2019 Snow Running Sierra Nevada. Foto © Niccolò Guasti

Regulations for the Snow Running Sierra Nevada

1. Organisations

  • C.D. ALTALÍ.

Collaborating headquarters: CETURSA SIERRA NEVADA S.A.

2. Date

February 5, 2022.

3. Planned timetable


Friday 4 February 2022

Saturday 5 February 2022

  • 15:00 to 17:00 – Collection of numbers and prize giving at the Meliá Sol y Nieve Hotel.  Parking in the covered car park of the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort free of charge for participants from 14.30 h onwards.
  • 17:15 – Briefing. It will be published on this website.
  • 18:30 – Official start (at the end of Pista del Río)
  • 19:30 – Approximate arrival of the first runner.
  • 20:00 – The return of the chips and the deposit starts (at the Telecabina Cinema, to be confirmed).
  • 21:30 – Approximate arrival of the last runner.
  • 22:00 – Prize-giving ceremony (at the Telecabina cinema).

The organization may modify the timetable and the route depending on the weather conditions and the snow cover.

4. Location:

Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain  Resort.

5. Categories

The participants will be divided into the following categories and sub categories for the OPEN and Andalusian Championship (to be confirmed):

  • Male and female categories: juvenile, junior, and absolute.
  • Male and female subcategories: promises and veterans A, B, and C.
  • Juvenile category: 17 and 18 years old, that is, not turning 19 during the year of the competition.
  • Junior category: 19 and 20 years old, that is, not turning 21 during the year of the competition.
  • Absolute category: participants aged 21 and over 21.
  • Promises subcategory: 21, 22 and 23 years old, that is, not turning 24 during the year of the competition.
  • Veteran A subcategory: aged 40–49, not turning 50 during the year of the competition.
  • Veteran B subcategory: aged 50–59, not turning 60 during the year of the competition.
  • Veteran C subcategory: participants aged 60 and over 60.

The organization will take into consideration only the year of birth.

A minimum of 4 participants is required in every category and subcategory to establish a classification. Therefore, if some categories or subcategories cannot reach this number of participants, there will be no prize-giving ceremony for these categories.

Participants will be divided into the following categories and subcategories for the Andalusian Championship:

  • Male and female categories: cadet, juvenile, junior, and absolute.
  • Male and female subcategories: promises, senior, and veterans A, B, and C.
  • Cadet category: 15 and 16 years old, that is, not turning 17 during the year of the competition.
  • Juvenile category: 17 and 18 years old, that is, not turning 19 during the year of the competition.
  • Junior category: 19 and 20 years old, that is, not turning 21 during the year of the competition.
  • Absolute category: participants aged 21 and over 21.
    • Promises subcategory: 21 to 23 years old, that is, not turning 24 during the year of the competition.
    • Senior subcategory: 24 to 39 years old, that is, not turning 40 during the year of the competition.
    • Veteran A subcategory: aged 40–49, not turning 50 during the year of the competition.
    • Promises subcategory: 50 to 59 years old, that is, not turning 60 during the year of the competition.
    • Veteran C subcategory: participants aged 60 and over 60.

In addition, a popular participation modality has been established, for athletes over 18 years of age, in which there will be a general classification with recognition for the first 3 participants in the male and female categories.

The organization will take into consideration only the year of birth.

6. Registrations

The registration period is from 16 November 2021 at 17:00h until 20 January 2022 at 23:59 h. or until the total number of places is reached.

Federated: those participants with a federative license for 2022 by the FAM (Federación Andaluza de Montañismo) or by the FEDME (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada). They can apply for a license from 15 December 2021 to 15 January 2022 to be valid for this event).

To participate in the 2022 edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada, those participants with a regional license from other Autonomous Communities other than Andalusia are not considered federated.

Participants must pay a €5.00 deposit for the timing chip in addition to their registration fee. They will have this deposit back when they return the chip at the race office.

