adidas INFINITE TRAILS

All you need to know as an athlete

Race Information

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships are THE new and unique trail running team relay challenge. Get ready for a sporting event like none you’ve ever seen before! Together with two other runners, you can register as a women’s, men’s or mixed relay team. Each team member will have to complete one of three distinct loops, which differ in distance and elevation change, but take you all through the breathtaking scenery of the Gastein valley! During a joint Prologue on Thursday (here you are racing on the same course) your team effort will determine your start position for Saturday, when the relay race kicks off with a pursuit start. That means the Loop 1 runners start one by one in calculated time intervals. You must complete the final kilometer (Finish Loop) together. The clock is stopped when the team crosses the finish line.

In adverse weather conditions the start procedure, race routes and time table may change to guarantee the execution of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships.

Routes

3 runners, 3 distances, 3 unique route profiles: as a relay team you will run 127km and climb 7600 vertical meters in total. The race navigates on partly historic trails through the Gastein valley. You can admire the waterfalls and alpine meadows, enjoy the routes through the three villages of the valley and through Sportgastein, and marvel at the views awaiting you from the summits, such as the Gamskarkogel or the Stubnerkogel.

Click on the icons for more information about the individual Loop. Or click on the link to download the RACE MAP and GPS-TRACKS.

In adverse weather conditions the race will be held on adverse weather loops below 1800m.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand require specific items of equipment that competitors must wear or have with them. This does not apply to the Prologue. This mandatory equipment consists of a “basic mandatory equipment”and a “weather-related mandatory equipment”, depending on the weather conditions. All competitors must have the mandatory equipment which is announced during the race briefing with them throughout the competition (exception: Finish Loop for the runner of Loop 1/ Loop 2). It is NOT permitted to drop off or pick up any mandatory equipment on course or at special needs zones.

The Organiser will carry out checks before the start and on a random basis at the finish to ensure that competitors are carrying/wearing the required equipment/clothing during the competition. Any competitor who fails to carry/wear the required equipment/clothing will be disqualified. Competitors may already present their mandatory equipment for approval during the registration or when they pick up their start numbers for the relay.

If a competitor is carrying poles at the start, he/she must not put them down during the race, but must carry them until he/she has completed the loop. Conversely, it is not permitted to start without poles and pick them up at any point of the route.

BASIC MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

  • (foldable) cup or flask (no cups provided)
  • Carrying capacity for at least 0.5 liter of water or other drinks during the race (our recommendation: 1 liter)
  • Running backpack or vest
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Long-sleeve top and long pant (The long-sleeve top may be replaced with an additional t-shirt plus arm warmers, which cover the forearm and the upper arm, i.e. the arm warmers must cover the elbow and above.)
  • Headlamp*
  • Whistle (can be integrated in trail running backpack or chest strap)
  • GPS device or watch or alternatively, printed version the of route map (issued at the race briefing)
  • Mobile telephone that is charged and switched on, and on which the GENERAL EMERGENCY number is saved in order to make emergency calls (it is essential to ensure that the mobile phone can make calls in Austria)
  • First aid kit (incl. 1 rescue blanket, 2 compresses 10×10 cm/ 4×4”, 2 gloves, 2 first aid dressings size M or 2m elastic adhesive bandage).**

*The headlamp is mandatory for all competitors racing on Loop 1.
For Loop 2 and Loop 3, it is the personal responsibility of each competitor to estimate his/her running time and be prepared to present the headlamp at the following checkpoints: Loop 2 Valeriehaus from 6pm, Loop 3 Biberalm from 7pm, and start of Loop 3 in the Alpen Arena from 5pm.  Competitors who don’t have their headlight with them at these checkpoints are taken out of the race. It is not permitted to pick up the headlamp on course or in a special needs zone. Competitors who disrespect this rule will be disqualified.

** Our recommendation in addition to the mandatory content of the first aid kit: 1 triangular bandage, 2 band-aid.

 

WEATHER SCENARIO COLD
In addition to the basic mandatory equipment competitors must have the following items of equipment with them:

  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof pant
  • Insulating top (long-sleeved) and insulating pant (long)

 

WEATHER SCENARIO HEAT
In addition to the basic mandatory equipment competitors must have the following items of equipment with them:

  • Cap
  • Carrying capacity for at least 1 liter of water

Call for Entrants

You find all key data about the race summarized in our call for entrants.

Alpen Arena Bad Hofgastein; Kurpromenade 2, 5630 Bad Hofgastein, Austria

Planet Talk GmbH, Spinnereiinsel 3A, 83059 Kolbermoor, Germany

Email: info@infinitetrails-worldchampionships.com

Telephone: +49 (0)8031 354 650

Race Doctor

Mountain rescue service

Red Cross

Race Director: Mike Hamel

Route Manager: Sibylle Schild

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand are a trail running event in (high) alpine terrain which requires its competitors to have specific capabilities.

