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Program

Thursday 14 July

14.00 - 20.00
Welcome office opening hours
race-bibs distribution
Valtournenche sports hall
20.30
Race presentation
briefing
Valtournenche sports hall

Friday 15 July

08.30 - 09:15
Last chance to collect race-bibs
PUNCHING
Cervinia
10:00
Start
Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race
Cervinia

Saturday 16 July

11:00
estimated arrival of the first competitors
Cervinia

Sunday 17 July

11:00
Award Ceremony
Cervinia
8:00
Arrival last competitor
Cervinia

REGULATIONS

Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race is a 168 km-long running competition with about 13 000 meters of elevation gain, which has to be completed semi-autonomously. The race is organised by Cervino Sport Events SSD and CSAIn Valle d’Aosta, in collaboration with the municipality of Valtournenche, Soccorso Alpino (SAR) and Società Guide del Cervino. The competition will depart Friday, 15 July 2022, at 10:00 a.m. from Breuil Cervinia Valtournenche (AO). The maximum time allowed to complete the race is 56 hours (Sunday, 17 July 2022 at 6:00 p.m.). CMUR is scheduled in the ITRA international Calendar (International Trail Running Association), as well as in the national CSAIn calendar and in the CONI official “competitions of national interest” calendar.

The route of Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race is considered EE (CAI classification), routes for expert hikers, and winds through trails, hiking routes and muletracks; it goes through two glaciers (Arolla and Plateau Rosa) and occasionally transits on challenging and/or exposed terrains. Participation is reserved to athletes who can prove their experience in long distance competition and in being able to autonomously handle, without external help, whatever issue may be caused by this particular sport (night march, eventual harsh weather conditions, physical and mental exhaustion, injuries..).
All Competitors will have to scrupulously respect the signposted race route. Leaving the officially marked path will result in a disqualification, and it will be at the athlete’s own risk.
The entire route will be signposted with way-marker flags which are in part fitted with white reflective material for better sighting at night. No paint marking will be used in order to respect the environment
Bandierine segnavia Cervino Matterhorn Uktra Race

MAXIMUM TIME, TIME GATES, WITHDRAWAL

A “broom service” will be present, and will be following the route behind the last competitor so as to provide support to those who withdraw and help eventual injured athletes.

 

There will be six time gates:

- Prarayer Hut (21 km) Friday, 4:30 p.m.

- Les Haudères (50 km) Saturday, 00:30 a.m.

- Zinal (72 km) Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

- Gruben (93 km) Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

- Sankt Niklaus (112 km) Saturday, 10:00 p.m.

- Zermatt (148 km) Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

 

Time gates will be placed at the aid stations entrance. Competitors who will reach them outside the maximum allowed time will be stopped and will not be able to continue the race.

The medical staff can prevent participants from continuing the competition if severe psycho-physical damages are observed, as not to cause further damage. Competitors are expected to follow instructions.

Participants who withdraw from the race will have to do so at checkpoints and will be escorted at the finish line by bus and/or cableway installations. For logistical reasons, athletes may have to remain at the checkpoint for a short period of time. When withdrawing, competitors will have to immediately inform the organisers by sending an SMS to the number printed on the race-bib. In case of withdrawal outside the checkpoints, the trip back to Breuil Cervinia will have to be arranged autonomously.

AID STATION

The race has to be conducted in semi-autonomy and participants must carry with themselves a supply of at least 1 liter of water. Semi-autonomy is defined as the ability to be self-sufficient between two aid stations in terms of food, water, clothing and security equipment. At aid stations, where only competitors will be allowed, food and drinks supplies considered proper to maintain a healthy diet by the organisers will be available. As disposable cups will not be used, participants are expected to bring a personal one. Special dietary requirements and/or allergies will have to be handled autonomously.

 

There will be 15 aid stations:

- Perucca Vuillermoz Hut (13° km)

- Prarayer Hut (21° km)

- Nacamuli Hut (27° km)

- Arolla / Hotel Aiguille de la Tza (40° km)

- Les Haudères / Gite l’Ecureuil (50° km)

- Lac de Moiry / Gite Clems & Fabs (63° km)

- Zinal (72° km)

- Saint Luc / Hotel Weisshorn (83° km)

- Gruben / Hotel Schwarzhorn (93° km)

- St. Niklaus / LIFE BASE (112° km)

- Europahutte Hut (128° km)

- Taschalp (138° km)

- Zermatt (148° km)

- Trockner Steg / Gandegghutte (157° km)

- Teodulo Hut (161° km)

 

Athletes must respect the environment and deposit trash/rubbish in the dedicated bins.