A total of 800 participants is established for the 2022 edition. Registrations will be closed when this number is reached, even before the closing date (20 January 2022).

The organization may reserve some places for sponsors, collaborators, and participants from the regional teams until 20 January 2022.

Registrations include:

  • Participation in the 11th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2022.
  • 2 solid and liquid refreshment posts. The first on the route and the second in the finish area.
  • Participant’s bag with commemorative hat and other souvenirs.
  • Finisher mug for participants who reach the finish line.
  • Prizes and draws of sports equipment from the associated establishments and leading brands specialized in mountaineering.
  • Ski lift service for the descent from Borreguiles in case of evacuation or failure to complete the course.
  • A free entry-covered parking lot (at Pradollano) from 14:30 to 23:30 on 5 February 2022.
  • Cloakroom service.
  • Timing with RFID chips.
  • A permanent race office for participant service.
  • An emergency plan with lifeguards specialized in snowmobile rescue and an emergency medical assistance service.
  • Over 100 people from the organization staff and volunteers to make sure you enjoy the experience.


  • Cancellation guarantee, €7.00 registration supplement. This guarantee allows a 100% refund of the registration fee and every option hired (except the €7.00 from the guarantee fee). The deadline for cancellation and refunds is established on 20 January 2021 at 23:59 (regardless of the guarantee).
  • Commemorative collapsible cup: €7.00.
  • Cotton T-shirt Snow Running Sierra Nevada 15,00 €.
  • Cotton T-shirt SkySnow World Championships 18,00 €.
  • Sublimated T-shirt Snow Running Sierra Nevada 20,00 €.
  • Micro crampons NORTEC TRAIL 2.1. 50,75 €. Special offer for participants 30% discount. RRP 72,50 €.

All these items will be collected at the technical secretariat at the established times of delivery of bibs.

Participants must complete the REGISTRATION FORM on the official website:


Every payment will follow the procedure established in the secure payment platform, included in the registration process, by credit or debit card.

To collect their bib number, participants must show their ID card and their FAM or FEDME federative license for 2022.

In the case of registered members who do not meet these requirements, they will be placed in the incident queue and will have to pay €10.00 to cover the difference in fees for NON-members and administration costs.

Special registration period

If there are no vacant places, the organization may set a special registration process to draw the places from the refunds made before 20 January 2022 (deadline for the refund period). The organization will post the procedures for the drawing of places on the official website www.snowrunning.es and the social networks at least 5 days in advance.


Registrations are personal and non-transferable. Those attending the technical checking with the bib number of another person cannot participate.

Refunds can only be made until 20 January 2022, with a €15.00 processing fee. If the participants take out the cancellation guarantee, there will be no additional cost for the refund. In any case, it will only be effective in the period between the start of registration and 20 January 2022.

The registration fee for the draw for places is 3,00 €, which will be donated to a charitable cause as every year.

Once the registration is formalized, it is not possible to transfer it to another person. It will only be possible to request a refund within the established period.

If the event is cancelled due to the evolution of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, participants can keep their place for the next edition or have a refund (minus the €15.00 of the processing fee).

To complete the return procedure, you have to send an e-mail to info@snowrunning.es before the deadline, stating your intention to request a refund.

7. Participants

All federated and non-federated athletes from Andalusia and other Autonomous Communities, over 18 years old, can participate in the 11th Edition Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2022. The participation of underage runners (15 to 18 years old) will only be accepted if they are federated by the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation and/or by the Spanish Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing with a licence in course of 2022 in cadet or youth category.

Participants must have done sufficient training and have an optimal level of health and physical condition for an effort of these characteristics, assuming that the Snow Running modality is carried out in high winter mountain conditions, with the possibility of extreme cold.

8. Course description

For the 11th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2022, a total distance of 12.70 km will be established, with a cumulative elevation gain of 920 m, which the participants can complete at free speed. The organization has established an 8 km course for cadets, youth, and junior categories, with a cumulative elevation gain of 663 m. The common start and finish line will be placed at Pradollano.

