Regulation an rules

1 – General scope

24 h Portugal – 24 Horas a Correr 2018, is 24 hours running event that will take place at an urban park in Vale de Cambra (NW Portugal), at 8-9th September 2018. Along with the main course it will also take place a shorter run: 3 hours running.

1.1 – Organization

This event is organized by the 24h Portugal brand and co-organized by the running club Grupo Dramático e Recreativo da Retorta.

The race directors are Vitor Dias and João Paulo Meixedo.

1.2 – Characterization of the event and description of courses

The fourth edition of the event 24 h Portugal – 24 Horas a Correr (24 hours running) will take place in the urban park of Vale de Cambra, and shall consist of two competitive races:

24 Horas a correr” (24 hours running)

The route of the race will be plan, outlined in a closed circuit with an approximate extension of 2100m, situated inside the urban park of Vale de Cambra, being mostly flat soil and grass, except for some sections of approximately 5 m of extension of masonry, as well as 3 wooden bridges, crossing the river Vigues that is integrated into the circuit.

3 Horas a correr” (3 hours running)

The track of the race will be plan, outlined in a closed circuit with an approximate extension of 2100m, which coincides fully with the existing bike trail in the outer perimeter of the Park, being the floor entirely composed of tar.

2 – Conditions of participation

2.1 – Mental and physical condition

The minimum age for participation in any of the races is 18 years old at 8 of September 2018.

Each athlete must be perfectly aware of its necessary health conditions, especially regarding the 24 hours race, which will be held under unknown and unpredictable weather conditions (exposition to sun, rain, cold, wind, fog), that may be adverse and variable during the course of the race.

On must be able to evaluate its own real capacities to adequately react in face of some kind of problems specific of this time of adventures, such as extreme fatigue, digestions problems, muscular and articular pain and al sort of injuries.

The Organization strongly advice every participant to realize a full medical exam to assure its perfect health conditions for this kind of activity.

At any time, before or during the race, the Organization may decide to force any participant to end the race, in case he or she shows any sign of pathology that may put into question the health or well-being of the athlete.

2.2 – Participants and teams

The participation in the course 24 horas a correr (the 24 hours run) can be hold in solitary or as a team, according to the following list:

  • Individual – masculine;
  • Individual – feminine;
  • Team of 4 athletes – masculine;
  • Team of 4 athletes – feminine;
  • Team of 4 athletes – mixed[1].

The participation in the course 3 horas a correr (the 3 hours run) can be hold in solitary or as a team, according to the following list:

  • Individual – masculine;
  • Individual – feminine;
  • Team of 3 athletes – masculine;
  • Team of 3 athletes – feminine;
  • Team of 3 athletes – mixed[1];

[1] A team is considered mixed if it have at least one male and one female athlete, being indifferent to rank effects the number of athletes from each gender.

2.3 – Registration

When signing in, the athlete is fully agreeing with this regulation. Each registration is individual and not transmissible. The team registrations are responsibility of the team captain, according to what is referred further on in this regulation.

The registration are to be distributed over three phases, between 14th May and 27th August. The registration period can be shortened if the limit number of spaces is reached.

Any doubts or questions shall be emailed to geral@24hportugal.com. 

2.3.1 – Registration Process

The registrations shall be made through the Lap2go website, by filling in the form. You can access it from the official 24hPortugal website (www.24hportugal.com/valedecambra), or directly at https://lap2go.com/. Forms of payment available are: ATM or paypal service (added fees apply). For other options, manly for foreign runners, it is possible to make a bank transfer (contact us at geral@24hportugal.com).

The accuracy of the data provided is the responsibility of the participant, which it is very important regarding the insurance.

In any of the runs (24h or 3h), in the team registration, there must be a team captain, that is in charge of the all aspects of the registration as well as the official channel of communication between the team and the 24hPortugal staff, from the registration time till the end of the event.

At the registration moment, if the members of the team are still not set, entirety or in part, the team captain may register “athlete 1”, “athlete 2”; etc. In those cases, the team captain is obliged to decide the constitution of the entire team until 27th August 2018, and to communicate all the alterations/new data to suporte@lap2go.com.

If a team captain is not able to find the requested team members he can opt to run with a deficient number of elements. In any case there will be no registration rate devolution.

2.3.2 – Registration Rates

Regarding the 24 Horas a correr (24 hours running), the registration rates are as follows:

until 31-May-2018 1-Jun til 31-Jul-2018 01-Aug til 26-Aug-2018
Individual 41,00 € 51,00 € 65,00 €
Team of 4 athletes 104,00 € 144,00 € 200,00 €

 Regarding the 3 Horas a correr (3 hours running), the registration rates are as follows:

until 31-May-2018 1-Jun til 31-Jul-2018 01-Aug til 26-Aug-2018
Individual 12,00 € 17,00 € 30,00 €
Team of 3 athletes 36,00 € 48,00 € 60,00 €

In both runs (24 hours running and 3 hours running), the registration rate includes:

  • Sports insurance;
  • Bib[1];
  • Food and beverage supplies during the run (exclusive for athletes  competing: banana, orange, watermelon, tomatoes, water, isotonic drink, cola, chips, marmalade, honey, biscuits and sweet noodles);
  • For athletes competing in 24 hours race
    (in both individual and relay) is included in the registration fee and also throughout the event: soup, tea, water, coffee and cookies (in the bar/restaurant);
  • Finisher medal;
  • Shower and facilities;
  • Possibility of camping.
  • 1€ donation for the Fire Department of Vale de Cambra
  • Online real-time ratings
  • Diploma
  • free wi-fi
  • Technical t-shirt (optional). This will have a value of €4 and you can opt out of it or not at the registration time.