By enrolling, the competitor acknowledges that it is mandatory for him/her to comply with the competition rules, all existing laws of the State of Salzburg and Hohe Tauern National Park, and the legislation and code of procedure, as well as the terms and conditions of the Organiser.

June 10, 2020, or whenever the maximum number of competitors is reached

Late on-site registration will be possible (provided that places are still available) on Thursday June 25, 2020, from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Race Office.

333 relay teams (each with three competitors) for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand

The total prize purse is 40,000 euros. The World Champions in all categories receive 6,666 euros prize money per team. A total of 6,000 euros are rewarded to the fastest woman and man on each loop.

According to Austrian law 20 percent withholding tax must be paid directly to the Austrian tax office if the recipient of the prize money is not registered in Austria.

Women, Men & Mixed Teams
1st place EUR 6.666,00
2nd place EUR 3.333,00
3rd place EUR 1.111,00

The detailed program for adidas INFINITE TRAILS 2020 will follow:

Thursday June 25, 2020
Prologue

Friday June 26, 2020
Restday

Saturday June 27, 2020
Raceday

Sunday 28 June, 2020
Recoveryday

Transponder timing. The transponder will be provided by the Organiser. Competitors may not use their own transponders. The transponder must be returned after the end of the Event. If the competitor does not return or damages the transponder, he/she will be charged its purchase price.

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will start at the Alpen Arena, Bad Hofgastein, and each of the three members of each relay team will complete a different loop, with all of these ending back in the Alpen Arena, Bad Hofgastein. All women’s, men’s and mixed teams that complete the route according to the rules, and within the time limits, and finish the race together will be classified for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships.

There will be a chasing start, whereby the order in which the teams start and the intervals between their start times will be determined using their placings in the Prologue on Thursday. The maximum difference between the start times of the first and last teams will be 60 minutes.

Routes and entry fees:

Three different loops will be completed, with each starter in a team running a different loop. After the third runner has arrived at the transition zone, the team will complete a fourth “lap of honour” (approx. 1 km) together and arrive at the finish together.

The entry fee is

  • 88.- € per person (264.- € per team) for registrations from 01.10. to 30.11.2019
  • 99.- € per person (297.- € per team) for registrations from 01.12.19 to 31.01.20
  • 111.- € per person (333.- € per team) for registrations after 01.02.2020

This also includes the entry fee for the Prologue on Thursday.

Our field is limited to 333 entries.

Benefits:

The starter package for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships includes:

  • 3-day trail running festival with expert talks and side events
  • Participant gift from adidas
  • Nutrition during both competitions (Thursday & Saturday)
  • Athlete Brunch (Friday)
  • “Gasteinertaler” value voucher for local partner restaurants and stores
  • 3h entry to the “Alpentherme Gastein” (Saturday)
  • Pasta Buffet at the Athlete Garden/ Alpentherme (Saturday)
  • Complimentary massage/ physiotherapy at the adidas Reload Center (Saturday)
  • Premium adidas Finisher T-Shirt
  • Finisher Certificate

You need a place to stay. Our adidas INFINITE TRAILS partner hotels designed a  special hotel package. Click here for more information.

You can collect your start documents at the Race Office in the congress centre on Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Before receiving your starter package you must first sign a liability form and a short medical brief (info for our rescue staff).

After the competition, competitors will be able to relax at the Alpentherme and use its wide range of facilities, including its sauna and thermal bathing lake, as well as receiving free physiotherapy and massages at the adidas RELOAD Center (Saturday from 6:30 am to 1:oo am). There will also be a pasta buffet where competitors can load up on carbohydrates.

On Saturday, after the official award ceremony of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships at 9:00 pm, all finishers will be celebrated in the Alpen Arena until cut-off.

For the relay, three competitors must go to the start. No competitor may complete more than one individual route.

There will be no classification for the individual competitors in the relay team. Women’s, men’s and mixed relay teams are permitted, irrespective of age groups. The minimum age for competitors is 18.

(1) Organisation of the event

  1. The organizer can change the sequence of the event, delay the start of the event, end the event early, cut it short, interrupt or abandon the event if, in his opinion, the conditions on the race day are unsafe or if official directives or force majeure make this necessary. In these cases, the organiser is under no obligation to compensate the participants; however, in the case that the event is abandoned for reasons for which the participant is not responsible, the organiser will return the entrance fee to the participant pro rata to the advancement of the event. All participants agree that the safety of the participants, the service-providers and the organiser’s staff are of paramount importance.
  2. The participant is obliged to attend the safety briefings which are offered and to comply with the safety instructions in all respects. Failure to comply with the safety instructions can result in disqualification or exclusion.

