ALTAI ULTRA-TRAIL® 2017 RACE REGULATIONS
1. Time and place:
The race will be held on June 28 - July 02, 2017 in Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic, the starting and finishing point being near the Tyungur village. The race takes place on the territory of the Belukha Nature Park. The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. on June 28, the closing and awards ceremony is at 1 p.m. on July 02.
2. Getting to the starting point:
the closest towns/cities are:
Gorno-Altaisk: 450 km/7-8 h. by car. Airport, flights from Moscow.
Barnaul: 700 km/10-12 h. by car. Airport (flights from Moscow, Saint Petersburg), railway station.
Novosibirsk: 900 km/12-14 h. by car. International airport, 14 flights a day from Moscow, railway station.
During the registration every participant will be asked if they need a lift from a particular city. A shuttle bus from Novosibirsk will be arranged in any case.
3. Event organizers:
The race is organized by the "Mountain Trail" sports club.
The following club members prepare and supervise the event:
Pavel Rozanov (Novosibirsk) - race director
Anatoly Korepanov (Biysk) - routes supervisor
4. Basic information about the race:
There are four choices of distance: 30 km (elevation gain 1250m+), 50 km (2150m+), 105 km (4120m+), and 155 km (7580m+), all traversing mountainous terrain. All the races are for individuals. The 155K race consists of 3 stages (3 days), with obligatory overnight stops (camp&food provided by Organizers). Each runner must carry all the mandatory equipment and food throughout the entire race. There will be some Refreshment & Food stations / Check points along the route. For 155K race only: a helicopter delivery of extra equipment to the Camp (and back) will be arranged by the Organizers.
Also, a Fun children race will be organized.
Competitions are individual (classifications are separate for men and women), except the 155K race for which the classifications are for men teams and mixed teams.
In addition, there is a “Combo” option: you can run a 50K race (01 July) + 30K race (02 July), which can act as a "light" multi-stage race for those who would like to challenge this kind of race format. Runners that choose that format will be listed in official result cards of both races, and in addition there will be a non-official result card for 50K+30K format.
Time limit for the 30K race is 7 hrs, for the 50K race - 13 hrs, for the 105K race - 33 hrs. In the 155K race the time limit for the 1st 64 km stage (day) is 21 hrs, for the 2nd 37 km stage (day) is 10 hrs, for the 3rd 54 km stage (day) is 19 hrs. The route of the second day of 155K race can be changed depending on weather conditions.
All the races are certified by ITRA and UTMB, and awarded as follows:
- 30K race: 0 old/1 new point;
- 50K race: 1 old/3 new points;
- 105 race: 3 old/5 new points;
- 155 race: 3 old/5 new points.
5. Runners are required:
By the date of the start of the race to be:
- 21 y.o or older (but not older than 70 y.o.) – for the 105K and 155K races;
- 18 y.o. or older – for the 30K and 50K races.
Minor runners are allowed for the 30K race under the supervision and at the responsibility of a parent or a guardian
We suggest that only well trained athletes participate. Each runner is responsible for his or her own health. Very good physical condition and extensive experience in trail running are essential for tackling the 105K or 155K race, please fill in the corresponding field while registering for the race.
All participants must have an official medical certificate of admission to the competition (while for the 30K race an admission for a half-marathon is enough, for the 50K, 105K, 155K races an admission for a marathon is required) issued within 6 months before the start of the race, or a valid national license.
By submitting their registration to the race, participants release the organizers from any financial, civil, or criminal liability related to injuries or material damage incurred during the race.
The race is held in a remote mountainous area and is therefore inherently potentially unsafe.
The following is the List of Mandatory Equipment each runner must carry throughout the entire race:
|Trail running shoes suitable for mountain terrain||v||v||v||v|
|Wind- and Waterproof jacket with hood and sealed seams||v||v||v||v|
|Long sleeve running shirt or a T-shirt + sleeves||v||v||v|
|A pair of long running tights / trousers, or 3/4 tights with gaiters||v||v||v||v|
Fleece jacket (weight min.200g)
|Mobile phone with full battery charge in an airtight package with the number of the organizers saved in the phone's address book||v||v|
|Water bottles or other liquid containers, volume||0,5l.||1l.||1l.||1l.|
|Race number bib, rubber band and safety pins (will be provided by the Organizers)||v||v||v||v|
|Rescue blanket (min. size 140*200 cm)||v||v||
|Map of the race (will be provided by the Organizers)||v||v||v|
|Lighter / matches in waterproof package||v||v||v|
|First aid kit *||v||v||v|
|Reserve food supply||min 600 kcal||min 1200 kcal||min 1200 kcal|
|Personal metal cup**||v||v|
|Waterproof headlamp equipped with batteries with at least 12 hours charge at continuous use||v||v|
|Reserve waterproof headlamp||v|
|List of recommended equipment||30K||50K||105K||155K|
|A pair of trekking poles||v||v||v||v|
|Headgear – a cap, a ski headband or a bandana||v||v||v|
|Cream for blisters||v||v||v|
|Warm vest, jacket (possible temperature drops: from -10 C with wind at night to +25 C during daytime)||v||v|
Wind- and waterproof trousers with sealed seams
Also, you must carry your passport throughout the entire race because the race is held in the border area.
