RULES for the Pyhrn Priel Trail Trophy Marathon and Speed trail run

Last update:  27/07/2018

The following rules apply to all Pyhrn Priel Trail Runs. Each participant acknowledges these rules with his or her registration and agrees they have read and understood the regulations in full. He or she confirms this by signing the declaration of liability.

1 Conditions of participation:

The Pyhrn Priel Trail Runs are extreme running races from Spital am Pyhrn to the Wurzeralm. The distances are 46.2 km and 19.7 km respectively with differences in altitude of 2,575 m and 1,270 m respectively.

Personal requirements for participation:

  • General alpine experience
  • Each participant confirms by signing the declaration of liability, his or her fitness for sport in particular, the participation in an endurance competition which includes physically extreme exertion. In addition, each participant assures that this fitness for sport has been examined and confirmed by a sports physician before the competition.
  • Each participant confirms his or her surefootedness on alpine paths and climbs, even in exposed or uneven terrain. This surefootedness must not be affected in exposed or crash-prone terrain due to any fear of heights that may occur.
  • All persons who have reached the age of 18 at the beginning of the event and are therefore of legal age, are eligible to participate.

We as the organiser cannot verify the presence of such required prior experience and knowledge. By signing the declaration of liability and by registering, the participant confirms that he or she has the experience and knowledge required. The organiser’s listing of the experience and knowledge required is not exhaustive but should rather be regarded as examples and general experience recommendations.

2 Clothing and equipment:

Carrying the following equipment is mandatory during the entire competition:

2.1   Marathon Trail:

  • Trail-running shoes with profile sole suitable for running in alpine terrain
  • Rainwear or overclothing as rain protection (minimum is a waterproof rain jacket)
  • Warm clothing (upper part and long trousers or leggings) as an insulating intermediate layer under the top clothing (for bad weather, which can set in surprisingly fast in the high mountains). The basic rule here is that no skin must be visible!
  • Gloves and hat
  • Folding cup for filling with beverages at the catering stations
  • Water container with a capacity of at least 0.75 litres
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, rescue blanket, whistle)
  • Section map, detailed plan and elevation profile of the entire route
  • Backpack
  • Mobile phone with saved emergency number for making emergency calls (it must be ensured that the mobile phone can make calls in Austria)

Also recommended: GPS device, telescopic poles, sunscreen, own choice of food, blister plasters

Carrying the following equipment is mandatory during the entire competition:

2.2   Speed Trail:

  • Trail-running shoes with profile sole suitable for running in alpine terrain
  • Rainwear or overclothing as rain protection (minimum is a waterproof rain jacket)
  • Folding cup for filling with beverages at the catering stations
  • Water container with a capacity of at least 0.5 litres
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, rescue blanket, whistle)
  • Section map, detailed plan and elevation profile of the entire route
  • Backpack
  • Mobile phone with saved emergency number for making emergency calls (it must be ensured that the mobile phone can make calls in Austria)

Also recommended: GPS device, telescopic poles, sunscreen, own choice of food, blister plasters, warm clothing (upper body clothing and long trousers or leggings) as an insulating intermediate layer under the top-clothing (for bad weather, which can start surprisingly fast in the high mountains). The basic rule here is that no skin must be visible!

The equipment/clothing carried during the competition will be checked by the organiser before the start and at the checkpoints. Failure to carry the required equipment/clothing will result in disqualification.

3 Catering stations:

At the catering stations the participants can obtain sports drinks, energy bars and gels, cakes, salty foods and fruit. The exact location of the catering station as well as the products offered can be found on the map. The participants must ensure that they always carry sufficient food and beverages.

IMPORTANT: Each participant is obliged to carry his folding cup for beverages, as this is the only way to obtain beverages at the catering stations. There are no cups for filling or refilling available there.

4 Checkpoints:

There are several checkpoints along the route the location of which are not known to the participants. Participants who do not pass through a checkpoint and still arrive at the finish line (e.g. due to shortcuts or losing their way) will be disqualified. The jury reserves the right to also impose higher time penalties in special cases.

5 Time limits (only valid for MARATHON TRAIL):

To ensure the safety of the runners, there are time limits after which subsequent runners are taken out of the race. This is done at the following points:

  • Women’s Karpiste:  12:15pm

6 Disqualification:

The jury reserves the right to disqualify participants or impose time penalties of between 5 and 120 minutes for:

  • Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of participation described in the above provisions, in particular regarding the special requirements of each participant
  • Non-compliance with the Pyhrn Priel Trophy Rules
  • Failure to follow the instructions of the responsible race leader and track chief, rescue chiefs, the checkpoint representative and the official intermediate and final runners
  • Failure to observe the road traffic regulations
  • Incomplete mandatory equipment at the start (see Clothing/Equipment for full list)
  • Refusal to allow checking of equipment
  • Pollution of the environment
  • Grossly bad sportsmanship
  • Failure to pass a checkpoint
  • Failure to provide first aid / assistance
  • Health problems of the participant
  • Doping
  • Unauthorised route shortcuts
  • Modified or irregular application of the start number

This list is not exhaustive!

