UTMB® CCC® TDS® OCC

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT

ORGANIZATION

UTMB Group organizes the UTMB® Mont-Blanc in collaboration with the Trailers du Mont Blanc association and the support of the municipalities 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.  

ACCEPTING THE RULES AND ETHICS OF THE RACE

Participating in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc events implies full and unreserved acceptance of the regulations presented hereinafter, the ethics of the event and any instructions addressed by the organization to the participants.  

DEFINITION OF THE EVENTS

The UTMB® Mont-Blanc is an event which includes several events in the open country, winding through the great hiking routes of the Mont-Blanc and the Beaufort region. Each event takes place in one single stage, at an undefined pace and within a time limit.

  • UTMB®: around 171 km and about 10 000 meters elevation gain, starts from Chamonix, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 46 hrs 30 mins. Around 2300 runners.
  • CCC®: around 101 km and about 6 100 meters elevation gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 26 hrs 30 mins. Around 1900 runners.
  • TDS®: around 145 km and about 9 100 meters elevation gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 44 hrs. Around 1600 runners.
  • OCC: around 56 km and about 3 500 meters elevation gain, starts from Orsières, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 14hrs 30 mins. Around 1200 runners.
  • MCC: around 40 km and about 2300 meters elevation gain, starts from Martigny-Combe, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 10 hours. The race is reserved for volunteers, members of the organization, partners and local runners (i.e. people living in Valais, Aosta Valley, Savoie and Haute-Savoie). A lottery will be carried out if there are more applications than the number of places available. Around 1000 runners.
  • PTL®: this event is significantly different from the other events and has its own regulations
  • YCC: a challenge dedicated to young runners born between 2000 and 2008. New: the YCC will include a trail running race in Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon (between 5 and 15km depending on the categories) and a second short and innovative run taking place in Chamonix the following day. Around 300 runners. This race has its own regulations.

We might decide to organize staggered starts to make the races more fluid. The starting list is defined according to the UTMB Index criteria.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND REGISTRATION

ENTRY PROCESS

The races are open to any person born in or before 2002 (categories espoirs to veteran).

To validate their registration, runners must:

  1. Provide a specific medical certificate (*). It must be uploaded to their runner's account before May 31st 2022 (the organization does not accept any medical certificates sent by email or mail).
    If the medical certificate is not uploaded by this date, the registration will be cancelled without refund. Warning: as per the FFA regulations, all medical certificates must be provided in French. We strongly advise you to use our official medical certificate template (already including the translation). Any untranslated certificate will not be accepted.
    (*) at the end of the registration procedure, each runner will receive a confirmation email with the official medical certificate form attached.

    2. Before July 31st, 2022, complete all the additional actions required to finalize the registration (declaration on honor, decide where to collect their race bib, shuttle booking, t-shirt size, telephone number, etc.) via an online form available on the runner’s account.

    Runners will not be allowed to collect their race pack unless they have uploaded the medical certificate and completed all required actions by the deadline.

ENTRY FEE

It is only possible to register on our website and via secure payment by credit card.

Fees:

UTMB®: 305€
CCC®: 189€
TDS®: 229€
OCC: 115€
MCC: 75€ (49€ for previous years' volunteers)


Including the 2022 films in HD streaming, a personalized souvenir video clip (based on webcam images), 1.5€ Eco fee per person to finance the cleaning, repairing and maintenance of the trails, and 13€  for the 2022 membership of the Trailers du Mont-Blanc association.
The fee covers all the services as per the current regulations. It does not include, however, 5% bank charges to be paid at the time of registration.

Registration is personal and final. It will not be refunded for any reason whatsoever, unless otherwise provided for in these rules. It is forbidden to transfer the entry to another race or to another person for any reason whatsoever.

RUNNER'S COMMITMENT

To participate in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc 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 a real capacity for personal autonomy in the mountains (1) allowing for the runner to manage any sort of problems that might occur during this type of event:
    • Know how to face up to weather conditions which could be very difficult to deal with at high altitude (night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow) without any help.
    • Know how to manage, including when alone, physical or mental problems arising from a great fatigue - such as digestive problems, muscle or articular pains, small wounds...
    • To be totally aware that the organization’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 on the runner's ability to adapt to these problems
    • That runners inform their crews that they must respect nature, people and the regulations of the race.
    • To accept to receive newsletters providing information about the event.

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

SEMI AUTONOMY

The races must be completed in semi-autonomy. The UTMB® Mont-Blanc events take place in one single stage, at an undefined pace, within the cut-off times which are different for each race. Semi-autonomy means being able to be self-sufficient in the itinerary between two aid stations - in terms of food, clothing and security equipment - and be able to manage unexpected situations or sudden problems (bad weather, physical problems, injury...)

