The UM24 will be conducted according to the IAAF Rules and IAU Guidelines as much as possible.
Special attention for the following actions:
- Pacing and being accompanied by any athletes who are not in the same event category; e.g. 12 hours category cannot pace the 24 hours category runners; and any runner who has retired during the event must take no further part at all to pace or accompany runners who are still racing.
- Hand over and acceptance of drinks and food, water and sponges, support at the shoe and dress change, assistance by massages and medical service outside of the designated refreshment zone.
- Technical equipment: Possession or use of radio transmitters, or similar devices.
- Smart phones, MP3 or MP4 players
- GPS device
- Devices carried personally by athletes during a race such as heart rate or speed distance monitors or stride sensors are allowed provided that such device cannot be used to communicate with any other person (except in the designated refreshment zones). The devices should only be used for storing data of the race for later analysis and should not disturb other athletes
The Race Course
The race course of the UM24 shall offer suitable conditions for international athletes to perform at their highest potential. Top level performances at the UM24 are very important for the personal success and reputation of the athletes and enhance the organisation, sponsorship and the profile of the sport. Therefore the quality of the local race course is a very important factor for the success of the UM24.
- Barriers and support: In order to ensure the safety of the race participants, barriers and/or ribbons must be placed: a) in the start and finish area to separate runners and spectators b) in the refreshment zone, to separate spectators from unguarded refreshments.
- If the event takes place also after dark during the night time the race course must be illuminated
sufficiently (relevant especially for the 24 Hours Championships). On every point of the course the runners should be able to look about 50 – 100m further on.
- The course should not contain any dangerous section.
- The use of the own personal drinks and food by the competitors at all official Refreshment
Stations can be ensured and the permitted support for the athletes by friends and relatives
in the official Refreshment Zones will be made possible at each aid station.
Race Course Measurement
- The calculation of the performances shall include the exact measured distance including
centimetres. Only the calculated final distance shall be rounded down to the next full meter. Remark: For example, if an athlete covered 260 laps of 1.063,79 m in the 24 hrs, and if the
centimetres would not be counted, the disadvantage for the athlete would amount to 205
The time measurement will be carried out by an electronic transponder timing system. The timing vendor should provide an extra electric power station in case of interrupted electricity
- Lap times/splits:
- In UM24 the lap times of each competitor must be recorded separately;
- In UM24, the hourly updates of the progress of the race must be published on a special
information board, on paper or digital on the website. These hourly updates will be available
also to the athletes on a central collection point.
- For the continual up-to-date-information also of spectators and media – that the hourly updates
of the leading Top Ten (at least Top Five) men and women will be displayed on a big
clearly visible ‘Leader Board’.
Organization of the start and finish
- A Preferential Starting Zone for Invited athletes and Individual participants of the UM24
must be fitted out.
- A warming up zone (outside the start area if possible) should be available;
- Count down procedure: the countdown before the start will follow the procedure;
- The elapsing time will be announced: 1’, 30”, 15”, 10”, GO! (Comment: the announcement/count down of the last five seconds is the reason for “false starts”; happened also in ultra marathon races.)
- Finish for 6/12/24 Hours Races
- All 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours races must be finished by the final signal given at exactly the
appropriate fixed time after the start of the race, i.e. exactly after 06h:00min:00sec, 12h:
- Absolutely no any exceptions to this rule are allowed, not even in the case of special circumstances
like an “act of God”, e.g. thunderstorms, accidents etc. .
- If, because of special circumstances an interruption must be made, the time of duration of
the interruption must not be added to the official fixed period of time; e.g. in the case of a 15
minute interruption during a 24 hour race the race must finish at exactly 24:00:00 hours (not
24:15:00h) after the start.
- Remark: The reason is to guarantee world wide the same conditions and not to give the participants
of a race an ‘unfair advantage’ of an additional break/rest for the duration of the
- In the case of (a) interruptions or (b) breaking off of the race the official performances are
- As the performance achieved until the end of the (‘net’) appropriate fixed time after the
start (without any ‘extra time’),
- As the performance achieved until the time of breaking off of the race.