 

(2) The participant’s responsibility for his/her own person

  1. The participant knows that his/her participation in this event is associated with risks
  2. The participant confirms and states that he/she agrees that he/she is responsible for ascertaining whether he/she is sufficiently fit and healthy in both physical and mental terms to be able to take part in this event without misgivings.

 

(3) Exclusion

  1. The organiser is entitled, but only obligated if corresponding legal or contractual requirements exist, to exclude a participant from taking part if, in the organiser’s opinion, the participant fails to meet the requirements for a proper and, as far as can be seen in normal conditions, participation with the minimum possible risks.
  2. This also applies if the participant infringes the conditions of participation or safety instructions and a warning does not seem likely to prevent a repetition of the infringement.
  3. The participant can derive no entitlements from the exclusion in so far as the exclusion was not arbitrary.
  4. The organiser’s entitlement to exclude a participant does not release the participant from his/her responsibility and also does not involve any obligation of surveillance or control on the part of the organiser over and above the obligation of surveillance or control imposed by law or contract.

 

 

(4) Medical treatment / insurance

  1. If a participant should require medical treatment during the event, the participant hereby states that he/she consents to such treatment in advance. Medical services are not included in the entry fee and will be invoiced directly to the participant according to the usual medical tariffs.
  2. The organiser does not provide any insurance cover for medical treatment and is under no obligation to do so. The participant is responsible for having adequate insurance cover for medical treatment. The participant is particularly recommended to conclude a suitable accident insurance policy. The organiser has no liability for this.

 

(5) The organiser’s liability

The organiser is not liable for material or financial losses incurred by the participant caused by ordinary negligence on the part of the organiser or that of his legal representatives or vicarious agents. However, he is liable for material or financial losses incurred by the participant caused by gross negligence or intent on his part or that of his legal representatives or vicarious agents; he is also liable for every kind of loss of life, bodily injury or impairment of health by the participant caused by negligence and intent on the part of the organiser.

 

(6) The participant’s personal rights

  1. By registering for participation, the participant irrevocably transfers to the relevant organiser (Planet Talk GmbH, Spinnereiinsel 3A, 83059 Kolbermoor, Germany) the right and grants the organiser permission to distribute and publish the photos, cinematographic images and interviews of/with the participant created in connection with participation in the event without any entitlement to remuneration as a video, CD, DVD, broadcast, telecast, podcast, webcast, photograph, advertisement or promotional material unrestricted in place and time and also to use such images etc. in reports and for promotional purposes.
  2. The participant also agrees that the organiser may forward the images to adidas (adidas AG, Adi-Dassler-Strasse 1, D-91074 Herzogenaurach) Gastein (Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH,Tauernplatz 1, A-5630 Bad Hofgastein), Salzbugerland (Salzbugerland Tourismus GmbH Wiener Bundesstraße 32, A-5300 Hallwang), Gore-Tex (W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH, Aiblingerstr. 60, D-83620 Feldkirchen-Westerham), Salzburg AG (Bayerhamerstraße 16, A – 5020 Salzburg), PowerBar (Active Nutrition International GmbH, Zielstattstraße 42, D – 81379 München), AGM (ADEG Zell am See GmbH, Zellerstraße 27, A-5751 Maishofen), Gasteiner (Gasteiner Mineralwasser GmbH, Erlengrundstraße 14, A-5640 Bad Gastein), Mastertent (Master Tent GmbH & Co. KG, Fuggerstraße 2, D-85646 Anzing), Gasteiner Bergbahnen AG (Bundesstraße 567, A-5630 Bad Hofgastein), Alpentherme (Sen.-W.-Wilflingplatz 1, A-5630 Bad Hofgastein), Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH (Kendlerstraße 1, A-5017 Salzburg), Ein Gastein (Wirtschaftsverein EIN GASTEIN, Breitenberg 65, A-5630 Bad Hofgastein), for their use there in promotion associated with the event. For the sake of clarity it is stated that the image and audio rights pertaining to the event are held exclusively by the organiser.

 

(7) Data protection

You will find our Data Protection Notice displayed at the registration.

 

(8) Other conditions of participation

  1. The above clauses are conditions of participation in the event; this also applies to regulations for the relevant event about which the participants are informed on registration.
  2. Every participant receives a transponder chip for timekeeping during the registration process. If the competitor does not return or damages the transponder, he/she will be charged its purchase price.