* First aid kit containing: medical elastic band 10 * 100 cm, sterile bandages, adhesive bandage 2*100 cm, hydrogen peroxide, painkillers
** Personal metal cup for drinking at the refreshment zones. Using a personal cup is a great way to keep Altai environment clean. Also, during the 105K or 155K race you may use your metal cup with a fuel tablet to boil water (in case of an emergency)
*** GPS gear suitable for loading tracks and track points. GPS must be preloaded with race track and track points for refreshment zones, bridges and check-points (provided by the Organizers). GPS should be equipped with spare batteries sufficient for at least 30 hours of continuous working
Participants must be able to demonstrate mandatory equipment on organizers’ demand at any time during the race. In case an item is missing participants may be subject to a time penalty (1 hour per 1 item missing).
For the 155K race:
a helicopter delivery of extra equipment (necessary for camping) to the Camp (and back) will be arranged by Organizers. You’ll find a special bag in your Race packet, which you would have to pack with your equipment and hand over to Organizers by 22:00 on June 28. Mandatory equipment for camping (for each runner): sleeping bag and sleeping mat. We also recommend to put into the bag a pair of extra shoes, a warm fleece jacket, food, cream for blisters, and batteries for GPS gear. Weight limit of the bag is 5 kg per runner, volume limit - 30 liters. The bags will be delivered back from the Camp to the Starting area on the evening of July 01.
6. Features of the route, refreshment zones
The race distance is 30 km, elevation gain +1250 m.
Time limit is 7 hrs.
The starting point is near the bridge across the Katun` river → Tyungur village → up to the Tyungur creek → Baida mt. (2070 m.) → Katun` river → the finish line is again near the bridge across the Katun` river. Refreshment & Food stations / Check points are situated at the 7th and the 13th km of the route (at the Baida mt.).
The race distance is 50 km, elevation gain +2150 m.
Time limit is 13 hrs.
The starting point of this race is moved out, and is in the Elan` area. Transportation to the starting point will be provided by the Organizers.
The route is as follows: Elan` area → up the Kucherla river → up the Kuylyu creek → Kara Turek mountain weather station → down the Tekelyu creek→ down the Kucherla river → the bridge across the Kucherla river→ and the finish line is near the bridge across the Katun` river. The route passes at the altitude of 850 through 2700 m. Along the route you can expect heaps of fallen trees, stone runs, steep talus slopes.
Refreshment & Food stations / Check points are located at the 14th km of the route - at the mountain weather station Kara Turek (drinks, tea, cookies, dried fruit) and at the 41st km - Elan` area (chicken broth, tea, cookies, and fruit will be provided).
The race distance is 105 km, elevation gain +4120 m.
Time limit is 33 hrs.
The route is as follows: The starting point is near the bridge across the Katun` river, then → the bridge across the Kucherla river → Kuzuyak pass (elevation 1516 m.) → up the Akkem river to the Akkem Lake →around the Akkem Lake (optional: in case of high water - along the lake up to the church) - Kara-Turek pass (elevation 3060 m.) → Kucherla lake → down the Kucherla river → the bridge over the Kucherla river → finish near the bridge across the Katun` river.
The route passes through rough terrain at the altitude of 850 m through 3060 m. Along the trail you can expect heaps of fallen trees, stone runs, marshes, log crossings and fords, and chances are, you will get snow on Kara-Turek pass.
Refreshment & Food stations / Check points are placed at the following locations:
- at the 18th km along the route — the camp "3 Birches" (drinks, cookies, and fruit will be provided)
- at the 40th km, on the Akkem Lake (with soup, tea, cookies, and dried fruit)
- at the 54th km, on the Kara-Turek pass (tea, candies)
- at the 64th km, on the Kucherla Lake (soup, tea, cookies, and dried fruit)
- at the 93rd km in the Elan` area (chicken broth, tea, cookies, and fruit).
In order to continue on to the Kara-Turek pass participants have to leave the refreshment zone on the lake Akkem (the 40th km of the route) by 16:00 on July 1st. All those who are late will not be allowed to go up to the pass, and will be considered disqualified. They will then have to go back to the start, in the opposite direction of the race. There is a refreshment zone where you can rest and sleep on the lake Kucherla. You should leave that zone by 5:00 a.m. on the 2nd of July.
