Updated – 8 October 2020
Article 01: The Race
Article 02: Participation
Article 03: Categories
Article 04: Permitted and Non-Permitted Equipment
Article 05: Timing of the Race
Article 06: Day of the Event
Article 07: Runner’s Kit
Article 08: Sporting Behavior
Article 09: Route Control
Article 10: Security on the Route
Article 11: “Leave No Trace”
Article 12: Cancellation Policy for Runners
Article 13: Doping Control
Article 14: Release of Images, Photos, Voice, and Video
Article 15: General Conditions
Article 16: Changes and Updates to the General Rules
1.1. The name of the event is “Patagonian International Marathon,” hereafter also referred to as “The Race” or “The Event.”
1.2. Club Outdoor Sport and NIGSA, the entity that created the Patagonian International Marathon, are organizing the Event, and will hereafter be referred to as the “Organizers” or the “Organization.”
1.3. The Race Director is the highest authority in The Event.
1.4. The official languages are English and Spanish.
1.5. The race distances for the 2021 edition are: 42 km, 21 km and 10 km. The route has been established on gravel roads, created for vehicles, whose surface is mixed between asphalt and gravel sections.
1.6. The event is based on the concept of a life experience in a natural environment, integrating sport, healthy living and conservation. It is organized with the greatest respect for the environment and in the context of the Olympic spirit.
1.7. No prize money will be awarded.
2.1. Registration for the Event will close on August 24, 2021.
2.2. The minimum age to participate in the distance of 42km and 21km is 18 years old. The minimum age for the 10km is 16 years old. In both cases, the age of the person on Race Day will be considered.
2.3. Running a marathon requires a high level of physical fitness. To enroll in the Patagonian International Marathon, the runner accepts and understands that he/she must have the physical fitness suitable for a test of this kind, by the day of the race.
2.4. The participant takes part in the event voluntarily, assuming all of the responsibility for his/her activities, actions, belongings, health, and physical and psychological integrity. He or she explicitly renounces all responsibility, and thus waives the ability to make any claim against the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and/or representatives thereof, with regard to any damages, including, but not limited to, the following: physical pain, morals, thefts, misplacements/lost items, or any other incident he or she could suffer personally or have occur to a third-party member, his/her friends, or belongings before, during, or after the event.
2.5. The number and corresponding timing chip are registered only in the name of the registrant, and cannot be exchanged once they are collected at kit pick-up.
2.6. The Organization reserves the right to disqualify any runner that does not use his/her number during the race.
2.7. Only the runners who complete the race will receive a Finisher Medal for having reached the finish line and completing the Patagonian International Marathon (No diploma will be given out).
3.1. The classification of runners in each race distance, 42, 21, and 10 km, will be made according to categories given by ranges of age and sex. There are a total of 12 categories, which are presented in the following table:
|Category||Age Range: Men||Age Range: Women|
|Hares||16 – 17 (10K Only)||16 – 17 (10K Only)|
|Guanacos||18 – 29||18 – 29|
|Pumas||30 – 39||30 – 39|
|Huemuls||40 – 49||40 – 49|
|Foxes||50 – 59||50 – 59|
|Condors||60 – 69||60 – 69|
|Mylodons||70 +||70 +|
Note: The categories have been named in recognition of the natural environment in which the event takes place; the assigned names correspond to the fauna that inhabits the place.
4.1. The use of roller-blades and other forms of wheeled progression is not permitted.
4.2. The use of trekking poles is permitted. In order to use them, you must carry them for the entire race, meaning from the starting line to the finish line.
4.3. Each runner must run unassisted. Any and all forms of towing are not permitted. Any form of external assistance or following a runner / the route in bicycle is not permitted either.
5.1. General race time will begin at the moment of the official start. Individual race time will begin when each competitor crosses the start line and will end when he/she crosses the finish line.
5.2. Competitor timing will be by electronic chip. Each chip is unique and corresponds to the runner’s number. They are not transferrable.
5.3. All runners must have their official number securely attached to the front of their clothing and visible at all times during the race. The timing chip must be fastened to a runner’s shoes as instructed.
6.1. It is a runner’s individual responsibility to be at the defined starting points an hour before the start of each distance, whether it be using his or her own personal means of transportation, private transportation, or the event’s official buses. The starting times according to each race distance are the following:
|42K||11:00||Cruce Bahía El Bote (Ruta Y-200, Km 27)|
|21K||12:00||Botadero (Ruta Y-290, Km 47)|
|10K||12:15||Mirador Cuernos (Ruta Y-290, Km 57)|
6.2. The Event Organizers reserve the right to suspend or cancel the race, change the date or race schedule, or modify the route and aid stations in cases of force majeure, including, but not limited to, the following: fire, war, acts of terrorism, exceptional climatic conditions, natural disasters, accidents, or for security reasons or justified orders from a competent authority. In those cases, no refund will be given to the Participant.
