Rules

Last update February 5th, 2018

Organization

The races of Mont-Blanc Marathon are organized by the Club des Sports de Chamonix (99 avenue de la plage/ 74400 Chamonix/ tel : 00334 50 53 11 57) with the help of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Marathon association. These rules and regulations apply to the following events: 90km du Mont-Blanc, 42km du Mont-Blanc, 23km du Mont-Blanc, KM Vertical du Mont-Blanc, Duo étoilé, Young Race Marathon,10km du Mont-Blanc and Mini Cross du Mont-Blanc (800m to 3km reserved for children, depending on their age category). 


Race Presentation

For the 2018 Mont-Blanc Marathon, the organisation has decided to use the distances and vertical gain/lost estimated by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA, association of which it's a member), for the Mont-Blanc 90km, 42km and 23km. The race distances and vertical gains are on the event website (marathonmontblanc.fr), in the "races" rubric. GPX files can be downloaded. The organisation also insists on the fact that, according to the software used and the adjustments, the gpx files may have very different results.

The International Trail Running Association explains, on its website,the method of certifying a route.

Click here to have more information.

MONT-BLANC 90KM

  • Trail in semi autonomy, includes 5 full refreshment stations and 3 light refreshment stations.
  • A route with a distance of 91 km and a vertical gain of 6220m (reference : ITRA). One fallback path :  in case of  very bad conditions weather preventing rescue helicopter (78km and about 5000 of vertical gain).
  • Open for the ‘Espoir’ category and upward.
  • Limited to 1000 runners.
  • Maximu time : 24 hours
  • Route is predominantly on technical mountain paths situated between 1500m and 2500m in altitude, with a finish in Chamonix.
  • Start on Friday June 29th, 2018 at 4:00am.
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, finisher gifts, dinner on Friday night, race bag, shower, medal for the finishers.

MONT-BLANC 42KM

  • Trail race in semi-autonomy, includes 3 full refreshment stations (Vallorcine, Le Tour, la Flégère) and 2 light refreshment stations (Argentiere, Col des Posettes)
  • Distance of 42km coupled with a positive vertical gain of 2780m, and a 1704m vertical drop off (reference : ITRA).
  • Open from the ‘Espoir’ category and upward
  • Limited to 2000 runners
  • Maximu time : 9 hours and 30 minutes
  • Race is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude with a finish at 2000m.
  • Start on Sunday July 1st, 2017 at 7:00am.
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medal for the finishers, 42km lunch buffet on Sunday, descent via Planpraz cable car, shuttles for runners from the bottom of the cable car to the sports complex, race bag, shower.

MONT-BLANC 23KM

  • Short trail race in semi-autonomy, includes 2 full refreshment stations (Tré le Champ, la Flégère).
  • Distance of 23 km with a positive vertical gain of 1680m, and a 870m vertical drop off (reference : gpx file with 10m vertical threshold).
  • Open from the ‘Junior’ category and upward
  • Limited to 2000 runners
  • Maximu time : 6 hours
  • Route is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2000m in altitude with a finish at 2000m.
  • Start on Saturday June 30th, 2018 at 8:00 am
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medal for finishers, 23km lunch buffet on Saturday, descent via cable car from Planpraz, shuttles for runners from the bottom of the cable car to the sports complex, race bag, shower.

DUO ETOILE

  • Discovery Trail, include one refreshment light (refuge du Plan de l'Aiguille) and one full refreshment (arrival).
  • Distance of 17km with a positive and negative vertical gain of 1315m.
  • Open from 'Junior' category and upward.
  • Limited to 500 teams.
  • Maximu time : 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Start in waves
  • Start on Saturday June 30th, 2018 at 8:00 pm place du triangle de l'amitié à Chamonix.
  • Registration includes : race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medals for finishers, shower.

MONT-BLANC 10KM

  • Discovery trail, with no refreshment station on the route (only one on the arrival)
  • 10km distance on the cross-country ski trails
  • Open from the ‘Cadet’ category and upward
  • Start in waves
  • Start on Saturday June 30th, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, t-shirt, race bag, medal for finishers, shower.

YOUNG RACE MARATHON

  • Discovery trail.
  • Distance of 15km on the end of route of Mont Blanc 42km.
  • Open from 'Cadet', 'Junior' and 'Espoir' categories.
  • Start on Sunday July 1st, 2018 at 10:00 am from le Tour village.
  • Registration includes : race bib, refreshments, technical t-shirt, medal for finishers, cross lunch buffet on Saturday, descent via cable car from Planpraz, shuttles for runners from the bottom of the cable car to the sports complex, race bag, shower.

