NTS Regulations and Specification for NTS 2017

1. BASIC INFORMATION

1.1 Nízkotatranská stíhačka race definition

Nízkotatranská stíhačka (“NTS”) is an ultra trail race for two-person teams. The NTS race course goes through the whole main ridge of Low Tatras mountains, for the most part in alpine terrain with rough trail surface.

1.2 NTS organizers

NTS race organizers are o.z. STS HIKING (company registration number: 42072166, domicile: Zvolenská 13/26, 036 01 Martin). Address for correspondence: HIKING.SK, Na Hrebienku 5, 811 02 Bratislava, e-mail: stihacka@hiking.sk).

1.3 Participation in NTS race

Right to enroll to NTS race belongs to each person, who reaches the age of 18 one day before the date of the race regardless of tourists’ or sports’ club membership (valid only for full-aged persons, for a participation of a underage person see the point 1.4 / 1.)), regardless of gender, nation and nationality.

Each participant is obligated to consider his/her bodily and mental qualifications for participation in an extreme ultra trail race with course parameters as in point 2.9.

Participants will be obliged to follow the legislation and rules of the National Park Low Tatras (NAPANT). All necessary rules and information about the trail will be announced before the start of the race.

1.4 Conditions of participation in NTS race

Participants take part in the NTS race from their choice and at their own risk. The NTS race organizers take no responsibility for the possible harm or damage should any happen to the participants or should be any caused by them.

The NTS race organizers strongly recommend to all participants to undergo an individual medical check-up before the NTS race.

The race is limited to two-person teams only (participation of individuals is not possible), who have to comply with the following conditions:

1.) Both team members must reach the age of 18 years one day before the date of the race latest.

There is a possibility to participate also for teams with one full-aged person (age of 18 years reached one day before the date of the race latest) and one underage person (age 15-17 year). In such case the underage person must provide information about his/her sports club membership (sports club name), the participation of a team with one underage person will be approved by NTS race organizers (with veto privilege), a parent or legal representative will be present during the on-site registration (check-in) and will approve the start of the underage person with a signature including acceptance of the full-aged team member as an accompanist for the underage one and subsequently the NTS race organizers will confirm the start of the team with one underage person with their signature.

2.) The team will enroll to take part in the race and pay the enrollment fee according to the regulations. The enrollment rules for the concrete NTS race edition are defined in the Enrollment system for NTS.

3.) The team will arrive on time at the designated place to complete the on-site registration.

4.) The team members will bring all the mandatory equipment with them (see point 2.6).

5.) Each participant is obliged to have a suitable insurance for the NTS race duration dates. The insurance should cover also HZS (Mountain Rescoue Service) intervention costs in Slovakia and should not exclude race/sport event. The document of insurance (it must be visible that the insurance covers also HZS (Mountain Rescoue Service) intervention in Slovakia) must be showed during the on-site registration (check-in).

6.) Both team members will provide their acceptance (with their signatures) with the following Nízkotatranská stíhačka participant affirmation during the on-site registration (text in italic):

I confirm, that I got acquainted with the Nízkotatranská stíhačka (NTS) race course and race rules, which I commit to follow during the race duration. I confirm that I am aware of the NTS race characteristics, safety, NTS race process and further race regulations.

I confirm, that I am not aware of any health problem, which would prevent me from participating in the NTS race, or which would present a risk to my safety during the race duration.

I confirm that I noted the NTS race organizers recommendation to undergo an individual medical check-up before the NTS race.

I confirm, that I am participating in the NTS race from my own choice and at my own risk and I am aware of the consequences associated with the participation in NTS race. I accept, that the NTS race organziers are not in charge of eventual injury incurred during the race duration to my person. I’m aware, that an injury incurred during the race duration to my person will not result in any financial or other compensation from race organizer.

I accept, that the NTS race organziers are not in charge of any bodily harm or property damage caused by my person during the race duration to a third party.

I’m aware, that there is no special race organizer’s insurance for compensation of any damage, which would occur to the participants in connection with their participation in NTS race.

I’m aware, that NTS race organizers have reserved the right to change the course and schedule of the race, to stop or cancel the race (especially to assure the safety of all NTS race participants). In such case there is no participant’s entitlement for getting the start fee back.

I’m aware, that the NTS race organizers are responsible for the permission for NTS race area usage (especially start place, finish place and NTS course), but they can not guarantee for the NTS race course condition or the race conditions influenced e.g. by weather or other unforeseeable circumstances.

I confirm, that I will follow all guidelines of the NTS race organizers during the race duration.

I’m aware that during the NTS race I will be in a protected natural environment and I’m obliged to follow the legislation and rules of the National Park Low Tatras (NAPANT). 

