“VALTELLINA WINE TRAIL”
“VALTELLINA HALF WINE TRAIL”
"SASSELLA WINE TRAIL” (COMPETITIVE & NON-COMPETITIVE)
art. 1 - ORGANISATION
The semi self-sufficient trail running races, the ‘Valtellina Wine Trail’, ‘Valtellina Half Wine Trail’ and the ‘Sassella Wine Trail’, will be held on Saturday 20th November 2021 under the organisation of the ASD Valtellina Wine Trail with the backing of the respective communes through which the races pass, the Comunità Montane, and organised jointly with the district of Sondrio. The races are environmentally friendly and will not cause any damage to, or impact on, the environment through which they pass. The races are classed as competitive and non-competitive with regards to affiliation with CSEN. The races will be run in strict accordance to the relevant COVID-19 protocol as outlined by CSEN and according to the stipulations provided by the Italian Health Ministry and relevant on the date of the race.
art.2 – ATHLETES’ ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES
The races will all take place and abide by the rules and regulations presented in this document. Any alterations will be announced on the event website www.valtellinawinetrail.com
By registering for one of the three following races: ‘Valtellina Wine Trail; Valtellina Half Wine Trail; Sassella Wine Trail (competitive and non-competitive)’, participants hereby wholly accept the rules and regulations outlined in this document. A participant’s registration for the races and subsequent signing of this document obliges the participant to respect these rules and regulations, and expressly exonerates the organizers from all liability, civil or penal, caused by any incident or accident that results in the athlete or the athlete’s possessions sustaining damage or injury during or as a consequence of the following events: ‘Valtellina Wine Trail; Valtellina Half Wine Trail; and the Sassella Wine Trail.’ Participants are expected to adhere to the rules of the road, particularly in sections that are not closed to traffic.
art. 3 – GENERAL INFORMATION
Running race, approximately 42 km with 1,700 metres of climbing/descending, known as the “Valtellina Wine Trail”,
Running race, approximately 21 km with 910 700 metres of climbing/descending, known as the “Valtellina Half Wine Trail”,
Running race, approximately 12.4 km with 550 metres of climbing/descending, known as the "Sassella Wine Trail",
All three races follow trails, mule paths, vineyards, farm tracks and tarmacked roads.
The ‘Valtellina Wine Trail’ 42 km is scheduled to start at 11.00 am in Tirano, the maximum time permitted is 7h30’.
The ‘Valtellina Half Wine Trail’ 21 km is scheduled to start at 10.00 am in Chiuro with a maximum time of 6h30’.
The ‘Sassella Wine Trail’ 12 km is scheduled to start in Castione Andevenno at 10.00 am.
art. 4 - PARTICIPATION
The three races are open to everyone, male and female, aged 18 years or older on the day of the competition (excluding the non-competitive Sassella Trail). Each participant must fulfil the requirements stipulated in article 6a. Participants in the non-competitive ‘Sassella Wine Trail’ must meet the requirements stipulated in 6b. Participation in all three races requires a level of training and fitness to cope with strenuous exertion, and sufficient clothing should be worn on race day, when the temperature could be between -5˚C and +30˚.
art. 5 – SEMI SELF-SUFFICICENCY. PARTICIPATION IN THE “IO NON GETTO I MIEI RIFIUTI” [I do not litter]
The races are fundamentally run in semi self-sufficiency with respect to fluid and refreshments. There are feed stations along each route with fluids and solids. Pacing and/or carrying/feeding support by non-registered runners is not permitted during the race.
