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REGULATIONS 2023

The runner's commitment, mandatory equipment, race bib requirements, checkpoints and aid stations, you will find the complete rules and regulations for your participation of the UTMB Mont-Blanc races for the UTMB, CCC, TDS, OCC, MCC, ETC and YCC.

THE EVENT AND THE RACES


ORGANIZATION

UTMB Group organizes the UTMB Mont-Blanc in collaboration with the Trailers du Mont Blanc association and the support of the municipalities of Chamonix, Courmayeur, Orsières, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Houches, Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc, Servoz, Vallorcine, Hauteluce, Beaufort, Séez, Les Contamines Montjoie, La Thuile, Pré Saint Didier, Morgex, Martigny-Combe, Trient and Bovernier.

ACCEPTING THE RULES AND ETHICS OF THE RACE


Participating in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc events implies full and unreserved acceptance of the regulations presented hereinafter, the ethics of the event and any instructions addressed by the organization to the participants.

THE EVENT AND THE RACES


The UTMB Mont-Blanc is an event which includes several races in the back country, winding through the great hiking routes of the Mont-Blanc and the Beaufort region. Each event takes place in one single stage, at an undefined pace and within a time limit.

  • L’UTMB® : around 171 km and about 10 000 meters elevation gain, starts from Chamonix, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 46 hrs 30 mins. Around 2300 runners.
  • La CCC® : around 101 km and about 6 100 meters elevation gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 26 hrs 30 mins. Around 1900 runners.
  • La TDS® : around 145 km and about 9 100 meters elevation gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 44 hrs. Around 1600 runners.
  • L’OCC : earound 56 km and about 3 500 meters elevation gain, starts from Orsières, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 14hrs 30 mins. Around 1200 runners.
  • La MCC : around 40 km and about 2300 meters elevation gain, starts from Martigny-Combe, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 10 hours. The race is reserved for volunteers, members of the organization, partners and local runners (i.e. people living in Valais, Aosta Valley, Savoie and Haute-Savoie). A lottery will be carried out if there are more applications than the number of places available. Around 1000 runners.
  • L'ETC : around 15km and about 1300 meters elevation gain, starts from Courmayeur, in semi-autonomy. Cut-off time for finishing is 4 hrs. The race is reserved for runners 23 years and older.
  • La PTL® : his event is significantly different from the other events and has its own regulations.
  • La YCC : a challenge dedicated to young runners born between 2001 and 2009 with a trail running race in Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon (between 5 and 15km depending on the categories) and a second short and innovative run taking place in Chamonix the following day. Around 300 runners. This race has its own regulations.

Staggered starts may be used to make the races more fluid. The start list is defined according to the UTMB Index criteria.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND REGISTRATION

Click here to consult the UTMB® CCC® OCC 2023 registration conditions
Click here to consult the PTL® TDS® MCC ETC YCC 2023 registration conditions.

The races are open to any person born in or before 2003 (categoriesespoirs to veteran). To validate their registration, runners must:

  1. Provide a specific medical certificate (). It must be uploaded to their runner's account before May 31st 2023 (The UTMB organization does not accept any medical certificates sent by email or mail). If the medical certificate is not uploaded by this date, the registration will be cancelled without refund. Warning: as per the FFA regulations, all medical certificates must be provided in French. We strongly advise you to use our official medical certificate template (already including the translation). Any untranslated certificate will not be accepted.() (*) each runner will receive a confirmation email with the official medical certificate form attached.

  2. Before July 31st, 2023, complete all the additional actions (required to finalize the registration (declaration on honor, decide where to collect their race bib, shuttle booking, t-shirt size, telephone number, etc.) via an online form available on the runner’s account.

Runners will not be allowed to collect their race pack unless they have uploaded the medical certificate and completed all required actions by the deadline.

ENTRY FEE

It is only possible to register on our website and via secure payment by credit card.

Fees:

UTMB ® : 355€
CCC® : 220€
TDS® : 250€
OCC : 135€
MCC : 85€ (54€ for volunteers from previous years)
ETC : 45€

Including the 2023 films in HD streaming, a personalized souvenir video clip (based on webcam images), 1.5€ Eco fee per person to finance the cleaning, repairing and maintenance of the trails, and 13€ for the 2023 membership of the Trailers du Mont-Blanc association.The fee covers all the services as per the current regulations. It does not include, however, 8% bank charges to be paid at the time of registration.

Registration is personal and final. It will not be refunded for any reason whatsoever, unless otherwise provided for in these rules. It is forbidden to transfer the entry to another race or to another person for any reason whatsoever.

RUNNER'S COMMITMENT


To participate in the UTMB Mont-Blanc events, in particular the UTMB, CCC and TDS, it is essential:
  1. To be completely aware of the length and specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it;
  2. To have a real capacity for personal autonomy in the mountains (1) allowing for the runner to manage any sort of problems that might occur during this type of event:
    1. Know how to face up to weather conditions which could be very difficult to deal with at high altitude (night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow) without any help.
    2. Know how to manage, including when alone, physical or mental problems arising from a great fatigue - such as digestive problems, muscle or articular pains, small wounds...
    3. To be totally aware that the organization’s role is not to help a runner manage these problems.
    4. To be totally aware that for such an activity in the mountains, security depends on the runner's ability to adapt to these problems

  3. (1)participating in the UTMB® World Series circuit is useful for acquiring this experience (see paragraph REGISTRATION CONDITIONS), but not necessarily sufficient.