Starter Package

The entry fee is

  • 88.- € per person (264.- € per team) for registrations from 01.10. to 30.11.2019
  • 99.- € per person (297.- € per team) for registrations from 01.12.19 to 31.01.20
  • 111.- € per person (333.- € per team) for registrations after 01.02.2020

And you’ll get your money’s worth. The starter package includes

  • 3-day trail running festival with expert talks and side events
  • Participant gift from adidas
  • Nutrition during both competitions (Thursday & Saturday)
  • Athlete Brunch (Friday)
  • “Gasteinertaler” value voucher for local partner restaurants and stores
  • 3h entry to the “Alpentherme Gastein” (Saturday)
  • Pasta Buffet at the Athlete Garden/ Alpentherme (Saturday)
  • Complimentary massage/ physiotherapy at the adidas Reload Center (Saturday)
  • Premium adidas Finisher T-Shirt
  • Finisher Certificate

Our field is limited to 333 entries!

Athlete Services

At the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships you – the participants – take center stage. You are the VIPs at this event. So, look forward to indulging in remarkable athlete services that are included in your adidas INFINITE TRAILS starter package, ranging from “Gasteinertaler”, which you can trade in at selected partner restaurants and cafés in the Gastein valley, so you can enjoy the local cuisine together with your family and friends, to a deluxe pre-race and post-race athlete brunch, where you can talk shop with fellow competitors. At the Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein, there is a unique “Athlete Garden” waiting for you, in which you can thoroughly relax after your race. Whether you enjoy complimentary massages and physiotherapy at the adidas Reload Center, want to jump into the refreshing thermal water bathing lake, or need to load up on carbs, you’ll have full access for three hours on the day of the race, so you can be thoroughly pampered.

To provide an easy, paperless access to all the athlete services, we’ve created a personalized eventbaxx for our participants. Inside this electronic, web-based starter bag you’ll find all relevant information concerning the race, side events and athlete services at a glance. Furthermore, you can access all vouchers and discounts you receive as part of your adidas INFINITE TRAIL starter package via phone – for your ultimate adidas INFINITE TRAILS experience.
All registered competitors receive an E-Mail with the login information for their personal eventbaxx.

Prior to the first race briefing on Friday, all competitors of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships are invited to a complimentary athlete brunch at the Congress Center Bad Hofgastein. Come and enjoy healthy food as well as the unique atmosphere of a pro-am race. Ready yourself for the BIG DAY of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships in the best possible way – by feasting on the specifically prepared variety of pre-race delicacies (recommended by adidas Runners nutrition expert Lottie Bildirici) and by talking shop with your fellow athletes.

After the race, you can enjoy an extended “Athlete Garden”, which is divided into two parts: zone 1 is a “quick stop zone” right after the finish line, where you pick up your clothes bags, your race recovery nutrition, a cool non-alcoholic wheat beer and your finisher shirt; zone two is the “recovery and relaxation zone” at the Alpentherme Gastein. (hot spring-fed pools and swimming lake, waterjet loungers, the adidas Reload Center with complimentary massages and physio therapy, Compex electrostimulation technology, and a pasta buffet.) A 3-hour entry is included in your start package.

Take the opportunity and book your shuttle on your Race Day. For LOOP 1, which starts at 4am Gastein offers an athlete shuttle service that will take you from set meeting points in all of the Gastein villages directly to the adidas INFINITE TRAILS Arena. More information in your adidas INFINITE TRAILS eventbaxx.

Whether a last-minute flow session to focus your mind and body on the upcoming race or a thorough post-race relaxation for your tired muscles and aching joints, you should not miss the adidas INFINITE TRAILS yoga sessions in the beautiful scenery of the Gasteinertal.

The Alpentherme Gastein is a source of energy in the mountains. As well as great health expertise, it offers the treasure of authentic thermal water from the depths of the Hohe Tauern mountains, which is used not only in the thermal bath but also in the facilities offered by the connected spa and rehabilitation center. At the adidas Reload Center inside the Alpentherme all adidas INFINITE TRAILS athletes enjoy complimentary massages and physiotherapy on RACE DAY including a free ticket (3 hours) for the Alpentherme and a free pasta buffet to properly recharge after the race! You also receive an entry voucher for any other day of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS 2020 for yourself and -50% for anyone accompanying you to the Alpentherme.

Alpentherme discount for accompanying person

When you decide to visit the Alpentherme Reload Center in Bad Hofgastein, you don´t have to go alone! Additionally, to your free entry, the Alpentherme also invites accompanying friends and family of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS competitors and offers a -50% discount on the entry ticket! Find the voucher in your eventbaxx.

Give your feet a break and book an appointment at full.BEAUTY – located conveniently right next to the adidas INFINITE TRAILS Arena at Bad Hofgastein. Whether you are longing for a last-minute medical pedicure or a relaxing foot massage before or after the race, all athletes get amazing discounts at Isabell´s beauty palace. Booking information via your eventbaxx.