 [1] The bib is personal and non-transmissible and shall be placed in a visible way.

2.4 – Ranks and prizes

In both runs (24 hours running and 3 hours running), in addition to the individual general classification, ranks will be considered, regarding gender and age of the participant on the date of completion of the run.

Regarding the 24 Horas a correr (24 hours running), the ranks are as follows:

  • Individual athletes:
    • Male singles – M;
    • Female singles – F;
    • Male Senior – SenM (18 to 39 years old);
    • Male Veterans I – M40 (40 to 49 years old);
    • Male Veterans II – M50 (50 or more years old);
    • Male Veterans III – M60 (00 or more years old);
    • Female Senior – SenF (18 to 39 years old);
    • Female Veterans I – F40 (40 to 49 years old);
    • Female Veterans II – F50 (50 or more years old);
    • Female Veterans III – F60 (60 or more years old).

Regarding the 3 Horas a correr (3 hours running), the ranks are as follows:

  • Individual athletes:
    • Male singles – M;
    • Female singles – F;
    • Male Senior – SenM (18 to 39 years old);
    • Male Veterans I – M40 (40 to 49 years old);
    • Male Veterans II – M50 (50 or more years old);
    • Male Veterans III – M60 (60 or more years old);
    • Female Senior – SenF (18 to 39 years old);
    • Female Veterans I – F40 (40 to 49 years old);
    • Female Veterans II – F50 (50 or more years old);
    • Female Veterans III – F60 (60 or more years old).
  • Teams of 3 athletes:
    • Male – M3;
    • Female – F3;
    • Mixed – Mst3.

Trophies will be awarded to the first three classified of each rank, for both (24 hours and 3 hours) runs.

3 – Program

3.1 – 24 Horas a correr” (24 hours running)

The run will start at 8th September 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (12 noon) and will end at 9th September 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (12 noon). The goal of the competition, running as individual or as a team, is running the longest distance possible during the 24 hours of the run.

Exactly 24:00:00 hours after the start, a shot will be fired, indicating the end of the run. After that, all athletes will be given an additional 30 minutes time to reach the finish line. In the case of a tie for the distance travelled for more than an athlete, or team, the tiebreaker will be favourable to the athlete, or team, who has travelled that distance in less time. The second tiebreaker is the age, or average age in the case of teams, being in favour of the eldest athlete, or team with the highest average age.

The temporary stop (to rest, or to exchange for athlete, in the case of teams) will have to be done always in the paddock, in a local specified for it, and the staff should always be informed. Under no circumstances a team can have more than one athlete simultaneously in the track, and if this occurs will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

There will be control areas along the track.

3.2 – 3 Horas a correr” (3 hours running)

The 3 hours run, raced either as individual or integrated in a team, can be played in any of the 4 shifts available. The individual athlete, or the team captain, must choose one of the shifts, by the time of registration. The shifts and their starting and ending hours are organized according to the following table:

START

END

shift 1

12:00 p.m.

15:00 p.m.

shift 2

16:00 p.m.

19:00 p.m.

shift 3

20:00 p.m.

23:00 p.m.

shift 4

08:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

The goal of the competition, running as individual or as a team, is running the longest distance possible during the 3 hours of the run.

Exactly 3:00:00 hours after the start, a shot will be fired, indicating the end of the run. After that, all athletes will be given an additional 15 minutes time to reach the finish line. In the case of a tie for the distance travelled for more than an athlete, or team, the tiebreaker will be favourable to the athlete, or team, who has travelled that distance in less time. The second tiebreaker is the age, or average age in the case of teams, being in favour of the eldest athlete, or team with the highest average age.

The temporary stop (to rest, or to exchange for athlete, in the case of teams) will have to be done always in the paddock, in a local specified for it, and the staff should always be informed. Under no circumstances a team can have more than one athlete simultaneously in the track, and if this occurs will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

There will be control areas along the track.

4 – Conduct

An athlete will be punished with disqualification in case of any of the following conduct (the same is valid for teams):

  • Does not comply with this regulation;
  • Do not pass on the starting control;
  • Do not pass on the control points;
  • Do not complete the entire route;
  • Refuse to present the bib;
  • Lose or change the bib;
  • Lose the electronic control device of passage;
  • Ignore the indications of the staff;
  • Littering on the trail or disrespecting the environment;
  • Reveal any signs of unsportsmanlike conduct.

In the specific case of the teams, in addition to the points mentioned above, will be cause for disqualification in the event of falls within any of the following behaviours:

  • Exchange of athletes outside the place intended for this purpose;
  • having more than one athlete simultaneously in the track.

The use of walking sticks is forbidden.

Omissions to this Regulation shall be solved by the staff, always informing the athletes or team captains about any decisions that may interest them.

5 – General information

Athletes are not required to use the food and beverage supplies provided by the staff. They can consume their own.

In the event of a change of courses or cancellation of any of the runs, whether for reasons of adverse weather or other important reasons, preventing the carrying out of the run(s), the staff has the right not to return the entire value of the subscription fees.

The privileged vehicles of transmission of information are the official website (www.24hportugal.com), as well as the event page at facebook (https://www.facebook.com/24hportugal).

Any updates to this document will always be communicated in the website as well as in the event page at facebook, safeguarding always the conditions established with registered athletes.

Any doubts or questions shall be emailed to geral@24hportugal.com.