- 1. Organization
The ASBL ENJOY bears full legal and operational responsibility for the organization of the Grand Trail des Lacs et Châteaux.
The organizer takes out civil liability insurance for the duration of the event and reminds competitors that it may be in their interest to take out a personal insurance contract covering the bodily injury to which sporting practice may expose them.
The organization of the event is placed under the responsibility of a race director who will ensure the application of these regulations.
- 2. Acceptance of the rules and ethics of the race
Participation in GTLC events implies express acceptance, without reservation, of these rules, the ethics of the event and any instructions sent by the organizer to participants.
- 3. General information: routes and races
The GTLC is an event within which a number of events take place. Each event takes place in a single stage, at an indefinite pace within a time limit.
GT160: approximately 160 km long with 6,000 meters of elevation gain, departing from Ovifat, in semi-autonomy, 40 hours max. About * 300 runners. 6 ITRA points
GT85: approximately 85 km long with 3,500 meters of elevation gain, departing from Ovifat, in semi-autonomy, 21 hours max. About * 400 runners. 4pts ITRA
GT42: approximately 42 km long with 1,770 meters of elevation gain, departing from Ovifat, in semi-autonomy, 10:30 a.m. max. About * 600 runners. 2pts ITRA
GT20²: about 20 km long with 840 meters of elevation, departing from Ovifat, in semi-autonomy, 4 hours max. About * 500 runners. 1 ITRA points
GT16: about 16 km long with 710 meters of altitude difference, departing from Ovifat, in autonomy, 4 hours max. About * 300 runners. 0 ITRA Pts
* A certain number of delimited places are reserved for: our partners, the national and international elite (based on the ITRA performance index), former winners and certain journalists (who report from inside the race), as well than some very active volunteers.
The organizer reserves the right to modify the number of registrants at any time.
Course measurement (distance and elevation) was done using GPS, then put back on “Trace de trail” for ITRA race rating, which provides runners and organizers with consistent measurement valid worldwide.
The route can be modified by the organizer at any time, including the day of departure: security, weather conditions, authorizations to pass on private land,…
The presence of competitors at the pre-race briefing (15 minutes before the start) is compulsory.
- 4. Conditions of participation and registration
The races are open to anyone, man or woman, licensed or not. The waiver must be signed by the parents of participants under the age of 16.
Participants under the age of 18 can only participate in the following races: GT16, GT20².
Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Participants over the age of 18 can participate in the following races: GT16, GT20², GT42, GT85, GT160.
Registration must be done online on the event registration portal www.grandtrail.be. The conditions of participation must be accepted when registering online. A participant is only entitled to a starting ticket after successful payment provided that places are still available.
Each participant must pick up their starter pack in person, with their identity card, as well as after checking the bag and the mandatory contents.
Athletes found guilty of doping will not be admitted. In addition, the organizer has the right to disqualify athletes for reasons important to the organizer.
The commitment of a participant is only validated after receipt of the payment required before the official closing date for registrations.
Each competitor must send the organiser, no later than 10 days before the race, a photocopy of a medical certificate of absence of contraindication to the practice of the sport in competition dating from less than one year on the date of the competition. This applies to the GT160 and GT85.
- 5. Registration fees
Registration is available online at www.grandtrail.be. All registrations and the management of all participant data are handled by the Ultratiming timing service. By registering for the GTLC, competitors automatically agree to the GTLC rules. Registration is final. Fees must be paid online through a secure payment system.
4 progressive price categories:
10/11/2021 to 31/12/2021
01/01/2022 to 05/21/2022
GT160: €100 – €110
GT85: €55 – €65
GT42: €35 – €40
GT20²: €25 – €35 (price per team)
GT16: €12 – €14
GT1 and GT2: free
The fees cover the following:
Personalized bib number with timing chip (end of personalized bib on 30/04/2022)
Gifts according to races
Service of small bags for all races, transport of these from the start to the 3 places of the GT160 and to 1 place for the GT85.
