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Regulations for the Snow Running Sierra Nevada

1. Organizers

  • C.D. ALTALÍ.
  • MAMUT SIERRA NEVADA S.L.

Collaborating entity: CETURSA SIERRA NEVADA S.A.

2. Date

6 February 2021.

3. Planned timetable

  • From 15:00 to 17:00 – Collection of numbers and prize giving at the Telecabina cinema (at Sierra Nevada Mountain and Ski Resort. The entrance is located on the covered parking lot in basement 2, next to the CETURSA exit).
  • 17:15 – Briefing. It will be published on this website due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 17:40 – Official start (at the end of Pista del Río, next to the CLINIC).
  • 18:40 – Approximate arrival of the first runner.
  • 19:00 – The return of the chips and the deposit starts (at the Telecabina cinema).
  • 20:15 – Prize-giving ceremony (at the Telecabina cinema).
  • 20:30 – Approximate arrival of the last runner.

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

4. Place

Sierra Nevada Mountain and Ski Resort.

5. Categories

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

  • 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.

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

6. Registrations

In the 2021 edition, can participate only those athletes federated by the FEDME (Federación Española de Montaña y Escalada) or by the FAM (Federación Andaluza de Montañismo).

The registration period is from 22 December 2020 at 17:00 to 25 January 2021 at 23:59 or until the total number of places is reached (pending COVID-19 regulations for this type of event).

Federated: those participants with a federative license for 2021 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 14 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 to be valid for this event).

To participate in the 2021 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 300 participants is established for the 2021 edition (pending COVID-19 regulations for this type of event). Registrations will be closed when this number is reached, even before the closing date (25 January 2021).

The organization may reserve some places for sponsors, collaborators, and participants from the regional teams until 20 January 2021.

Registrations include:

  • Participation in the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2021.
  • Provisioning at the finish line (solid and liquid).
  • Participant’s bag with a commemorative cap, a multifunctional tubular garment, and energy bars.
  • A finisher souvenir for those 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 6 February 2021.
  • 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.

OPTIONAL

  • Cancellation guarantee, €5.00 registration supplement €5.00. This guarantee allows a 100% refund of the registration fee and every option hired (except the €5.00 from the guarantee fee). The deadline for cancellation and refunds is established on 20 January 2021 at 23:59 (regardless of the guarantee).
  • It includes special transport by bus from Granada to Pradollano and back: €15.00.
  • Commemorative collapsible cup: €5.00.
  • Commemorative key ring: €5.00.

Participants must complete the REGISTRATION FORM on the official website:

https://www.snowrunning.es

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 2021.

In the 2021 edition, those who are not federated cannot participate.

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 2021 (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.

REFUNDS

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 2021, with a €12.00 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 22 December 2020 and 20 January 2021. 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 €12.00 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

People over 18 years old federated by the FAM or by the FEDME can participate in the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2021.

Under-age runners (15 to 18 years old) must be federated by the FAM or by the FEDME, with a license for 2021. They will participate in the cadet or youth category for the Andalusian Championship or in the youth category for the Spanish Championship.

Participants must train and be fit, as the Snow Running is carried out in winter high mountain conditions with the possibility of extreme cold.

8. Course description

For the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2021, 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. Positions

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 10th Championship of Andalusia 2021 and the 4th Championship of Spain 2021, the following positions will be established for these categories:

  • Male Champion of Andalusia 2021// Male Champion of Spain 2021.
  • Male Runner-up of Andalusia 2021// Male Runner-up of Spain 2021.
  • 3rd in the Championship of Andalusia 2021// 3rd in the Championship of Spain 2021 (male).
  • Female Champion of Andalusia 2021// Female Champion of Spain 2021.
  • Female Runner-up of Andalusia 2021// Female Runner-up of Spain 2021.
  • 3rd in the Championship of Andalusia 2021// 3rd in the Championship of Spain 2021 (female).

