Regulation 2023

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REGULATIONS - Sciacchetrail March 25th 2023

The association Polisportiva Cinque Terre (non-profit amateur sports association) organizes Sciacchetrail.

Sciacchetrail is a trail running race within the Cinque Terre National Park with start and finish in the village of Monterosso al Mare.
The distance is approximately 47 km with an elevation gain of 2,600 meters. Start time is at 7:30am on March 25th, 2023 (Saturday).
The race takes place in a single stage, with a time limit (10 hours).

5% EE (“expert excursionist”) classified trails, 5% asphalt/road, 90% trail.

Participation constitutes acceptance without reservation of the current regulations, race ethics and the “Trail Manifesto”

During the month of March 2023 all regulations relating to the Covid 19 pandemic will be specified regarding the management of refreshment stations, bib collection, pasta party and health certificates.
This regulation may be subject to change by virtue of the legal provisions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old at the time of registration, club members or not.
Entries will not be accepted by athletes who are serving suspensions for doping in any sport.

The race course includes challenging segments and conditions could be difficult. Mountaineering-type difficulty is not expected along the course, although brief segments are marked, by the CAI nomenclature, for “expert excursionists” (EE).  Proper training and a real capacity for personal autonomy are essential to the success of this individual test.

The race is limited to 300 participants, plus elite athletes invited by the organization.
The 3oo participants will be chosen through a lottery of pre-registered athletes.  The lottery participation fee is 1 Euro.

Athletes chosen through the lottery will be asked to complete their registration by providing the following information:

Sports medical certificate for competitive activity (valid for athletics)  with expiration not prior to 25 March 2023. For foreign non-residents of Italy, the module to complete can be downloaded here.

Achieve the minimum number of points required.

To be eligible for Sciacchetrail 2023, athletes must complete a qualifying trail race within the time limit, during the period 2021-2022-2023 (prior to 25th March 2020).  A qualifying trail race is one which allots at least 50 points.  The points are calculated as the sum of the kilometers and the altitude gain expressed in meters divided by 100.  For example, Sciacchetrail, with its 47km and 2600 meters of elevation gain, allots 73 points (47 + 26 = 73).  On the registration form each athlete must provide the qualifying race name, distance in km, elevation gain in meters and placement in the trail race which allots 50 or more points.

False statements will result in cancellation of your registration and the complete loss of the fee paid.

Link to Pre-registration: ENDU Iscrizioni online

Pre-registration opens on 1 October 2022 and closes on 25 October 2022.

Athletes not extracted in the 2022 lottery will have 2 tickets, as will participants of Sciacchetrail 2022.

The lottery will take place on 3rd November 2022 live on our social media channels.  The first 300 people drawn will be asked to complete their registration until midnight of November 15th 2022.

The remaining names will be placed on a waiting list.

If you are one of the 300 names extracted, you will receive a link from Endu with instructions on how to complete your registration. Registration must be completed by 15 November 2022, providing the documentation indicated in the preceding point.

The registration fee is: 65€ + 10€ deposit for chip and GPS, which will be reimbursed once chip and GPS are returned after the race. The registration fee includes all services described in the regulations, race pack, post-race pasta party, assistance and aid station supplies along the course and transport, if necessary, to the closest village with a train station (the race organization will not cover railway ticket cost). At race bib pick-up, each athlete must leave a document as security deposit for the GPS tracker.  Loss or damage of the GPS tracker will incur a penalty of € 100,00 payable by the athlete upon withdrawl of the document.

The organization reserves the right to invite athletes without the required minimum points or in excess of the maximum number of participants. 

In the event of cancellation of the race due to factors beyond the control of the organization, 50% of the registration fee will be reimbursed.

Refunds of 50% of the registration fee will be possible only in the case of injury with the presentation of appropriate medical documentation, up until 15 days before the race.

Cancellations made within 15 days before the race, for any reason, are not entitled to a refund. 

No refunds will be given to athletes who register without the minimum number of points (50) and are unable to achieve 50 points prior to the race.

Substitutions of athletes is not permitted.

Race packet pick-up will take place in the exhibition hall on the ground floor of the Monterosso City Hall
Friday, 24th March 2023 ONLY:
09:00AM – 8:00pm race bib and gift bag pick up

Race bibs are given individually to each participant upon presentation of a photo ID, or to a third party with a form of proxy written on the back of a photocopy of an ID of the delegating person.  During the race, the race bib must be positioned on your chest or abdomen (and nowhere else) and must be visible for the entirety of the race.