Refreshments approximately every 20 km with drinks and food
GPS Tracking Chip for GT160, GT85
Showers and changing rooms next to the arrival area at Ovifat
Medal for all GT160, GT85, GT42 finishers
First medical aid in the arrival area
Live timing, split times and results
A hot meal at Rocher de Falize (GT160/GT85), Mont de Fosse (GT160), Ovifat (GT160/GT85)
Rest area in Ovifat
The fees do not cover:
A change of route to a shorter distance is possible. The difference in registration fees will not be refunded.
A change of route to a longer distance is possible. The difference in registration fees will be payable on the basis of the highest rate (3 or 4) of the chosen race
MODIFICATION OF REGISTRATION
Change of distance possible until 04/30/2022, subject to bib availability. (+ amount of the difference in the price of the race on the day of the transfer (no refund if + short distance).
Once validated, the registration can no longer be modified or refunded, except in special cases see point 30.
The withdrawal of bibs can only be done by the athlete himself, by presenting an identity document as well as the bib number present on confirmation of registration.
No changes will be allowed on D-Day.
- 6. Rider's entry
To participate in GTLC events, in particular on the GT160 and GT85 course, it is essential:
Be fully aware of the duration and specificity of the event and be perfectly prepared for it;
Have acquired, prior to the race, a real capacity for personal autonomy allowing the management of the problems induced by this type of event, and in particular:
Know how to face, without outside help, climatic conditions that could be very difficult to manage (night, wind, cold, fog, rain, frost);
Know how to manage, including when one is isolated, physical or mental problems resulting from great fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint pain, small wounds…
Being fully aware that the role of the organization is not to help a rider to manage these problems;
Be fully aware that for such an activity, safety depends on the ability of the runner to adapt to the problems encountered or anticipated
Inform and sensitize the members of the runner’s entourage to respect for nature, people and the rules of the race.
Agree to receive newsletters providing information about the event.
- 7. Semi autonomy
The principle of an individual race in semi-autonomy is the rule. The GTLC events take place in a single stage, at an indefinite pace, within the time limits that are specified for each event. Semi-autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refueling stations, as much in terms of food as that of clothing and safety, making it possible to adapt to problems encountered or foreseen (weather, problems physical, injuries, etc.)
This principle implies in particular the following rules:
Each runner must have with him throughout the duration of the race all of his compulsory equipment (see paragraph 8. EQUIPMENT). At any time during the race, the pack and its contents may be checked by race officials. The runner is required to submit to these checks in good faith, at the risk of being excluded from the race.
Aid stations provide drinks and food to be consumed on site. The organization only provides plain water or an energy drink for refilling water bottles or hydration packs. When leaving the aid station, riders must ensure that they have enough food and drink to enable them to continue to the next aid station.
Personal assistance is tolerated exclusively in all aid stations, in the area specifically reserved for this purpose. Assistance can only be provided by other people, without specific equipment other than a bag with a maximum volume of 30 litres. Assistance given by a team of professionals, or any doctor or paramedic, is strictly prohibited. The rest of the supplies are strictly reserved for the runners.
It is forbidden to accompany or be accompanied on any part of the race route by a person not registered for the race, outside the tolerance zones clearly marked near the supplies, i.e. 20 meters before the station and 20 meters after the aid station
It is prohibited at all other refueling stations, as well as at any other point on the course.
- 8. Equipment
In order to ensure their safety and the smooth running of each event, each participant must have at their disposal all the mandatory equipment from the list, detailed below.
Each participant must therefore present their compulsory equipment in order to collect their bib, and agree to keep it with them for the duration of the event.
It is important to note that the equipment imposed by the organizers is a vital minimum that each trail runner must adapt according to his own abilities. In particular, they should not choose the lightest possible clothes to save a few grams but opt for clothes which really offer good protection against the cold, the wind and the frost, the snow, which therefore offer better safety and better performance.
Equipment (O: compulsory / R: Recommended) GT160 GT85 GT42 GT20² GT16 Bag intended for carrying compulsory equipment during the race O O O R R Phone O O O R R Minimum 15 cl goblet O O O O O Supplement of 1 liter of water minimum O O R R R Headlamp O O – O – Additional battery for headlamp O R – – – Survival blanket 1.40 x 2.0 m minimum O O O R R Sufficient food reserve for autonomy adapted to the course O O R R R Rain jacket O O R – – Clothing adapted to weather conditions (sun, rain, cold, snow) O O R R R Identity card or passport O O O O O
Mobile phone (smartphone strongly recommended): the runner must be reachable at all times before, during and after the race. He must have in his memory the PC Course numbers of the organization and safety.
