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. 

From the beginning, the UTMB® maintains its «Series Bonus» statut. To be finisher of the UTMB as well as one other race on the Ultra-Trail® World Tour calendar means being ranked in the 2018 UTWT.

Course & Profile
Tecnical deta
Time charts
Regulations

2018 Regulations

PRESENTATION OF THE EVENTS

ORGANISATION

The company Autour du Mont-Blanc and the association the Trailers du Mont Blanc (association subject to the law 1901 registered in the official journal of 29/11/ 2003 under the number  1627, Club FFA n° 074060) co-organise the UTMB® with the assistance of the communities of Chamonix, Courmayeur, Orsières, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Houches, Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc, Servoz, Vallorcine, Hauteluce, Beaufort, Séez, Les Contamines Montjoie, La Thuile, Pré Saint Didier, Morgex, Martigny-Combe, Trient and Bovernier.  

ACCEPTANCE OF THE REGULATIONS AND ETHICS OF THE RACE

Participation in the UTMB® events implies the express acceptance, without reserve, of the present regulations, the ethics of the event and any instructions sent by the organiser to the participants.  

DEFINITION OF THE EVENTS

The UTMB® is an event within which are a certain number of events in open country, using the great hiking routes of the Mont-Blanc or Beaufort country. Each event takes place in one single stage, at an undefined pace within a time limit.

  • The UTMB®: around 171 km for about  10 000 metres of height gain, starts from Chamonix, in semi-autonomy and in  46 hrs 30 mins max. Around 2300 runners.
  • The CCC®: around 101 km for about 6 100 metres of height gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy and in  26hrs 30 mins max. The start is organised in three waves to help the fluidity of the race. Start zones calculated according to the ITRA's performance index's criteria . Around 1900 runners.
  • The TDS®: around  119 km for about  7 200 metres height gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy and in of 33 hrs max. Around 1600 runners.
  • The OCC: around 56 km for about 3 500 metres of height gain, starts from Orsières, in semi-autonomy and in14hrs 30 mins max. Around 1200 runners.
  • The PTL®: this event is significantly different from the other 4 events and is subject to its own regulations
  • The YCC: a challenge dedicated to the young of between 16 and 22 years of age, consisting of a prologue in Chamonix on the Tuesday of the event week, at the end of the afternoon, and a 15km event with around 1500 metres of height gain in Courmayeur the following day. Around 300 runners.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION CONDITIONS

The organiser of the UTMB® has established a list of qualifying races for the 2018 UTMB®. Each race listed has a value of between 1 and 6 points, you need to have acquired the minimum number of points by having finished, exclusively between 01/01/2016 and the 31/12/2017 (*) , some of the races on the list :

  • UTMB® :  minimum of 15 points in 3 races maximum
  • CCC® : minimum  of 8 points in 2 races maximum
  • TDS® : minimum of 8 points  in 2 races maximum
  • OCC : minimum  of 4 points in 1 or 2  races
  • YCC : no qualifying points necessary

(*) 2015  finishers of UTMB® races may equally use these races as qualifying races.

You can consult the complete regulations for the qualifying races  at www.utmbmontblanc.com, page "Qualifying races". In the case of an inexact declaration, non-conformity of regulations or a outright lie, the organisation reserves the right to cancel the registration without reimbursing the fee paid. Note : in the case of a qualifying race having been shortened, the premature termination of a race or its cancellation, the qualifying points will be recalculated in relation to the actual race characteristics.

The races are open to any person, male or female, born in or before 1998 (categories espoirs to veteran,  see the details here), licensed, or not, except for the  YCC which is open to runners born between 1996 and 2002 (categories espoirs, juniors and cadets).

To validate one's registration, each runner must :

1. Supply a specific medical certificate (*). It must be downloaded onto their runner's page before May 31st 2018 (the organisation does not accept medical certificates sent by email or the post).
If no medical certificate is received by this date, the registration will be cancelled without reimbursement.
(*) at the end of the registration procedure, each runner will receive a confirmation email with, as an attachment, the official medical certificate form.

2. Complete, before July 31st  2018, a declaration of honour via an on-line form available via the runner's page.

In the absence of a medical certificate or declaration of honour, no race-bib will be attributed.

3. Runners born in or after 2000, minors on the date of the event, must supply parental authorisation.

REGISTRATION FEE

Registration is uniquely via the internet and secure payment by credit card.

Fees :

  • UTMB® : 250 € (*)
  • CCC® : 150 € (*)
  • TDS® : 170 € (*)
  • OCC : 85 € (*)
  • YCC : 30€ (*)

(*) of which an eco participation of  1.5 €/person designated for financing actions of tidying-up, renovating or repairing footpaths and  10 € for the 2018 membership to Trailers du Mont-Blanc association

The fee covers all the services described in the current regulations.

Registration is nominative. There is no authorisation for transferring one's registration from one race to another, or from one person to another whatever the motive.