  4. That runners inform their crews that they must respect nature, people and the regulations of the race.
  5. To accept to receive newsletters providing information about the event.

SEMI AUTONOMY

The races must be completed in semi-autonomy. The UTMB® Mont-Blanc events take place in one single stage, at an undefined pace, within the cut-off times which are different for each race. Semi-autonomy means being able to be self-sufficient in the itinerary between two aid stations - in terms of food, clothing and security equipment - and be able to manage unexpected situations or sudden problems (bad weather, physical problems, injury...) This implies the following rules:

  1. Runners must always carry with them all items of the mandatory gear checklist (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). They have to carry their equipment in a pack, tagged during race-pack collection, which cannot be changed along the race route. At any moment of the race, the race directors might verify the pack and its contents. The runner must accept these checks or they might be excluded from the race.

  2. Aid stations supply fluids and food to be consumed on site. The organization only supplies still water or energizing drinks for filling water bottles or hydration packs. Runners should make sure that they have, when leaving the aid station, the necessary fluids and food to keep them going until the following aid station.For slower runners, the longest sections without any aid stations can last more than 4hrs during the UTMB, more than 3hrs during the CCC and OCC and more than 6hrs during the TDS.

  3. During the UTMB®, CCC® and TDS®, crews are only allowed to enter aid stations (*) specifically designated for crews. Crews may only enter the area specifically designated for them and must comply with all instructions of aid station team leader and staff. Runners may only have one assistant, without specific equipment other than a bag with a maximum volume of 30 liters. Assistance given by a team of professionals, or any medic or paramedic, is strictly forbidden. A part from this area, the rest of the aid station is strictly reserved for runners. No assistance is allowed, at any point along the race route, during the OCC, MCC, ETC and YCC.

  4. Runners may only be accompanied in the areas where assistance is allowed - these areas are clearly marked in the proximity of the aid station. It is forbidden to accompany or be accompanied along any part of the race route by someone who is not registered for the race.

(*) Personal assistance is allowed at the following aid stations : UTMB : Les Contamines Montjoie, Courmayeur, Champex, Trient, Vallorcine. CCC : Champex, Trient, Vallorcine. TDS : Bourg St Maurice, Beaufort, Les Contamines Montjoie It is forbidden at all other aid stations, as well as at any other point along the race route. OCC, MCC, ETC, YCC : no assistance is allowed at any point of the race

EQUIPMENT

In order to ensure their security and the smooth running of the each event, each participant must carry with them all the items listed in the mandatory equipment checklist (see below).The “heat-wave” and “cold weather” kits are part of the mandatory equipment. According to the weather conditions, the organization might require one of those three additional kits and inform each participant before the opening of the race-pack collection. Each participant must therefore present their mandatory equipment - including the additional kit requested by the organization - in order to get their race bib, and agree to keep it with them throughout the event.

Please note: the items included in the mandatory equipment checklist are the basic pieces, which each trail-runner must adapt according to their own skills. In particular, you should not choose the lightest possible clothing but prefer clothing that really provides good protection in the mountains against cold, wind and snow, and therefore better safety and performance.


UTMB, CCC, & TDS mandatory equipment checklist

Basic kit

  • Running pack to carry mandatory kit throughout the race.
  • Smartphone with LiveRun application installed and activated with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries. The runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race: Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties. An external battery is highly recommended.
  • Reusable beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Minimum water supply: at least 1 liter
  • 2 working torches with spare cells/batteries for each torch Recommendation : 200 lumens or more for the main torch
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle
  • Self-adhering elastic bandage for bandaging or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 power bars each of 65g )
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made of a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Goretex, Outdry etc.) *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber **RET recommended inferior to 13
  • The jacket must, imperatively, have an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
  • The seams must be sealed.
  • The jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back)-since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability- are accepted. The runner must judge whether, according to the beforementioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of leggings and socks to cover the legs completely
  • Cap or bandana or Buff®
  • Additional warm second layer: a warm second layer top with long sleeves (excluding cotton) weighing at least 180g (men's size medium - M) OR the combination of a long-sleeved warm undergarment (first or second layer, excluding cotton) weighing at least 110g (men's size medium-M) and a windproof jacket* with durable water-repellent protection (DWR protection) *the wind-proof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket, and vice versa
  • Hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof overpants
  • Photo ID – passport/ID card

Hot weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Sunglasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sunscreen - Recommendation: minimum sun protection factor (SPF) 50
  • Minimum water supply: 2 liters

Cold weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Protective eyewear ***
  • 3rd warm layer (intermediary layer between the 2nd layer and the waterproof jacket)
  • Sturdy, closed-toe trail-running shoes (minimalist or ultralight shoes excluded)
  • Recommendation: fleece or compressible down jacket
  • Recommendation: Hiking poles

*** it is possible to use the same glasses if they are suitable both for the sun and bad weather (such as glasses with photo-chromatic lenses)

All clothing items must fit the runner - in terms of size - and they must not be altered in any way after leaving the manufacturer. The mandatory gear must be carried in a running pack for the duration of the whole race. The running pack is tagged during race-pack collection and must not be changed during the race..