Don’t hide your number and don’t forget to leave with the battery fully charged.
Keep the phone on, airplane mode is prohibited and could result in a penalty.
Headlamp in good working order with spare batteries / batteries.
- 9. Anti-doping control
The anti-doping rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Belgian Athletics Federation (LBFA), the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) are fully applied. These rules are accessible on the relevant websites. Athletes participating in the competition are required to familiarize themselves with these rules as well as the testing, sanctioning and appeal procedures.
Any competitor may be subject to doping control before, during or at the finish of an event. In case of refusal or abstention, the athlete will be sanctioned in the same way as if he had been convicted of doping.
- 10. Insurance
Competitors are advised to take out accident insurance. This should cover the potential costs of rescue operations and treatment. Any claim for damages by competitors against the race organiser, for whatever legal reason, is void.
The costs resulting from the use of exceptional rescue means must be paid by the person rescued, who must also pay for their return from the place to which they were evacuated. It is up to the runner to create his file and present it to his insurance company within the time allowed.
- 11. Respect for the environment
By registering for GTLC events, participants agree to respect the environment and the natural spaces they pass through. Specifically :
It is strictly forbidden to leave your waste (tubes of gel, paper, organic waste, plastic packaging, etc.) along the route. Bins/garbage cans are available at each aid station and it is imperative that they are used. Race officials carry out random checks along the course.
All participants must keep waste and packaging with them until they can dispose of them in the bins provided at each aid station. The organization encourages runners to equip themselves with a bag or a pouch to transport their waste to the next bin.
It is imperative that you follow the paths as they are marked, without shortening them.
No disposable plastic dishes (cutlery, cups, bowls) will be distributed at the aid stations. This is to reduce the use of plastic by runners, as well as GTLC volunteers.
- 12. Elite runners
Regarding the recognition of high level athletes and also for the equitable management of registrations, we reserve places for elite athletes, who request it, according to strict criteria based on the ITRA performance index.
All registration requests must reach us by email (email@example.com) before March 31, 2020. Registration for elite athletes is not automatic, everyone must complete their registration themselves upon receipt of the promo code. of the organizer.
GT160 GT160 GT85 GT85 men women men women Free registration >870 >770 >830 >730 Free registration but fees to pay * >770 >670 >730 >630
*Management/file costs €3 + GPS chip €10
Having international elite status creates rights and duties for the athletes concerned. They are as below:
With regard to the justified recognition of high-level athletes and for a fair management of registrations, we reserve places for elite athletes, who apply for a place, according to precise criteria based on their general ITRA performance index data. . A personalized starting bib will be printed.
At the start of the races, elite athletes are invited to position themselves at the front of the starting line.
Be present at the press conference and official ceremony to which they are invited;
Be present at the award ceremony if it concerns them;
Agree to wear a GPS beacon, provided by the organization at the start of the race, for the duration of the race; then return this beacon at the end of their run;
Be present at the starting line no later than 20 minutes before the start of the race.
- 13. Photo / video rights
Any competitor expressly waives the right to any image or video sequence during the event, just as he waives any right of recourse to the organizers and their partners for the use of their image. Only the organization can transfer this right for images and videos to any media, through an appropriate accreditation or license.
Any communication about the event or the use of images or videos of the event must respect the name of the event, and have the official approval of the organization.
- 14. Personal data protection policy
When registering, the participant agrees that personal data may be collected and transmitted to third parties for the purposes of timing, classification and results as well as for the publication of respective lists on the Internet.
The information is collected as part of a registration for one of the GTLC races, for the needs of the organization and in particular to identify each competitor in order to communicate his information relating to his participation before, during or after the event. .
The participant agrees that his first name, surname, country, date of birth, bib number and results (ranking, time) may be published in all print and electronic media relevant to the event.