This implies the following rules:

  1. Runners must always carry with them all items of the mandatory gear checklist (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). They have to carry their equipment in a pack, tagged during race-pack collection, which cannot be changed along the race route. At any moment of the race, the race directors might verify the pack and its contents. The runner must accept these checks or they might be excluded from the race.
  2. Aid stations supply drinks and food to be consumed on site. The organization only supplies still water or energizing drinks for filling water bottles or hydration packs. Runners should make sure that they have, when leaving each aid station, the necessary drinks and food to keep them going until the following aid station.
    For slower runners, the longest sections without any aid stations can last more than 4hrs during the UTMB®, more than 3hrs during the  CCC® and OCC and more than  6hrs during the TDS®.
  3. During the UTMB®, CCC® and TDS®, personal assistants are only allowed at some aid stations (*). Assistants may only enter the area specifically designated for them and must comply with all instructions of aid station team leader and staff. Runners may only have one assistant, without specific equipment other than a bag with a maximum volume of 30 liters. Assistance given by a team of professionals, or any medic or paramedic, is strictly forbidden. A part from this area, the rest of the aid station is strictly reserved for runners.
    No assistance is allowed, at any point along the race route, during the OCC, MCC and YCC.
  4. Runners may only be accompanied in the areas where assistance is allowed - these areas are clearly marked in the proximity of the aid station. It is forbidden to accompany or be accompanied along any part of the race route by someone who is not registered for the race. 

Note: A participant who accepts being filmed, and therefore accompanied, outside of the designated zones breaks the principle of semi-autonomy. Race stewards witnessing such irregularities are authorized to sanction the participants in order to guarantee the spirit of trail-running events.

(*) Personal assistance is allowed at the following aid stations  :
UTMB® : Les Contamines Montjoie, Courmayeur, Champex, Trient, Vallorcine
CCC® : Champex, Trient, Vallorcine
TDS® : Bourg St Maurice, Beaufort, Les Contamines Montjoie
It is forbidden at all other aid stations, as well as at any other point along the race route.
OCC, MCC, YCC : no assistance is allowed at any point of the race

EQUIPMENT

In order to ensure their security and the smooth running of the each event, each participant must carry with them all the items listed in the mandatory equipment checklist (see below).
The “heat-wave”, “winter” and “bad weather” kits are part of the mandatory equipment. According to the weather conditions, the organization might require one of those three additional kits and inform each participant before the opening of the race-pack collection. Each participant must therefore present their mandatory equipment - including the additional kit requested by the organization - in order to get their race-bib, and agree to keep it with them throughout the event.

Please note: the items included in the mandatory equipment checklist are the basic pieces which each trail-runner must adapt according to their own skills. In particular, you should not choose the lightest possible clothing but prefer clothing that really provides good protection in the mountains against cold, wind and snow, and therefore better safety and performance.

UTMB® CCC® TDS®  mandatory equipment checklist 

Basic kit

  • Running pack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.
  • Mobile phone (smartphone strongly recommended): the runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race:
    - mobile phone with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries (load into its memory the organization's security numbers, don't mask your number and don't forget to take the start of your race with the battery fully charged)
    - Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties.
    - For smartphones: LiveRun application installed and activated.
    - An external battery is highly recommended
  • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Minimum water supply: 1 liter
  • 2 working torches 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-adhering elastic bandage for bandaging or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve
    Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 power bars each of 65g )
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made of a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry)
    *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber
    **RET recommended inferior to 13
    - the jacket must, imperatively, have 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.
    The runner must judge whether, according to the beforementioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of leggings and socks to cover the legs completely
  • Cap or bandana or Buff®
  • Additional warm second layer: a warm second layer top with long sleeves (excluding cotton) weighing at least 180g (men's size medium - M) OR the combination of a long-sleeved warm undergarment (first or second layer, excluding cotton) weighing at least 110g (men's size medium - M) and a windproof jacket* with durable water-repellent protection (DWR protection)
    *the wind-proof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket, and vice versa
  • Hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof overpants
  • ID – passport/ID card

Hot weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Sunglasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sunscreen
    Recommendation: minimum sun protection factor (SPF) 50 
  • Minimum water supply: 2 liters

Cold weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

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

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

All clothing items must fit the runner - in terms of size - and they must not be altered in any way after leaving the factory.
The mandatory gear must be carried in a running pack for the duration of the whole race.  The running pack is tagged during race-pack collection and must not be changed during the race.