RUNNER'S COMMITMENT

To participate in the UTMB® events, in particular the UTMB®,  CCC® and TDS®, it is essential :

  • To be completely aware of the length and  specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it ;
  • To have  acquired, previous to the race, a real capacity of personal autonomy in the mountains  (1) allowing for the management of problems induced by this type of event, and notably:
    • Know how to confront, without outside help, climatic conditions which could be very difficult to deal with at altitude ( night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow) ;
    • Know how to manage, including when one is isolated, physical or mental problems arising from a great fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or articular pains, small wounds...
    • To be totally conscious that the organisation's role is not to help a runner manage these problems;
    • To be totally aware that for such an activity in the mountains security depends upon the runner's capacity to adapt to the problems encountered or foreseen

(1) participation in other races in order to have the required number of points (see paragraph REGISTRATION CONDITIONS) in order to register, is useful for acquiring this experience, but not necessarily sufficient .

SEMI AUTONOMY

The principal of an individual race in semi-autonomy is the rule. The UTMB® events take place in one single stage, at an undefined pace, within the limits of the time barriers which are specified for each event. Semi-autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshments posts, as much on the food front as that of clothing and security, allowing for  adapting to problems encountered or foreseen (bad weather, physical problems, injury...)

This principal  implies, in particular, the following rules:

  1. Each runner must have with them throughout the duration of the race the totality of their obligatory equipment (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). They transport this equipment in a pack, tagged during race-bib distribution and which can not be changed along the race route. At any moment of the race, the race stewards can verify the pack and its contents. The runner is obliged to submit to these checks in good humour, at the risk of exclusion from the race.
  2. The refreshment posts supply drinks and food to be consumed on site. The organisation only supplies still water or energising drink for filling water bottles or hydration packs.  The runner should take care to ensure they have, when leaving each refreshment post, the quantity of drink and food which is necessary to keep them going until the following refreshment post.
    For slower runners, the longest sections without refreshments can be more than 4hrs during the UTMB®, more than 3hrs during the  CCC® and OCC and more than  6hrs during the TDS®.
  3. For theUTMB®,  CCC® and TDS®, a personal assistant is tolerated exclusively at certain refreshment posts (*), in the zone specifically reserved for this use and at the discretion of the chief of the post.This assistance can only be given by one person, without specific equipment other than a bag with a maximum volume of  30 litres. Assistance given by a team of professionals, or any medic or paramedic, is strictly forbidden.
    The rest of the refreshment post is strictly reserved for the runners.
    No assistance is allowed, at any point along the race route, during the OCC and YCC.
  4. It is forbidden to accompany or be accompanied along any part the race route by a person not registered for the race, outside of the tolerance zones which are clearly marked in the proximity of the refreshment posts.

Note : A participant who accepts being filmed, and therefore accompanied, outside of the expressly designated zones contravenes the principle of semi-autonomy. The race stewards  witnessing irregularities are authorised to penalise the participants in order to guarantee the spirit of trail-running events.

(*) 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 of the race route.
OCC, YCC : no assistance is allowed at any point throughout the race

EQUIPMENT

In order to ensure their security and the good progress of the each event, each participant must have at their disposal the all the obligatory equipment on the list, detailed below.
The  “heat-wave”, “winter” and “bad weather” kits are integrally a part of the obligatory equipment. According to the weather conditions, the organisers can activate a kit and inform each participant before the opening of the race-bib distribution for their race. Each participant must therefore present their obligatory equipment, including the kit activated by the organisers, in order to  retrieve  their race-bib, and agree to keep it with them throughout the event.

It is important to note that the material imposed by the organisers is a vital minimum which each trail-runner must adapt in function to their own capacities.  In particular, they must not chose the lightest weight clothing possible in order to gain a few grammes, but opt for clothing which really offers good protection in the mountains against the cold, wind and snow, which therefore give better security and a better performance.

Obligatory equipment UTMB® CCC® TDS®

Basic kit

  • Pack destined to transport obligatory equipment throughout the race.
  • Mobile/cell phone with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries (load in to its memory the organisation's security numbers, keep the phone on, don't mask your number and don't forget to leave with the battery fully charged)
  • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Supply of water of 1 litre minimum
  • 2 torches in good working order with spare cells/batteries for each torch
    Recommendation : 200 lumens or more for the main torch
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle
  • Self adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve
    Recommendation : 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energising bars each of 65g )
  • Jacket with hood which will withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry)
    *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber
    **RET recommended inferior to 13
    - the jacket must, imperatively, be fitted with an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
    - the seams must be sealed.
    - the jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back), since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability, are accepted.
    It is the runner's responsibility to judge, with these criteria , if their jacket fits the regulations stated and so  bad weather in the mountains, but, during a check, the judgment is made by the person in charge of the check or the steward.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings  OR a combination of legging and socks which cover the legs completely
  • Cap or bandana or Buff®
  • Additional warm second layer : a warm second layer top with long sleeves (cotton excluded) of a weight of  a minimum of 180g  (men's size medium (M) )
    OR the combination of a warm long sleeved underwear  (first or second layer,cotton exclude) of a minimum weight of 110g  (men's size medium (M) ) and a durable water repellant (DWR protection) windproof jacket*
    *the wind-proof jacket does not replace the obligatory waterproof jacket, and vice versa
  • Hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • ID – passport/ID card

