REGULATION HALF MARATHON DES SABLES 2017

 

ART. 1 : ORGANIZATION

ART. 2 : DEFINITION OF THE COMPETITION

ART. 3 : GENERAL CONDITIONS

ART. 4 : CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION FOR PARTICIPANTS

ART. 5 : CATEGORIES OF PARTICIPANTS

ART. 6 : PROGRAMME OF THE RACE

ART. 7 : TECHNICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL VERIFICATIONS

ART. 8 : IDENTIFICATION MARKS RESERVED BY THE ORGANIZATION

ART. 9 : SPACE RESERVED FOR PERSONAL SPONSORS

ART. 10 : STAGE START

ART. 11 : STAGES

ART. 12 : CHECK POINTS

ART. 13 : STAGE FINISH LINE/BIVOUAC

ART. 14 : RANKING

ART. 15 : WATER SUPPLY

ART. 16 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

ART. 17 : DROPPING OUT / ELIMINATION

ART. 18 : GROUND ASSISTANCE

ART. 19 : INSURANCE

ART. 20 : WEATHER AND TERRAIN CONDITIONS

ART. 21 : MARKINGS

ART. 22 : ROAD BOOK

ART. 23 : COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT FOR COMPETITORS

ART. 24 : REGISTRATION, ENTRY FEES AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL OBLIGATIONS

ART. 25 : FORFEITURE CANCELLATIONS

ART. 26 : MISCONDUCT AND PENALTIES

ART. 27 : OVERVIEW OF PENALTIES

ART. 28 : PHOTO COVERAGE

ART. 29 : LIST OF PRIZES - RANKING

 


ART. 1 : ORGANIZATION

The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES 2017 is organized by ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale and will take place from 25 au 30 September 2017 in FUERTEVENTURA (Canaries) in Spain. The event will involve 500 participants.

 

ART. 2 : DEFINITION OF THE COMPETITION

The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is a foot race, open to runners and walkers, in 3 stages, free style, and with food self-sufficiency over a distance of about 120 Km. Each participant must carry his/her own material (obligatory food and equipment).

 

ART. 3 : GENERAL CONDITIONS

The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES will be administered according to the general race regulations and their amendments (road book, etc.), to which all participants agree when they register.

 

ART. 4 : CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Anyone meeting the following conditions will be accepted: over 18, any citizenship. Competitors must hold a medical certificate issued by the organization stating their ability to participate and a ECG report at rest.Teenagers aged 16 and over may participate in the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES subject to prior consent from ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale and written permission from a parent or guardian. They will have to meet the same requirements as adults, set out in these regulations.

Due to the specific features of the race (food self-sufficiency, race regulations) no accompanying parties are accepted on the race.

 

ART. 5 : CATEGORIES OF PARTICIPANTS

CATEGORY A: INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT
CATEGORY B: TEAM PARTICIPANT

CATEGORY A: INDIVIDUAL
All entrants, male and female, will be ranked without distinction of age or professional level. However, in addition to the general ranking, there will be rankings for:

• Women,
• Veteran M1 (aged 40 to 49),
• Veteran M2 (aged 50 to 59),
• Veteran M3 (aged 60 to 69),
• Veteran M4 (aged 70 to 79),
• Veteran W1 (aged 40 to 49),
• Veteran W2 (aged 50 to 59),
• Veteran W3 (aged 60 to 69),
• Veteran W4 (aged 70 to 79).
Classification is based on year of birth.

CATEGORY B: TEAM
A team is made up of at least 2 runners. To remain in the race, both members of the team must complete the event. However, each member is recorded as an individual in the general ranking.

 

ART. 6 : PROGRAMME OF THE RACE

  • 25 September : Participants meet at FUERTEVENTURA airport (from 10 am until 12 am).

Transfer to the bivouac.
Technical, administrative and medical checks.

Dinner with the organization and night on the bivouac.

  • 26 to 28 September : Timed stages with food self-sufficiency.

Night on the bivouac.

  • 29 September : Final timed stage with food self-sufficiency up to and including lunch.