The total race distance is 155 km, elevation gain + 7580 m.
1st day: 64 km, +3570m. Time limit is 21 hrs.
The route is as follows: The starting point is near the bridge across the Katun` river, then → the bridge across the Kucherla river → Kuzuyak pass (elevation 1516 m.) → the bridge across the Akkem river → up the Oroktoy river → Tukhman camp → Guldy-airy lake → Tekelu waterfall → Yarlu river → and finish of the 1st stage in the Akkem mountain camp. The route passes through rough terrain at the altitude of 850 m through 2500 m. At the 25th km of the route you will ascend to the altitude of 2000 m and from then the pathwon't descend below 2000m anymore. Along the route you can expect heaps of fallen trees, stone runs, a lot of marshes, log crossings and fords, and probably some snow fields.
Refreshment & Food stations / Check points are located at the 16th km of the route - near the bridge across the Akkem river (drinks, fruits); at the 46th km - Guldy-airy lake (tea, sweets), and at the 53rd km - Tekelu waterfall. At the finish of this first stage a hot dinner and sauna will be provided by the Organizers in the Akkem mountain camp.
2nd day: 37 km, + 2160m; Time limit is 10 hrs.
The starting point is at the Akkem starting camp, then → the bridge across the Akkem river → Yarlu river → Yarlu pass (elevation 2800 m.) → down the Yarlu river → along the right side of the Akkem lake → chapel → up the Kara-Oyuk creek → Mountain Spirits lake → down the Kara-Oyuk creek → along the left side of the Akkem lake → up the Ak-Oyuk creek → 7 lakes valley → down the Ak-Oyuk creek → and finish of the stage in the Akkem mountain camp. The route passes through rough terrain at the altitude of 1950 m through 2850 m. Check points are located at the 9th km of the route (Yarlu pass), at the 21st km (Mountain Spirits lake), and at the 30th km of the route (7 lakes valley). Refreshment & Food station - at the 19th and 23rd km of the route (chapel). Before the start and after the finish a hot breakfast and dinner will be provided by the Organizers.
3rd day: 54 km, +1850m. Time limit is 19 hrs.
The starting point is at the Akkem starting camp, then → Kara-Turek pass (elevation 3060 m.) → Kucherla lake → down the Kucherla river → the bridge over the Kucherla river → finish near the bridge across the Katun` river. The route passes through rough terrain at the altitude of 1950 m through 850 m. Along the trail you can expect heaps of fallen trees, stone runs, marshes, log crossings and fords, and chances are, you will get snow on Kara-Turek pass.
Refreshment & Food stations / Check points are located at the 6th km of the route - Kara-Turek pass; at the 18th km - on the Kucherla Lake (tea, cookies, and dried fruit); at the 42nd km - in the Elan` area (chicken broth, tea, cookies, and fruit). Before the start a hot breakfast will be provided by the Organizers.
All the runners of all the races will get their hot meal at the finish (in the starting area).
The 30K route will be marked with tape along the entire route. The 50K, 105K and 155K routes will be marked in places of ambiguous directions. Participants will be given a map with the race route. In addition, runners will be provided with the track and the key points for uploading to the GPS. Organizers will do their best to mark ALL the routes scrupulously in order to facilitate runners wayfinding and therefore to increase their average speed. However, any claims of the lack of marking will not be accepted. In case you are unsure about the way, it is recommended to refer to the GPS track.
It is possible to drink water directly from springs and creeks throughout most of the route. However, we strongly recommend not to with drinking water whenever possible.However, we strongly recommend to fill your drinking bottles at every opportunity.
7. Schedule of the Competition.
June 28, Wednesday
12.00 – 18.00: Registration for the 155K race; mandatory equipment check, race packet distribution, uploading tracks to the GPS.
18.00: Opening ceremony. Briefing for participants of the 155K race.
June 29, Thursday
3.00: Start of the 155K race (1st stage)
15.00: Expected finish of the 1st stage (155K race) leaders
24.00: Time limit for the 1st stage (155K race)
June 30, Friday
9.00: Start of the 2nd stage (155K race)
14.00: Expected finish of the 2nd stage (155K race) leaders
12.00 – 18.00: Registration for the 50K and 105K races; mandatory equipment check, race packet distribution, uploading tracks to the GPS.
