REGULATIONS (PROVISORY) ATR - AZORES TRAIL RUN® COLUMBUS TRAIL 2020

Each participant automatically accepts the Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2020 regulations upon successfully registering for the race. The organiser reserves the right to make certain alterations wherever necessary, which will be communicated as early as possible. If there are any misspellings, or doubts as to the race regulations which have been translated into English from Portuguese, or any other such mistakes, the Portuguese race regulations are definitive.

1. Participation conditions

ATR – Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2020 is a Trail Running event, consisting of several Trail running races that will take place on the island of Santa Maria, in the Azores Archipelago.

1.1. Age

The minimum age of each participant, on any of the races, is 18 years old, completed until the day of the event.

1.2. Registration conditions

In order to register in the Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2018, each participant must abide by the rules and regulations as set forth.

Each participant must fill in the liability waiver and deliver it, on paper, at the check-in at the event’s Secretariat. 

The participant should also pay the entry fee but it is not necessary to send the respective payment proof.

 

1.3. Physical and mental conditions

Each athlete must be sure that he/she possesses the adequate physical conditions of adaption to the settings of these extremely demanding events such as fatigue, digestive problems, muscle and joint aches and injuries.

It is recommended that the participants conduct a medical examination certifying their physical conditions for the race.

At any moment, before or during the race, the organization has the right to remove an athlete from the event in order to protect his/her health and well-being.

Participants must be able to face physical and mental problems that may result from extreme fatigue, digestive problems, joint and muscle pain, etc.

1.4. Possibility of external help

External help to the athletes is allowed only at the refreshment posts, whose locations will be set by the organization.

1.5. Race Bib

The race bib of each participant is personal and not transferable and should be clearly visible during the entire race, which means it must be placed over the clothes, on the chest or abdomen area. It may not, for whatever reason, be set on the leg, back or backpack.

1.6. Conduct Rules

An athlete will be punished by disqualification in the case he reveal any signs of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Omissions in this regulation will be solved by the organization. The interested parties will be notified in the most appropriate way. The transmission of information will preferably be made in the official site and in the Facebook page of the event.

Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2020 is an event encourages and promotes, above all, the fair play and the respect for nature.

2. Event

 

2.1 Presentation of the event / Organization

O Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2020 is a trail running sport event that will take place on the island of Santa Maria, Azores, on February 1st, 2020, and consists of three races: Columbus Grand Trail 77K, Columbus Marathon 42K and Columbus Half Marathon 22K.

 

Organization

The event Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2018 is organized by Blue Island Athletics Independent Club (CIAIA), with the taxpayer number: 512030286 and with head office at Rua Capelo Ivens, Apartado 194, 9900 Horta, Açores, in partnership with the Regional Directorate for Tourism and the Regional Directorate for the Environment.

 

​Director of the event

The Director of the event will be Mário Leal, ultra-runner and member of the CIAIA board.

 

​Limit of participants

Due to logistical reasons the Azores Trail Run® - Columbus Trail is limited to 400 participants in all three competitions and distributed as follows:

CGT: 100 | CM: 150 | CHM: 150

 

Characterization and description of the trails

Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2018 will consist of three competitive events:

Columbus Grand Trail – (CGT 77 km)

The course begins at São Brás Fortress, and when exiting the village,  it goes down to São Francisco stream, continues towards East, ascending until it reaches Pedreira do Campo, a geo-site that aims at the preservation and promotion of a unique geological, palaeontological and volcanological monument. You will be able to see the southern coast of the island. Continue through agricultural lands towards Prainha and Praia Formosa, passing by Forno, and Grutas do Figueirale, by the ruins of two military fortresses and sea fossils.

Leaving the bathing area you will pass by the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Chapel and from here on you will follow old Praia’s path, an old passage that connects the bay to the parish of Santo Espírito.

The course to Malbusca passes by rural roads, with some sections passing by regional roads. It continues by the coastline towards the locality of Barreiro da Piedade, towards Ponta da Malbusca, with an amazing view over the whole south-western coast, passing by Maloás stream, a geo-site with an impressing geological formation. Continue through agricultural roads of beaten earth track, forest areas and agricultural lands until you reach Cardal.