Awards ceremony.
Dinner with the organization.

Night on the bivouac.

  • 30 September: Breakfast with the organization.

End HALF MDS.
Transfer to the airport (fixed schedule)

 

ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale reserves the right to modify:

  • The regulations of the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES
  • The physical features of the course (see ART.21)
  • The place and destination in case of forces beyond our control: weather, cataclysm, armed conflict, invasion in any form, lock-out, etc.)

 

 

ART. 7 : TECHNICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL VERIFICATIONS

These checks will take place on 25 September 2017.
Participants must present themselves to the race stewards and medical team responsible for carrying out these verifications. Each participant must imperatively have fulfilled his or her technical, administrative and medical obligations (see ART. 24, 25, 27 & 28) before departure.
The race stewards are authorized to check participants' backpacks at any time. Individual items of participants’ equipment as set out in the list below are strictly personal. All competitors are responsible for their own equipment. Any found objects that remain unclaimed after 24 hours shall be disposed of, except for telephones, cameras and batteries.
During the race, the organization will not look after any items from competitors’ backpacks.

 

ART. 8 : IDENTIFICATION MARKS RESERVED BY THE ORGANIZATION

At the administrative and technical checks, the organization will provide each participant with :

• 2 numbered bibs measuring approx. 18 cm x 16 cm,,
- one for the upper chest
- one for the back (attached to the backpack)
• a check-in card
• a distress beacon
• WAA Chronotag

The ID marks provided must be worn by the participants throughout the race and positioned according to the organization's indications, failing which penalties will be applied. The race stewards may carry out checks at any time. It is formally forbidden to cover the organization's race numbers with any other lettering. Each participant must ensure that his/her ID marking is clear, entirely visible, in good condition and in the proper place, at the risk of penalty (see ART. 27 and 28). The organization will provide competitors with spare bibs in case of damage or loss. The distress beacon must be handed in at the end of the race. The loss of the distress beacon will incur a fine of 200 euro (see ART. 27 and 28).
Each participant agrees to adhere strictly to this rule, at the risk of incurring penalties (see ART. 9, 27 and 28).

 

ART. 9 : SPACE RESERVED FOR PERSONAL SPONSORS

In addition to official ID markings, participants may use other available clothing space for personal sponsors e.g. T-shirts (apart from the chest area exclusively reserved for bib number) shorts, socks, caps, backpacks, etc. However, the organization reserves the right to prohibit sponsorship considered to be oversized or in direct competition with the organization's partners or for any other reasons that the organization does not have to justify.

The upper part of the chest area is reserved exclusively by the organisation for positioning your bib. The race organizers will be very strict about the placement of this bib. Therefore, participants should think carefully about where to position advertising and publicity on T-shirts and backpacks.

 

ART. 10 : STAGE START

Stage starts are grouped, except for the "non-stop" stage, where the leaders of the general and women's classifications will start around 2 hours after the 1st start. All competitors must attend a briefing session with the race director before the stage starts. Participants must imperatively start at the time indicated by the organization, subject to penalties (see ART. 28).
Before the start of each stage, the water distribution point is a compulsory check-point (see ART .13 et 16).

 

ART. 11 : STAGES

  • Etape 1 : maximum authorized time 10 hours.
  • Etape 2 NON STOP : maximum authorized time 28 hours. Starting from CP4, participants can choose their own bivouac location as long as they remain on the course route and are clearly visible.
    Headlamps must be lit from 8 pm.
  • Etape 3 : maximum authorized time 10 hours.


CP closing times are indicated in the road book. Anyone who has not reached a checkpoint before the deadline will be disqualified (see ART. 27 & 28).
"FINISHER" medals are awarded at the end of the final stage.

 

ART. 12 : CHECK POINTS

The water distribution points at both the start and the finish line of each day's stage are compulsory check points. Check points are located along the course of each stage of the race. There are two to five check points depending on the length of the stage, and each competitor must go through them, if not penalties will be applied (see Art 27 and 28). The race stewards record times and distribute water at these check points (see ART.16). Medical assistance is available at each check point. The closing times for each checkpoint shall be indicated in the road book.