Participants will be timed during the race from the official start until they cross the finish line.

The total distance may vary depending on the path followed by each runner and the measuring instrument.

To appear in the positions list, runners must correctly pass all the checkpoints established along the course and carry the obligatory equipment with them.

The course will be signposted with directional signs, light signals, and warning lights, following the regulations in force for this type of event. Participants are responsible for studying the route beforehand. In addition, participants must check if they have been properly registered when they cross the different checkpoints and the finish line.

Any change or modification of the directional signs will be penalized. These signs are set up along the course for the participant’s safety.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the organizers will establish an alternative course to ensure the participants’ safety.

Participants must attend the briefing to know about the possible changes to the established course.

9. Classification

Participants will be classified in the categories CADET (only in the Andalusian Championship), JUVENIL, JUNIOR, and ABSOLUTE; and in the subcategories PROMISES, SENIOR, and VETERANS A, B, and C.

In the 11th Championship of Andalusia 2022, the following positions will be established for these categories:

  • Male Champion of Andalusia 2022
  • Male Runner-up of Andalusia 2022
  • 3rd in the Championship of Andalusia 2022/
  • Female Champion of Andalusia 2022
  • Female Runner-up of Andalusia 2022
  • 3rd in the Championship of Andalusia 2022

10. Prizes

Prize in sports equipment for the first 3 in the general classification in each category (regardless of whether or not they are Andalusian federated or non-federated).
Commemorative medal for the first 3 in the Andalusian Championship Classification in each category (exclusively for runners federated by the FAM).
Souvenir for the first 3 men and women in the popular option.
Ceremonial prize-giving ceremony:  Telecabina Cinema  

It will take place in the Plaza de Andalucía (pending confirmation) in accordance with FAM regulations after confirmation of the different podiums and prizes by the FAM technical jury assigned to the event. The approximate start time is 22:00H.

Athletes must be in possession of their FAM or FEDME licence and identity card.

Athletes called to the podium are prohibited from displaying banners with any kind of advertising, political, religious, etc. message. Only banners mentioning the club of origin and with a maximum size of 50x50cm are excluded from this prohibition.

Any awarded athlete who does not attend the prize-giving ceremony will be disqualified from the event in accordance with the specific regulations of the FAM and will also lose the right to any prizes or mentions that may correspond to him/her.

11. Draws

Some gifts provided by the sponsors and collaborators will be drawn, with the following characteristics and rules:

Date and place of the draw: on Wednesday, 2 February 2022 at noon, at the Mamut Sierra Nevada head office (Cenes de la Vega, Granada).

Addressees: everyone registered in the 11th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2022 with a bib number assigned at that date.

Draw procedure: before the draw, each gift listed will be assigned an identification number. On the other hand, each participant will count with a bib number assigned to participate in the race, which will also be their ID number for the draw.

The platform www.sortea2.com will establish a random relationship between the personal ID numbers (bib numbers) and the total number of gifts. At the end of the draw, there will be a correspondence between the gift ID and the winning bib number. This system ensures no more than one gift per bib number.


  • The draw is public, which means that any participant can attend.
  • The organization will post the list of winners on the board of the race office and the official website www.snowrunning.es.
  • The organization’s staff will hand out the gifts at the race office (set at Pradollano) during the bib numbers distribution, from 15:00 to 17:15. Person identification is required. Participants cannot collect the gifts after the deadline.

12. Provisioning:

There will be two solid and liquid refreshment posts: water, isotonic drink and hot drink at kilometre 5 (Nevasol-Borreguiles) and the finish area. At all refreshment posts, containers will be kept to a minimum and their collection will be selective.

Each participant must carry their own collapsible cup or reusable liquid container in order to minimise waste.

