race regulation

The sporting event is called "Tuscany Crossing" will have a competitive form.
  The organization of the race is entrusted to 'ASD SIENARUNNERS, amateur sports association.
The "TC" takes place in the south of Tuscany, in the Parco Della Val d'Orcia (UNESCO World Heritage Site). 
The 100 mile race starts at 17:15 on Friday 23 April 2021 with departure from Castiglione d'Orcia. The runners must reach the finish line no later than 34 hours in order to obtain a finisher's prize. The other races will start on Saturday 24 April at 5.30 am.
All participants must strictly follow the rules and the pre-race briefing to remain eligible for the prize.
The race route will be mostly on typical Tuscan landscapes, with the majority of white roads, paths and asphalt with a percentage of less than 20%, crossing the most beautiful villages of Tuscany.

 Entry requirements
Athletes over 18 years of age in possession of a sports medical certificate for competitive activity, valid at least until April 25, 2021, can register. Athletes who are serving disqualifications for doping will not be accepted. No qualifying races are required for registration, but it is still recommended to have participated in other long trails.
The athlete must take note of the length and peculiarities of the test that differs substantially from other races and be aware that their participation requires a high physical preparation necessary to overcome situations that require great personal physical and psychological autonomy, because the Tuscan hills seemingly gentle, although beautiful, are implacable in their challenge and implacable to the poorly prepared.
It is mandatory that each participant is in possession of a valid athletics medical certificate for athletics, the same must be received by email or delivered directly at the time of collection of the bib. Otherwise the registration will be cancelled without any right to reimbursement of the fee paid.

Pre-registration

Registration
Due to the protracted emergency COVID will open in the form of pre-registration until the number closed to 320 athletes at each race (total max 960 athletes).
Pre-registration (on the dedicated page)
Pre-registrations will open on 1 August 2020 and close on 31 December 2020.
The following information will be required at the time of pre-registration:
- Name
- Surname
- Date of birth
- E-mail
- Place of residence
- Nationality
Pre-registration is free.
On January 01, 2021, the athletes who will be eligible will receive the link to proceed with the registration. The registration can be regularized by January 10, 2021.

Entry fees
TC100M 160 km   € 155,00
TC100K  103 km   €  90,00
TC  45K    46 km   €  55,00
EXPRESS TEAM € 100,00
In the registration fee is included:
race bib
assistance and refreshments along the route and at the end of the race
race pack
Souvenir technical jersey
Finisher Award
good Meal
race bib

AWARDS
 There are no cash prizes.
The first 10 men and the first 10 women will be awarded.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 24th by 8:00 pm.
Under no circumstances will the prizes be sent or delivered in advance.


Waiver of participation and partial refunds
In case of inability to participate, the cancellation must be communicated by e-mail to info@tuscanycrossing.com.
The following refund procedures are available:
- Renunciation by 15/03/2021: refund of 40% of the quota
- waiver after 15/03/2021: no refund
The reimbursement of the quota, net of bank charges, will be made by 31 August 2021 in the manner indicated at the time of withdrawal.
In case of cancellation of the race due to force majeure, up to 10 days before the event, the Organization reserves the right to refund a percentage equal to 50% of the registration fee paid. This percentage is justified by the multiple expenses that the Organization has already made and that it cannot recover. In case of interruption or cancellation of the race for weather reasons, or for any other reason independent of the Organization, no refund will be due to the participants.

Methods of registration
On Line by following the instructions on www.tuscanycrossing.com