 

ART. 13 : STAGE FINISH LINE/BIVOUAC

An official time-keeper will take down the daily order of arrival for each competitor.
Obligatory checkpoints: water distribution and card stamping
The bivouacs will be pitched each day on previously chosen sites transformed into camping grounds for the competitors: tents numbered with compartments and bib numbers. Upon arrival to the stage, each competitor will have to mount his own tent at the point indicated by the organization. Before each start of the stage, the competitor must fold and pack his tent so that the organization can deposit it at the next bivouac. Failure to respect the alveolus and / or its tent number as well as mounting and dismantling of the tent will result to penalties (see ART. 27 and 28).
Competitors may spend their spare time preparing their sleeping areas and treating any medical issues.

 

ART. 14 : RANKING

Each competitor's time is recorded in hours, minutes and seconds.

CATEGORY A: INDIVIDUAL
The daily race ranking is calculated by adding the time taken to run that stage of the race plus penalties, if applicable.

CATEGORY B: TEAM
Each team's time will correspond to the average time taken by its members, including penalties.

CATEGORIES A & B :
General ranking is calculated by adding together times for each stage of the race. Any claims must be made in writing at the race and handed to the ranking marshals (see Art. 27).

 

ART. 15 : WATER SUPPLY

The organization takes charge of supplying water to each competitor.
Water is typically distributed as follows.
Water will be distributed on the competitors' bivouac each morning before the start of the race. Distribution times will be posted on the bivouac the night before (see Art. 13, 27 and 28). Stamping of the water card is obligatory and the competitor's sole responsibility. Each participant must manage his/her daily water intake as and when water is distributed and cannot obtain further supplies at any other time, as indicated in the road book
Never leave without water. Should you get lost in the desert, water reserves could be vital.

 

ART. 16 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

A specially chosen medical team, specializing in sports and tropical medicine, will be present throughout the race with the use of assistance vehicles. It will be posted at check points and at the finish line each day and will ensure that any participants suffering from physical or mental exhaustion are brought back to the bivouac. The medical team is authorized to remove bibs and eliminate any participant they deem physically unfit to continue the race and/or who has received vital medical care. (See ART.27 and 28).

 

ART. 17 : DROPPING OUT / ELIMINATION

In no circumstances (and at the risk of having to pay the search costs involved) must any competitor leave the race without informing the organization and signing an official discharge provided by AOI. If a competitor abandons the race, he/she must notify the organization as soon as possible and give his/her identification marks to one of the course or bivouac stewards.
A team comprising more than two members from which one member drops out or is disqualified will result in the team receiving a one-hour penalty (see Articles 27 and 28).
In the case of a serious physical condition, repatriation will be arranged immediately.
If the competitor's physical condition is satisfactory, he or she shall be taken to
PLAYITAS within 24 hours maximum. After signing an official disclaimer supplied by AOI. While awaiting transferral to PLAYITAS , the competitor shall automatically be taken care of and must hand over his or her food to the organization.
In
PLAYITAS, the organization will give the competitor his or her personal bag and provide assistance to reserve a hotel if necessary. Accommodation and food shall be paid for by the competitor.
A doctor will be available for consultations and referral to hospital or a nurse for treatment.

 

ART. 18 : GROUND ASSISTANCE

The organisation reminds all participants that the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is a race that must be completed with food self-sufficiency and any outside assistance is strictly prohibited. Replenishment during the race shall incur a minimum penalty of 3 hours and possibly élimination. Any competitor who wanders far from the race route, necessitating a lengthy search, will be eliminated from the race and pay a fixed fine (see ART. 27 and 28).

 

ART. 19 : INSURANCE

An insurance policy covering medical evacuation is arranged by the organization for all participants.
The policy covers the following:

  • Evacuation on medical grounds and corpse repatriation in the event of death: actual costs for all competitors to return to European Union member countries and Switzerland. Competitors residing in countries not included in the above list will bear the full costs of returning to home countries from the place of repatriation. They are therefore strongly advised to take out personal insurance.
  • Necessary fees required for transport in case of death: 1,525 euro,
  • Payment of medical expenses in Spain for non-residents only: 15,000 euro.