Any food bought outside the aid stations will be at personal expense.

Upon arrival, a hot meal, in compliance with the current sanitary regulations, will be provided to every competitor.

CHECKPOINTS

Competitors have to register themselves whenever they reach an aid station (in St. Niklaus when leaving as well), failing to do so will result in disqualification. The organisation might establish new checkpoints not previously planned. Spot checks will be carried out to verify if the mandatory equipment is possessed and whoever refuses can face disqualification.

SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Soccorso Alpino (SAR) staff will be present through the route, along with staff from the organisation, who will be in direct communication with the base. Ambulances and medical and paramedical staff will be stationed on the path as well as at the start and finishing line.

ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE

Personal assistance is allowed only in the designated areas preceding the aid stations. Access to the areas is granted to only one assistant per competitor, and exclusively during the athlete’s passage. It is forbidden for people not participating in the race to accompany competitors.

REGISTRATION

To take part in the competition, athletes must be at least 20 years of age and must have successfully completed an Ultra Trail at least 100km long and 5000m D+ in the last 8 years. A specific medical certificate must be provided, it has to be legally recognised in the country of residence and be valid for the entire duration of the event. Registrations take place exclusively online, starting December 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. up until March 1, 2022 at 0:00 or once 600 participants are reached (in that case, requests are accepted based on the registration order). There will also be a waiting list following the registration order in case of overbooking. The participation fee is 340€ + 40 CHF obbligatory individual registration REGA.CH (helicopter rescue Swiss side valid for one year). The registration will be considered valid only if the payment is completed. Extra information will be available on the official website.

https://www.rega.ch/en/rega-patron/become-a-patron?rnw-widget=goenner-werden

ELITE RUNNERS

In order to give fair recognition to high level athletes and to ensure a fair management of entry applications, we reserve places for elite athletes based on their ITRA Overall Performance Index. Elite runners must register during the registration period as specified above. No registration will be accepted after the deadline.

Entry fee is offered to men who reached more than 820 ITRA, 720 points for women, in 2021.

At the starting line, elite athletes are invited to take the lead of the group by positioning themselves at the front respecting their race-bib number.

All elite runners agree to:

  • Attend to any press conference and official ceremony they are invited to;
  • Attend to any award ceremony that may concern them;
  • Show up at the starting line no later than 20 minutes before the start of the event.

ABSOLUTE RANKING men/women

 

1° prize

€ 2500

2° prize

€ 2000

3° prize

€ 1500

4° prize

€ 1000

5° prize

€ 800

6° prize

€ 400

7° prize

non-monetary prizes

8° prize

non-monetary prizes

9° prize

non-monetary prizes

10° prize

non-monetary prizes

 

 

Competitors will be notified of eventual changes to the current regulations up to 1 month prior.

COLLECTING RACE-BIBS AND RACE-PACKS

Race-bibs and packs distribution will be carried out at the Valtournenche Sports Hall (Cretaz hamlet 16), Thursday 14/07/ 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the starting area on Friday 15/07/2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Race-bibs are handed over to each runner upon presentation of a valid ID or with a written declaration of delegation to be presented if the pack is collected by another person.

BAG DEPOSIT

When collecting race-bibs, participants will be given a bag that can be filled with the items of their choice, clothing and supplies, that will be brought to the life base in St. Niklaus (112° km). Inside the race-pack, a number tag that must be pinned to the bag can be found. Bags will have to be handed over during the Welcome Office opening hours (Thursday, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

At the end of the race, the bags will be brought back to Breuil Cervinia and will be available for pickups by showing the race-bib, until and not after Sunday, 17/07/2022 at 7 p.m. No valuable items should be put inside the bags.Organisers are not responsible for the eventual theft, loss or damage of the bags and their content. The organisation does not under any circumstance mail back abandoned or forgotten bags

REGISTRATION

To take part in the competition, athletes must be at least 20 years of age and must have successfully completed an Ultra Trail at least 100km long and 5000m D+ in the last 8 years. A specific medical certificate must be provided, it has to be legally recognised in the country of residence and be valid for the entire duration of the event. Registrations take place exclusively online, starting December 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. up until March 1, 2022 at 0:00 or once 600 participants are reached (in that case, requests are accepted based on the registration order). There will also be a waiting list following the registration order in case of overbooking. The participation fee is 340€. The registration will be considered valid only if the payment is completed. Extra information will be available on the official website.

