Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship OCR Polska
Rules and regulations
I. MANAGEMENT AND AIM OF COMPETITION
- Obstacle Course Racing Association OCR POLSKA.
- The aim of competition is to determine a Polish Obstacle Course Racing Champion, by the means of independent, non-commercial sport competition.
- Obstacle Course Racing Association OCR POLSKA
- Adventure Park Gdynia Kolibki
- Honorary Patronage of the event was taken by:
- The president of the City of Gdynia
- Marshall of the Pomeranian Voivodship
- Polish Cup – a sport competition organized under the patronage of OCR Polska, comprising several races held throughout the year. Points are scored according to a position of a certain participant in a given races; their sum constitutes participant’s total Polish Cup score in either men or women category.
- Partner Event – a race that is considered as a partner event by OCR Polska Association. Up-to-date list of partner events can be found at OCR Polska website.
- Elite Division – a starting division in a given obstacle course race, that observes conditions of a sport competition. A basic requirement is that all the participants need to pass each obstacle just by themselves. Meeting the requirement allows participant to be classified in the race final score.
- League Race – a sport event, which is included in OCR League classification. The detailed list of races that are included in OCR League classification in a given year is published at OCR Polska website.
- Main Referee of a race – a person who coordinates the assistant referees’ work, sets the rules of passing certain obstacles and presides over Complaints Commission. Main Referee’s full name for a given race will be made public before the event starts.
- Assistant Referee – primarily trained person (who is marked in a way that makes him/her easily identifiable for the race participants), that supervises the way the participants pass certain obstacles. The referee has a right to decide whether an obstacle has been passed in compliance with the rules.
- Volunteer – a person (who is marked in a way that makes him/her easily identifiable for the race participants) who supervises participants passing the route, giving them directions if necessary. They also supervise the order in which obstacles are passed by participants in the case there are queues to given obstacles.
IV. DATE, PLACE AND SCHEDULE
- Polish Championship will be held on 8-9 of September 2018 in Gdynia Kolibki
- The event’s headquarters – Adventure Park Gdynia Kolibki, Bernadowska 1.
- The schedule for I Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship OCR Polska:
07.00 – opening of the event’s office
09:00 – opening ceremony of the Polish Championship
09:30 – main race (ELITE category) at ~15 km distance, Men
09.45 – main race (ELITE category) at ~15 km distance, Women
10:15 – starts of age categories (every 30 minutes)
15.00 – closing of the race route
16.00 – award ceremony for the best participants at 15 km distance
At the same time as main race starts, the obstacle race for children in the age of … will be held.
07.00 – opening of the event’s office
09.00 – main race (ELITE category) at ~4 km distance, Men
09.15 – main race (ELITE category) at ~4 km distance, Women
09.30 – starts of age categories (every 15 minutes)
13.00 – main race route is closed
14.00 – friendship race (teams/mixed/open/family)
16.30 – friendship race route is closed
17.30 – ending of the event
This schedule may be a subject of a change (for instance due to the number of participants), which would be communicated to participants in a special announcement.
- The route of the Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship OCR Polska at ~15 km distance includes: 13 km terrain route, beach-water route 2 km. The detailed plans for each route will be made public before the start of Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship.
- The route of the Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship at ~4 km distance is a terrain route located in the area of Gdynia Kolibki Adventure Park.
- All the routes will be marked with a colored signal tape.
- Time will be measured by three separate stoppers, as well as chip-based system of time measurement and control. Every participant needs to have a special chip placed at one of the legs (at the ankle’s height), which enables electronic time measurement. Placing the chip anywhere else, or detaching it during the race will be result in disqualification. Participants who do not return the chip directly after finishing the race shall be disqualified as well.
V. CHECKPOINTS AND TIME LIMIT
- Marked and unmarked checkpoints will be set throughout the race route, which will be supervised by assistant referees.
- Participants need to meet a certain time limit, which will be made public in a separate announcement.
- Participant is required to sign in at the next checkpoint before exceeding the time limit.
- No nutrition points are provided within the route. In case of high temperatures organizer will provide drinking water point (or points) in the route of the long race, which would be announced before the event’s start.
- It is strictly forbidden for third parties to pass drinks, nutrition supplements or any other objects to race participants.
- A participant is obliged to pass the obstacles throughout the route in compliance with the rules and regulations. The instructions regarding way the obstacles should be passed will be made public before the Race.
- Using other Participants’, Referees’, Volunteers’ or third parties’ help while passing the obstacles results in disqualification.
- The right to start in Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship OCR Polska is granted to those who:
- Are at least 18 years old (i.e. have turned 18 years old at least one day before the Championship starts) and at the same time
- Have priorly achieved one of the following qualifications:
- First 50 men and first 30 women from Polish Cup rankings after the last League Race before the Polish Championship.
- First 3 men and first 3 women from ELITE Division of partner races.