I agree, that my participation in NTS race can be recorded in audiovisual form by NTS race organizers or by a person authorized by NTS race organizers. I agree, that audiovisual records or photos made before, during and after the NTS race can be used by NTS race organizers or a person authorized by NTS race organizers for NTS race presentation purposes (without participant’s entitlement for honorarium).

Participant’s name:

Participant’s birth date:

Participant’s signature:

7.) NTS race organizers are have a righ to disallow participation (start) of a person under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic substance.

1.5 Number of participants

Due to the legislation concerning nature preserve the number of participants is limited to 98 (49 teams).

2. NTS RACE REGULATIONS

2.1 Date

NTS race is taking place during 2nd or 3rd weekend in July (see the Appendix below).

2.2 Categories

Category A: Two men team

Category B: One man and one woman team / 2 women team

2.3 Registration for NTS race

Conditions for successful registration for NTS are:

1.) To enroll via the enrollment form for group 1 or via online enrollment form on www.stihacka.hiking.sk (group 2 and 3) with entering all required information.

2.) To pay the enrollment fee according to the due date and further requirements, which will be sent to the participants after enrollment via e-mail (group 1) or online enrollment form on www.stihacka.hiking.sk (group 2 and 3). The registration is valid only after the enrollment fee has been payed (in the list of enrolled teams the status cell is marke with green colour)

2.4 Enrollment fee for the NTS race

The information about enrollment fee amount will be available at latest at the date of enrollment start (see the Appendix below).

For a successful registration it is necessary to pay the enrollment fee according to the due date and further requirements, which will be sent to the participants after enrollment via enrollment form (group 1) or online enrollment form on www.stihacka.hiking.sk (group 2 and 3).

The time-limit for enrollment fee payment is 14 days since the automatic mail confirmation about enrollment to NTS race has been sent.

In case of stopping or cancellation of the race caused by unavoidable casualty (especially to assure the safety of all NTS race participants) there is no participant’s entitlement for getting the start fee back.

2.5 Team / team member participation annulment

For team participation annulment it is necessary to send e-mail to stihacka@hiking.sk with first names and surnames of both team members and all data received after enrollment via e-mail (group 1) or online enrollment form on www.stihacka.hiking.sk (group 2 and 3).

Enrollment fee reimbursement is possible only if complying to the point 1.), 2.) and 3.) a)  or b):

1.) Team has paid the additional cancellation guarantee.

2.) Participation annulment information will be sent via e-mail to stihacka@hiking.sk.

2.) Reason for the participation annulment is:

a) Injury or illness preclusive of participation in NTS race with a medical certificate attesting to the contra-indication to taking part in the race provided not later then 7 days after the race date.

or

b) Occasion in family (annulment announced at latest 21 days before the race date).

In case of annulment of 1 team member participation with a replacement available, it is necessary to inform coordinators via e-mail: stihacka@hiking.sk. Massage should contain first names and surnames of both team members, first name and surname of abdicating team member, enrollment information needed for the substitute and all data received after enrollment via e-mail (group 1) or online enrollment form on www.stihacka.hiking.sk (group 2 and 3). In this case the coordinators do not take part in enrollment fee share reimbursement between the abdicating team member and the substitute.

2.6 Mandatory equipment required for NTS race

Each team is obligated to carry the following mandatory equipment during the whole NTS race duration:

1.) Hiking map of the whole Low Tatras area: One set for a team

2.) GPS receiver: 1 GPS receiver for a team (not in mobile phone with the SIM card, which phone number was provided as contact for the participants in the race registration data)

3.) First aid kit: One for a team containing at least: 2x elastic bandage, 2x medical gauze, sticking plasters, antiseptic liquid, 2x isothermic blanket

4.) Whistle: Every participant

5.) Forehead lamp: Every participant

6.) Mobile phone: Every participant. The mobile phone must contain the SIM card, which phone number was provided as contact for the participants in the race registration data and must be fully charged. At least one mobile phone per team must be switched on during the whole NTS race duration.

7.) Jacket made with a hood and a waterproof and breathable membrane: Every particpant

8.) Bottle(s) or a hydration pack with resorvoir with capacity at least 1 L: Every participant

9.) Own cup or tumbler 1,5 dl minimum (flask with narrow mouth or cap are not accepted): Every participant

10.) Identity card: Every participant

11.) Race bib placed visibly on the front body side during the whole NTS race duration (race bib will be provided by NTS race organizers) : Every particpant

The mandatory equipment check can be performed before NTS race start or during the race in any place of the course by the NTS race organizers or authorized volunteers.

In case mandatory equipment will be found missing during the registration, the team will be not allowed to participate (in case the mandatory equipment item will be amended before the NTS race start, the team is obliged to show this item to the NTS race organizer). In case mandatory equipment will be found missing during the race, the team will be disqualified (this rule does not cover the first aid kit content used during the race).

