Regulation

This race is organized for long-distance runners (professionals or non-professionals) who are at least 18 years old and who are medically, physically and mentally fit to sustain this type of effort. For the individual events longer than 6 hours, it is MANDATORY to present a medical certificate from your family doctor, stating that you are in good health and fit for this event, and to hand it over to the organizers upon picking-up your participation kit. The medical certificates must be dated not more than one month before the contest. Runners registered for the individual 6 hour and relay 12 hour races are exempted.

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

  • S24H is an ultra-running race that takes place in Timisoara, Romania, in “Ion Creanga” Children’s Park (address: 20, Bulevardul Revolutiei din 1989 – see map);
  • The course consists of one loop of 1222,48 meter, asphalted and lit during night time. On the loop there will be two hydration/refreshment points (providing water, glucose, electrolytes, fruit, pretzels, chocolate, etc.);
  • Runners may store their own equipment, sleeping bag, food, energy drinks etc., in the especially designated pavilions tents assigned to them on the loop;
  • Runners have access to two public toilets in the park, right next to the loop;
  • The runner / the relay who / which will cover the longest distance in 6, 12, 24, 48 or 72 hours will be declared the winner. If a tie, the runner / the relay who / which covered most loops in the last 3 hours of the race will be declared the winner;
  • Runners must manage by themselves, without pacers.
  • For the whole period, participants are allowed to run, walk, to take breaks, to eat or to sleep, but without leaving the competition area. If the participants want to leave the competition area, they must hand their chip and bib at the timing table. Once left, the athlete can no longer rejoin the competition and only the completed full laps run by that time will be scored and rated as the official performance.
  • Short breaks: A short rest for drinking, shoe or dress change, use of toilet, use of medical support etc. is always possible without announcement of the break, but the athlete must leave and enter the race course on the same point.
  • Longer breaks: A longer break must be announced at the lap counting station and the break must begin and end at the starting line (electronic timing station).
  • There is no obligation on the participants to be present during the closing stages or laps. The covered full laps will be scored. 
  • All 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours races must be finished by the final signal given at exactly the appropriate fixed time after the start of the race, i.e. exactly after 06h:00min:00sec, 12h:00mun:00sec; 24h:00min:00sec, 48h:00min:00sec, 72h:00min:00sec. Absolutely no any exceptions to this rule are allowed, not even in the case of special circumstances like an “act of God”, e.g. thunderstorms, accidents etc.
  • If, because of special circumstances an interruption must be made, the time of duration of the interruption must not be added to the official fixed period of time; e.g. in the case of a 15 minute interruption during a 24 hour race the race must finish at exactly 24:00:00 hours (not 24:15:00h) after the start. Remark: The reason is to guarantee world wide the same conditions and not to give the participants of a race an ‘unfair advantage’ of an additional break/rest for the duration of the interruption.
  • The covered distances must be measured as exactly as possible by scoring/rating the covered full laps and by addition of the measured ‘restmeters’ of the last incomplete lap. In order to ensure the exact final positions of the athletes at the moment of the end of the race the following precautions must be taken:
  • a. The final signal, given normally by firing a gun, must be very clearly audible on the whole race course (important on large loops).
    b. The lap of the race course shall be divided in sections with exact measured and fixed 100 m marks.
    c.  Each participant shall receive at the begin of the last lap a small sand bag or similar object marked with the corresponding race number of the runner – the runner must drop his numbered sand back immediately and vertically on the bottom while he hears the final signal. The referees start the measurement of the ‘rest meters’ covered by all finishers during the last lap (Several measurers can start the measurement simultaneously from the fixed 100 m marks (Start, 100 m, 200 m, 300 m, 400 m etc.).
    d. If in the case of special circumstances an accurate measurement of the ‘rest meters’ can not be guaranteed, then only the completed full laps run before the final signal must/shall be scored and rated as the official performances of the participants.
  • e. The same method of rating the completed full laps shall be used if a participant finishes the race before the end of the fixed official competition time. There is no obligation for an athlete to be present during the closing stages or laps. Performances achieved on the basis of scoring/rating of covered full laps can be recognized as national or continental or world best performances.

1. WHOM IS IT FOR

This race is organized for long-distance runners (professionals or non-professionals) who are at least 18 years old and who are medically, physically and mentally fit to sustain this type of effort. For the individual events longer than 6 hours, it is MANDATORY to present a medical certificate from your family doctor, stating that you are in good health and fit for this event, and to hand it over to the organizers upon picking-up your participation kit. The medical certificates must be dated not more than one month before the contest. Runners registered for the individual 6 hour and relay 12 hour races are exempted.

For your own safety, before registering for the race, WE RECOMMEND doing the following tests:

  • EKG while exercising;
  • EKG at rest;
  • Usual blood tests (in order to reveal any potential severe anemia etc.)

