Updated 2018.09.26

1 ORGANISATION

1.1 RACE ORGANISATION

Åre Extreme Challenge is organised by Let Nature Challenge You AB

The adress to the race organisation is:

  • Let Nature Challenge You AB
    c/o Henrik Weile
  • Katrinelundsvägen 5
  • 830 17 Duved
  • Telefon +46 70 3803623
    Email: henrik@areextremechallenge.se

 

2 ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE

2.1 GENERAL

  • Have read, understood and follow the rules.
  • By submitting your application you accept these rules and that you are racing at your own risk.
  • You have to be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read a map and be aware the the race is held in rugged mountain terrain (relevant for Solo, Duo, och for runner/biker on Team)
  • Have an insurance that covers you during the race.

2.2 ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE RIVER CLASSES (ELITE AND SENIOR)

  • Be able to swim
  • Have basic knowledge of kayaking and be able to do self rescue.
  • Meet the 2018 requirements for a 3 hr whitewater paddling assessment or provide evidence for an exemption. Read requirements here.  Certificate needs to be presented at check-in when you pick up race bib or preferably emailed to whitewater@areextremechallenge.se two weeks before.

2.3 ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE LAKE CLASSES (SOLO, DUO AND TEAM)

  • Be able to swim
  • Have basic knowledge of kayaking and be able to do a self rescue in your kayak. Read more here

    2.4 ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE RUN N BIKE 

Be able to read a map and be aware the the race is held in rugged mountain terrain 

3 RACE COURSE

3.1 RACE COURSE

3.1.1 The race course is marked with ribbons

3.1.2 The racers must follow the marked course

3.1.3 The racers that do not follow the course will be disqualified

3.2 MEDICAL CARE

3.2.1 A mobil medical team is available to respond to injuries if needed

4 EQUIPMENT

4.1 GENERAL ABOUT EQUIPMENT

4.1.1 All racers need to bring their equipment from the start to the finish of each section.

4.1.2 The organisation is not responsible for any racer’s equipment on race day

4.2 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PER PERSON AND STAGE

KAYAK

  • Every participant must have either a:
    • Kayak with (1) watertight bulkheads or floating devices in the front and/or rear of the kayak, (2) towing eyes (loops) securely attached in the front and rear, and (3) spray skirt; or
    • Surfski (we strongly recommended that participants attach towing eyes (loops) in the front and rear of the surfski to help the safety team tow your boat in the event you become separated from it. Duct tape is OK for this purpose)
  • Whitewater helmet* with approved CE standard (ice-hockey helmet is approved)
  • Life jacket approved CE standard EN393 50N for kayaking
  • Whistle attached to life jacket
  • Paddle
  • The following in a waterproof bag:
    • Phone
    • First aid (pressure bandage)
    • Extra long underwear topp (preferrably wool)
    • Buff or warm hat
  • Race vest + Race number as a sticker on kayak (and on helmet*)
  • Recommended**: Waterproof jacket AND wetsuit that covers upper body and legs (“Long John” wetsuit OK if you have a wool or fleece top under the jacket).

*Applies only to RIVER CLASS 

** Recommended clothing may become mandatory for RIVER CLASS if river water levels are high. In that case the race organization will inform participants in the week prior to the race. Tips – bring this equipment “just in case” when you pack for your trip to Åre.

 

RUN (applies even to RUN N BIKE race)

  • First aid (pressure bandage)
  • Compass (a compass on your watch or your phone does NOT qualify)
  • Windproof jacket
  • Whistle
  • Phone in waterproof bag
  • Race vest
  • Map of running section (only required during run stage)

MOUNTAIN BIKE (applies even to RUN N BIKE race)

  • First aid (pressure bandage)
  • Bike helmet approved CE standard
  • Bike
  • Phone in waterproof bag
  • Race vest + Race number on bike

4.3 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT THE ORGANISATION WILL SUPPLY

  • Race vests and/or race numbers
  • Race numbers for Bike
  • Race number for Kayak
  • Race number for kayak helmet (only RIVER CLASS)
  • Map (only mandatory during the running)

4.4 RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

  • Water bladder
  • Energy bars
  • Poles for the running leg
  • Equipment to repair the bike

4.5 EQUIPMENT THAT IS NOT ALLOWED

  • K2 kayaks
  • Motor driven means of assistance

5 TIMING

5.1 TIMING

5.1.1 The time is from the start until you cross the finish line and for those who race in the category duo from the start until the last of the 2 team members cross the finish line

5..1.2 A five minute penalty for crossing the starting line before the gun goes off. This will be measured by a camera from the starting boat and applied to your final time. 