Rider data is kept in the database for 10 years. This period is renewable with each registration and corresponds to the legal period of conservation of the data of the medical certificate and of non-contraindication to the practice of athletics or to the race in competition, or to the sports card. Beyond these 10 years, and unless the runner authorizes the organization to keep his data, all data is deleted except for the surname, first name, date of birth, sex and nationality of the runner to maintain the classification .
According to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR 2016/679 and 2018/1807), any competitor has the right to access and modify all information concerning him. This can be done via the event page via email. Any modification of the data can be made by the competitors themselves.
- 15. Wearing the bib
Each bib is distributed individually to each runner upon presentation of:
An identity card or passport (document with photo),
Your race pack and all mandatory equipment.
The bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and be permanently and completely visible throughout the duration of the race. It must always be placed on all clothing and can in no case be positioned on a leg or a bag. Partner name and logos must not be altered or obscured. The bib is the pass necessary to access refreshments, infirmary, rest areas, showers, drop-off or deposit area for locker bags… Except in the event of refusal to comply with a decision taken by a race official, the bib is not never taken away. Only in case of abandonment, the bib is deactivated.
- 16. Transport of bags
GT160: each competitor has the possibility of depositing 3 large bags (30 litres).
GT85: each competitor has the possibility of depositing 1 large bag (30 liters).
The big bags will be for the supplies of: Rocher de Falize (GT160/GT85), Salmchateau (GT160), Coo (GT160). After having filled it with the necessities of their choice and having closed it, they can deposit it ONLY at the stand dedicated to this purpose at Ovifat. These bags are brought to the aid stations by the organization. On his arrival at the aid stations, the runner must, obligatorily, remove his bag. When they leave the refueling station, they personally leave their bag in the designated area. The bags are then returned to Ovifat.
Competitors may also leave a small bag with their personal belongings / equipment at the starting point that they do not want to take on the course. These bags remain at Ovifat. Competitors are advised not to place valuables in the bags; the organizer declines all responsibility in the event of theft, loss or damage to the bags or their contents.
Recovery of large bags: The bags are given only on presentation of the bib. Bags must be collected no later than 2 hours after the end of the race. After this time, the runner must come, in person, to collect his bag, at his own expense, from the GTLC organization.
The organization ensures the repatriation, to Ovifat, of all the bags of runners who abandon, on the condition that the abandonment has been recorded. The delay in repatriation is related to logistical constraints and the organization cannot guarantee complete repatriation of luggage before the end of the race.
The contents of the bags will not be checked, no complaint concerning the contents of the bag on arrival will be accepted.
- 17. Refueling / security post
The organization ensures the presence of solid and liquid refreshments along the route. Aid stations provide drinks and food to be consumed on site. The organization provides plain water and energy drinks for refilling water bottles/hydration packs and personal cups. Competitors must ensure, when leaving each aid/refueling station, that they have enough food and drink to go to the next station.
Only runners wearing a visible and duly checked bib number have access to the refueling stations.
- 18. Verification
A control is carried out on arrival at certain refueling stations.
Unexpected checkpoints may be set up at posts other than refueling posts. Their location is not disclosed by the organization.
- 19. Lane marking
The courses will be marked with more than 5,000 arrows on the course as well as a few kilometers of “DH” tape. For better visibility at night, the beacons are equipped, in part, with reflective material that catches the light from your headlamp. In urban areas, the course will be marked with tape and lane markings on paved surfaces.
As far as the environment is concerned, no paint is used on the paths.
- 20. Deadline and maximum authorized deadlines
The maximum duration of the event, for the entire route, is set at:
20k Robertville Dam 9am
42k Rock of Falize 2 p.m.
64k Three Bridges 7:15 p.m.
88k Salmchateau 9:30 p.m.
92k Vielsalm 02h30
110k pit mount 7h0
128k Coo 011:15
147k Malmedy 3:45 p.m.
164k Ovifat 20h
24 hours 30
20k Robertville Dam 1pm
42k Rock of Falize 6:15 p.m.
65k Malmédy 00h20
85k Ovifat 04:30
20k Robertville Dam 1pm
43k Ovifat 6 p.m.
DEPARTURE 8 p.m.
12k Robertville Dam 10:25 p.m.
