Ultra Trail Torres del Paine Third Edition Patagonia Chile

General Rules


Article 01: The Race – Definition, Format, and Organization

1.1. The name of the event is ULTRA TRAIL TORRES DEL PAINE, hereafter, also referred to as the “Race” or the “Event.” The event is a sports activity within the trail running discipline, presenting the following race distances: 80K, 50K, 35K, and 14K. The event will occur in Patagonia’s extreme south, in the Magellan and Chilean Antarctic Region, Providence of Última Esperanza (Last Hope), in the surroundings of Torres del Paine National Park.

1.2. UTTP is organized by NIGSA Events & Expeditions, hereafter, also referred to as “the organization” or the “organizers.” Hereafter, UTTP‘s participants are referred to as the “runners” or the “participants.”

1.3. The rights and obligations of the race, the event organizers, and the runners, in addition to the development of the race, shall be governed and amended by these rules and regulations.

1.4. UTTP‘s official language is Spanish, as the event’s host country is Chile; however, being that it is an event including runners from different countries, English has been established as a second language. Therefore, all of the generated documents required for the participants and the events will be available in both Spanish and English.

1.5. The Race Director has maximum authority over the event. In specific cases regarding controversy, a jury will convene to determine the conclusion. Please see Article 3.

1.6. According to the ITRA (International Trail Running Association), trail running is defined as running through a natural environment (mountains, deserts, forests, plains, etc.) with a minimum amount of paved or asphalted roads, which must not exceed 20% of the total course. The type of terrain may vary (dirt path, forest footpaths, trails, etc.), and the route must be properly marked. The race ideally is – but is not necessarily limited to– a semi-self-sufficient race that relies on self-reliance, which is to be carried out with respect to sportsmanship, loyalty, solidarity, and the environment.

1.7. UTTP‘s format will be a non-stop run carried out in semi-autonomy. This implies that each Runner must be autonomous between Aid Stations and Control Points (PAC). Each Runner must be responsible for his or her own food, hydration, clothing and safety equipment. The Runner must be prepared and equipped to meet the challenges and demands of the Race, as well as considering the adverse geographical and climatic conditions present in the Race’s location.

1.8. During the course of the entire Race, outside assistance is strictly prohibited, with the exception of certain official Control Points. In those points, Runners may receive support from his/her team, family, or fiends; however, it is their responsibility to have external means of transportation or any other services they should require.

1.9. Since its origin, UTTP is based upon the concept of life experience in a natural environment, integrating sport, healthy living, and conservation. It is organized with the utmost respect for the environment. All runners should have special consideration to the following points:

1.9.1. It is prohibited for runners to leave clothing, bottles, food or drink wrappers, or any other type of waste along the route, except in places where there are specific trash containers.

1.9.2. The vegetation and wildlife must be respected at all times. Any action that causes harm or destruction to the vegetation and wildlife is strictly prohibited.

1.9.3. The Race takes place far away from urban centers and places, so runners will only have access to bathrooms and facilities in certain places. Therefore, if necessary, runners must be at least 60 meters away from any water source and utilize the technique “cathole.” Runners must try to avoid roads and animal tracks as well.

1.9.4. In order to reduce waste and garbage, the Event will not include plastic cups. Runners should carry their own hydration system and/or bottles.

1.10. The race will not grant any prize money. Runners will receive medals according to their race distance and the award structure based on the race categories.

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Article 02: Rights and Obligations

2.1. The Race’s development, its rights and obligations, and those of the runners will be governed by these Rules and its modifications.

2.2. The organization reserves the right to modify at any moment these current Rules and Regulations. The event’s official rules will correspond to the most current version of the rules and regulations prior to the start of the event. The Rules and Regulations will always include the current version’s date, which will be listed under the document’s title.

2.3. The event’s organizers reserve the right to change the date, modify the route or eliminate aid stations, or even cancel the event in cases of force majeure; which includes, but is not limited to, fire, war, acts of terrorism, exceptional climatic conditions, natural disasters, or for security reasons or justified orders from a competent authority. In this case, no refund will be given to the Participant.

2.4. Upon registration, all Participants accept the use and dissemination of any images, videos, and/or photographs that may be taken from the Event and their participation, may it be for advertising, commercial, or any other purposes.

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Article 03: Race Director and Jury

3.1. The maximum authority for UTTP is the Event’s Race Director. He shall make all the final decisions concerning any difficulties or disputes that arise within the scope of the event.

3.2. The Race Director will have the final decision on any objection or dispute that may arise during, as well as leading up to, the Race.

