To participate, it is essential that race participants:
· Be fully aware of the length and difficulty of the event, and should be prepared for it.
· Have acquired, prior to the race, a capacity of personal safety when alone in a mountain setting, allowing themselves to manage the challenges and problems created by this event, and in particular:
o to know how to cope without outside help with weather conditions that can be extremely challenging, as a result of altitude, darkness, night, wind, cold, fog, rain and/or snow.
o to know how to manage, even when alone, the physical and/or mental challenges resulting from severe fatigue, digestive issues, muscular or joint pains, and possible injuries…
· to be fully aware that the role of the organization is not to help a race participant manage his problems and that for such activity in the mountains, safety depends on the ability of the race participant to adapt to challenges encountered en route.
All DDM trail races are open to any person, male or female, at least 18 years old on the day of the race, or 16 and 17 years old with a signed parental release form.
The DDM Junior is open to participants from ages 11 to 17.
The DDM Kids is open to particiapnts from walking, up to age 10. (Online subscription as of 4, less on site)
Each participant declares that he or she knows and accepts these rules.
The principle of semi-autonomy is a central premise of the DDM Trail Race. Semi-autonomy is defined as the ability to be autonomous between aid stations, in terms of food, clothing and safety equipment, and in particular including the ability to manage any challenges that may arise, such as environmetal issues, injury, and/or darkness.
This principle involves in particular the following rules:
1. Each participant must have with him or, for the duration of the race, all of his mandatory equipment (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). He or she should carry this material in their race vest during bib pickup, and cannot exchange or drop mandatory equipment along the course. At any time during the race, race marshals will be able to check participant race vests and their contents. The participant has the obligation to submit to these controls with cordiality, under penalty of removal from the race.
2. Aid stations are supplied with drinks and food for consumption on the spot. The organization provides water for filling flasks or hydration bladders. The particiapnt must make sure that he or she has enough water and food when leaving an aid station to reach the next aid station.
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
Your participation in the DDM Trail implies the unreserved acceptance of these rules.
Registration is open as of December 1.st for the next race.
Registrations are made via MSO through the website of the event: www.ddmtrail.ch
DDM | 57 : the first 57 entries will pay 57 CHF, according to our theme of “One CHF per KM”
For the other races, the prices will be as follows:
This registration fee includes participation in the race, race souvenir, finisher prize, and a meal available at the race finish.
· DDM | 57 : start at 6 or 9am, to choose from accordings to runner’s ability
· DDM | 32 : start at 11am (from Vérossaz)
· DDM | R (Relay) : start at 6 or 9am, to choose from accordings to runner’s ability
· DDM | D (Découverte) : start at 10am the day before
· DDM | J (Junior) : start at 2pm
· DDM | K (Kids) : start at 1pm
CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION
Any cancellation of registration must be made in writing. Reimbursement of registration fees must be made by the dates below for the year preceding the race:
· Before June 15: 60% of the registration fee will be refunded.
· Before August 15th: 30% of the registration fee will be refunded.
· After September 1st: No refund will be made. Bib exchange is possible.
To participate in the DDM race events, mandatory gear is required. However, it is important to note that this is a minimum that each race participant must supply. We encourage you to consider taking additional clothing and equipment based on your personal abilities and experience.
We encourage you to not choose the lightest possible clothing in order to save a few ounces of weight, but to choose clothes that will provide good protection in the mountains against the cold, wind and snow, and therefore, better safety and performance.
· 1 liter minimum water supply
· Mobile phone so you can contact the emergency services and be contacted at any time
· Personal cup for supplies
· Food reserve
· Minimum 1.40m x 2m survival blanket
· Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains
Recommended equipment :
· Long leg running pants or tights OR a combination of tights and socks fully covering the leg
· Elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or straping
· Long sleeve sweater to withstand the cold
· Cap or bandana
· Sun cream
The organization reserves the right to modify the mandatory equipment according to weather conditions. The final list will be communicated on the website and the FB page.
Each bib is given individually to each trailer on presentation of:
· An identity document with a photograph,
The race bib must be worn on the chest or belly and must be visible at all times throughout the race. It must therefore always be positioned above all clothing and may under no circumstances be attached to the bag or a leg. Partners’ names and logos must not be altered or hidden. The bib is the pass necessary to access the shuttles, supply areas, infirmaries, rest rooms, showers, drop-off areas or collection of bags… Except in case of refusal to comply with a decision taken by a race official, the bib is never withdrawn but in case of abandonment, it is deactivated.
SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
First aid stations are located at various points along the routes. A medical team is present throughout the events in Champéry, Vérossaz and Salanfe. The first aid stations are intended to provide assistance to any person in danger using the organisation’s own resources or those agreed upon.