All competitors take part in the full knowledge of the risks that may be incurred in this kind of competition. Since competitors participate of their own free will, the organization is not responsible for any incident or accident.
In accordance with the French Act of 1984 on sport, the organizer is obliged to advise participants to take out their own accident and death insurance.

ART. 20 : WEATHER AND TERRAIN CONDITIONS

Average temperature in September:
- Daytime:27°C
- Night time: 14° C
The route of approximately120 kilometres covers a wide variety of terrains. In the event of sand storm lowering visibility to zero, competitors must stop in their tracks and wait for instructions from the race stewards.

 

ART. 21 : MARKINGS

Participants in the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES must imperatively follow the route as marked by the organizers, failing which penalties may be applied according to the particular stage. For liaison stages, the course will be marked approximately every 500 metres. Several natural landmarks will serve as additional points of reference.
Special NON-STOP stage: light beacons from CP3 to the finish line.

 

ART. 22 : ROAD BOOK

A road book will be compiled from the survey reconnaissance missions. The exact course will remain secret and will only be revealed at the time of distributing the road books on 25 September. The road book will include different sections, details of the stages, support information, etc.
Competitors shall be penalized if they you do not have their roadbook during the race. (see ART. 28).
Each morning a briefing will be held relating to that day's stage by the organizers in French and in English.

 

ART. 23 : COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS

All competitors must bring their personal equipment to the race. The total obligatory equipment and personal belongings for each competitor (food, survival equipment and marathon kit, etc.) must weigh between 5 kg and 12 kg. This minimum/maximum weight does not include the daily water supply. All participants must present their obligatory equipment at the administrative and technical checks (see ART. 27 and 28). Any food outside its original packaging must clearly feature the nutrition label relating to the product concerned.

Food :
Competitors must provide their own food from 26 to 29 September inclusive:

  • 26, 27, 28 September: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 29 September: breakfast, lunch

Competitors must select the type of food best suited to their personal needs, health, weather conditions, weight and backpack conditions. Each competitor must present a total of 8,000 k/calories, i.e. a minimum of 2,000 k/calories per day, at the risk of penalties (see ART. 27 and 28). Gas stoves are strictly forbidden.

Other meals by the organization :

  • 25 september: breakfasr, dinner
  • 29 september: dinner
  • 30 september: breakfast


Obligatory equipment:

  • MARATHON DES SABLES backpack or equivalent
  • A conditioning capacity of 2 liters of water (water bottle, water pouch, ...)
  • sleeping bag,
  • headlamp + complete set of spare batteries,
  • 10 safety pins,
  • compass, with 1° for information (workshops)
  • lighter,
  • a whistle,
  • knife with metal blade,
  • skin antiseptic,
  • signalling mirror,
  • aluminium survival sheet,
  • tube of sun cream,
  • 200 euro
  • passport or for Europeans an ID card
  • original medical certificate provided by AOI, filled in and signed by the doctor
  • original ECG and its tracing


Marathon kit:
This is supplied by the organization and comprises:

  • the road book handed over on 25 September,
  • salt tablets,
  • ID markings (see list ART. 8)
  • bags for the toilet.

This kit will be issued at the technical and administrative checks. A luminous stick will be issued at CP3 of the non-stop stage. The distress beacon must be given back to the organization at the final finish line.