5.2 CLOSING OF THE COURSE

5.2.1 At 2 pm the course closes at the transition in Huså.  You cannot continue on your bike if you do not leave thE transition area by this time. This applies to all ÅEC race classes, as well as ÅEC Run N Bike.

6 RACERS RESPONSIBILITY

6.1 GENERAL

6.1.1 The racers must read, understand, and follow these rules

6.1.2 The racers shall respect other racers, organisation, spectators and the people living in the area

6.1.3 The racers are not allowed to use unfair tactics to gain advantage over other competitiors

6.1.4 Dopning according to Swedish RF rules chapter 13 is forbidden

6.1.5 Your application is final and will only be reimbursed to 50% against a doctors certificate (or 60% credit toward following year's race). Final date of providing a doctors certificate is 1 May.

6.1.6 You cannot race in another person’s name

6.1.7 You cannot sell your entry

6.1.8 Prize winners must pay any applicable taxes on prizes

6.2 PRIOR TO THE RACE

6.2.1 Competitors can train on the course in the weeks before the race. Please tread lightly and show respect to landowners if you wish for this race to continue long into the future.

6.3 DURING THE RACE

6.3.1 All participants must be self-sufficient on the course, but can receive help in the two transitions

6.3.2 The racers are obliged at their best ability to help another racer that have been injured or being sick

6.3.3 The racers are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organistation requests it

6.3.4 A racer that has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organisation
6.3.5 Littering on the course is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.

6.3.6 The racers shall cover toiletpaper and other visible traces

7 RULES

7.1 RACE JURY

7.1.1 Race jury is the race director and two persons from the organisation

7.1.2 The race jury is responsible for:

  • enforcing the rules
  • deciding the outcome of a protest
  • deciding about disqualification
  • deciding about course changes and changes to the rules

7.1.3 At least two members of the jury are needed to be able to make a race jury decision

7.1.4 The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to make a decision if it is not clear in the rules

7.1.5 The decision of the race jury is final

7.2 PROTESTS

7.2.1 A protest must be given in written to the race organisation wtihin an hour after finishing the race

7.2.2 A protest must include

  • Time and location
  • Name and signature of the racer
  • Number or name of the racer that the protest is against
  • The reason for the protest
  • If possible include witness with name or telephone number

7.2.3 A protest that does not meet the criteria under point 7.2.2 will be ignored

7.2.4 A decision from the race jury will be communicated with those involved as soon as possible

7.3 DISQUALIFICATIONS

Violation of these rules leads to disqualification

7.4 ASSISTANCE

7.4.1 Participants are allowed maxium two individuals from a support crew in the two transition areas.

7.4.2 Participants are not allowed to receive assitance from anyone while on the course

8 SAFETY

8.1 GENERAL SAFETY RULES

8.1.1 In the category duo team members must stay together at all times and cannot be more than 100 metres apart

8.1.2 The race organisation can prevent a participant from continuing if he/she is not capable due to fatigue or bad physical condition

9 MEDIA AND SPONSOR EXPOSURE

9.1 SPONSOR MARKINGS

The racers are allowed to have sponsors marked on their own race gear

9.2 RACE BIBS AND RACE NUMBERS

Race vests and race numbers must be visible and cannot be covered by a life jacket or backpack (on either front or backside). Writing on, de-facing, or modifying race vests/race numbers is strictly prohibited.

9.3 PICTURES AND FILM FREE RIGHTS

The racers gives the race organisation the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television and movie