Other recommended equipment (including but not limited to)

  • Spare warm clothing, essential in case of cold and rainy weather or in case of injury
  • Poles in the case of rain or snow for your safety on slippery ground
  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • at least 20€ cash (just in case...).
  • Reusable bowl
  • GPS watch
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elastic bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit

If you choose to take hiking poles with you, you have to carry them for the duration of the whole race. It is forbidden to take the start without poles and get them during the course of the race.
No poles are authorized in the spare bags.
For safety or environmental reasons, poles are forbidden in certain zones along the route. These areas are marked by specific signs.

If you have further questions about mandatory equipment, do not hesitate to consult our FAQs

OCC MCC mandatory equipment checklist 

Basic kit

  • Running pack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.
  • Mobile phone (smartphone strongly recommended): the runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race:
    - mobile phone with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries (load into its memory the organization's security numbers, don't mask your number and don't forget to leave with the battery fully charged)
    - Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties.
    - For smartphones: LiveRun application installed and activated.
    - An external battery is highly recommended
  • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Minimum water supply: 1 liter
  • 1 working torch with spare cell/batteries (except MCC)
    Recommendation: 200 lumens or more
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum  
  • Whistle
  • Self-adhering elastic bandage for bandaging or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve
    Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energizing bars each of 65gr)
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry)
    *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber
    **RET recommended inferior to 13
    - the jacket must, imperatively, have 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.
    The runner must judge whether, according to the beforementioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • 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

Hot weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Sunglasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sunscreen
    Recommendation: minimum sun protection factor (SPF) 50 
  • Minimum water supply: 2 liters

Cold weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Additional warm second layer: a warm second layer top with long sleeves (excluding cotton) weighing at least 180g (men's size medium - M) OR the combination of a long-sleeved warm undergarment (first or second layer, excluding cotton) weighing at least 110g (men's size medium - M) and a windproof jacket* with durable water-repellent protection (DWR protection)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof overpants

All clothing items must fit the runner - in terms of size - and they must not be altered in any way after leaving the factory.
The mandatory gear must be carried in a running pack for the duration of the whole race.  The running pack is tagged during race-pack collection and must not be changed during the race.

Other recommended equipment (non exhaustive checklist)

  • Spare warm clothing, essential in case of cold and rainy weather or in case of injury.
  • Poles in case of rain or snow for your safety on slippery ground
  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • at least 20€ cash (just in case...).
  • Reusable bowl
  • GPS watch
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elastic bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit

If you choose to take hiking poles with you, you have to carry them for the duration of the whole race. It is forbidden to take the start without poles and get them during the course of the race.
No poles are authorized in the spare bags.
For safety or environmental reasons, poles are forbidden in certain zones along the route. These areas are marked by specific signs.

If you have further questions about mandatory equipment, do not hesitate to consult our FAQs

QUARTZ EVENT PROGRAM

The Organization of the UTMB has decided to set up the QUARTZ Event Program to protect participants’ Health and to contribute to a clean sport.

The QUARTZ Event Program has neither the vocation nor the competence to replace anti-doping rules but aims to strengthen the medical supervision before, during and after the competition.

The QUARTZ Event program is managed by an Experts Commission solely composed of doctors. This Medical Commission can take advice from experts of its choice and specifically that gives an consultative advice to the race direction on the medical condition of participants.

This Experts Commission can go as far as to suggest to the race direction that a participant should be excluded from competition for health reasons before competition (« no start ») or not ranked after the competition for non-compliance with the procedures.

The QUARTZ Event Program is for each participant who agrees to:

  1. Declare to the Experts Commission the following information:
    • Any medical history and/or pathology, in particular those which may increase risks during competition.
    • The use of regular treatments or medication or dietary supplements at least 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).

The declaration of medical information to the Experts Commission is done through the QUARTZ health space for which each participant has access from the website https://quartzprogram.org . The declared medical information is only accessible by the Experts Commission, the QUARTZ Program Team members as well as to the medical team during an eventual care during the competition.

  1. Provide all urinary and/or blood and/or hair and/or salivary samples required from 30 days before the competition and up to 15 days after the competition and also consent to the associated analysis of these samples, on the understanding that the costs for sampling and analyses are covered directly by the Organization.
  2. Respect the 2022 Prohibited list from World Anti-Doping Code but also do not participate in the competition when using:

Within 60 days before the start of the competition and during the competition

  • Intravenous iron infusion

Within 7 days before the start of the competition and during competition

  • Intravenous infusion
  • Gas inhalation
  • Substance subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) according to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Prohibited List published annually
  • All glucocorticoids regardless of the mode of administration
  • Thyroid synthesis hormones except in case of partial or total removal of the thyroid or hypothyroidism of medical origin.

