will be treated by, at the latest, November 1st.. The medical committee is the only judge and their decision is final.

If the Medical Committee approves the request, the runner benefits from priority registration for the same race at a later date. Priority means avoiding the draw. Registration is still subject to the same conditions : qualifying points, registration fees, medical certificate...

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 clothing 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.

Obligatory material :

  UTMB®
CCC®
TDS®
OCC
Mobile phone with option enabling its use in the three countries (put in one’s repertoire the security numbers of the organisation, keep it switched on, do not hide one’s number and do not forget to set off with recharged batteries) OBLIGATORY
Personal beaker 15cl. minimum (water-bottles or flasks with lids are not acceptable) OBLIGATORY
Water reservoir minimum 1 litre OBLIGATORY
Two torches in good working condition with replacement batteries for each torch

2 torches

1 torch
Survival blanket 1.40m x 2m minimum OBLIGATORY
Whistle OBLIGATORY
Adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 100cm x 6 cm) OBLIGATORY
Food reserve OBLIGATORY
Jacket, with a hood, capable of withstanding the bad mountain weather and made with a waterproof (minimum recommended: 10 000 Schmerber) and breathable (RET recommended less than 13) membrane * OBLIGATORY
Long running trousers or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely OBLIGATORY
Additional warm midlayer top: a single midlayer long sleeve top for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 180g (Men, size M)
OR a two piece clothing combination of a long sleeve baselayer/midlayer for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 110g (Men, size M) and a windproof jacket** with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) protection
OBLIGATORY Strongly
recommended
in the case
of bad
weather
Cap or bandana or Buff® OBLIGATORY
Warm hat OBLIGATORY
Warm and waterproof gloves OBLIGATORY
Waterproof over-trousers OBLIGATORY

* - the jacket must, imperatively, have an integral hood or one which is attachable by a system made for that effect by the manufacturer.
- all seams must be taped/sealed.
- the jacket must not have sections composed of fabric which is not waterproof, but the air vents (under the arm, across the back), which do not appear to affect the waterproof-ness of the garment are accepted.
It is the runner's responsibility, according to these criteria, whether their jacket fits the regulations and therefore bad weather in the mountains, but, when controlled, the judgement will be made by the person responsible for the control or the race steward.

* The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood

Required by the frontier police forces :

  • identity papers

Very strongly recommended :

  • Knife or scissors with which to cut the self-adhesive elasticised bandage
  • walking poles for security on slippery ground in case of rain or snow
  • a change of warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather, rain or injury
  • the sum of 20 € minimum (in order to cover the unexpected....)

Advised (list not definitive) :

Telescopic sticks, change of clothing, compass, knife, string, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream, needle and thread,...

All clothing must be the runner’s size and without alteration since leaving the factory.
You will carry this material in a pack which must be tagged at the race-bib distribution and is not exchangeable during the race.


If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.
No poles will be allowed in the spare’s bags.
The use of poles will be forbidden in certain areas along the route, which will have the relevant signs, for safety or environmental reasons.

For all your questions concerning obligatory equipment consult the FAQs 

RACE BIBS

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

  • a photographic identity,
  • your race pack and all you obligatory 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.

SPARES BAGS

UTMB® : each competitor receives with his/her race bib, one 30-litre bag. Having filled it with the affairs of their choice and having closed it, they can deposit it, at the end of the afternoon, in Chamonix, at the ENSA gymnasium. The bag is transported by the organisation to Courmayeur. When reaching Courmayeur, each runner reclaims their bag. When they leave again, they deposit their bag at the area set aside for this purpose. The bag is then taken back to Chamonix.
NB: No spare bag in Champex

CCC® : each competitor receives, with his race number, one 30-litre bag which he can fill with the affairs of his choice and deposit near the start line in Courmayeur before the start of the race. The bag is then taken back to Chamonix.
NB: No spare bag in Champex

TDS® : each competitor will, with their race-bib, receive 2 x 30 litre sacks. 1 to be left just before the start of the race, with the belongings no needed during the race, and which will be sent back to Chamonix where they will be at the end of the race. 1 sack (not obligatory) for personal effects for the Cormet de Roselend. During the race you obligatorily recuperate your sack on arrival at the Cormet de Roselend and then leave it at the appropriate location as you leave again so that your belongings can be taken back to Chamonix.
The 2 sacks should be left at the area near the start of the race.

OCC : each competitor will receive, with their race-bib, 1 x 30 litre sack which they may fill with belongings not required during the race and leave near the start. The sack will then be taken to Chamonix.
Recovery of the bags at Chamonix : The sacks are returned to the runner or his relations, exclusively upon the presentation of the relevant race-bib.
The bags must have been collected within two hours of the end of the race. After that, the runner will have to come in person recover his bag at his own costs from the organisation, in Chamonix.

