REGULATION
2022

SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA RULES

 

  1. MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE

The MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA by GRIFONE is a Skyrunning event that features several races in different distances: 19 km / 24 km / 51 km.

 

1.1. The 24-km race is part of the SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES 2022 circuit of the International Skyrunning Federation and is subject to official ISF rules.

 

1.2 These distances are open to official ISF runners and Open runners.

  1. THE ORGANISERS

The organising committee of the event is formed by the International Skyrunning Federation.

 

  1. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The Valls del Comapedrosa Communal Natural Park is located in the northwest of the Principality of Andorra, in the parish of La Massana. Within it lies Comapedrosa, the highest peak in Andorra (2,942 m), after which the park is named.

The Valls del Comapedrosa Communal Natural Park is a protected area spanning 15.42 km2. It stands out for its imposing high mountain landscape formed by forests, lakes and waterfalls. Its network of hiking trails and high mountain refuges allows visitors to enjoy a large number of excursions and view the native flora and fauna. On this basis, please bear in mind the following:

For more information on the good environmental practices that must be adhered to during warm-up and competition, visit the Manual of Good Practices (FEDME).

 

  1. ETHICS AND VALUES:

The MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE is based on ethics and core values shared by runners, sponsors, volunteers and the organisers. This commitment is certified with the Mountain Parks seal.

4.1. Environmental responsibility

Do not litter the park, use the available rubbish bins, respect the flora and fauna, and strictly follow the marked route without taking shortcuts. The organisers will use, whenever possible, reusable or recyclable materials and waste will be collected and separated (batteries, paper, plastic, etc.). The course markings, done on foot, will be collected the same day. The course will be cleaned up immediately after the last runner. Paper-based communication will be reduced to a minimum, giving priority to digital mediums.

4.2. Solidarity

Respect among runners, volunteers, sponsors and the public is an essential feature of the MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE.

4.3. Doping controls

4.3.1. Doping control may be carried out at any of the races according to the rules of each nation and WADA protocol and in accordance with the corresponding national federation.

4.3.2. Competitors are required to attend the doping controls assigned to them in accordance with each nation’s rules and WADA protocol.

 

  1. RULES OF PARTICIPATION 

5.1. Minimum age

The minimum age for participation is 18 years old as of 31 December of the year of the event.

5.2. Registration

Participants must have completed their registration correctly. By registering, the participant agrees to these rules and regulations.

5.3. Equipment

Each runner must carry the compulsory equipment outlined by the organisers plus whatever they believe is necessary to withstand the mountain’s conditions and the course depending on the conditions, the weather and the route.



ULTRA 51 km


APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT A (compulsory)

  • – Trail running shoes that cover the foot fully
  • – Thermal or survival blanket (minimum size 2 x 1.2 m)
  • – Hydration pack (minimum 1 litre)
  • – Backpack or equivalent
  • – Mobile phone that is switched on and not in airplane mode
  • – Waterproof and breathable jacket (minimum 10,000 mm water column)  with taped seams and hood, made from Gore-Tex®, Membrain®, H2NO®, HyVent® or similar, in the runner’s size
  • – Food supplies suitable for the route and the number and type of feed zones in the race
  • – Thermal base layer (minimum 180 g) in the runner’s size
  • – Long leggings or three-quarter-length leggings combined with leg sleeves
  • – Cap, neck gaiter or similar garment
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APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT B (according to weather forecast)

  • – Waterproof trousers
  • – Thermal T-shirt 
  • – Gloves

 

SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA and SKYRACE ARINSAL 24/19 KM

APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT A (compulsory)

  • – Trail running shoes that cover the foot fully
  • – Thermal or survival blanket (minimum size 2 x 1.2 m)
  • – Hydration pack (minimum 1 litre)
  • – Backpack or equivalent
  • – Mobile phone that is switched on and not in airplane mode
  • – Waterproof and breathable jacket (minimum 10,000 mm water column) with taped seams and hood, made from Gore-Tex®, Membrain®, H2NO®, HyVent® or similar, in the runner’s size
  • – Food supplies suitable for the route and the number and type of feed zones in the race
  • – Cap, neck gaiter or similar garment

APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT B (according to weather forecast)

  • – Thermal base layer (minimum180 g) in the runner’s size
  • – Long leggings or three-quarter-length leggings combined with leg sleeves

 

5.4. Insurance

5.4.1. The organisers will have third party liability insurance in force according to current regulations.

5.4.2. Participants must have minimum accident insurance that covers the activity.

5.5. Categories

Male and female categories will be defined as follows:

 

ULTRA COMAPEDROSA and SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA

 

  • Absolute
  • Junior (up to 20 years old as of 31/12/2022)
  • Veterans (from 40 years old as of 31/12/2022)

 

SKYRACE ARINSAL

 

  • Absolute
  • Junior (up to 18 years old as of 31/12/2022)
  • Veterans (from 40 years old as of 31/12/2022)

5.6. Money back guarantee

The organisers offer a Money Back Guarantee according to which the full registration fee will be refunded to all runners who take out this service when registering, as long as they provide notification up to seven days before the race.