Race Rules

Every race needs to have a set of rules to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible for all competitors and to make it fair. You can view the regulations for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships here.

By registering, you acknowledge these Regulations and give your assurance that you read the individual provisions in full and understood them. You will confirm this by adding your signature under the declaration of liability.

The Organiser reserves the right to make changes to the Regulations. The latest version can be viewed at any time on this website.
Updated: 24.06.2019

adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand consist of a Prologue (individual race with mass start) and a relay competition with three successive competitors who must complete loops 1, 2 and 3 respectively. The championships also include a final 1 km “lap of honour” which must be completed by all relay team members together as a team:

Details of the routes are published on the website.

All the starters in a team must take part in the Prologue on Thursday. Their performances in the Prologue will determine the intervals between their various start times for the chasing start of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships on Saturday.

Prologue

All starters in the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships must take part in the Prologue because their placings will be converted into the intervals between their various start times for the chasing start on Saturday.

Route markings

The routes of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will be marked for the competition, and helpers will be deployed at critical locations. Because of the situations that can arise in open country and with changing weather conditions, it is not possible to guarantee that there will be no gaps in the route markings.

It is the athletes’ responsibility to keep themselves informed at all times about the correct routes and about how to use these routes in accordance with the rules. The Organiser will provide additional map and GPS material for this purpose.

If a competitor leaves the route indicated, this will lead to the immediate disqualification of the entire relay team.

If a competitor misses the routing or leaves the competition route, leading to disqualification, the Organiser accepts no responsibility for this.

Replacement markings

Depending on weather and other conditions, the Organiser reserves the right to change the route accordingly on safety grounds and to switch to alternative routes. These steps may alter the stated horizontal distances, elevation change and difficulty levels of the route.

Aid Stations

Each route will have a sufficient number of refreshment points.

A wide range of food and drink will be available for competitors at every refreshment point. The exact locations of refreshment points will be provided on the route map. The competitor must ensure that he/she always takes enough food and drink with him/her to reach the next refreshment point safely.

The refreshment points are the only places where competitors may dispose of waste. Disposing of waste on the route (littering) is a breach of National Park Regulations and will be reported to the authorities, as well as resulting in the immediate disqualification of the offender’s entire relay team. Littering will be monitored by race marshals.

Time limits, finish closing time

Relay teams who have failed to pass the checkpoints by the specified cut-off times will be removed from the race on safety grounds by the Organiser.

Cut-off times:
10:00 am Loop 1 / Bad Hofgastein
7:00 pm Loop 2 / Valeriehaus (Sportgastein)
7:00 pm Loop 2 / Bad Hofgastein
10:00 pm Loop 2 / Stubnerkogel upper station
9:00 pm Loop 3 / Biberbalm
10:00 pm Loop 3 / Präaualm
11:00 pm Loop 3 / Dorfgastein

The finish will close at 01:00 am at the adidas INFINITE TRAILS Arena / Alpen Arena in Bad Hofgastein.

This schedule and the respective time limits are stated in detail on the route map and/or in the Call for Entrants. On safety grounds, the Organiser reserves the right to adjust the schedule and the cut-off times at short notice.

Cut-off times are non-negotiable and serve to keep competitors safe! If a competitor continues to run in breach of the route staff’s instructions, he/she does so at his/her own risk and will be immediately disqualified, along with his/her entire relay team. In this case, the competitor will no longer have any right to further services (refreshments, safeguarding for the route, etc.) as part of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand.

After the cut-off times and at the end of the race, the race staff will comb and clear the route. Athletes who are found by the sweep team must stop racing immediately, and will be led off the route for their own safety. The competition staff’s instructions also serve to keep competitors safe in this case and are non-negotiable.

Conduct on the route

The competitors undertake to follow all the rules and requirements arising from the provisions of these Regulations and their annexes, as well as all guidelines and instructions of the Race Committee, the route marshals and the first aid and rescue services (mountain rescue service, Race Doctor, etc.).