Heatwave kit (can be deemed necessary by the organisation, according to weather conditions)

  • Sun glasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sun cream
  • Supply of water of 2 litres minimum

Winter kit  (can be deemed necessary by the organisation, according to weather conditions)

  • Protective eyewear ***
  • 3rd warm layer  (intermediary layer between the 2nd layer and the waterproof jacket)
  • Recommendation : fleece or compressible down jacket
  • Robust and closed trail-running shoes (minimalist or ultralight shoes excluded)

*** it is possible to use the same glasses if they are suited both to the sun and bad weather (such as glasses with photo-chromatic lenses )

All clothing must be the correct size for the competitor and without having been modified in any way after leaving the factory.
You carry this equipment in a pack which must be tagged during race-bib distribution and is not interchangeable during the race.

Other recommended equipment (list non exhaustive)

  • Smartphone with the  Livetrail4Runners app installed and activated + external battery
  • Spare warm clothing, indispensable in the case of cold or wet weather or in the case of injury.
  • Poles in the case of rain or snow for your security on slippery ground
  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • A sum of a minimum of 20€ (for contingencies).
  • Reusable bowl
  • GPS watch
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elasticated bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit...

If you choose to take poles, it is for the duration of the race. It is forbidden to start without poles and recuperate them during the course of the race.
No poles are authorised in the drop bags.
The use of poles will be forbidden in certain zones along the route marked by specific signs, for the security or environmental reasons. For all your questions about obligatory material, consult the FAQs

Obligatory equipment OCC

Basic kit

  • Pack destined to transport obligatory equipment throughout the race
  • Mobile/cell phone with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries (load in to its memory the organisation's security numbers, keep the phone on, don't mask your number and don't forget to leave with the battery fully charged)
  • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Supply of water of 1 litre minimum
  • 1 torch in good working order with spare cell/batteries
    Recommendation : 200 lumens or more
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum  
  • Whistle
  • Self adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve
    Recommendation : 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energising bars each of 65g )
  • Jacket with hood which will withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry)
    *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber
    **RET recommended inferior to 13
    - the jacket must, imperatively, be fitted with an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
    - the seams must be sealed.
    - the jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back), since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability, are accepted.
    It is the runner's responsibility to judge, with these criteria , if their jacket fits the regulations stated and so  bad weather in the mountains, but, during a check, the judgment is made by the person in charge of the check or the steward.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings  OR a combination of legging and socks which cover the legs completely
  • Cap or bandana or Buff®
  • ID – passport /ID card

Heatwave kit (can be deemed necessary by the organisation, according to weather conditions)

  • Sun glasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sun cream
  • Supply of water of 2 litres minimum

Bad weather kit (can be deemed necessary by the organisation, according to weather conditions)

  • Additional warm second layer : a warm second layer top with long sleeves (cotton excluded) of a weight of  a minimum of 180g  (men's size medium (M) )
    OR the combination of  warm long sleeved underwear  (first or second layer,cotton excluded) of a minimum weight of 110g  (men's size medium (M) ) and a durable water repellant (DWR protection) windproof jacket*
  • Hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof over trousers

All clothing must be the correct size for the competitor and without having been modified in any way after leaving the factory.
You carry this equipment in a pack which must be tagged during race-bib distribution and is not interchangeable during the race.

Other recommended equipment (list non exhaustive)

  • Smartphone with the  Livetrail4Runners app installed and activated + external battery
  • Spare warm clothing indispensable in the case of cold or wet weather or in the case of injury.
  • Poles in the case of rain or snow for your security on slippery ground
  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • A sum of a minimum of 20€ (for contingencies).
  • Reusable bowl
  • GPS watch
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elasticated bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit...

If you choose to take poles, it is for the duration of the race. It is forbidden to start without poles and recuperate them during the course of the race.
No poles are authorised in the drop bags.
The use of poles will be forbidden in certain zones along the route marked by specific signs, for the security or environmental reasons. For all your questions about obligatory material, consult the FAQs

Obligatory equipment YCC

Basic kit

  • Mobile/cell phone with international roaming allowing for its use in France and Italy (load in to its memory the organisation's security numbers, keep the phone on, don't mask your number and don't forget to leave with the battery fully charged)
  • Personal beaker 15cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted) Supply of water of 1/2 litre minimum   
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle

Bad weather kit (can be deemed necessary by the organisation, according to weather conditions)

  • Jacket with hood which will withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry)
    *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber
    **RET recommended inferior to 13
    - the jacket must, imperatively, be fitted with an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
    - the seams must be sealed.
    - the jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back), since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability, are accepted.
    It is the runner's responsibility to judge, with these criteria , if their jacket fits the regulations stated and so  bad weather in the mountains, but, during a check, the judgment is made by the person in charge of the check or the steward.

Recommended equipment (and non exhaustive) :

  • waterproof and warm clothing in relation to the weather conditions
  • clothing covering 100% of the legs
  • cap, neck tube (type Buff®), gloves, sun-glasses
  • food reserve

Poles are authorised throughout the race. If a participant choses to start the race with poles, they must keep them with them throughout the race. It is also forbidden to start the race without them and recuperate them along the way.

