1. INTRODUCTION

The Ultra Trail des Marcaires (72km / 3660m+), the Trail des Marcaires (54km / 2600m+), the Défi de Muhlbach  (32km/1650m+) and la P’tite Course des Marcaires (12km/630m+), are timed trail running competitions open to experienced runners but not to walkers. There will be an official classification with prizes for places 1-5 and for the first runner in each category. Each race takes place on a marked course over forest and mountain paths between 437 and 1363 m altitude, in semi-autonomy on the 16th and 17th May 2020

ITRA Points

The Ultra Trail des Marcaires gives 4 points ITRA to finishers (to be confirmed for 2020)

The Trail des Marcaires gives 3 points ITRA to finishers.

The Défi de Muhlbach gives 2 points ITRA to finishers.

The Défi de Muhlbach and the P’tite Course des marcaires is part of the Trophée des Vosges

The organising committee reserves the right to change the race rules depending on the different authorisations received from the various local authorities as well as the weather conditions.

2. ORGANISATION

The event is organised by Colmar Marathon Club.

3. PROGRAM FOR 2020

Saturday 16th May 2020

15h-19:00: Race number collection for all races in the sports hall Muhlbach-Sur-Munster

17:00: Start La P’tite Course des Marcaires

19:00: Prize giving La P’tite Course des Marcaires

19:00-20:30: Pasta party

Sunday 17th May 2020

02:30: Race number collection for the Ultra Trail des Marcaires

04:00: Start of the Ultra Trail des Marcaires

06:15 – 09:30: Race number collection for all races in the sports hall Muhlbach-

07:30: Start of the Trail des Marcaires

09:00: Start of the Défi de Muhlbach

09:30: Start of the P’Tite Course des Marcaires

07:00 – 18:00: Endurance Shop Colmar + partner stands with various special offers

11:00 – 18:00: Local market with various specialities from the Munster valley.

15:00 – 16:00: Prize giving for the four races.

These times may be modified depending on conditions on race day.

4. RACE ENTRIES

Entries are limited to 1900 runners in total for the 4 races combined

The P’tite Course des Marcaires – 400 runners

The Défi de Muhlbach – 550 runners

The Trail des Marcaires – 550 runners

The Ultra Trail des Marcaires – 400 runners

Race entry is exclusively via : www.sporkrono.fr

Important!

It will be possible to register for the 12km race on race day (increased price). The cut-off date entry to the other three races is the 10th May 2020

If the race is full before this date, entries will be closed.

Race entry to the Ultra Trail des Marcaires, the Trail des Marcaires and the Défi de Muhlbach includes a meal after the race as well as a gift for each runner.

Race entry for the P’tite Course des Marcaires, includes a gift for each runner. If you wish a meal, this can be ordered with your race entry.

You may also buy a meal at the Pasta Party on Saturday evening.

The shuttle bus is included in ALL race entries.

For your race entry to be valid you must show:

  • Your French athletics licence.
  • OR a medical certificate stating that you are eligible to run in a competition. The certificate must not be more than 12 months old on the day of the competition. Photocopies accepted.
  • Residents outside France must present a medical certificate not older than 12 months on the day of the competition. This certificate must include the issuing Doctor’s signature and, if not written in French, a translation should be provided.

If these documents are not provided it will not be possible to deliver your race number. 

5. PARTICIPATION

French athletics rules state that cadets (16-17 years old) cannot run further than 15km in a competitive race and are limited also by altitude gain. Juniors (18-19 years old) are limited to 25km

Juniors will only be able to run La P’tite Course des Marcaires. Due to the altitude gain Cadets are excluded from this race.

Participants must have experience running over mountainous terrain.

We strongly advise that you check the weather the day before the race and prepare your kit accordingly. The weather and temperatures can change quickly in the mountains.

6. RACE NUMBER COLLECTION

Race numbers can be collected in the sports hall in Muhlbach-sur-Munster:

Saturday 18th May 2020 from 15:30 to 19:00

Sunday 19th May 2020 from 02:30.

7. RACE DAY TIMETABLE

Saturday 16th May

  • P’tite Course des Marcairse: 17:00

Sunday 17th May 2020

  • Ultra Trail des Marcaires: 04:00
  • Trail des Marcaires: 07:30
  • Défi de Muhlbach: 09:00

The organising committee reserves the right to change the timetable depending on the weather conditions. In this case you will be informed on the Internet site and Facebook pages.