13. Race control

The Judges Committee will control the race. To participate legally, being insured, and appear in the classifications, it will be compulsory to pass the start control. The organization is not responsible for those runners not passing this control or not complying with the rules. Can be disqualified:

  1. Those participants who do not complete the whole route.
  2. Participants taking prohibited substances.
  3. Whoever modifies, deteriorates, or changes their assigned bib number.
  4. Participants not having their bib number visible.
  5. Those running with a bib number assigned to another person.
  6. Participants crossing the finish line without their bib number.
  7. Those not following the instructions by the judges and the organization.
  8. Those not complying with the established rules.
  9. Participants who show unsportsmanlike behaviour.
  10. Participants not carrying the compulsory safety equipment.
  11. Those who does not assist another participant in danger or injured. Participants must inform about it at the nearest checkpoint.
  12. Those not throwing their waste (bottles, cans, papers, etc.) into the bins.

Disqualified participants will have no chance for prizes and trophies and will be sanctioned by the jury of the competition and by the disciplinary committee of the FAM.

14. Compulsory equipment

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

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.).
  • 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.

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:

  • GPS with a charged battery and the track of the route provided by the organization.

15. Time limit during the race

There will be a time limit of 3 hrs from the start.

In addition, the “Broom Runners” or the person in charge of each checkpoint will have the power, in communication with the technical jury, to withdraw any runner from the race if their time in the race or their state of health so advises. These time limits will be announced at the technical briefing to be held on the day of the race at 17:15 in the Plaza de Andalucía (Pradollano). Depending on the conditions of the race and the final criteria of the technical jury. The runner who withdraws must notify the nearest control and do so in accordance with the protocol and route that will be communicated to him/her.

16. Race number collection

The race number collection be handed in exclusively at the following places and times:

Friday 4 February 2022

17:00 h to 21:00 h. Collection of race bibs.  CORRAL Y VARGAS CLÍNICA DENTAL PTS

Saturday 5 February 2022

15.00 h to 17:00 h. Race bib pick-up and prize-giving ceremony: Hotel Meliá Sol y Nieve  (Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort. Entrance level -2 covered parking).
Documentation required for the collection of bibs both on your own and on behalf of the participants:

Proof of payment (only in case of not appearing in the list of registered participants).
For Andalusian federated participants: Federative Card (FAM-FEDME) year 2022. The FAM 2022 federative licenses can be processed from 15 December 2021 and until 15 January 2022 for this event.

IMPORTANT: Every participant or person responsible for collecting the runner’s bag (documentation, commemorative garment, etc.), is obliged to verify that the contents of the bag are in perfect condition and coincide with the registration data appearing on the envelope identifying each participant-bib (bib number, chip, commemorative souvenirs). This check will be carried out in the presence of the organisers and before leaving the technical secretariat, after which there will be no possibility of complaint.

Any athlete who does not collect his/her bib number within the established days and times loses all registration rights.

17. Complaints

Positions are the responsibility of the judges and the timekeepers only. Complaints must be made in writing to the organizers and paying a deposit of €60.00.

Every complaint will follow the regulations in force set out by the FEDME (Competition Regulations for Mountain Races). Participants can read it on the website www.snowrunning.es, and they must accept it during their registration.

18. Respect and Care of the Natural Environment

The race takes place within the Sierra Nevada Natural Park.

Both, during their training sessions and the race, participants must:

  • Respect the environment, do not damage the natural, geological and cultural resources.
  • Respect the established route, marked out by the organization, and not leave it.
  • DO NOT throw rubbish (waste, wrappers, food, or material) except in the bins set by the organizers.
  • In case of carrying energy bars, gels, etc., participants must write their bib number on them and show them to the judges or the organization’s staff at their request.
  • Denounce the negligent environmental behaviour of other runners.


The organization ensures compliance with these rules. Otherwise, they will apply the stipulated penalties. The organization’s staff (the race director, the timekeeper, the judges, and those in charge of the control points) will decide the time penalties according to the advantage obtained and the damage caused.