18.00: Briefing for participants of the 50K and 105K races
19.00: Time limit for the 2nd stage (155K race)
July 1, Saturday
3.00: Start of the 105K race
5.00: Transfer of the 50K race participants to the starting point
6.00: Start of the 50K race
6.00: Start of the 3rd stage (155K race)
10.00 – 16.00: Registration for the 30K race; mandatory equipment check, race packet distribution
12.00: Expected finish of the 50K race leaders
15.00: Expected finish of the 155K race leaders
18.00: Expected finish of the 105K race leaders
18.00: Briefing for participants of the 30K race
19.00: Time limit for the 50K race
July 2, Sunday
01.00: Time limit for the 155K race
06.00: Start of the 30K race
09.00: Expected finish of the 30K race leaders
10.00: Start of the Fun children race
12.00: Time limit for the 105K race
13.00: Time limit for the 30K race
13.00: Summing up. Presenting awards to the winners and runners-up of all distances. Closing ceremony.
14.30: Departure of the buses (shuttle bus service provided by the Organizers)
In case of bad weather conditions Organizers may change the starting time and/or time limits, and modify the routes. This will be announced at the briefing.
8. Selecting the winners.
The first three runners to finish each distance in both categories (men and women; for the 155K race - from the results of all the 3 stages) will be awarded with diplomas and valuable prizes, as well as with gifts from sponsors.
All those who finish the race within the time limit will receive a Finisher medal.
Besides, all the results of the runners who indicated their team will be taken into consideration while calculating the teams' ratings. A Cup will be awarded to the team-winner.
This competition is organized thanks to the starting fees of the participants, as well as at the expense of the Organizers and the sponsors.
The Organizers provide:
- Preparation and marking of the routes
- Transfer of participants to the starting point of the 50K race
- Electronic time-keeping system (start/finish and checkpoints), timely publication of the results in the starting area and on the race website
- Races certification by ITRA and UTMB
- Food along the routes (Refreshment stations) and at the finish line
- Sleep and rest zone on Kucherla lake (63th km of the 105K distance)
- Medals for all finishers
- Souvenirs from the Organizers (bandana or T-shirt) and sponsors
- Awards and prizes for the winners
- Starting number bib, a set of pins for fixing the numbers
- Map of the route (for 50K, 105K, 155K races)
- Hot meal after the finish
- Russian sauna after the finish
- Taking pictures throughout the race, all the photos will be available (free of charge) on the race website
- Sport insurance covering 500.000 rubles, providing evacuation by helicopter in case of emergency
- Permit from the Border Guard Service (for foreigners)
> For 155K runners: Organizers provide (besides all of the above) food and camp in the Akkem mountain camp (overnight accommodation, breakfast and dinner for 2 days), a helicopter delivery of equipment there and back.
Any other transportation and accommodation costs are not included in the entry fee, as well as food beyond the race time and other extra services.
Registration is open at www.en.altai-trail.ru from 01/01/2017 to 27/04/2017, or until the maximum number of participants is reached.
The maximum numbers of participants are as follows:
30K race - 200 runners;
50K race - 100 runners;
105K race - 100 runners;
155K race - 50 runners.
When filling in the online form with your personal details, please state the desired way of transportation and your choice of accommodation at the competition area. By submitting the registration for the race, you agree to fully adhere to these Race regulations.
if paid between 01.01.17 and 15.02.17
|75USD or 70EUR||90USD or 85EUR||115USD or 110EUR||185USD or 175EUR||140USD or 130EUR|
if paid between 16.02.17 and 27.04.17
|85USD or 80EUR||105USD or 100EUR||130USD or 125EUR||185USD or 175EUR||165USD or 155EUR|
Once you have registered at the website you will receive an e-mail from the Organizers with bank account details for transfer of the payment.
Entry fee for foreign participants is slightly higher than for local runners due to the need to request a permit from the Border Guard Service (permit cost is included in the entry fee).
An official invitation is required to obtain Russian visa. You should apply for the visa in Russian visa authority in country of your residence. There are agencies which can represent you in Russian visa authority to help to obtain Russian visa. The Altai Ultra-Trail® Organizers are ready to assist participants and accompanying persons with invitation for entry visa to Russia.
In case of refusal to participate in the competition before 01.04.2017, 80% of the registration fee can be returned upon written request to the email of the organizers. In case of refusal between 01.04.2017 and 27.05.2017, 50% of the registration fee can be returned. After May 27, 2017 the registration fee is not refundable. It is possible however to transfer one's starting slot to another person through a written request to the organizers’ e-mail.
In case a route change to a longer distance is requested, the participant will pay the difference in the entry fee on the date of changing the distance. A route change to a shorter distance is also possible, but the difference of the entry fee will be returned at the same percent rate as when the application is canceled.
There are various recreational camps and hotels near the competition center. You will find more information in a separate section of the ALTAI ULTRA-TRAIL website. Please note that the number of places available in the tourist centers is limited, as the race is held at the peak tourist season, and tourists are already actively making reservations. Therefore, the faster you book, the better your chances of comfortable accommodation are.