Other recommended equipment (including but not limited to)

  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • Reusable bowl
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elastic bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit
  • GPS watch
  • At least 20€ cash (just in case...).

If you choose to take hiking poles with you, you must carry them for the duration of the whole race. It is forbidden to take the start without poles and get them during the course of the race. No poles are authorized in the spare bags. For safety or environmental reasons, poles are forbidden in certain zones along the route. These areas are marked by specific signs.

If you have further questions about mandatory equipment, do not hesitate to consult our FAQs.

OCC MCC mandatory equipment checklist

Basic kit

  • Running pack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.
  • Smartphone with LiveRun application installed and activated with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries. The runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race : Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties. An external battery is highly recommended.
  • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Minimum water supply: 1 liter
  • 1 working torch with spare cell/batteries (except MCC) Recommandation : 200 lumens or more
  • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle
  • Self-adhering elastic bandage for bandaging or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food reserve : Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energizing bars each of 65gr)
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry, Goretex, etc.) *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber **RET recommended inferior to 13
  • The jacket must, imperatively, have an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
  • The seams must be sealed.
  • The jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back) -since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability- are accepted. The runner must judge whether, according to the beforementioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of legging and socks which cover the legs completely
  • Cap or bandana or Buff®
  • Photo ID card or passport

Hot weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Sunglasses ***
  • Saharan cap or any combination which completely covers the head and nape of the neck
  • Sunscreen - Recommendation: minimum sun protection factor (SPF) 50
  • Minimum water supply: 2 liters

Cold weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Additional warm second layer: a warm second layer top with long sleeves (excluding cotton) weighing at least 180g (men's size medium - M) OR the combination of a longsleeved warm undergarment (first or second layer, excluding cotton) weighing at least 110g (men's size medium - M) and a windproof jacket* with durable water-repellent protection (DWR protection)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Waterproof overpants
  • Recommendation: 3rd warm layer (intermediary layer between the 2nd layer and the waterproof jacket)
  • Recommendation: Hiking poles

All clothing items must fit the runner - in terms of size - and they must not be altered in any way after leaving the manufacturer. The mandatory gear must be carried in a running pack for the duration of the whole race. The running pack is tagged during race-pack collection and must not be changed during the race.

Additional recommended equipment (non-exhaustive checklist)

  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream
  • Reusable bowl
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elastic bandage
  • Emergency sewing kit
  • GPS watch
  • At least 20€ cash (just in case...).

If you choose to take hiking poles with you, you have to carry them during the whole race. It is forbidden to take the start without poles and get them during the course of the race. No poles are authorized in the spare bags. For safety or environmental reasons, poles are forbidden in certain zones along the route. These areas are marked by specific signs.

If you have further questions about mandatory equipment, do not hesitate to consult our FAQs.

ETC mandatory equipment checklist

Basic kit

  • Smartphone with LiveRun application installed and activated with international roaming allowing for its use in the three countries. The runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race : Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties. An external battery is highly recommended.
  • Reusable cup 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted)
  • Stock of water minimum ½ liter
  • Survival blanket 1.40m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle

Very strongly recommended

  • Food reserve. Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energizing bars each of 65gr)
  • GPS watch
  • At least 20€ cash (just in case...)

Cold weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. Outdry, Goretex, etc.) *minimum recommended 10 000 Schmerber **RET recommended inferior to 13
  • The jacket must, imperatively, have an integrated hood or one which is attached to the jacket by the original system designed for that purpose by the manufacturer.
  • The seams must be sealed.
  • The jacket must not have sections of fabric which are not waterproof, but air vents fitted by the manufacturer (under-arm, in the back) -since they do not damage in any obvious way the impermeability- are accepted. The runner must judge whether, according to the beforementioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of legging and socks which cover the legs completely.
  • Warm and water-proof gloves
  • Recommendation: 3rd warm layer (intermediary layer between the 2nd layer and the waterproof jacket)

Hot weather kit (may be required by the organization, depending on weather conditions)

  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or hat
  • ½ liter of additional water

Hiking poles are authorized throughout the race. If the participant chooses to start the race with poles, they must be kept with them for the duration of the race. It is however, forbidden to start the race without them and get them later.

INSURANCE

Each participant must have an insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue and evacuation in France, Italy and Switzerland. Such insurance can be taken out with any organization of the runner's choice- e.g. the Fédération Française d'Athlétisme via the subscription to a 'Pass’Running, Pass J’aime Courir' - or a license.

UTMB Group has set up, with Assurinco, a repatriation insurance to help you in your practice of Trail Running but not only.

