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THE RACE

The 15th WMRA International Under 18 Mountain Running Cup will be held on an uphill/downhill course in the town of Saluzzo.
The course is held mainly on 2 loops: the short and first one of 550m and the second and longest one 3800m. 
Start and Finish lines are at the same place. 
The running terrain is mainly cobblestone road and grass, with a small section of asphalt.
The distances and amounts of ascent/descent per race are as follows:  
CategoryDistanceAscent/Descent
Girls4350 m+/- 155m
Boys4350 m+/- 155m

THE COURSE

–   Distance : 4350 m   –   Ascent/Descent: +/- 155 m

ACCREDITATION
  
General:
Accreditation will be obtained at the Race Office located in Saluzzo, at Caserma Mario Musso, Piazza Montebello,1.
Each team member will receive an accreditation card, which must be worn at all times and should be clearly visible. Photos are not required for the accreditation card system.
  
Accreditation Procedure:
Accreditation cards will be prepared in advance, based on the information provided by the participating federation in the final entries. The Team Leader will be responsible for collecting the accreditation cards of all team members upon arrival. Team Leaders are requested to take the athletes’ passports or IDs to the Accreditation Centre in order to allow verification of the participants’ age and nationality. Each team member will be requested to show his/her ID and an EU digital Covid Certificate or equivalent. 
  
Access Areas for Teams: 
All team accreditation cards will allow access to the warm-up area, changing facilities and shuttle bus service. Only athletes who are directly involved in the competition will have access to the call room and to the course. Separate cards will be issued for the Team Leaders, for access to the information available in the Race Office/ Technical Information Centre (TIC).
  
Loss of Accreditation:
Any lost or damaged accreditation card should be reported to LOC or to the Accreditation Centre. Duplicate cards can be obtained where proof of identity can be established.
  
COMPETITION REGULATIONS 
  
Entries:
Every WMRA Member may enter one (1) team for each event. A team can be composed of 4 (four) athletes, the best three of them scoring. A Federation could enter up to 5 boys and 5 girls (including one reserve). 
Only the host nation is permitted to enter a second team.
The competition is limited to athletes born in 2005 and 2006. No athletes aged less than 16 or more than 17 years on 31 December 2022 can compete.
Although the WMRA International Under 18 Mountain Running Cup is basically a team competition, individual entries may be accepted.
  
Entries Deadlines
The Preliminary and Final Entries should be made by WMRA member federations using the respective forms duly sent by email.
Deadline for the Preliminary Entries: 26th April 2022
Deadline for the Final Entries: 13th June 2022
  
Final Confirmation
Team Leaders or their representatives must confirm the names of those competitors already entered who will actually take part in the competition. Forms for the final declaration and confirmation will be distributed to each delegation during accreditation. These forms must be completed and returned immediately or no later than 15:00 on Saturday 25th June 2022. 
Final start lists will be ready for collection together with the bibs after the Technical Meeting. 
  
Scoring
Each race shall be scored separately. Each team’s score shall be determined by the aggregate of the places of its 3 (three) athletes. Teams shall be classified according to their scores, the team in each race having the lowest score being the winner, and so on. A tie shall be decided in favor of the team whose last scoring athlete finishes nearest to first place. A team with fewer than 3 (three) finishing athletes shall not be counted in the teams’ classification. No adjustments to teams’ places shall be made in respect of non-scoring team members or athletes participating as individuals.
  
Competition Bibs
Each competitor receives 2 competition bibs. The bibs shall be worn according to WA Technical Rule 5.7. The competition bibs may not been cut, bent or covered in any way. The competition bibs will be distributed immediately after the Technical Meeting.
  
Competition Clothing 
Competitors must wear the Federation’s official team clothing. WA Rule 5.1 & 5.7 will be strictly applied. Please make sure to follow the latest version of the WA Advertising Regulations in force at the time of the event. Clothing and items not conforming to this rule and the current WA Advertising Regulations will be removed or taped at the Call Room. Team clothing must be uniform. A competitor wearing any other clothing will have no access to the competition area and will not be allowed to compete. This rule applies both to competition clothing (vest, shorts and tights) as well as to tracksuits.
  
COMPETITION PROCEDURE
  

  
Warming Up Before Events
Warming up will take place around the start/finish area. At the end of the warm up the athletes shall prepare for the race and will put the removed clothing in dedicated bags identified with the respective country code name (one for each Federation). These will be collected after the race from the dedicated area. 
  
 Call Room Procedures
 It is the responsibility of the Team leaders to ensure that their athletes are aware of the last check-in times for entry to the Call Room. Athletes arriving late may be excluded from participation in the event. All athletes must report to the Call Room starting 20 minutes before their respective event, but no later than 10 minutes before the start. The following checks will be carried out on equipment that must comply with WA Advertising and Competition Rules: 
 •  Competition clothing
 • Bags
 • Those non-authorised equipment (radio, walkman, mobile phone, etc) are not to be brought infield.
  
Starter Commands
All instructions will be given in English. The command is: “On your marks!” followed by a shot from the starter’s gun. 
  
Refreshment Stations
There will be Refreshment Stations with water and sponges located slightly after the start/finish line. Water, fruits and small snacks will be also available in the post event area. Personal refreshment may be handed over to athletes by coaches or other team members on the official Refreshment Stations only. An athlete who collects refreshment from a place other than the refreshment stations renders himself liable to disqualification by the Referee. 
  
Protests and Appeals
Protests will be processed in accordance with WA Technical Rule 8. In the first instance, protests must be made orally to the Referee by the athlete himself/herself or by a responsible official acting on his/her behalf (Rule 8.3). Protests concerning the result or conduct of an event shall be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the result of that event (posted on the TIC information board). Any written appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be signed by a responsible official on behalf of the athlete and submitted to TIC within 30 minutes after the official announcement of the decision made by the Referee. When submitting an appeal form, a deposit of 100 Euro must be paid. If the protest is unsuccessful, the deposit will not be returned. The Jury’s decision will be provided in writing at the TIC.
  
MEDICAL SERVICES, ANTIDOPING & SECURITY 
  
Medical services 
The LOC is providing medical assistance to teams, the competition organization, the personnel, the honorary guests as well as, during the competition, to the spectators. A medical tent with first aid team will be operating close to the finish line.
Doping tests may be carried out, according to the WA Rules and Regulations and under the supervision of the WMRA Delegate.
  
COVID countermeasures 
Italian law in force applies. Updated details for foreign citizens could be found in Italy’s Foreign Ministry web portal: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it
  
Security 
Instructions given by the LOC, the security personnel and the police must be followed in all areas, as well as during transport from one location to another. The accreditation card must be worn at all times. If an accreditation is lost, this should be reported immediately to any LOC information desk. The emergency phone number is 112 (police, ambulance and fire department).
If necessary, the police can be contacted via the TIC or the Desk in any Team Hotel. 

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