Responsibility
The athlete relieves the organization from any kind of responsibility for medical problems that might happen to him before, during and after the race, as he is informed of the medical contraindications that affect him.
In the event that it becomes necessary to activate the 118, including the possible use of helicopters, the costs arising from the intervention of structures external to those of the organization, both before, during and after can not be charged to the organization itself.
The athlete participates under his own responsibility in the event relieving the organizing company from any responsibility for damages made or suffered by people, animals or things, before, during and after the event.
1. Familiarity : the knowledge of the course offers physical and mental advantages during the race, taking care to study the difficulties well. Particular attention should be given to those sections that you expect to run in the dark, when your mental and physical energy may be low.
2. Running at night : in races where much of the running will be done at night, in addition to the compulsory light it is advisable to have a second light and spare batteries. If the lights fail, wait for another runner with a light.
3.  Weather : as temperatures during the race can vary from 0°30°C, participants must be prepared for both extremes. Weather conditions are unpredictable and can change quickly.
4. River crossing : along the route the runners will have to ford rivers and streams, the ford is dangerous and MUST NOT be attempted in the race. On the day of the race, a guide rope will be stretched across the river, with staff available for assistance. 
5. Signposting: The signs of the course will be made up of signage tape, arrows and other signs that will be communicated before the start, In addition, reflectors will be placed on the course for the dark hours. The staff will do their best to provide a properly signposted route, but it is necessary that runners remain constantly on the alert while they race. Occasionally, people not associated with the event may alter or remove the signs. Operational knowledge of the route, road-book and gps track will be of infinite help to the runner. 
6. Gearbox bags: The race management will provide transport for the gearbox bags to the positions specified on the Map. This service is provided to help unmanned runners. Those who have adequate support are asked not to overload our volunteers with unnecessary bags. The bags must be securely tied, clearly labeled with the number and deposited at the appropriate collection station established for each checkpoint before departure. Exchange bags must pass through a 40cm opening. Only one bag per rescue station is allowed. Please do not use paper bags, shoe boxes or anything made of paper-like products. These can get wet easily. It is imperative that runners do not leave perishable objects in their bags.  DO NOT put glass bottles in exchange bags. 
7.  The bags will be returned to the TUSCANY centre as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of each runner to claim their bags. If you cannot retrieve your bags, ask someone else to do it for you. Collection bags must be claimed by 10:00am on Sunday.  Any bags left over after the event can be disposed of.  DO NOT leave valuables in your bags. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for lost or damaged collection bags and their contents.
8. Withdrawal: If you have to leave the race at a point where rescue is not available, we will make every reasonable effort to get you to the finish line or the nearest main checkpoint still in operation, especially if you need medical attention. In non-emergency situations, you may need to wait several hours before being evacuated. Runners who need to leave the race will be taken to the finish line. Our main responsibility is to set up a race, not to make a shuttle service for non-finishers, so please be patient in case. Rescue stations will be closed when the sweeper service arrives.
9. Ethics of the race : please be polite to hikers, tourists, motorists, the route will not be closed to traffic and runners will have to respect the highway code, volunteers on the route will not have the power to stop cars.
10.  Volunteers : more than 300 dedicated volunteers will help in this race. They are really the lifeblood of the race and will do everything possible to make your day a success. Many spend more hours on the course than the runners themselves. Please be polite and remember to thank them. Without the volunteers there would be no races like the TUSCANY CROSSING.

11. Insurance ; Third party liability: The organization subscribes a third party liability insurance for the entire period of the event. The organization advises each participant to have their own personal insurance that covers participation in events such as Tuscany Crossing with accident, travel and evacuation costs coverage.

12. NB: evacuation by helicopter in Italy is subject to payment.

13. Right of image; By registering for the TC the athlete expressly authorizes the organization, together with its partners, to use free of charge the right to use the still or moving images on which they may appear, taken during their participation in the event, on all visual media as well as promotional and/or advertising materials, produced and distributed throughout the world and for the maximum time provided by laws, regulations, treaties in force, including any extension that may be made to the period provided.

14. Acceptance ;By registering and paying the fee, the participant accepts these regulations without reservation.

 

TC rules

The purpose of these rules is to guarantee the regularity of the race and individual performance, providing equal conditions for all. The guiding principles of the rules are as simple as: run fairly, run safely and respect the environment.

Violations of any rule or directive of the TC may constitute grounds for disqualification for one or more years, or other sanctions such as time penalty, fines and/or prize disqualifications.

1. The official race number of each runner must be worn visibly on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.

2. Runners must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner leaving the official route must return to the exit point on foot before continuing.

3. Each runner must complete the entire route without outside assistance. No physical or mechanical help is allowed, the use of treeking sticks is allowed.

4. Possible assistance cannot be provided outside the fixed points (refreshment area) except in case of possible medical assistance

5. Runners must comply with the race rules, regulations issued by the Race Director in pre-race e-mails and at the pre-race briefing on Friday afternoon or otherwise be disqualified.

6. Each runner must be registered or checked at all checkpoints.

7. All time limits will be strictly applied. Runners must be OUTSIDE the checkpoint BEFORE the time limit. Runners returning to the checkpoint after the time limit will be eliminated from the race.

8.  Additional monitoring of individual runners may be required at the discretion of the medical staff. 

9. Refusal by the runner to cooperate fully may result in immediate disqualification. 

10. Each runner must fully disclose to the medical staff at the pre-race check-in any changes in existing medical conditions and any prescribed medication.

11. The medical/health staff may in its sole discretion suspend the runner from the race by invalidating the bib number. Rescuers are authorised to evacuate participants judged to be in danger by any means at their convenience. The use of anti-inflammatory infiltrations by medical service personnel is not permitted. In case the use of anti-inflammatory injections is necessary, the competitor will be stopped and transported to the medical station for medical checks.

12. Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship.

