In order to participate at the Swiss Alps 100 participants must be prepared for a variety of weather conditions which can change rapidly in the mountains. Every 160km, 100km, and 50km runner AND PACER must carry the following items at all times:
* Concerning Headlamp requirement for the 100KM and 160KM runners. The headlamp can also be added to a drop bag or given to the runnner by its crew at one of the aid station, where drop bags and/or crews are allowed. It's the runners responsibility to make sure to reach that aid station before darkness in order to get the headlamp.
Again, this is for your safety in potentially rapidly changing mountains. The 2018 Swiss Alps 100 had to be canceled 12 hours after the start due some very bad weather in the higher mountains. It was lighly raining at the start and 12 hours later there was a total whiteout storm in the Alps. Still not convinced? Read this.2. Age on Race Day
The current eligibility settings for a given distance, as well as the Age Groups, are based on year of birth, e.g. on the age as of 31 of December this year, which is standard on events in Switzerland and for most international sports federations.3. Litter:
You are running in a pristine environment of beautiful Switzerland. Everybody knows that we don't litter. Dropping litter anywhere on the course is strictly prohibited. Carry all trash to the next aid station and dispose of it in appropriate receptacles. If you happen to see a gel pack or other race related litter that was accidentally dropped, please pick it up for us and dispose at next aid station. This is good Karma and you will be rewarded for helping maintain a clean trail! Thank you!4. Relieving Yourself:
If you have a "call of nature", relieve yourself off trail and out of sight. Bury and cover solid waste and toilet paper properly. There are real bathrooms at the start/finish line in Fiesch and at the Riederfurka, Belalp, Kühboden, Rosswald, and Binn aid station.5. Liability Insurance/Health Care Coverage:
The race carries a liability insurance only. You are responsible for your own health care coverage, costs of emergency evacuation, etc. International runner should verify that their medical insurance extends to both Switzerland and ultrarunning events. Being rescued by a helicopter is very expensive in Switzerland. In 2019 we had to airlift a runner from the course and fly him back to the finish line, which has cost him over CHF7,000.6. Security and Medical Help
Every runner, who has medical issues (being hurt or other medical issues):
The medical team and the aid station captain has the right to stop a runner for a certain amount of time, or remove that runner from the race, if it is deemed necessary.8. Dropping Out Of The Race
If a runner wants to drop out of the race then she or he can do that only at an official aid station. The runner has to give his GPS tracker to the aid station captain only and follow all instructions. The aid station captain will inform you what the next steps will be and how long it will take for a ride out of that aid station. A runner can also leave on his/her own but has to notify the aid station captain that she/he will be leaving the aid station.
Note: Dropping at the Breithorn aid station is possible but the runner has to walk down to the Grengiols aid station. From the Grengiols aid station the runner can expect to get a ride to the finish line.9. Getting Lost, Cutting the Course, and Cut-Off Times:
If a runner inadvertently gets lost or cuts the course, they are required to return to the point at which they went off course by their own means and continue the run from that point. If a runner does not return to that point or continues after cutting a section of the course, they are disqualified. Runner's who do not make the mandatory cut-off times are also disqualified. Aid station captain decisions are final in case of time cut-offs and runner distress! Failure to abide with any of the rules or decisions of the aid station captain will result in you not being allowed to participate in any future Swiss Alps 100 events.10. Pets and Smoking:
Dogs are allowed at the aid stations but have to be controlled at all times and kept away from runners and spectators. Smoking and vaping is strictly forbidden at the start and finish area, on any aid station, and along the course. It is the runner's responsibility to brief and inform your crew and or spectators of this restriction. Please make sure you and your crews abide by this rule.11. Volunteers:
Thank you for respecting and showing your appreciation to our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS. They are here to help you on your journey and we could not do this event without their selfless time and support. A simple "thank you" costs you nothing and means a lot to those who contribute to your race. If you know of anyone who would like to help work an aid station (even for a short time period, help mark or sweep the course, or help out at the finish line) have them contact us.12. Official Race Photograph:
All 1km Kids, Fly, Vertical, 50km, and 100km finishers will receive their finisher medal upon crossing the finish line. 160km runners also will get their belt buckle. There is no formal awards ceremony but finishers and crews are encouraged to stay around the finish line to socialize and cheer on fellow competitors.