QUARTZ EVENT PROGRAM

The Organization of the UTMB® has decided to set up the QUARTZ Event program to protect your health and contribute to doping-free sport. This program is open to all participants. This program has neither the vocation nor the competence to replace anti-doping rules but aims to strengthen the medical supervision before and during the competition. QUARTZ Event program is carried out in collaboration with the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), Athletes For Transparency association (AFT) and Ultra Sports Science Foundation (USS); it is managed by a Health Commission solely composed of doctors. This Health Commission can take advice from experts of its choice and specifically give a consultative advice to the race direction on the medical condition of participants. This Health Commission can go as far as to suggest to the race direction that a participant should be excluded from competition for health reasons.

Each participant agrees to:

  1. Declare to the Health Commission the following medical information:
    - Any medical history and/or pathology, in particular those which may increase risks during the practice of a sport
    - The use of regular treatments or medication during the 30 days prior to the start of the competition
    - Request  or use of a substance or method subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
  2. Provide all urinary and/or blood and/or hair and/or salivary samples required from 30 days before the competition and up to 7 days after the competition. He/she also consents to the associated analysis of these samples, on the understanding that the costs for the sampling and analyses are covered directly by the Organization.
  3. Accept not to participate in the competition if glucocorticoids have been used, without any relation to the mode of administration and therefore the presence or not of a TUE, within the 7 days before the start of the competition. The use of glucocorticoids may be identified in the context of the analysis carried out, either from a direct dosage or in the case of an abnormally low cortisol.
  4. Accept to answer any meeting request on site or remotely (phone or videoconference) that the Health Commission may ask for in order to discuss their ability or not, to participate in the competition.
  5. Accept the use of strictly anonymous data for research purposes. Each participant has a right of access, rectification and opposition to data concerning him. The Health Commission is the authority with which the participant can exercise this right.

The declaration of medical information to the Health Commission is done through the ITRA health space that each participant can activate after having created a free runner account on the ITRA website: itra.run. The declared medical information is only accessible by the doctors of the Health Commission or in the event of medical care being carried out during the competition the declared medical information will also be made available to the medical team.

Any unreasonable breach, refusal, or transmission of erroneous information in connection with QUARTZ Event program can result in the exclusion of the participant from the competition.

ANTI-DOPING CONTROL

Any competitor could be subjected to an anti-doping control before, during or at the finish of an event. In the case of a refusal or abstention, the sports-person will be sanctioned in the same manner as that were they to have been convicted of doping.

INSURANCE

Each competitor must, obligatorily, be in possession of a personal accident insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue and evacuation in France, Italy and Switzerland. Such insurance can be taken out with any organisation of the runner's choice, and notably with the  Fédération Française d'Athlétisme via the subscription to a 'Pass’Running – Pass J’aime Courir' or a license.

For members of the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) it is possible to subscribe to an Assistance – Repatriation insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue world-wide. For more information go to www.itra.run

NB : you pay for helicopter evacuation. The choice of evacuation method depends exclusively on the organisation, who will systematically put the runner's security first.

The choice of the method of evacuation and the actual choice of hospital is at the discretion of the search and rescue and medical officials.

Expenses arising from the use of exceptional methods of rescue or evacuation have to be paid  by the person rescued who will also have to pay their return from the place to where they were evacuated. It falls to the runner to create their file and present it to their insurance company within the stated time limit.

RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

By registering for one of the UTMB® events, participants agree to respect the environment and the natural areas they pass though. In particular :

  • It is strictly forbidden to abandon your rubbish (gel tubes, paper, organic detritus, plastic wrappers...) along the race route. Trash/rubbish bins are available at each refreshment post and it is imperative that they are used. The race stewards conduct random checks all along the race route.
  • All participants must keep any rubbish and wrappers with them until they can throw them in the bins which are provided for them at each refreshment post. The organisation encourages runners to equipment themselves with a bag or pouch in which to transport their waste to the next bin.  Plastic bags for soiled paper are handed out with the race-bibs. They must be used for collecting any paper soiled during any urgent need along the route.
  • It is imperative that you follow the paths as they are way-marked, without short-cutting them. Actually, short-cutting a path causes erosion damaging the site.

ELITE RUNNERS

Having the status of an international elite creates rights and duties for the athletes concerned. They are as below :

Rights :

  • In regard of justified recognition for athletes of a high calibre and  for fair management of registration, we reserve places for elite athletes, who request a place, according to precise criteria based on their ITRA performance index data.

All registration requests must be sent by email to info@utmbmontblanc.com before January 3rd 2018.

  UTMB® CCC®/TDS®/OCC
  Men Women Men Women
Free registration without the draw >870 >770 >820 >720
Registration without the draw but fee to be paid  >770 >670 >720 >620
Or runners who are amongst the top 3 of their country

Runners corresponding to the criteria may benefit from the registration conditions below, on condition that they have the required number of points for 2018.