For 49€ / year, you can subscribe to an insurance that guarantees you a worldwide coverage for your rescue, repatriation and medical care expenses (including helicopter rescue) in the context of your trail running practice whether it is for training, competitions or even for your reconnaissance outings.

The following disciplines are also covered: hiking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. You are also covered if you are a professional. This insurance is mandatory on the UTMB® Mont-Blanc and the UTMB® World Series and is valid for 1 year. The general conditionscan be found HERE.

NB: you pay for your own helicopter evacuation. The choice of evacuation method depends on the organization, who will put the runner's security first.

The choice of the method of evacuation and the choice of hospital depends on the search and rescue and medical officials.

Expenses arising from the use of exceptional methods of rescue or evacuation must be paid by the person rescued who will also have to pay their return from the place to where they were evacuated. It falls to the runner to create their file and present it to their insurance company within the stated deadline.

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

When registering for one of the UTMB® events, participants agree to respect the environment and the natural areas they pass through. In particular:

  • Littering is strictly forbidden (gel tubes, paper, organic detritus, plastic wrappers...). Trash/rubbish bins are available at each aid station and they must be used. The race stewards will be checking all along the race route.

  • All participants must keep their rubbish and wrappers with them until they can throw them in the bins at an aid station. Runners should carry a bag or pouch to carry their waste until the next bin. Plastic bags for soiled paper are handed out with the race-bibs. They must be used for collecting any paper used during any urgent need along the route.

  • You must follow the paths as they are way-marked, without short-cutting them. In fact, short-cutting a path causes erosion thus damaging the site.

  • ANo disposable dishes (cutlery, cups, bowls) will be distributed at any check point or aid station. This is to reduce the plastic waste by runners, as well as by the volunteers of the UTMB. . We invite you to bring your own utensils if you wish to eat hot meals at the aid stations.

ELITE RUNNERS

Being an international elite runner gives rights and duties. They are as below:

RIGHTS:The slots allocated to elite runners on the UTMB World Series Finals are strictly reserved for those who qualify by participating in a UTMB® World Series Event or UTMB World Series Major in the 15 months preceding the UTMB World Series Finals.

UTMB WORLD SERIES EVENT: Each UTMB World Series Event includes at least one qualifying race in the 50K, 100K and/or 100M category. For each race of 50K, 100K and/or 100M, the top 3 male and top 3 female runners win a slot for the next edition of the UTMB World Series Finals race of the same category. Athletes will have to pay for that bib.

UTMB WORLD SERIES MAJOR: Each UTMB World Series Major includes one qualifying race in each category 50K, 100K and 100M. For each race of 50K, 100K and 100M, the top 10 male and top 10 female runners win a slot for the next edition of the UTMB World Series Finals race of the same category. Athletes will have to pay for that bib.

If a UTMB World Series event offers multiple races in the same category, only one of these races will be considered a qualifying race for the elite runners to enter the corresponding Final and the elites must choose their race accordingly.

CHANGE OF RACE CATEGORY: The top 10 men and women (UTMB World Series Majors) and top 3 men and women (UTMB World Series Events) win direct entry into the corresponding Final. Runners may request to change category, this will be assessed based on the runner’s performance and availability in the other race, changes are not guaranteed. Requests must be received before June 15th to the Race Direction(info@utmb.world).

LUCKY LOSER: If, among the top 10 male and female (UTMB World Series Majors) and top 3 male and female (UTMB World Series Events) some runners do not want (or do not need – because they already got one) to use their slot to enter UTMB World Series Finals, the slots will be kept for a special one go allocation in the first half of June. These slots, as well as any other slots available for any other reason, will be offered to the finishers of a minimum one UTMB World Series Event or UTMB World Series Major qualifying race of 50K, 100K or 100M in the past year, ordered on the base of the best UTMB Index. If a runner doesn’t take the slot, this slot will be offered to the next runner; and so on until all the slots will be allocated.

RACES TAKING PLACE LESS THAN 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE UTMB MONT-BLANC:

The qualification period is open over 15 months to allow elite runners to better manage their calendar and their recovery periods. Therefore, for races taking place 3 months before the UTMB World Series Finals, any qualified elite runner can choose whether to participate in the UTMB World Series Finals the same year or only the following year. We could consider giving a wild card for a shorter race for the same year for those runners who decide to use their entry slot for the Final in which they have a slot in the following year.

PERFORMANCE SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR AGE GROUP ATHLETES

Qualification for the finals is also possible thanks to the classification in the age category for finishers of the UTMB World Series Majors. The rule is as follows:

  • Overall allocation of approximately 55 bibs for age category per race
  • At least one bib is assigned for each age category represented
  • Other bibs are awarded in proportion to the number of runners present in each age category

ELITE RUNNERS AND TDS : Special rules apply for the TDS, based on the UTMB Index in the 100M category:

Men   Women  
Free entry without lottery  >880>760
Direct entry xithout lottery but entry fee to be paid  >800>675

DUTIES: All elite runners agree to:

  • Attend to any press conference and official ceremony they are invited to;
  • Attend to any prize-giving ceremony that may concern them;
  • Attend to any prize-giving ceremony that may concern them;

PRIZE MONEY:

  • Since 2018, the UTMB organization has decided to devote part of its budget to the recognition of high level athletes by introducing an award system. This is to highlight the virtuous circle bonding the athletes and the event, an exchange of visibility in which the two parts participate in the success of the event. In 2023, awards will be given for the following races : UTMB, CCC, OCC.
  • Prize money are considered as income by the State. Athletes residing in France must include it in their income tax return. For athletes living abroad, a 15% withholding tax is collected by the State before the payment of the bonus by the organization.
  • Prize money is paid within 2 months after the event. The organization has the right to delay the payment to any runner until they have fulfilled their obligations as per the race regulations, in particular with regard to the Health Programme.