 

CALORIES (Kcal.)
Reminder of the minimum calories to be presented at the technical controls

DAY

MORNING

DAY

MORNING

Technical check
1st day
2nd day

08 000
08 000
06 000


 

3rd day
4th day

04 000
02 000

 

 

ART. 24 : REGISTRATION, ENTRY FEES AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL OBLIGATIONS

CATEGORY A :

INDIVIDUAL – €1,190 (excluding flights)
 

CATEGORY B :

TWO-PERSON TEAM – €1 090 /person (excluding flights)

TEAM OF THREE or more – €990 /person (excluding flights)

 

CATEGORIES A & B:

The total cost of the entry fees for the 2 categories:

  • bus transport FUERTEVENTURA airport to the bivouac (go and return)
  • catering,
  • bivouac,
  • 1 individual tent
  • 1 pair of carbon batons
  • water throughout the race,
  • repatriation insurance (see Art. 20)
  • technical support,
  • medical assistance,
  • marathon kit,
  • Finisher medal,
  • T-shirt,
  • Finisher certificate (downloadable after the race)

CATEGORY B :

TWO-PERSON TEAM – €1 090 /person (excluding flights)

TEAM OF THREE or more – €990 /person (excluding flights)

Upon registration, entry fees are based on the individual price. Teams running together and present on the start line of the race on 26 September will receive a refund by bank transfer or a credit on their bank cards two weeks maximum after the event.
The name of the team and its members must be indicated at the latest 30 days before start day of the race.

The entry fee covers the same services and obligations as for CATEGORY A, and also:

  • the team's official ranking,
  • official ranking of each member of the team.

 

ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS:

Given that the total number of participants is limited, the organization will only accept applications when paper work is in good order and depending on places available.

  1. FOUR PART PAYMENT:

• 290 € by bankcard. For payment by bank transfer contact inscription@marathondessables.com
• Competitor’s general details

• 30 April 2017, 300 € by bankcard
• 31 May 2017, 300 € by bankcard
• 30 June 2017, 300 € by bankcard

  1. THREE PART PAYMENT:

• 390 € by bankcard. For payment by bank transfer contact inscription@marathondessables.com
• Competitor’s general details

• 15 May 2017, 400 € by bankcard
• 30 June 2017, 400 € by bankcard

  1. TWO PART PAYMENT:

• 595 € by bankcard. For payment by bank transfer contact inscription@marathondessables.com
• Competitor’s general details

• 30 June 2017, 595 € by bankcard

  1. TOTAL PAYMENT:

• 1 190 € by bankcard. For payment by bank transfer contact inscription@marathondessables.com
• Competitor’s general details

5. WAITING LIST :

If the number of places for 2017 is filled, the organization will establish a waiting list.
Competitors signed up on the waiting list will have two options:

  1. If a place becomes free for 2017, their participation will be validated, provided they respect the definitive application conditions (see ART. 25 of the race regulations)
  2. If no places become free for 2017, their application will be postponed and made a priority for 2018. If competitors cancel before 31/12/2017, AOI will retain a 100 euro fee on the payment made (dates and tariffs will be published in January 2018).To sign up on this waiting list, competitors must:

• create an account on the online applications site
• validate and pay the first instalment
• payment by bankcard.
• No other payments will be requested as long as the competitor remains on the waiting list.

Please note: when a competitor registered on the current race cancels, no other person may make a claim to replace him or her.
Any late payments will incur a supplement of 90 euro.
For bank transfers, bank charges must be met by the payer. All payments should be made to ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale.
Information: The organization reserves the right to refuse applications without obligation to give a reason.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE FILE

Mandatory documents to transfer to the organization via the MDS online applications system:

  • Complete information regarding the competitor's identity, contact details, etc.
  • Passport or for Europeans an ID card in .jpeg or .png format. It must be valid for at least 3 months after the race
  • 1ID photo (3,5 cm wide and 4 cm high) in .jpeg or png format
  • In case of long-term treatment for chronic illness, a letter addressed to the Medical Manager, sent by post to: AOI - BP 20098 -10002 TROYES Cedex - FRANCE oy by email at inscription@marathondessables.com

 

MEDICAL FILE

The organization's medical certificate (downloadable 1 month before the race) and the resting electrocardiogram (ECG) report plus graph, dated less than 30 days before the start of the race, i.e. after 24 August 2017 are to be presented during the administrative, technical and medical checks on 25 September 2017. Only the original documents, dated and signed, will be accepted (photocopies not valid). Failure to present these documents will incur penalties (see ART.27 et 28).