3.3. For cases the Race Director deems necessary, a jury will be presented the information, and then will properly evaluate and respond to the situation. The jury will be called upon especially for cases that include a runner’s disqualification.

3.4. The jury will be composed of:

  • A Race ambassador as a representative for the Runners
  • A member of the technical team
  • A person chosen based on his or her experience with similar cases to the one being evaluated.

3.5. The jury must reach a decision within a reasonable time limit, meaning within the requirements demanded for proper completion of the race. Their decisions are final.

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Article 04: Participation Requirements

4.1. Be fully aware of all the Race’s dimensions and risks, and specifically including the test it takes to complete, and be fully prepared, for all of them.

4.2. Having minimal experience and semi-autonomy ability in mountains, that allows for him or her to successfully and independently confront the challenges presented in UTTP, especially with respect to:

4.2.1. Facing weather conditions that will occasionally be hostile due to the latitude, relative altitude, and typical Patagonia weather (wind, cold, rain, or snow). Similarly, it likely there will be situations of excess solar radiation.

4.2.2. Having basic knowledge of outdoor awareness and location, including the ability to understand a map, which means being familiar with scales, altimetry, and orientation. Although the route will be clearly marked, this basic knowledge is required for safety reasons, as well as giving a Runner an understanding of their location in order to make a better decision if and when applicable.

4.2.3. Knowing how to manage, even when isolated, physical or mental problems that may arise from fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint pain, small wounds, blisters, etc.

4.2.4. Fully understanding that it is not the event organizers’ role or responsibility to help runners solve their personal problems.

4.2.5. Fully acknowledging that this activity is in the midst of nature, meaning security depends mainly on a Runner’s experience and ability to solve foreseeable problems he or she may encounter, including his or her criteria for decision-making at all times.

4.2.6. Fully acknowledging that there are some sections of the route that are not easily accessible for medical personnel. Nevertheless, the organization will have specialized personnel in the most complex and isolated areas along the course.

4.2.7. In the entire race course, only certain points will be accessible by vehicle. Runners who wish to withdraw from the race, under non-emergency circumstances, may only do so at those locations. According to your position in the race at the time of an eventual withdrawal, you must return to the closest PAC or continue until you reach the next PAC in order to be transported back to Puerto Natales.

4.3. The minimum age in order to participate is 18 years old. In all cases, the age considered is the one completed by the day of the race.

4.4. UTTP is an event low technical requirement, which is run at a low altitude, and in general, presents good access points to the route along the course. Runners beginning in the Trail Running discipline are welcome; however, it is recommended to have previous experience in Trail Running races, and even more, all experience related to mountain activities will be an advantage. A runner must be responsable for his/ her decisions, and consider the following points:

4.4.1. UTTP 14K: Have training specific to trail running and have finished Trail Running races.

4.4.2. UTTP 35K: Have training specific to trail running and have finished Trail Running races with distances exceeding 20K.

4.4.3. UTTP 50K: Have training specific to trail running and have finished Trail Running races with distances exceeding 30K.

4.4.4. UTTP 80K: Have training specific to trail running and have finished Trail Running races with distances exceeding 50K.

4.5. It is the Runner’s responsibility to have necessary health and physical conditions required to complete the race. If the Runner has had any previous health problems that may be detrimental to his or her participation in the race, it is his/her responsibility to be evaluated by and request a recommendation from a competent physician before participating in the race.

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Article 05: Categories, Times, Classification, and Awards

5.1. Runners of all race distances are classified according to the following age range, following the age completed by the day of the event:

Category NameAge Range: MalesAge Range: Females
Guanacos18 – 2918 – 29
Pumas30 – 3930 – 39
Huemules40 – 4940 – 49
Zorros50 – 5950 – 59
Cóndores60 +60 +

Note: The categories have been named in recognition of the natural environment in which the race takes place. The names used are from the surrounding wildlife.

5.1. UTTP format runs non-stop, which means that the time stops only when the runner crosses the finish line. There are times that may be considered neutral or not included due to medical care, or any other related breaks. However, only the Race Director may decide whether the time will be stopped or not for reasons under force majeure.

5.2. Only the runners who cross the finish line within the established time limit will be included in the official classification and receive finisher medals.

5.3. For all race distances, runners will be awarded for the first three places in each category. Those who have the best over all time of each race distance for both men and women will also be awarded.

5.5. The awards ceremony for all distances and their respective categories at the finish line will be according to the schedule announced in the Runner’s Guide.

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Article 06: Registration Process

6.1. UTTP is an experience within the discipline of trail running, classified specifically as having high physical, mental, and technical requirements, which includes requiring fundamental planning, personal logistical preparation, and race strategies to complete. In this context, each runner is responsable for informing his/herself regarding UTTP‘s specific characteristics, as he or she is free to signup, and therefore must accept the event’s conditions.