In particular, the following rules must be followed:

  • All competitors must follow the route markings.
  • Competitors will take the necessary steps – irrespective of explicit rules or instructions – to avoid endangering themselves, other competitors, organisation representatives or third parties on or in the vicinity of the route on account of the route conditions and weather conditions.
  • Competitors must help people who are in danger or have had an accident, and must report every accident immediately by telephone to the Race Committee, or notify an official helper on the route.
  • Competitors must get out of the way of faster athletes and let them overtake.
  • Competitors must protect the environment: no waste of any kind may be left on the route. If this rule is breached, the offender’s entire team will be disqualified.
  • It is prohibited to provide a runner with any form of physical support (pushing, pulling or carrying).
Public pathways
  • The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will take place on public roads, forest roads, trails, paths and hiking routes that will not be cordoned off.
  • The road traffic regulations and rules for the use of forest roads and tracks, paths and trails are also mandatory during the competition. Competitors must follow the instructions of the police, the Route Manager and the other route staff. It is against the rules of the competition to take short cuts and leave the route: this increases the risk of accidents, harms the environment and will result in the immediate disqualification of the offender’s entire team.
  • The routes of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will be marked. Nevertheless, it is the competitors’ responsibility to always stay on the race route, to be aware of the course of the route and not to leave the route even when visibility is limited (in darkness, fog, rain, etc.).
  • The routes of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will be equipped with visible and invisible checkpoints. If a competitor fails to pass any one of these checkpoints, his/her entire relay team will be disqualified.
  • The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand consist of a Prologue and a relay race. The Prologue must be completed by the same three competitors who form the relay team. Only competitors who successfully take part in both parts of the competition will be classified.
  • A relay team consists of three competitors. Each individual will complete his/her loop, before the entire team runs the “lap of honour” (1 km) together. Only teams that complete the entire route successfully and finish the race together will be classified.
  • As a fundamental rule, every competitor must be as careful as is necessary and behave in a fair and sporting manner towards other competitors, tourists, officials of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand, and third parties.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to change sections of the routes before the Event, or even at short notice. The final route will be announced at the mandatory race briefing at the latest.
  • The use of poles is permitted on all parts of the route. However, if poles are carried at the start, they must not be left on the route. It is not permitted for any athlete starting without a pole to pick up and use any poles during the course of the race.
  • Any competitor who breaches the laws of the State of Salzburg or of the National Park Administration, and in particular the rules of conduct relating to environmental protection (e.g. disposal of waste on the route), will be reported to the authorities, as well as having their entire relay team immediately disqualified.
  • All competitors are required to show consideration, sportsmanship and fairness and to provide support in emergencies.

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand (also the “Event”) are the trail running relay world championships for teams of three (women, men or mixed).

The Event includes technically demanding and challenging routes in alpine and high alpine terrain.

By registering, the competitor confirms that he/she meets the requirements for competing in a race with the stipulated criteria and is aware of the risks associated with this.

Competitor requirements

Competitors must fulfil the following criteria:

  • General alpine experience; sure-footedness on alpine paths, including steep paths, even in exposed terrain and where there is a risk of falling. The competitor’s sure-footedness must not be impaired by a fear of heights.
  • Sufficient physical and mental capacity and health to complete the competition within the time limits set for the respective sections of the routes, even if, as portrayed in the route description, the running terrain is high, alpine, technically demanding and made more difficult by the prevailing weather conditions.
  • Confirmation of sufficient sporting capacity to compete in this endurance competition, which is done by signing the declaration of liability (no requirement to submit a doctor’s certificate).
  • Capacity to find his/her way in alpine terrain by using map or GPS files, even in bad weather and limited visibility.
  • Knowledge of first aid.
  • Awareness of what to do in emergencies in alpine terrain, and knowledge of the emergency action plan of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand.
  • Only competitors aged 18 or over are entitled to compete.

By signing the declaration of liability, and indeed by registering in the first place, the competitor confirms that he/she has the experience, knowledge and skills listed here, and meets the other requirements listed here, and that he/she is not aware of having any pre-existing conditions or limitations that could call into question his/her ability to compete in the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand. In this context, the points listed by the Organiser are not an exhaustive list as regards the experience and knowledge referred to here, but are merely examples.

Maximum number of competitors

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships are limited to 333 teams with three starters each.

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships will include the following classification categories:

  • MEN
  • WOMEN
  • MIXED
Race numbers

Each competitor must wear his/her race number so that it is clearly visible on the front of his/her body at all times throughout the entire race. Each race number is personal and non-transferable. If anyone gives away his/her race number, this will result in the immediate disqualification of his/her entire relay team.

The race number must not be altered, made smaller or covered by clothing.

Timekeeping

The transponder chip will be used for timekeeping purposes and to record the athletes at predefined points on the route, in order to confirm that they have properly completed the route. If the transponder is lost, the runner will not be recorded at these points. If a competitor loses his/her transponder, he/she must report this loss at the next checkpoint. If he/she is not recorded at several checkpoints, he/she may be subject to a penalty up to and including the disqualification of his/her entire relay team, if it cannot be proven that he/she has correctly passed the route points.

Mandatory equipment

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships require specific items of equipment that competitors must wear or have with them. This does not apply to the Prologue. This mandatory equipment consists of a “basic mandatory equipment”and a “weather-related mandatory equipment”, depending on the weather conditions. All competitors must have the mandatory equipment which is announced during the race briefing with them throughout the competition (exception: Finish Loop for the runner of Loop 1/ Loop 2). It is NOT permitted to drop off or pick up any mandatory equipment on course or at special needs zones.