PREVENTIVE AND RESEARCH ACTIONS CONCERNING HEALTH POLICY
The organisation has decided to set up preventive and research actions concerning health policy during MARATHON DES SABLES events. These actions have neither the vocation nor the competence to be substitutes for national and international regulations concerning anti- doping, but aim to strengthen the medical supervision that the organisation wishes for. They are managed jointly by the ITRA (International Trail Running Association), the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT) and the association Athletes For Transparency (AFT). These actions are led by a Medical Commission consisting of doctors who can take advice from the experts of their choice and are, in particular, asked to give consultative advice to the race jury on the medical state of participants.
Each runner is free to:

Declare the following information to the medical commission:

  • any medical history and/or pathology in particular those which may increase risk during sport
  • the regular use of treatments and medicines during the 15 days prior to the start of the race
  • all requests for or use of medicines subject to a Therapeutic Usage Exemption (TU)

The declaration of this information to the medical commission must be made through each runner's ITRA health page which each runner can create free of charge on the ITRA website: www.itra.run (To open an account is free of charge and is necessary in order to access the health page).
The medical information declared on the pages is accessible only to the Medical Commission and the organisation's own medical team.

Each runner agrees to:

  • Accept to submit any urine, and/or blood, and/or capillary, and/or saliva samples and the associated analyses requested by the Organisation's Medical Commission, on the understanding that the costs for the sampling and analyses are covered, directly, by the Organisation.
  • To accept to answer any request that the Medical commission may make based on information that they have collected, in order to discuss their ability or not to participate in the race for which they are registered. As a result of the meeting, the Medical Counsel may suggest that the race Jury exclude the runner from the race.
  • Accept the use of data concerning the results of research, while knowing that the data used will be strictly anonymous. According to the data protection act, the runner will have a right of access, rectification and opposition to the data concerning them. The Organisation's Medical Commission will be the entity through whom the runner can exercise this right.

 

ART. 25 : FORFEITURE CANCELLATIONS

Enrolment cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing by registered post in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
In case of instalments already made or total application fees paid, refunds will be made on the following basis:

  • 100 euro will be retained for processing fee in the event of cancellation until 30/05/17.
  • 25% of the full enrolment fee will be retained by the organisation in the event of cancellation between 01/06/17 and 30/06/17.
  • 50% of the full enrolment fee will be retained by the organisation in the event of cancellation between 01/07/17 and 31/08/17.

Beyond 31/08/17 at midnight, no request for reimbursement will be honoured.
Important : AOI strongly recommends that each competitor take out personal cancellation insurance. In case of cancellation, AOI undertakes to reimburse amounts received according to the above schedule.

ART. 26 : MISCONDUCT AND PENALTIES

Administrative process
Any competitor whose information is incomplete in the online applications process on 30/06/2017 will incur a 30-minute penalty (see ART. 28). AOI allows a maximum of 30 days to complete the online administration details. After 31/07/2017, applications by competitors who have still not provided complete information will be cancelled (see ART.26, ART.28)

Technical and administrative checks
Any participant who arrive more than 30 minutes late for these checks on 25 September shall be penalized by a time equivalent to their lateness. Participants who do not submit proof of having all of their mandatory equipment shall be disqualified (see ART 28).
Failure to respect the minimum or maximum weight of equipment will also result in a penalty (see ART. 28).

Medical file
At the medical checks on 25 September, competitors must present the organization's medical certificate and a resting electrocardiogram with tracing. These 2 documents must be signed and dated at least 30 days before the start of the race, i.e. after 24 August 2017. Competitors who do not fulfil this obligation shall not be able to start the race. However, such competitors shall be able to participate after an examination by the organization's doctors and subject to their approval. Each of these documents can be produced in the bivouac for a fixed fine of 200 euro to be paid in cash on the spot. A penalty of one hour per missing document shall be applied (see ART. 28).

List of personal belongings
Competitors who abandone one or more items of their personal belongings should inform a bivouac steward. Competitors who cannot justify at any check point the absence of any personal item will be severely penalized (see ART. 28).

