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111 Team Challenge

Race overview

This all new category from 2017 edition on-wards opens a window for running enthusiasts from all walks of life to come, experience ultra-running and be part of the story of La Ultra – The High. 1st edition of the team challenge saw 3 teams from all over India take part in this one of a kind ultra-running team challenge. Today you could be a half or full marathoner who can team up with 2 more individuals, from your work space, running group or friends and take on the challenge of running 111 kms, which includes going over Khardung La (17,700 ft), in 20 hours.

 

Why a Team challenge?

 

In 7 years of La Ultra – The High, some ordinary human beings have shown us, that in your endeavor to succeed in an uphill battle where testing elements of natural world surround you, coming together as a team does not only better your chances of success, it creates and strengthens a bond you will never find at a desk. La Ultra – The High has always been a team event. The teams have comprised of crew & volunteers supporting an athlete running the 222 or 333 Km distance. Creating a challenge where 3 runners come together to finish a distance adds another chapter to the story of La Ultra.

 

‘Extreme conditions forge true characters’

 

DateActivity
17th AugustArrival in Leh. Compulsory for all teams to report on this date. Team briefing in the afternoon.
18th - 21st AugustAcclimatization
21st AugustMedical briefing along with participants of La Ultra non stop race (afternoon).
22nd AugustDeparture for Nubra Valley. Start point of the race.
23rd AugustRace starts at 8:00 PM from Nubra Valley.
24th AugustRace finishes at 4:00 PM in Spituk.
25th AugustDeparture from Leh

Route map

Participants in the 111 Team Challenge will move to the start line in Nubra Valley along with the runners in the non-stop category on 16th Aug. 2017. The route for the 111 team challenge is exactly the same that will be followed by runners in the 111 Km non-stop (solo) race category.

 

Here is a stage plan for the team of 3 that will run the 111 Kms in relay format

111 Km team stage-plan

Registration

Participants can register under 2 different packages – Reg. fee with accommodation & reg. fee without accommodation

A) With accommodation – Registration fee per person is Rs. 43,300This includes –

  • Accommodation for 9 days in Leh. Deluxe rooms, from 11th August till 19th August.
  • Airport transfers to & from airport in Leh.
  • 2 night accommodation in Diskit, Nubra (start line camp)
  • All race support in form of water, energy drinks, eatables, drop bags from start till finish.
  • All transfers for team member to designated points on race route, for relay handover.
  • Acclimatization tour & package for 4 days before the race, including all transportation and transfers.
  • Breakfast & dinner at the accommodation in Leh for 9 days.
  • All meals on the 2 days of start line camp in Nubra.
  • Medical support during the 20 hours of race, and all pre-race check ups and consultation with race medical team.
  • Adventure sports insurance (Indian nationals only).

EXCLUDES

  • Travel from your city – Leh – your city, which can be air travel, road travel or any other means.
  • Medical expenses & consultation other than what is not covered in insurance provided by the race team.
  • Lunch and other meals in day during team outings.
  • All personal purchases, trips and tours in the pre & post race days.

B) Without accommodation – Registration fee per person is Rs. 17,500This includes –
  • 2 night accommodation in Diskit, Nubra (start line camp)
  • All race support in form of water, energy drinks, eatables, drop bags from start till finish.
  • All transfers for team member to designated points on race route, for relay handover.
  • All meals on the 2 days of start line camp in Nubra.
  • Medical support during the 20 hours of race, and all pre-race check ups and consultation with race medical team.
  • Adventure sports insurance (Indian nationals only).

EXCLUDES

  • Travel from your city – Leh – your city, which can be air travel, road travel or any other means.
  • Accommodation with meals in Leh for 9 days. You can choose from home stays to 3-4 star accommodation as per your needs.
  • Medical expenses & consultation other than what is not covered in insurance provided by the race team.
  • Lunch and other meals in day during team outings.
  • Acclimatization activities & recommended tour.
  • All personal purchases, trips and tours in the pre & post race days.

 

You can also register as an individual in case unable to form a team. We are accepting a pool of individuals from where teams can take shape. All you need to do to apply as an individual is, send us your Name, city, Mobile no. & running profile through contact us form (put subject – 111 Team challenge) and we will get back to you. 

