Race Rules for the Red Fox Adventure Race 2017
Organizer of the Race: Red Fox Company
Chairman of the Organisation Committee: Olga Moroz
Designer and Chief Judge: Vitalij Chegarovskij
Vice Chairman of the Organisation Committee, Safety Manager: Denis Kuprienko
Responsible for installation of the rope course: Alexander Ovcharuk
Supervisor of the volunteers: Dmitrij Bulavinov
Manager of the Race Centre: Dmitrij Smoljaninov
Electronic timekeeping: Jurij Gultjaev
Chief secretary: Aljona Strepetova
LOCATION OF THE RACE CENTRE
The race takes place in the surroundings of the town of Sortavala in the Karelian Republic. The Race Centre is located on the shore of Haasiansalmi strait, Lake Ladoga, on the territory of the recreation centre "MPK", where participants and organizers will be staying in tents.
Rules for passing the different sections
The first section of the course follows a fixed order.
For the "Short Course" class - a kayaking stage of 16 km and a trekking stage of 10 km.
For the "Long Course" class - a kayaking stage of 23 km and a trekking stage of 10 km.
After having passed these two stages, the teams are allowed to pass other remaining check points without any specific order, using arbitrary type of movement which seems to be best for them on specific sections.
In case, if a storm is expected on Lake Ladoga, a different order for passing the sections of the course may be announced in the morning of the start day, depending on weather forecast.
Check points are equipped by electronic punching system SFR. The according SFR-chip will be handled to the competitors during race registration and has to be fixed on each competitor's wrist.
Registering at a check point is obligatory for every team member, otherwise passing of a check point will not be countedd!
Time for passing a check point from first to last member of a team cannot be more than 1 minute. This does not apply to rope and rock climbing stages and other special sections, which will be specified in the route sheet.
If a chip breaks due to pressure or other impact, the competitor must inform the judges while passing the nearest transition area.
There is a slight chance that an electronic check point may be out of order or has been removed by outsiders. Please do not stop the race to call to the organizers, but continue and inform the organizers about it on occasion. If the check point is not working or has been removed, the passing of its location is valid without electronic punching.
The check points are located at or on destinctive natural or artificial objects. Check points are marked on maps by circles, the centre of which shows the exact position of the check point.
Check points themselves are marked by white-and-orange signs, the size of which may be different, depending on the objects on which they are located. The signs of check points are visible from the way points, shown in the legend, but not at an earlier stage. The station of electronic punching is installed right near the signs. Any other important information concerning a specific check point is given in the legend, which is handled to the competitors together with the route sheet.
The legend describes, in words, the location of an object, at or on which a check point is located. For some of the check points there are pictures (photos) of an object, on which an arrow indicates the exact location of the check point or the direction of movement towards the check point. The legend is included in the route sheet.
The route sheet provides the following information: order of passing sections; order of passing check points; legends of all check points; operating hours of transition areas; specific rules for passing specific check points, or time limits for passing them.
Test section for rope course, located in the Competition Centre
Before the race start all the teams have to pass a short test section for rappelling and ascending on ropes, installed on a vertical rock wall of approximately 20m altitude. There will be a time limit. Teams exceeding the time limit and showing thereby that they are not well enough prepared for rope work, will not be admitted to upcoming at the most difficult rope sections. The testing time limit will be announced on spot.
Transition areas are located in places, where teams will change race stages. At all transition areas drinking water and hot tea will be provided. In the Race centre, there will be drinking water, hot tea and hot food. The working hours of transition areas are limited and specified in the route sheet. Transportation of individual or team gear to the transition areas is not provided. This means that everything you need during the race you will have to carry with you; no team will have the opportunity of external support. So all the teams are in the same conditions. If anything has to be delivered to the transition areas (kayaks, bikes) it will be done by the organizers.
We provide special maps, drawn and edited exclusively for the race, with common symbols, used in topographic maps and orienteering.
Maps are drawn on the base of topographical maps of the area with a scale of 1:50 000, satellite imagery and field work, done in the year 2016. The maps are laminated on both sides (mat laminate).
There will be several maps with different scales for the different sections of the course. Each competitor will get a full set of maps. We recommend to bring along thin permanent pen markers of red or blue colour for marking your routes on the maps.
Teams receive 1 point for passing each check point. The result of a team depends on the amount of points received at check points during the course in the given time limit.
Each competitor has to be aware of the fact that the race bears inherent dangers due to technical, natural and climatic circumstances.
The competitors must not admit fatigue and overwork and need to stay attentive, coordinated and have a good reaction throughout the whole course.
Competitors must not continue the course or refuse to pass a certain section of the course, if they are lacking physical or psychological abilities to continue.
Each team has to carry a cell phone in a waterproof package to connect to the organizers in emergency. The emergency phone number is indicated on each map.
