Rules

Organization

The races of Mont-Blanc Marathon are organized by the Club des Sports de Chamonix (99 avenue de la plage/ 74400 Chamonix/ tel : 00334 50 53 11 57) with the help of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Marathon association. These rules and regulations apply to the following events: 80km du Mont-Blanc, the Marathon du Mont-Blanc (42km), the Cross du Mont-Blanc (23km), the 10km du Mont-Blanc and the Mini Cross (800m -3km reserved for children, depending on their age category). 


Race Presentation

80 KM DU MONT-BLANC

  • Trail in semi autonomy, includes 4 full refreshment stations and 5 liquid refreshment stations.
  • Three courses are available depending on snow conditions and weather conditions.
  • 76km to 84km distance with a combined positive vertical gain and descent from 5880m to 6600m depending on weather conditions.
  • Open for the ‘Espoir’ category and upward.
  • Limited to 1000 runners.
  • Route is predominantly on technical mountain paths situated between 1500m and 2650m in altitude.
  • Start on Friday June 26, 2015 at 4:00am.
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, finisher gifts, dinner on Friday night, safety pins, race bag, goblet, shower. 

MONT-BLANC MARATHON

  • Trail race in semi-autonomy, includes 3 full refreshment stations (Vallorcine, Tré le Champ, la Flégère) and 2 liquid refreshment stations ( Argentiere, Col des Posettes)
  • 42km distance with a combined vertical gain of 2722m and vertical descent of 1674m.
  • Open from the ‘Espoir’ category and upward
  • Limited to 2000 runners
  • Race is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude with a finish at 2000m.
  • Start on Sunday June 28, 2015 at 7:00am.
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medal for the finishers, marathon lunch buffet on Sunday, descent via Planpraz cable car, shuttles for runners from the bottom of the cable car to the sports complex, safety pins, race bag, goblet, shower.

MONT-BLANC CROSS

  • Short trail race in semi-autonomy, includes 2 full refreshment stations (Tré le Champ, la Flégère).
  • 23km distance with a positive vertical gain of 1665m and descent of 658m.
  • Open from the ‘Junior’ category and upward
  • Limited to 1500 runners
  • Route is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2000m in altitude with a finish at 2000m.
  • Start on Saturday June 27, 2015
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medal for finishers, cross lunch buffet on Saturday, descent via cable car from Planpraz, shuttles for runners from the bottom of the cable car to the sports complex, safety pins, race bag, goblet, shower.

10 KM DU MONT-BLANC

  • Nature race, includes 1 full refreshment station (DZ des bois)
  • 10km distance on the cross-country ski trails
  • Open from the ‘Cadet’ category and upward
  • Limited to 1000 runners
  • Start in waves
  • Start on Saturday June 27, 2015
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, t-shirt, safety pins, shower. 

KM VERTICAL

  • Race organized as a time-trial
  • 3.8km distance with a 1000m vertical gain
  • Open from the ‘Junior’ category and upward
  • Limited to 400 runners
  • Alpine route, end of the course exposed like a via Ferrata (steps, cables, scrambling..) finish at 2000m
  • Start on Friday June 26, 2015 at 04:00pm
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, t-shirt, Friday night dinner, descent via cable car, safety pins, goblet, shower.. 

MINI CROSS

  • Non-timed races, no rankings based on speed
  • Distances between 800m and 3km for children (categories from athletics school to ‘minimes’), taking place in the Bois du Bouchet
  • Start on Saturday June 27, 2015

Participation

The races are open to license holders and non-license holders of all nationalities, whose age corresponds to the category/distance criteria of the FFA. The age categories give rise to separate ratings in the different events.