- The winners of men and women categories of partner races, which do not observe the ELITE Division.
- Owners of a wild-card granted by race organizers.
- The right to start in age categories races, which are a part of Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship, is granted to those who:
- Are at least 18 years old (i.e. have turned 18 years old at least one day before the Championship starts)
- Are 13 to 17 years old (i.e. have turned 13 years old at least one day before the Championship starts), only with a written consent signed by their parent, guardian or a custodian.
- Winning in the age categories races which are a part of Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship does not entitle a Participant to title him/herself as Polish Obstacle Course Racing Champion.
- During the Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship any doping or psychoactive substances (including alcohol and substances having similar effects) will not be tolerated. The organizer has a right to conduct an examination to check, whether such substances have been used by a Participant (according to the actual rules and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA). Therefore, by taking part in the race, participants agree to be a subject to such examination, especially to collect a urine sample (in a presence of organizer’s representative – a person of the same sex as participant) so that the appropriate analysis could be carried out. If an analysis reveals that such substances have been used by a participant, he or she will be disqualified automatically.
- Every Participant is obliged to comply with fair-play rules. Any acts of aggression, inappropriate behavior or discrimination – either against other participants, referees, volunteers or spectators – might result in Participant being instantly disqualified.
- Participants need to provide clothes adequate to weather conditions by themselves. Spiked shoes are not allowed.
- Whether a Participant is allowed to perform in the race or not, is decided by the Main Referee, whose decisions are irrevocable.
- A Participant needs to pass all the obstacles within the route of the race. Not passing an obstacle will result in participant being disqualified, unless the rules for a given obstacle accept an alternative option.
- Some obstacles do not need to be passed; instead a Participant could perform penalty lap (with additional weight) or another alternative task. Information regarding such possibility will be given before the start of the race. It will also be shared by an Assistant Referee supervising a given obstacle.
- Before performing a penalty loop, a Participant has to make at least one serious attempt to pass a given obstacle. Mere touching of an obstacle does not count as a such an attempt. If the queue forms to the obstacle, the Participant has a right to make the attempt multiple times. A Participant who fails in passing the obstacle goes to the end of the queue. For some obstacles separate tracks might be formed – one for those participants who pass the obstacle for the first time, another one for those who have already made an attempt to do it.
- It is not accepted to come up with alternative way of passing the natural obstacles including water bodies, elevation gains, abattis and sections with additional weight.
- A Participant needs to follow the route (as it has been marked by the Organizers) with no exceptions. Leaving the route in order to pass another competitor, or using shortcuts may result in disqualification.
- A Participant that has left the route unintentionally is obliged to come back to the spot in which he/she has left it and continue the race from that spot.
- Participants need to demonstrate high level of physical and psychical endurance. People experiencing fears towards water, open spaces, darkness, fire and small spaces should not participate in the run. Ability to swim is not necessary.
- All the announcements and requests made by assistant referees and volunteers need to be followed incontestably. Not applying to a request may result in disqualification.
- The Participants have no right to put referees’ decisions and requests into question. During the race, a referee is always right.
VII. RACE OFFICE. VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANTS
- All the participants starting in the race need to be verified in Race Office, located in Adventure Park Gdynia Kolibki and open from 07.09.2018 until 09.09.2018.
- For the verification process, participants will be asked to show their ID card. Each participant will be also asked to put a signature under the statement, that he/she is taking part in the race at their own responsibility. In the case of underage participants – a written consent with a signature of their parent/legal custodian will be required. In special cases, when the medical examination is necessary, doctor’s decision during the race (or prior to it) is unquestionable.
At the area of Race Office – Adventure Park organizer provides a roofed cloakroom and washing point, where one can wash themselves after finishing the race. The organizer does not take responsibility for any items left in the area of Adventure Park.
- To be classified into rankings, a participant needs to complete the race route in its entirety and finish the race within the time limit. Participants who do not finish the race within time limit will not be classified.
- Whoever remains at the races route after exceeding the time limit, takes his/her own responsibility for that, in accordance to the regulations of the Civil Law.
- During the Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship a ranking of participants will be kept, for men and women separately. Participants’ age will not be taken into consideration in the main ranking.
- During the Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship the separate rankings will be kept for particular age groups, although their leaders will not be entitled to use the title of Polish Champion. In the main ranking the final scores of both Elite Division as well as age categories will be taken into consideration.
- The list of age categories will be made public before the event starts.
- The aspects taken into consideration for the final rankings are: the time in which a participant completes the route as well as whether he/she passes all the obstacles by him/herself, which is evaluated according to checkpoints data. Participant’s absence at a given checkpoint due to shortening or confusing the route is a basis for disqualification.
- Polish Championship medalists will be determined according to so called gross time, i.e. time counted since the starter’s shot, or other form of starting command.
- Only Polish citizens can stand on a podium of medal ranking of Polish Obstacle Course Racing Championship.