2.7 On-site registration (check-in)

Place: Telgárt

Date and time: Friday evening before the start day (see the Appendix below).

2.8 Meeting place and time

Place: Telgárt

Date and time: Saturday, half hour before start time (see the Appendix below).

2.9 NTS race course

The NTS race course goes through the whole main Low Tatras ridge. Starting point is village Telgárt. Destination point is the Donovaly mountain resort (for the exact information about finish place in Donovaly see the Appendix below). The NTS course follows the blue marked cyclo-trail nr. 2554 from Telgárt to Šumiac, the next passage is the road from Šumiac to Kráľova hoľa (not the blue-marked hiking trail) and further the red-marked trail to Donovaly (with branching-off from sedlo Ďurkovej saddle to Ďurková chalet following the green-marked trail and subsequent return to the ridge following the same green-marked trail to sedlo Ďurkovej saddle). Total distance is 105 km with 5740 m of cumulative elevation gain and 5650 m of cumulative elevation loss (course parameters certified by ITRA).

2.10 NTS race start place and start time

Place: Telgárt (see the Appendix below)

Time: Saturday at 05.30 (collective start)

2.11 NTS race checkpoints (KS) and respective time limits

KS Šumiac, square: Without time limit

KS1 Kráľova hoľa, summit: Until 08.15

KS2 Sedlo Priehyba: Until 11.15

KS Sedlo za Lenivou: Without time limit

KS3 Čertovica, motorest Čertovica: Until 16.15

KS Chata M.R.Štefánika pod Ďumbierom (chalet): Until 18.45

KS4 Kamenná chata pod Chopkom (Chalet): Until 20.45

KS5 Turistická útulňa pod Chabencom (Ďurková chalet): Until 00.30

KS6 Hiadeľské sedlo, shelter: Until 04.30

2.12 NTS race destination (NTS course)

Place: Donovaly (see the Appendix below)

Time limit for reaching the NTS course destination: Sunday according to the time limit for completing the whole NTS course (see the point 2.13)

2.13 NTS race overall time limit (NTS course)

26 hours since the NTS race start time

2.14 NTS race regulations

1.) NTS race participants must be present during the presence (check-in) in Telgárt, which takes place one day before the start. During this the NTS organizers will check team’s mandatory equipment and the participants will receive the ID wristbands and start pack (eventually important instructions).

2.) A team finishes the race only when both team members will get through the whole race course according to the race rules and within the time limit (including the particular time limits for the checkpoints) and who will go through all checkpoint according to the time limits for the checkpoints.

3.) Both team members pass the race course together (i.e. without significant distance/gap between the team members. Both team members must pass through all checkpoints with maximal gap of 1 minute between the team members.

4.) The team arrival time to a checkpoint is the time, when both team members are present at the checkpoint place. The team arrival time to the finish (course completion time) is the time, when both members of the team reach the race course finish place. In case of electronic timekeeping equipment usage at a checkpoint place or finish place it is allowed to record the arrival time using the chip only when both team members are at the checkpoint place or finish place.

5.) From the checkpoint (KS) 3 Čertovica only the teams can continue the race on NTS course (finish place in Donovaly), which arrive to the KS3 Čertovica before the limits in number of teams for the A and B categies were reached, which make together 25 teams (50 participants) with granted exemption from the visitor rules of the NP Low Tatras (night movement allowed). The concerete numbers of teams in the A and B categories allowed to continue the race on NTS course (with finish place in Donovaly), will be announced after on-site registration in Telgárt completion (which means before start), when the numbers of teams starting in A and B categories will be known. The elimination system at KS3 Čertovica is designed so, that in both categories there is an equal chance to continue the race on NTS course (with finish place in Donovaly) and therefore to complete the whole NTS race course.

In case a team, which has reached the KS3 Čertovica on a qualifying rank, will decide to finish the race here, they are obligated to inform race coordinators not later then 5 minutes after arrival to the KS3 Čertovica (to avoid delays for next team within the category, which will be allowed to continue the race).

6.) Should any of the teams exceed the time limit for any of the control points, they will be excluded from the further race. The excluded teams are obliged to follow the rules of the National Park Low Tatras (NAPANT) – especially not to proceed during the night. In case any of the teams will not finish the first part of the race (meaning they will not arrive to the control point Čertovica) before sundown, they will have to follow the nearest trail to a nearby village or stay at the Ramža shelter. In case of exceeding any of the time limits or not finishing the race in the second part of the race trail (west from Čertovica), the participants are obliged to stay at one of the tourist chalets.

7.) Should any team decide to quit the race before the team members can get to the next checkpoint, the team members are obliged to inform the NTS race organizers as soon as possible (call or SMS message with information about team number, reason for withdraw, in case of injury or health problems closer information).