MONT-BLANC VERTICAL KM

  • Race organized as a time-trial
  • 3.8km distance with a 1000m vertical gain
  • Open from the ‘Junior’ category and upward
  • Alpine route, end of the course exposed like a via Ferrata (steps, cables, scrambling..) finish at 2000m
  • Start on Friday June 29th, 2018 at 4:00pm. In case of bad weather, the Vertical KM may be postponed to Saturday, June 30th, 2018.
  • Registration includes: race bib, refreshments, t-shirt, Friday night dinner, descent via cable car, medal for finishers,race bag, shower.

MONT-BLANC MINI CROSS

  • Non-timed races, no rankings based on speed
  • Distances between 800m and 3km for children (categories from athletics school to ‘minimes’), taking place in the Bois du Bouchet
  • Start on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

Participation

The races are open to license holders and non-license holders of all nationalities, whose age corresponds to the category/distance criteria of the FFA. The age categories give rise to separate ratings in the different events.


Registration 

All registrations must be accompanied by one of the following to be considered validated:

  • Photocopy of an Athlé Competition, Athlé Running, or Athle Entreprise license issued by the FFA, valid on the date of the event
  • A "Pass’ J'aime Courir" issued by the FFA valid on the date of the event
  • A medical certificate dated within a year of the competition date detailing in an explicit manner that there are no counter-indications of participating in athletics, running or sport competitions. No other document will be accepted as proof of possessing this certificate. 

Foreign participants are required to provide a medical certificate stating there are no counter-indications of why the person cannot participate in athletics or running competitions, even if they hold a competition license issued by a federation affiliated with the IAAF. This certificate must be translated into French, dated, signed and stamped authentically by the doctor, even if not common practice on national territory. If it is not written in French it be must be translated. 

You can upload a model of a medical certificat here : MODEL MEDICAL CERTIFICAT

For the Mont-Blanc 90km, 42km, and 23km, the photocopy of the licence or medical certificate must be submitted to the organization before the 1st January 2018. By default the registration will be nullified from February 1st, 2018 and no reimbursed of the registration amount.
No reminder will be sent to you, it is your responsibility to complete and check the status of your registration on http://mbm.inscr.livetrail.net/consult.php

For the other races (10km, KMV, duo étoilé, Young race marathon) the photocopy of the licence or medical certificate must be upload on your rgistration file in the month following your registration or at least one month before the race.

When registering each runner commits personally to the following:

  • The registration for the Mont Blanc Marathon races is knowledge and acceptance by the competitor race regulations.
  • I declare that I have read and agree to the race rules and ethics (available on www.montblancmarathon.fr)
  • I understand and accept the participation conditions found in the rules and regulations.
  • I agree to comply with the regulations in all respects
  • I declare to have my own individual accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue in France and Switzerland.
  • I declare myself informed about the medical counter-indications that could relate to me and therefore relieve the organization of any medical problems that may arise during the event due to negligence on my behalf.

No bib exchange is allowed with a third party. Any person selling or giving his race bib to another runner will be guilty in case of accident in which this person would be involved. Anyone with a bib acquired in breach of these regulations may be disqualified without refund possible. The race bib must be visible during the entire race. The organisation accepts no liability in case of accident in this type of situation.

Registrations by draw, organisation for 2018 :

Registration only on internet with a secure paiement by credit card.
There will be a draw for registration of Mont-Blanc 23km, 42km and 90km.

  • Pre-registration for races (90km, 42km, 23km) will take place from October 16th at 9:00 am to November 5th, 2017 at midnight. If the number of pre-registered runners is greater than the maximum number of runners possible, a draw is organized. The announcement of the results will take place on Thursday, November 9 at 14:00.
  • Runners wishing to pre-register will have to choose one of three races: 90km, 42km or 23km. They will not be able to participate in the draw on all three races.
  • Riders not selected in the 2017 draw for the 2018 races will no longer be eligible for future editions.
  • For the Mont-Blanc 10k, duo étoilé, Young Race Marathon and the Vertical KM, registrations will start on October 16th 2017.

All accord is firm and final and implies total acceptance of the rules and regulations.

