|Kalahari Augrabies Extreme 250km
Thursday, 09 October 2008
The 9th South African Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon will be organized by Augrabies Extreme Marathons cc, and takes place in October, following the full moon. The route is changed each year.
*The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency foot race covering a distance of approximately 250km, held in 6 stages over 7 days.
*Each participant must carry his/her supplies for the duration of the race.
*The route will be clearly marked with marking tape and boards to indicate the route.
*There are compulsory checkpoints at approximately 8 - 10km intervals.
*One day/night stage will be included.
*Water will be supplied at the start, during the event, and at the finish.
*Cover for overnight stops are provided at the finish Camp.
*The route each day is over a set distance, with a timed start and finish.
*Competitors must plan what equipment and supplies they will carry with them.
*All equipment that you start with must be carried for the duration of the race, and only food, food packaging, socks and underwear may be discarded at the check points or overnight camps.
*Equipment or discarded food may not be used by another competitor.
*It is important to secure equipment while running as accidental loss of equipment will be regarded as discarded.
*Participants will be required to run with their race numbers, un-obscured, on the front.
*The numbers are printed on cloth, and it is the participant?s responsibility to supply safety pins or adequate fastening for their number. All other areas can be used for personal advertising.
*Augrabies Extreme Marathon cc reserves the right to modify any part of the competition as a result of circumstances beyond its control
*The competition is open to persons 21 years and over.
*Juniors 18 - 21 years must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
*Teams (4 members)
*Calculated on total combined times of the 4 members.
*Team members do not have to run together.
*Team members will also be listed as individuals.
*If a team member retires, is disqualified or eliminated, the team will be disqualified and the remaining members will continue as individuals.
Prizes and Trophies
*Each finisher receives a trophy.
*There is a special trophy for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd female.
*The first male and female finisher is entitled to a free entry which is based on Package 1, which must be used within the following 3 years. This entry is not transferable to another competitor.
*The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon will be run over an ecologically sensitive area.
*Penalties, including disqualification, and elimination from the race will be strictly imposed on any participant disregarding the rules.
*Registration will take place on Friday, 19 October 2007.
*Competitors will be required to produce their relevant medical certification, compulsory equipment, and self-sufficient provisions for the duration of the race.
*Any medication is to be declared to the medical doctor.
*Participant must reach the finish before sunset, (approx 19:00) as the route is not set for the dark.
*This does not apply for the night stage.
*Participants can be eliminated from the competition if instructed by the Race Director, or on advice of the medical team, if it is obvious that they are not coping with the extreme conditions that an event such as this demands.
*Participants must carry enough food to sustain themselves during the event.
*A minimum of 2000 Calories per day is recommended. (See notes on food.)
*It is at the discretion of the event doctor at inspection to ascertain if you are carrying sufficient food.
*During the event, should you dehydrate or if the medical team feels you are undernourished and are endangering yourself, you will be re-hydrated intravenously which will cost you the penalties applicable.
*Start of each day - 1 x 1.5 litres of water
*Check points during the event are approx. 8 ? 10 km apart ? 1 x 1.5 litres of water at each check point
*Finish of each day - 3 x 1.5 litres of water
*Additional water supplies may be issued if the conditions demand it.
*Distances and number of check points may differ from this depending on the route and terrain.
*The daily distances will be sent to the participants closer to the time for planning purposes.
*The terrain varies from flat plains, fertile valleys, rocky mountainous outcrops and sandy desert.
*Areas covered will include a wildlife sanctuary, private farmlands and cultivated vineyards.
*Day temperatures in the area during October average between 33 ? 45 degrees Celsius (in the shade), dropping to 5 degrees Celsius at night.
*Rain is uncommon in this area at this time of the year.
Assistance during the Competition
*No assistance may accepted from any person or facility not connected to the event or crew.
*No participant may carry equipment or supplies for another participant.
*Only water and medical assistance may be accepted from crew at check points and the finish.
*No feeding supplements or equipment may be accepted. If these are, penalties will be applied.