 

  1. CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

6.1. Cancellation conditions

If you are registered and wish to cancel, you must notify the organisers by email: [email protected] Cancellations made by telephone will not be accepted. A refund will be issued to the card used to pay the registration fee, subject to the following conditions:

 

 Date of notification

Refund percentages

Up to 30 days in advance

80%

From 29 to 15 days

50%

From 14 to 8 days

25%

Less than 8 days

0%

 

 Date of application Rate of reimbursement

Up to 30 days in advance 80%.

From 29 to 15 days 50% of the total amount

From 14 to 8 days 25% Men and up to 8 days before 25% Men and up to 8 days before

Men and from 8 to 8 days 0%

  1. RESPONSIBILITIES

7.1. Participants and the organisers are subject to compliance with Royal Decree 1428/2003, of 21 November, which regulates the General Traffic Regulations, and more specifically Article 14 of Annex 2.

7.2. Participants accept the rules and regulations and will not hold the organisers liable in case of accident or material damage or bodily injury suffered during the competition, or before or after it.

7.3. Participants compete at all times at their own free will. However, please be informed that participation in this sporting event involves a risk of injury to participants, ranging from minor injuries to even death. This may include any type of injury or damage suffered during the race, including but not limited to, that caused by falls (whatever the reason may be), being run over, health problems stemming from the practice of sport, illnesses, exhaustion, injuries (irrespective of their seriousness) caused by fauna or flora, etc., or damage to material including loss, destruction, breakage, theft or misplacement, due to sporting accidents or due to the dynamics of the activity itself.

7.4. It is the duty of participants to act in a safe manner at all times, being responsible for their actions and at the same time assuming the risk of the activity and the environment. Since they take place in the natural environment, in places that are difficult to control and access, these types of competitions imply an additional risk for participants. By virtue of this, participants take part at their own free will and initiative, aware of and assuming the risks and consequences related to participating in this event.

 

  1. SAFETY

8.1. The organisers will place, at certain points along the course and at the checkpoints, specialised personnel tasked with ensuring the safety of participants. Following the indications of these personnel, who will be properly identified, is compulsory.

8.2. Medical personnel and ambulances will be available at strategic points along the course ready to intervene in case of need. These medical aid stations will be indicated on the official map of the race.

8.3. A broom team will be responsible for closing the race and collecting all the markings once runners have passed by. Therefore, if a participant has been overtaken by the broom team, no markings will be found.

8.4. In case of adverse weather conditions or force majeure, the organisers reserve the right to suspend, neutralise or modify the time frames and/or the course and feed stations. In this case the registration fee will not be refunded.

 

  1. RACE STAFF

9.1. The Race Directors and Referee Judges may force a participant to withdraw from the competition if they consider that the physical or technical capabilities of the runner are impaired due to fatigue, or if the competitor does not have the required equipment or if it is not in a suitable condition for continuing in the race.

9.2. The competition jury may suspend, shorten, neutralise or stop the race due to safety concerns or force majeure beyond its control (weather, external causes, etc.).

9.3. Checkpoint officials are responsible for Compulsory Checkpoint Controls. Participants are not entitled to complain or question officials about the rules, rankings or routes.

9.4. The organisers reserve the right to modify the rules of the MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE or suspend them in case of any eventualities or force majeure.

9.5. The Competition Jury is composed of the race director, an ISF representative and an ISF international referee.

 

  1. CHECKPOINTS

10.1. All checkpoints are obligatory. Participants must register at all of them including the finish line checkpoint. A corresponding penalty will be applied for loss of the chip or damage to it. Members of the organising team will be at checkpoints.

10.2. All the obligatory checkpoints will be marked on the map, however there may be other surprise checkpoints along the route so that all participants follow the marked course and respect the rules. All the checkpoints are compulsory and not passing through any one of them will result in a penalty.

10.3. The route between checkpoints must be followed according to markings in the established direction. For safety, sportsmanship and environmental reasons, straying from the marked course is not permitted.