  • At the start of the races, elite athletes are invited to position themselves at the front of pack according to the following race-bib numbers :
    UTMB® : Elite start box 1: bibs 1 to 99 / Elite start box 2 : bibs 100 to 299
    CCC® : bibs 3001 to 3299
    TDS® : bibs 6001 to 6299
    OCC : bibs 10001 to 10299

Duties :

In return, the elite runners agree to :

  • Be present at any press conferences and official ceremonies to which they are invited ;
  • Be present at prize-giving ceremonies if it concerns them ;
  • Accept to carry a GPS tag, supplied by the organisation at the start of the race, throughout the totality of the race; then to return this tag at the end of their race;
  • Be present at the start line no later than 20 minutes before the start of the event.

RIGHTS FOR IMAGES

Every competitor expressly foregoes the right for any images during the event, just as they renounce any right of appeal to the organisers and their partners for the use of their image. Only the organisation can transfer this right for images to any media, via an accreditation or relevant license.
Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® and PTL® are the legally registered names. All communication about the event or the use of images from the event must respect the name of the event, the registered trade marks and have official approval from the organisation.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Runners who are sponsored can only display their sponsor's logos on their clothing and equipment used during the race. All other publicity accessories (flags, banners... ) are forbidden at all points of the race route including the finish , at the risk of a penalty given by the discretion of the race directors.

CNIL

According to the IT information and freedom law of August 6th 1978,  you have the right of access and rectification for all information concerning you. This information is used uniquely within the interior of the organisation and concerns technical data such as your email address. The organisation on no account uses your information for other ends. Conforming to the law, each runner has a right of access and rectification concerning themselves. To do this, please send us an email stating your surname, first name and race-bib number.

RACE ORGANISATION IN GENERAL

RACE-BIBS

Each race-bib is distributed individually to each runner upon presentation of :

  • A piece of photographic identity,
  • Your race pack and all the obligatory equipment.

The race-bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and be permanently and completely visible throughout the totality of the race. It must always be placed on top of all clothing and can in no case be positioned on a leg or pack. The name and partner's logos must not be either modified or hidden. The race-bib is the pass necessary for accessing the shuttle buses, buses, refreshment posts, infirmary, rest areas, showers, drop-off or pick-up areas for drop sacks... Except in the case of a refusal to comply with a decision taken by a race official, the bib is never taken away but in the case of an abandonment the bib is deactivated.

DROP BAGS / SPARE'S SACKS

UTMB® : each competitor receives a 30 litre bag with their race-bib. After having filled it with the necessities of their choice and having closed it they can drop it off, at the end of the afternoon, at the life base in Chamonix, in the ENSA gymnasium. This bag is taken to Courmayeur by the organisation. Upon arriving in Courmayeur the runner must, obligatorily, withdraw their bag. When they leave the life base they, personally, leave their bag in the allotted area . The bags are then returned to Chamonix.
NB : No drop bags/ spare's sacks in Champex.

CCC® : each competitor receives a 30 litre bag with their race-bib which they can fill with their belongings, leaving it in the allotted area near the start. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.
NB : No drop bags/spare's sacks in Champex.

TDS® : each competitor receives 2 x 30 litre bags with their race-bib. 1 bag is to be left just before the start containing the belongings  which are not needed during the race, and which will be returned to the finish. 1 bag (not obligatory)  for any personal belongings required at the Cormet de Roselend. During the race, each runner must, obligatorily, recuperate their bag upon arrival at the  Cormet de Roselend and deposit it again, in the allotted area, before leaving so that it can be returned to  Chamonix.
The 2 bags are to be left at the allotted area near the start.

OCC : each competitor receives a 30 litre bag with their race-bib which they can fill with their belongings, leaving it in the allotted area near the start. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.

YCC : no drop bags/spare's sacks but it is possible for runners to leave belongings in a personal bag in the allotted area near the start of the race in Courmayeur. These belongings must be recuperated no later than 2 hours after the end of the race. Thereafter, the runner must come in person to recuperate their bag, at their own cost, from the organisation in Chamonix.

Recuperation of bags in Chamonix (except the YCC) : The bags are returned to either the competitor or a family member or friend, uniquely upon presentation of the race-bib. The bags must be recuperated no later than 2 hours after the end of the race. After that time, the runner must come, in person, to recuperate their bag, at their own cost, from the organisation in Chamonix.

The organisation ensures the repatriation, to Chamonix, of any bags of runners who abandon, on the condition that the abandonment has been registered. The delay of the repatriation is in relation to logistical constraints and the organisation can not guarantee a complete repatriation of bags before the end of the race.

Only bags supplied by the organisation will be transported. Poles are not allowed in these bags. The contents of the bags will not be verified, no contestation over the contents of the bag at the finish will be accepted. The placing of valuable objects in these bags is not recommended.
Your are recommended to pack toiletries and a change of clothing for your return to Chamonix.

REFRESHMENTS

The organisation ensures the presence of solid and liquid refreshments along the race-route.   The refreshment posts  supply  drinks and food for consuming in situ. The organisation supplies still water and energising drink for filling water bottles/hydration packs and personal beakers are obligatory. The runner must take care, when leaving each refreshment post, that they have the necessary quantity of food and drink to last them to the next refreshment post.

