Rules and Regulations

All International Skyrunning, Vertical World Circuit and Race to the Summit Rules Apply
(though not all may be listed here)

Race to the summit: Rules

  1. All competitors must pick up their race kit by 8 pm (local time) 27 April 2019.
  2. Any behavior deemed by the organizers to be unsafe, illegal or unsportsmanlike is cause to have a competitor removed from the course and appropriate authorities notified.
  3. Team Challenge should consist of 4 members.
  4. Age limits for individuals and teams are set at minimum of 16 and maximum of 65 years.
  5. A medical waiver must be submitted prior to competition.
  6. Competitors must comply with directions of organizers on-site.

International Skyrunning Federation (Select) Rules

  1. Competitors rules
    1. INTRODUCTION – Local race regulations must be consistent with the official ISF rules. In case of conflict, the view expressed in these rules and decisions of the ISF representatives will prevail.
    2. COMPLIANCE WITH RULES – It is compulsory for all competitors to adhere to the ISF rules and the local race rules, to observe good sportsmanship towards the other competitors, organisers, public and representatives. It is compulsory to participate in the local pre-race briefing and/or accept the notification via mail or sms of race info and race rules.
    3. QUALIFICATION – The official ISF competitions are open to athletes of 16 years of age or over, in possession of a medical certificate valid for the law of the country where the race is held. Competitors taking part in a competition on the ISF official calendar, declare they have read and accept the rules and the general ISF rules.
      1. The age limit may be lowered in a VERTICAL and SKY category race below 3,000m altitude and without any mountaineering difficulty. Entry regulations should be specified in the rules of each single race and listed in a specific entry request form to be compiled and signed.
      2. SKY competitions are open to all athletes in possession of a medical sports certificate valid for the country where the race is held and / or a membership of a national mountain sports federation. In the case of particularly demanding courses it is necessary to demonstrate experience of high altitude running and/or ski mountaineering experience.
      3. Ultra – SkyMarathon competitions with course section 2° UIAA and/or over 3200m are open to runners with the suitable skyrunning, climbing and mountaineering CV.
    4. Competitors are advised to hold third party and personal insurance.
    5. CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT – Competitors must wear and / or carry the clothing or equipment required by the organiser’s race rules. To ensure competitors’ safety these must conform to the requirements set out and be in perfect condition. Offensive dress is not permitted. The chairman of the jury reserves the right to reject any equipment judged to be defective or inadequate.
    6. ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT – In addition to individual race rules it may be necessary to include the use of tights, gloves, hydration pack, helmet, sunglasses, head lamp, etc., depending on the course and / or weather conditions, conforming to the ISF Rules
      1. The use of poles is regulated by each race organiser either by allowing their use for the entire race, in a specific section, or even prohibiting their use. If using ski poles, it is compulsory to protect the points of poles.
    7. START AREA – Must be closed and should only be accessed by competitors who have entered and are on the organiser’s start list. A control will be carried out on the required apparel and equipment, that the bib number corresponds to the name and that it is correctly positioned. Entry in this area is prohibited to all those who do not meet the above requirements.
    8. CHECKPOINTS – Competitors must pass through all checkpoints so that arrival order and times can be determined for ranking and for safety purposes if the race is cancelled. Competitors must follow instructions given by checkpoint officials (to add an item of clothing, or the procedure to follow if the race is cancelled, etc.).
    9. CATEGORIES – In official ISF competitions only two categories exist: men and women aged 16 years of age or over and only these will appear on the ISF official start lists or ranking lists.
      1. The local organiser can establish other categories but these will not appear on ISF official start list or ranking lists. A Youth Category can be included.
    10. COMPETITORS' RACE CONDUCT – While racing, competitors must abide by the following rules:

      1. Competitors must follow the course markings on sight, go through all the checkpoints and not throw waste during the race outside a 100m radius of an aid station.

      2. Competitors may retire on their own initiative or be forced to retire by the Race Director or one of the medical staff present.

    11. 3. Retirement (on own initiative or forced) must take place at a checkpoint according to the procedure described during race briefing unless in extreme circumstances.

      4. Competitors must give assistance to fellow competitors who may be injured or distressed. The jury will take into account the time spent on this assistance.

      5. The race director or a checkpoint official may compel competitors, at any point on the route, to wear their windbreakers, headgear or any other item of compulsory clothing or equipment.