The amount of the prize money will be communicated soon.

RIGHTS FOR IMAGES

Every competitor expressly foregoes the right for any images during the event, just as they renounce any right of appeal to the organizers and their partners for the use of their image. Only the organization can transfer this right for images to any media, via an accreditation or relevant license. Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® and PTL® are legally registered trademarks. All communication about the event or the use of images from the event must respect the name of the event, the registered trademarks and have official approval from the organization.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS

Runners who are sponsored can only display their sponsor's logos on their clothing and equipment during the race. All other sponsoring items - such as flags or banners - are forbidden along the race route including at the finishing line. Breaking these rule might give rise to a penalty decided by the race directors.

POLITICAL EXPRESSION

As per our ethical charter, any ostentatious display of political messages or images during the event is prohibited.

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION POLICY

According to the French Data Protection Act of August 6th 1978, and in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (EU RGPD 2016/679), any competitor has the right to access and amend every information concerning them.

The information is collected as part of a registration for one of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc races, for the needs of the organization and in particular to identify each competitor in order to communicate them information related to his/her participation before, during or after the event. The runner's data is kept in the database for 10 years. This period is renewable at each registration and corresponds to the legal data retention period of the medical and non-contraindication to the practice of athletics or running in competition certificate, or the sports card. After 10 years, and unless the runner authorizes the organization to keep their data, all data are deleted except the runner's surname, first name, date of birth, gender and nationality to maintain the rankings. Any runner can access their personal data on their runner’s account which is available at the following link. Any request for data modification must be sent to:

  1. By mail to the address below : DPO UTMB UTMB Group 31 rue du Lyret 74400 Chamonix

  2. By email to : dpo@utmb.world

Any request for access or personal data modification will be processed as soon as possible and within 1 month of receiving it.

RACE ORGANIZATION: GENERAL OVERVIEW

RACE BIBS

Race bibs are handed over to each runner upon presentation of:

  • A valid photo ID
  • Your race pack and all items on the mandatory equipment checklist.

The race bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and must remain permanently and completely visible during the whole race. It must always be placed on top of all clothing and must not be positioned on a leg or on the pack. The runner’s name and partner's logos must not be altered or hidden. The bib is the pass to access the shuttles, buses, aid stations, medical points, rest rooms, showers, bag drop-off or pick-up areas... The bib is only withdrawn if the runner refuses to comply with the race director’s decision. If the runner abandons the race, the bib is cut and deactivated.

UTMB elite 1 (start 18:00) : bib 1 - 36 UTMB elite 2 (start 18:00) : bib 41 - 182

CCC elite (start 09:00) : bib 3001 - 3285

CCC 1 (start 09:00) : bib 3301 - 3835 CCC 2 (start 09:15) : bib 3901 - 4710 CCC 3 (start 09:30) : bib 4801 - 5610

OCC elite (start 08:15) : bib 6001 - 6290

OCC 1 (start 08:15) : bib 6301 - 6628 OCC 2 (start 08:45) : bib 6701 - 7308 OCC 3 (start 09:15) : bib 7401 - 8008

TDS elite : bib 9001 - 9096

MCC 1 (start 10:00) : bib 12001 - 12622 MCC 2 (start 10:15) : bib 13001 - 13622

DROP BAGS / SPARE BAGS

UTMB : at the bib distribution and race pack check, each participant receives a 30 liter bag. After filling it with the items of their choice and closing it, they can drop it off at the welcome center in Chamonix, inside the sport center. The bag is taken to Courmayeur by the organization. Upon arriving in Courmayeur runners must withdraw their bag. When they leave the aid station they must leave - in person - their bag in the allotted area. The bags are then returned to Chamonix. NB: No drop bags in Champex.

CCC : at the bib distribution and race pack check, each participant receives a 30 liter bag which they can fill with their belongings, leaving it in the allotted area near the start. The bag is then returned to Chamonix. NB: No drop bags in Champex.

TDS : at the race pack check, each participant receives 2 x 30 liter bags. 1 bag is to be left just before the start and it must contain the belongings not needed during the race which will therefore be returned to the finishing line. 1 bag (not mandatory) for any personal belongings required at the Beaufort aid station. During the race, each runner must get their bag when arriving in Beaufort and deposit it again, in the allotted area, before leaving so that it can be returned to Chamonix.The 2 bags are to be left in the allotted area near the starting line.

