5-1 Race Overview
This is essentially a marathon stage race held in 6 sections. Race participants must pass through all the officially specified routes between the start and goal in each stage. During this time, participants are not permitted to accept assistance from anyone other than the organization staff. The organization staff may give a limited amount of advice and assistance when the medical staff or the race officials decide there is a potential danger ahead. Race participants who are carried or transported by the race organizers or other parties will be disqualified from the race at the point in time.
The bivouac is essentially regarded as a neutral zone between the start and goal where there are no time measurements and participants there can accept assistance from others. The participants however must remain within the 300 meters of a center point established by the race organizers.
Participants start the race all together from each stage. Here, the start time is not when participants pass the gate but is the same official time point for everyone. The staff at each aid station starts counting from the time when participants cross a measurement line.
Participants who have exceeded the maximum allowable time for a stage are not allowed to continue the race. Each aid station sets a Gate-Time calculated from the maximum time for that day. Participants who exceeded that gate time are automatically disqualified from the race at that point. The disqualified participants are then picked up by an official event vehicle and taken to that day's goal site.
5-2 Routes & Signs
Distance indicators or what we call a "valise" are located at 500 meter intervals. Participants must pass along the route within 10 meters from the valise. On these valises you can find the distance, distance to the next aid station, and the valise GPS point.
5-3 Aid Stations
Aid stations serving as refill points are located at 1 location every 6 kilometers along the race route. Race participants need not stop here but must be confirmed to have passed through here and have their time checked. All Aid stations include mineral water and one location (announced in advance) has light meals available.
5-4 Race Rankings
The time when participants have passed all aid stations in each stage and cross the finish line is recorded. Time shall be recorded precisely to the second and have no remaining fraction less than the second. Participants whose recorded time for a stage is shortest are ranked higher in the standings. Rankings are posted at 8pm each day.
The overall race rankings are decided by the total time required to complete each stage, and if two participants have identical times then the participant with higher results for stage 1 shall be given top place.
Generally, giving any assistance outside of the bivouac is prohibited, however assistance from other competitors during the valid race time is allowed.
Assistance that may be given is limited to providing food and drink, beverages, clothes, or temporary help like pulling a participants hand or helping them get up. Carrying a competitor on your back is prohibited and also pushing them from behind is not permitted.
Under the condition that suitable preparations have not been made in advance, the local nomad people may give water or in some cases carry competitors on their backs when crossing rivers, etc.
Though the event is held as an individual competition, 3 or more participants can register as team. A team is expected to be identiﬁable by their team wear and so on.
All participants who complete the race will be given an award. Those participants who quit during the race will be given an award for the distance they completed.
All race finishers will be awarded a race completion medal and
7. Equipment Regulations
All participants in this race must carry the following equipment with them.
Equipment required during the race
Participants must have their bib number and ID visa band.
Please bring a backpack (day pack) cap, sunglasses (that also cover the side of the eyes), hydration pack or system (1 liter or more) carry-along food and emergency meal (1200 kcal at start), cold weather gear and rain wear, running wear or tights or long socks completely covering the lower legs.
Head lamp, gloves, emergency blanket, and passport; a simple medical kit that includes the following items: poison remover, disinfectant, band aids, tape. Also bring a magnetic compass, a GPS is not required but is strongly recommended.
Equipment transported by race organizers.
Participants must pack equipment by themselves into bags supplied by the race organizers and have it weighed every morning at the side of the starting gate before starting the race.
Tent, sleeping bag, change of clothes, spare shoes, and wear articles for time spent at bivouac including eating utensils and cup for catered meals.
All specified weight is 20 kilograms as gross weight. Always preparing extra food according to the course length is recommended. Participants can deposit other luggage at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. High-value goods are not allowed. Please label all packages with your name and race number.
Poles (like ski poles) are usable throughout the entire course.
Equipment for providing meals at the bivouac and equipment for providing electricity for communications with race headquarters are provided however electricity cannot be provided for participants such as for charging appliances including cameras.
Those absolutely requiring electrical charging for devices such as for holding interviews can apply ahead of time to the sponsor body for the required electrical power.
8. Medical Checks
Participants in the race must submit a health care notification and must undergo a medical checkup from the Japanese doctor at Ulaanbaatar.
Participants who have been instructed to again undergo a medical checkup must do so at least 1 hour before the race start time.
The judgment made by the doctor regarding this checkup is extremely important. All race participants must comply with the judgment made by the doctor. No objections to this judgment are permitted.
9. OTHER ITEMS FOR CAUTION
Temperatures during the race event
Course altitudes: 1350 to 1750 meters Details will be announced after the route is established.
Rainfall in areas at high elevations might possibly cause a drastic drop in temperature.
Coming into contact with vegetation in the racing area might cause skin rashes so it is important to cover the lower part of the body. Snakes and porcupines have also been reported so caution is necessary. Also bees or wasps are capable of laying eggs in the eyes so sunglasses should have side covers or protective goggles should be worn. If you feel a strange sensation in your eyes then immediately contact the race staff for assistance. Dogs owned by local nomads who live in tents might start howling. Usually the race staff asks the nomads to cooperate in this matter before the race. The race staff will give instructions and monitor the situations. (Dogs won’t howl if you do not run.)
11 PROTESTS BY PARTICIPANTS
Participants have the right to protest if they object to a decision regarding a penalty or measurement time or if the feel they were treated unfairly.
The deadline for a protest made the previous day only lasts until the start time on the following day. All protest results are unchangeable after the start of the race on the next day.
The deadline for protests for ETAP-6 is September 12, 6:30AM.
All protest must be made in writing. The languages usable at this time are limited to Japanese, English, Mongolian, and Russian.
The behavior that caused the penalty and the time it happened must be recorded for any actions that are subject to a protest.
A decision on the protest will be made within 24 hours and the document displayed publicly the next day.
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