23k Ovifat 00h10
16k Ovifat 3pm
These time barriers are calculated to allow competitors to reach the finish in the maximum time allowed while having made any stops (rest, catering, etc.). To be allowed to continue an event, competitors must leave the checkpoint before the cut-off time (regardless of their time of arrival at the checkpoint).
All competitors excluded from the race who wish to continue the course can only do so after returning their bib and under their own responsibility and in complete autonomy.
Time barriers are based on an average of 4.1 km/h.
- 21. Safety and medical assistance
It is up to a runner in difficulty or seriously injured to call for help:
Going to an aid station
By calling PC Course 0471/20.36.21 (number open only during the race period)
By asking another runner to alert the security service
Each runner must provide assistance to any person in danger and alert the security services.
In the event that it is impossible to contact the PC race, you can make a direct call to the national security service (especially if you are in an area where only emergency calls are possible)
Remember that hazards of all kinds, related to the environment and the race, can cause you to wait longer than expected for assistance. Your safety therefore depends on the quality of the equipment you put in your bag.
All staff, doctors, paramedics, and anyone so designated by the organization are able to:
Exclude any competitor from the race deemed unable to continue the event
Require any competitor to use any item of compulsory equipment
Have evacuated by any means whatsoever the runners deemed to be in danger
Refer patients to a better treatment structure better suited to their needs
A runner who contacts a doctor submits to their authority and accepts their decisions.
From the moment a runner’s state of health justifies treatment by intravenous infusion, he is compulsorily excluded from the race.
A first aid station will be accessible at Ovifat throughout the event. Competitors who have a serious medical condition may show up. Minor treatments will be carried out at the discretion of the staff and subject to their availability.
Each runner must stay on the marked route, even to sleep.
All runners who voluntarily venture outside the marked course are no longer under the responsibility of the organization.
- 22. Showers
There is the possibility of a hot shower at the end of the race. Access to the end of race showers is strictly accessible only to runners. The bib is the pass to access the showers.
- 23. Ranking and reward
For each race, a general classification, men and women.
The first man and the first woman in the general classification receive a trophy. The 2nd and 3rd will be rewarded.
Runners must be present at the prize giving. The trophies are only distributed during the ceremony.
The results will be published on the official website at www.grandtrail.be.
- 24. Abandonment and repatriation
Except in case of injury, a runner must not abandon outside a refueling station. They must inform the person in charge of the post.
In the case of the decision to abandon between two refueling stations, the rider must go to the next refueling station where he announces his retirement.
The runner keeps his bib in hand because it is the pass to access meals, treatments…
Repatriation will be organized from each aid station. Injured or ill athletes will be given priority. In the event of a total stoppage of the race, the organization ensures the repatriation of the runners as soon as possible.
- 25. Penalties - disqualification
The race officials present along the route, as well as the managers of the various aid stations and refreshment stations are in a position to enforce the regulations and immediately apply a sanction in the event of non-compliance with these regulations, according to the following table:
INFRINGEMENT OF REGULATIONS PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Shorten the route: Disqualified and banned from GTLC for life
Absence of mandatory equipment: Immediate disqualification
Refusal to have the compulsory equipment checked: Disqualification
Phone off or in airplane mode: 15-minute penalty
Discharge of garbage (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of his entourage: Penalty of one hour
Lack of respect for others (organization or riders)
Note: a participant whose supporters are uncivil and / or refuse to respect the instructions of the organization will be sanctioned. : Disqualification
Not assisting a person in difficulty (requiring care): Disqualification
Assistance outside designated areas: One hour penalty
Be accompanied on the course outside the clearly defined tolerance zones near the aid stations. : One hour penalty
Cheating (ex.: Using a means of transport, sharing a bib,…): Immediate disqualification for life
No visible bib: 15 minutes penalty
Lack of GPS chip: Disqualification
Failure to pass a checkpoint: Disqualification
Refusal to comply with an order from race directors, race officials, chief of post, doctors or rescue personnel. : Disqualification
Refusal of doping control: The rider will be sanctioned in the same way as he would be for taking drugs
Leaving a checkpoint before the end of the penalty: Immediate disqualification
(*) Time penalties are immediately applicable in situ, i.e. the rider must interrupt his race for the duration of the penalty time at the next aid/refreshment station.