Within 24 hours before the start of the competition and during competition

  • All beta-2-agonist regardless of the mode of administration
  • All painkillers including Tramadol and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) regardless of the mode of administration
  • All substances included in the 2021 WADA Monitoring Program

The possible use of these different substances may be identified in the context of the analysis carried out before and/or after the competition or any other means of investigation.

  1. Accept to answer any meeting request on site or remotely (phone or videoconference) that the Experts Commission may ask for in order to discuss their ability or not to participate in the competition or not to be rank after the competition.
  2. Submit any doping control form legible completed within 30 days before the start of the competition and up to 15 days after the competition.
  3. 6. Accept the use, for the only purpose of research and in a strictly anonymous way, of data concerning him. Each participant has a right of access, rectification and opposition to data concerning him. The Experts Commission is the authority with which the participant can exercise this right.

Any unreasonable breach, refusal, or transmission of erroneous information in connection with the QUARTZ Event Program can result in the exclusion of the participant from the competition before the competition or not to be rank after the competition.

ANTI-DOPING CONTROL

Any participant could be subject to an anti-doping control before, during or after the event. In the case of refusal or abstention, the athlete will be sanctioned as if they were found guilty of doping.

INSURANCE

Each participant must have an insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue and evacuation in France, Italy and Switzerland. Such insurance can be taken out with any organization of the runner's choice- e.g. the  Fédération Française d'Athlétisme via the subscription to a 'Pass’Running, Pass J’aime Courir' - or a license.

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

The choice of the method of evacuation and the choice of hospital depends on the search and rescue and medical officials.

Expenses arising from the use of exceptional methods of rescue or evacuation must  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 dealine.

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

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

  • Littering is strictly forbidden (gel tubes, paper, organic detritus, plastic wrappers...). Trash/rubbish bins are available at each aid station and they must be used. The race stewards will be checking all along the race route.
  • All participants must keep their rubbish and wrappers with them until they can throw them in the bins at an aid station. Runners should carry a bag or pouch to carry their waste until the next bin. Plastic bags for soiled paper are handed out with the race-bibs. They must be used for collecting any paper used during any urgent need along the route.
  • You must follow the paths as they are way-marked, without short-cutting them. Actually, short-cutting a path causes erosion thus damaging the site.
  • No disposable dishes (cutlery, cups, bowls) will be distributed at any check point or aid station. This is to reduce the plastic waste by runners, as well as by the volunteers of the UTMB®. We invite you to bring your own utensils if you wish to eat hot meals at the aid stations.

ELITE RUNNERS

Being an international elite runner gives rights and duties. They are as below:

Rights :

  • In order to give fair recognition to high level athletes and to ensure a fair management of entry applications, we reserve places for elite athletes according to their UTMB Index. Elite runners must register during the registration period (see details here). No registration will be accepted after the deadline.

 

 

UTMB®

CCC®/TDS®/OCC

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

Free entry without lottery

>880

>760

>860

>730

Direct entry without lottery but entry fee to be paid 

>800

>675

>760

>635

Or top 3 runners of their country

Runners meeting the criteria may benefit from the above registration conditions, if they have gained the required number of qualifying points for 2022.

Starting in 2022, elite racers will have the opportunity to use the new UTMB® World Series to enter the UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2022.

The first 10 men and women on the UTMB® World Series Majors, as well as the first 3 men and women on the UTMB® World Series Events in each of the 50K, 100K and 100M categories, will win a place at the UTMB® Mont-Blanc.

The runners concerned have to e-mail the organization (info@utmb.world) in order for their priority to be confirmed.

At the starting line of each race, elite athletes are invited to take the lead of the group according to the race-bib numbers.

Duties:

All elite runners agree to:

  • Attend to any press conference and official ceremony they are invited to;
  • Attend to any prize-giving ceremony that may concern them;
  • Show up at the starting line no later than 20 minutes before the start of the event.

Prize money:

  • The UTMB® organization has decided to devote part of its budget to the recognition of high-level athletes by introducing in 2018 an award system on 4 races (UTMB®, TDS®, CCC®, OCC). This is to highlight the virtuous circle bonding the athletes and the event, an exchange of visibility in which the two parts participate in the success of the event
  • Prize money is paid within 2 months after the event. The organization has the right to delay the payment to any runner until they have fulfilled their obligations as per the race regulations, in particular with regard to the Quartz Programme

  • The amount of the prize money will be communicated soon.

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 organizers and their partners for the use of their image. Only the organization 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 legally registered trademarks. All communication about the event or the use of images from the event must respect the name of the event, the registered trademarks and have official approval from the organization.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Runners who are sponsored can only display their sponsor's logos on their clothing and equipment during the race. All other sponsoring items - such as flags or banners - are forbidden along the race route including at the finishing line. Breaking these rule might give rise to a penalty decided by the race directors.