All races start in front of the sports hall in Muhlbach-sur-Munster.

Estimated arrival times for each race are listed below.

Race

First Runner

Last Runner

Ultra Trail des Marcaires

11:30 (7:30)

18:15 (14:15)

Trail des Marcaires

12:16 (4:46)

18:06 (10:36)

Défi de Muhlbach

11:46 (2:46)

15:46 (6:46)

La P’tite Trail des Marcaires

17:50 (00:50)

19:30 (2:30)

Alert! For security reasons there will be cut-off times.

The number of kilometres may vary slightly.

Ultra Trail des Marcaires :

  • Cut-off point No. 1: at 11:30 at kilometre 33 (separation point for the Ultra and the Trail des Marcaires). Runners arriving after the cut off time will be directed to course of the Trail des Marcaires (54km) with a classification in that race).
  • Cut-off point No. 2: at 15:30 at kilometre 56.5 (Aid station No 3. Lautenbach-Zell) Runners will have to remove their number and will be repatriated to the finish by the organisation.
  • Cut-off point No. 3: at 17:00 at kilometre 64 (Aid station No 4. Rothenbrunnen). Runners will have to remove their number and will be repatriated to the finish by the organisation.

Trail des Marcaires:

There are three cut off times in the race. Runners must arrive before each time barrier to be able to continue.

  • Cut-off point No. 1: at 11:30 at kilometre 17,5 (separation point for the 32km and 54km races). Runners arriving after the cut off time will be directed to complete the 32km race (and classified in the race).
  • Cut-off point No. 2: at 15:00 at kilometre 35,5 (Aid station No.3 Raedlé). Runners will have to remove their number and will be repatriated to the finish by the organisation.
  • Cut-off point No. 3: at 17:30 at kilometre 42 (Aid station No.4 Ferme Auberge de Rothenbrunnen). Runners will be stopped, their numbers removed and will be repatriated to the Finish by the organisation.

Cut-off times may be adjusted depending on weather conditions. 

Défi de Muhlbach:

1 cut off time at 14:00 at the second Aid station in Mittlach at km 22. Runners arriving after the cut-off time will be stopped and their race number removed. Volunteers will repatriate any stopped runners back to the Finish area.

Cut-off times may be changes depending on weather conditions.

For these 3 races all runners must arrive before 18:30 in order to be classified.

Race briefings:

All race briefings will be held on the start line 10 minutes before departure.

  • 16/05/20: P’tite Course des Marcaires: 16:50
  • 17/05/20: Ultra Trail des Marcaires: 03:50
  • 17/05/20: Trail des Marcaires: 07:20
  • 17/05/20: Le Défi de Muhlbach: 08:50
8. MANDATORY KIT

All runners on the 72km, 54km and 32km races must have a personal drinking cup. No disposable cups will be available at aid stations.

The three longer races have mandatory equipment for security reasons. Runners will be competing over mountainous terrain with potentially changeable weather.

The race organises reserve the right to change the mandatory kit list according to the weather conditions. You will be alerted via Facebook, the website and displays in the departure area.

For security and fairness, the mandatory kit for all competitors will be checked before race number collection. Random checks can also be made during the race. Any runner not able to produce the mandatory equipment will receive a 10 minute penalty per missing item.

In good weather conditions, certain items on the mandatory kit list may be downgraded to optional. The race organisation will inform you of the final list at race number question.

Ultra Trail des Marcaires:

  • 1 litre of water or energy drink (minimum)
  • 1.5 litres of water or energy drink (minimum)
  • Food reserve
  • A survival blanket
  • A mobile phone 
  • A whistle
  • Head torch
  • A drinking cup
  • A windbreaker jacket (optional)
  • Long running tights (optional)
  • A long-sleeved thermal top (optional)
  • A waterproof jacket (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Hat or Buff (optional)

Trail des Marcaires:

  • 1 litre of water or energy drink (minimum)
  • A survival blanket
  • A mobile phone 
  • A whistle
  • A drinking cup
  • A windbreaker jacket (optional)
  • Long running tights (optional)
  • A long-sleeved thermal top (optional)
  • A waterproof jacket (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Hat or Buff (optional)

Défi de Muhlbach:

  • 500ml of water or energy drink (minimum)
  • A survival blanket
  • A mobile phone 
  • A whistle
  • A drinking cup
  • A windbreaker jacket (optional)
  • Long running tights (optional)
  • A long-sleeved thermal top (optional)
  • A waterproof jacket (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Hat or Buff (optional)
9. RACE ROUTE

You can see the race routes on our website or on www.tracedetrail.fr.  