Those wishing to participate must complete a full registration form (with a medical certificate indicating that the runner has no contra-indication for running in competition and dating less than a year to race day). You will be asked to pay the registration fees and all selected options (buffets, cancellation insurance, donations to associations) entirely.

Once the draw made and the results published (date available on www.marathonmontblanc.fr) those not selected will be full refund (included bank fees) by crediting their bank card the week after the publication of the results.

Group registration

It's possible to make a group pre-registration (minimum 2 persons and maximum 10 persons in a group). The main interest is that each runner of a group has the same draw result as the other members of the group (selected or not). The probability of being drawn is the same for all runners, whether pre-entered individually or in groups. The first member of a group who registers must click on" Group registration" to get a number that he will give to the other members of the group. They will have to write this number in the field " Group registration" when they register. A group can only be composed of runners participating in the same race. 

Draw

If there are more pre-registered runners than participants allowed on a race, there will be a draw. The results will set in the registration list on www.marathonmontblanc.fr and a mail will be sent.

Runners selected
Runners selected must complete their registration by uploading their medical certificate (detailing in an explicit manner that there are no counter-indications of participating in athletics or running competitions, valid the day of the race) or their 2017-2018 FFA licence before the 1st January 2018.

Runners not selected
Runners not selected in the draw : they will be entirely reimbursed (including bank fees) by credit card recredit in the week following the announcement of the results.


Enrolment fees

Enrolment exclusively on the Internet and secured payment by banker’s card. Engagement fees include all the services described in the present regulations.  

MONT-BLANC 42KM
  • Between 16/10/2017 and 05/11/2017 : 60€
  • Between 06/11/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 70€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 80€

MONT-BLANC 90KM

  • Between 16/10/2017 and 05/11/2017 : 110€
  • Between 06/11/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 130€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 140€

MONT-BLANC KM VERTICAL

  • Between 16/10/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 35€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 31/03/2018 : 36€
  • Between 01/04/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 38€

MONT-BLANC 23KM

  • Between 16/10/2017 and 05/11/2017 : 40€
  • Between 06/11/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 50€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 60€

 

YOUNG RACE MARATHON
  • Between 16/10/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 30€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 31/03/2018 : 32€
  • Between 01/04/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 34€
DUO ETOILE
  • Between 16/10/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 70€/team
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 31/03/2018 : 80€/team
  • Between 01/04/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 90€/team

MONT-BLANC 10KM

  • Between 16/10/2017 and 31/12/2017 : 20€
  • Between 01/01/2018 and 31/03/2018 : 22€
  • Between 01/04/2018 and 24/06/2018 : 25€

MONT-BLANC MINI CROSS

  • Between 21/09/2015 and 23/06/2016 : FREE

 


Semi autonomy

The Mont-Blanc Marathon races are in semi-autonomy. Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts, not only on the food front but also that of clothing and security, being able to adapt oneself in particular to problems encountered or envisaged (bad weather, physical problems, injuries…).

Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.Two types of refreshments are offered:

Light refreshments: Mont-Blanc still water, St-Yorre sparkling water, Isostar energizing drinks, Cola, tea, oranges, lemons, bananas,

Full refreshments : light refreshment (as above) + Isostar cereal or energizing bars, chocolate, dried fruit, cheese, sausage, bread, soup (only on the 90km).

Every runner seen throwing down their litter along the route will be penalized. Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every refreshment post and must be used.

Individual assitance is tolerated 20m before and 20m after each refreshment station. Any assistance outside these areas is prohibited, as is support in the race.


Equipment

The required equipment complies with specific technical and administrative rules published by the FFA.
Each runners is committed to have safety equipment placed throughout the race and present whenever required by the organizer during the race. Check points may be carried out at any time during the race and the runner is obliged to cooperate with these controls cordially, non-compliance may result in disqualification.

No cups will be given on refreshment points of Mont BlancMarathon races except for 10k and mini cross.

MONT-BLANC 42KM, 23KM AND YOUNG RACE MARATHON

We would like to remind you that the Mont Blanc 42km and 23km races take place in the mountains and weather conditions could change very quickly. It is for this reason that it is necessary to carry the above mentioned gear with you so you may protect yourself from unfavorable climate conditions.

The bib will be given to the runner only if it presents its mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory material :

  • Working Mobile phone.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to its size
  • Whistle.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Personnal cup

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Hat.
  • Gloves.
  • Leggings.