Food
8000 compulsory k/calories. When spot-checks are made, any competitor unable to present and justify the minimum 2000 k/calories per day during the race will receive a 2 hour penalty (see ART. 28).

ID markings
In the event of loss or damage to ID markings, race officials must be informed immediately, or a penalty will be applied.
Competitors failing to wear their ID bibs or not wearing them in the correct back and front positions risk disqualification from the race (see ART. 8, 9 and 28).
The loss of the distress beacon will incur a fine of 200 euro (see ART. 28).
Tampering with ID markings will result in the participant's immediate disqualification (see ART. 28).

Start of stage
Competitors who fail to be present at the starting line when each stage begins will be penalized by the time equivalent to the delay.
Exceeding 30 minutes, the competitor will be disqualified and his/her ID markings will be handed over to the steward (see ART. 28).
At the non-stop stage, if the start order is not respected, a three-hour penalty will be given.

Checkpoints / Time-checking
At each stage start line, finish line, and on the route, time-checking is obligatory at the checkpoints and is the responsibility of the competitor.
If a competitor arrives up to 30 minutes late at the check point before the start he/she will receive a 30 minute penalty. If more than 30 minutes late, the competitor will no longer be registered and will be penalized for failure to check-in. The first infraction will result in a one-hour penalty, the second infraction a two-hour penalty and the third time elimination from the race (see ART. 28).

Maximum authorized time
Any competitor who exceeds the maximum authorized time for each stage shall be disqualified and must return their bib to the steward. Any competitor who arrives at a CP after the deadline shall be disqualified (see ART. 28).

Distress beacon / Torch / Luminous signal sticks / Number bibs
The following penalties apply during the stages (see ART. 28):

  • 1 hour for the use of a distress beacon without a valid reason,
  • 30 minutes for a headlamp not turned on after 8 pm,
  • 30 minutes for lack of luminous signal sticks after 8 pm.
  • 30 minutes for number bibs not visible.

Withdrawal / Elimination
Any participant withdrawing from the race must notify an organization official as soon as possible.
Withdrawal by one team member in a team of more than 3 members will result in a one-hour penalty for that team, provided of course that at least 2 people remain in the race (see ART. 28).

Doping
Any use of illicit drugs by a participant noted by the medical team will result in the elimination of that person from the race (see ART. 28).

Behaviour
Any inappropriate or harmful behaviour may incur serious penalties (see ART. 28). Mobile phones must not be used in the bivouac or at the CPs (see ART. 28).

Ground and medical assistance
Note that any form of external assistance is formally forbidden.
External assistance in the form of food or water for competitors will be subject to a penalty ranging from three hours to elimination from the race. The use of any means of two- or four-wheel transport by a competitor will result in elimination from the race.
Any long searches resulting from excessive wandering from the course will result in a 200-euro fine (see ART 28).
Exceptional water assistance with the agreement of the race marshals or following medical advice (lack, loss or leakage of water) will result in a 30-minute penalty the first time, a one-hour penalty the second time, and elimination from the race the third time.
Vital medical assistance (drip, plaster cast, etc.) will result in a two-hour penalty the first time and elimination from the race the second time.

Environment
Any water bottles found on the race route will incur a penalty (see ART. 28).
The throwing away of any food packaging or other items on the race route is strictly forbidden and will be penalized (see ART. 28).

Bivouac
Failure to comply with the assembly, dismantling and conditioning of the tent and failure to observe the tent installation in the assigned area (alveoli) will result in penalties (see ART.28).