 

Cancellation –

  • For all cancellation requests before 1st June 2018, 10 % will be deducted from the registration fee.
  • For all cancellation requests after 1st June and before 15th June 2018, 25 % will be deducted from total registration fee.
  • No cancellation requests will be accepted after 15th June 2018.

 

 

Please take the time to complete this registration form in detail. We expect that it will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete this form.

Section 1: Contact Information
Participant - 1
First Name (P1)*
Last Name (P1)*
E-mail (P1)*
Alternate E-mail (P1)
Phone: (P1)*
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Address (P1) :*
Participant - 2
First Name (P2)*
Last Name (P2)*
E-mail (P2)*
Alternate E-mail (P2)
Phone: (P2)*
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Address (P2 ):*
Participant - 3
First Name (P3)*
Last Name (P3)*
E-mail (P3)*
Alternate E-mail (P3)
Phone: (P3)*
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Address (P3):*
Section 2: Additional Personal Information (This information is required to get necessary permits for runners in the Ladakh area)
Participant - 1
Date Of Birth (P1)*
Nationality (P1)*
Participant - 2
Date Of Birth (P2)*
Nationality (P2)*
Participant - 3
Date Of Birth (P3)*
Nationality (P3) *
Section 3: Emergency Contact (Please provide information of a common team contact. This could be your employer, friend or family member who is aware about you taking up this challenge as a team)

Contact Name:*
Your Relationship to this person*
Emergency Phone:*
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Address:*
Section 4: Race Category Information
How did you hear about La Ultra?*
Race Category*
Section 5: Your Running Profile (We will use this information to make our decision on your request to be a participant at the La Ultra)
Participant - 1
Relevant Races that you have participated in with Month and Year of completion (P1)*
Links to Results from recent races that you have participated in (P1)*
Participant - 2
Relevant Races that you have participated in with Month and Year of completion (P2)*
Links to Results from recent races that you have participated in (P2)*
Participant - 3
Relevant Races that you have participated in with Month and Year of completion (P3)*
Links to Results from recent races that you have participated in (P3)*
Additional Information
What does running in this race mean to you as a team (suggest a 500 words response from your heart) *
Any final comments?

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Rules

General Rules
  • The race will start at sharp 8:00 PM on 17th Aug, along with other categories of La Ultra – The High, from Nubra Valley. The runners will be transported to the start line by the organizers at a time which will be communicated during team briefings prior to race.
  • No runner will be allowed to have a personal crew team (eg. a vehicle with driver, support crew / pacer etc.). Runners can use the support / assistance provided by the organizers.
  • Support and refill points will be provided by the organizers at certain points within the stage. Runners can hand over drop bags to the organizers for any such items that are to be used mid-stage. Example – spare clothing, heavy insulated jackets, spare shoes and socks etc.
  • Running No. – Each team will be assigned a number. Every member of the team will get 3 BIBS of same number. At all times, one BIB is to be worn in the front outside, visible to the organizers. The other 2 BIBs are spare, to be used in case fresh one Is needed at the beginning of every stage.
  • Maintain great spirits throughout the course. Respect the mighty Himalayas and keep a cheerful sportsman’s attitude. An understanding with the mountains will help you fight the tough elements throughout the race. Like the locals say – “You don’t climb/cross these high passes; these mountains let you do it”.
  • Nudity is strictly not allowed anywhere on the course.
  • Please respect the locals on the way and their surroundings in the villages on the course.
Cut-Offs & Point system
  • Every stage a team member is taking on, will have a time cut-off. These cut-offs will be announced in coming time, and thoroughly discussed before the race. In a scenario where a cut-off is not met, or distance in a stage is not completed by a team’s member, following outcomes are possible –a) If a member of your team is unable to finish a stage, 2nd or the 3rd member of the team can take over and continue running the next stage. A time penalty will be added to the total finish time based on distance & time remaining for the abandoned stage.
    The above scenario (a) can only be allowed to happen once, by 1 team member of the race. At any given point of time, at-least 2 out of 3 members of the team should be deemed FIT by the medical team to continue remaining stages.

    b) If a member of the team completes his/her stage beyond the cut-off time for that stage, a time penalty will be added to the total finish time, which will be equal to the ‘extra minutes’ taken to complete the stage, but not greater than 20 minutes over the cut-off time. i.e. A runner can be late by max 20 minutes for a stage.