Registration 

All registrations must be accompanied by one of the following to be considered validated:

  • Photocopy of an Athlé Competition license, Athlé Running, issued by the FFA valid on the date of the event
  • Photocopy of a sporting license, valid on the date of the event, issued by an approved federation stating there is no counter-indication of participating in athletics or running competitions
  • A photocopy of a license issued by the FFCO, FFPM or the FFTRI valid on the date of the event
  • A Pass’Running issued by the FFA valid on the date of the event
  • A photocopy of a license issued by the UNSS or the UGSEL valid on the date of the event and accepted by the scholastic establishment or scholastic sporting association
  • A medical certificate dated within a year of the competition date detailing in an explicit manner that there are no counter-indications of participating in athletics or running competitions. No other document will be accepted as proof of possessing this certificate. 

Foreign participants are required to provide a medical certificate stating there are no counter-indications of why the person cannot participate in athletics or running competitions, even if they hold a competition license issued by a federation affiliated with the IAAF. This certificate must be translated into French, dated, signed and stamped authentically by the doctor, even if not common practice on national territory. If it is not written in French it be must be translated. 

From October 13, 2014 through April 30, 2015 (inclusive) the photocopy of the license or medical certificate must be submitted to the organization within a month following the registration. By default the registration will be nullified and reimbursed 60% of the registration amount.

After April 30, 2015 all registrations without a photocopy of a license or medical certificate provided in the month following the inscription will be nullified and not reimbursed. 

When registering each runner commits personally to the following:

  • The registration for the Mont Blanc Marathon races is knowledge and acceptance by the competitor race regulations.
  • I declare that I have read and agree to the race rules and ethics (available on www.montblancmarathon.fr)
  • I understand and accept the participation conditions found in the rules and regulations.
  • I agree to comply with the regulations in all respects
  • I declare myself informed about the medical counter-indications that could relate to me and therefore relieve the organization of any medical problems that may arise during the event due to negligence on my behalf.

All accord is firm and final and implies total acceptance of the rules and regulations.


Enrolment fees

Enrolment exclusively on the Internet and secured payment by banker’s card.
Engagement fees include all the services described in the present regulations.  

MARATHON DU MONT-BLANC
• Between 13/10/2014 and 31/12/2014 : 50€
• Between 01/01/2015 and 30/04/2015 : 60€
• Between 01/05/2015 and 26/06/2015 : 70€

80 KM DU MONT-BLANC
• Between 10/11/2015 and 25/06/2015: 100€

KM VERTICAL
• Between 13/10/2015 and 25/06/2015 : 30€

CROSS DU MONT-BLANC
• Between 13/10/2014 and 31/12/2014 : 35€
• Between 01/01/2015 and 30/04/2015 : 40€
• Between 01/05/2015 and 25/06/2015 : 50€

10 KM DU MONT-BLANC
• Between 13/10/2014 and 25/06/2015 : 18€

MINI CROSS
• Between 13/10/2014 and 25/06/2015 : FREE


Semi autonomy

The Mont-Blanc Marathon races are in semi-autonomy. Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts, not only on the food front but also that of clothing and security, being able to adapt oneself in particular to problems encountered or envisaged (bad weather, physical problems, injuries…).

Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.?Two types of refreshments are offered:

Refreshments of drinks only : plain water, energizing drinks, Cola, tea.

Complete refreshments : drinks (as above) +  cereal or energizing bars, bananas, oranges, salty biscuits, cheese, sausage, bread.

Every runner seen throwing down their litter along the route will be penalized. Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every refreshment post and must be used.

Any individual assistance outside the refreshment stations is prohibited, as is support in the race.


Equipment

The required equipment complies with specific technical and administrative rules published by the FFA.
Each runners is committed to have safety equipment placed throughout the race and present whenever required by the organizer during the race. Check points may be carried out at any time during the race and the runner is obliged to cooperate with these controls cordially, non-compliance may result in disqualification.

MARATHON & CROSS DU MONT-BLANC

We would like to remind you that the Mont Blanc Marathon and Cross races take place in the mountains and weather conditions could change very quickly. It is for this reason that it is necessary to carry the above mentioned gear with you so you may protect yourself from unfavorable climate conditions.

