Registration opens on March 31st, 2017 at 8pm. The 100 places are assigned on a first come, first served basis. There will be a wait list in operation, once the initial places are taken.
Registration fee is 190,00 EUR.
Cancellations will be accepted till January 15th with a refund of 50% of your entry fee. Transferring your registration to another runner is possible till February 15th with an administration fee of 5€ (and under the assumption that Legends Trails doesn’t handle the financial transaction between runners).
WHAT YOU GET
- Race number
- 1:20000 Maps of the course on waterproof paper
- GPS tracker during the race
- Finishers medal
- Goodie bag
- 4 checkpoints, including toilets, showers, and a place to sleep outside
- Food and (hot) drinks, including a hot meal at each of the 4 checkpoints and at the finish
- Support from Medical and Safety Teams
You need to have successfully finished a race of 100km or more. This will be checked and verified when applying for a place.
START/ FINISH LOCATION
The race will start on March 2nd 2018 at 6.00pm in Houffalize.
Race registration will be from 12.00pm-5.00pm at the start location, and will consist of the following:
- Equipment Check: you will only be allowed to start the race if you carry all the mandatory equipment. (see list of mandatory equipment below in this race brief). During the race, at official checkpoints or randomly on the course, race officials are allowed to perform random equipment checks.
- Race number: you will receive your race number which has to be worn visibly at all times during the race and has to be shown to race officials both at the official checkpoints as well as during random checkpoints on the course.
- Medical check: our LMT will perform some basic medical tests to each participant prior to the start of the race.
- Trackers: a race official will attach the GPS tracker to your backpack. These trackers are very lightweight and will be attached to the top of one of the backpack straps. They cannot be in your backpack or at any other place, and they do need access to open air for optimal performance, so please don’t argue with the race officials about this.
- Drop bag collection and labeling: each participant is allowed to have ONE drop bag with a maximum weight of 20kg. No mandatory equipment can be carried in the drop bag but should be with you at all times during the race. Your drop bag should not have anything hanging on the outside and should be clearly labeled with the label provided by the race officials. Please ensure your drop bag is sturdy enough to not split open if thrown or dropped in to the back of a vehicle. Do NOT use plastic bags or carrier bags, as they will not be accepted. Your drop bag will be transported from checkpoint to checkpoint and will each time be available to you. In case you have to abandon the race, we will try our best to get your drop bag as soon as possible to the finish, but obviously, transports for participants still in the race will get priority.
At 5.30pm, there will be a (short) race briefing with final important information, and then at 6.00pm sharp, we will start the race.
The finish of the race will be in Mormont (Mormont 27, 6666 Wibrin) (coordinates 50.146336, 5.718510).
Latest finish time is based on an average speed of 4km/h.
Between 12.00pm and 4.30pm on Friday March 3th, we will have transport available from the finish in Houffalize to the start in Achouffe, but this ONLY for participants.
During the course, there will be 4 fixed checkpoints where every participant has to check-in with a race official on arrival and on departure. Failure to do so might result in disqualification.
Cut-off times are calculated on an average speed of 4km/h, and will be strictly enforced at the checkpoints. You have to be out of the checkpoint at the cut-off time. Legends Trails can also decide on intermediate cut-off times on the course if circumstances would justify this. If that would be the case, you will be informed about these intermediate cut-off times when leaving the previous checkpoint. If the weather or other circumstances require course deviations, you will also be informed about this when leaving the previous checkpoint.
In each checkpoint, the following will be offered to you:
- Your drop bag
- Hot and cold drinks
- One good hot meal per participant per checkpoint. We will have normal and vegan options. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know UPFRONT and we’ll see if we can accommodate you in this.
- Showers and toilets.
- Option to sleep in your own sleeping system outside of the checkpoint (so NO indoor sleeping options for participants).
- A medical team will be available (as long as they are not required for emergencies on the course). Please take into account that the medical team can become very busy with foot care, blister treatment and such, so it’s always a good idea to be able to take care of your own feet in order to avoid long waiting times.
Checkpoint information is from the Legends Trail 2016, there might be changes for 2017.
Checkpoint 1 – Hotton – Km 63.3
- Located at Buvette de Football Hotton, Rue des Ecoles (behind the restaurant Le Brisson), 6990 Hotton (coordinates 50.274773, 5.450051)
- Cut-off time 09.50am on Saturday.
Checkpoint 2 – Oneux – L’alliance – Km 117.3
- Located at L’alliance, maison de village, Chienrue 38, 4170 Oneux (Comblain-au-Pont) (coordinates 50.473593, 5.597261)
- Cut-off time 11.30pm on Saturday.
Checkpoint 3 – La Reid (Theux) – Km 150.7
- Located at Ferme du Comptoir, Rue Fagne Maron 5, 4910 La Reid (Theux) (coordinates 50.465194, 5.808352)
- Cut-off time 07.50am on Sunday.
Checkpoint 4 – Farnières (Vielsalm) – Don Bosco Center – Km 202.3
- Located at Domaine de Farnières – Centre Don Bosco, Farnières, 6698 Vielsalm (coordinates 50.311255, 5.878579)
- Cut-off time 08.30pm on Sunday
- This checkpoint is located on a large domain with other cottages and people living in the neighborhood, please be silent at night outside.
A medal to all finishers and eternal fame as a ‘Legend’.
There are a number of road crossings to negotiate, some of them are extremely busy. The road crossings are NOT 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. If you are in any doubt we strongly recommend that you take the time to recce the route before race day.
Each participant will be provided with 1:20000 maps and the gpx track will be available on this website. There are no course markings, with the exception of some difficult sections here and there.
Support is only allowed at the 4 checkpoints. Be aware that support crews will not be allowed inside the checkpoints.
PACERS AND MULES
Pacers and mules are not allowed.
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 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.
90% of the course is on trail. Trail shoes are advised. There are sections of the trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. The weather in March is extremely variable and can include anything from snow to heavy rain or bright sunshine. 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.
- Race number (worn visibly and easy to read at all times)
- Mobile phone with a battery charged and operable for the duration of the race (roaming service recommended, with Organizers’ numbers (given at registration)
- Survival Bag (if you carry your bivy or tent with you during the race, you do not need a separate survival bag). A simple survival blanket is NOT acceptable.
- Running pack or belt able to store obligatory equipment
- Bottle or hydration pack of at least 1,5 litre capacity and at least 1,5 litre of water or liquid (checked on leaving aid stations)
- Enough food to last to the next checkpoint
- Waterproof and windproof jacket (regardless of expected weather conditions)
- Shoes appropriate for the surface
- Elastic bandage
- ID or passport
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- First aid kit including any regular medication that you take in enough quantities to last 4 days
- Some money (you can use shops, bars or restaurants along the course, but please pay your bills)
- Red light from dusk till dawn attached to your backpack/pack
- Sleeping system (can be in drop bag): Tent/bivy, sleeping mat and sleeping bag
- Maps provided by Legends Trails
- Clothes appropriate for the weather conditions
- Gloves or waterproof gloves
- Anti-chafing ointment (e.g. Vaseline, sudocream)
- Hand warmers
- Trekking poles
- Change of clothes
- GPS device with the route downloaded. Please ensure that your GPS is able to provide you with an UTM coordinate in case of emergency
Each competitor 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. Legends Tracking has 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 Legends Trail.
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.