    The above scenario (b) can be only allowed to happen once. If same runner or another runner is unable to finish a stage within the time cut-off, the team will be disqualified from the event.

Note – Both scenarios A & B above put extra burden on existing 2 runners in the team for which they may or may not be ready. The continuance of their effort will be confirmed during the race only after they are declared FIT by the medical team to carry on.

Disqualification

 

  1. Rules for cut-offs will be strictly followed. All runners who are unable to reach a particular distance within the stage in a specified time because of medical or any other reason, will be pulled out of the race.
  2. Any runner found taking external help that is against the rules, example – support from a vehicle that is not part of the race team, crew support in form of pacing or gear support, will be disqualified.
  3. Every inch of the course should be covered by the runner on foot only. If found taking support through other means such as bicycle, car, skates or any other vehicular means, runner will be disqualified and taken off course.
  4. If found using IV drugs or any other substance through IV injections. The medical team will only administer drugs through IV, if to their and race director’s satisfaction; it is found that the runner is in urgent need of certain drugs to counter effects of severe HAPE and / or HACE or any other medical emergency.
  5. All runners are required to take care of themselves and support / cheer other participants with a positive spirit and camaraderie among themselves. If a runner is found providing support to another runner in form of – supporting on shoulder (carrying) for a significant portion during the race, both participants involved will be disqualified. It is likely that a runner is suffering due to an injury or sickness. Keep your own health & safety as a priority and inform the nearest race official if you see an injured or a sick runner.

 

Medical & Safety Rules
  1. During the hours of darkness, participants should be wearing fluorescent vests and Red LED blinking lights. To ensure the same, runners are supposed to bring along, at least 2 highly reflective vests & 4 blinking lights or more depending upon battery usage and durability. To rule out wastage of time and effort during the run, it is advisable that runners carry at least 6-8 Red blinking lights.
  2. You should not spend very long time on top of any of the 3 high passes, Khardung La, Wari La &Tanglang LA. (max 30 min).
  3. In case of an emergency if runner is administered oxygen for life support, runner will be for safety reasons taken off the course.
  4. In case of emergency if runner needs to be hospitalized for any reasons,the runner will not be allowed to continue further in the race.
  5. All runners & crew members should go through information on High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) & Acute mountain sickness (AMS). These will be mentioned in details in the race handbook.

 

Rules Enforcement

In case of a factual situation that is not covered by the rules, the Race Director is the absolute and final authority to take a decision that he deems just. In the interest of fair play, the Race Director may amend or repeal any of the above rules and decide on the matter as he deems appropriate. The Race Director’s decisions will be final and binding on all runners, their crew members and all persons associated with the race. There is no provision of appeal from the decisions made by the Race Director.

Legal & Formal Procedures
  1. All runners are required to complete the race entry procedure by complying at every process before the race. And pay all fees as communicated to them.
  2. All runners should sign the accident & release of liability waiver document provided during the team meeting by the race organizers.
  3. No media team or individual, producer, director, wanting to take photographs or film any portion of the race or about the race can do so, without prior permission from the race organizers, I Run Sports Management (P) Ltd. The concerned person or team will also be required to sign an AGREEMENT for Still Photography, Filming Rights, Copyright, Licensing and Distribution.
Compulsory Gear

 

  1. Long Sleeve Thermal Top and Long Leg Thermal Pants
  2. Beanie or Balaclava or Equivalent – Also available in La Ultra merchandise
  3. Fleece/insulated one’s will help during cold conditions.
  4. Cap/Hat for face, neck protection from sun. It can get burning during day time. Good to have a light coloured one.
  5. Whistle.
  6. 2 reflective Vests – Must for runners.
  7. 4-5 normal, Red LED blinking lights – Compulsory for runners. More in number so you can use another when battery runs out.
  8. Head torches – Compulsory for all.
  9. Water & Wind proof outer shell.
  10. Down jacket or any other insulation outerwear for protection in cold conditions.
  11. Spare running shoes. The one you are comfortable with. During the long course you mail need to change the worn out shoes or ease the blisters you may get.
  12. Spare running socks. Again what suits you well, great to have 4-5 extra pairs or even more as per your experience in hot & cold weather races.
  13. Sun glasses – with adequate UV, sand & wind protection.

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