For more information concerning the composition of the refreshments, consult the page "refreshments"

Only runners wearing a visible race-bib who have been duly checked have access to the refreshment posts.
The race guide and the relevant pages on the web-site have a complete list of refreshment posts and what they serve.

CHECK POSTS

A check is carried out at the arrival at a refreshment post and at certain security posts.
Unexpected check posts are set-up at  posts other than those of refreshment or security posts. Their location is not divulged by the organisation.

WAY-MARKING

For better sighting at night , the way-markers are fitted, in part, with yellow reflective material which attracts the light of your torch.
ATTENTION : if you don't see any, turn back !
In respect for the environment no paint is used on the paths.

MAXIMUM AUTHORISED TIME AND TIME BARRIERS

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

  • UTMB® : 46 hrs 30 mins
  • CCC®* : 26 hrs 30 mins
  • TDS® : 33hrs
  • OCC : 14 hrs 30 mins
  • YCC : Prologue : 20 minutes and thee Trail-run : 4 hours

*CCC®: the maximum time authorised and the time barriers are calculated on the departure time of the 3rd wave.

The time limit of the start (time barriers) from the main check points will be defined and printed in the Runner's Guide and on the web-site. In the case of a change  (cf § Exceptional Conditions), the new time barriers will be announced via SMS/text message.

These time barriers are calculated to allow participants to arrive at the finish within the maximum time allowed, while having made eventual stops ( rest, food...). In order to be authorised to continue with an event, competitors must leave the check point before the fixed time (whatever their time of arrival at the check point).

All competitors excluded from the race who wish to continue the route can only do so after having returned their race-bib and under their own responsibility and in complete autonomy.

SECURITY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Security posts are positioned at various points along the route. These posts have a radio or telephone link to the race HQ for security  (+33 9 72 16 67 25). A regulation medical team is present throughout the events at the race security HQ  in Chamonix.

These security posts are designed to give assistance to any person in danger by their own or public means.

It is up to a runner in trouble or seriously hurt to call for the help :

  • By going to a security post
  • By calling race HQ
  • By asking another runner to alert the security service
  • By using the SOS app LiveTrail4Runners

Every runner must give assistance to any person in danger and alert the security services.

In the case where it is impossible to contact race HQ, you can make a direct call to one of the national security services  (most particularly if you find yourself in a zone where only emergency calls are possible)

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

Do not forget that hazards of all sorts, linked to the environment and the race, may require you to wait assistance for a longer time than expected. Your security therefore depends upon the quality of that which you have put in your pack.

All the personnel, medics, paramedics, search and rescue and official guides, as well as any person so designated by the organisation are able to :

  • exclude any competitor from the race who is judged to be unable to continue the event
  • oblige any competitor to use any element of obligatory equipment
  • have evacuated by any means any runners who are judged to be in danger
  • orientate patients to a better treatment structure which is better adapted to their needs

A runner who contacts a doctor or search and rescue personnel submits themselves to their authority and agrees to accept their decisions
As from the moment where the state of a runner's health  justifies treatment via an intravenous drip, they are obligatorily excluded from the race.

An infirmary will be accessible in Chamonix throughout the duration of the events. Runners who have a severe medical problem may present themselves. Minor treatments will be carried out at the discretion of the personnel and subject to their availability.

Each runner must stay on the way-marked route, even to sleep.
In the case of the necessity to sleep along the way you are highly recommended to use the  'sleep-bib' supplied by the organisation. This bib states that you have the need to sleep a little without being disturbed.
All runners who voluntarily venture from  the way-marked course are no longer under the responsibility of the organisation.

FINISH

When you finish, you will receive a finisher's gift.
A post-race meal is served at the  UCPA centre in Chamonix.

SHOWERS

There is the possibility of a hot shower but only at the end of the race. Access to the end of race showers is, strictly, only accessible to runners. The race-bib is the pass for accessing the showers.
Throughout the course, showers - when there are any – are only available on medical advice.
Access to the rest area and showers is strictly limited to runners with bare feet.

REST

A rest area in Chamonix is available exclusively for runners of the UTMB®,  CCC® and TDS® .
This room is strictly reserved for runners who have just finished their race.
In no way does this constitute a solution for  accommodation for the entire night. Runners having finished their race who wish to prolong their stay must have their own accommodation.
UTMB® (uniquely) : At les Chapieux,  Courmayeur and Champex, each competitor can benefit from a rest area (area with camp beds and blankets).

RANKING AND RECOMPENSE

For each race, a general ranking, male and female, and for each category, male and female, is established (see category details here).
UTMB® : the first 10 men and the first 10 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 of each category receive a trophy and a prize.
CCC®, TDS®, OCC: the first 5 men and the first 5 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 in each category  receive a trophy and a prize.
YCC : the first 3 of each category receive a trophy and a prize.

Runners must be present at their prize giving. The trophies and prizes are only distributed at the ceremony.

Results for all the competitors are at www.utmbmontblanc.com. Finisher's certificates available from the runner's page in the tab, registration history.

ABANDONMENT AND REPATRIATION

Except in the case of injury, a runner must not abandon outside of a check point. They must inform the person responsible for the post, or signal their abandonment via the  Livetrail4Runner app and inform the race HQ.