The individuals who have not turned 18 yet, but nevertheless they wish to take part in one of the competition trials, they can only do so if they notify the organizers beforehand at the email address contact@s24h.ro and bring the written and signed consent of both parents/legal tutors. The organizers reserve the right to check the athlete’s history in ultra-running and make the final decision whether or not to allow the athlete who has not turned 18 yet (on the competition start date) to take part in the competition.

2. REGISTRATION

You may register for the S24H International Ultra Running Race by filling in the online application form available in the Registration section. Before registering, please make sure that you have carefully read the description of this race and that you have chosen the event that fits your level of physical fitness best.

3. POSTPONING OR CANCELLING THE RACE

Organizers reserve the right to postpone the race in case of unfavorable weather conditions. Moreover, in exceptional circumstances, the race may be cancelled – in this case, registered participants will be informed in advance.

4. FORCED STOPS / WITHDRAWALS

Organizers reserve the right to stop a participant if she/he has injured her/himself after starting the race or if her/his physical condition prevents her/him from continuing the race or in other exceptional circumstances.

Any runner who cannot or who does not wish to continue the race, regardless of the reason, must inform the organizers about this without delay, either at the Start area or at the control points, or by calling them while on the loop at the emergency numbers which will be provided.

5. DISQUALIFICATION

A runner will be disqualified if she/he’s:

  • cutting the loop;
  • showing un-sporty behavior towards fellow runners, race officials, public;
  • changes or loses the BIB number.

6. SAFETY

  • Participants assume full responsibility directly for taking part in this race (by signing the statement of sole responsibility), and organizers shall not be liable if runners injure or hurt themselves, during or as a result of taking part in this race.
  • At the Start area there will be a first-aid point where emergency medical attention can be provided, if needed.
  • Organizers shall not be liable for any items lost or forgotten on the loop, during or after the race.

II. BENEFITS

By paying the participation fee, runners shall receive the following benefits:

  • the race kit: BIB number, official t-shirt, presents from our sponsors;
  • finisher medal;
  • timing chip;
  • individual monitoring of the distance covered;
  • online leaderboard, participation diploma;
  • access to the pasta party;
  • access at the two hydration / refreshment points on the loop (providing water, electrolytes, fruit, glucose, pretzels, chocolate, etc.);
  • storage space for own equipment in pavilions / tents allocated on the loop;
  • photographs during the race;
  • emergency medical service;
  • Massage during physical effort

III. CANCELLATION OR TRANSFERS

If you need to cancel your participation for a good reason, please inform the organizers by e-mail contact@s24h.ro ;
The participation fee is non-refundable and shall not be considered as a contribution to any of our future events;
Nevertheless, you have the option to transfer your registration to another person, by sending a request at contact@s24h.ro until 09.09.2018, 12:00 at the latest. It is your sole responsibility to find another person for this purpose.
Also, until 09.09.2018, at 12:00, you may change your initially chosen trial by sending an email to contact@s24h.ro. In case you move from a longer trial to a shorter trial, the tax difference will not be returned. If you switch from a shorter trial to a longer trial, you will only pay the difference between the two participation fees (namely the fee already paid for the first trial and the fee of the second trial during the switchover).
After 09.09.2018 we won’t be able to accept any other modifications, due to organizational reasons.

IV. EVENTS AND CATEGORIES

Individual race: 12h, 24h and 48h
Categories: Men, Women
Age categories:

  • 18-35
  • 36-49
  • 50+ years old

12h Relay continuously
Categories: Men, Women, Mixed
Categories: 2 or 4 runners

Rules for relays:

  • The 12h Relay consists of 2 or 4 people who will each run continuously for 6, respectively 3 hours. The swap inside the relay is done at the Start area.
  • Mixed relay teams are included in the Men’s relay race and shall be ranked/awarded accordingly.

V. DIPLOMAS AND AWARDS

Each finisher will be awarded a participation medal and diploma.

Awards will be presented to the following races and categories:
Individual race 6h, 12h, 24h, 48h and 72h

  • first three male runners
  • first three female runners

age categories (men and women)

  • 18-35
  • 36-49
  • 50+ years old

12h Relay

  • Men’s General Open – first three places for 2 runners relay
  • Women’s General Open – first three places for 2 runners relay
  • Men’s General Open – first three places for 4 runners relay
  • Women’s General Open – first three places for 4 runners relay

Mixed relays are included in the Men’s relay race and they shall be ranked/awarded accordingly.

VI. EQUIPMENT

  • BIB number (must be visible during the entire race – compulsory for all races);
  • Survival foil blanket (compulsory for all individual races);
  • Running shoes for ultra-distances (recommended);
  • A change of jacket, long sleeve shirt and pants (recommended for individual races);
  • Individual, personalized cutlery, food-cases and drinking bottles, to be deposited at the two refreshment points or in the allocated pavilions / tents (recommended).