ÅEC Race Rules

NOTE! Due to Covid-19 and restrictions, in 2021 only competitors and officials will have access to start, change and finish area.

All participants must read and become familiar with the ÅEC Race Rules. These rules contain important information about safety.

By registering you confirm that you have understood and intend to follow the Race Rules.



  1. Introduction
    1.1 Intentions
    1.2 Race Organization

  2. Competing
    2.1 General
    2.2 Registration
    2.3 Entry pre-requisite
    2.4 Eligibility
    2.5 Timing

  3. Equipment
    3.1 General
    3.2 Mandatory Equipment – Paddling
    3.3 Mandatory Equipment – Running
    3.4 Mandatory Equipment – Mountain Biking
    3.5 Mandatory Equipment provided by the Race Organization
    3.6 Unauthorized equipment

  4. The Race Course
    4.1 General
    4.2 Alternative Race Course

  5. Race Organization
    5.1 General
    5.2 Force Majeure

  6. Jury, Protest, Punishment
    6.1 Jury
    6.2 Protest
    6.3 Time penalty and disqualification

  7. Sponsor and Media exposure
    7.1 Image and film rights
    7.2 Sponsor exposure
    7.3 Race Jersey and Race numbers

 


 

  1. Introduktion

    1.1 Intentions

    These Race Rules are intended to:

    1.1.1 Facilitate the conduct of fair competition.
    1.1.2 Punish competitors who acquire or attempt to obtain an unfair advantage.
    1.1.3 Determine the responsibility of the competitor and the Race Organization. 

    1.2 Race Organization

    Åre Extreme Challenge and ÅEC Run N Bike are organized by Let Nature Challenge You AB.

    Let Nature Challenge You AB
    Katrinelundsvägen 5
    837 71 Duved
    Sweden


  2. Competing

    2.1 General

    Every competitor should:

    2.1.1 know, understand, and comply with ÅEC Race Rules.
    2.1.2 demonstrate good sportsmanship.
    2.1.3 refrain from, by means of an external vehicle, object, or method, attempting to gain an unfair advantage or win.
    2.1.4 be familiar with the Race Course and follow the markings. Failure to follow the course markings or instructions from the Race Organization will result in a time penalty or disqualification.
    2.1.5 know that doping according to the Swedish Sports Confederation's statutes chapter 13 is prohibited. 
    2.1.6 be responsible for one's own and others' safety.
    2.1.7 assist in an emergency if the Race Organization so requests.
    2.1.8 to the best of their ability assist another competitor who has been involved in an accident or illness.
    2.1.9 know and understand the Safety Instructions.
    2.1.10 show consideration for other competitors, officials, spectators and residents within the race area.
    2.1.11 follow the traffic rules and instructions from the Race Organization.
    2.1.12 refrain from throwing any kind of garbage or equipment after the Race Course - littering results in disqualification. 
    2.1.13 when training on the Race Course during Race Week show respect for the landowners. 
    2.1.14 support yourself along with the Race Course. It is allowed to receive help within the exchange zones from a maximum of two (2) persons. It is not allowed to receive the help of any kind outside the exchange zones.
    2.1.15 (Applies only to Duo Class competitors!) ensure that Duo Class pairs hold together and are within one hundred (100) meters of each other at any time. 
    2.1.16 inform the Race Organization without delay if withdrawing from the Race.
    2.1.17 understand that you participate at your own risk and cannot hold the Race Organization responsible for any accident during the race.

    2.2 Registration

    2.2.1 Every competitor must have valid accident insurance.
    2.2.2 Registration is final. No entry fee will be reimbursed by the Race Organization.
    2.2.3 It is allowed to change a team member in the Duo or Team classes and to change the race category the latter against an extra fee. 
    2.2.4 It is not allowed to compete in another person's name.
    2.2.5 It is not allowed to resell your entry.
    2.2.6 The competitor pays profit taxes on any prize money.

    2.3 Entry pre-requisite

    2.3.1 General
    2.3.1.1 The competitor must be aware that the race is partly in high mountain terrain.
    2.3.1.2 The competitor xxxx Runing Section must be able to use a map and compass.