The organisation assures the repatriation, to Chamonix, of sacks belonging to runners who have abandoned, on the condition that their abandonment has been registered. The delay of the return of bags is based on the logistical constraints and the organisation cannot guarantee a complete return of the bags before the end of the race.

Only the bags supplied by the organisation will be transported. Sticks are not transportable in these bags.
The contents of the bags not having been checked, any complaint about the contents on arrival is not acceptable. It is recommended not to put valuable objects in it.
It is recommended to keep toiletry and change of clothing material at Chamonix.

RESCUE 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 events at the Chamonix Race Control.

The rescue posts are aimed at bringing help to any person in danger with the means particular to the organisation 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 forgot, 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 hospitalise 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 (+33 4 50 53 47 51), you can call the rescue services direct (especially if you find yourselves in a zone « urgences seulement/sos only »)

  • 112 (France)
  • 118 (Italy)
  • 144 (Switzerland)

An infirmary will be open in Chamonix for the duration by the event. Runners who have a severe medical problem may make use of it.

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 organisation.

CONTROL AND REFRESHMENTS POSTS

Each runner will be supplied with electronic chips fixed to their race-bibs. Runners who do not have their 2 chips permanently with them will be penalised.

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 organisation.

Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.
The race guide and the relevant pages on the internet give a precise list of the refreshment points.

2 types of refreshments are offered:

  • Refreshments of drinks only: plain water*, sparkling water*, energizing drinks, Cola*, coffee*, tea*, noodle soup.
  • Complete refreshments: drinks (as above) + cereal or energizing bars, sweet cakes, chocolate*, bananas*, oranges*, raisins*, prunes*, salty biscuits, cheese*, sausage*, bread.

* Product without gluten

Furthermore, a hot dish is offered in Chapieux and in Courmayeur for the UTMB®, at Champex for the UTMB® and the CCC®, at the Cormet de Roselend for the TDS® (A ration without gluten will be available upon request).
An end of race meal is served in Chamonix.

To avoid the wastage of disposable plastic cups during the race, every runner has to equip himself with a tumbler with a minimum volume of 15cl. Attention, water-bottles and flasks are not beakers !
Due to the large numbers, disposable beakers will be used at the following points:

  • The first 3 UTMB® refreshment posts (Les Houches, Saint-Gervais and Les Contamines Montjoie)
  • The 1st TDS® refreshment post (Col Checrouit-Maison Vieille)
  • The 1st OCC refreshment post

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 AUTHORISED TIME AND TIME BARRIERS

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

  • UTMB® : 46:30 hours
  • CCC® : 26:30 hours
  • TDS® : 33:00 hours
  • OCC : 14:30 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 authorised 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 organisation reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

REST AND SHOWERS

Uniquely for UTMB® : at Les Chapieux, Courmayeur and Champex each competitor can benefit from a rest area (with camp beds and blankets).

Both races: a rest area is available in Chamonix for all runners.
This room is strictly reserved for runners who have just finished their race.
This by no means constitutes, in any from, an accommodation solution for an entire night. Those runners who wish to stay on in Chamonix after the race must make their own accommodation arrangements.

It is possible to take a hot shower, only at the arrival
.
Throughout the course, showers - when there is one - are only available on medical advice.

Access to the rest area and to the showers at the arrival is strictly limited to runners in bare feet (a bag is supplied to you at the entrance for your shoes)

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 :

  • Buses are available from certain refreshment posts indicated by a pictogram “bus” on the event route maps to repatriate runners, who abandon, back to Chamonix.
  • Runners who abandon at another rescue or 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 organisation can, in the measure of means available, repatriate the runners having retired and still present at the post
    • ln the case of unfavourable weather conditions justifying partial or total closure of the race, the organisation 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 organisation’s control.

WAY MARKERS

For better night vision, the way markers include a section of yellow reflective material which will be easily visible with a head torch.
ATTENTION: if you can not see any more markers, retrace your steps!
With respect for the environment no paint will be used on the paths.

It is imperative that you follow the paths with the markers without taking short cuts. In effect, short cutting the paths leads to erosion which damages the site.

FINISH

When you finish, you will receive a finisher’s gift.