13. Smoking is not permitted at any of the checkpoints or along the course.

14. Any runner who is unable to complete the race must personally inform the nearest rescue station or checkpoint of his decision to withdraw. The runner must hand over the GPS detector and bib at that time. This serves as official notification of a runner's withdrawal from the race. Runners who leave the course without handing over their GPS detector and bib number will be classified as "lost", potentially activating the search and rescue unit. The time spent searching for such a runner may be billed to the runner.

15. Runners who cross the finish line after the time limit will not be listed as official finishers.

16. CT has a zero tolerance policy for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Any athlete who has been determined to have violated the anti-doping rules or policies, whether it is claimed by the International Association of Athletics Federations ( IAAF ), the World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA ) or any other national sports federation, is not eligible for entry to the TC.  Any athlete who refuses to undergo doping testing, if selected for the test, must be disqualified and subject to a lifetime ban from the TC.

17. In case of bad weather conditions, weather warnings and for safety reasons, the organisation reserves the right to suspend the current race, to modify the time barriers or to divert the transit of the race on asphalted sections.

 

Compulsory material:

1.  Water reserve min. 1 litre.

2.  Water backpack or double water bottle.

3.  Energy bars or equivalent food.

4.  Waterproof Windproof Jacket

5.  Emergency Cloth

6.  Whistle

7.  Headlamp with spare battery

8.  Compulsory competitive medical certificate

9. Mobile phone charged

The use of the following material is strongly recommended:

1.  Hat or bandana and gloves

2.  Trail shoes

3. Spare headlamp

Timekeeping and gps detection

  Timekeeping by Cronorun

 GPS detection by Sportracks

   Each participant at the 160 km and 100 km will be given a GPS tracker to be returned at the end of the event.

 Please note

- The GPS tracker will be delivered on the occasion of the collection of the breastplate.

- Failure or incorrect use of the chip and GPS will result in non-inclusion in the ranking and time allocation.

- At the withdrawal of the race bib and GPS, check that both correspond as Number

- When using GPS, it is recommended that you strictly follow the instructions and information provided in the package.

- GPS is strictly personal and cannot be exchanged.

- The GPS must be returned to the pits in the arrival area to the staff in charge, even for retired or not started athletes. In case of non-delivery the athlete will be charged 50 €.

 

Timetable Gates

- Time gates will be set up to allow competitors and a shuttle service so that competitors do not remain on the course without assistance. The time gates will be announced as soon as possible are calculated at 5 km every hour, after these times no assistance will be guaranteed and the competitors will be out of the race .( they mean exit times)

ENVIRONMENT

 The race takes place in a nature park and ecosystems with total protection. The competitors will have to behave in an environmentally friendly way, avoiding in particular to disperse waste, collect flowers or harass the fauna. Anyone caught leaving waste along the course will be disqualified from the race and will incur any penalties provided for by municipal regulations.

 Each competitor must bring a glass or a water bottle to be filled at the refreshments. The event adheres to the Spirit Trail "I don't throw my rubbish" campaign.

REFRESHMENTS

You run in semi-sufficiency with the obligation to stock one litre of water.

Food and drinks in the refreshment areas must be consumed only on site; water bottles or camelbags may only be filled with natural water. At the start of each refreshment station, runners must have the quantity of water and food necessary to arrive at the next refreshment station.

Additional refreshments will be provided at the finish.

On the route there are several rivers, fountains and settlements where water can be replenished.

The eventual purchase of food or drinks in unauthorized places is at the competitor's expense.

 

 

 

COMPLAINTS

Violation of any of the TC rules or regulations is an extremely serious matter. Consequently, the alleged violation of a rule by another rider is very serious. Protests must be submitted by a registered operator and must be made using the following procedure:

1. Report the alleged violation to the runner while the incident occurs. Find a witness to the alleged violation, if possible.

2. Report the alleged violation with the name and number of the runner to the next available rescue station judge.

3. Report the alleged violation in writing at the finish line to the race director. 

4. All protests must be submitted by 10.30 am on the Sunday after the race.

5.  The written protest must include the name of the person who made the complaint.

6. Both parties will be invited to discuss the complaint with the Committee at noon on Sunday, when a decision will be made as to whether the alleged violator should be denied the award.

7. In case of misunderstandings or omissions in the race rules, the decision is up to the race director as well as the final judgement on all parties.

8. A final resolution of the problem can be taken by the UISP Territorial Committee about two weeks after the race.

9. In case of misunderstandings or omissions in the rules of the race, the decision is up to the race director as well as the final judgement on all parties.

10. The race director named "TUSCANY CROSSING" shall be appointed by the Organizing Committee and assisted by the UISP judges.

 
 
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