POLITICAL EXPRESSION

As per our ethical charter, any ostentatious display of political messages or images during the event is prohibited.

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION POLICY

According to the French Data Protection Act of August 6th 1978, and in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations ( EU RGPD 2016/679 ), any competitor has the right to access and amend every information concerning them.

The information is collected as part of a registration for one of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc races, for the needs of the organization and in particular to identify each competitor in order to communicate them information related to his/her participation before, during or after the event.

The runner's data is kept in the database for 10 years. This period is renewable at each registration and corresponds to the legal data retention period of the medical and non-contraindication to the practice of athletics or running in competition certificate, or the sports card. After 10 years, and unless the runner authorizes the organization to keep their data, all data are deleted except the runner's surname, first name, date of birth, gender and nationality to maintain the rankings.  

Any runner can access their personal data on their runner’s account which isavailable at the following link: utmbmontblanc.com/fr/page/172/membre.html

Any request for data modification must be sent to:

  1. Mail address:

DPO UTMB®
UTMB Group
31 Rue du Lyret
74400 Chamonix

  1. E-mail address: dpo@utmb.world

Any request for access or personal data modification will be processed as soon as possible and within 1 month of receiving it.

RACE ORGANIZATION: GENERAL OVERVIEW

RACE-BIBS

Race-bibs are handed over to each runner upon presentation of:

  • A valid ID with photo
  • Your race pack and all items on the mandatory equipment checklist.

The race-bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and must remain permanently and completely visible during the whole race. It must always be placed on top of all clothing and must not be positioned on a leg or on the pack. The runner’s name and partner's logos must not be altered or hidden. The bib is the pass to access the shuttles, buses, aid stations, medical points, rest rooms, showers, bag drop-off or pick-up areas... The bib is only withdrawn if the runner refuses to comply with the race director’s decision. If the runner abandons the race, the bib is cut and deactivated.

DROP BAGS / SPARE BAGS

UTMB®: at the race-pack collection, each participant receives a 30 liter bag. After filling it with the items of their choice and closing it, they can drop it off at the welcome center in Chamonix, inside the sport center. The bag is taken to Courmayeur by the organization. Upon arriving in Courmayeur runners must withdraw their bag. When they leave the aid station they must leave - in person - their bag in the allotted area. The bags are then returned to Chamonix.
NB: No drop bags in Champex. 

CCC®: at the race-pack collection, each participant receives a 30 liter bag 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 in Champex.

TDS®: at the race-pack collection, each participant receives 2 x 30 liter bags. 1 bag is to be left just before the start and it must contain the belongings not needed during the race which will therefore be returned to the finishing line. 1 bag (not mandatory) for any personal belongings required at the Beaufort aid station. During the race, each runner mustget their bag when arriving in Beaufort 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 in the allotted area near the starting line.

OCC: at the race-pack collection, each participant receives a 30 liter bag which they can fill with their belongings, leaving it in the allotted area near the starting line. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.

MCC: at the race-pack collection, each participant receives a 30 liter bag which they can fill with their belongingsleaving it in the allotted area near the starting line. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.

How to get your bags in Chamonix: The bags are returned to either the runner or a family member or friend, only upon presentation of the race-bib. The bags must be retrieved no later than 2 hours after the end of the race. After that time, the runner must come, in person, to retrieve their bag, at their own cost, at the organization headquarters in Chamonix.

The organization will take to Chamonix the bags of runners who drop out, on condition that their withdrawal is registered. Because of logistical factors, the organization cannot guarantee that all bags are brought to Chamonix before the end of the race. 

Only bags supplied by the organization will be transported. Poles are not allowed in these bags. As the items in the bags are neither checked nor controlled, we will accept no claims on that matter. We recommend not to put any valuable items in the bags.
We advise you to keep toiletries and spare clothes in Chamonix.

AID STATIONS

Along the race route, there are some points where runners can get food and drinks supplies. Aid stations supply drinks and food for consuming in situ. The organization supplies still water and energizing drinks for filling water bottles/hydration packs and personal beakers are mandatory. The runner must make sure, when leaving the aid station, that they have the necessary quantity of food and drinks to keep them going until the next aid station.

For further information concerning aid stations, visit the page “aid stations”

To enter the aid stations, runners must wear their race-bib.
The race guide and the relevant pages on our web-site provide an exhaustive list of aid stations and what kind of food/drinks runners may find there.

CHECK POINTS

Runners are checked upon arrival at an aid station and at some security points.
Unexpected check points are set up along the route. Their location is kept a secret.