The course will be marked using tape, flags and biodegradable paint. The marking colours will be provided at the race briefing. 

The race course will be clearly marked, it is the responsibility of each runner to check for and follow the markings.

10. AID STATIONS

There will also be an Aid station in the Finish area for each race

Ultra Trail des Marcaires: 4 Aid stations and an extra water station

  • Water station: 9km, at the Ferme auberge du Schiessrothried – self service
  • Aid Station 1: Steinwasen. kilometre 23: food & liquids.
  • Aid Station 2: Ferme auberge du Haag. kilometre 42,5 – food & liquids.
  • Aid Station 3: Lautenbach-Zell. kilometre 56,5: food & liquids.
  • Aid Station 4: Rothenbrunnen. kilometre 65: food & liquids.

Trail des Marcaires: 4 Aid stations

  • Aid Station 1: Auberge du Schiessroth. kilometre 9: food & liquids
  • Aid Station 2: Steinwasen. kilometre 23: food & liquids
  • Aid Station 3: Raedlé. kilometre 35.5: water.
  • Aid Station 4: Rothenbrunnen. kilometre 42: food & liquids

Défi de Muhlbach: 2 Aid stations

  • Aid Station 1: Auberge du Schiessroth. kilometre 9: food & liquids
  • Aid Station 2: Mittlach. kilometre 23: food & liquids

P’tite Course des Marcaires 

  • 1 aid station at the kilometre 5 – food and liquids.

ATTENTION: The distances listed for the aid stations are approximate.

Assistance is only permitted at official aid stations. Any assistance provided at other areas along the course can lead to disqualification.

11. TIMING and PRIZES

All races will be timed by electronic chips provided by Chronocompétition.

The first 5 women and men from scratch and the first in each age category in each race and will receive a prize.

There will also be a prize for the best represented club.

The first senior and master in each category may also pick up a prize. Runners will be informed of where to pick up their prize.

In the case where the first in the category has already received a prize for their position in the race, then the next person in the race will receive the present instead.

12. PRIZE CEREMONIES

The Prize giving ceremony will take place in sports hall of Muhlbach-sur-Munster.

    • 16/05/20: La P’tite Trail des Marcaires : 19:00
  • 17/05/20 : Le Défi de Muhlbach : 15:00 to 16:00
    • 17/05/20 : Le Trail des Marcaires : 15:00 to 16:00
  • 17/05/20 : L’Ultra Trail des Marcaires : 15:00 to 16:00
13. CHANGING ROOMS, SHOWERS, LEFT LUGGAGE

Changing rooms, showers and a left luggage system are available in the sports hall in the Start / Finish area.

14. SHUTTLE BUS

Runners should park at SuperU in Munster (on the right on the outskirts of the town when coming from Colmar). Shuttle buses will take runners to the race start from the SuperU car park. Buses will leave every 15 minutes from 06:00 until 08:45. 

Return shuttles will run from 14:00 to 19:00 every 30 mins.

Exceptionally, runners in the P’tite Course des Marcaires and the Ultra Trail des Marcaires may park near the football pitch near the Sports Hall

15. INSURANCE

The race is covered by the organisers insurance policy.

16. RACE ENTRY CANCELLATION

Cancelled entries will be refunded (minus registration fees) up to and including the 8th April 2020. A medical certificate must be provided to justify the refund. From the 9th April 2020, refunds will not be issued.

17. ACCOMMODATION

If you require accommodation, contact the Muster tourist office: + 33 3 89 77 31 80, www.vallee-munster.eu

18. FIRST AID

First aid services will be provided by the F.F.S.S (Fédération Française de Sauvetage et de Secourisme). They will be present at the arrival area and at various points on the course. A doctor will also be available as well as Ambulance.

19. IMAGE RIGHTS

All race participants authorise the race organisers as well as their suppliers and partners to use photos or videos taken during the race or in the arrival area on which they might appear.