    2.3.2 ÅEC River Class
    2.3.2.1 The competitor must be able to swim.
    2.3.2.2 The competitor must be able to perform a self-rescue with a kayak or surfski.
    2.3.2.3 The competitor must present a paddling certificate. The certificate must be sent via email no later than two (2) weeks before the competition to whitewater@areextremechallenge.se. Read ÅEC Paddling Rules for more info.

    2.3.3 ÅEC Lake Class
    2.3.3.1 The competitor must be able to swim.
    2.3.3.2 The competitor must be able to perform a self-rescue with a kayak or surfski.
    2.3.3.3 The competitor must have basic skills in paddling a kayak or surfski. Read ÅEC Paddling Rules for more info.

    2.4 Eligibility

    2.4.1 The competitor must have turned 18 years on the day of the competition.

    2.5 Timing

    2.5.1 Race time is from the start signal until you cross the finish line. For those competing in the Duo Class, the finish time is counted when the last person in the team crosses the finish line.
    2.5.2 In the event of a false start, a five (5) minutes time penalty is given. The start is monitored by cameras.  
    2.5.3 All competitors must pass all of the time controls after the Race Course depending on the class.
    2.5.4 Closing of the Race Course.
    2.5.4.1 The Race Course closes at 14:00 in Huså (Transition from Running to Biking).


  3. Equipment

    3.1 General

    The Race Organization may change the requirements for mandatory equipment at short notice. These changes can for example occur as a result of high water levels in the river or low water temperature. 

    In the event of changes to the mandatory equipment, the Race Organization will inform the participants as soon as possible via the organization's channels.  

    3.1.1 All competitors are required to bring all mandatory equipment from the start to the end of each section on the Race Course.
    3.1.2 The Race Organization will randomly select competitors for control of mandatory equipment. Failure to present the mandatory equipment will result in 15 minutes time penalty for each missing part.
    3.1.3 The Race Organization takes no responsibility for the competitors' equipment.

    3.2 Mandatory Equipment – Paddling

    3.2.1 Kayak – Surfski. Each competitor must have eighter:
    3.2.1.1 A kayak with waterproof bulkhead or floating foam fore and/or rear, towing loops in front and stern, and a kayak canopy or
    3.2.1.2 A surfski with towing loops in front or stern.

    3.2.2 Paddle helmet approved according to CE standard (hockey helmet is approved).
    3.2.3 Kayak life jacket approved according to CE standard EN 393 50 N.
    3.2.4 Whistle attached to the kayak life jacket.
    3.2.5 Paddle.
    3.2.6 Mobile phone in a waterproof bag.
    3.2.7 First aid pressure bandage in a waterproof bag.
    3.2.8 Undershirt (preferably wool).
    3.2.9 A buff or a hat.

    3.3 Mandatory Equipment – Running

    3.3.1 First aid pressure bandage.
    3.3.2 Compass (telephone or GPS watch is not accepted).
    3.2.3 Windproof jacket.
    3.2.4 Whistle. 
    3.2.5 Mobile phone in a waterproof bag.
    3.2.6 Map.

    3.4 Mandatory Equipment – Mountain Biking

    3.4.1 A bike.
    3.4.2 First aid pressure bandage.
    3.4.3 A bicycle helmet approved according to CE standard.
    3.4.4 Mobile phone in a waterproof bag.

    3.5 Mandatory Equipment provided by the Race Organization 

    3.5.1 Race Number - Paddling
    3.5.1.1 Race number on the kayak in front of the cockpit.
    3.5.1.2 Race number on the front of the paddle helmet (River Class only!).
    3.5.1.3 Race Jersey on the outside of the kayak life jacket.

    3.5.2 Race Number - Running 
    3.5.2.1 Race number on the chest (Run n Bike only!).
    3.5.2.2 Race Jersey where the numbers on the front and back are visible throughout the Race.

    3.5.3 Race Number - Mountain Biking
    3.5.3.1 Race number on the front of the bike.
    3.5.3.2 Race Jersey where the numbers on the front and back are visible throughout the Race.
    3.5.4 Map of the Running Section (only mandatory on the Running Section).