Cell phone connection is available not everywhere during the course. On the top of hills or on wide open waters the connection normally is good. "Megafon" is working better then all other providers!
All competitors must wear life vests during the paddlng stage.
All competitors must wear helmets during mountain bike and rope stages.
There will be a doctor and medical station located in the Race Centre, where every competitor can get help at any time.
The organizer disclaims any material, civil and criminal liability in case of injury or material damage received during the course. The competitors must have medical and accident insurance.
A team which has left the course prior to the finish gate, or could not reached the finish gate in time, must contact the organizers as soon as possible to inform them about their wellbeing or problems and, thereafter, show up at the finish gate and return all electronic chips.
Applications are accepted on-line on our website www.adventure-race.redfox.ru
We accept changes in the team line-up on spot during registration, if the team was not complete at the time of application or has changed after the application dead line. But a team is accepted only, if the application was made in time and the full amount of the start fee for the whole team had been payed.
Payment of the entrance fee
All registered teams must pay an start fee for participation in the Race.
The entrance fee is 55 Euros for each participant regardless race class if the application was made up to April 10, 2017.
The entrance fee is 68 Euros for each participant regardless race class if the application was made from April 10, 2017 up to May 10, 2017.
Registration procedure step-by-step
1. The team informs about its arrival and confirms the final team line-up.
2. After that, the whole team has to undergo a pre-race gear check of all mandatory equipment.
3. Each competitor has to show his medical and accident insurances, covering extreme sports activities in Russia. Please contact your insurance company before arriving to Russia and find the type of insurance which is fitting your needs during the race (first aid/ evacuation/ transportation to the nearest hospital/ medical treatment). Insurances cannot be concluded on spot.
4. The team receives start bibs, start numbers for their bikes and kayaks, maps, route sheet and T-shirts from Red Fox.
5. Each competitor receives the electronic chip for marking at the check points.
6. Each competitor has to personally sign the disclaimer, in which the organizer disclaims all responsibility for the participants' health and life during the course.
7. The team passes the test section for rope work in the Race Centre.
The organizers may exclude teams from the course, if they their behavior does not confirm with ecological ethics and causes harm to nature. During the course, all garbage has to be taken along and returned to the garbage bins at the Race Centre or villages or towns nearby.
The Race Regulations require that the teams have to respect each other and behave kindly and attentively. In difficult situations and emergency, the teams must help each other in all possible ways. According to the Race Regulationss, mutual aid between humans is valued more than results in the race.
Audience and support crew
According to the Race Regulations, only mental support of the teams is allowed. Outside assistance is allowed only regarding the preparation and passing of gear and food in the transition areas. In case of receiving physical help from outside, the team will be disqualified.
Start bibs and placement of sponsors' names
During all race, the competitors have to wear their bibs with start numbers, which they have received during registration. The bibs have to be worn on top of all clothing and, during the paddling stage, on top of life vests. If the start bib is not worn properly, there will be a penalty of 1 point.
Penalties and disqualification
There may be on-course gear checks during all race. Lack of one item of mandatory gear involves to a penalty of 1 point.
The team may be disqualified due to following violations:
- receiving physical outside assistance;
- use of means of transport and gear, which are not allowed during the course;
- violation of the Race Regulations and safety instructions;
- violations of sports ethics;
- violations of ecological ethics.
All disputes regarding results of the race, penalties and any other matters are solved by the chief judge. Appeals have to be submitted in written form not later than 30 minutes before the beginning of the awards ceremony.
Determination of the winners
Winners are determined by the maximum amount of points gathered during the course, not exceeding the time limit. In case, if several teams have passed equal number of check points, then competition time is taken into account.
Teams which have passed the obligatory check points in wrong order, or which have not passed one or more obligatory check points will be ranked lower, than other teams, which have passed the check points in the right order.
The competition time of a team is determined at the finish check point. The time is noted when the last team member passes the finish line. After finishing, all competitors have to handle their electronic chips to the judges in the judges' van.
Time limit for passing the entire course:
for the "Short course" class = 24 h
for the "Long course" class = 48 h
This means that each team has to plan its route in that way, that they are able to finish not later than the time limit given for the specific class.
Penalty for exceeding the time limit = 1 point for each minute.
If a team exceeds the time limit for more than 1 hour the team will be disqualified.
All teams which could not reach the finish line in time must contact the organizers by phone and inform about their current location and conditions, if possible.
The teams who win 1st - 3rd place in each class are awarded with medals.
The winner teams of each class are awarded with additional prizes from the sponsors of the race.
Changes to the race program
The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the race regulations in case of urgent necessity or occurrence of an unpredictable situation.
You and your team are cordially invited to
the 2017 Red Fox Adventure Race!