WAY-MARKING

Way markers are made of a yellow reflective material that catches the light from your headlamp, so that you can easily spot them even at night.
WARNING: if you can't see any way marker, turn back!
Because we respect the environment, we do not use any paint on the trails.

TIME LIMIT AND CUT-OFF TIMES

The cut-off time for finishing each race is:

  • UTMB®: 46 hrs 30 mins
  • CCC®*: 26 hrs 30 mins
  • TDS®: 44 hrs
  • OCC: 15 hrs 
  • MCC: 10 hrs  

The cut-off times are calculated according to the start of the 3rd “wave” of runners.

You may find the time limit (cut-off times) for leaving the main aid stations on our web site and in the Runner's Guide. In case of any changes(see Exceptional Conditions), the new cut-off times will be announced via SMS/text message.

Cut-off times are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish within the time limit. In order to be authorized to continue a race, all participants must leave the check point/aid station before the cut-off time (whatever their time of arrival at the check point).

All participants 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

There are several medical stations along the route. These stations are directly linked to the race security HQ (+33 9 72 16 67 25). There is medical staff at the race security HQ in Chamonix during the events.

Medical stations are intended to assist any person in danger with the organization's own or public means.

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

  • By going to a medical station
  • By calling the race HQ
  • By asking another runner to alert the security service
  • By using the SOS app LiveRun

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

If you are unable to call the race HQ, and only if it is an absolute emergency, you may call directly one of the national security services (especially if you are crossing an area where only emergency calls are possible).

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

Do not forget that any kind of unexpected events - linked to the environment and the race - could make you wait for help longer than expected. Your safety therefore depends upon the quality of the items that you have put in your pack.

All medical, paramedical, first aid and guide staff, as well as any person appointed by the race direction are able to:

  • exclude from the race any participant who is deemed to be unable to continue the event
  • demand to any competitor to use any item of the mandatory equipment
  • evacuate by any means the runners they deem to be in danger 
  • refer patients to the most appropriate care structure

A runner who contacts a doctor or search and rescue staff submits  to their authority and agrees to accept their decisions.

If a runner's state of health justifies treatment via intravenous drip, the runner shall compulsorily withdraw from the race.

There is an infirmary in Chamonix available for runners with severe medical problems. Comfort care is based on decision of the medical staff within the limits of the availability.

Runners must stay on the marked path, even when they sleep.
If you need to sleep along the way, you are highly recommended to use the "sleep bib" supplied by the organization. This bib clarifies that you need to take a little nap without being disturbed.
All runners who voluntarily venture from the way-marked course are no longer under the responsibility of the organization.

FINISH

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

SHOWERS

Runners may take a shower only at the end of the race. Runners need to show their race bib in order to enter the shower.
During the race, showers - when available - are only accessible on medical advice.
Access to the rest room and showers at the finish is strictly limited to barefoot runners.

REST

Runners of the UTMB®,  CCC® and TDS® may use the rest area in Chamonix.
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 and wishing to prolong their stay must have their own accommodation.
UTMB® (only): At les Chapieux,  Courmayeur and Champex, each competitor can benefit from a rest area (with camp beds and blankets).

RANKING AND AWARDS

For each race, there is a general ranking - men and women - and a category ranking - men and women - (see below further details for each category).
UTMB®: the first 10 men and the first 10 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 runners of each category receive a trophy and a prize.
CCC®, TDS®, OCC et MCC: the first 5 men and the first 5 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 runners in each category  receive a trophy and a prize.

Results for all participants on www.utmbworld.com. Finisher Diploma can be downloaded from the runner's account -  "registration history" tab.

CATEGORY

CODE

YEAR OF BIRTH

Espoirs Men

ES H

2000 - 2002

Espoirs Men

ES F

2000 - 2002

Men Senior

SE H

1983 – 1999

Women Seniors

SE F

1983 – 1999

Men Master 1

VH 1

1973 - 1982

Men Master 2

VH 2

1963 - 1972

Men Master 3

VH 3

1953 - 1962

Men Master 4

VH 4

1952 and before

Women Master

VF 1

1973 - 1982

Women Master 2

VF 2

1963 - 1972

Women Master 3

VF 3

1953 - 1962

Women Master 4

VF 4

1952 and before

 

DROP OUT AND REPATRIATION

Except in case of injury, a runner wishig to abandon the race must do so only at a check point. They must inform the person responsible for the point or report their abandonment via the LiveRun app and inform the race HQ.

If a runner wishes to abandon while on the route between 2 checkpoints, they must reach the nearest checkpoint where they must report their abandonment.

Runners who drop out must keep their race bib because it is the pass to access shuttles, buses, meals, treatment rooms...