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on Mont-Blanc 42km and on the Young Race Marathon.

Ski/walking poles are forbidden on Mont-Blanc 23km.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way. 

DUO ETOILE

This event takes place on a route of predominantly technical mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude. Weather conditions can change very quickly and for this reason it is compulsory to bring the equipment noted below to protect yourself against unfavorable weather elements.

The bib will be given to the runner only if it presents its mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory material :

  • Working Mobile phone.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to its size
  • Whistle.
  • Headlamp or pectoral lamp in working order.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Personnal cup

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Hat.
  • Gloves.
  • Leggings.

MONT-BLANC 90KM

This event takes place on a route of predominantly technical mountain trails between 1500m and 2500m in altitude. Weather conditions can change very quickly and for this reason it is compulsory to bring the equipment noted below to protect yourself against unfavorable weather elements. The bib will be given to the runner only if it presents its mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory equipment :

  • A reserve of at least 1 litre of water.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to its size.
  • Clothing hot second layer long sleeve adapted to its size.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Whistle.
  • Working mobile phone. It must work and have a subscruption adapted to the countries (France and Switzerland).
  • Headlamp or pectoral lamp with spare batteries.
  • Personnal cup.
  • ID card.

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Hat.
  • Gloves.
  • Leggings.

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on Mont-Blanc 90km.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.

MONT-BLANC VERTICAL KM AND 10KM

Ski/walking poles are forbidden on these races.

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter. 

Race bibs

Please attach your race bib to the front of your t-shirt. It is not allowed to attach the race bib to your back or backpack. Race bibs must be clearly visible throughout the race.

The bib must be visible during the entire race.


 Race bib distribution

To get their bibs on the 90k, 42km or 23km race, runners will have to show their race bag with all their mandatory equipment to be checked. It will also allow the organisation to put a chronometric chip. No bib will be given to runners who don't have their equipment controlled.

Each race bib is distributed individually to the runner upon presentation of a picture ID with photo. Without this documentation a bib will not be given.

It will take place on the Place du Mont-Blanc :

  • Thursday, June 28th : From 09:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Friday, June 29th : From 09:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 30th : From 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

 Informations by races :

  • 90km du Mont-Blanc : No bibs will be given friday morning before the start of the runner.
  • KM Vertical : No bibs will be given one hour before the start of the race.
  • 23km du Mont-Blanc : No bibs will be given saturday morning.
  • Mini Cross : Race bib distribution Thursday and Friday place du Mont-Blancn or saturday morning from 08:30 to 09:30 at the start of the race.
  • 10km du Mont-Blanc : No bibs will be given after 12:00am saturday morning.
  • Duo étoilé : No bibs will be given after 06:00pm saturday.
  • 42km du Mont-Blanc : No bibs will be given sunday morning.

Time restrictions

The time restrictions indicated below are necessary to ensure maximum safety for the participants and may be altered if needed. In the case of bad weather, and for reasons of security, the organizers reserve the right to stop the race or modify the time check points at any stage. Any such decisions will be taken by the Race Jury.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the 42km is fixed at 9h30. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • Refreshment post at Vallorcine (km 17) : 10:00 am, 3 hours into the race.
  • Control point at Le Tour (km 28) / 12:30 pm, 5 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of La Flégère (km 37) / 03:15 pm, 8 hours and 05 minutes into the race.
  • Finish line (km 42) / 04:30 pm, 9 hours and 30 minutes into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the 23km is fixed at 6 hours. The latest time to pass through the control posts are as follows :

  • Refreshment post of Tré le Champ (km 12) / 10:30 am, 2 hours and 30 minutes into the race
  • Refreshment post of La Flégère (km 18) / 12:30 pm, 4 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Finish line (km 23) / 02:00 pm, 6 hours into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the 90 km du Mont-Blanc is fixed at 24h00. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • Refreshment post of la Flégère (km 18) / 8:15 am, 4 hours and 15 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Buet (km 27) / 10:30 am, 6 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Molard (km 38) / 13:00 am, 9 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Emosson (km 43) / 03:00 pm, 11 hours into the race.
  • Chatelard village (km 47) / 04:00 pm, 12 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Le Tour (km 62) / 8:15 pm, 16 hours and 15 minutes into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Les Bois (km 72 ) / 10:30 pm, 18 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Resfrshment post of Montenvers (km 78) / 01:00 am, 21 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Plan de l'Aiguille (km 83) / 2:30 am, 22 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Finish line (km 91) / 04:00 am, 24 hours into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the Duo étoilé is fixed at 4h30. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are :

  • Point 1600m (km 6) : 09:30 pm, 1 hour and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Finish line (km 17) / 00:30 am, 4 hours and 30 minutes into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the Young Race Marathon is fixed at 6 hours. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are :

  • Refreshment post of Tré le champ : 01:00pm, 3 hours into the race.
  • Refreshment post of Flégère : 03:15pm, 5 hours and 15 minutes into the race.

