Zagori Mountain Running Regulations
- GENERAL: The terms mentioned in the regulations listed below, refer to specific conditions: 1) Athletes to competitors, i.e. those legally registered and participating in the race 2) organization to the Organizing Committee of Zagori Mountain Running 3) Race Committee to the Organizing Committee responsible for the execution of the races and making the decisions.
- COMPLIANCE: Athletes are obliged to respect in their entirety, the regulations described below. They are also obliged to obey instructions of the judges of the race. Non-compliance with regulations or instructions always carries the penalty of exclusion. The judges of the races when aware of breaches of regulations, record them and inform the offenders. Any other person authorized by the organization has the ability to also record any infringement and to submit it for consideration to the Race Committee.
- REGISTRATION, FEES, and PAYMENT: You can find information regarding registrations, costs and procedures by clicking here.
Refunds are not allowed for any reason after the May 15, 2017 but you are eligible for a 50% refund if you cancel before that date.
- BENEFITS: The race fee includes:
- For all participants:
- Nutrition and liquids (water, isotonic, cola)
- Electronic time keeping
- For the 44 and 80km races, 2 full meals (before and ater the race) are also provided
- The Plus pack also includes the official t-shirt including all of the above.
- For those who complete the race in time:
- Finisher Medal
- For all participants:
In the fee, the transfer of all athletes that do not reach inside the time limit, the elimination points, or for any reason wish to abandon the race is also included. Those athletes will be transferred from the stations of Moni Stomiou, Papiggo, Monodendri and Kipoi to the finish lines. No other transfer is covered by the organization, but efforts will be made to help them as best as possible.
Expenses related to transferring an injured athlete will not be covered if the injury was casued under the athlete’s responsibility.
- RACE DATE: Zagori Mountain Running takes place the last weekend of July. TeRA 80km on Saturday at 04:30 am, Marathon+ 44km on Saturday 06:00 am, Half Marathon 21km on Sunday 08:00 am and Entry Race 10km on Sunday 09:00 am.
- RACE COURSE: The circuit of the races follows, primarily, paths that are well preserved and signposted. Additional temporary signaling is placed on the eve of the races so that the paths are as clear as possible.
- PARTICIPANTS – TIME LIMITS: The race of 80km has a time limit of 20 hours with intermediate elimination points in the refreshment station above the monastery of Stomio at the 23rd km (5 hours from the start), the central Refreshment Station in Papigo on the 44th km (9 hours 30 mins from the start), the refreshment station of Monodendri (14 hours and 30 minutes from the start) and the refreshment point in Kipoi village (16 hours and 30 minutes from the start) . The race of 42 km ends exactly 10 hours after the start and has an intermediate elimination point on the central Refreshment Station in Papiggo (4 hours and 30 minutes from the start). Exclusion limits are common to all athletes, regardless of gender and age. After the time limits stated above, the stations continue to record the athletes as overdue, and the athletes who come in those refreshment points have an obligation to surrender their number to the officials. Athletes who wish, may continue on the competition with their own exclusive responsibility, having in each case, delivered, first, their Bib number and signed a disclaimer, absolving the organization of anything that should happen to them from that moment onwards. Finally, for someone to be considered a legal finisher, they should be within the time-frames listed above, for both men and women of all categories. Those athletes who finish late, will be presented in the official results as “DNF”. The final race classification will be provided by the respective timing company and not open to any dispute. In any case and for whatever reason, duplicate medals will not be given to athletes finishing together. In case of dispute, the final ranking will be certified with the help of the photo finish camera. It should be clarified that the “net time” provided by the timing company is not a classification criterion. Unique classification criterion is the passage from the imaginary finish line.
- ATHLETE’S NUMBER: Each athlete is obliged to have their race number (bib) on them, on the front of their shirt, visible at all times. The number must remain throughout the race unfolded, without hiding any item specified on the number (sponsors, logos etc.). Substantial alteration of the Bib, which may be confusing to the Stations officials will be punished by exclusion. Loss of the Bib will be punished by exclusion. Participants can only get their BIB themselves, using their Passport or ID card. A third party can receive the BIB after proper, legal authorization has been signed.
IMPORTANT: After completing the registration process, each athlete will get an email with the Participation Certificate attached in PDF form. On the certificate, thw following are indicated:
a. The athlete’s full name
b. The race he/she has chosen
c. His/Her BiB number
On the date of the race, each athlete must have this certificate in hand (printed or in elecronic form), along with his/her credentials (Government issues ID, Passport, etc) in order to receive their BiB tag and tracking chip.
In case you lose your certificate, you can ask the Organizer to re-send it to you no later than 48 hours before the race starts.
In case you want a third-party to receive your BiB on your behalf, then that third-party must have a signed, legal documents that allows them to do so.