Repatriation works as follows:

  • Buses are available at some aid stations - marked by a pictogram «bus» on time charts - to take runners who drop out back to Chamonix.
  • Runners who abandon at any other aid station or check point but whose state of health does not require them to be evacuated must return as quickly as possible and by their own means to the nearest point of repatriation.
  • As for aid stations or security points accessible by car or 4x4:
    • after the closing of the aid station/security points, the organization might repatriate any runners who have abandoned and haven't left the aid station yet.
    • in the event of bad weather conditions justifying the partial or total stop of the race, the organization will make sure that all runners are repatriated as soon as possible

PENALTIES - DISQUALIFICATION

If a runner breaks the rules, race directors and aid stations’/security points' team leaders can instantly apply (*) a penalty according to the following chart:

UTMB® CCC® TDS®

BREACH OF REGULATION

PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION

Short-cutting the route

At the race director's discretion

Missing item(s) of the mandatory equipment checklist (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 liter, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no smartphone)

Disqualification

Absence of other mandatory equipment items (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 mandatory equipment checked

Disqualification

Smartphone turned off or in airplane mode

15 min penalty

 Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their entourage

1 hour penalty

Lack of respect for others (organization or runners)
Note: a participant whose supporters are rude and/or refuse to respect the organization’s instructions will be penalized.

Disqualification

Not assisting a person in difficulty (in need of care)

Disqualification

Assistance

1 hour penalty

Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of an aid station.

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  

Wearing 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)

Dangerous behavior (eg. : poles with unprotected points orientated towards runners or spectators)

15 minute penalty

No electronic chip

According to the race directors' decision

No passage through a check point

According to the race directors' decision

Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, aid station’s team leader, doctors or search and rescue staff.

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 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.
Any other breach of the rules will be subject to a penalty decided by the Race Directors.

OCC MCC

BREACH OF REGULATION

PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION

Short-cutting the route

At the race director's discretion

Missing item(s) of the mandatory equipment checklist (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 liter, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no smartphone)

Immediate disqualification

Absence of other mandatory equipment items (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 mandatoryequipment checked

Disqualification

Smartphone turned off or in airplane mode

10 minute penalty

Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their entourage

30 minute penalty

Lack of respect for others (organization or runners)
Note: a participant whose supporters are rude and/or refuse to respect the organization’s instructions will be penalized.

Disqualification

Not assisting a person in difficulty (in need of care)

Disqualification

Assistance outside of authorized zones

30 minute penalty

Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of an aid station.

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

Wearing 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)

Dangerous behavior (eg. : poles with unprotected points orientated towards runners or spectators)

10 minute penalty

No electronic chip

According to the race directors' decision

No passage through a check point

According to the race directors' decision

Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, aid station’s team leader, doctors or search and rescue staff.

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  from the beginning of the race

30 minute penalty

(*) The time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, that's to say that the runner must interrupt their race for the duration of the penalty time. (*) 

Any other breach of the rules will be subject to a penalty decided by the Race Directors.

COMPLAINTS

Any complaint must be sent by email, within 10 days after the end of the event.

EXCEPTIONAL CONDITIONS

If necessary, the organization reserves the right to modify at any time the routes, starting times, cut-off times, the position of aid stations and medical stations, and any other aspect related to the smooth running of the events.

In case of force majeure, bad weather conditions or any other circumstance endangering the participants' safety, the organization reserves the right to:

  • Postpone the start of the race
  • modify the cut-off times
  • change the start date
  • adapt the race’s course
  • cancel the event
  • neutralize the event
  • stop the race in progress

If a race is cancelled or if the event needs to be organized differently (e.g. one or more races need to be cancelled), for any reason beyond the control of UTMB Group, more than 30 days before the start, runners will be partially refunded the entry fees. The amount of the refund will be decided as to allow the organization to deal with the irremediable expenses incurred as of the date of the cancellation. Runners will be refunded as follows:

% refund

Until the end of April

60%

 End of April - End of June

50%

 End of June - End of July

30%

 August

No refund

If a race is cancelled less than 30 days before the start or if a race in progress is interrupted, for any reason beyond the control of UTMB Group, entry fees will not be refunded.

COVID19 PANDEMIC SANITARY RULES

Depending on how the health situation evolves, the organization may apply more stringent rules in order to respect the current sanitary regulations (social distancing, barrier gestures) such as:

  • wearing masks and sanitize hands at each crowded point (race pack collection, start area, aid stations, finish area, drop off bags area, transport, post-race meals, etc.).
  • staggered starts (may result in significant changes to scheduled start times)
  • adapt or relocate some aid stations
  • no self-service at the aid stations (table service performed by staff members)
  • race bib delivery or adapted race bib collection
  • no assistance zones
  • limited number of spectators or no spectators at all
  • crowd flow control

    The organization will implement these measures depending on the evolution of the situation and the regulations in France, Switzerland and Italy.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RUNNER'S GUIDE

The runner's guide may be downloaded from our web-site www.utmbworld.com as of June. It includes maps of the route and practical information such as the cut-off times, aid stations, medical stations, check points and the location of aid stations where assistance is allowed.

