THE JUMPING GORILLA MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUN CHAMPIONSHIP 2023

RACE REGULATIONS

 ORGANIZATION

The Jumping Gorilla Mountain trail run series organizes various trail running events with 100% trail route. These races are conducted within the limits of Pune Maharashtra.

 DEFINITION OF THE RACE

The Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Run Championship 2023 is an event which includes 3 race categories which will be held in Katraj to Sinhagad mountain ranges of Pune, Maharashtra, India. Winding through the hiking routes of the great Sahyadri mountain range; the wonder of the nature, the mountains that are decorated like forts, testifying to the supernatural history, awakening the memory of all the foot marks of our king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Each race takes place in one single stage, at an undefined pace and within a time limit.

THE JUMPING GORILLA MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUN CHAMPIONSHIP 2023 is ITRA International Trail Running Association certified and UTMB – Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc World Series qualifying race 2023

20Kms Category

  • Gorilla 25Kms: around 25 Kms  and about 1270 meters elevation gain, starts from Pune in semi-autonomy. There will be a total of 2 Aid Stations in this race route and the race starts at 05:30 am on the Sunday, January 08th. Cut-off time for finishing is 07:00 hours.

50Kms Category

  • Gorilla 50Kms: around 50 Kms and about 3130 meters elevation gain, starts from Pune in semi-autonomy. There will be a total of 5 Aid Stations in this race route and race starts at 05:30 am on the Sunday, January 08th. Cut-off time for finishing is 14:00 hours.

100Kms Category

  • Gorilla 100Kms: around 100 Kms and about 6050 meters elevation gain, starts from Pune in semi-autonomy. There will be a total of 7 Aid Stations in this race route and race starts at 02:30 pm on the Saturday, January 07th. Cut-off time for finishing is 21:00 hours.

RUNNER’S COMMITMENT

To participate in this event, in particular the GORILLA 100k & GORILLA 50k, it is essential:

  • To be completely aware of the length and specificity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it.
  • To have acquired, prior to the race, a real capacity of personal autonomy in the mountains allowing for the management to assess the problems that will be induced by this type of event, and notably:
  • Know how to confront, without outside help, climatic conditions which could be very difficult to deal with at an altitude (night, wind, cold, fog, rain).
  • Know how to manage, including when one is isolated, physical or mental problems arising from great fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or articular pains, small wounds…
  • To be totally conscious that the organization’s role is not to help a runner manage these problems.
  • To be totally aware that for such an activity in the mountains, security depends upon the runner’s capacity to adapt to the problems encountered or foreseen.
  • All 03 individual categories – 25Km – 50Km – 100Km determined by distance, total elevation gained and cut off timings.
  • 25Km – 50Km – 100Km categories are open for professionally marathon trained athletes of all nationalities above 18 years of age on 06/01/2023.
  • A 25Km participant should have completed (or will complete) one Half Marathon (21kms) between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2023.
  • A 50K and 100k participant should have completed (or will complete) one Full Ultra Marathon (40kms) between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2023.
  • Or the participant must have completed (or will complete) an Ultra Marathon of 50 Km and above within the cut off time prescribed by the respective organizers of the race that you ran, between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2023.
  • Athletes must be trained for mountain running and have participated in races that have minimum elevation of 3000m +

Participation will NOT be entertained without water vest and mandatory gears

Important Note: This is semi-autonomy (semi-supported) race

Which means, we will give you calculated nutrition support & water to every participant!

THIS IS NOT A RECREATIONAL RACE

SEMI AUTONOMY
(SEMI-SUPPORTED RACE)

The principal of every individual race in semi-autonomy is the rule. The Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Championship 2023 will take place in one single stage, at an undefined pace, within the limits of the time barriers which are specified for each event. Semi-autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshments posts/aid stations, as much on the food front, allowing for adapting to problems encountered or foreseen (bad weather, physical problems, injury…)

This principal implies, in particular, to the following rules:

  • Each runner must have with them throughout the duration of the race the totality of their mandatory gears and equipment’s.
  • The refreshment posts supply drinks and food to be consumed on site. Jumping Gorilla only supplies still water or energizing drink for filling water bottles or hydration packs. The runner should take care to ensure they have, when leaving each refreshment post, the quantity of drink and food which is necessary to keep them going until the following refreshment post.
  • It is forbidden to accompany or be accompanied along any part the race route by a person not registered for the race. It is not allowed to be accompanied by a dog or any other animal

RACE-BIBS

Race-bibs are handed over to each runner upon presentation of:

  • A valid ID with photo
  • All items on the mandatory equipment checklist.