 

  1. START/FINISH CHECKS

11.1. Prior to the start, checks will be carried out to grant access to the closed start area:

  • Race bib verification
  • All or part of the compulsory equipment may be checked by the referees
  • A penalty will be applied if participants are unable to present the compulsory equipment, or if they present unusable or defective equipment.

11.2. After crossing the finish line, checks will be carried out so participants can leave the closed finish area:

  • All or part of the compulsory equipment may be checked by the referees.

 

  1. RACE BIBS

12.1. To collect your race bib you must present photo ID. Under no circumstances may the race bib be exchanged with a third party. Race bibs or gifts will under no circumstances be sent to the participant’s home address if they do not participate in the race.

12.2. The race bib provided by the organisers must be worn at all times. The race bib must be worn on the front and must remain visible at all times. Cutting, folding, covering or modifying it in any way is prohibited.

 

  1. FINISHERS

All participants who finish the distance they signed up for as part of the MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE in less than the established maximum time will be considered Finishers and will receive a gift applicable to their race.

 

  1. IMAGE RIGHTS

By registering, all participants waive their rights with respect to use of their image and authorise the organisers and its sponsors to freely use and publish any photograph or video recorded in the context of the race.

 

  1. TIMING

15.1. Competitors must pass correctly through all the designated checkpoints, including the start and finish line.

15.2. If the race has to be interrupted and suspended at some point along the course, the ranking will be determined according to the order and time of arrival at the point of interruption or, failing that, at the last checkpoint.

 

  1. FEED STATIONS

16.1. Different types of feed stations will be distributed along the course:

  • Liquids
  • Light/solid foods (drinks, sweet foods, savoury foods)
  • Solids (drinks, sweet foods, savoury foods, pasta, etc. )

16.2. Reusable cups

Single-use plastic cups will not be used at the race. Each runner must carry a container with them so that they can drink at the feed stations.

 

  1. WEATHER CONDITIONS

In case of adverse weather conditions or force majeure, the organisers reserve the right to suspend, neutralise or modify the time frames and/or the course and feed stations. In this case the registration fee will not be refunded.

 

  1. ASSISTANCE

18.1. Personal assistance is allowed only at the feed stations established by the organisers. Receiving external assistance or provisionings, or being accompanied by a person not registered to take part in the race is forbidden anywhere except within these specific zones.

18.2. Life bags

For the 50-km distance, life bags will be available, handed out upon collection of the race bib, and may be used for storing sports equipment. The organisers will only transport these bags and not others. They must be properly marked with the runner’s bib number as well as being properly closed without any items sticking out.

 

  1. WITHDRAWAL

19.1. Voluntary withdrawal

Except in case of injury, it is only possible to withdraw from the race at a checkpoint. If a checkpoint is not accessible by vehicle, the runner must reach the nearest withdrawal point by their own means. Leaving the marked route without informing the organisers and without being duly authorised is forbidden. Participants must clock in at checkpoints.

19.2. Forced withdrawal

The organisers may temporarily stop a runner or force them to abandon the race if they consider that their condition is compromising their physical integrity or safety.

 

  1. PENALTIES

20.1. Anything from a three-minute penalty to disqualification may be applied for any of the following offences:

  • Littering outside the checkpoint areas (100 m +/-)
  • Receiving any type of assistance in unauthorised areas (not at specified points such as aid stations)
  • Not following the marked route, either voluntarily or otherwise
  • The race bib not being visible or being tampered with
  • False starts
  • Not going through the compulsory checkpoints
  • Showing unsporting behaviour: not assisting another competitor in need of help
  • Failure to wear or use the required apparel or equipment
  • Not complying with the indications of the organisers or the judges

20.2. Disqualification will be applied for:

  • Failure to participate in the awards ceremony without just cause
  • Refusing to undergo anti-doping tests or a positive result in an anti-doping test

 

  1. CLAIMS

21.1. Claims must be written and countersigned with the claimant’s name and bib number at the finish line or upon publication of the provisional results. A deposit of up to 20 euros may be required, which will be refunded if the case is accepted. Complaints can be made up to one hour after the publication of the provisional results.

21.2. Appeals against jury decisions can be submitted to the ISF under the same procedure and the verdict will be given within ten days of receipt

  1. SPECIFIC RULES

22.1. These rules and regulations are applicable to the MERRELL SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA BY GRIFONE event and all the races that take place as part of it.

22.2. Each race will have its own specific rules, which will establish more technical aspects and are an extension of these rules in relation to cut-off times, maximum race times, compulsory apparel and equipment, and categories.