The Organiser will carry out checks before the start and on a random basis at the finish to ensure that competitors are carrying/wearing the required equipment/clothing during the competition. Any competitor who fails to carry/wear the required equipment/clothing will be disqualified. Competitors may already present their mandatory equipment for approval during the registration or when they pick up their start numbers for the relay.

If a competitor is carrying poles at the start, he/she must not put them down during the race, but must carry them until he/she has completed the loop. Conversely, it is not permitted to start without poles and pick them up at any point of the route.

BASIC MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

  • (foldable) cup or flask (no cups provided)
  • Carrying capacity for at least 0.5 liter of water or other drinks during the race (our recommendation: 1 liter)
  • Running backpack or vest
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Long-sleeve top and long pant
  • Long-sleeve top and long pant (The long-sleeve top may be replaced with an additional t-shirt plus arm warmers, which cover the forearm and the upper arm, i.e. the arm warmers must cover the elbow and above.)
  • Headlamp*
  • Whistle (can be integrated in trail running backpack or chest strap)
  • GPS device or watch or alternatively, printed version the of route map (issued at the race briefing)
  • Mobile telephone that is charged and switched on, and on which the GENERAL EMERGENCY number is saved in order to make emergency calls (it is essential to ensure that the mobile phone can make calls in Austria)
  • First aid kit (incl. 1 rescue blanket, 2 compresses 10×10 cm/ 4×4”, 2 gloves, 2 first aid dressings size M or 2m elastic adhesive bandage).**

*The headlamp is mandatory for all competitors racing on Loop 1.
For Loop 2 and Loop 3, it is the personal responsibility of each competitor to estimate his/her running time and be prepared to present the headlamp at the following checkpoints: Loop 2 Valeriehaus from 6pm, Loop 3 Biberalm from 7pm, and start of Loop 3 in the Alpen Arena from 5pm.  Competitors who don’t have their headlight with them at these checkpoints are taken out of the race. It is not permitted to pick up the headlamp on course or in a special needs zone. Competitors who disrespect this rule will be disqualified.

** Our recommendation in addition to the mandatory content of the first aid kit: 1 triangular bandage, 2 band-aid.

WEATHER SCENARIO COLD
In addition to the basic mandatory equipment competitors must have the following items of equipment with them:

  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof pant
  • Insulating top (long-sleeved) and insulating pant (long)

WEATHER SCENARIO HEAT
In addition to the basic mandatory equipment competitors must have the following items of equipment with them:

  • Cap
  • Carrying capacity for at least 1 liter of water
Starting positions

The process of lining up at the start for the Prologue will begin 30 minutes before the official start time.

The starting positions for the three-person relay race (Saturday) of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will be announced at the race briefing on Friday. Each starter is responsible for ensuring a punctual start. This means that he/she must be present at the start area / Alpenarena no later than 30 minutes before his/her individual start time. If a competitor makes a false/premature start, the Competition Management will impose a time penalty up to and including the immediate disqualification of his/her entire relay team.

Individual starts following injury / giving up / missed cut-off

In the case of one relay athlete injuring him/herself, giving up or missing the official cut-off time during a loop, the starter of the subsequent loop may still start on the last possible starting time (official cut-off time; Loop 2 at 10:00 am, Loop 3 at 7:00 pm).

In this case, the relay team is eliminated from the official results (DQ), however, the individual loop times of the single athletes will be put into the classement of the respective loop and will be taken into account for the ranking of fastest woman or man on the individual loops.

In order to participate in the team relay (pursuit start) all three relay runners of a team must cross the finish line of the Prologue prior to cut-off. However, it’s not mandatory that the athletes cross the finish line together.

In the case of one relay athlete injuring him/herself, giving up or missing the official cut-off time during the Prologue, the team is eliminated from the official results (DQ). The three athletes are still allowed to run their respective loop on the last possible starting time (Loop 1 at 5:00 am, Loop 2 at 10:00 am, Loop 3 at 7:00 pm), but they will not be taken into account for the ranking of fastest woman or man on the individual loops.

Assistance from third parties

No competitor may use the assistance of third parties (spectators, supervisors or other competitors) during the race, unless they fall, are injured or are involved in other emergency situations. The only exceptions are the provision of food, drink and replacement gear (special needs) directly at aid stations (i.e. within the range of vision, 50m before and behind). These aid stations are marked in the Call for Entrants and on the route map. It is clearly forbidden to drop off of pick up any mandatory equipment during the race.