    12. PENALTIES – Penalties will be applied compliant with the various race regulations and those of the ISF.
      1. A penalty from three minutes to disqualification may be applied for:

        1. Throwing of trash outside the check point areas (100m +/-)

        2. Receiving any assistance in unauthorized areas (not at specified points such as aid stations)

        3. Not following the race course signage, voluntarily or otherwise

        4. The bib is not on view or has been tampered with

        5. False starts

        6. Not passing through compulsory checkpoints

        7. Unsportsmanlike behaviour – not assisting another competitor in need of help

        8. Not carrying or using the material required

        9. Not complying with the directions of the organisers or the judges

    13. Disqualification will be applied for:

      Not participating in the awards ceremony without just cause

      Refusal to undergo anti-doping tests or a positive result in an anti-doping test

    14. CLAIMS – Must be written and countersigned with the complainant’s name and bib number at the finish line or on publication of the provisional results. A deposit of €USD/$ 20 or equivalent local currency may be required which will be refunded if the case is accepted. Complaints cannot be made after an hour of the publication of the provisional results. The decision of the jury is final by the majority, and in case of dispute, the decision of the ISF representative and the ISF rules will apply.
      1. Appeals against decisions of the jury may be presented to the ISF with the same procedure and the verdict will be given within ten days of receipt.
    15. ANTI-DOPING CONTROLS – Competitors are required to attend doping controls assigned to them, according to the rules of each nation and the WADA protocol. Competitors with a positive result will be disqualified immediately.

Race to the summit: Rules

  1. INTRODUCTION – The Vertical World Circuit (VWC) is based on a circuit of international standard races in various countries. The race circuit is open to individual runners and sponsored teams. Points are awarded only to individuals.
  2. VWC RACES – A minimum of seven races are selected in at least five different countries. The selected events will conform to VWC Race Standards and to international standards in terms of athlete presence, notoriety and organization.
  3. DEFINITION – Skyscraper races fall within the International Skyrunning Federation’s specific parameters. (See ISF Rule 2.3.6) “SKYSCRAPER RACING/ VERTICAL RUNNING – Vertical races with an incline over 45% on stairs indoors or outdoors.”.
  4. VWC INDIVIDUAL POINTS SYSTEM – Each race will assign points based on the men’s/women’s results according to the following breakdown: 100-88-78-72-68- 66-64-62-60-58-56-54-52-50 down to 2 points to the 20th position for men and women.
  5. RACE POINTS – In a seven to eight race calendar, the four best results are counted. When nine or more races exist, the five best results are counted.
  6. Three races award an extra 25% bonus points. The Grand Finale awards a 50% bonus. A maximum of two races with 25% bonus points will be counted. 5.2 – In the event of a tie, the athlete with the best result in the final race will be awarded the champion title.
  7. RACE RULES – These regulations shall prevail above all. Local race regulations must be consistent with entry conditions, start systems and final results.
  8. COMPETITORS’ NUMBERS – The organiser will provide the participants’ numbered bibs. In accordance with the VWC organisers, the allocation of these may be determined by the latest ISF ranking order, the lower numbers being assigned to the top ranked male and female athletes and subsequently in descending order.
  9. RACE SYSTEM – Every race can be either individually timed or a mass start. In the latter case, the organisers must take into account a maximum number in every category. Men and women run in separate categories.
  10. CATEGORIES – Only men’s and women’s categories are counted. The ranking is based on the fastest time outright in each of the two categories.
  11. WINNERS – Every race can have only one winner in each category based on a photo-finish or other system. Only races that time each runner may have a tie. (See 5.2)
  12. TITLES – At the VWC final, the first male and female competitors with the highest score will be declared “Vertical World Circuit Champions”.
    1. WINNER’S & CHAMPION’S JERSEY / TROPHY – The VWC race winners or final champions (first ranked male and female), must wear the relevant jersey or exhibit the VWC trophy on the podium. If the jersey is not worn, or the trophy not exhibited, ranking points will not be assigned whatever the final position of the runner and any VWC prizes will not be awarded.
    2. PRIZE MONEY – The top three ranked male and female athletes must attend the official podium / prize- giving ceremony at the Grand Finale to receive the prize- money.
  13. ANTI-DOPING CONTROLS – Anti doping controls may be carried out in any of the races according to the rules of each nation, (WADA) protocol and in agreement with the national federation concerned.
    NB Local race regulations must be consistent with the official VWC rules. In the event of conflict, the general ISF Skyrunning Rules will prevail.