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Mandatory Equipment

Mandatory Equipment and assistance

Of all the races of Val d'Aran by UTMB®.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT VDA and CDH

  • Closed shoes suitable for trail running.

  • Backpack or similar to carry the mandatory equipment.

  • Cell phone (smartphone recommended).

  • Personal glass of at least 15cl.

  • Water reserve of 1.5l minimum.

  • 2 headlamps with batteries or spare batteries for one headlamp.

  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum.

  • Whistle.

  • Adhesive elastic band (min. 100 cm x 6 cm).

  • Food reserve. Recommended: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energy bars of 65g each).

  • Hooded jacket that can withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof membrane minimum 10,000 mm water column and breathable (recommended RET less than 13).

  • Long-legged running pants or tights.

  • Dishes and eating utensils.

  • Waterproof pants cover.

  • Cap or bandana.

  • Warm, waterproof gloves.

  • Second additional thermal layer, weighing at least 180g (men's size M).

All clothing must be the participant's size and unaltered after leaving the factory.

All the material will be transported in a backpack or similar that must be marked during the delivery of the race bibs and that cannot be changed during the race.

Other advised material (non-exhaustive list): ㅤ

  • Thermal replacement garments essential in case of cold or rain or in case of injury.
  • Walking sticks in case of rain or snow for safety in case of slippery terrain.
  • Water purification tablets or jerry cans with filter.
  • Vaseline or anti-scratch cream.
  • GPS watch.
  • Knife or scissors to cut the elastic adhesive tape.
  • Sewing kit.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PDA

  • Closed shoes suitable for trail running.

  • Backpack or similar to carry the mandatory equipment.

  • Cell phone (smartphone recommended).

  • Personal glass of at least 15cl.

  • Plates and eating utensils.

  • Water reserve of 1l minimum.

  • Survival blanket of 1,40m x 2m minimum.

  • Whistle.

  • Adhesive elastic band (min. 100 cm x 6 cm).

  • Food reserve. Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energy bars of 65g each).

  • Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof membrane minimum 10,000 mm water column and breathable (recommended RET less than 13).

  • Waterproof pants cover.

  • Cap or bandana or piece of clothing that covers the head.

  • Warm, waterproof gloves.

All clothing must be of the participant's size and unaltered after leaving the factory.

All the material will be transported in a backpack or similar that must be marked during the delivery of bibs and that cannot be changed during the race.

Other advised material (non-exhaustive list): ㅤ

  • Essential spare thermal garments in case of cold or rain or in case of injury.
  • Additional thermal second layer: a long-sleeved thermal second layer garment (cotton excluded) weighing at least 180g (men, size M).
  • Poles in case of rain or snow for safety in case of slippery terrain.
  • 1 lamp in good working order with batteries or spare batteries.
  • Water purification tablets or jerry cans with filter.
  • Vaseline or anti-scratch cream.
  • GPS watch.
  • Knife or scissors to cut the elastic adhesive tape.
  • Sewing kit.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT EXP 30K and SKY

  • Closed shoe suitable for trail running.

  • Cell phone (smartphone recommended).

  • Personal glass of at least 15cl.

  • Water reserve of 1l minimum.

  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum.

  • Whistle.

  • Jacket with hood that can withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof membrane minimum 10,000 mm water column and breathable (recommended RET less than 13).

All garments must be of the participant's size and without modifications after leaving the factory.

All the material will be transported in a backpack or similar that must be marked during the delivery of the bibs and that cannot be changed during the race.

Other advised material (non-exhaustive list): ㅤ

  • Thermal replacement garments essential in case of cold or rain or in case of injury.
  • Poles in case of rain or snow for safety in case of slippery terrain.
  • Vaseline or anti-scratch cream.
  • GPS watch.

ASSISTANCE AND SEMI-AUTONOMY

The principle of individual racing in semi-autonomy is the rule. Val d'Aran by UTMB® races take place in a single stage, at a free pace, in the time indicated by the time barriers specific to each race. Semi-autonomy is defined as the ability to be autonomous between two aid stations, in terms of food as well as clothing and safety equipment, while being able to adapt to problems which may or may not occur (bad weather, physical problems, injury...).

This principle implies in particular the following rules:

  1. Each participant must carry all of his or her mandatory equipment with him or her throughout the race. The equipment must be carried in a backpack (or similar) marked during the race-bib collection, which cannot be changed during the race. Throughout the race, race marshals may check the backpack (or similar) and its contents. The runner is obliged to submit to these controls with cordiality, under penalty of disqualification.

  2. The aid stations have drinks and food to be consumed on the spot. The organization only provides water or energy drink to fill the flasks or bags of liquid. The runner must ensure that, at the exit of each aid station, he/she has the necessary amount of drink and food to reach the next aid station. For the slowest runners, the longest sections without refreshments can last more than 4 hours in the VDA and the CDH.

  3. In the VDA and the CDH, personal assistance is tolerated exclusively at certain aid stations (*), in the area specifically reserved for this use and at the discretion of the head of the point. This assistance can only be given by a single person, with no specific material other than a bag of a maximum volume of 30 liters. Assistance provided by professional teams or any medical or paramedical professional is strictly prohibited. The remaining areas within the aid stations are strictly reserved for runners. No assistance is allowed, at any point of the course, in the PDA, 30K and SKY races.

  4. It is forbidden to be accompanied or to accept to be accompanied during all or part of the course by a non-registered person, beyond the tolerance zones clearly marked in the vicinity of the aid stations.

  5. Any participant who accepts to be accompanied beyond the expressly designated zones contravenes the principle of semi-autonomy. The race commissaires who witness these irregularities are empowered to penalize the participants in order to guarantee the spirit of trail running events.

(*) Personal assistance is authorized at the following points:

  • VDA: AV5 Bossòst, AV10 Beret, AV15 Arties
  • CDH: AV5 Beret, AV10 Arties. Assistance is forbidden at the other aid stations, as well as at any other point along the route.
  • PDA, EXP and SKY: no assistance is allowed at any point of the course.

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