Please note:
–  the chip and the gps will be given along with the race bib
–  failure to use or incorrect use of the chip will result in absence in ranking and timing. NO CHIP NO TIME
–  after receiving race bib and chip, check that numbers match
–  to use the chip, carefully follow instructions included in the package
–  the chip is personal and cannot be exchanged for another chip
–  the chip must be returned to staff in the arrival zone, also for athletes who did not start or DNF. Upon return of chip the 10 € deposit will be reimbursed
–  before the start all participants must pass through the entrance gate in the closed zone at the departure area to be registered
–  At the passage of a check point, each participant must be sure to be registered by staff. This is essential to ensure that no runners are missing.
–  In the case of a missed check point and subsequent search for a runner, all expenses incurred will be the responsability of the runner. The race bib is also a pass required to use shuttle buses, aid stations, changing rooms, and showers.

By registering, every runner commits to carrying all of the mandatory material listed below throughout the entire race. Failure to do so will result in disqualification or time penalty. Required materials will be checked at race bib pick-up. Random checks may be carried out during the race and immediately after crossing the finish line.
N.B. the area immediately next to the finish line will be cordoned off as a “closed zone”, and the athlete may be subject to control of material while in this zone.

GPS (turn on 10 minutes before the race and keep on for the entire race) provided by organization at the race bib pick-up (disqualification);

– surgical mask or higher caliber mask  (NOT replaceable with a bandana, neckwarmer, etc.), to wear obligatorily from pre-departure until after the first 500 meters of the race, from the finish line until the exit from the arrival area, and at every aid station
– Backpack, vest or waistpack with capacity to hold required material listed below (disqualification)
– Telephone (enter the emergency number of the organization, do not block the number, and fully charge the battery) (disqualification)
– Minumum water reserve of 0.5 liter (30 minutes)
– Survival blanket (30 minutes)
– Whistle (10 minutes)
– in case of extreme weather conditions the race direction will communicate via e-mail two days before the race the obligation of goretex or similar jacket and 3/4 length or long pants
Strongly recommended: 

– warm clothing in case of cold
– Adhesive elastic band suitable for strapping or making a bandage (minimum 80 cm X 5 cm)
– container for drinking along the course
– cash for train ticket in case of suspension of the race
The use of poles is allowed.

Participants must present themselves for race bib scanning at the timer’s table in the start/finish zone by 7:00 am. Race start is at 7:30 am.

Every aid station will be equipped with radio and or telephone in contact with the race director. Ambulances, doctors, public assistance and mountain rescue personnel will be present along the course. The race organization or affiliated organizations will provide assistance to any participant in need. The official doctors are authorized to suspend any runner judged unfit to continue the race. Rescuers are authorized to evacuate runners judged to be in danger with all available means. In case of need, for reasons that are in the interest of the person rescued, only and exclusively in the opinion of the organization, it will call on official mountain rescue teams, which will take over the direction of operations and will put in place all appropriate means, including a helicopter.  A runner calling for a doctor or a rescuer submits himself/herself to their authority and agrees to respect their decisions. The paths and roads on the race course will not be entirely closed to passage.
Any expenses arising from the use of rescue vehicles are the responsibility of the rescued person, as well as those for their return from the place where they were hospitalized.  It is advisable to take out a special insurance policy to cover the costs of rescue and recovery, especially by helicopter.

In the case of withdrawl from the race along the course, the runner is obliged, as soon as they have the opportunity, to go to the nearest aid station, communicate their withdrawl by registering with staff, communicate it via whatsapp or by calling the organization at the number indicated on the bib and deliver the bib number to race staff. In case of failure to communicate a withdrawal and the consequent start of a search for the withdrawn runner, any resulting expenses will be charged to that runner.
The conditions can be very difficult (wind, cold, fog and rain), and the temperature can vary from + 20 ° degrees to 5 ° degrees. Therefore it is essential to have a good physical preparation, an accurate training, a real capacity for personal autonomy, a knowledge of the mountains and the utmost prudence. It is highly recommended as indicated during the registration phase to have already participated in another trail race before this race.

