Registration will open on November 25th 2017. Each distance will have 100 places, filled on a first come, first served basis. There will be no wait list in operation, once the initial places are taken.
Entry fee is 55,00 EUR for the 80km and 99,00 EUR for the 160km.
Cancellations will be accepted till August 31th with a refund of 50% of your entry fee. Transferring your registration to another runner is possible till September 15th with an administration fee of 5€ (and under the assumption that Legends Trails doesn’t handle the financial transaction between runners).
Registration will close on Wednesday August 31th. No registrations will be accepted during the race weekend.
WHAT YOU GET
- Race number
- GPS tracker during the race
- Finishers medal
- Checkpoints with food and drinks
- Pre-race Pasta party
- Hot meal during the 160km race
- Post-race Pasta party
- Support from Medical and Safety Teams
- Showers and Toilets at the Start/Finish Location
As the Great Escape should be open for anybody with a good condition and strong willpower, we do do not ask for a qualification race. We want the Great Escape to be accessible both for those experience in running long distance races as for those who are looking for that ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure.
START/ FINISH LOCATION
Race HQ and Finish will be at the ‘Halle de Maboge’, Maboge 24, 6980 La-Roche-en-Ardenne.
Start for the 160km is in Ettelbruck (LU)and for the 80km in Clervaux (LU) .Both Ettelbruck and Clervaux are accessible by train on the Liege-Luxembourg line. For those who require it, we will provide transport from the race finish to the start location of your distance.
Pre-race registration will be done either at the finish location, or at the start location, depending if you arrange your own transport to the start location or not.
You can park just across the Halle de Maboge (about 50 places) or on the road between La-Roche-En-Ardenne and Houffalize.
There is a camping just 100m from the Halle de Maboge: http://www.ardennecamping.be.
In the small village of Maboge, several B&B’s are available. A very nice one can be found really close by: B&B Les Moineaux.
More accomodation is available in La-Roche-en-Ardenne.
Friday September 21st
18:00: Pre-race registration (at finish) and pasta-party
Saturday September 22nd
02:00: Transport from Maboge to Ettelbruck (160km)
02:00: Pre-race registration 160km (at start)
04:00: Start 160km
14:00: Pre-race registration (at finish)
22:00: Transport from Maboge to Clervaux (80km)
22:00: Pre-race registration 80km (at start)
Sunday September 23th
00:00: Start 80km
16:00: Last finish for all distances
20:00: End of the Great Escape
FOOD and DRINKS
Each participant is invited for the BBQ after finishing. In addition to that, 80km and 160km runners also get a pasta party (Friday 160km, Saturday 80km) and the 160km will get a hot meal at the 120km Checkpoint.
The whole weekend, hot and cold drinks will be available at the bar.
The 2017 race route follows mainly the long distance route of the Eisleck trail and Lee Trail from start to finish.
The full course maps and gpx files are available on http://greatescape2017.legendstracking.com.
Cut-off times are set for each distance to ensure that runners are able to finish the race within the set time limits and will be strictly enforced at each checkpoint.
For the 100 miles the cut-off times are calculated on an average speed of 4,5 km/h. For the 80km, they are calculated on an average speed of 5km/h. Checkpoint cut-off times are always leaving times and not the time you enter the CP!
A Medal for all finishers.
For the 160km, there will be a checkpoint about every 20km, with the possibility to have a drop bag at 40km, 80km and 120 km and a hot meal at 120km.
For the 80km, there will be checkpoints about every 20km, with the possibility to have a drop bag at 40km.
Each checkpoint will offer as a minimum: water, coke, fruit, sweet and savoury snacks and sometimes also hot drinks.
Drop Bags are available for the 80 and 160km races.
Drop Bags must be deposited at the race start during pre-race registration. Drop bags must NOT exceed 10kg. They must be labelled with your name, aid station it is to go to and race number. Drop bags will be accessible at the following points and will be available for collection after the race. Drop bags must be collected at the latest 2 hours after the race, any left over at this time will be disposed of. Runners need to leave a different drop bag for each aid station, each bag will be transported to the aid station listed and afterwards to the finish.
