This section will take you through the idea of having a staged 333 ultra and Qualifying Criteria
The 333 staged race is aimed at allowing more ultra runners to be a part of LA ULTRA – THE HIGH family. Over the years, many around the world have wanted to join the race, but could not due to the extremity added by the ‘non-stop’ nature of the event.
The staged 333 will still be done in a cumulative time of 72 hours, but over a period of 6 days of racing rather than 3 non-stop days. The other elements however, will be there as nature and Himalayas present them to us. Racers go over THREE 17,500 ft high mountain passes, in temperatures ranging from 40 degree C to Minus 12 C, with less than 50% oxygen compared to sea level.
Each day racers will be covering approx. 55 kms with a daily cut-off time of approximately 10-12 hours. No personal crew / pacers / vehicles are needed for the race. You have to be self reliant. It is mandatory for all the participants to carry a suggested quantity of water & energy food. Refill points will be available at certain points in the race everyday.
All transportation from finish point for the day to accommodation, and back to the start point will be taken care of by the organizers.
Emergency medical teams will be present throughout the race route to ensure everyone’s safety. Travel & medical insurance for all athletes is compulsory. The race fee will include insurance cover for Indian athletes only. All foreign nationals (non Indian runners) need to get themselves covered for medical emergencies, and present all necessary papers to the organizers before arriving in India.
Applicant’s recent and overall ultra running experience will be taken into consideration. These will fall under 2 heads, primary & secondary.
- Primary qualifying criteria is compulsory to qualify – Applicant should be an official finisher in at-least 2 ultra marathons from Jan 2015 – Jan 2017. The events taken part in can either be staged / multi-day races with distance of at-least 200 kms or above. OR;Events taken part in can be non-stop races with distances of at-least 100 kms or above.The ultra running events during the specified period can also be a combination of non-stop and stage races.
- Secondary – In a case where applicant does not meet the above primary criteria, in terms of distance in races, or number of races. Overall ultra running experience preceding Jan 2015, along with results from recent races will be considered for a decision on participation.
|1st August||Arrival in Leh, for all participants of multi staged 333 event.|
|2nd August||1st team meeting & group photo shoot|
|3rd August - 6th August||Acclimatization days.|
|7th August||Medical & final team briefing before race start|
|8th August||Race starts - Day 1. Tentative start time - 6:00 AM|
|9th August||Race day 2|
|10th August||Race day 3|
|11th August||Race day 4|
|12th August||Race day 5|
|13th August||Race day 6|
|14th August||Post race dinner & presentation at 6:30 PM. Leh.|
|15th August||Departure from Leh.|
This overall race map shows the different stages with elevation, altitude and distance. We will soon be updating this page with a detailed Google image gallery showing every stage in detail.
Registrations for the Staged 333 will open on 15th November 2016. The registration fee for this race is Rs. 77,000 (USD $ 1,150 as per exchange rate on 14th Nov. 2016). This includes –
- Accommodation for the 6 days of race, at or near all designated finish points of all stages. These will be camps or home stays (where available)
- Transportation to the race start & drop back to hotel in Leh after race finish.
- Transfers to and from the start / finish points of all stages.
- All meals, energy drinks, water for the 6 days of race.
- Medical support & checks during race days.
- Accommodation in Leh before start of the race, and post finish.
- All meals in Leh during acclimatization days & post race stay.
- International travel to & from India.
- Domestic travel for DELHI – LEH – DELHI
- Travel & emergency medical insurance.
This page will take you through detailed rules & regulations of the staged 333. These are specially put together for the staged format and different than those for the non-stop La Ultra categories.
- The staged 333 will start at 6:00 AM from aroundHemis-Karu Junction close to Karu circle, Ladakh. The runners will be transported to the start line by the organizers at a particular 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 are allowed to use the support / assistance provided by the organizers, and their own AID items being carried as part of compulsory gear (details on compulsory gear in last section of this page).
- Every stage will be 40-60 kms long.
- 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 Number – Each runner will be handed over 6 BIBs. At any given point of time, 1 BIB is to be worn in the front, visible to all race officials. The other 5 are spare BIBS, to be used in case a 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.
- Every stage will have internal cut-offs apart from the one for the overall stage. These will be discussed and explained in detail to all participants during race briefings. More details on every stage, cut-offs and more will be shared on this event page soon.
- The cut-offs will be strictly followed. These will be placed for your health & safety, and after keeping in mind the ‘total time’ needed to finish the stage. If you do not make these internal cut-offs due to a severely slow pace, chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) progressing to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) in a short span of time will be higher. Medical attention will be needed in such a case and for safety reasons, runner will be pulled out of the race.
- If a runner is unable to reach the distances within the designated cut-offs, but is medically fit upon inspection, he/she will still be pulled out of the race as a rule.
- The clock will not stop for any reason once the race begins. For every stage, ‘Net finish time’ will be noted for a runner, and clock will only stop once total time allowed for that particular stage has elapsed.
- The final ‘Net finish time’ for the race will be calculated by adding finish times of all stages within the cut-off.
- To be announced as an official finisher of the LA ULTRA Staged 333 race, it is compulsory for a runner to complete all 6 stage’s within the allowed cu-off time. No exceptions will be made.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- In case of an emergency if runner is administered oxygen for life support, runner will be for safety reasons taken off the course.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- All runners should sign the accident & release of liability waiver document provided during the team meeting by the race organizers.
- 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.
The following items are compulsory for each participant to carry and without these, no one will be allowed to take part in the race. All runners are required to get their KIT verified by the race organizers during the 1st team briefing in Leh.