6.2. In order register, all runners interested in participating in UTTP, which means meeting the minimum required experience and complying with all of the event’s rules and regulations, must complete the registration form available on the event’s official registration page, located on the event’s official website, www.ultrafiord.com/registration. This is the first step in participating in UTTP. The runner will be considered officially registered after completing the following:

6.2.1. Medical certificate that clearly indicates a runner’s ability to complete this sort of activity, specifically including the completion of the specified distance.

6.2.2. A signed copy of the event’s disclaimer form.

6.3. In the registration form, each runner is required to briefly describe his or her experience in this type of event, specifically listing relevant races he or she has completed.

6.4. The organization reserves the right to question the runner for further irrelevant information, documentation, and/or certificates, as well as reserving the right to reject any applicant who does not comply with UTTP’s requirements or application process. Similarly, the Organization can refuse a runner’s participation under the criteria that he/she does not meet the minimum values of respect according to the spirit of UTTP.

6.5. A runner may withdraw his/her registration before the start of the race; in these cases a partial refund can be awarded according to the following refund policy:

  • T.B.D.: 25% refund of the total paid amount*. (Refund will not include the percentage paid as commission to the Welcu system).
  • T.B.D.: No money will be refunded. In this case, the runner can chose to save his/her registration for the 2017 edition for this or any other event organized by the Organization, as long as he/she meets the minimum eligibility requirements to participate in each event. Please consider that if the registration fee is less than that of the original payment, no additional refund will be granted to equalize the difference; however, should the price be higher, you must pay the difference in order to register.

In order to take advantage of this option, a Runner must advise the Organization before the day of Event by writing an email to info@ultratrailtorresdelpaine.com. If a Runner does not attend or express his or her intention to postpone registration, it will be deemed as lost.

In the case that a runner is rejected for what is stated in Article 6.4., he/she will have the right to receive a 90% refund*. (Refund will not include the percentage paid as commission to the Welcu system).

* Refunds can only be made through Chilean bank account or a PayPal account. No refunds can be made to international bank accounts or directly to credit cards.

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Article 07: Responsibilities, Obligations, and Disqualification

7.1. All Participants are responsible for the following:

7.1.1. Being knowledgeable and aware of the event’s features, which includes fully understanding the mental, physical, and logistical challenges involved in UTTP participation. In addition, Runners should arrive fully prepared to confront the Race’s challenges safely and enjoy the experience.

7.1.2. Inform another person, friend, or family of your participation in UTTP, which should include the general information, date and place, the website links to UTTP, as well as the organization’s contact information. A Runner should further indicate to the person that he or she will not have a permanent Internet connection during the days of UTTP, as well as not having a permanent mobile connection.

7.1.3. Having health insurance to cover potential health problems that may occur, whether it is due to injury, accident, or other risks associated with the activity.

7.1.4. Promptly arriving to his or her corresponding starting point based on the itinerary schedule for his or her race distance. Remembering that in all of the races the assembly time will be at least one hour of waiting time prior to the start of the race.

7.2. All of the Participants are required to conduct themselves in a responsible manner according to sportsmanship and sports ethics, especially maintaining a healthy competition among competitors, which includes, but is not limited to: assisting other runners if necessary; respecting the nature and places he or she passes at all times; respecting all participants; respecting the inhabitants living within the surrounding towns; respecting all members that are either a part of the organization or assisting the organization and the event; taking care of his or herself during the event; and trying to be consciences of the environment, the risks associated with each action, and what he or she is experiencing during the days of the event.

7.3. The organization shall have the right and duty to penalize or disqualify any runner whose actions do not conform to an ethical responsibility of sportsmanship, or in cases where he or she does not accordingly conform to the event’s requirements or demands. In the case that a runner is disqualified, the runner should continue to the point indicated by the organization, and will not be included in the event’s official ranking. Some causes for disqualification, while not being limited to their extent, are the following:

7.3.1. He or she does not meet the medical requirements to participate in UTTP.

7.3.2. Arriving at the aid stations after the time limit.

7.3.3. Does not wear their race number in a visible and permanent manner.

7.3.4. Goes outside of the race route.

7.3.5. Does not carry the mandatory equipment.

7.3.6. Leaves any material, such as equipment, trash, or non-organic waste on the race route.

7.3.7. Damages the vegetation and wildlife in the surrounding area.

7.3.8. Having an aggressive behavior, whether it is verbal or physical, towards other runners, organizers, or other persons associated with or attending the event.