- Measurement and rating/scoring of the achieved performances.
- The covered distances must be measured as exactly as possible. I.e. by scoring/rating the
covered full laps and by addition of the measured ‘rest meters’ of the last (incomplete) lap.
- In order to ensure the exact final positions of the athletes at the moment of the end of the
race the following precautions will be taken:
- The final signal, given normally by firing a gun, must be very clearly audible on the
whole race course (important on large loops!).
- The lap of the race course shall be divided in sections with exact measured and fixed 100m (and 50 m) marks and watched by judges, posted at these marks, at the finish of the race.
- Each participant shall receive at the begin of the last lap a small sand bag or similar object marked with the corresponding race number of the runner – the runner
must drop his numbered sand back immediately and vertically on the bottom while he hears
the final signal. The referees, posted on all 100 m (50 m) marks of the loop, go back to the
previous 100 m (50 m) mark and write (with oil chalk) the race numbers of the athletes in
the exact finish position on the bottom of the race course.
- The top three leading men and women (and the possible candidates for national or international records) shall be accompanied during the whole last lap by special judges marking the exact positions of these athletes at the moment of the final signal (with oil chalk or similar device) on the bottom of the loop.
- Immediately after these procedures the referees start the measurement of the ‘rest meters’
covered by all finishers during the last lap (Several measurers can start the measurement simultaneously from the fixed 100 m-marks (Start, 100 m, 200 m, 300 m, 400 m etc.).
- If in the case of special circumstances an accurate measurement of the ‘rest meters’ can
not be guaranteed, then only the completed full laps run before the final signal must/shall be
scored and rated as the official performances of the participants.
- The same method of rating the completed full laps shall be used if a participant finishes the race before the end of the fixed official competition time. There is no obligation for an athlete to be present during the closing stages or laps. Performances achieved on the basis of scoring/rating of covered full laps can be recognised as national or continental or world best performances.
Refreshment/Handling Zones and Drinking/Sponging Stations
- At UM24 the official Refreshment/Handling Zone must be available to the athletes for each lap. The refreshment-zone must be placed at one side of the course; The official refreshment of the organiser should be provided together with the tables of the personalised F&B.
- Official food supply:
- The organiser provides the official food supply accessible for all race participants in all Refreshment zones
- Water/mineral waters without gas, electrolyte beverages, bananas and other fruits, Cola, glucose/sugar, salt (sodium chloride), biscuits etc..
- At the end of all refreshment zones sponges must be available.
- Personal food and drinks
- The organiser must ensure that the competitors can use their own personal drinks and food at all official Refreshments Stations;
- The organiser provides special tables, for the personal drinks and food in the Refreshment/
- There should also be at least 2 chairs available for the helpers;
- All these personal drinks must be handled over between 4 and 1 hour before the race start;
- Helpers of the athletes are permitted to bring the athletes’ personal food and drinks directly to the tables in the official refreshment zone;
- the drinks will also be placed in numeric order by race numbers.
- Allowed support in the Official Refreshment/Handling Zones
- In the official Refreshment/Handling Zones the helpers may put the refreshments into the hands of the athletes;
- Helpers may not enter the course nor obstruct any athlete. They may only hand the refreshment to the athlete either from behind, or from a position no more than one metre in front or to the side of the table.
- Helpers can support athletes for any shoe and dress change.
- Any medical support is permitted e.g. treatment of smaller injuries, blisters, by massages etc.
- Transmission of information of any kind is also permitted.
- Remark: All this support is allowed only within the Official Refreshment/Handling Zones – not in the Drinking/Sponging Stations.
- Toilets: These will be situated besides the running tracks…
- Showers are recommended in case of high temperature conditions; The showers must be placed outside the ideal running line.
- Each participant must wear two race numbers (without any changes of the form or size), one number in front, and the other one on the back. Also in the case of bad weather conditions both race numbers must be worn every time well visible (over all clothing).
- In 24 hours races it is allowed to fix the two race numbers on an elastic band in order to make it possible to change the clothes very much faster and easier.