The races adhere to the ‘io non getto i miei rifiuti’ [I do not litter] campaign and athletes are expected to respect the environment in which the event takes place. Competitors found not showing due respect for nature will be reported for misconduct and may be disqualified
art 5b PLASTIC FREE
The event is committed to the PLASTIC FREE project: plastic cups will not be available at feed stations; every participant must carry their own cup/drinking vessel to fill at the feed stations.
art. 6 – REGISTRATION LIMITS
Registrations open on 1 July 2021 and close when the predetermined maximum number of entries is reached.
art. 6a REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN ONE OF THE THREE COMPETITIVE RACES (42km - 21km - 12km)
The event is open to all athletes from the Junior category and upwards that are members of the Italian Athletics Federation FIDAL; to those in possession of a Mountain & Trail RunCard or a RunCard valid on the day of the race (2021); and to members of the CSEN sports association. Day memberships of CSEN may be obtained at an additional cost while registering for the race.
All participants are required to have a valid medical certificate for participation in athletics, valid on the day of the race.
Foreign athletes may compete in the races providing they are a member of a foreign athletics federation that is recognised by the IAAF or in possession of a valid Mountain and Trail RunCard or RunCard. If an athlete does not meet this requirement, they will be expected to purchase a day license for CSEN for an additional cost when registering for the race, as well as supplying a valid medical certificate. Foreign athletes may submit a copy of their medical certificate while entering their chosen race, or hand over a copy while collecting their race number.
In the absence of satisfying the requirements and failure to produce any of the above-mentioned documents, participants will not be allowed to collect their race number and therefore will not be permitted to partake in the race. In such an event, the participant will not be reimbursed.
art. 6b. PARTICIPATION IN THE SASSELLA WINE TRAIL NON-COMPETITIVE
For the non-competitive ‘Sassella Wine Trail’, the results published post-race will consist of an alphabetical list of finishers and their respective times. There will be no official results published for this recreational running event. The non-competitive ‘Sassella Wine Trail’ is open to everyone. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The stipulations regarding membership to an athletics federation and a valid medical certificate do not apply to the non-competitive event. (However, medical certificates are advised).
art. 7 – ENTRY FEE
Valtellina Wine Trail 42km: 55 €
Valtellina Half Trail 21km: 40€
Sassella Trail 12km: 30€
As stipulated in the race rules, entry fees include:
Race 12.4km (competitive and non-competitive):
Start pack with personalised start number, timing chip, local delicacies, technical commemorative gift, bus transfer from Sondrio to the start, bag drop at the start for collection in Sondrio at the finish, shuttle buses for showers/changing zones, sports massage services, feed stations along the route and at the finish.
COVID-19 protocol permitting: post-race pasta party voucher or meal package.
Races 21 km and 42 km
Start pack with personalised start number, timing chip, local delicacies, technical commemorative gift, train ticket from Sondrio to the relevant start, bag drop at the start for collection in Sondrio at the finish, shuttle buses for showers/changing zones, sports massage services, feed stations along the route and at the finish.
COVID-19 protocol permitting: post-race pasta party voucher or meal package.
*Shuttles to/from the showers/changing zones and the sports massage services may be subject to potential restrictive measures depending on the COVID-19 protocols in place on the day of the race.
art. 8 – ENTRY FEE REFUNDS
Entry fees are non-refundable. Please see article 8a for details on the scenario in which refunds will be granted.
art. 8a ENTRY FEE REFUND IN THE EVENT OF AN ENFORCED CANCELLATION OF THE EVENT DUE TO HEALTH REASONS BY THE AUTHORITIES
In the event that a decision is made prior to 1st October stating that the event may not go ahead in 2021, entry fees are expected to be refunded in full, and athletes will have the option to defer their start place to 2022.
In the event that the decision to cancel the event occurs between 2nd October and 19th November, refunds will amount to 70% of the original entry fee, and athletes will have the option to defer their start place to 2022.
art. 8b EXCHANGING RACE NUMBERS
Entries may be re-allocated to another athlete for a one-off fee of 10 euros by the date of 31st October. The registration platform ENDU will be responsible for organising race number exchanges.
Race distances are not exchangable.
art. 9 – OBLIGATORY KIT
Athletes are required to carry the obligatory kit; any athletes found without any of the required kit will be penalised. Kit checks will take place during number collection, at the start line and spot-checks along the course.