7.1. In order to apply for or retrieve the Runner Kit, the Runner must have met all the requirements to enter the race.
7.2. The schedule for picking up the runner’s kit will be announced officially in the Runner’s Guide, but a preliminary schedule, which will take place in Puerto Natales, can be found below:
|23 SEP||15:00 – 22:00||Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200|
(In front of Plaza de Armas)
|24 SEP||10:00 – 22:00||Espacio Ñandú – Prat 200|
(In front of Plaza de Armas)
NOTE: Please refer to your Runner’s Guide for any updated dates and/or times for Kit Pick Up.
7.3. The Runner Kit includes the following:
8.1. All runners must follow the instructions given to them by the Event Organizers or their representatives on the course at all times. Refusal to follow any such instruction may result in penalty or even disqualification.
8.2. All runners should conduct themselves in a sporting manner, showing respect to other runners and the Event Organizers. Failure to do so may result in penalty or event disqualification.
8.3. In cases of accidents or any other type of emergency, Runners must offer assistance to any Runner or member from the Event Organization, if necessary.
9.1. The start and finish will be signified with a line on the ground and start and finish banners.
9.2. Spectators may not join the course in order to run or cycle, or use any form of motorized transport alongside race participants. Runners found to be accompanied in this way could be penalized or disqualified.
9.3. Intermediate distances will be marked in kilometers, considering the distance remaining to reach the finish line.
9.4. The last runner on the course will be followed by a mobile control.
10.1. There will be both stationary and mobile medical teams along the race route. If any member of those teams determines that a runner must not continue, the competitor must obey his/her command and/or instruction.
10.2. Runners may request assistance for minor problems from medical teams found along the route, and then either continue or not, as determined by the assisting medical personnel.
10.3. If a runner is not able to complete the race, he/she must inform any member of the Organization and wait at the nearest aid station, from where he/she will be transferred to the finish line, once the last runner has passed.
10.4. The organization is not responsible for any cost associated with injuries that may occur during the preparation, the transfer to or from the place of the event, or participation in the race. This includes, but is not limited to, medical costs, transport to and from a hospital, services of qualified medical assistance, or any drug product as necessary. For this reason, all participants must have an adequate and valid personal insurance in Chile.
11.1. The race is organized under the principles of “Leave no trace.” Runners will not leave clothes, bottles, food wrappers, or any other waste on the route, except for official areas where will be specific canister for garbage.
11.2. At all times, the flora and local fauna must be respected.
11.3. The race take places from from the urban city centers, so toilets will be provided at some points along the course. In extreme cases, runners may leave the course, but should be sensitive to other runners or race staff, avoiding paths, animal tracks streams, and standing water by a minimum of 100 meters.
11.4. Considering the probability of wind and in order to reduce waste and trash, the Event does not provide disposable plastic cups. Runners must carry their own water hydration system or bottle.
12.1. A runner may withdraw its registration before the start of the race; in these cases a partial refund can be awarded according to the following refund policy:
*Refunds can only be made through Chilean bank account or a PayPal account. No refunds can be made to international bank accounts or directly to credit cards.
In order to take advantage of this option, a Runner must advise the Organization before the day of Event by writing an email to email@example.com. If a Runner does not attend or express his or her intention to postpone registration, it will be deemed as lost.
13.1. The Race Organizers reserve the right to implement a doping control. Any runner found to be in violation of the current WADA list (World Anti-Doping Authority), will be disqualified and reported to their national athletic federation and will be ineligible to participate in any NIGSA organized event in the future.
14.1. The Participant authorizes both the event organizers and its sponsors the right to utilize any and all mediums from the event, in addition to allowing the following: the right to take their photographs; to use their accompanying images; to film them throughout the event; to record their voice, conversations, and/or testimonials. In addition to the above, the Participant agrees, free from profitable gain, to allow these rights, both unrestricted and without expiration, to be used by the event organization, sponsors, and media.
15.1. The Organizers will be cautious at all times with runners personal property, but ultimately, are not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to any personal items belonging to competitors or their supporters.
16.1. The Organizers of the event reserve the right to make changes or additions to the General Regulations at any time prior to the start of the race.