Between Cardal and the location Norte, continue towards Ponta do Castelo passing by the viewpoint of Tia Raulinha, by Gonçalo Velho lighthouse, at Ponta do Castelo.

From here on, the road goes towards the North, passing by Maia natural swimming pools and continues to Lapa de Baixo.

At the parish of Santo Espírito, the course continues to the North, passing by the parishes of Santo António, Azenha de Cima and finally Azenha de Baixo, through a dirt and stone paved road that will take you to Espigão viewpoint, with a great view over São Lourenço Bay.

When leaving the viewpoint, the road continues through agricultural lands, crossing Salto stream towards São Lourenço bay. It descends then a staircase through vineyards and follows the whole bay until you reach a road that accesses Fajãzinha towards Barreiro.

From the centre of the location Norte, you will continue towards the parish of Santa Bárbara, passing by the localities of Lagos, Poço Grande and Boavista, after passing the church of Sagrado Coração de Jesus, towards Poço da Pedreira. From this point on, the course continues towards the South. You will pass by the locality of Arrebentão and by the location Forno, descending by a footpath until you reach Ribeira do Salto stream, where you will be able to see Cai’Água waterfall.

After passing by a fountain, you will continue towards the West by a beaten earth track that connects to the locality of Cruz dos Picos towards North until you reach Pico Alto, the highest point of the island with 587 meters of altitude and rich in endemic vegetation.

At this point you will find a staircase that descends towards Caldeira. This part of the course crosses a forest area where you will find a geodesic landmark with an extraordinary view over the parish of São Pedro.

The course descends towards the regional road, passing by agricultural and forest lands and ending at a fountain.

From the locality of Bananeiras towards Raposo Bay, you will pass by ruins of two watermills, the levada (water channel) that feeds them, and an old wine press.

Continue to the West, towards the geo-site Barreiro da Faneca, the place of the last eruptive phase of the island, where predominates reddish clay and an arid soil. Afterwards, the path leads up to Monte Gordo, where you will find a whaling lookout. The path continues to Ponta dos Frades, towards Anjos.

After contouring Anjos Bay though agricultural lands, you will start descending to the pebble beach, continuing then to the fishing harbour. You will continue to Ribeira do Capitão along a beaten earth track.

Once you reach the end of the airport, you will go to the mouth of Ribeira Seca (stream), which is within a protected area, with a unique view over the islet of Vila do Porto. From here follow along the seafront until you reach Ponta do Malmerendo.

To reach the final stage of the race you must circumvent the slopes, from where you will be able to see the commercial harbour and the centre of Vila do Porto. Follow the beaten earth track that will be halted by the access road to the industrial zone and proceed as far as the historical centre of the village.

 

Columbus Marathon – (CM 42 km)

The course begins at São Brás Fortress, and when exiting the village,  it goes down to São Francisco stream, continues towards East, ascending until it reaches Pedreira do Campo, a geo-site that aims at the preservation and promotion of a unique geological, palaeontological and volcanological monument. You will be able to see the southern coast of the island. Continue through agricultural lands towards Prainha and Praia Formosa, passing by Forno, and Grutas do Figueirale, by the ruins of two military fortresses and sea fossils.

Leaving the bathing area you will pass by the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Chapel and from here on you will follow old Praia’s path, an old passage that connects the bay to the parish of Santo Espírito.

The course to Malbusca passes by rural roads, with some sections passing by regional roads. It continues by the coastline towards the locality of Barreiro da Piedade, towards Ponta da Malbusca, with an amazing view over the whole south-western coast, passing by Maloás stream, a geo-site with an impressing geological formation. Continue through agricultural roads of beaten earth track, forest areas and agricultural lands until you reach Cardal.

Between Cardal and the location Norte, continue towards Ponta do Castelo passing by the viewpoint of Tia Raulinha, by Gonçalo Velho lighthouse, at Ponta do Castelo.

