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RULES & REGULATIONS

Race Rules and Regulations

Art. 1

The Sierre-Zinal mountain race is organized by the “Association Sierre-Zinal” in collaboration with the “Société de Développement de Zinal”, and the “Club Athlétique de Sierre”. It is open to all people who are physically fit. It is held every year on the second Sunday of August.

Art. 2

see Categories, Schedules

Art. 3

Your entry fee covers all the services provided by the Sierre-Zinal race organization: registration, transportation of your personal belongings from Sierre to Zinal (no valuables please) food and beverages at Aid Stations and finish line, post-race massage, a bespoke Sierre- Zinal medal (provided you have completed the course and crossed all the checkpoints), shower at arrival, a diploma, ranking, a hearty meal in the tent hall, and attendance to all the day’s events.

Art. 4

Good health and adequate training are required. Please only attempt Sierre-Zinal if you are healthy, able to run long distances, navigate difficult terrain and perform high-cardio activity with low oxygen. Sierre-Zinal is a long and physically taxing course.

Organizers shall not be responsible and shall not assume liability for on any accidents or injuries which may occur during the race despite careful trail maintenance and signage. Each participant is liable for damages or injury to a third party and cannot claim recourse against whomever. In case of emergency, medical staff may need to call a helicopter. The cost incurred will be charged to the injured person.

Art. 5

For safety reasons and as matter of fairness, running off course is prohibited. The course is fully marked with yellow Zs and flags, complementing signage provided by legal owners. However, in the last part of the course, i.e. the descent towards Zinal, runners may as usual take the shortcuts between two points of the course. Poles, walking sticks, and such aids are prohibited. No dogs or animals of any kind are permitted.

Organizers cannot be held responsible in case of accidents. In case of emergency, the medical staff may need to call a helicopter. The cost incurred will be charged to the injured person.

Art. 6

Cut-off time 4:00 pm: end of the race

Failing to cross the Tignousa checkpoint will earn you a disqualification.

Suggested times to finish before cut-off:

LOCATION

TOURIST CATEGORY

RUNNER CATEGORY

Ponchette

08:50

12:10

Chandolin

09:50

13:10

Tignousa

11:15

13:40

Hôtel Weisshorn

12:45

14:25

Art. 7

A doping free race

Sierre Zinal supports the policies and rulings of the Fondation Antidopage Suisse. As a participant in the Sierre-Zinal race, you are subject to drug testing and you acknowledge this notification and your willingness to be tested.

To protect your health and contribute to a doping-free sport, Sierre-Zinal implements the QUARTZ Event program. This program is opened to all participants. Several randomly selected participants will be notified by the organizers and expressly required to fill the forms and submit to mandatory tests. Other participants are welcome to fill the forms if they so desire. 

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art. 8

Refunds, Switches, Number Transfers, and Deferrals: Reminder

As indicated in our Rules and Regulations, the deadline for number transfers requests is 26 July, 2019, when all starting blocks are final. Any change occurring after the deadline may negatively affect the block seeding system. Not only would it complicate the logistics of printing 5200 bibs complete with names and numbers, it puts you at risk of ending up in the wrong time slot. People first and trust based, Sierre-Zinal is one of the few organizations of this magnitude that make it possible to transfer bibs as late as two weeks prior to the race.

In case of injury, the entry fee is non-refundable unless you have subscribed a Race Entry Fee Insurance at the time of registration.

Entries or Bibs may be transferred under the following conditions:

  • No switches possible between the “Tourist” and “Runner” categories
  • Bib Transfer requests must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 26 JULY, 2019 AT 5:00 PM
  • Starting Block Transfer requests in the Tourist Category must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 26 JULY, 2019 AT 5:00 PM
  • Bib Transfers must be requested by the initial number holder who will provide the recipient’s required information.
  • Bib Transfers must be requested by the initial number holder who will provide the required information regarding the recipient of the new number
  • All Transfer requests must be sent to .

Participants may not defer their 2019 entry to the following or any subsequent year.

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