PENALTY - DISQUALIFICATION

Race officials present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorised to uphold regulations and to immediately (*) impose a penalty for non-respect, based on the following chart :

BREACH OF RULES PENALTY (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
UTMB® - CCC® - TDS® OCC
Short-cutting the route  At the race directors' decision
Lacking obligatory safety equipment (no minimum water supply of 1 litre, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no mobile phone)  Immediate disqualification
Lacking other obligatory equipment (running trousers or leggings, 1 single torch, cap or bandana, hat, warm long sleeved clothing whistle, adhesive elastic band, food reserves, cup/tumbler, waterproof over-trousers, warm and waterproof gloves  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Refuse to have obligatory equipment checked out  Disqualification
Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their team  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Not respecting people (organisation or runners)  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Not assisting a person in difficulty (requiring official assistance)  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Receiving help outside authorised zones  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Being accompanied along the course outside the tolerance zones clearly marked close to the refreshment posts  Penalty 15 min  Penalty 10 min
Cheating (e.g.: using transport, sharing race number,…)  Immediate disqualification and for life
Race number not visible  Penalty 15 min  Penalty 10 min
Not wearing the race number in the correct manner  Penalty 15 min (during which the runner adjusts his race number in the correct manner)  Penalty 10 min (during which the runner adjusts his race number in the correct manner)
Recognised dangerous attitude (e.g.: sticks with unprotected points pointing at the runners or the spectators)  Penalty 15 min  Penalty 10 min
Lacking an electronic chip According to the race director's decision
Not passing through a control point According to the race director's decision
Refusal to comply with an order from race control, from a race official, from a head of post, from a doctor or from a rescue worker  Disqualification
Refusal to accept an anti-drug test The runner will be sanctioned as if found guilty of taking drugs
Departure from a control post after the hour limitation  Disqualification
Pack not tagged  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min
Use of sticks not carried with you at the beginning of the race  Penalty 1 hour  Penalty 30 min

(*) Time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, that's to say a runner while be required to interrupt their race for the duration of the penalty.

Any other breach of the regulations will be the object of a penalty decided by the race directors.

ANTI-DRUG CONTROL

Any competitor can be submitted to an anti-drug control before, during or at the end of a race. If he/she refuses or abstains, the sportsman or woman is treated as if found guilty of taking drugs.

COMPLAINTS

All objections must be in writing and lodged with the course director, with a caution of 100 (one hundred) euros (non-returnable if the objection is not valid), within two hours of the arrival of the runner concerned.

RACE JURY

This is made up of:

  • one of the Trailers du Mont-Blanc's co-presidents
  • race directors
  • a representative of the runners
  • and relevant people chosen for their competences by the president and course director

The jury is authorised to give a ruling in the time compatible within the imperatives of the race on all the objections lodged during the event. The decisions will be without appeal.

MODIFICATIONS TO THE COURSE OR TO THE TIME BARRIERS; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

The organisation reserves the right to modify at any moment the route and the positioning of the rescue and refreshment posts, without warning.
In the case of unfavourable 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 cancelled.

In the case of poor meteorological conditions, and for reasons of safety, the organisation reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

In case of cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, 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 so as to allow the organisation 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, for whatever the reason, no refund of the registration fee will be made

INSURANCE

Civil responsibility:
The organiser 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 in France, Italy and Switzerland.
Such insurance can be taken out with any organisation of the competitor’s choice in particular with the French Federation of Athletics via the subscription of the ‘Pass’ Running’ or membership

NB: you have to pay for helicopter evacuation. The choice of the evacuation depends exclusively on the organisation, which will systematically the prioritise the runners’ security

GUIDE

A guide is down-loadable from www.utmbmontblanc.com from the month of June or is sent during the month of June exclusively to the runners who have requested it at their registration (14€ costs). It includes in particular practical information such as the cut off times, refreshment posts, rescue posts, care posts, as well as access points for accompanying persons.

FILMS

The preview of 2017 films will be downloadable in HD and from each participant's runner's page as from the end of October. Runners who would like to receive the  films on DVD may do so by ordering them at registration (15€). Pre-ordered  DVDs will be sent out by post at the end of November.

RANKINGS AND REWARDS

For the 4 races, only the runners arriving at Chamonix (UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® & OCC) are classed.

For each race, a general classification man and woman and a classification for each category man and woman are established.
UTMB®: the first 10 men and the first 10 women in the general classification, as well as the first 3 from each category receive a trophy and a prize
CCC®, TDS® & OCC: the first 5 men and the first 5 women in the general classification, as well as the first 3 from each category receive a trophy and a prize

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Competitors who are sponsored may only have the sponsor's logos on their clothing or equipment used during the race. All other publicity accessories (flags, banners) are forbidden at all points of the race including at the finish, at the risk of penalties imposed by the jury.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT

Every competitor relinquishes their claim to photographic copyright during the event, and he relinquishes any recourse against the organiser and against his approved partners for the use of his image. Only the organisation can pass on these rights for the image in any media, via an accreditation or an adapted license.

Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® and PTL® are legal trademarks. Any communication about the event or use of photographs of the event must be made respecting the name of the event, the trademarks and with the official agreement of the organisation.