    3.6 Unauthorized Equipment

    The following equipment is not allowed:

    3.6.1 K2 kayaks.
    3.6.2 Motor aids.
    3.6.3 Skis or snowboard.


  4. The Race Course

    4.1 General

    4.1.1 The Race Course is marked with signs and colored tape.
    4.1.2 Competitors must follow the course markings or instructions from the Race Organization. Failure to do so will result in a time penalty or disqualification.
    4.1.3 The Race Course will be marked a few days before the Race.
    4.1.4 It is allowed to train on the Race Course during Race Week. Signs and instructions from landowners must be followed.
    4.1.5 The competitors must be self-sufficient outside the transition zones. The Race Organization will not provide either fluid or energy along with the Race Course. 

    4.2 Alternative Race Course

    The Race Organization can change the Race Course at short notice if it is judged that the weather or the water level in the river poses an unacceptable safety risk.

    If forced to activate the alternative Race Course the Race Organization will inform the participants as soon as possible via the organization's channels.  


  5. The Race Organization

    5.1 General

    5.1.1 The Race Organization must make a risk assessment and take the necessary steps to minimize the risks to the competitors and the Race Organization's staff. 
    5.1.2 The Race Organization must have the necessary number of safety boats on the water and on land in relation to the current risk level.
    5.1.3 The Race Organization may refuse a competitor to continue if they judge that the competitor is too tired or not in a physical condition to continue the Race.

    5.2 Force Majeure

    5.2.1 In the event of a canceled race due to circumstances beyond the control of the Race Organization such as fire, flood, natural disaster, labor dispute, war, terrorist attacks, earthquake, government decision, the spread of viruses or other diseases the entry fee will not be refunded. 

    5.2.2 The Race Organization reserves the right to make changes or adjustments to the content and design of the Race.


  6. Jury, Protest, Punishment

    6.1 Race Jury

    6.1.1 The Race Jury consists of the Race Director and two (2) members of the Race Organization.
    6.1.2 The tasks of the Race Jury are:
    6.1.2.1 to ensure that the Race Rules are followed.
    6.1.2.2 to take a stand on protests.
    6.1.2.3 to decide on a time penalty or disqualification.
    6.1.2.4 to make decisions about Race Course and/or Race Rules changes.

    6.1.3 At least tow (2) members of the Race Jury are required to make a decision.
    6.1.4 The Race Jury has the right to use common sense if it is not clear in the Race Rules what applies.
    6.1.5 The decision of the Race Jury is final.

    6.2 Protest

    6.2.1 Protests must be given in writing to the Race Organization within one (1) hour after the finish.
    6.2.2 A protest must include:
    6.2.2.1 time and place.
    6.2.2.2 name, signature, and start number of the competitor.
    6.2.2.3 name or start number of the competitor being protested.
    6.2.2.4 reason for the protest.
    6.2.2.5 name or start number on any witnesses. 

    6.2.3 Protests that do not meet the requirements of Section 6.2.2 are ignored.
    6.2.4 Decisions from the Race Jury will be communicated to interested parties as soon as possible.

    6.3 Time Penalty and Disqualification

    6.3.1 In case of violation of the Race Rules the competitor risks a time penalty or disqualification. 
    6.3.2 The punishment depends upon which rule is violated.


    Foul Punishment

    Lacks mandatory equipment

    15 minutes time supplement för each missing part

    Littering - Conscious 

    Disqualification

    Littering - Carelessness

    15 minutes time supplement

    Duo Class over 100 m between team members

    15 minutes time supplement

    Support outside Transition Areas

    Disqualification

    Unsportsmanlike conduct

    Disqualification

    Deviates from The Race Course

    Time supplement or disqualification

    False Start

    5 minutes time supplement



  7. Sponsor and Media Exposure

    7.1 Image and Film Rights

    7.1.1 THe competitors give the Race Organization and its sponsors the right to freely use image and film material from the Race for marketing purposes, press material, internet, TV, and film.

    7.2 Sponsor Exposure

    7.2.1 Competitors may have sponsors marked on their clothing and race equipment.

    7.3 Race Jerseys and Race Numbers

    7.3.1 Race Jerseys and Race Numbers must be visible at the front and back and must not be covered by a life jacket or backpack. It is not permitted to draw or otherwise modify Race Jerseys or Race Numbers.  

 

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