Article 1 Definition
The Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races is an individual competition based on the results obtained by participants in the various races that make up the Ultra Endurance Races calendar. The Catalan Cup rewards the good results and consistency of participants in the races that comprise the calendar.
To score points in the Catalan Cup, participants must be in possession of an annual competition licence issued by the FEEC, the FEDME or another foreign federation affiliated to the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) that corresponds with competition.
Article 2 Participation
In order to participate in the Cup’s races, runners, whether they are federated or not, must submit a medical certificate issued within the last 12 months attesting to their fitness and a lack of conditions impeding them from participating in ultra-endurance races. A participant responsibility declaration must also be submitted. Both the certificate and the declaration can be found on the FEEC registration platform.
Article 3 Races 2021 edition
The Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races will consist of:
· 8 and 9 May ULTRA TRAIL BARCELONA
· 5 and 6 June ULTRA LAS BASTIONES
· 25 July ULTRA COMAPEDROSA
Article 4 Classification and categories
The winner of the Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races will be the participant who accumulates the highest number of points across all races, with the worst result discarded. In the event that the Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races is made up of less than three races, all the races will count and none will be discarded. In order to be eligible for a prize, the runner must have participated in a minimum of three races.
The following categories and subcategories have been established:
Over 21 years old
21, 22 and 23 years old
40 to 49 years old
50 to 59 years old
Over 60 years old
For the purposes of the Catalan Cup, only runners over 23 years of age or those who will turn 23 in the current year will be eligible to score points.
Article 5 Routes and elevation gain
UT Els Bastions
Article 6 Compulsory equipment
All participants must carry the following equipment:
· Trail running shoes that cover the foot fully. Minimalist footwear such as sandals that do not cover the foot fully are not permitted.
· Thermal or survival blanket (minimum size: 2 x 1.2 m)
· Hydration system (minimum 1 L)
· Rucksack or equivalent
· Mobile phone that is switched on and not in airplane mode
· Windbreaker with hood in the runner's size made from a waterproof (minimum 10,000 mm water column) and breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex®, Membrain®, H2NO®, HyVent® or similar, with taped seams.
· Calorie-rich food suitable for the trail and the quantity and type of feed zones in the race.
· Battery-operated headlamp with spare battery or two headlamps*
· Thermal base layer in the runner's size (minimum 180 g)*
· Long leggings or three-quarter-length leggings combined with leg sleeves*
· Cap, neck gaiter or similar*
· First aid kit including, as a minimum, bandages and antiseptic*
In case of good weather conditions, the organisers may discard the compulsory equipment marked with an *.
The organisers or referees may request to see runners’ compulsory equipment at any point along the trail.
Article 7 Classification
Points for the Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races will be assigned according to each race’s official ranking, which the organisers will submit to the FEEC.
Each runner’s score in a race shall be determined by adding the difficulty coefficient and the points obtained in the race according to the scoring table in Annex 1.
Each race will be assigned a difficulty coefficient according to its distance, cumulative elevation gain and technical factor (the type of terrain and the technical sections of each race will be taken into account, grading it from 10 to 50). This coefficient will be the result of the following:
(km of route + (metres of cumulative elevation gain/100)) x 1(TF) = difficulty coefficient*
*The value of the difficulty coefficient shall be rounded to 1 decimal place.
The difficulty coefficient of each race will be published together with the annual calendar of the Cup of Ultra Endurance Races of the FEEC. If there is are significant variations in the distance and/or elevation gain of the initial race (justified within the time frames set out in the rules and regulations and approved by the Ultra Endurance Races Committee), a new coefficient will be calculated.
In the event of a tie between two or more runners, the highest score obtained in the race with the highest difficulty coefficient shall be taken into account.
• Applying the difficulty coefficient in special conditions:
• In the event that the race is suspended once it has commenced:
· If more than 75% of the course has been completed: full difficulty coefficient.
· If between 50% and 75% of the route has been completed: difficulty coefficient multiplied by 0.5.
· If less than 50% of the course has been completed: only the scores taken from the rankings (annex 1) will be applied without adding the difficulty coefficient.
• In the event that the route is modified:
· If it is shortened, the same conditions as in the case of suspension apply.
· If it is extended, scoring will remain the unchanged.
Article 8 Prizes
Attending the end-of-season prize-giving ceremony is compulsory. In case of non-attendance and failure to provide adequate justification, the monetary prize will be forfeited.
As regards the awarding of the trophy to the group that has participated the most in the Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races, it will be awarded to the group that has participated the most once all the events that comprise the Catalan Cup of Ultra Endurance Races have been held. All categories will be taken into account and runners must be in possession of a valid annual licence issued by the FEEC.
Article 9 Race referees
Mountain races shall be refereed when so decided by the Mountain Races Committee or the FEEC Technical Department.
Referees will be assigned by the FEEC Referees Committee, consisting of a head referee and assistant referees.
The Mountain Races Committee is responsible for nominating an FEEC delegate for Cup events and championships.
Mountain race referees are qualified to referee all races except those held on snowy terrain, for which they must prove basic knowledge of nivology. Ski mountaineering referees are qualified to referee races on snowy terrain.
The refereeing team will be made up of:
· 1 head referee
· 2 assistant referees (for races between 50 and 60 km)
· 3 assistant referees (for races between 60 and 80 km)
· 4 assistant referees (for races over 80 km)
Referees must be in possession of the mountain race referee qualification issued by the FEEC and hold a federation licence for the current year corresponding with mountain racing.
Duties of the head referee:
· Preside over the race jury
· Liaise with the organisers to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that the rules are correctly applied
· Supervise start and finish areas and officiate the start of the race
· Supervise and officiate the organisers’ timekeeping
· Designate the duties of the refereeing team
· Draw up the referee's report
· Assume the duties of the assistant referees in the event that they are not appointed
Duties of the assistant referees:
· Answer the organisers’ queries
· Follow up on everything related to the race
· Supervise the route taking into account safety, markings, the location of checkpoints and information points, the location of feed zones and the installation of safety elements (fixed ropes, etc.). It is advisable that they are accompanied by a person from the organisers.
· Monitor the list of participants
· Oversee equipment inspections
· Check that participants hold a federation card
Duties of the FEEC delegate:
· Be part of the race jury
· Attend meetings and competition sessions
· Clarify any queries and interpretations of the rules and regulations that may arise
· Oversee the awarding of prizes
· Represent the FEEC
Article 10 Race jury
The organisers of each race shall appoint the jury before it commences. This jury will consist of the race director, the FEEC delegate, the referees and a runner taking part in the race chosen at random.
In the absence of referees, and only in the case of complaints, an acting jury will be formed consisting of the race director and a runner chosen at random who has no involvement in the complaint.
The head referee shall act as the president of the jury and their vote shall count as double in the event of a tie. Another runner shall also be chosen at random to act as a reserve in the event that the previously-chosen runner is involved in the complaint.
The duties of the race jury are as follows:
· Deal with complaints made on the day of the race.
· Resolve any other disputes should the president of the jury deem it necessary.
· If the case arises, the president of the jury shall convene the race jury and resolve the complaint that has been submitted and may summon all those involved in the complaint and the necessary witnesses prior to the prize-giving ceremony. In the absence of referees, the race jury shall be formed of the acting jury.