8.) Each participant can use the the aid stations (refreshment points) provided by the race organizers. The participants are not allowed to accept any kind of help concerning the transport of equipment, food or drinks (except for the offered transport of the equipment by the coordinators and food/drinks provided at the control points). Participants can also possibly visit the chalets and restaurants on the trail: restaurants at Čertovica, M.R. Štefánika chalet, Kamenná chata pod Chopkom chalet, Ďurková chalet.

9.) Carrying of participant’s equipment by any other person, which is not a NTS race participant, is strictly prohibited. Breaching of this rule results in disqualification (DSQ).

10.) The NTS race participants are obliged to apply first aid to other NTS race participants in case of their injury or state requiring first aid help.

11.) In case the participant would discover any situation, which could cause danger to NTS participants safety, health or life during the course, the participant is obliged to inform the NTS race organizers immediately.

12.) In the interest of protection of participant’s health – in case of health problem which could cause danger to participant’s safety, health or life the present medics are authorized to take a decision on participation withdrawal due to health reasons (or on discontinuance for necessary time). In such case the participant is obliged to conform to this decision. The NTS race organizers have a right to take a decision on participation withdrawal due to excessive exhaustion, which could cause danger to participant’s safety, health or life.

13.) The participants must take into account, that they going through the preserved natural area NAPANT. They are obligated to keep the respective legislative, especially the Nature and landscape protection act nr. 543/2002.

14.) The participants are not allowed to throw their rubbish away outside the staffed checkpoints or public waste bins. Throwing away rubbish outside the staffed checkpoints or public waste bins (voluntary act) will be penalised with 1 hour added to the total time.

15.) Incorrectly placed race bib (back side of the body, race bib not visible) will be penalised with 15 minutes added to the total time.

16.) Intended shortening of the course and any other kind of cheating will result in disqualification (DSQ) and banishment from all future Nízkotatranská stíhačka editions (both team members).

17.) Refusing help to other participant in case of emergency, verbal insulting or menacing action to the organizers or volunteers, refusing the mandatory equipment check, missing mandatory equipment items (with exception of the first aid kit content used during the race).) results in disqualification (DSQ). An exception from this rule is missing own cup or tumbler 1,5 dl minimum (flask with narrow mouth or cap are not accepted), which will be penalised with 1 hour added to the total time.

18.) Penalisation or disqualification will be applied at the place where the violance of a rule(s) was found, or at the next staffed checkpoint in case the team, which has violated the rule(s), left the checkpoint before applying the penalisation or disqualification. Penalisation or disqualification will be applied by organizer or by authorized volunteer at the checkpoint after telephone consultation with organizer.

19.) Protest against possible problems in organization or event flow and similar can be applied at finish place 1 hour after the total time limit’s end (until 16. July 2017 09.30 CET latest). Entering a protest is being done direct to the NTS organizers (face-to-face). The condition of entering a protest is a 20 EUR advance deposit paid. In case the protest will be accepted, the deposit of 20 EUR will be returned to the participant, in case the protest will be not accepted, the caution forfeitures in NTS organizer’s behoof.

20.) The NTS race organizers reserve the right to change the race course, time limits for checkpoints or total time limit and event programme and course, to stop or cancel the race (e,g, in case of unforseeable circumstances like dangerous storms, whirlwind, dangerous weather change, broken trees blocking the course, beast attack etc.) especially to assure the safety of all NTS race participants). In such case the NTS race organiyes will inform the participants directly at the checkpoints or via SMS messages. In such case there is no participant’s entitlement for getting the start fee or it’s part back.

APPENDIX (SPECIFICATIONS FOR NTS 2017):

Date

15. – 16. July 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Enrollment fee

110 EUR / team

Additional cancellation guarantee fee

30 EUR / team

On-site registration (check-in)

Place: Telgárt, the elementary school building

Date and time: Friday 14. July 2017 from 18.00 to 22.00 CET.

Meeting place and time before start

Place: Telgárt, the elementary school premises

Date and time: Saturday 15. July 2017 at 05.00 CET.

Start place and time

Place: Telgárt, crossing of streets nearby the church (we will go to the start place together from the elementary school)

Date and time: Saturday 15. July 2017 at 05.30 CET (collective start)

NTS course destination

Place: Donovaly (DAMi’sport chalet)

Time limit: Sunday 16. July 2017 until 08.30 CET

The NTS race organizers will provide transport for the teams, which will finish at KS 5 Čertovica (elimination system or withdraw) to Donovaly to the NTS finish place. Using of this service is not mandatory for the NTS race participants.

Winners ceremony

The NTS race winners ceremony will take place at Donovaly (NTS finish place) on Sunday 16. July at 09.00 CET.

The NTS race organizers reserve the right for changing (updating) the NTS Regulations and Specification for NTS 2017. The NTS race organizers will inform the enrolled teams about the changes timely (via e-mail sent to the address, which was provided in the registration data).