- ROUTE SIGNALS: The signals of the route which are placed by the Organization of Zagori Mountain Running are temporary, in order to aid the athletes and are removed after the race. These include mileage indications or guiding signs for the route, as well as deterrent to an improper route. The marking of the trails is sufficient, as well as the actual trace of the path, so that athlete’s can’t miss the correct path.
- OUTSIDERS ASSISTANCE: Any external assistance to athletes, is allowed from anyone only around the refreshment station areas. Anyone may escort the athletes even without a Bib number, providing they do not provide any kind of unfair help or stand in the way of other athletes. The accompaniment of the athlete from familiar faces in the last meters of the route is however permitted.
- ASSISTING TOOLS: The use of walking poles is allowed. Possession and use of map, compass, GPS, mobile phone or radio (VHF) is also permitted.
- WASTE: All athletes are required to mark their bib number on every food packet (gels, nutrition bars) they carry with them. It is strictly forbidden to toss of any kind of rubbish along the route, such as plastic bottles or any other materials, such as food packaging used by athletes during competition. At each refreshment station there is a special plastic garbage bag. All athletes are required to throw trash in the bag. Disposal of packaging materials or other non-organic waste in any part of the route beyond the defaults, is punishable by 5 minutes extra time on their finishing time or even exclusion.
- MOVEMENT IN PATH: Athletes are required to move along the path without forming groups spanning the whole width of the path, thereby preventing athletes who would like to pass by. When an athlete is notified that should do aside to be overtaken, should remain on the uphill (inner) side of the slope. Athletes who (according to at least 3 official testimonies) block the path and prevent overtaking will be excluded.. Dogs are not allowed to accompany any athlete.
- REFRESHMENT POINTS: The organization caters for athletes, supporting them in many intermediate points of the route. In the central refreshment points there are offered enhanced dietary options, while in the secondary, there is offered the required minimum refreshment options. More about the refreshment stations.
- MANDATORY EQUIPMENT, BAGS: No compulsory equipment is demanded except in the race of 80 km (see regulations TeRA below). It is recommended however to carry a small backpack or waist bag, with some basic supplies, glasses, hat, bag or water bottle with wide mouth, solid food of their choice to meet their needs at intermediate stations. Each athlete is responsible for the selection of the pot (cup, pot, bag, bottle, water bottle, etc.) which they must bear, so they can accept benefiting amounts of liquids. The quantities of liquid will be offered in a practical dispenser. For speed reasons, athletes should have containers with wide mouth for quick filling. Athletes are responsible for transport of one or two containers for receiving separate water and isotonic mix. The water backpacks or waist packs are generally permitted. Abandonment of backpack along the path outside of the refreshment points is the sole responsibility of the athlete. In each athlete, will be given, along with the Bib of the event, a tag, so that they will be able to deliver to the organization, some objects for storage at terminals of Tsepelovo and Kipoi. Especially for TeRA the list of items that follows is mandatory: 1) aluminum blanket 2) Headlamp and batteries 3) basic medical equipment (hemostatic spray and bandages) 4) mobile phone. Every athlete has the right to carry on the equipment he considers as necessary to cope with the difficulties of the race. The organization reserves the right to carry out random checks on the completeness of the equipment both at startup and during the race. The Organization will assist athletes with the transportation and delivery of a Bag (drop-bag) to Station “Papigo” .The organizers recommend a minimum of equipment, called “Survival Equipment” which is the minimum equipment necessary for an athlete to cope with the difficulties of a race that can last up to 22 hours. The proposed package of “Survival Equipment” consists of the following materials: 1. Waterproof jacket 2. Aluminum blanket 3. Headlamp + bataries4. Liquid cup (choice of athlete), at least 500ml 5. Pharmacy (hemostatic spray, elastic bandages) 6. Mobile phone. In the above equipment, each athlete can add vital medicines that may concern him and other practical objects, like leggings, Nordic walking sticks, sun hat, gloves, electrolytes, etc. The Organization, in case of accident, has the right to check the obligatory equipment of the athlete. If found lacking, a penalty of exclusion may be imposed to the athlete due to gross negligence. As gross negligence cases can be considered: a) injury from falling due to headlamp absence in the dark, b) hypothermia due to lack of clothing, c) dehydration due to lack of hydration bottles. DROP BAG: Every athlete has the right to deliver one (1) “supply bag” (drop bag), which they will receive at the central station “Papigo”. The bags are of the athletes’ selection (preferably of waterproof material) in order to be sturdy and reduce the use of disposable materials. The bags contain anything the athlete feels that he will need as support (food, clothing, etc.). Inside the bags it is prohibited to keep any sharp object (knife, fork etc.) to avoid damage to other stored materials in these bags or in the bags of other athletes. The organization undertakes the responsibility to transfer the drop bags to the station ” Papigo “, as well as from there to the finish, after the passage of athletes from there. Each athlete, reaching the finish will be able to receive their supply bag. The organization is not responsible for any damage to the materials inside the drop bag. A special tag bearing the number of the athlete will be given to athletes, to place it on the bag itself. Delivering the drop bags to the organization, will be made possible on Friday, throughout the day (10: 00-22: 00), in the Athletes’ Reception Area.