Material 42km: trail running shoes – cup/drinking vessel – windproof jacket – headtorch - telephone – emergency blanket
Material 21km: trail running shoes – cup/drinking vessel – windproof jacket
Material 12km: trail running shoes – cup/drinking vessel – windproof jacket
Material 12km non-competitive: cup/drinking vessel – windproof jacket
art. 10 – NUMBER COLLECTION AND RACE PACKS
The race office will be open for start number collection from 10.00 – 23.00 on Friday 19th November 2021. The race office will be located in the finishing zone in Piazza Garibaldi, Sondrio. RACE NUMBERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION ON RACE DAY.
Start numbers may only be collected by the individual upon presentation of his/her identity document and the Liability Waiver that the athlete is required to sign when picking their start number (this can be pre-downloaded from valtellinawinetrail.com).
The start number must be visible throughout the entire race and may not be folded, disguised, or distorted in any way. Each athlete must cross the timing mat at the respective start lines and enter the closed-off starting zone. It is the athlete’s individual responsibility to ensure he or she passes over the timing mats correctly at each checkpoint; athletes failing to register at checkpoints can cause issues and any subsequent expenses incurred must be met by the athlete. The race number serves for entrance on the shuttle buses, feed stations, refreshment zone, showers, and bag collection.
art. 11 – ATHLETES’ BAG DROP
At each of the respective race starts in Tirano, Chiuro and Castione Andevenno athletes will be able to drop off a kit bag (before the time specified in the PROGRAMME section of this document) that will be transported back to the finish in Sondrio to be collected upon arrival. Please avoid putting valuables or fragile objects in the kit bag for bag drop. All your items must be enclosed within the bag. The organising committee do not accept any responsibility in the event of loss or damage during the transport of the bags. Bags will be available for collection in the underground car park underneath the finish zone in Piazza Garibaldi, Sondrio. The bag retrieval zone will be signposted.
art. 12 – SECURITY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Rescue call-out stations will be located at key points along the route as defined by the organisation and at the feed stations. There will be a team of medics at the finish zone. Rescue posts are authorized to assist any person in danger with the appropriate and conventional medical measures as set out by the organization. Rescuers and medical staff are permitted to disqualify any competitor who they deem incapable of finishing the course. Competitors deemed to be at risk are evacuated at the discretion of the rescue staff. If deemed necessary, and for the sole interest of the safety of the rescued person, an official rescue organization will be called upon which, from that moment on, will direct the operation and put into action any suitable measures, e.g. a helicopter rescue. The cost arising from such an exceptional rescue operation must be met by the rescued person. A competitor calling on a doctor or a rescuer submits him or herself to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions.
art. 13 – CHECK POINTS AND FEED STATIONS
The passage of athletes at checkpoints or rescue points will be verified either by chip or manually. Only athletes with a visible start number will have access to the feed stations. The website will publish the map of the race with feed stations and rescue points clearly marked. Several random mobile control posts will be set up in places other than the rescue and refreshment posts. Their position will not be communicated by the organization.
art. 14 – MAXIMUM TIMES AND CUT-OFF TIMES
The maximum time allowed for the Valtellina Wine Trail 42 km is 7h30’ (race concludes officially at 18:30).
The maximum time allowed for the Valtellina Half Wine Trail 21 km is 6h30’ (race concludes officially at 18:30).