The time restrictions are mandatory and there will be no exceptions. The participant will be disqualified if he/she arrives after the given time limit.
The runner's bib numbers will be communicated by the race director, a mark will be made on the bib by the post manager and the runner will be asked to take public transportation back to Chamonix. In the case of a runner wishing to continue the course despite not making the time restriction, the post manager will take the bib and the runner will no longer be considered a participant of the Mont-Blanc races. He will no longer be under the organizer's responsibility.
Any person not respecting the station leaders and the other volunteers will be banned indefinitely from all Mont Blanc marathon races.


Race maximum time

For each race a maximum time is determinated, the runners crossing the finish line beyond the maximum race time will no longer be ranked and therefore no longer considered finisher.

Maximum time for each races :

Mont-Blanc 90km : 24h00
Mont-Blanc 42km : 9h30
Mont-Blanc 23km : 6h00
Duo étoilé : 4h30
Young Race Marathon : 4h00
Mont-Blanc 10km : No maximum time
KM Vertical : No maximum time 


Course Modification

In case of unfavorable weather conditions (large quantities or rain or snow at altitude, strong wind, thunderstorms…) and following the decision of the race jury the organization reserves the right to modify start times, the course, and time restrictions.

Runners will be notified of these changes by text message and all information will be posted at the nerve centers of the race (start of races, race-bib pick-up, buffets…). 


Cancellation in cases of force majeure

Before the race

In cases of force majeure (weather (red or orange alerts) preventing competition running, natural disasters (earthquakes, storms), or major political events (revolution, war, terrorist attacks)) forcing the organization to cancel the event, 60% of the cashed registration fee will be reimbursed.

Not reimbursed:  Donations to the associations, cancellation insurance, paid buffet meals, option personnaliz medal and bank fees.

To benefit from this refund, you must make a request by email to the organization before July 31, 2018.

This refund will be made by crediting your credit card within two months of your request.

During the race

In case of weather conditions potentially causing danger for the participants the organization can stop the race. In this case the runner arriving at a refreshment station or control check-point must follow the instructions given by the volunteers and will be required to comply with them.


Race report

In cases of force majeure (weather (red or orange alerts) preventing competition running, natural disasters (earthquakes, storms), or major political events (revolution, war, terrorist attacks)) forcing the organization to report the event, 60% of the cashed registration fee will be reimbursed.

Not reimbursed: Donations to the associations, cancellation insurance, paid buffet meals, option personnaliz medal and bank fees.

To benefit from this refund, you must make a request by email to the organization before July 31, 2018.

This refund will be made by crediting your credit card within two months of your request.

 


 

Cancellation of inscriptions

For all cancellation requests (regardless of whether or not the person has cancellation insurance) only the person who is registered to run can cancel their registration. No other person is permitted to cancel for the registered participant. This reimbursement will be from March 1st 2018.

In the case of cancellation with cancellation insurance :

In the case of a medical problem only participants who took out cancellation insurance at the time of their inscription qualify for a full reimbursement (less the donation to the associations, and less the bank fees).

The buffet meals will be reimbursed entirely if your request is made before April 30.2018.

After April 30.2018 (post office stamp is proof of date): no reimbursement for the meals will be made.

Requests for reimbursement must be made before the 7th of July 2018 and must be accompanied by a medical certificate dated no later than 28th June 2018.

Cancellation requests without cancellation insurance :

For all cancellation requests made :

  • Before april 30, 2018 (the post office date stamp will be reference) : 60% of the inscription costs will be reimbursed (less the donation to the associations and less the bank fees). Buffet dinner/lunches will be reimbursed entirely.
  • After april 30, 2018 (the post office date stamp will be reference) : no reimbursement will be made (not for the race nor the buffets).