The race-bib must be worn on the chest or stomach and must remain permanently and completely visible during the whole race. It must always be placed on top of all clothing and must not be positioned on a leg or on the back. The runner’s name and partner’s logos must not be altered or hidden. The bib is the pass to access the aid stations, medical points, rest rooms, bag drop-off or pick-up areas… The bib is only withdrawn if the runner refuses to comply with the race director’s decision. If the runner abandons the race, the bib is cut and deactivated.

Pre-Race Briefing + Bib Collection

25Km – 50Km – 100Km 

Friday, January 06th 2023

Bib Collection Time: 05:00 PM onwards

Pre-Race Briefing Time: 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

 

Race Briefing is mandatory to attend so that you understand details about the race course and route. If race briefing is missed by the participant, he/she will not be given the bib and hence cannot compete in the race!

DROP BAGS / SPARE BAGS

Only bags will be transported. Poles are not allowed in these bags.

As the items in the bags are neither checked nor controlled, we will accept no claims on that matter. We recommend not to put any valuable items in the bags. We advise you to keep toiletries and spare clothes

SECURITY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

There is physio and medical station at the start/finish point. For serious injuries we have an ambulance at the race venue with ER doctor available 24×7.

Every runner must give assistance to any person in danger and alert the race director.

Do not forget that any kind of unexpected events – linked to the environment and the race

– Could make you wait for help longer than expected. Your safety therefore depends upon the quality of the items that you have put in your backpack.

All medical, paramedical, first aid and guide staff, as well as any person appointed by the race director are able to:

  • exclude from the race any participant who is deemed to be unable to continue the event
  • demand to any competitor to use any item of the mandatory equipment
  • evacuate by any means the runners they deem to be in danger 
  • refer patients to the most appropriate care structure

A runner who contacts a doctor or search and rescue staff submits to their authority and agrees to accept their decisions.

If a runner’s state of health justifies treatment via intravenous drip, the runner shall compulsorily withdraw from the race.

FINISH

When you finish your race, you will receive the finisher’s medal.Finishers will have access to a final aid station located

REST

During the race, runners will have some rest areas in some aid stations, with camp beds and blankets. Runners having finished their race and wishing to prolong their stay must have their own accommodation.

COMPLAINTS

Any complaint must be sent by email to [email protected], within 10 days after the end of the event.

PARKING

Parking will be available at the race venue.You will have to reach the venue on prior and park your vehicle on race day in the designated parking space. Parking at owner’s risk!

EQUIPMENT

In order to ensure the smooth running of each event, each participant must carry with them all the items listed in the mandatory equipment checklist (see below). And take all the equipment with them during the race even if the runner is not using it.

Please note: the items included in the mandatory equipment checklist are the basic pieces which each trail-runner must adapt according to their own skills. In particular, you should not choose the lightest possible clothing but prefer clothing that really provides good protection in the mountains against heat, cold, wind, and therefore better safety and performance

GORILLA 100, GORILLA 50 & GORILLA 25 mandatory equipment checklist 

  • Water vest of 3 liters capacity minimum. Without water vest you are not allowed participate.
  • Running backpack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.
  • Mobile + an external battery is highly recommended
  • Headlamps with spare cells/battery
  • Whistle
  • Jacket with hood for bad weather in the mountains. The jacket must be made of a Waterproof* and breathable** membrane (eg. out dry). The runner must judge whether, according to the before mentioned criteria, the jacket complies with the regulations and therefore is suitable for bad weather in the mountains. However, during a check, the race director’s opinion on the matter shall prevail.
  • Cap or bandana or Buff
  • ID – passport/ID card

Other recommended equipment
(including but not limited to)

  • Spare warm clothing, essential in case of cold and rainy weather or in case of injury
  • Poles in the case of rain for your safety on slippery ground.
  • Vaseline or anti-heat cream or sunscreen
  • At least 500 INR cash (just in case…).
  • Reusable bowl and spoon
  • GPS watch
  • Knife or scissors for cutting elastic bandage
  • Electrolytes and energy gels etc.
  • If you choose to take hiking poles with you, you have to carry them for the duration of the whole race. No poles are authorized at the bag drop.

If you have further questions about mandatory equipment, do not hesitate to consult with us.