From here on, the road goes towards the North, passing by Maia natural swimming pools and continues to Lapa de Baixo.

At the parish of Santo Espírito, the course continues to the North, passing by the parishes of Santo António, Azenha de Cima and finally Azenha de Baixo, through a dirt and stone paved road that will take you to Espigão viewpoint, with a great view over São Lourenço Bay.

When leaving the viewpoint, the road continues through agricultural lands, crossing Salto stream towards São Lourenço bay. It descends then a staircase through vineyards and follows the whole bay until you reach a road that accesses Fajãzinha towards Barreiro.

The race ends in the parish of Santa Bárbara, next to the church of Sagrado Coração de Jesus.

 

Columbus Half Marathon - (CHM 22 km)

2.2. Programme / Schedule

Races programme

The athletes that want to benefit from transport made available by the organization, should show up at the place and time indicated in official website of the event.

Dates and times are listed in the Azores Trail Run official website and can be accessed by clicking here.

 

2.3. Distance, altimetry, Mont-Blanc® Points

Time limit / Check points / Refreshment posts

All the information is available online clicking here:

 

Columbus Grand Trail  – (CGT 77 km)

The race will have a positive altitude change of 2810 meters, being the highest point reached at 567 meters, and the lowest point reached at 0 meters of altitude.

Columbus Marathon – (CM 42 km)

The race will have a positive altitude change of 1440 meters, being the highest point reached at 320 meters, and the lowest point reached at 0 meters of altitude.

Columbus Half Marathon – (CHM 22 km)

The race will have a positive altitude change of 420 meters, being the highest point reached at 241 meters, and the lowest point reached at 0 meters of altitude.

2.4. Description of the courses

All the races have some technical difficulties and include walking trails with steps, earth and rocks, pastures and dirt tracks.

 

2.5. Time control methodology

The athlete’s time check is manual and will take place at some points of the route. It is controlled by the chip on the race bib at non disclosed points of the route.

 

2.6. Time limit / Check points / Refreshment posts

The routes, times and check points may change until the day of the event, depending on the weather and ground conditions.

Any athlete that crosses a check point after the set time will have his identification number removed by a member of the organization and will be forced to abandon the race because there will be no assistance from that point on, which means that the Organization or Assistance Service will not  be able to guarantee this athlete’s safety.

Any athlete that, by his/her own initiative, decides to withdrew from the race should  inform the Organization, in order to avoid the assistance services to centre their attention on an athlete the allegedly disappeared, neglecting the support to athletes still in the competition.

There will be other check points, of undisclosed location, to guarantee the correct fulfilment of the route by the athletes (manual control). The initial and final control will be done using an electronic chip.

 

2.7. Obligatory equipment / Material checks

On the day of lifting the race bib, the athlete has to take and present at the help desk the mandatory equipment required by the organization, for the race that will participate.

At the beginning, during and at the end of any of the events, the organization may check if the athlete has the obligatory equipment, which follows:

- Any participant who starts the competition with batons will have to transport them to the finish line. It is expressly forbidden to have access to or abandon the batons anywhere on the course.

- For safety reasons, it is recommended that the participants check their material in order to confirm that they are in perfect conditions for the race.

2.8. Places with road traffic

During the races there is the possibility of car traffic, according to the races maps. We advise caution at these places.

2.9. Infractions / Sanctions / Disqualifications

2.10. Responsibilities towards the athlete / participant

The participants enrolled in the ATR – Azores Trail Run ® - Columbus Trail 2020 agree to participate voluntarily and at their own responsibility in the competition. Therefore, they agree not to complain or demand the organization, employees, officials, sponsors and other participants anything that exceeds the coverage of their responsibilities.

2.11. Sports insurance

The organizer takes out a liability and personal accidents insurance for the duration of the event. This insurance guarantees the coverage of their responsibilities, their employees and participants.

The terms of the insurance can be consulted in the following links: (Responsabilidade Civil e Acidentes Pessoais).