Any other non-compliance with the rules will be subject to a sanction at the discretion of the race directors.
- 26. Complaints
Complaints must be officially filed by the competitor with the Race Jury in writing and within 2 hours of the arrival of the participant concerned, with a deposit of €100. If the decision of the race jury is positive, the deposit will be returned to the participant. Otherwise, it will remain with the organizer.
- 27. Race jury
The Race Jury is made up of the following officials:
Asbl Enjoy Sport Infinity
Members of the organizing committee
The Race Jury is authorized to preside over all cases of fault or other similar occurrences, if any. No objection can be formulated against the decision of the Race Jury.
- 28. Exceptional conditions
If the circumstances so require, the organization reserves the right, at any time, to modify the route, the departure times, the deadlines, the position of the aid stations or security posts, and any other aspect related to the proper functioning of the the demonstration.
In the event of force majeure, unfavorable weather conditions or any other circumstance jeopardizing the safety of competitors, the organization reserves the right to:
postpone the departure of a few hours maximum
neutralize the event
In the event of cancellation of this event, for any reason beyond our control, a partial refund of the registration fee will be made. The amount of this reimbursement will be fixed in such a way as to enable the organization to meet all irremediable expenses incurred on the date of cancellation. In case of cancellation decided less than 1 week before departure or in case of interruption of the race, for any reason whatsoever, no refund of registration fees will be made.
If Complete cancellation of the event:
100% of the registration amount refunded until 04/15/2022
75% of the registration amount refunded until 01/05/2022
50% of the registration amount refunded until 05/15/2022
No refund if the event is canceled from 05/16/2022
If the formula is modified in the month before the event, modification of the times or the location of the departure or arrival beyond the control of the organizer: no refund.
- 29. Amendments to the regulations
The organizer reserves the right to make changes at short notice which will be announced in due course.
- 30. Cancellation of a registration - special cases
In the case of a non-chronic osteoarticular or muscular injury of a runner, and only in this case, occurring after registration and which is not completely curable on the day of the race, the organization recommends that the injured runner not expose themselves to unnecessary risks, and cancel their registration.
In case of pregnancy of a registered competitor (date of birth 6 months before – 6 months after the race), the organization recommends to the pregnant runner not to expose herself to unnecessary risks, cancels her registration.
A cancellation for injury or pregnancy must reach us accompanied by a complete medical file (detailed medical report and image examination results confirming the diagnosis written in French or English, signed and stamped by the doctor) by May 1, 2022 at the latest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any incomplete file will be rejected.
Reimbursement = Amount of the registration, less 3€ administration fee.
In the event of serious illness or death of the participant, the participation costs will be fully refunded to him (expenses excluded). To obtain reimbursement, it is necessary to provide a medical certificate signed and stamped by the doctor attesting to the runner’s inability to participate in the race or the death certificate.
- 31. Special covid information
Awaiting developments and rules related to the spread of Covid.
Wearing a mask is compulsory when picking up your bibs at the organization site (Ovifat Ski Piste). We will ask you to keep it on until the start and during the podiums
Hydroalcoholic gel available on the Ovifat site and at the aid stations
Access corridor with direction of circulation at the secretariat level
Possibility of “Rolling start” type departure every 15 min
At the aid stations, our volunteers will be gloved and masked
Bar accessible according to direction of traffic and wearing a mask is compulsory when moving around the room (Modifiable according to government decisions of the moment)
Seated consumption and limited number of people per table
Hot type catering outside and following the Horeca protocol
No registration on site: Depending on government decisions and the danger of transmission at the time
Locker rooms: Awaiting government decisions following the latest measures to be announced by the CNS
The personal details of all participants will be kept until June 15, 2022 in order to allow possible tracing. Private data will not be used for any other purpose. Any participant tested positive for covid-19 within 10 days of May 22, 2022 must inform email@example.com.
Failure to comply with the COVID-19 rules in force on site or which will be put in place by the competent authorities will lead to immediate exclusion from the event.
We remind you that barrier gestures are essential for everyone’s safety. Rest assured that your safety, that of the volunteers and your pleasure in participating in our race are our priorities.