7.3.9. Refusing to help another runner when requested or required.

7.3.10. Not following the Race Director’s instructions.

7.3.11. Violating the WADA rules (World Anti-Doping Authority).

7.4. In cases where a runner demonstrates offensive, aggressive, or rude behavior against the organization or others associated with the event, which includes being sanctioned after the event, such as through social media sites. All those found culpable can be sanctioned and/or excluded from future UTTP editions and/or other events associated with the organization. Any complaint or clarification must be done so through the event’s official email, info@ultratrailtorresdelpaine.com, using straightforward language that both describes the situation and clearly argues their point with evidence regarding the matter.

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Article 08: Equipment

8.1. 80K, 50K, and 35K Runners

The following list of items and equipment is mandatory and must be worn at all times:

Mandatory Equipment

  • Runner number
  • Front Headlight (Only mandatory for 80K Runners)
  • Backpack or Bag with enough capacity to carry all the necessary equipment
  • Containers to hold at least 0.5 liters of water
  • Survival blanket (minimum size 140 x 200 cm)
  • Whistle
  • Non-disposable cup
  • Protective eyewear for sun, winds, and snow
  • Reserve nutrition
  • Basic first aid that at least includes the following elements:
    • Two sterile bandages (10cm x 10cm)
    • Adhesive bandage (3cm x 50cm long)
    • Elastic bandage (6cm x 60cm long)
    • Saline (2 x 5ml)
    • 5 Steri-Strip for skin closure on minor cuts (replace stitches)
    • Personal medication (Paracetamol and Ibuprofen)
  • Clothing:
    • Waterproof jacket with hood
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Warm hat
    • Warm gloves

NOTE: Remember that each item listed in the mandatory equipment list is the minimum required, and is subject to inspection at any time by the members of the organization. Do not risk being given a penalty. The mandatory equipment is fundamental for both your security and comfort during the race, so please be responsible for yourself. Selecting and evaluating each piece of equipment is the Runner’s responsibility.

The following items are recommended and/or optional:

Recommended Equipment

  • Synthetic thermal jacket, minimum of 167g (recommended filling: Primaloft or equivalent)
  • Long pants or choice of similar clothing (to cover entire leg)
  • Trekking poles
  • Windbreaker (Cannot replace waterproof jacket)
  • Additional outer and inner layer of clothing
  • Knife or pocketknife
  • Sunscreen
  • Operating mobile phone (Network only available in certain points)

8.2. 14K Runners

The following list of items and equipment is mandatory and must be worn at all times:

Mandatory Equipment

  • Runner number
  • Runner ID (For Backpack)
  • Containers to hold at least 0.5 liters of water
  • Whistle
  • Clothing:
    • Waterproof jacket with hood
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Warm hat
    • Warm gloves

NOTE: Remember that each item listed in the mandatory equipment list is the minimum required, and is subject to inspection at any time by the members of the organization. Do not risk being given a penalty. The mandatory equipment is fundamental for both your security and comfort during the race, so please be responsible for yourself. Selecting and evaluating each piece of equipment is the Runner’s responsibility.

The following items are recommended and/or optional:

Recommended Equipment

  • Backpack or Bag with enough capacity to carry all the necessary equipment
  • Protective eyewear for sun, winds, and snow
  • Reserve nutrition
  • Synthetic thermal jacket, minimum of 167g (recommended filling: Primaloft or equivalent)
  • Long pants or choice of similar clothing (to cover entire leg)
  • Trekking poles
  • Windbreaker
  • Additional outer and inner layer of clothing
  • Knife or pocketknife
  • Sunscreen
  • Operating mobile phone (Network only available in certain points)

8.3. The use of skates or any other type of forward moving wheels is strictly prohibited.

8.4. The organization shall review the required equipment prior to the start of the race. Also, it will be monitored during the course of the race and could be subject to revision after the runners have crossed the finish line. Not carrying the required equipment will result in a penalty or even a disqualification.

8.5. In cases of doubt concerning the necessary equipment, the Runner should consult the organization to ensure that he or she is complying with all of the event’s requirements.

8.6. The Runner will be responsible for selecting his or her equipment, and should present that equipment to the organization prior to the Race for verification that meets the established requirements.

8.7. The list of required and recommended equipment that is listed in this document corresponds to the minimum equipment necessary to confronting the challenges that will be presented in UTTP. If deemed necessary by the Runner, he or she is free to include any other equipment he or she would like based on his or her previous running experience and career strategy.

NOTE: The equipment is very important to the Runner’s security and comfort throughout the race; the evaluation and selection of each piece of equipment is the Runner’s responsibility.