RIGHTS FOR IMAGES

When registering, competitors authorize the organisers to use their image while participating in the Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race. Any picture taken during the event may be used by the organization at will.

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

Registering for the competition implies full acceptance of this Regulation, including eventual modifications.

INSURANCE

It is highly recommended to have insurance which covers the cost of search, rescue and evacuation in Italy and Switzerland.

Members of the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) may subscribe to an Assistance – Repatriation insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue world-wide (itra.run/Runners/AboutInsurance).

Every participant will receive a CSAIN card which includes a basic annual insurance (www.csain.it/assicurazione/reale-mutua/).

CANCELLATION OF THE EVENT OR REGISTRATION

If the race is cancelled due to force majeure up until 15 days before the start of the event, the organization commits to refund 80% of the registration fee, or the competitor can, through a direct request to the organizers, not receive a refund and maintain their registration valid for up to two editions after the cancelled one.

If the race is cancelled or interrupted due to bad weather conditions or for any reason beyond the control of the organization, fees will not be refunded.

A participant wishing to cancel their registration must send an email (info@cervinosportevents.it). No refund will be issued unless a medical certificate justifying the physical inability to be present is provided before June 15, 2022. In this case the competitor can choose to have 50% of the fee refunded, or maintain the registration valid for the following edition of the race.

Competitors must carry the mandatory equipment with them at all times through the duration of the race.

 

MANDATORY

  • ID – passport/ID card.
  • Survival blanket.
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather + waterproof layer OR long sleeved layer + pile/clothing suitable for bad weather + waterproof layer (one of the layers MUST have a waterproof hood).
  • Second layer top with long sleeves.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of leggings and socks to cover the legs completely.
  • Warm gloves and hat.
  • 2 working torches with spare cells/batteries for each torch.
  • Mobile phone (smartphone strongly recommended): mobile phone with international roaming allowing for its use in both countries (load into its memory the organization's security numbers, personal number must not be masked and and the battery must be fully charged before leaving). Competitors must keep their mobile phone turned on before, during and after the competition.
  • Running pack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.
  • Minimum water supply: 1 liter + personal cup to be used at aid stations.
  • Appropriate trail-running shoes.
  • Face mask (according to sanitary rules).

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Money (huts and bars are present along the route).
  • Waterproof overpants.
  • First Aid Kit (band-aid, patches, Self-adhering elastic bandage).
  • Powerbank (external battery).
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Neckwarmer or bandana.

Decisions will be taken at sole discretion of the organizers, who can decide whether to disqualify competitors for the following reason:

  • unsportsmanlike conduct, lack of respect for other athletes/staff members/volunteers.
  • actions deemed as dangerous for the wellbeing of others and/or the successful completion of the event.
  • Fail to pass through or skip a checkpoint.
  • Short-cutting or abandoning the route.
  • Discarding rubbish and/or voluntarily damaging the environment.
  • Not assisting a competitor in need.
  • Unauthorized external assistance or assistance outside the designated areas.
  • Use of means of transport during the race.
  • Refusal to have a mandatory equipment check or not carrying the necessary items.

 

ANTI-DOPING CONTROL

Competitors could be subject to anti-doping controls before, during or after the event. In the case of refusal or abstention, the athlete will be sanctioned as if they were found guilty of doping.

 

COMPLAINTS

Any complaint must be sent by email (info@cervinosportevents.it) within 24 hours after the end of the event.

 

RANKING AND AWARDS

The race will have absolute general rankings, split into men and women. Further details for the available awards can be found below. Each athlete who successfully completes the Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race will receive a “FINISHER” prize.

 

Depending on how the Covid19 health situation evolves, the organization may apply more stringent rules in order to respect the current sanitary regulations. Competitors will have to properly wear a face mask when accessing an aid station. Self-service at the aid stations will not be allowed, and staff members wearing face masks and gloves will serve food and drinks to the athletes. The organization will implement these measures depending on the evolution of the situation and the regulations in Switzerland and Italy.