OCC : at the bib distribution and race pack check,each participant receives a 30 liter bag which they can fill with their belongings, leaving it in the allotted area near the starting line. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.

MCC : at the bib distribution and race pack check, each participant receives a 30 liter bag which they can fill with their belongingsleaving it in the allotted area near the starting line. The bag is then returned to Chamonix.

ETC : each competitor has the possibility to deposit his own bag near the start in Courmayeur.

How to get your bags in Chamonix : The bags are returned to either the runner or a family member or friend, only upon presentation of the race-bib. The bags must be retrieved no later than 2 hours after the end of the race. After that time, the runner must come, in person, to retrieve their bag, at their own cost, at the organization headquarters in Chamonix.

The organization will take to Chamonix the bags of runners who drop out, on condition that their withdrawal is registered. Because of logistical factors, the organization cannot guarantee that all bags are brought to Chamonix before the end of the race.

Only bags supplied by the organization will be transported. Poles are not allowed in these bags. As the items in the bags are neither checked nor controlled, we will accept no claims on that matter. We recommend not to put any valuable items in the bags. We advise you to keep toiletries and spare clothes in Chamonix.

AID STATIONS

Along the race route, there are some points where runners can get food and fluids. Aid stations supply fluids and food for consuming in situ. The organization supplies still water and energizing drinks for filling water bottles/hydration packs and a personal beaker is mandatory. The runner must make sure, when leaving the aid station, that they have the necessary quantity of food and fluids to keep them going until the next aid station. For further information concerning aid stations, visit the page “aid stations”

To enter the aid stations, runners must wear their race bib. The race guide and the relevant pages on our web-site provide an exhaustive list of aid stations pand what kind of food/fluids runners may find there.

CHECK POINTS

Runners are checked upon arrival at an aid station and at some security points. **Unexpected check points are set up along the route. **Their location is not communicated to runners

WAY-MARKING

Way markers are made of a yellow reflective material that catches the light from your headlamp, so that you can easily spot them even at night. WARNING: if you can't see any way marker, you are probably on the wrong path, so turn back! Because we respect the environment, we do not use any paint on the trails.

TIME LIMIT AND CUT-OFF TIMES

The cut-off time for finishing each race is:

  • UTMB : 46 hrs 30 mins
  • CCC : 26 hrs 30 mins
  • TDS : 44 hrs
  • OCC : 14hrs 30 mins
  • MCC : 10hrs
  • ETC : 4hrs

The cut-off times are calculated according to the start of the last “wave” of runners.

You may find the time limit (cut-off times) for leaving the main aid stations on our web site and in the Runner's Guide. In case of any changes (see Exceptional Conditions), the new cut-off times will be announced via SMS/text message.

Cut-off times are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish within the time limit.. In order to be authorized to continue a race, all participants must leave the check point/aid station before the cut-off time. (whatever their time of arrival at the check point).

All participants excluded from the race who wish to continue the route can only do so after having returned their race bib and under their own responsibility and in complete autonomy.

SECURITY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

There are several medical stations along the route. These stations are directly linked to the race security HQ (+33 9 72 16 67 25). There is medical staff at the race security HQ in Chamonix during the events. Medical stations are intended to assist any person in danger with the organization's own or public means.

It is up to a runner in trouble or seriously hurt to call for the help:

  • By going to a medical aid station
  • By calling the race HQ
  • By asking another runner to alert the security service
  • By using the SOS app LiveRun

Every runner must give assistance to any person in danger and alert the security services. If you are unable to call the race HQ, and only if it is an absolute emergency, you may call directly one of the national security services (especially if you are crossing an area where only emergency calls are possible).

  • 112 (France and Italy)
  • 144 (Switzerland)

Do not forget that any kind of unexpected events - linked to the environment and the race - could make you wait for help longer than expected. Your safety therefore depends upon the quality of the items that you have put in your pack.

All medical, paramedical, first aid and guide staff, as well as any person appointed by the race direction are able to :

  • exclude from the race any participant who is deemed to be unable to continue the event
  • demand to any competitor to use any item of the mandatory equipment
  • evacuate by any means the runners they deem to be in danger
  • refer patients to the most appropriate care structure

If a runner's state of health justifies treatment via intravenous drip, the runner shall compulsorily withdraw from the race.

There is an infirmary in Chamonix available for runners with severe medical problems. Comfort care is based on decision of the medical staff within the limits of the availability. Runners must stay on the marked path, even when they sleep. If you need to sleep along the way, you are highly recommended to use the "sleep bib" supplied by the organization. This bib clarifies that you need to take a little nap without being disturbed. Runners who voluntarily venture from the way-marked course are no longer under the responsibility of the organization.

FINISH

When you finish your race, you will receive the finisher's gift. A post-race meal is served at the UCPA in Chamonix.

SHOWERS

Runners may take a shower only at the end of the race. Runners need to show their race bib in order to enter the shower. During the race, showers - when available - are only accessible on medical advice. Access to the rest room and showers at the finish is strictly limited to barefoot runners.