- This will consist of:
- a Men’s Individual race (24 hrs) and a Women’s Individual race (24 hrs)
- Overall race for men and women separately for 12 hrs, 6hrs Day and 6 hrs Night category
- Time limits for classification in UM24 hrs races:
- Men: 24 hrs Gold (200km +) Silver (180km- 200km) Bronze (150-180km)
Women: 24 hrs Gold (175km +) Silver (150 km-175km) Bronze (120-150km)
- Men: 12 hrs Gold (120km +) Silver (100km- 120km) Bronze (85-100km)
Women: 12 hrs Gold (110km +) Silver ( 90 km- 110km) Bronze (75- 90km)
- Men: 6 hrs Gold (70km +) Silver (60km- 70km) Bronze (55-60km)
Women: 6 hrs Gold (65km +) Silver (55km- 65km) Bronze (50-55km)
- Certificates will be issued with the distance results recorded.
- The men’s race and the women’s race are two separate competitions, but both may be started and run simultaneously.
- Award winners:
- 24 hours- Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women
- 12 hours- Top 3 overall (no separate men and women category)
- 6 hours- Top 3 overall Day & Top 3 Overall Night Category
- (D1 and D2 combined, N1 and N2 combined, no separate men & women category)
- Generally: In the 24 hours races and all other events over a determined time (e.g. 6 hours, 12 hours) the competitors may rest at any reasonable period. There is no obligation on them to be present during the closing stages or laps. The covered full laps will be scored and possible achieved best performances may be recognised.
- Longer breaks: A longer break must be announced at the lap counting station and the break must begin and end at the starting line (electronic timing ‘station’).
- Short breaks: A short rest in the official Refreshment/Handling Zone for drinking, shoe or dress change, use of toilet, use of medical support etc. is always possible without announcement of the break – but the athlete must leave and enter the race course at the same point.
- Change of running direction: In the small lapped 24 hours races the organisers may arrange for competitors to reverse the running direction at fixed times (e.g. 4 hours or 6 hours) during the race.
Medical Support/Medical Staff
- An official Medical Staff Group, consisting of physicians, first aid paramedics and masseurs, shall be appointed by the organising committee.
- The official Medical Staff Group shall be clearly identified by corresponding armbands and vests.
- The Medical Staff Group looks after the safety of the participants, the responsible medical doctor can remove athletes from the race, when it will be irresponsible in his opinion to continue the race.
- The use of the medical support from the official Medical Staff Group by the athletes is allowed also out of the official Refreshment/Handling Zone.
Result lists of UM24
- Provisional result lists: The provisional result lists shall be published as soon as possible as athletes finish, on a special well visible information board. The time of the publication of each edition shall be noted on the result list.
- Final result lists: The final official result lists, shall be published as soon as possible after the finish of the
race, at the latest however 1 hour before the Victory Ceremony.
- Each page of the printed result list must contain also the date and the venue of the competition.
- Remarks according performances: Distance results: The performance must be indicated in kilometres and meters, e.g. 290,221 km. Centimetres always must be rounded DOWN to the next full meter.
- Separate result lists for men and women must be made and published.
Protests and Appeals
- Protests concerning the result or conduct of the UM24 or concerning athletes acting in unsporting manner or committing an offence under the basic competition rules can be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the results of the event.
- Any protest shall, in the first instance, be made orally to the Race Director by the athlete himself or by an authorised person acting on behalf of the athlete.
- The Race Director may decide on the protest or may refer the matter to the Jury of Appeal. If the Race Director makes a decision, there shall be a right of appeal to the Jury.
- An appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the decision by the Referee, in writing.
Jury of Appeal
- At UM24 a Jury of Appeal, which should normally consist of three persons, shall be appointed.
- The primary functions of the Jury of Appeal shall be to deal with the protests submitted by the athletes.
- The decisions of the Jury of Appeal shall be final.
- Remark: Only in the event of that new conclusive evidence is presented the Jury may reconsider
The compulsory Technical Meeting for the athletes will take place 1 hour before the
race starts on race day.
The general regulations and the special race rules will be explained by the UM24 organiser
to the athletes.