No bib exchange is allowed with a third party. Any person selling or giving his race bib ro another runner will be guilty in case of accident in which this person would be involved.Anyone with a bib acquired in breach of these regulations may be disqualified without refund possible. The race bib must be visible during the entire race. The organisation accepts no liability in case of accident in this type of situation.

For the refund, the amount will be credited to the credit card that was charged at registration, not on the bank account. The refund will appear ont the credit card statement.


Changing to another race

Changing to another race is possible if there are spots available in the requested race, for change :

  • From the 90km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the 42km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the 23km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the Vertical KM to 10km

To request a change please inform the organizers in writing before the April 30, 2018 so that they may add an additional race bib to the appropriate race. No reimbursements will be made.

Any requests to change from one race to another must be made by the runner in question (by mail). Requests made by anyone other than the registered participant are not permitted. 


 Change of teammate in Duo étoilé

  • Before april 30, 20178 : It will be possible to replace a runner by another in a team. For this, the runner who wishes to be replaced must send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In this email, the runner must write all the informations concerning is substitute. Only one change by team is possible. Following this change we don't guarantee to be able to provide  t-shirt corresponding to the size requested by the replacement. We will not make any refund, the runners must arrange between them.
  • After april 30, 2018 : No replacement in a team will be possible. 

Security

Security posts will be positioned in several locations of the race. They will have radio contact with the race Command Office.

A medical team will be present during the entire duration of the race. They will be able to intervene by all the appropriate means including by helicopter if necessary

If a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured they are asked to call for help:

  • By presenting themselves at a first-aid station
  • Calling race headquarters
  • Asking another runner to alert the rescue

It is important that each runner gives assistance to any person in danger and to call for rescue.

Any problem or accident must be reported immediately to the nearest checkpoint.

Remember that there are hazards of all kinds related to the environment and the race that may require waiting longer than you expect. Your safety will depend on the quality of gear you put in your packs.

A runner calling for a doctor or paramedic submits his authority and agrees to accept their decisions. The rescuers and official doctors are especially entitled to:

  • Take a runner out of the race if they are deemed unable to continue the race.
  • Evacuate by any means a runner that they deem in danger.
  • Hospitalize a runner whose state of health requires it.

Expenses resulting from the rescue or exceptional evacuation will be borne by the person rescued, who must also ensure his return to the place of evacuation. It is the sole responsibility of the runner to build and present the case to his personal insurance within the time limit.

If unable to contact the race headquarters you can call the rescue agency directly (especially if you are in ‘emergency areas only’) 112 from France. 


Insurance

Civil liability :

The organizers have taken out Civil Liability insurance for the duration of the race. This Civil Liability insurance guarantees the pecuniary consequences of its responsibility, that of its employees and the participants.

Individual accident :

Each competitor must, obligatorily, have their own accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue in France and Switzerland (90km). Such insurance can be taken out with any organisation of the competitor's choice in particular with the French Federation of Athletics via the subscription of the 'Pass' Running' or membership

Helicopter-borne evacuations in Switzerland are not free of charge nor are the evacuations made in France by a private helicopter. The choice of the evacuation depends exclusively on the organisation, which will systematically prioritise the runners' security.


Abandons 

If a participant abandons the race, they must inform the person in charge at the nearest refreshment or control post and turn in their electronic timing chip, and also inform this person of their bib number.

In case of abandon the runner’s bib number will be communicated to the race headquarters, and a mark will be made on the bib by the post manager. The runner will then be invited to take public transportation back to Chamonix.

Any person lacking respect to the volunteers in charge will be banned forever from future Mont-Blanc marathon races. 


Jury

An official jury will be appointed. Its power of decision cannot be contested. It may be forced to take decisions on the postponement or cancellation of the race depending on the weather conditions.

The jury is composed of a member from each of the following structures:

  • Chamoniarde
  • City of Chamonix
  • City of Vallorcine
  • CNEAS
  • Croix-Blanche
  • Croix-Rouge
  • Club des Sports de Chamonix
  • Dokever
  • EMHM
  • Race coordination doctor
  • Rescue Center

The jury president is the race director. He takes all decisions following a concertation between all the members.


Prize giving

For the Mont-Blanc 90k and 42k, the first ten men and first ten women in general ranking, as well as the first three men and first three women in each age category, will be rewarded.

For the Mont-Blanc 23km and 10km, the first three men and the first three women in the general ranking will be rewarded, as well as the first three men and first three women in each age category.

For the Vertical KM, the first five men and first five women in general ranking will be rewarded.