Complaints
Any competitor complaints must be addressed to the Race Director in writing:

  • During the race, they should be handed over to the head of the competitors' bivouac. Replies issued within 24 hours.
  • After the race, on 29 September, at the final finish line, at the competitors’ information point (see road book)
  • After 29 September and until 15 October, by email: news@marathondessables.com

 

ART. 27 : OVERVIEW OF PENALTIES

REASON FOR PENALTY
 

ELIMINATION

PENALTY
 

Online applications process incomplete on 30/06/2017

 

30 minutes

Online applications process incomplete on 31/ 07/2017

X

 

More than 30 minutes delay at admin/tech check

 

Equals to lateness

Non submission of AOI medical certificate and/or ecg report at rest

X
if medical refusal

200 euros
+ 1 H per document

No MDS backpack or equivalent and/or a 2 liter container

X

 

No sleeping bag and/or compass with 1° precision

 

3 H

No presentation of distress flare, road book, salt tablets, survival blanket, 2000 k/calories/day

 

2 H

No presentation of 10 safety pins, knife with metal blade, whistle, antiseptic, mirror, headlamp + batteries, check-in card, lighter, sun cream, 200 euro

 

1 H

Bag weight not respected

 

1 H

Item of personal equipment missing

 

30 minutes

No bib

2nd / X

1st / warning

Failure to respect ID markings and their positioning

3rd/X

1st / warning
2nd / 30 minutes

Tampering with ID markings

X

 

Lateness at start of stage not exceeding 30 minutes

 

equal to lateness

Lateness of more than 30 minutes at departure of stage

X

 

Exceeding maximum allowed time

X

 

Out of time CP3 and CP 4 "non-stop"

X

 

 

 

 

No check in at check point

3rd / X

1st / 1 H
2nd / 2 H

Out of time departure check point (water distribution point)

 

30 minutes

Failure to follow markings, non-respect of starting procedure

 

3 H MINIMUM

Unjustified use of distress beacon

 

1 H

Headlamp turned off, lack of luminous signal sticks, number bibs not visible

 

30 minutes

Withdrawal

X

 

Withdrawal of team member for team of 2+ members

 

1 H

Withdrawal of team member leaving team short (less than 2 people)

 

team
elimination

Doping / use of transportation

X

 

Ground assistance

X MAXIMUM

3 H MINIMUM

Receiving of extra water

3rd / X

1st / 30 minutes
2nd / 1 H

Vital medical assistance

2nd / X

1st / 2 H

Wandering far off course

 

200 euros

Environment

3rd / X

1st / 30 minutes
2nd / 1 H

Failure to respect the alveolar site and/or tent number

 

1st /30 minutes - 2nd /1 H

Failure to respect the alveolar site and/or tent number

 

1st /30 minutes - 2nd /1 H

Non-compliance for assembly, dismantling and conditioning of the tent

 

1st /30 minutes - 2nd /1 H

Loss of distress beacon

 

200 euros

Inappropriate behaviour

2nd / X

1st / 1 H

 

ART. 28 : PHOTO COVERAGE

ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the HALF MARATHON DES SABLES. Participants agree that ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale may have exclusive use their identity and individual or collective pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in theau HALF MARATHON DES SABLES, including commercial usage. Any still camera, video or movie coverage done during the event cannot be used by participants, their entourage or trainers for any use other than personal, unless by prior authorization or accreditation from ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale. As a result, any book or film (short, feature) project must obtain ATLANTIDE ORGANISATION Internationale's prior authorization. Email: news@marathondessables.com

 

ART. 29 : PRIZE LIST – RANKING:

GENERAL RANKING:

Individual

1st prize :
2nd prize:
3rd prize:

Trophy, 1 registration on MDS MOROCCO 2018
Trophy, ½ registration on MDS MOROCCO 2018
Trophy, 1 registration on HALF MDS 2018

Team

1st team:
2nd team:
3rd team:

Trophy, product dotation
Trophy, product dotation
Trophy, product dotation

SPECIAL CATEGORIES:

Women’s ranking

1st woman:
2nd woman:
3rd woman:

Trophy, 1 registration on MDS MOROCCO 2018
Trophy, ½ registration on MDS MOROCCO 2018
Trophy, 1 registration on HALF MDS 2018

Men’s veteran ranking

1st veteran M1:
1st veteran M2:
1st veteran M3:
1st veteran M4:

Trophy,
Trophy,
Trophy,
Trophy.

Classement vétéran Femme

1st veteran W1:
1st veteran W2:
1st veteran W3:
1st veteran W4:

Trophy,
Trophy,
Trophy,
Trophy.