In the event of disqualification, no reimbursement of costs will be made by the organiser.

7 Medical care / emergency numbers:

Medical care is provided throughout the race. There are regular route posts and security personnel along the route who can provide assistance or give advice at all times.

The emergency number of the organiser is included in the starting documents. This number must be entered and saved by each participant in his or her mobile phone.

International official emergency call number: 112

The official emergency call number in Austria is: 144/140

What to do in an emergency?

  • Stay calm
  • Dial the organiser’s emergency number (saved in your mobile phone)!
  • If this number is occupied or cannot be reached at short notice due to reception problems or the like, please dial the official emergency call number if necessary. Provide the emergency centre with your name as a contact person and your own telephone number and also with the organiser’s details for checking back etc.
  • Provide your exact location (see map), your start number and a call-back number
  • If you are not able to make the emergency call yourself, please ask another runner to inform the next post, supply point, etc.
  • Once the organiser has evaluated the situation, immediate assistance will be initiated and coordinated.
  • In the event of minor injuries, special rules apply

Operation procedure (regular)

All rescue operations are led by the organiser’s operations manager. He or she decides on the deployment of the individual rescue teams. In the event of an emergency, the operations manager will also immediately inform the rescue control centre. If necessary, this centre will then send additional emergency teams from the public emergency services. In the event of unclear reports or minor injuries or illnesses of the participant, the operations manager reserves the right to deal with it alone at any time, without informing the rescue control centre. If the emergency call is received directly by one of the rescue teams, the respective team will in turn inform the organiser’s operation manager.

Each participant is legally obliged to provide first aid to other runners in distress and to inform the organiser! Participants who have provided first aid assistance will be credited for this time.

IMPORTANT:
PLEASE arrange your own rescue and return transport insurance in time, as ambulance, rescue and recovery transport are often not covered by global health insurance and additional costs can add up!

8 General Pyhrn Priel Trophy Rules:

  • The Pyhrn Priel Trophy Trail Runs take place on public open roads, forest roads, hiking trails and alpine trails.
  • Participants must comply with the road traffic regulations at all times. All participants must follow the instructions of the police, the race manager and the track manager as well as the other track personnel.
  • The Pyhrn Priel Trophy Trail Runs lead mostly along forest roads, hiking trails and climbs through the high alpine mountains. Away from the official route, there may be some risk of falling, which is why short-cuts (including the “shortening” of sharp turns, curves, serpentines…) or self-selected path variants are prohibited. Each participant runs at his or her own risk.
  • Some parts of the event lead through managed pastures. Particular attention and respectful behaviour around the grazing livestock is important. Participants must stay on the route and the instructions of the route and safety personnel must be obeyed without exception.
  • Each participant must exercise the necessary caution in the case of confusing or dangerous sections of the route. The organiser reserves the right to impose restrictions on overtaking on dangerous sections of the road or to urge participants to reduce their walking or running speed and to exercise appropriate caution. The organiser can draw attention to these sections of the route with signs and install additional securing means (e.g. attach ropes as handrails). However, there is no obligation on the part of the organiser to take these measures.
  • The organiser reserves the right to change sections of the route at short notice in the run-up to the event or due to weather conditions, or to replace them with alternative routes or, if necessary, to cancel the races altogether.
  • For reasons of nature conservation law, companions/observers of individual participants are strictly prohibited from polluting or damaging the route and/or the surrounding nature. This includes, in particular, spraying or painting the track with messages to the participants, even if this is done with biodegradable chalk spray. If companions/observers violate this rule, this will immediately lead to the disqualification of the participant or participants who have been or were meant to be supported by these measures.
  • Except directly at the checkpoints in the waste bins provided for this purpose, it is prohibited to dispose of waste such as food packaging, bottles or beverage cups in nature. Any infringement leads to immediate disqualification. As a precaution, food carried along should be labelled immediately before the start with the respective start number.
  • In general, the following rule applies when using sticks: If you start with sticks, you must carry them through to the finish line. Conversely, no participant who has started without sticks may have them handed over along the way.
  • The requirement of consideration, sportiness and fairness applies to all participants.

9 Protest and jury:

Each participant can lodge a protest in the race office and call witnesses in the event of rule violations by other participants or to protest against decisions of the race management up to one hour after the finish. A jury of three members (race director and track manager, timekeeping manager, organisation manager) will deal with the protest within 24 hours and announce a decision. All named witnesses must appear at the protest hearing. The protest fee is EUR 100.00. The protest fee remains with the organiser in case of lost protest. The offences listed above, which may result in time penalties or disqualifications, are only an excerpt of other possible actions that may be punished by penalties.

Any changes to these regulations are reserved by the race and organisation management at all times!