The Spanish Snow Running Championship will also be a scoring event for the Spanish Snow Running Cup.

In addition, the Spanish Snow Running Championship will be the Spanish Championship by Autonomous Federations and will follow the FEDME regulations for this classification.

10. Prizes

Spanish Championship

Commemorative medal for the first 3 in the classification of the Spanish Championship in each category (exclusive for those runners federated by the FEDME) and the cash prize, detailed in the following table:

  • 1st (male and female) in Absolute category: €300.
  • 2nd (male and female) in Absolute category: €250.
  • 3rd (male and female) in Absolute category: €150.
  • 1st (male and female) in Veteran A category: €100.
  • 1st (male and female) in Veteran B category: €100.
  • 1st (male and female) in Veteran C category: €100.

Andalusian Championship

Commemorative medal for the first 3 in the classification of the Andalusian Championship in each category (exclusive for those runners federated by the FAM).

Price giving ceremony

It will take place in the Telecabina cinema (Pradollano) following FAM and FEDME regulations. The prize-giving ceremony will start at 22:00 when the technical jury has confirmed the different podiums and prizes.

Participants must bring their FAM or FEDME license and their ID card.

Participants on the podium cannot show banners with an advertising, political, religious, or any other type of message. They only can show banners that mention their sports clubs and not bigger than 50 x 50 cm.

Awarded participants not attending the prize-giving ceremony will be disqualified, following the specific regulations of the FAM, and will lose their rights to any prizes or mentions.

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, 3 February 2021 at noon, at the Mamut Sierra Nevada head office (Cenes de la Vega, Granada).

Addressees: everyone registered in the 10th Edition of the Snow Running Sierra Nevada 2021 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.

Notice:

  • 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. Persona identification is required. Participants cannot collect the gifts after the deadline.

12. Provisioning

There will be a provisioning area (solid and liquid) at the finish line. Packings and containers will be minimized and recycled.

Participants must bring their own cups to reduce waste.

Due to the short duration of the race and the current situation caused by the COVID-19, the provisioning point at Borreguiles is cancelled for the 2021 Edition.

However, participants’ bags will contain a bottle of water and an energy bar so that participants can have them at any time along the route.

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.).

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.

FOR PARTICIPANTS’ SAFETY, WALKING STICKS 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.

15. Time limit during the race

There will be a time limit of 2 hrs and 45 m from the start.

In addition, the last runners and the person in charge of each checkpoint will be able to communicate with the technical jury to withdraw any runner from the race if their time or their state of health makes this advisable. At the briefing, the organization will inform about the time limits for passing through the checkpoints. They will depend on the conditions of the race and the criteria of the technical jury. Runners who withdraw must notify it at the nearest control point following the protocol.

16. Collection of bib numbers

For the 2021 edition, participants will collect their bib numbers individually.

It will take place on 6 February 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 at the Telecabina cinema, located at the Sierra Nevada Mountain and Ski Resort (entrance at the covered parking lot on basement 2, next to the CETURSA exit).

Participants, or their representatives, must bring the following documentation to collect their bib numbers:

  • Receipt (only in case of not appearing in the list of registered participants).
  • Participants must bring the 2021 federative card (FAM or FEDME). For this event, participants can apply for their 2021 FAM federative license from 14 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

NOTICE: Participants, or their representative, must check that the participant’s bag has all its contents (documentation, commemorative garment, etc.) in good conditions. They must also check the registration data on the envelope identifying the participants (bib number, chip, commemorative souvenirs, etc.). They must check it in the presence of the staff of the organization before leaving the race office. Afterwards, there will be no possibility of complaint.

Participants who do not collect their bib number on time will lose all their 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.

Penalties

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. Environmental rules for those present

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 policy

The organization will inform about all measures to be taken, depending on the evolution of the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

21. Lack of knowledge of the rules

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. Characteristics and conditions of the race

 

  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.