The race map will show the main checkpoints where cut-offs will take place and the respective times. These cut-off times have been calculated to allow participants to reach the finish in Sondrio within the maximum 7h 30’ while allowing sufficient time for refuelling and rests at the feed stations. In order to continue the race, participants must have departed the checkpoints prior to the predetermined cut-off times. If participants fail to do so, they will be disqualified, and their start number must be handed in. Participants may continue the race without their number; however, they will do so at their own risk and the organising committee assume no responsibility. In the event of bad weather and/or for reasons of security, the organisation reserves the right to amend the route, modify the cut-off times, suspend the race, or postpone the start. The Valtellina Half Trail 21km and the Sassella Wine Trail 12.4km do not contain any cut-off times. The Valtellina Wine Trail 42km has one cut-off time at KM 26.2 on the pedestrian bridge over Val Fontana in the district of Chiuro at 15.30 in the afternoon.
art. 15 – WITHDRAWAL AND REPATRIATION
In the event of early withdrawal from the race, an athlete must inform the closest staffed checkpoint, who will invalidate his or her race number and organize the athlete’s safe return to the finish zone. In case of failure to notify a withdrawal and the subsequent search for a participant, any costs arising will be charged to the participant
art. 16 – PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATIONS
Marshall at checkpoints may at any time check your obligatory kit along the route and ensure you are respecting the rules. If any participant is found without one of more pieces of the obligatory kit, they will be immediately disqualified without the option to appeal. Should any of the post-race imagery or footage show an athlete without the required kit, disqualifications may occur. The race organisers may disqualify participants for breaking rules, such as: start number not shown visibly; swapping numbers without official authorisation; not passing properly over timing mats at a checkpoint and subsequently not registering; not fulfilling the obligatory kit requirements; using public transport during the race; leaving a checkpoint after the cut-off time; doping or refusal to partake in a doping control; receiving help outside the authorised zones; ignoring a fellow athlete in need; accepting personal support outside of the designated feed zones; littering; leaving belongings behind along the course; interfering, insulting or abusing other runners, members of the race staff, or race volunteers; the refusal to be controlled by a medical staff during the race.
Respect yourself: no cheating neither before, nor during the race;
Respect other athletes: provide support to another athletes in trouble.
Respect volunteers: volunteers participate for the pleasure of being present and willingly give up their time to make the race a success.
art. 17 – RACE CHANGES TO THE ROUTE OR CUT-OFF TIMES – RACE CANCELLATION
The organisation reserves the right to alter the race routes, the location of the emergency services and the feed stations at any moment without prior announcement. In the event of adverse weather conditions (thick fog, snow blizzards, strong storms) that may put athletes at risk during the race, the organisation reserve the right to postpone or cancel the race; the race routes may be modified or shortened; or the race may end at an earlier stage on the route. Athletes will not receive any refunds or compensation if the event is postponed or cancelled.
Art. 18 – THE ROUTE AND MAP OF THE ROUTE
The routes of the ‘Valtellina Wine Trail’, ‘Valtellina Half Wine Trail’ and ‘Sassella Wine Trail’ will be published online at valtellinawinetrail.com All three races will be well marked.
ATTENTION! Certain sections pass through private property and these stretches may only be used on the day of the race. We ask you to respect this.
art. 19 - INSURANCE
The organization has taken out a liability insurance for the duration of the event. Participation is under the full responsibility of the participants, who agree to renounce all claims against the organization in the event of loss, damage or other consequences that may arise as a result of the athlete’s participation in the race. When collecting his or her start number, the athlete must sign a liability waiver.
art. 20 – RESULTS AND PRIZES
The results will only contain the athletes who finish the race in Sondrio and are registered as crossing over the finish line. The fastest finishers (males and females) will be awarded non-cash prizes. The overall results for the three competitive races will be compiled in lists of M/F and their finishing times. The non-competitive Sassella Trail will have an alphabetical ranking showing race times.
art. 22 – RIGHT TO IMAGES
Each participant expressly agrees and gives authorisation to the organisation and their partners to use his/her image, photos and/or videos for marketing and promotional purposes.
Voluntary enrolment and subsequent participation in the race indicate the full acceptance of these rules and any changes made. By enrolling, the participant releases the organizers from any liability, both civil and criminal, for personal injury and/or damage caused by him/herself or indirectly.
art. 23 – AMENDMENTS TO THESE RULES
These rules may be subject to alterations depending on the ever-evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and decisions taken by the authorities that may be in place on the day of the race.