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Article 09: Runner’s Kit

9.1. In order to apply for or retrieve the Runner Kit, the Runner must have met all the requirements to enter the race.

9.2. The schedule for picking up the runner’s kit will be announced officially in the Runner’s Guide, but a preliminary schedule can be found below:

DateTimeLocation
Thursday: September 21, 201709:00 – 22:00Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)
Friday September 22, 201710:00 – 22:00Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200 (In front of Plaza de Armas)

NOTE: Please refer to your Runner’s Guide for any updated dates and/or times for Kit Pick Up.

9.3. The Runner Kit includes the following:

  • Official Runners Shirt UTTP 2017
  • Official Elastic Cylindrical Headband UTTP 2017
  • Official Race Number
  • Recyclable Timing Chip
  • Medal for crossing the finish line
  • Medal for the first three finishers of each race category
  • Support Staff and Medical Team during the Race
  • Hydration stations including water and fruits along course
  • A Plate of Pasta and Fruit in the Finish Line
  • Digital Runner’s Guide
  • Bag-transfer from Start to Finish Line

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Article 10: Departure Times, Time Limits, and Cut-Off Schedules

10.1. The schedules, starting points, and finish line are different for each race distance. Similarly, each race distance has a specific time limit. Those times, dates, and schedules will be released at a later date, in addition to the starting points and finish lines, including additional relevant information for each race distance. A table regarding general information for each distance is shown below:

Table with distances will be updated soon.

NOTE: Due to weather or other uncountable factors, the organization reserves the right to change the departure times when applicable. Any changes will be informed by the organization to the runner by listing the present date of modification on the website and/or document.

10.2. For security and logistical reasons, schedules and cut-off times will be established at intermediary points. These points will be located in the most-important aid-stations. Runners who do not arrive before the established cut-off times will be considered disqualified. It is very important that each runner is conscientious of the times and distances that are established for completing each race section.

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Article 11: Runner Number

11.1. The participants must wear their Runner Number at all times. It is the runner’s responsibility to take care of his/her number, which includes making sure it is always located above every layer of clothing and visible in front.

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Article 12: Final Bag

12.1. Each runner may submit a “final drop bag” in his/her respective starting line. This bag can be collected at the finish line, where the awards ceremony for all distances will take place.

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Article 13: Safety During the Race

13.1. It is important to understand and accept that all outdoor sports activities, specifically taking pace in mountains, involve risks. In this context, the Runner’s safety during the completion of UTTP depends on many factors, most of which relate to the decisions, activities, or processes that start long before you start the event. The runner’s experience, training, technical skills, race strategy, and choice of equipment will be key factors in the racer’s safety and having an overall safer race.

13.2. It is the runner’s responsibility to choose his or her race distance for UTTP, and assume the risks of his or her specific distance. Similarly, it is his or her responsibility to be well prepared with the proper equipment.

13.3. The organization will put in place along the race route specialized personnel for rescue and first aid assistance, both in fixed points and with mobile equipment, most especially in more complicated areas. In the same way, the organization will establish a satellite and VHF communication network, and will also create an evacuation plan for each race area. However, the runner must assume that these might take time, and therefore understand that the usage of the mandatory equipment and its selection will be crucial to the Runner’s safety.

13.4. Only in some areas of the Race path will Runners have mobile phone signal, but the use of mobile phones are still included in the list of mandatory equipment.

13.5. The Organization shall not be responsible for any cost associated to any injuries that may occur during the preparation, transfer to or from the race starting points, or participation in the race. This includes, but is not limited to, the transportation to and from a hospital, skilled medical care services, and any medication that may be needed for the Runner.

13.6. If a Runner leaves the path or gets lost at some point, he or she should stop immediately and return to the last point of the route marked for the race. It is the responsibility of the Runner to be attentive and follow the marked track.

13.7. If an official member of staff informs a Runner that he or she should not continue for security or other reasons, he or she must follow the course markings.

13.8. If a Runner is not able to complete the race, he or she should inform any member of the organization, and follow the instructions to certain points indicated by the organization.

13.9. The last Runner on the route will be followed at a distance by a mobile control group, which will close the racetrack. This group will have satellite communications from the operations center, and will be monitored by a satellite tracking system. Any instructions given by the leader of this group to the Runner must be obeyed.

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Article 14: Personal Property

14.1. The organization will be extremely careful of the Runner’s belongings; however, the organization will ultimately not be responsible for any loss, theft or damage to those belongings. For logistical and security reasons regarding a Runner’s belongings, the runner must hand in only the bare minimum, and is not allowed under any circumstances to include fragile or valuable items in the final bags given to the organization.

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