Please read this section very carefully. If you do not abide by these rules and regulations, you may be immediately disqualified
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION RULES
Several sections of the race course pass through aesthetic forest with designated sensitive wildlife areas inhabited by rare plants. We require everybody to be fully aware of this and strictly abide by the following rules:
1. The use of trekking poles is allowed on both the full and half courses.
2. Sleeping along the course is prohibited. This is because it will have a large impact on the environment and may also mistakenly lead others to think that you require emergency medical assistance. Please manage your physical condition carefully and rest/sleep at the aid stations.
3. You must stay on the trail at all times. There will be sections where racers will not be able to pass each other in order to protect the environment. Please abide by all other restrictions that may also apply during the race.
4. Picking up or damaging plants, animals, and rocks found along the race course as well as within the overall race area is prohibited.
5. A Shortcutting/cutting corner is strictly prohibited due to potential damage to vegetation along the course.
6. Do not throw any garbage along the course.
7. In order to reduce energy consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions, we highly recommend you utilize public transportation/ race shuttle bus.
CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS
1. If during the race, you encounter another runner or staff member who is injured or sick and unable to move on their own, please give priority to assisting that person by telling race staff or by calling race headquarters for assistance. The emergency telephone number for race headquarters will be written on your race number/bib.
2. If you come across a racer who is lying down or hunched over along the course, please check to see if they are alright. If they are sleeping or resting, ask them to get up and continue. If the person requires emergency assistance, please give priority to helping that person by telling race staff or calling race headquarters for assistance.
3. Please treat the local support and volunteer staff with respect and appreciation at all times.
4. The race course is not on private property owned by the race and will not be closed off to the general public. Please keep in mind that the trails must be shared with the general public (including hikers) at all times. There will be “no passing sections” set up along the race course where you will be prohibited from passing other runners and hikers. In areas where passing is allowed, please do so in a safe place where the trail is wide and remember to slow down, walk and call out to let your presence be known to that person.
5. Do not damage any property located along the race course.
DROPPING OUT OF THE RACE
1. If you decide to drop out of the race, you must notify race staff. Please remove your race card/bib and give it to a race staff member so that race headquarters can be notified. Once you’ve dropped out of the race, you will not be able to re-start.
2. You will be able to return to the finish line area by a race shuttle that will stop by the aid stations. This race shuttle will not be available late at night/early morning however, you can rest/sleep in a waiting area provided at the aid stations.
3. Remember your race card number as you will need it to retrieve your bags from the bag storage area.
1. In order to ensure race safety, race headquarters will prepare and arrange for rescue and medical assistance during the race. However, each participant must recognise and understand that there are risks that may result in injuries and/or accidents associated with trail running. You are responsible for yourself and will be participating in this race at your own risk.
2. Emergency and first aid tents staffed by a doctor and/or nurse will be located at all aid stations. All aid stations will have telephone communication to race headquarters.
3. Emergency rescues/procedures will be available to racers as well all those involved in the race (e.g. staff, supporters):
· If you are out on the course and close to an aid station, doctors, nurses or emergency rescue staff at the aid stations may be able to provide medical assistance out on the course.
· Please note that, depending on the area, it may take a long period of time for help to reach you. · If you receive emergency medical assistance from a rescue crew and/or doctor, please make sure that you get examined by a medical expert at a hospital after the race. Please contact the race office to let them know of your condition after the medical examination.
4. Doctors and rescue staff have the authority to stop a racer from continuing the race. This will be done by taking off the racer’s number card and chips.
5. If you drop out of the race, you can take a race shuttle that will take you back to the finish line.
6. In the case of an emergency, if you are unable to reach the race headquarters, you can also call the public emergency number “112” to directly ask for help.
7. Each registered racer is covered for the following under the race’s insurance policy:
1. All racers will be kept track of using chips that must be carried by each participant throughout the race. This chip will let race headquarters know the time you cross the start/finish lines, aid stations and certain checkpoints. Please make sure you walk/run across the special ground mats to ensure your information is relayed to race headquarters.
2. When a racer crosses each checkpoint, the chips will record the person’s name and time.
3. If you drop out of the race, you must give your chips to a race staff member so that race headquarters can be notified.
1. All racers can leave one drop bag to the start, and pick up after race;
2. There are no drop bags in all Aid station
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT LIST (THESE ARE ITEMS THAT YOU MUST CARRY WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES DURING THE RACE)
1. Mobile phone (you must be able to make/receive calls in Greece with this mobile phone). The emergency phone number for race headquarters will be written on your racer number card/bib. Make sure your phone is fully charged before the race. You may receive emergency information before/during the race.
2. Backpack or hydration belt, personal cup for hot/cold drinks at aid stations (minimum 150cc size). Paper cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
A racer may be disqualified or penalized at any time during the race for the following reasons:
1. Taking shortcuts and/or running off the trails.
2. Not carrying the mandatory equipment.
3. Throwing garbage onto the course.
4. Running with people who are not officially registered in the race as racers.
5. Cheating (e.g. using other means of transportation, using substitute runners, and other unlawful actions)
6. Not carrying your chips with you.
7. Not abiding by the instructions given by official race staff including doctors, nurses, and emergency staff.
8. Continuing to run after the cutoff times.
9. Doping and the use of prohibited drugs.