In the case of the decision to abandon between two check points, the runner must go to the nearest check point where they announce their abandonment.

The runner keeps hold of their race-bib because it is the pass for accessing shuttle buses, buses, meals, treatment rooms...

Repatriation works in the following manner :

  • Buses are available from certain refreshment posts marked by a pictogram «bus» on the maps so as to repatriate runners who abandon to Chamonix.
  • Runners who abandon at other security or refreshment posts whose state of health does not necessitate an evacuation must go to as fast as possible and under their own means the nearest point of repatriation.
  • For that which concerns refreshment or security posts accessible by car or  4x4:
    • at the closure of the post, the organisation may, within the means possible, repatriate runners who have abandoned and who are still present at the post
    • in the case of unfavourable weather conditions which justify the partial or total  stoppage of the race, the organisation ensures the repatriation of the runners as fast as possible

PENALTIES - DISQUALIFICATION

Race stewards present along the race-route, and those responsible for the different refreshment and security posts are able to enforce the regulations and immediately apply a penalty in the case of non-respect for these regulations, according to the following chart :

UTMB® CCC® TDS®

BREACH OF REGULATION PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Short-cutting the route At the race director's discretion
Absence of obligatory equipment (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 litre, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no mobile/cell phone) Immediate disqualification
Absence of other obligatory equipment (race leggings or long trousers, only one torch, cap or bandana, hat, warm and waterproof gloves, long-sleeved top, waterproof over-trousers, whistle, self-adhesive elasticated bandage, food reserve, beaker) 1 hour penalty
Refusal to have obligatory equipment checked Disqualification
 Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their  entourage 1 hour penalty
Lack of respect for others (organisation or runners)
Note : a participant whose supporters are uncivil and/or refuse to respect the organisation's instructions will be penalised.
1 hour penalty
Not assisting a person in difficulty ( in need of care) 1 hour penalty
Assistance outside of authorised zones 1 hour penalty
Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of the refreshment posts. 15 minute penalty
Cheating (eg. : use of a means of transport, sharing a race-bib, …) Immediate disqualification for life
Lack of visible race-bib 15 minute penalty  
The wearing of a non-conforming race-bib 15 minute penalty
(during which time the runner places their race-bib in a manner which conforms to the rules)
Attitude deemed dangerous (eg. : poles with unprotected points orientated towards runners or spectators) 15 minute penalty
Absence of an electronic chip According to the race directors' decision
Absence of passage through a control point According to the race directors' decision
Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, chief of posts, doctors or research and rescue personnel. Disqualification
Refusal of anti-doping control The runner will be sanctioned in the same manner as they would be for drug taking
Departure from a check point after the time barrier Disqualification
Pack not tagged 1 hour penalty
Use of poles not carried with you  from the beginning of the race 1 hour penalty

(*) The time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, that's to say that the runner has to interrupt their race for the duration of the penalty time.
All other lack of respect for the regulations will be subject a sanction at the race directors' discretion.

OCC

BREACH OF REGULATION PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Short-cutting the route At the race director's discretion
Absence of obligatory equipment (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 litre, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no mobile/cell phone) Immediate disqualification
Absence of other obligatory equipment (race leggings or long trousers, only one torch, cap or bandana, hat, warm and waterproof gloves, long-sleeved top, waterproof over-trousers, whistle, self-adhesive elasticated bandage, food reserve, beaker) 30 minute penalty
Refusal to have obligatory checked Disqualification
Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their  entourage 30 minute penalty
Lack of respect for others (organisation or runners)
Note : a participant whose supporters are uncivil and/or refuse to respect the organisation's instructions will be penalised.
30 minute penalty
Not assisting a person in difficulty ( in need of care) 30 minute penalty
Assistance outside of authorised zones 30 minute penalty
Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of the refreshment posts. 10 minute penalty
Cheating (eg. : use of a means of transport, sharing a race-bib, …) Immediate disqualification for life
Lack of visible race-bib  10 minute penalty
The wearing of a non-conforming race-bib 10 minute penalty
(during which time the runner places their race-bib in a manner which conforms to the rules)
Attitude deemed dangerous (eg. : poles with unprotected points orientated towards runners or spectators) 10 minute penalty
Absence of an electronic chip According to the race directors' decision
Absence of passage through a control point According to the race directors' decision
Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, chief of posts, doctors or research and rescue personnel. Disqualification
Refusal of anti-doping control The runner will be sanctioned in the same manner as they would be for drug taking
Departure from a check point after the time barrier Disqualification
Pack not tagged 30 minute penalty
Use of poles not carried with you  from the beginning of the race 30 minute penalty

(*) The time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, that's to say that the runner has to interrupt their race for the duration of the penalty time.
All other lack of respect for the regulations will be subject a sanction at the race directors' discretion.