For the Duo étoilé, the first three men's teams, first three women's teams and first three mixed teams. Will also rewarded :

  • The youngest team
  • The oldest team
  • The faster team for the climb
  • The faster team for the downhill

For the Young Race Marathon, the first three men and the first three women in the categorys concerned.


Photo rights

Each participant authorises the organisers of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc as well as the sponsors and the media to use any images (fixed or audiovisual) taken during the Mont-Blanc 42km, 90km, 23km, Duo étoilé, Young race Marathon, Vertical KM, 10 km or Mini-cross. These images may be used for promotional documents and/or advertising mediums all over the world and for the longest duration authorised by law, rules and regulations or current treaties, including any eventual extensions which may be granted to this timescale.


Freedom of information act

In accordance with the Freedom and Information Act of 6th January 1978, each participant has the right to access and rectify his personal information.


Race bags

The organizer offers to transport participants bags for the 42km, 23km and Vertical KM (1 bag per participant, bag provided by the organizers) to the race finish line. The organizer declines any responsibility due to loss, theft, or damage of the bags and their content (it recommanded to avoid to put valuables in these bags)

The participant’s belongings will be transported to the finish only if they are in the race bags provided by the organization.


Animals

Participants are prohibited from running with any animals.


Participation Conditions

Participation in the Mont-Blanc Marathon races will be the sole responsibility of the runners, waiving all claims against the organizers for damage suffered or incurred. Competitors expressly waive their rights to the organization. Competitors agree not to engage in any further charges against the organizers for any incident arising from their participation in this event.

Any commitment is firm and final. It implies full acceptance of the rules.


Action concerning health matters

The organizers would like to draw the participant's attention to the respect and integrity of good sportsmanship and ethics, especially the fight against drug use.

The organisation has decided upon the implementation of an internal action concerning health during the events. This action has neither the aim nor competence to substitute itself in the place of the current national and international regulations in the anti-doping fight but has for its objective a strengthened medical supervision wished for by the organisation. This action is led by the organisation’s internal Medical Counsel, consisting of doctors, who are able to take the opinions of the experts of its choice and who will be asked to express a consultative opinion to the race Jury on the medical state of the participants.

Each runner agrees to:

  • To inform the Organisation’s medical counsel in the case of the use of a prescription subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) via the procedure available on the personal page which every runner can freely access the International Trail Running (ITRA) web-site: . This information is to be declared upon the day of registration in the case of a TUE already requested or previously obtained. If not, it must be made by the 8th day following the request for a TUE and imperatively before the start of the race.
  • To agree to give any urinary and/or blood, and/or capillary samples and associated analyses requested by the Organisation’s Medical Counsel, with the understanding that expenses incurred for the realization of these samples and the associated analyses are the direct responsibility of the Organisation.
  • To agree to answer to any summons which the Medical Counsel issues on the basis of the information which has been collected from them, so as to decide upon their capacity, or not, to participate in the race for which they are registered. At the conclusion of the interview, the Medical Counsel can propose, to the Race Jury, that the runner is excluded from the race.

Penalty – Disqualification

Race officials present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorised to uphold regulations and to immediately (*) impose a penalty for non-respect, based on the following chart :

BREACH OF RULES

PENALTY (*)- DISQUALIFICATION

90km

42km & Young Race Marathon

23km & Duo étoilé

10km

KMV

Lacking obligatory safety equipment and if more than 3

Penalty time and / or disqualification

45’

Yes

30’

Yes

15’

Yes

/

No

/

No

Refuse to have obligatory equipment checked out

Disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

/

/

Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their team

Disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not respecting people (organisation or runners)

Life disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not helping someone in difficulty

Disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Receiving help outside authorised zones

Penalty time

45’

30’

15’

10’

10’

Cheating (e.g.: using transport, sharing or swapping race number,…)

Life disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Race number not visible

Penalty time

45’

30’

15’

10’

10’

Refusal to comply with an order from race control, from a race official, from a head of post, from a doctor or from a rescue worker

Disqualification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not respecting the route

Penalty time

45’

30’

15’

10’

10’

(*) Any other breach of the rules will be the object of a sanction decided on by the Race Jury.


Modifications to Rules & Regulations

These rules & regulations may be amended at any time and without notice by the organization team until June 28, 2018. Any new versions of the rules & regulations will be posted on the event website www.montblancmarathon.fr.