It is the responsibility of a runner in difficulty or seriously injured to call for help:
· by reporting to a first-aid station
· by calling the medical team
· It is the responsibility of each runner to assist any person in danger and to warn the rescuers.
Don’t forget that hazards of all kinds, related to the environment and the race, can make you wait for help longer than expected. Your safety will then depend on the quality of what you put in your bag.
A runner calling on a doctor or first-aid attendant submits in fact to his authority and undertakes to accept his decisions.
First-aid attendants and official doctors are in particular authorised:
· to disqualify (by invalidating the bib) any competitor unable to continue the race,
· to evacuate by any means at their convenience the runners they deem to be in danger,
· to admit to hospital at their convenience runners whose state of health so requires.
The costs resulting from the use of exceptional emergency or evacuation means shall be borne by the person rescued, who shall also be responsible for his own return from the place where he has been evacuated. It is the sole responsibility of the runner to prepare and submit a file to his personal insurance within the time limit set.
If you are unable to reach the medical team, you can call the emergency services directly (especially if you are in an “emergency only” area).
Any runner who voluntarily deviates from the marked path is no longer under the responsibility of the organization.
CONTROL AND FOOD SUPPLY STATIONS
Each runner will be provided with a bib with an electronic chip. Runners who do not permanently have their chips will be penalized.
A check is carried out on arrival at any first aid or supply station.
Unannounced checkpoints shall be set up at places other than first aid and supply station. Their location is not communicated by the organization.
Only runners wearing a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the supply stations.
Any runner seen throwing garbage on the course will be disqualified.
A large number of bins are placed at each supply station and must be used. No cups will be provided at the refreshment station, each runner must have with him the necessary.
MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME BARRIERS
The time barriers are as follows:
· 01 :30pm in Vérossaz
· 04 :30pm in Salanfe
· 09 :00 in Champéry
The start times (time barriers) of the main checkpoints will be defined and communicated in the race roadbook.
These time barriers are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish in the maximum time imposed, while making possible stops (rest, meals…). To be allowed to continue the race, competitors must leave the checkpoint before the time limit set (regardless of the time of arrival at the checkpoint).
Any competitor put out of the race and wishing to continue his course will be able to do so only after having returned his bib, under his own responsibility and in complete autonomy.
In case of bad weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organisation reserves the right to stop the race in progress or to modify the time barriers.
When you arrive, you will receive your finisher gift.
A meal is also offered to all participants at the arrival site.
RANKINGS AND AWARDS
For each race, a general classification for men and women and a classification for each category for men and women are established:
The top 3 in each category receive a podium prize.
ABANDONMENT AND REPATRIATION
Except in case of injury, a runner must not withdraw elsewhere than at a checkpoint. He must then inform the person in charge of the checkpoint, who definitively invalidates his bib.
The runner keeps his invalid number because it is his pass to access the shuttles, buses, meals, treatment rooms…
Repatriation will be decided with the head of the checkpoint, according to the following general rules:
· Runners who abandon at a rescue or supply station but whose state of health does not require evacuation must return as quickly as possible and by their own means to the nearest point of repatriation.
· With regard to supply or emergency stations accessible by car or 4×4:
o when the checkpoint closes, the organisation may, within the means available, repatriate runners who have abandoned and are still present at the checkpoint
o in the event of unfavourable weather conditions justifying the partial or total stop of the race, the organisation shall ensure the repatriation of the runners arrested as soon as possible
In the event of abandonment before a checkpoint, it is imperative to return to the previous checkpoint and report the abandonment to the head of the Checkpoint. If the runner meets the broom runners on the way back, it is the broom runners who invalidates the race bib. The runner is then no longer under the control of the organization.
MODIFICATIONS OF THE COURSE OR TIME BARRIERS; CANCELLATION OF THE RACE
The organisation reserves the right to modify at any time the route and the locations of the first aid and supply station, without notice. In case of unfavourable weather conditions (heavy rain and snow at altitude, high risk of storms…) the start can be postponed for a maximum of a few hours, beyond that, the race is cancelled.
In case of force majeure (in particular in case of bad weather conditions and for safety reasons), the organisation reserves the right to stop the race in progress or to modify the time barriers.
In the event of cancellation of an event, for any reason whatsoever, decided more than 15 days before the date of departure, a partial refund of registration fees will be made. The amount of this reimbursement will be set in such a way as to enable the organisation to meet all irrecoverable costs incurred at the date of cancellation. In case of cancellation decided less than 15 days before the start or in case of interruption of the race, for any reason whatsoever, no refund will be made.
The organiser shall take out civil liability insurance for the duration of the event. This civil liability insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its liability, that of its employees and participants.
Individual accident Each competitor must be in possession of individual accident insurance covering search and evacuation costs. Such insurance may be taken out with any organisation of the competitor’s choice.
The organization reserves the right to modify these rules at any time and without notice.