6th CarreraDeBaja 2017 Rules

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The sixth edition of Carrera de Baja (from here on CdB) is organized by W.W.P. ORGANIZATION in cooperation with the Mexican Tourism Authority.  

It is a trailrunning race in stages.
The friendly and relaxed environment, which marks the events labelled W.W.P.O., will allow you to get close to this sport with the right approach in safety and in good company. On the other hand, the expert and competitive athletes will be given the chance to face a landscape where the wild nature still rules.

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The event will take place in five stages:

Sunday, April 23rd

Arrival in La Paz

Monday, April 24th

Transfer by coach from La Paz to Loreto; presentation of the event and delivery of numbers & racepacks.

Tuesday, April  25th

1st  Stage – 27 km                                      
Ondulating course on dirt roads with several creeks to cross, ending by an old monastery
Start at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 26th

2nd  Stage -  32 km                                     
Ondulating stage with some challenging single-track portions on the mountains behind Loreto, dry river beds and many giant cactus all the way to the town's main square.

Thursday, April 27th

3rd  Stage - 21 km  (also 3x10km)                                                                         
Exiting corrugated trail passing through a canyon nearby Loreto.
Start at 9 a.m.

Friday, April 28th

4th Stage – 10 km (also 3x10km)
Mixed course on the beautiful Magdalena Island, short boat ride in order to get there.
Start at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 29th

5th Stage – 10 km (also 3x10km)                                     
Challenging alternation on beaches and rocky hills at Playa Tecolote by La Paz.
Prize-giving and farewell party!

Sunday, April 30th

Departure  from La Paz

The event is also open to amateur athletes. The whole course is in complete safety, but caution and an adequate preparation for the distances to cover and the altimetry to overcome are required.

The final ranking will be drawn up on the basis of the sum of the five times of the five stages. Then in sequence, the athletes who will withdraw in one or more stages will be ranked on the basis of the km covered.
It is also foreseen a so-called “3x10” ranking, for the athletes who will take part in the last 10 km of the 3rd, 4th and 5th stage.
Race timing system will be performed by the timekeeper team of W.W.P ORGANIZATION.

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The race courses have been marked out with the precious cooperation of the multi-champion Marco Olmo, 21x Marathon des Sables Finisher and 2x Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc winner and 4x Desert Cup winner.

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The race is open to athletes, turned 18 before April 15th, 2017. The participants will be divided into two categories:
•    male
•    female

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The participants must have a sports license, for which it is required a medical clearance to compete in competitive sports, signed by one of the physicians of the Federation of Sports Medicine and whose date does not expire before the end of the competition. (runners from countries who do not require a sports license can prvide a self liability declaration signed on spot)
Non-licensed participants must show the same kind of certificate attesting the athlete’s fitness to competitive athletics, been issued for less than a year.
Since these type of certificates are not readily available to certain countries, you will also be asked to sign a self certification of responsibility; waiving our organization.
Copies of Clearance will not be given back.

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W.W.P. Organization have subscribed a civil liability insurance (the policy can be consulted on request) whose coverage includes a third Party and the competitors against damages and repatriation, as long as they are in the race, that is as long as they are not disqualified, withdrawn or after the cut-off time. Athletes are recommended to subscribe an individual insurance policy.

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Competitors must be semi-self-sufficient. At each single stage, any participant MUST carry:  (on risk of disqualification):
- Personal bib number, given by the Organization, which must always be perfectly and entirely visible and attached to the front of the shirt or jacket.
- Flasks or the like containing a litre of water at least for each stage
- Food supplies according to each one’s need
- Survival blanket
- Whistle
- Trail shoes or closed running footwear are mandatory. It is forbidden to wear sandals or open shoes Hiking poles are optional.

Athletes’ equipment will be checked at the start and end of each stage.

It is at athletes’ expense:
- their own food supplies for each single stage. (It is recommended to bring supply for the longest four stages from one’s own country).

It is recommended to wear sunglasses and a cap.

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There will also be checkpoints and passage points, also surprise ones, where the competitors must have their bib stamped and must sign the transit card.

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The organizers reserve the right to make rule, course and start times changes at any time.

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The participants grant press and the organizing committee permission to use and publish the pictures taken during the race.

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Race bag pick up will be on Monday 24th April at 5 p.m. at a Hotel  in Loreto. The general briefing will be held on Monday 24th October at 6 p.m. at the same hotel. Briefings will be also held at the starting line of each single stage half an hour before the start.

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Courses will be marked with colourful tapes and/or orange directional arrows.

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Participants are fully aware of the risks connected with this competition and voluntarily assume full responsibility in taking part in this event. Organization will not be liable for any losses, damages, illness, injuries, including death.

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Participants can be disqualified if they:
-    miss the check at the start or in one of the checkpoints over the courses;
-    do not have one of the mandatory pieces of equipment (see article 7);
-    use a means of transport;
-    receive non-authorized aid;
-    throw rubbish out of the aid stations;
-    refuse to be visited by the race doctors in any time of the race;
-    are tested positive for doping. Any athlete can be drawn at random to undergo drug testing, during or after each single stage;
-    use threats or verbal abuses to the Organizing Committee or behave improperly. The Organizing committee have the ultimate and final authority to disqualify athletes.

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Upon registration, athletes acknowledge that they have read and understood the contents of these Rules and they have agreed to the terms. Any possible complaint can be lodged within an hour of the race, leaving $50 deposit which will be given back only in case the complaint is accepted.
The Organizing Committee is composed by:
• President of W.W.P. Organization and race director Alberto Rovera
• Person in charge for the courses and sponsor/media coordinator Dino Bonelli
• W.W.P. Organization Sports Director and Responsible for logistics Giorgio Codias

- One aid station at about half of the course in the stages longer than 20 km including: water, salt, coke, jelly and/or energy bars.
- At each aid station, all participants MUST fill in their flasks with at least 1 litre of water.  
It is strictly forbidden to throw rubbish all over the course, AT RISK OF DISQUALIFICATION (see article 14). Rubbish must be thrown at the aid stations.

- Medical assistance will be provided at the start and end of each single stage and over the course, thanks to an off-road vehicle which will follow the whole competition. Moreover, a medical off-road vehicle or ambulance will always be on the tracks.
- A quad or other vehicle fitting the features of the course.

PRIZES will be awarded to:
- the first five athletes of the absolute male and female rankings.
- the first ranked team; the ranking will be drawn up on the basis of the sum of the first three best times scored by the members of the team. Each team can be composed by a maximum of five athletes.

For any possible dispute, the place of jurisdiction is Cuneo.