YCC

BREACH OF REGULATION SANCTION
For the absence of each element of the obligatory equipment 10 minutes added to the race time
Deposit or pick-up of poles during the race 5 minutes added to the race time
Impersonation or exchange of the name specific race- number Disqualification and exclusion
Short cutting the route At the jury's discretion
Refusal to take an anti-doping control Control deemed positive
Non presentation or refusal of a passage through a check point At the jury's discretion
Not assisting a person in difficulty ( in need of care) Disqualification and exclusion
Being accompanied 15 minutes added to the race time
Lack of respect of the instructions given by those responsible for the  posts. 5 to 15 minutes added to the race time
Lack of respect of the current regulations over and above those sighted above At the jury's discretion

CLAIMS

Any claim must be made to us by email, within a delay 10 days after the end of the event.

EXCEPTIONAL CONDITIONS

If the circumstances require it, the organisation reserves the right to, at any moment, modify the route, start times, time barriers, position of refreshment or security posts, and any other aspect related to the good  functioning of the events.

In the case of a  force majeure, weather conditions which are too unfavourable or any other circumstance which puts the security of the competitors at risk, the organisation reserves the right to :

  • defer the start by a few hours maximum
  • modify the time barriers
  • cancel the event
  • neutralise the event
  • stop the race in progress

In the case of the cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, decided more than 15 days before the date of the start, partial reimbursement of the registration fee will be made. The amount of this reimbursement will be fixed so as to allow the organisation to  deal with all the irremediable expenses committed to the date of the cancellation. In case of cancellation decided less than 15 days before the departure or in case of interruption of the race, for whatever reason, no refund of registration fees will be made.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

RUNNERS' GUIDE

A guide is downloadable from the web-site www.utmbmontblanc.com as from the month of June or sent by post during June exclusively to runners who so requested during their registration (cost 15 €) . It includes maps of the routes and practical information such as time barriers, refreshment post locations, security posts, as well as the areas with access for accompanying persons.

FILMS

The 2018 films will be available for preview via the runner's pages as from November. Runners who wish to have these films on DVD may request them during their registration (15€). The pre-ordered DVDs will be sent out by post at the end of November.

INSURANCE

Civil responsibility
The organisation takes out a third party  insurance for the duration of the event. This third-party insurance guarantees the pecuniary consequences of its responsibility, for that of those working for them and participants.

CANCELLATION OF A REGISTRATION

Any cancellation of a registration must be made in writing either by email or post. No withdrawal is registered by telephone.

The reimbursement of fees paid at registration will be made by partial re-credit to the bank account associated to the credit-card used at the time of registering, under the following conditions :

Date sent Amount of re-credit in % of the amount of registration (excluding annex charges)
Before March 15th 60%
Between March 16th and May 15th 50%
Between May 16th and July 31st 40%
After July 31st, no reimbursement is possible without subscription to the cancellation registration guarantee

Registration is nominative. There is no authorisation for transferring a registration to another person whatever the motive.

CANCELLATION REGISTRATION GUARANTEE

UTMB® CCC® TDS®

Any person at the moment of their registration can subscribe to cancellation guarantee, for an additional cost of 15€  per person, added to the sum of the registration fee at the moment of payment.

OCC

Any person at the moment of their registration can subscribe to cancellation guarantee, for an additional cost of 9€  per person, added to the sum of the registration fee at the moment of payment  

YCC

Any person at the moment of their registration can subscribe to cancellation guarantee, for an additional cost of 5€  per person, added to the sum of the registration fee at the moment of payment

The objective of the guarantee is  to completely  refund the expenses of registration, in the case where a runner asks to cancel his registration because of one of the following reasons :

  • an accident, a serious illness or the death of the runner themselves ,
  • a serious illness necessitating hospitalisation or the death of a spouse or common law partner, or close relative in the thirty days preceding the event.
  • The pregnancy of a registered runner, or the birth of a child in the 15 days before or after the race.  

In the case of an accident or serious illness of the runner, it is necessary to supply a medical certificate signed and stamped by the doctor giving evidence of the runner's incapacity to participate in the race. Any other cause of cancellation must be justified by a signed and stamped certificate supplied by the relevant and legal authority.

Indemnity conditions : all requests for reimbursement must be sent to us, accompanied by a medical certificate, no later than 10 days after the end of the event. The request will be processed in the two months following the event.

The cancellation of a registration or the  non-participation in the race to which one is registered does not entitle the runner to benefit from a priority registration a subsequent  year.

CANCELLATION OF A REGISTRATION IN THE CASE OF  OSTEO-ARTICULAR INJURY

In the case of a runner's non-chronic osteo-articular or muscular injury, and only in this case, arising after registration and which is not completely curable by the day of the race, the organisation recommends that the injured runner does not put themselves at unnecessary risk, cancels their registration (cancellation conditions as  above) and asks for a priority registration, for the same race, during a future event.

All requests for priority, in the case of a cancellation due to injury, must reach us accompanied by a complete medical file (detailed medical report and  image examination results confirming the diagnostic ) by September 10th at the latest and uniquely by post (the medical committee will not treat any files sent by email).  Any incomplete files will be rejected.

The requests will be treated by November 1st at the latest. The medical committee's decision is final and without appeal.

If the medical committee's decision is favourable, the runner will benefit from priority registration for the same race in a future year . Priority registration only means avoiding the draw. The registration is subject to all the usual registration regulations : qualifying points, registration fees, medical certificate...