- SHORTCUT ROUTE: Shortcutting the route is prohibited and punishable by disqualification. Each contestant has the responsibility and obligation to carefully monitor the warning signals to specific sections of the trail, which show a forbidden cut / route. In the alpine part of the route, it is permitted to use alternative ways of the path, where there is obvious fragmentation of the trail from its use.
- CONTROL POINTS: Control Points are compulsory for all athletes. All Refreshment Points are also Control Points. Athletes are required to have their Bib in a prominent place so that the judges can record them. If an athlete wears a windproof jacket on top of the Bib, they should remove it when reaching the Control Point in order for the officials to record them. Refusal of Bib’s demonstration means exclusion. Any athlete who fails to present themselves in a Control Point, is considered invalid and is disqualified.
- PROTESTS: Protests for whatever reason, are made only by the athlete himself, at the latest 30 minutes after finishing. The decision of the protest committee, composed of the Match Director, members of the Technical Committee and the station officers in the responsibility zone of which, the event occurred, is issued no later than the time of awards and is final.
- SAFETY: The Commission commits to supervising the race route with specialized safety, rescue and medical assistance personnel in order to provide any help to athletes who will be in need. In those cases where security personnel and officials indicate a change in direction for safety reasons, athletes are obliged to obey. Refusal to comply will result in the athlete’s immediate exclusion. In the central control station there will be sufficient medical care by specialized personnel to help treat athletes’ problems. If the race doctor decides that an athlete is in no shape to continue, the athlete is required to hand over their Bib.
- MODIFICATION OF ROUTE / POSTPONEMENT: If necessary (extremely hazardous weather conditions), the Organizers reserve the right to modify the route or to postpone the race for a short time in order not to not endanger the physical integrity of athletes. A race can however be postponed indefinitely if there are extreme weather conditions prevailing in the region.
- RESULTS: The official (final) race results will be made public several days after the race in order to undergo the necessary crosschecking of data. Only then will the certificates of participation be printed out
- PENALTIES: The only penalty applied to all offenses and regulation violations, is the exclusion / expulsion. It is given when there occurs: 1) route pollution, 2) shortcuts, 3) inappropriate behavior towards staff of the organization, 4) loss of Bib and any other punishable behavior. Lifelong exclusion is possible for severe cases, such as violence against members of the organization, or deliberate extreme shortening of the route.
- Prizes – Categories: The organizing Committee has established the following categorization for all athletes. For the TeRA 80km and Marathon+ 44km races, the following categories exist
ΙΙ) Male athletes aged 50-59
ΙΙΙ) Male athletes aged 60+
ΙV) Female athletes
V) Female athletes aged 50-59
VI) Female athletes aged 60+.
For the Half Marathon 21km and Entry Race 10km races, the following categories exist:
ΙΙ) Male athletes aged 40-49
ΙΙΙ) Male athletes aged 50-59
ΙV) Male athletes aged 60+
V) Female athletes
VI) emale athletes aged 40-49
VII) emale athletes aged 50-59
VIII) emale athletes aged 60+.
All categories require the presence of at least 6 athletes in order to be considered valid. In any other case, the athletes fall in to the parent or closest matching category.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The “General” category includes athletes of all genders and ages. Athletes will be awarded separately if they rank first in their respective categories.
AWARDS: For the 80km race the following winners will be awarded: the first 6 finishers regardless of age and gender, the first 3 female athletes and the first 3 from all age categories. For the rest of the races, the following winners will be awarded: the first 3 finishers from the general category, the first 3 female athletes and the first 3 winners from all age categories.
IMPORTANT: Any awarded athletes not present during the awarding ceremony will not receive their prize.
- COPYRIGHT: The Organization and its partners retain the copyright of photographing and filming the race. Each athlete by admitting the application form, automatically accepts this condition, knowing that their face can be displayed in photos or videos, without being asked for their permission and without being able to claim any compensation for any publication of the material.
- PRIVACY: The organization will not disclose the athletes’ private information to anyone. The only information that will be made public is the name and surname of the athlete, age and city of residence.
- DISCLAIMER: The Commission shall not be liable for death, injury or any damage to the health of the competitors, who by submitting the application form, declare that they know the risks that exist in the mountain environment and assure that their health is good and allowing them to race and have recently been examined by a doctor. There will however be required by any athlete to produce a medical certificate. The athletes themselves are obliged to undertake regular medical screening to check the status of their health. The Commission declines all responsibility regarding the physical integrity of athletes, who should behave responsibly in parts of the route where the risk of falling with unpleasant or fatal outcome is increased. The Commission declines any financial responsibility in the event of external assistance to any athlete.
- AMENDMENT OF REGULATIONS: The organizers reserve the right to amend the regulations of the races, without prior notice.