They are cause for penalties or even disqualification:

  • Throwing waste on the route.
  • Leaving waste outside the bins set in the provisioning areas.
  • Leaving the established route or taking short cuts.
  • Marking part of the route with paint or other indelible elements.
  • Not carrying the required identification (bib number and identification code).

19. Good environmental practices for accompanying persons:

People cannot walk on the slopes due to the nocturnal nature of the event and the use of the area for other activities (night skiing).

For the environment’s safety, spectators can only stay in the areas signposted next to the start and finish line at Pradollano. They can also watch the race from the free access area at Borreguiles-Nevasol, accessible by cable-car (the cable-car service is not free).

Carpooling is advisable to reduce the CO2 footprint. The organization will provide free access to the covered parking lot at Sierra Nevada Mountain and Ski Resort.

Please, avoid noise emissions in the natural environment. Pyrotechnics is forbidden.

Please, do not alter the fauna and flora. Do not capture, collect, damage, or intentionally disturb the species of this habitat.

Do not damage the geological environment and the soil. Please, use the paths and tracks and avoid cross-country walking.  By doing this, we will respect the environment and avoid accidents.

All those present must be responsible for the waste generated and recycle it. Please, if you see any waste, collect it, and report any negligent environmental behaviour of other people.

Please, do not light matches or cigarettes. Otherwise, extinguish them carefully and throw the cigarette butts into the bins.

The race takes place at the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. Enjoy its winter landscape during the last hours of daylight and the first hours of the night.

20. COVID-19 measures:

Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, all measures to be implemented at the event will be detailed one month in advance.

21. Knowledge of regulations:

Participants must be aware of the RULES OF THE COMPETITION, respect them and accept the possible modifications done by the organization. Participation in this event implies acceptance of these regulations. Not knowing any of its clauses does not exempt participants from complying with them. The regulations are posted on the website www.snowrunning.es and are accessible during the registration process.

22. Race characteristics and conditions:


  1. Every registered participant declares to have trained enough to participate in the Snow Running Sierra Nevada. They also claim not to suffer any injury or illness that may become worst due to the race. Likewise, they declare themselves to be healthy and fit enough to face this event, in which they wish to participate VOLUNTARILY. Participants accept all risks that may arise and release C.D. Altalí, Mamut Sierra Nevada S.L., and Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A. from all responsibility.
  2. Participants authorize the medical services of the race to apply any treatment that they may need, whether or not they request it. Moreover, participants undertake to leave the race if the medical staff consider it necessary.
  3. Participants accept the organization’s advice to train regularly and to undergo medical checks before the race. Participants also accept the requirement of being federated.
  4. Participants must carry the compulsory equipment (specified in section 12 of these regulations) during the race.
  5. Before or during the event, participants will not consume prohibited substances that the FEDME may consider DOPING.
  6. The organization may modify these regulations. If so, they will inform the participants about any modification. The organization has the right to carry out the necessary modifications. They may also cancel the event due to the force of circumstances or if the weather conditions require it.
  7. LEAVING THE RACE AND REACHING THE CHECKPOINTS OUT OF TIME Participants may withdraw from the race whenever they wish, but they must do so following these instructions:
  • They should leave at a checkpoint.
  • They must sign in the checkpoint booklet specifying their leaving.
  • They must wait at the checkpoint until the organization’s staff indicates the exit route.

Therefore, participants leaving or reaching any checkpoint out of time must notify the organization and sign the control sheet of the organization’s staff.

  1. Image rights: Participants authorize the organization of the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada to record their participation in the race, gives their agreement to use their image for the promotion of the race in all its forms (radio, press, video, photo, DVD, internet, social networks, posters, media, etc.) and cedes all rights relating to its commercial and advertising exploitation, without the right to receive any economic compensation.
  2. The organization is not responsible for anything that may happen to the participants during the training sessions and the event itself. Participants may not bring legal action against the organization or any of its members.
  3. For all these reasons, and as a condition of participation in the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2021, participants accept these regulations and the organization’s conditions and advice.