Obligatory material :

  • Mobile phone.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
  • Waterproof jacquet windproof.
  • Whistle.
  • Survival blanket.

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Hat.
  • Gloves.
  • Leggings.

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on Marathon du Mont-Blanc.

Ski/walking poles are forbidden on Cross du Mont-Blanc.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way. 

80 KM DU MONT-BLANC

This event takes place on a route of predominantly technical mountain trails between 1500m and 2650m in altitude. Weather conditions can change very quickly and for this reason it is compulsory to bring the equipment noted below to protect yourself against unfavorable weather elements. The bib will be given to the runner only if it presents its mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Obligatory material :

  • Mobile phone. The phone must work and have a subscription adapted to the country.
  • Stock of water minimum 1 liter.
  • Waterproof jacquet windproof.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Whistle.

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Hat.
  • Gloves.
  • Leggings.

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on 80km du Mont-Blanc.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.

KM VERTICAL & 10KM DU MONT-BLANC

Ski/walking poles are forbidden on these races.

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Waterproof jacquet windproof.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter. 

Dossards

Each race bib is distributed individually to the runner upon presentation of a picture ID, without this documentation a bib will not be given. Race bibs must be clearly visible throughout the race. Please attach your race bib to the front of your t-shirt. It is not allowed to attach the race bib to your back or backpack. 


Time restrictions

The time restrictions indicated below are necessary to ensure maximum safety for the participants and may be altered if needed.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the marathon is fixed at nine hours. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • Control point at Le Tour (28ème km) : 12 :30am, 5hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Tré le champ (31ème km) : 01 :00pm, 6 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of La Flégère(37ème km) : 02 :45pm, 7hours and 40 minutes into the race

The maximum time allowed for the Cross is fixed at 5 hours. The latest time to pass through the control posts are as follows :

  • Refreshment post of Tré le Champ: 11 :00am, 2 hours and 30 minutes into the race
  • Refreshment post of La Flégère: 12:30pm, 4 hours into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the 80 km du Mont-Blanc is fixed at 24h00. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • Refreshment post of Planpraz (10ème km) : 7 :45am, 3 hours and 45 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Buet (26ème km) : 11 :00am , 7 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Vallorcine (46ème km) : 04 :45pm, 12 hours and 45 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Les Bois (66ème km) : 10 :45pm, 18 hours and 45 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Plan de l'Aiguille (77ème km) : 03 :00am, 23 hours into the race.

The time restrictions are mandatory and there will be no exceptions. The participant will be disqualified if he/she arrives after the given time limit.
The runner's bib numbers will be communicated by the race director, a mark will be made on the bib by the post manager and the runner will be asked to take public transportation back to Chamonix. In the case of a runner wishing to continue the course despite not making the time restriction, the post manager will take the bib and the runner will no longer be considered a participant of the Mont-Blanc races. He will no longer be under the organizer's responsibility.
Any person not respecting the station leaders and the other volunteers will be banned indefinitely from all Mont Blanc marathon races.
In the case of bad weather, and for reasons of security, the organizers reserve the right to stop the race or modify the time check points at any stage. Any such decisions will be taken by the Race Jury.


Course Modification

In case of unfavorable weather conditions (large quantities or rain or snow at altitude, strong wind, thunderstorms…) and following the decision of the race jury the organization reserves the right to modify start times, the course, and time restrictions.

Runners will be notified of these changes by text message and all information will be posted at the nerve centers of the race (start of races, race-bib pick-up, buffets…). 


Cancellation in cases of force majeure

Before the race

In cases of force majeure (weather (red or orange alerts) preventing competition running, natural disasters (earthquakes, storms), or major political events (revolution, war, terrorist attacks)) forcing the organization to cancel the event, 75% of the cashed registration fee will be reimbursed.