- On a podium of non-medal ranking of the race, can stand participants regardless of their nationality and citizenship.
- Complaints can be made during the race or directly after its finish.
- Complaints will be handled by the Commission, comprising the Main Referee, OCR Polska Representative, as well as Participants’ Representative selected by the Teams participating in OCR League.
- In case of any doubts, the final interpretation is made by the Main Referee.
- A participant applying for a start in Elite Division is obliged to point the basis which entitles him/her to start in that Division. The Organizer, after verifying that basis, informs the Participant about the possibility of starting in Elite division. The participant is than signed for the start in Elite division (if there are any places available and on a condition that he/she pays a starting fee) 7 days after that information is passed to him/her.
- The organizer makes entries according to the order in which entry applications are received and the entry fees are paid, until the limits of places in particular categories are exceeded.
- The organizer reserves, however, 50 places for men and 30 places for women for the best participants from the Polish Cup ranking after the last League Race preceding the Polish Championship.
- The organizer also reserves 20 places for participants with so called ‚wild-cards’.
- Applications will be accepted from 16th of March 2018 until exceeding the place limit, but no later than 31th of August 2018.
- Applications for the event are made through electronic form.
- A participant is obliged to strictly follow the instructions of entry application system.
- A participant is registered on the starting list only after making a payment to the account specified in the form. The payment should be made within 7 days after sending the application, otherwise the application will be removed.
- The amount of the starting fee depends on the type of run:
- PLN 199.00 until the end of May, PLN 214.00 until the end of June, PLN 224.00 until the end of July and PLN 244.00 until the end of August – a fee for ~ 15km run without occasional rashguard,
- PLN 279.00 until the end of May, PLN 294.00 until the end of June, PLN 304.00 until the end of July and PLN 314.00 until the end of August – a fee for ~ 15km run with a compression rashguard,
- 119.00 PLN until the end of May, 134.00 PLN until the end of June, 144.00 PLN until the end of July and 154.00 PLN until the end of August – a fee for ~ 4 km run without occasional rashguard,
- PLN 199.00 until the end of May, PLN 214.00 by the end of June, PLN 224.00 by the end of July and PLN 244.00 by the end of August – fee for ~ 4 run with a compression rashguard,
- PLN 379.00 until the end of May, PLN 394.00 by the end of June, PLN 404.00 by the end of July and PLN 414.00 by the end of August – a bundle of two starts with one occasional compression rashguard,
- PLN 50.00 until the end of May, PLN 65.00 until the end of June, PLN 75.00 until the end of July and PLN 85.00 until the end of August – a fee for registering a man in a friendship run,
- PLN 20.00 – a fee for registering a woman or child in a friendship run.
- A Participant enrolled for the start in one of the age categories may move to the Elite Division under the condition of having the right to start in the Elite Division and the availability of places, after he/she pays a technical fee.
- A Participant enrolled for the start in Elite Division may move to one of the age categories under the condition of availability of places, after he/she pays a technical fee.
- The fee mentioned in points 10 & 11 is PLN 10.
- Exchanging starter bundles between participants is not possible.
- In case of a resignation, a participant has a right to start in Polish Championship the following year (in compliance with the qualification regulations) after paying the difference in entry fees or a technical fee.
- The starter bundle includes:
- medical help during the race
- a dedicated medal
- a souvenir gadget of Polish Obstacle Course Championship
- a rashguard (optionally)
- time measuring chip (to be returned to the organizer after race)
- a drink in the finishing zone
- a meal
- AD&D insurance
XI. RESULTS AND AWARDS
- The award ceremony will take place on the day of the competition, i.e. 08 and 09 September 2018.
- The Organizer informs that prizes will not be sent by post. If a participant is absent at the award ceremony, he/she can receive the prize at another date after arranging it with the Organizer.
- The final results will be publicized at the ocrpolska.org web page after the verification.
- The souvenir medals will be provided for all the classified Participants.
- The organizer provides material and financial prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Polish Obstacle Racing Championship as well as material prizes in the age classification.
XII. FINAL REMARKS
- A starting number shall be placed in a visible place. Silicon band shall be placed at the uncovered part of the wrist.
- The organizer warns against littering the route of the race – packaging after nutrients, bottles and all the rubbish shall be taken with us and left at the finish line, under the threat of disqualification.
- The Organizer reserves the law to put changes into Rules and Regulations of Polish Obstacle Racing Championship.
- The final version of Rules and Regulations will be made public prior to the start of the event, in the Race Office.
- The organizer reserves the right to use the image and statements of the event Participants free from charge, for promotional purposes. Participants in this respect provide the Organizer with the right to use their image in the above-mentioned range.
- The organizer reserves the right to publish official announcements during the application period, which will be added to the Rules and Regulations in the form of attachments. The announcements might cover several aspects, such as: specifying the way of passing obstacles, the way that time measurement system works, marking of the routes, rights and duties of the Race Referees and others.