Music: Listening to music using earphones only, is tolerated, so long as it is safe to do so. Any earphones MUST be removed when crossing any roads, as well as on approach to, and whist at, any checkpoints and when approaching and passing any safety team members.

ROUTE MARKING

Route markers are made of reflective ribbons, so that you can easily spot them even at night.

WARNING: if you can’t see any way marker, turn back! Because we respect the environment, we do not use any paint on the trails.

TIME LIMIT AND CUT-OFF TIMES

The cut-off time for finishing each race is:

GORILLA 100: 21hrs 00min

GORILLA 50: 14hrs 00min

GORILLA 25: 7hrs 00min

Cut-off times are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish within the time limit. In order to be authorized to continue a race, all participants must leave the check point/aid station before the cut-off time (whatever their time of arrival at the check point).

All participants excluded from the race who wish to continue the route can only do so after having returned their race-bib and under their own responsibility and in complete autonomy.

 

DROP OUT AND REPATRIATION

Except in case of injury, a runner wishing to withdraw the race must do so only at a check point.

They must inform the person responsible for the point or report their withdrawal by returning the bib at nearest aid station.

If a runner wishes to withdraw while on the route between 2 checkpoints, they must reach the nearest checkpoint where they must report their withdrawal.

Runners who withdraw must return their race bib because it has tracking chip which needs to be disconnected by the race authorities.

RANKING AND AWARDS

For each race, there is a general ranking – men and women – and a category ranking – men and women – (see below further details for each category).

Events: The first 3 runners in each category receive a trophy and a prize. Results for all participants will be displayed on www.thejumpinggorilla.com

REGISTRATION PRIVILEGES

Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Run Dry Fit T-Shirt , Bib number with timing chip, Well stocked Aid-Stations, Finisher medal, Podium Finishers get Trophy, Pre and Post-race Meals, Precautionary Masks, Sanitizer

Display of results on the website post-trail run (www.thejumpinggorilla.com)

Digital Certificates

UTMB World Series Qualifier Race

An Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc UTMB® World Series Qualifiers are the gateway to the UTMB® World Series, with thousands of races around the world which are open to all. Participating in a UTMB® World Series Qualifier race will allow for runners who take part to benefit from privileged access to the UTMB® 

All Finishers of a UTMB® World Series Events 20K race earn 1 Running Stone

All Finishers of a UTMB® World Series Events 50K race earn 2 Running Stones

All Finishers of a UTMB® World Series Events 100K race earn 3 Running Stones

HOW DO THE RUNNING STONES WORK?

One Running Stone is equivalent to one entry into the lottery to participate in the UTMB® World Series Finals, i.e., the UTMB®, CCC® and OCC races of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Running Stones will be awarded to all finishers of a 20K, 50K, 100K and 100M UTMB® World Series Event or UTMB® World Series Major. Running Stones accumulate over time and each Running Stone gives an additional chance to be selected via the lottery.  

 

Running Stones can be used to enter the lottery for only one race per edition of the UTMB® World Series Finals. If the athlete is not selected, they may use their Running Stones for a subsequent edition of the lottery for the race of their choice if they hold a valid UTMB® Index in the category.    For example, if you have 9 Running Stones, your name appears 9 times in the lottery, thus tripling your odds in the lottery vs someone who only has 3 Running Stones.

ITRA (International Trail Running Association)

International Trail Running Association is a global regulatory body that promotes trail running and authenticating trail running races around the globe. ITRA allots points for races so that runners around the world can participate in them to qualify for world-class trail marathons like UTMB.

Indian Sports Revolution is a member of ITRA- International Trail Running Association and The Jumping Gorilla Trail Run is an accredited race. You can view The Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Run in their annual race calendar of India.

View ITRA Evaluation: Click here –

COVID-19 UPDATE

We have inculcated the COVID19 safety race-style, depending on the course and current coronavirus situation. We intend on hosting safe and fun races for the rest of our lives and will continue to monitor this ongoing situation.

 Please know we will never condone going against what the PMC, Pune governed authorities, Pune Forest Authorities, the Maharashtra governing Authorities, India Governing Authorities or any other governing bodies, that are suggesting or requiring of us during this unprecedented time. With that in mind, we do have plans (and backup plans and backup plans to our backup plans)! See below for what you can expect. We intend to continue to organize challenges to keep you as motivated, healthy and happy as possible (while it’s now needed more than ever)!