3. Registrations

3.1. Registration process

Registrations can be done at www.myazotrestrailrun.com

Each participant is required to complete the form in its entirety and pay any fees in full by the deadline.  It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that all information is true and correct, namely for the insurance purposes.

Available payment methods: ATM/MB (Portugal only and valid for 3 days), Credit Card, and PayPal.

It is not necessary to send the payment proof.

Upon confirmation of payment the athlete’s name will appear on the runner’s List

The payment of the inscription tax implies the reservation of a place at the starting line that is personal and non-transferable

Any additional information can be requested by email to info@azorestrailrun.com

 3.2. Registration Fees and Deadlines

The registration period will run from 18 of October of 2019 to January 1 of 2020.

Entry fees are as follows:

By registering, the athlete is implicitly agreeing in full with this Regulation. Registrations are not transferable.

 

3.3. Conditions for refunding the registration fee

The organization reserves the right of not refunding the registration fee of the athletes already confirmed, even in the case of anticipated cancelation, if they did not take out the registration insurance, available in the registration form. The reimbursement of the payed fees will be total in case you took out the insurance. The deadline for requesting a refund is until the last day of registration.

 

The reimbursement can be requested only when one participant proves:

  1. Sudden serious illness, pregnancy, serious injury, death of the insured person, death of a person very close to the insured person or of its substitute at work, making its presence essential.

  2. Serious damages to the property of the insured person at its place of residence by fire, storm, theft or damages cause by water, making its presence vital at home.

  3. Cancelation must be requested by e-mail.

 

The organization will not “freeze” the registrations.

In the case of changing the courses or cancellation of any of the races, either by weather conditions or other motives of such importance that it prevents the races from taking place, the value of the registration fees will not be reimbursed, namely if authorities prevent the race from taking place.

 

 3.4. The registration fee

 

Includes:

- Race bib (the race bib is personal and non-transferable)

- Transport from Vila do Porto to the starting line and return from the finishing line to Vila do Porto

- Sports insurance

- Technical t-shirt

- Solid and liquid supplies during the race

- Finisher award (for all the athletes that finish the respective race)

- Awards ceremony cocktail

 

Do Not Includes:

- Accommodation
- Air Connections
- Maritime Connections

 

Extras:

- Awards ceremony cocktail (Adult): 14€

- Awards ceremony cocktail (Child): 9€

- Registration Insurance: 10€

 

3.5. Secretariat / Schedules and locations

The Secretariat will work in Vila do Porto Municipal Library from 02.00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on 31/01/2018.

 

3.6. Available services

Transfers from Vila do Porto to the starting line and return from the finishing line to Vila do Porto.

 

4. Categories and Prizes

4.1. Date, place and time of the prize awards

On 1st of February at 10.00 p.m. in Vila do Porto.

 

4.2. Definition of age categories / gender / individual and team participants

In all the events, besides the general classification, the following categories will be considered, according to the age of the participant at 31st of December 2019:

 

General M/F

SUB 23 M / F (18 to 22 years old)

Seniors M / F (23 to 39 years old)

M40 / F40 (40 to 44 years old)

M45 / F45 (45 to 49 years old)

M50 / F50 (50 to 54 years old)

M55 / F55 (55 to 59 years old)

M60/ F60 (more than 60 years old)

 

Teams

Prizes will be awarded to the first three classified of each rank. The prizes will be awarded in the ceremony that will take place on the day of the event.

To the winners of the Male and Female ranks of the race Columbus Grand Trail will be given a voucher for participating in the edition of 2021 (trip + hotel + registration fee)

The team classification will be taken by adding the scores of the three best athletes of each team.

​5. Image Rights

The organization reserves the exclusive right to the image of the event. Registration in the event and the consequent acceptance of this regulation implies the authorization of the participant to record images derived from their participation, and the organization may use them in the dissemination and promotion of the event in any medium. In this way, the participant cedes to the organization all the image rights related to the use of those records. Any project or advertising support must have prior authorization from the organization.

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