The UTMB® is neither a marathon nor ordinary trail race. Security is everybody’s affair.
We as organisers must keep you informed and give you the tools which will help to ensure your safety.
Even the best runners are not sheltered from injury which may immobilise them during the night, in the cold under snow, or rain in the midst of the mountains. However, do not forget that various hazards, linked to the environment and the race, could mean that you have to wait longer for help than you might expect. Your security depends, therefore, on the quality of that you have put in your pack.
& THE WEATHER
The UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® and OCC are all races which take place in open country, in mountainous terrain, far from networks (roads, telecommunications…) with weather conditions which can change very fast even at the end of August (snow, hail, fog, heat (>30°) or intense cold (<-10°) with or without a violent wind…). Advice along the route:
- Do not stop at high points
- If you lose sight of the way-markers: turn round and go back to the previous marker
- Stay on the paths
Your safety depends upon the quality of that which you have in your pack.
The obligatory equipment is explained in the regulations on page 9 of this guide.
- Anticipate the cold as well as extreme heat
- Don’t wait to shiver before covering yourself up
- Don’t change in full wind: anticipate or wait to be sheltered
- Protect yourself against the sun
Walking poles: watch what you do with your poles particularly at the beginning of the race when there is a high human density. Do not wear the wrist straps on the descents: in case of a rough fall wrist-straps prevent the suitable use of the hands (injuries to shoulders, wrists, forearm or more seriously the head).
EATING AND DRINKING
Hydration and the consumption of energising snacks must be adapted to the meteorological conditions and enriched in salt throughout the effort.
Keep a good balance between slow and rapid release sugars
Find our health advices here
FATIGUE AND VIGILANCE
Rest areas are available at refreshment posts for a few moments sleep. It is dangerous to stop to sleep alone in open country. Fatigue and the lack of vigilance can be the cause of an accident.
Run within your limits (above all over the first part) keeping your energy for later to surmount difficult situations which may arise such as a sudden change of weather conditions
ALERT IN AN EMERGENCY
You or another competitor are in difficulty and immobilised:
- Telephone network available:
Use your mobile/cell phone to contact race HQ, give your position and reference point.
Contact race HQ on the emergency number +33 4 50 53 47 51
or the emergency priority number 112 in France and Italy, 144 in Switzerland
- Telephone network unavailable:
Alert a member of the organisation or other competitors.
ATTENTION : It is obligatory that you don't leave a person in difficulty on their own
Check that the number that you have given us as an emergency contact number is that of the person who you wish to be contacted in the case of a problem.
*A mobile/cell phone is obligatory: with the option of international roaming activated throughout the race, with a full battery (think about de-activating certain options to save on battery use…). Do not for any reason deactivate your telephone because we must be able to contact you at any time before, during or after the race. Smartphones are highly recommended for using the LiveTrail® app which is indispensable for your security. It is obligatory that you can receive text alerts before, during and after the race (stoppage of the race, change of itinerary…)
Individual insurance Obligatory
Repatriation by helicopter costs between 800 and 3000 euros. Every year, runners are caught out by not having been farsighted enough. Nevertheless, the UTMB® regulation is clear: each runner has to be in ownership of individual accident insurance covering possible expenses of search and rescue in France, Italy and Switzerland.
Such insurance maybe taken out with any agent, of your choice.
For those runners who are members of the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) it is now possible to subscribe to an Assistance -Repatriation insurance which will cover any search and rescue costs world-wide. More information on www.itra.run