Only participants who reach the finish line at Monterosso before the maximum time limit designated by the organization will be included in the final results and will receive a finisher medal. No monetary awards will be given. There will be rankings for men and women. Prizes for the first 10 men and 10 women.

The maximum time limit for athletes to complete the race, for the totality of the course, is fixed at 10 hours. The time limits for leaving the principle control posts will be defined and communicated in the Road Book. These time barriers are calculated to enable participants to reach the finish by the maximum time imposed, making stops for rest, refreshment, etc. To be authorized to continue the event, competitors must leave the checkpoint before the fixed time limit, otherwise they will be disqualified and their race bib will be removed. The competitor who wishes to continue without a race number assumes all responsibility for any consequences that might occur. In case of bad weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organization reserves the right to terminate the race in progress, delay the departure, modify the course or change the time barriers. N.B. “the sweeps,” fully part of the race organization, have full power to stop an athlete at any time, even outside of time barriers.

Water and food assistance will be available along the race course.
The refreshment stations will be indicated in the safety plan and on the map of the route, downloadable at this link.

Athletes must dispose of waste in the appropriate containers at the aid stations, including food waste.
Anyone caught leaving trash outside of the appropriate containers will be disqualified.
The Pasta Party will be organized in the event tent with the sidewalls open and will be accessible by showing the race bib and the bracelet issued at registration.

The road book, in its most up-to-date edition, will be available on the organization’s website. Participants are invited to download and print the Road Book. In it there will be practical information such as time barriers, a description of the route, and the location of aid stations. Updates to the Road Book will be published on the website. No copies of the road book will be given to runners at race bib pick-up.
The Sciacchetrail route sections on Trail SVA (Corniglia-Vernazza-Monterosso) and Trail N.  586 will be closed to NON-participants of the race on March 25th, 2023.

Controllers along the course are entitled to check runners for obligatory materials and respect for all regulations (respect for the environment and race ethics, unlawful assistance and accompaniment, race bib not visible, etc…). Any participant, at any time along the course, found to lack any element of the mandatory materials, will be immediately disqualified without the possibility of appeal. Irregularities ascertained through video images received by the organization after the race will be subject to disqualification. The race jury may disqualify a participant in the event of a violation of the regulations, in particular:
– non-compliant placement of race bib
– exchange of race bib
– failure to pass a checkpoint
– lack of one or more items of mandatory materials
– use of means of transport
– departure from checkpoint after time barrier
– doping or refusal to submit to doping test
– lack of assistance to a fellow participant in difficulty
– use of personal assistance outside of permitted areas
– abandonment of materials or litter along the course
– accompaniment on the course by person not registered
– pollution or degradation of the area by participants or a member of their staff
– insults, rudeness or threats against members of the race organization or volunteers
– refusal to be examined by a doctor of the organization at any time during the race
– deviation from the course

All trash must be deposited in appropriate waste receptacles, including food waste.  Any runner found abandoning litter along the course will be disqualified.
Respect the flora and fauna of the Cinque Terre National Park.
Do not cut the course, as doing so can cause erosion damage.
Use public transport or car pooling if possible to reach the Cinque Terre for race weekend.

The organization reserves the right to modify, without notice, the race course and the location of aid stations. In the case of unfavorable weather conditions (heavy rain or snow, high risk of thunderstorms, etc…), the race start may be delayed; beyond a certain time limit, established by the race director, the race will be cancelled.

The organization takes out liability insurance for the entire period of the race. Participation is under the full responsibility of the participants, who waive the right for appeal against the organizers for damages and additional consequences that can occur during or following the race. When registering on-line for the race, the runner must sign a release of liability disclaimer.

Upon registration, race participants authorize the organization to freely use any images depicting athletes during their participation, whether stationary or in movement, without territorial or time limits.

Voluntary registration and subsequent participation at the race indicates full acceptance of the race rules and any changes to them. By registering, the participant exempts the organizers from any liability, whether civil or criminal, for damage to persons and/or property caused by or to him/her.

The timing service will be operated by ENDU.

Written complaints are accepted within 30 minutes of the posting of provisional results, with a deposit of € 50.00.

The jury is composed of:
– the race director
– the safety coordinator
– the medical staff coordinator
– checkpoint coordinators
– all competent persons designated by the race director.
The jury is empowered to act in a timeframe compatible with the obligations of the race over all disputes or disqualifications occurring during the race. All decisions are final.