REST

Runners of the UTMB, CCC and TDS may use the rest area in Chamonix. This room is strictly reserved for runners who have just finished their race. In no way does this constitute a solution for accommodation for the entire night. Runners having finished their race and wishing to prolong their stay must have their own accommodation. UTMB (only): At les Chapieux, Courmayeur and Champex, each competitor can benefit from a rest area (with camp beds and blankets).

RANKING AND AWARDS

For each race, there is a general ranking - men and women - and a category ranking - men and women - (see below further details for each category). UTMB: the first 10 men and the first 10 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 runners of each category receive a trophy and a prize. CCC, TDS, OCC : the first 5 men and the first 5 women in the general ranking, as well as the first 3 runners in each category receive a trophy and a prize. MCC, ETC : the first 3 men and the first 3 women in the general ranking, as well as the first runners in each category receive a trophy and a prize.

Results for all participants on www.utmb.world.com. Finisher Diploma can be downloaded from the runner's account - "registration history" tab. www.utmb.world.

UTMB® World Series Age Categories
20 - 34
35 - 39
40 - 44
45 - 49
50 - 54
55 - 59
60 - 64
65 - 69
70 - 74
75 - 79
80 - 84
85+

DROP OUT AND EVACUATION

Except in case of injury, a runner wishig to abandon the race must do so only at a check point. They must inform the check point team leader or report their drop out via the LiveRun app and inform the race HQ. If a runner wishes to abandon while on the route between 2 checkpoints, they must reach the nearest checkpoint where they must report their drop out.Runners who drop out must keep their race bib because it is the pass to access shuttles, buses, meals, treatment rooms... Evacuation works as follows: -Buses are available at some aid stations - marked by a pictogram «bus» on time charts - to take runners who drop out back to Chamonix.

  • Runners who abandon at any other aid station or check point but whose state of health does not require them to be evacuated must return as quickly as possible and by their own means to the nearest point of evacuation.
  • As for aid stations or security points accessible by car or 4x4:

-- after the closing of the aid station/security points, the organization might repatriate any runners who have abandoned and haven't left the aid station yet. -- in the event of bad weather conditions justifying the partial or total stop of the race, the organization will make sure that all runners are repatriated as soon as possible

PENALTIES - DISQUALIFICATION

If a runner breaks the rules, race directors and aid stations’/security points' team leaders can instantly apply (*) a penalty according to the following chart:

UTMB, CCC, TDS


BREACH OF REGULATION PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Short-cutting the route At the race director's discretion
Missing item(s) of the mandatory equipment checklist (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 liter, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no smartphone) Disqualification
Absence of other mandatory equipment items (race leggings or long trousers, only one torch, cap or bandana, hat, warm and waterproof gloves, long-sleeved top, waterproof over-trousers, whistle, self-adhesive elastic bandage, food reserve, reusable cup) 1 hour penalty
Refusal to have mandatory equipment checked Disqualification
Smartphone turned off or in airplane mode 15 min penalty
Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their entourage 1 hour penalty
Lack of respect for others (organization or runners) Note: a participant whose supporters are rude and/or refuse to respect the organization’s instructions will be penalized. Disqualification
Not assisting a person in difficulty (in need of care) Disqualification
Assistance outside of authorized areas 1 hour penalty
Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of an aid station. 15 min penalty
Cheating (eg.: use of a means of transport, sharing a race bib, …) Immediate disqualification for life
Lack of visible race bib 15 min penalty
Wearing a non-conforming race bib 15 minute penalty (during which time the runner places their race bib in a manner which conforms to the rules)
Dangerous behavior (eg. : poles with unprotected points orientated towards runners or spectators)) 15 min penalty
No electronic chip According to the race directors' decision
No passage through a checkpoint According to the race directors' decision
Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, aid station’s team leader, doctors or search and rescue staff. Disqualification
Refusal of anti-doping test The runner will be sanctioned in the same manner as they would be for drug taking
Departure from a check point after the time barrier Disqualification
Pack not tagged 1 hour penalty
Use of poles not carried from the beginning of the race 1 hour penalty

(*) The time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, that's to say that the runner has to interrupt their race for the duration of the penalty time.

Any other breach of the rules will be subject to a penalty decided by the Race Directors.

OCC MCC ETC


BREACH OF REGULATION PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Short-cutting the route At the race director's discretion
Missing item(s) of the mandatory equipment checklist (no water supply of a volume of a minimum of 1 liter, no waterproof jacket with hood, no torch, no survival blanket, no smartphone) Immediate Disqualification
Absence of other mandatory equipment items (race leggings or long trousers, only one torch, cap or bandana, hat, warm and waterproof gloves, long-sleeved top, waterproof overtrousers, whistle, self-adhesive elasticated bandage, food reserve, reusable cup) 30 minute penalty
Refusal to have mandatoryequipment checked Disqualification
Smartphone turned off or in airplane mode 10 minute penalty
Discarding of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their entourage 30 minute penalty
Lack of respect for others (organization or runners) Note: a participant whose supporters are rude and/or refuse to respect the organization’s instructions will be penalized Disqualification
Not assisting a person in difficulty (in need of care) Disqualification
Assistance outside of authorized areas 30 minute penalty
Being accompanied along the route outside the clearly defined zones of tolerance in the vicinity of an aid station. 10 minute penalty
Cheating (eg.: use of a means of transport, sharing a race bib, …) Immediate disqualification for life
Lack of visible race-bib 10 minute penalty
Wearing a non-conforming race bib 10 minute penalty (during which time the runner places their race-bib in a manner which conforms to the rules)
Dangerous behavior (eg. : poles with unprotected points towards runners or spectators) 10 minute penalty
No electronic chip According to the race directors' decision
No passage through a check point According to the race directors' decision
Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race stewards, aid station’s team leader, doctors or search and rescue staff. Disqualification
Refusal of anti-doping control The runner will be sanctioned in the same manner as they would be for drug taking
Departure from a check point after the time barrier Disqualification
Pack not tagged 30 minute penalty
Use of poles not carried from the beginning of the race 30 minute penalty

