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2017 Snow Running Sierra Nevada. Foto Alejandro Molina

Compulsory equipment for the Snow Running Sierra Nevada

The use of shoe chains approved by the manufacturer for running is compulsory in this edition. Spiked mountain shoes, specific for ice and snow races (with a built-in spike system), are also allowed.

Before the race, the technical jury and the organization’s staff will carry out the technical checking of every participant’s equipment.

EACH PARTICIPANT must also carry the following compulsory equipment during the race:

  • ID card, driver’s license, or passport (with identifying image).
  • A headlight and a red taillight with spare batteries or a fully charged battery.
  • Clothing for the upper part: 2 or 3 layers of warm clothes according to the size of the participant (depending on the weather conditions):
    • 1st layer (inner): thermic undershirt (short or long sleeve).
    • 2nd layer (intermediate): long-sleeved, breathable windbreaker jacket.
    • 3rd layer (outer): breathable raincoat.
  • Clothing for the lower part: 1 or 2 layers (depending on the weather conditions):
    • 1st layer: thermic leggings completely covering the thigh and leg. The use of cropped trousers is forbidden.
    • 2nd layer (outer): waterproof and breathable trousers.
  • Long thermic gloves.
  • A beanie
  • Technical shoes for mountain running, with rigid soles to support the chains to run in the snow. They should include a waterproof and breathable membrane.
  • A thermic blanket of at least 1.8 m2. No modifications are allowed after its approved manufacture.
  • A reusable container for liquids (collapsible cup, can, thermos, soft flask, etc.).
  • In case of carrying energy bars, gels, etc., participants must write their bib number on them.

It is NOT allowed to use running shoes with track spikes or mountaineering crampons, neither soccer boots nor similar shoes.

For safety reasons and to avoid freezing toes, “five fingers” shoes and “huarache” sandals are forbidden.


Before the race starts, the referees will check that every participant is carrying the compulsory equipment. They may also check it along the route and at the finish line. Those runners not carrying the compulsory equipment cannot participate and will be disqualified or penalized during the race.

Additional equipment:

  • Cell phone turned on and with a fully charged battery. It is advisable to record on the phone the number for emergencies provided by the organization’s staff during the briefing.
  • GPS with a charged battery and the track of the route provided by the organization.
Compulsory equipment for the Snow Running Sierra Nevada