*The organisers reserve the right to make allowances for any participants with a disability.
*A full medical team will be in attendance throughout the duration of the event.
*Any self-medication taken during the event MUST be declared and approved by the race doctor at registration.
*Any medication taken during the event that has not been approved by the doctor will result in elimination. *The medical team is there for the participants? well being, and not to dress blisters related to normal wear and tear on an extreme event.
*Participants must carry their own blister treatment kit and look after their blisters. (See notes on foot care.)
*The medical team will attend to feet at their discretion, should an infection be starting.
*Strapping to prevent chafing must be carried by the participant.
*Any strapping supplied by the medical team for chafing from the back pack, etc, will result in time penalties. *This does not include strapping for injuries such as sprains, pulled muscles, etc.
*Travel insurance, which includes medical cover, will be included for all participants.
Event Abandonment and Retirement
*Should a participant retire or be eliminated from the event, accommodation will be reserved on his/her behalf and all costs incurred (ie. accommodation, meals, etc) must be paid directly to the hotel by the participant.
*It is essential that if any participant retires from the competition, that he/she notifies an official, and must hand in their race number to the official.
Survival Gear to be supplied by participant
* Backpack (30 litre is suggested) * Sun block lotion
* Sleeping bag * Whistle
* Overnight clothing * Mirror
*Torch and spare batteries * Knife
* Eye Protection / Sunglasses * 2 x 750ml water containers
* Head cover (Cap) * Antiseptic cream
* Insect net to cover face or a Buff *Strapping
*Blister treatment kit *Space Blanket
*Toilet paper or tissues *Safety pins ? minimum 10
*Rehydrate sachets ? minimum 6
To be supplied by the organisers
*Signalling Flag *Race Number
All these items must be carried at all times
*On registration, a full inventory of all personal items and equipment will be noted.
*Other than food, food containers, socks and underwear, no items may be discarded at any stage during the competition. These items may be discarded only at the checkpoints or overnight camps.
*A competitor may be checked by a race official at any stage during the competition, and penalties will apply for any items found to be missing, or any participant found making use of equipment carried by other participants.
Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon Handbook
*The handbook will include the complete event details, with stage distances, and route maps.
*The handbook will include the complete event details, with stage distances, and route maps.
*This will only be disclosed to participants on the Friday at registration.
*The handbook must be kept on the competitor?s person at all times during the competition stage of the event.
NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED DURING THE EVENT
Disqualification - The Competitor will be withdrawn as an official competitor from the event, but may continue with the daily stages and will not be regarded as an official finisher.
Elimination - The Competitor may not continue participating in the event.
No medical documents 1 hr and must undergo medical examination at own expense.
Missing compulsory items Item must be obtained or participant will be eliminated
Failure to register (participants must be present for registration on Friday, 19 October at 13h00) Elimination
No race number displayed on front of shirt 1st offence/15min, 2nd offence/30min, 3rd offence/ disqualification
Not passing through check point 2 hrs per offence
Knowingly not following the route Elimination
Any item found accidentally dropped or left on the route 10 min
Use or consumption of any item carried by another person 30 min per offence, three offences / disqualification
Any personal items as listed at registration found missing 15 min per item
Any compulsory items missing and having to be replaced by the organisers 30 min per item
Starting more than 30 min. late Disqualification
Leaving overnight camp Disqualification
Retirement from event Elimination
Vital / excessive medical assistance, including drip 1st offence / 1 hr, 2nd offence / elimination
Interference with another competitor Elimination
Any medication taken during the event that has not been approved by the doctor Elimination
Not supplying strapping for normal chaffing 30 min per offence
*Should a participant see anything during the event that they are unhappy about, please discuss this with the Race Directors or another crew member at the time.
*Any dispute over the imposition of penalties can be lodged with the Race Director during or within 1hr of completion of that stage.
*The decision of the Appeal Committee will be final.
Extreme Marathons - Nadia Arndt
Tel: 044 690 3420