COMPLAINTS

Any complaint must be sent by email, within 10 days after the end of the event.

EXCEPTIONAL CONDITIONS

If necessary, the organization reserves the right to modify at any time the routes, starting times, cutoff times, the position of aid stations and medical stations, and any other aspect related to the smooth running of the events. In case of force majeure, bad weather conditions or any other circumstance endangering the participants' safety, the organization reserves the right to:

  • Postpone the start of the race
  • modify the cut-off times
  • change the start date
  • adapt the race’s course
  • cancel the event
  • neutralize the event
  • stop the race in progress

COVID19 PANDEMIC SANITARY RULES

Depending on how the health situation evolves, the organization may apply more stringent rules in order to respect the current sanitary regulations (social distancing, barrier gestures) such as: -wearing masks and sanitize hands at each crowded point (race pack collection, start area, aid stations, finish area, drop off bags area, transport, post-race meals, etc.).

  • staggered starts (may result in significant changes to scheduled start times)
  • adapt or relocate some aid stations
  • no self-service at the aid stations (table service performed by staff members)
  • race bib delivery or adapted race bib collection
  • no assistance zones
  • limited number of spectators or no spectators at all
  • crowd flow control

The organization will implement these measures depending on the evolution of the situation and the regulations in France, Switzerland and Italy.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RUNNER'S GUIDE

The runner's guide may be downloaded from our web-site montblanc.utmb.world as of June. It includes maps of the route and practical information such as the cut-off times, aid stations, medical stations, check points and the location of aid stations where assistance is allowed.

FILMS

2023 films will be available for preview on the runner's account as of November.

CIVIL LIABILITY

The organization takes out a third party insurance for the duration of the event. This civil liability insurance guarantees the financial consequences of its liability, that of its employees and that of the participants.

CANCELLATION OF A REGISTRATION

Refund without insurance:

If the runner does not take out insurance, no refund will be possible.

Registration cancellation insurance

The purpose of this cancellation insurance is to allow the runner to be fully reimbursed for the registration fee if he/she wishes to cancel his/her registration fee if he/she wishes to cancel his/her registration for the reasons described in the general conditions of sale of the insurance, available below:

General terms and conditions of sale : https://www.refundable.me/

The price of the cancellation insurance is 10% of the registration fee. Cancellation insurance must be taken out at the time of registration.

Exceptional conditions

If a race is cancelled or if the event has to be organized differently (for example, one or more races must be cancelled), for any reason beyond the control of UTMB Group, more than 60 days before the start, runners will be partially reimbursed for the registration fee. The amount of the refund will be decided in such a way as to allow the organization to meet the irremediable expenses incurred at the time of cancellation. The runners will be reimbursed as follows:

Up to 4 months before the event: 60% refund Up to 2 months before the event: 30% refund Less than 2 months before the event: No refund

If a race is cancelled less than 60 days before the start or if a race in progress is interrupted, the fees will not be refunded.

RUNNING STONES AND CANCELLATION

Runners wishing to cancel their registration will be refunded the Running Stones used to enter the lottery as follows:

  • Runners who have purchased the cancellation insurance: they will be given back 100% of the Running Stones used to enter the lottery.
  • Runners who have not purchased the cancellation insurance: they will be given back 50% of the Running Stones used to enter the lottery (round up to the nearest whole number).

Example : Runners used 9 Running Stones for the UTMB lottery. They wish to cancel but they have not purchased the cancellation insurance, so they will be given back 5 Running Stones..

CLAIMS

Any claim arising from the runner’s registration for one of the UTMB® races must be emailed at: info@utmb.world or mailed to 31 rue du Lyret 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France.

Any complaint that cannot be resolved within two (2) months of sending UTMB Group a registered letter may also be brought to the attention of UTMB Group's ombudsman, whose contact details are:

MCP Médiation 12 square Desnouettes 75015 PARIS http://mcpmediation.org

Any dispute concerning the registration (e.g. if a runner is not selected via the lottery) or relating to sporting management and rules (e.g. if a runner abandons a race) cannot be considered a valid reason for a claim.

The original version of this document (UTMB® regulations) is in French. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the French version and any of the other linguistic versions of this regulations, the French version shall prevail