Showers are available at the finish location (on the camping next to the Halle de Maboge). Tokens will be available there.
The course is marked by permanent national trail marker posts.
There are a number of road crossings to negotiate, some of them are extremely busy. The road crossings will be signed but NOT necessarily marshalled so please be extremely careful when you are crossing roads of any nature.
It is ultimately the runners responsibility to navigate the course successfully, with or without course markings. If you are in any doubt we strongly recommend that you take the time to recce the route before race day.
No pacers or mules are allowed, except for 100 mile runners in the last 50 mile and ONLY during daylight. An 100 mile runner may have multiple pacers, but only one at each moment.
No outside support from friends or family or any other support crew is allowed, except 100m before or after each checkpoint.
There will be a dedicated team of race medics available throughout the duration of the weekend. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention, the medics will be on hand to provide you with exactly that. Contact numbers and full details of what to do in an emergency will be given to you in the pre race information packs and again at race registration. Due to the nature of the course ie. some off road, the medics may take some time to reach you, or potentially be out of contact tending to other runners. In those instances you should contact the emergency services on 112. If you are injured but able to walk, please make your way to the nearest aid station where there will either be a medic, or an aid station captain will immediately get in touch with medical care should you require it/ arrange for transport out. If you suffer a severe injury or encounter someone in serious difficulty please call both 112 for emergency ambulance services and the course medics.
99% of the course is on trail. Trail shoes are advised but if it’s dry, you will be able to complete the course perfectly adequately in road shoes which have good grip. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. Be prepared for all conditions.
There will be kit checks prior, during and after the race. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. A time penalty of minimum one hour will be imposed for any item found to be missing at any point on course.
- Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (provided at registration)
- Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
- Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
- Waterproof Jacket
- Headtorch or Primary Light Source
- Route Map – Should be a hard copy and not a map on your phone
- Compass – This should be a separate physical compass and not electronic/ on your phone.
- GPS device that can load a GPX file of the course
The race can be followed on http://greatescape.legendstracking.com. You can share this link with friends and family.
Each competitor in the race will be equipped with a GPS Tracking device provided by Legends Tracking. The trackers work on mobile phone signals and there are sections of the course where the track log will not automatically update due to limited reception.
Each tracker has an SOS button which sends a one way signal to the Race Controller. The SOS button is for emergency use only!
On receiving an SOS notice, we will endeavor to establish verbal / text communications to your mobile phone and will simultaneously be deploying a Legendary Safety Team to your location. We may also decide to request assistance from the Police, Ambulance and other emergency services.
Racers who activate their tracker are considered to be in a level of distress or peril that we, or the emergency services, will extract them from the course to a location of safety. They will not be permitted to re-join the race. For this reason, if you have mobile signal, it is best to contact Race HQ so we can assess and provide the most effective assistance.
If you are with another racer who is the casualty, activate their SOS button and stay with them. If they have lost their tracker, activate your SOS button, stay with the individual in distress, make your location as visible as possible and use your bivy/emergency bag to keep you warm until help arrives.
You will not be penalized for ‘good Samaritan’ actions.
As mentioned before, the tracker will be attached to your pack by a race official. Once this has been attached do not remove this device. They cannot, and must not be placed within your rucksack under any circumstances, as this severely affects tracker performance. After a small amount of time you will not notice the tracker, so don’t try to negotiate with the team as they will be working hard to ensure your device is working correctly prior to the race start.
After finishing the race, or when you retire, you have to return the tracker to a race official. We have often seen trackers disappear in all directions after a race, and will charge 150€ for any non-returned tracker.
Legends Trails and all its volunteers are fully insured during the complete period of the race.
As a participant however, please ensure you have correct insurance, especially needed if lengthy and/or costly evacuations of the course would be required, things might become very expensive otherwise.