Not reimbursed:  Donations to the VML, cancellation insurance, paid buffet meals, and bank fees for those who registered on-line through the internet site.

The reimbursement will happen via bank transfer after October 1, 2015.

To receive reimbursement you must provide an international bank account number along with the swift code no later than 3 months after the scheduled race date.

During the race

In case of weather conditions potentially causing danger for the participants the organization can stop the race. In this case the runner arriving at a refreshment station or control check-point must follow the instructions given by the volunteers and will be required to comply with them.


Cancellation of inscriptions

For all cancellation requests (regardless of whether or not the person has cancellation insurance) only the person who is registered to run can cancel their registration. No other person is permitted to cancel for the registered participant. This reimbursement will be from 1 February 2015.

In the case of cancellation with cancellation insurance :

In the case of a medical problem only participants who took out cancellation insurance at the time of their inscription qualify for a full reimbursement (less the donation to the association "VML", and less the bank fees for those who registered through the njuko website).

The buffet meals will be reimbursed entirely if your request is made before April 30.2015.

After April 30.2015 (post office stamp is proof of date): no reimbursement for the meals will be made.

Requests for reimbursement must be made before the 5th of July 2015 and must be accompanied by a medical certificate dated no later than 25th June 2015.

Cancellation requests without cancellation insurance :

For all cancellation requests made :

  • Before april 30, 2015 (the post office date stamp will be reference) : 60% of the inscription costs will be reimbursed (less the donation to the association "VML" and less the bank fees for those who registered on the web site Internet Njuko). Buffet dinner/lunches will be reimbursed entirely.
  • After april 30, 2015 (the post office date stamp will be reference) : no reimbursement will be made ( not for the race nor the buffets).

No bib exchange is allowed with a third party. Any person selling his race bib on the Internet, or caught in bib swapping at the race-bib pick-up will immediately be disqualified without refund. 


Changing to another race

Changing to another race is possible if there are spots available in the requested race, for change :

  • From the 80 km to the Marathon ; OR to the cross ; OR to the KMV ; OR to the 10km.
  • From the Marathon au Cross ; OR to the KMV ; OR to the 10km.
  • From the Cross to the KM Vertical; OR to the 10km.
  • From the KM Vertical to 10km

To request a change please inform the organizers in writing before the April 30, 2015 so that they may add an additional race bib to the appropriate race. No reimbursements will be made.

Any requests to change from one race to another must be made by the runner in question (by mail). Requests made by anyone other than the registered participant are not permitted. 


Security

Security posts will be positioned in several locations of the race. They will have radio contact with the race Command Office.

A medical team will be present during the entire duration of the race. They will be able to intervene by all the appropriate means including by helicopter if necessary

If a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured they are asked to call for help:

  • By presenting themselves at a first-aid station
  • Calling race headquarters
  • Asking another runner to alert the rescue

It is important that each runner gives assistance to any person in danger and to call for rescue.

Any problem or accident must be reported immediately to the nearest checkpoint.

Remember that there are hazards of all kinds related to the environment and the race that may require waiting longer than you expect. Your safety will depend on the quality of gear you put in your packs.

A runner calling for a doctor or paramedic submits his authority and agrees to accept their decisions. The rescuers and official doctors are especially entitled to:

  • Take a runner out of the race (by removing bib) if they are deemed unable to continue the race
  • Evacuate by any means a runner that they deem in danger
  • Hospitalize a runner whose state of health requires it.

Expenses resulting from the rescue or exceptional evacuation will be borne by the person rescued, who must also ensure his return to the place of evacuation. It is the sole responsibility of the runner to build and present the case to his personal insurance within the time limit.

If unable to contact the race headquarters you can call the rescue agency directly (especially if you are in ‘emergency areas only’) 112 from France. 


Insurance

Civil liability :

The organizers have taken out Civil Liability insurance for the duration of the race. This Civil Liability insurance guarantees the pecuniary consequences of its responsibility, that of its employees and the participants.

