1. Organization

Ethiotrail is organized by RIA Ethiopia Sports in partnership with Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA).

2. General Regulations

The rules of the Ethiotrail are based on the official rules of the IAAF – WMRA, under its Mountain Running division, and must be understood and respected by all participants at the time of registration.

During the course of the race, participants must follow the directions of the race organizers. Failure to do so may result in immediate disqualification.

For more information on the regulations visit the page www.wmra.ch

3. Race

Ethiotrail is held entirely within the ” Abijatta – Shalla Lakes National Park”, so participants must be aware of the regulations and limitations arising from competing in a protected natural environment.

The race will be held on August 11 2019, and will consist of three distances: 12k, 21k and 42k, each starting and finishing in Chele, a small village in the park.

The route consists entirely of simple mountain trails (with some technical sections), and dirt roads, with constant ups and downs (especially the 21k and 42k distances). The race is held at an average altitude of between 1,500 and 2,000 meters above sea level.

The route of the race will be marked by volunteers with tape and specific signage created for the race.

The 12k and 21k distance runners have a total of 4 hours to complete the course, and the 42k distance runners have 7 hours. The organizers will inform participants about the schedule and short cuts to ensure maximum compliance.

Bad weather would not be expected at this time of year. However the organizers reserve the right to change the route if conditions pose an increased risk of injury to participants.

4. Assistance

It is strictly forbidden to receive assistance or supplies during the race outside the points setup by the organizers. It is also prohibited to be accompanied by others who are not participants enrolled in the event. However, at the points of assistance runners may be assisted by their team or escorts as needed.

5. Checkpoints and Supplies

The organizers shall establish points of control and supplies of water, fruit and energy bars for runners in the three distances, plus a final refreshment at finish.

6. Registration

The registration period of Ethiotrail will be between January and July with a maximum limit of 500 participants. Due to this capacity limit, if you would like to participate please complete the form found in the registration section, accept the terms and purchase the package for the distance you wish to run, as soon as possible.

The registration for the 3 race distances includes: participation in the race, refreshment, shuttles between the start / finish from the points set by the organizers, medical care and safety during the race, pasta party, welcome pack, finisher t-shirt, and medal and closing ceremony.

7. Monitoring of Race

Participants should wear the bib number given by the organizers at all times in a visible place (on their chest) .and it should not be cut, folded, or modified.

The organizers will place controls throughout the race to ensure that runners complete the course, and also register the time it takes them to finish.

Any runner who leaves the race during the course must inform the nearest control point or any organizing team member.

8. Categories and Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once the race is finished, with award categories for Men and Women for the three distances.

9. Recommendations

It is strongly recommended that the participants must be are physically fit and wear the right shoes for trail running.

You will find more information on the Tips page, https://ethiotrail.com/tips, or please contact the organizers with any further questions.

10. Disqualifications

The organizers may disqualify a participant from the race for any of the following reasons:

  • Throwing waste on the course , and outside designated areas
  • Not passing through all the checkpoints
  • Not making the entire journey on foot through the spots marked by the organizers
  • Not providing assistance to any participant who needs it
  • Not wearing a visible bid number on the front part of your chest
  • Ignoring the directions of any organizing member
  • Receiving additional supplies outside the points established by the organizers
  • Showing unsportsmanlike conduct

11. Final

These rules may be amended, modified or improved at any time by the organizers.

Minimum Age: 12 and 21 km races 16 years old (or 14 with parental consent) and 18 years old for 42 kms.