FILMS

2022 films will be available for preview on the runner's account as of November.

INSURANCE

Civil liability
The organization takes out a third party insurance for the duration of the event. This civil liability insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its liability, that of its employees and that of the participants. 

CANCELLATION OF A REGISTRATION

A participant wishing to cancel their registration must send an e-mail to info@utmb.world specifying their first name, family name and race bib number. No cancellation will be accepted by telephone.

Runners who wish to cancel their registration but have not purchased a cancellation insurance, will be refunded as follows:

% refund (excluding charges)

Until the End of April

60%

End of April - End of June

50%

End of June - End of July

30%

August

No refund

The amount will be refunded to the bank account that was used to make the initial payment.

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Runners who may take out cancellation insurance with the company Mutuaide when registering.

The purpose of this cancellation insurance is to allow for the runner to be fully refunded of the entry fee if they wish to cancel their registration for the following reasons:

  • Serious illness, serious injury or death of the runner or a member of their family
  • Pregnancy of the registered runner
  • If the runner or a family member has tested positive for Covid19 up to one month before the event.
  • If the runner is denied boarding at the airport of departure following a temperature test

Other grounds for cancellation are partially covered (deductible to be paid). See details of the insurance policy here.

In all cases, it is up to the runner to prove that the situation giving right to refund is real via the necessary proofs and documents that must be provided directly to the insurance company. The refunding process is the sole responsibility of the insurance company according to the conditions defined in the insurance policy.

Runners who cancel their registration or do not participate in the race they registered for will benefit from no advantage in the following year’s lottery.

Cancellation insurance prices:

  • UTMB®: 24€.
  • CCC®*: 18€.
  • TDS®: 20€.
  • OCC: 14€.
  • MCC: 10€.

Cancellation insurance must be taken out at the time of registration.

TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

When registering, runners may take out a trip cancellation insurance with Mutuaide company.

The purpose of the insurance is to allow for the runner to be fully refunded the costs of the trip (plane ticket, hotel etc) - excluding race entry fee which is already included in the registration cancellation insurance - if they wish to cancel their registration for the following reasons:

  • Serious illness, serious injury or death of the runner or a member of their family
  • Pregnancy of the registered runner
  • The runner or a family member has tested positive for Covid19 up to one month before the event.
  • The runner is denied boarding at the airport of departure following a temperature test

Other grounds for cancellation are partially covered (deductible to be paid). See details of the insurance policy here.

In all cases, it is up to the runner to prove that the situation giving right to refund is real via the necessary proofs which must be provided directly to the insurance company. The processing of the refund is the sole responsibility of the insurance company according to the conditions defined in the insurance policy. The runner will be refunded according to the amount they have declared when registering.

Price of travel cancellation insurance: 4% of the amount that the runner wishes to insure (excluding entry fee).

Travel cancellation insurance must be taken out when registering. It cannot be taken out without the registration cancellation insurance.

CANCELLATION OF A REGISTRATION IN CASE OF OSTEO-ARTICULAR INJURY

In the event of a non-chronic osteoarticular or muscular injury occurring after registration and not completely healable by the day of the race, the organization recommends the injured runner not to put themselves at unnecessary risk, but to cancel their registration (as per the above cancellation conditions) and to request a priority entry, for the same race, in a subsequent year.

In case of a cancellation due to injury, all requests for priority must be sent to the organization accompanied by a complete medical file (detailed medical report, scans and tests confirming the diagnosis) no later than September 10th and uniquely by the traditional postal mail (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 is the sole judge, and its decision is final.

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

CLAIMS

Any claim arising from the runner’s registration for one of the UTMB® races must be emailed at: info@utmb.world or mailed to 31 rue du Lyret 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France.

Any complaint that cannot be resolved within two (2) months of sending UTMB Group a registered letter may also be brought to the attention of UTMB Group's ombudsman, whose contact details are:

MCP Médiation
12 square Desnouettes
75015 PARIS
http://mcpmediation.org

Any dispute concerning the registration (e.g. if a runner is not selected via the lottery) or relating to sporting management and rules (e.g. if a runner abandons a race) cannot be considered a valid reason for a claim.

 

The original version of this document (UTMB® regulations) is in French. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the French version and any of the other linguistic versions of this regulations, the French version shall prevail. 

PTL®