Individual accident :

Licence holders benefit from the guarantees granted by the insurance linked to their licences. The organizers decline all responsibility in the case of an accident or health failure due to a poor state of health. The organizers encourage those participants who do not have an FFA license to buy individual accident insurance that would cover them during the event. The French Athletics Federation offers the Pass Running is an equity including the medical certificate and comprehensive insurance for a period of one year from date to date and costs 25 € (To register a running pass go www.athle.org).


Control checks / Abandons 

Checks will be carried out during the race in order to assure optimal conditions. Refusal by the runner to be checked will end in disqualification.

If a participant abandons the race, they must inform the person in charge at the nearest refreshment or control post and turn in their electronic timing chip, and also inform this person of their bib number.

In case of abandon the runner’s bib number will be communicated to the race headquarters, and a mark will be made on the bib by the post manager. The runner will then be invited to take public transportation back to Chamonix.

Any person lacking respect to the volunteers in charge will be banned forever from future Mont-Blanc marathon races. 


Fight against drug use

The organizers would like to draw the participant's attention to the respect and integrity of good sportsmanship and ethics, especially the fight against drug use. 


Jury

An official jury will be appointed. Its power of decision cannot be contested. It may be forced to take decisions on the postponement or cancellation of the race depending on the weather conditions.

The jury is composed of a member from each of the following structures:

  • Race director
  • Club des Sports de Chamonix
  • Gendarmes Company
  • Race coordination doctor
  • City of Chamonix
  • CMBM
  • CNEAS
  • PGHM

Photo rights

Each participant authorises the organisers of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc as well as the sponsors and the media to use any images (fixed or audiovisual) taken during the Mont-Blanc Marathon. These images may be used for promotional documents and/or advertising mediums all over the world and for the longest duration authorised by law, rules and regulations or current treaties, including any eventual extensions which may be granted to this timescale.


Freedom of information act

In accordance with the Freedom and Information Act of 6th January 1978, each participant has the right to access and rectify his personal information.


Race bags

The organizer offers to transport participants bags for the Marathon and Cross (1 bag per participant, bag provided by the organizers) to the race finish line. The organizer declines any responsibility due to loss, theft, or damage of the bags and their content.

The participant’s belongings will be transported to the finish only if they are in the race bags provided by the organization.


Animals

The Mont-Blanc Marathon and the Cross traverse the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve. For this reason participants are prohibited from running with dogs.


Participation Conditions

Any competitor not complying with the minimum standards of cleanliness and respect for nature can be disqualified. Participation in the Mont-Blanc Marathon races will be the sole responsibility of the runners, waiving all claims against the organizers for damage suffered or incurred. Competitors expressly waive their rights to the organization. Competitors agree not to engage in any further charges against the organizers for any incident arising from their participation in this event.


Penalty – Disqualification

Race officials present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorised to uphold regulations and to immediately (*) impose a penalty for non-respect, based on the following chart :

BREACH OF RULES

PENALTY (*) – DISQUALIFICATION

Lacking obligatory safety equipment

Penalty time

Refuse to have obligatory equipment checked out

Disqualification

Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their team

Penalty time

Not respecting people (organisation or runners)

Immediate disqualification and for life

Not helping someone in difficulty

Penalty time

Receiving help outside authorised zones

Penalty time

Cheating (e.g.: using transport, sharing race number,…)

Immediate disqualification

Race number not visible

Penalty time

Refusal to comply with an order from race control, from a race official, from a head of post, from a doctor or from a rescue worker

Immediate disqualification

(*) ??Any other breach of the rules will be the object of a sanction decided on by the Race Jury.


Modifications to Rules & Regulations

These rules & regulations may be amended at any time and without notice by the organization team until June 25, 2015. Any new versions of the rules & regulations will be posted on the event website www.montblancmarathon.fr.