If a competitor uses the services of third parties (e.g. recovery, first aid and rescue services), he/she must bear the costs arising from this.

By registering, the competitor authorises the Organiser to collect payment for the costs that arise for these services if such services are required by the Organiser, in order to keep the competitor safe.

When he/she registers, the competitor may take out an insurance policy for the weekend of the Event in order to be covered in the event of emergencies.

Time penalties and disqualification

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify competitors or impose time penalties on them if they break the competition rules, are guilty of grossly unsportsmanlike behaviour or gross misconduct towards helpers or third parties, and/or commit breaches of the laws of the State of Salzburg and of High Tauern National Park.

If a competitor is disqualified, the Organiser will not reimburse any of his/her costs, and all claims against the Organiser will cease to be valid as of the time of disqualification.

The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand are an outdoor running event in which competitors will be entirely on their own, i.e. will be travelling autonomously, for long stretches of the route. Competitors’ autonomy involves the ability of each competitor, despite the marked route, the provision of some degree of safeguarding for the route by various services (Medical Crew, mountain rescue, etc.) and the Organiser’s individual refreshment points, to find his/her own way round the route, to make his/her own decisions regarding all objective mountain hazards (darkness, rain, storms, fog, snowfall, ice, risk of falling, etc.) and his/her subjective capacities during the competition, and to feed him/herself and give him/herself drinks between the Organiser’s refreshment points. Even darkness (during night hours), difficult weather conditions (e.g. heavy rain or snowfall), adverse route conditions (e.g. wet or soft ground) and changes in the competitor’s capacities (e.g. tiredness or injury) do not relieve the competitor of this autonomy.

Every competitor will receive final information about the competition in his/her start documents. Even before this, every competitor is obliged to obtain the necessary information about the race via the adidas INFINITE TRAILS website (www.infinitetrails-worldchampionships.com).

A race briefing for the Prologue of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand and for the 15K RUN race will take place on Thursday June 25, 2020, at 5:45 pm at the Alpen Arena.

An extensive race briefing for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand will take place from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm (German) and 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm (English) on Friday after the Athlete’s Brunch at the Alpen Arena.

Participation in the race briefings is mandatory for all starters and will serve to ensure that they compete safely and successfully in the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand. You will receive your bib number for Saturday after the race briefing (3:00 pm – 5:30 pm).

Competitors who prematurely end their involvement in the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand must contact the Organiser to deregister without delay.

If a competitor drops out and does not deregister, he/she will bear the costs of any search carried out by the first aid and rescue staff.

Each competitor must have his/her own personal insurance cover for accidents and other damages. The Organiser accepts no liability for first aid and rescue costs in the event of an accident.

If it is necessary to do so in the interests of an accident victim, the official mountain rescue service will be alerted. From that point on, the latter will take charge of the rescue operation using the necessary resources, including helicopters. The person rescued must cover the costs that arise, and must also arrange their own return from the place of evacuation. The competitor him/herself is responsible for notifying his/her insurer of the incident in a timely manner and in accordance with the regulations.

If the Organiser needs to cover the costs of a rescue operation directly, the competitor or his/her insurer must reimburse the Organiser for these costs.

Every competitor is strongly advised to take out a (travel) health insurance policy which covers helicopter deployment and return transport.

You may book an additional accident insurance for the competition during the registration.
Paid entry fees cannot be refunded, though we recommend an additional ticket insurance, which will reimburse your entry fees if you are unable to take part in the race for health reasons (e.g. at ERV Reiseversicherung).

The Organiser reserves the right to carry out unannounced Anti-Doping-Control tests. These will be carried out by the national anti-doping agencies and evaluated and followed up according to their rules.

Every competitor who tests positive for doping will be immediately disqualified, as will his/her relay team. In this case, any prize money that has already been paid out must be paid back in full within 14 days.

Sustainability is an integral part of the Event concept for the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships Gastein / SalzburgerLand.

Because the race route passes through High Tauern National Park, competitors’ treatment of the environment will be rigorously monitored. If a competitor disposes of waste outside the checkpoints or refreshment points, or causes any intentional harm to nature, he/she and his/her entire relay team will be disqualified.

Each competitor may lodge a protest at the Race Office, in the event of rule breaches by other competitors or against the Race Management’s decisions up to the finish closing time, and may name witnesses. The Race Management will handle the protest and announce a decision within 24 hours. All named witnesses must appear when the protest is lodged. The protest fee is EUR 100.00.

If the protest fails, the protest fee will be retained by the Organiser. If a decision is made in favour of the protester, the fee will be returned to the latter.

The Regulations listed above and the breaches mentioned that may result in time penalties or disqualification are merely an excerpt, and other possible actions may also be subject to penalties.

Results

Here are the results of the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships 2019