EPICBLUE SWIMRUN

Finale Ligure, Italy

27 September 2020

5km SWIM, 17.5km RUN

The original EPICBLUE SWIMRUN was held in the beautiful coastal Italian town of Finale Ligure, within the framework of Flow Festival, in 2019.

Against the picturesque backdrop of the cliffs of Liguria, in the Italian Riviera, be challenged by a SWIMRUN experience that infuses nature with history to offer a timeless adventure.

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OPEN WATER
SWIMMING

RUGGED TERRAIN
TRAIL RUNNING

The global movement of SWIMRUN have added a new sense of adventure to multisport formats. This unique composition of swimming and running entails participants to interchange between the two without changing clothes, and carrying everything they need for the race with them.

The sport normally involves teams of two, however with our EPICBLUE SHORT EXPERIENCE you have the option to register as a solo participant as well.

In accordance to the SWIMRUN tradition, we have created this race on the three original pillars:

STRIVE

A race which will combine speed in some parts and technicality in others, all whilst you are immersed in breath-taking scenery.

SHARING

The pleasure of sharing those memorable moments with friends and partners.

PRESERVE

Limited plastic usage and supporting key conservation causes.

THE COURSES

SHORT EXPERIENCE

THE SHORTER EXPERIENCE RACE FOR AVID OCEAN
AND SPORTING ENTHUSIASTS.

14 KM

START TIME:10:00 FIRST ARRIVALS: 13:00

This unique course is especially formulated for those
who are new to the sport and passionate about the
cause. With shorter distances and only comprising of
6 swim sections, this format is ideal for those who are
not quite ready to compete over bigger distances. It is
the perfect experiential introduction to the beauty of
SWIMRUN.

The longest run is 2,8 km and the longest swim is 449 m.

COURSE DETAILS

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 13 KM

TRAIL-RUNNING 10.5 KM

SWIMMING 2.5 KM

LONGEST RUN 5.5 KM

LONGEST SWIM 0.6 KM

RUN SECTIONS 7

SWIM SECTIONS 6


SHORT EXPERIENCE ENTRY FEES


TEAMS

  • 80€ “Early Bird” Fee
    • registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 100€ “Standard” Fee
    • registration from 25 March 2020 to 14 August 2020
  • 120€ “Late” Fee
    • registration from 15 August 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 September 2020

SOLO PARTICIPANTS

  • 40€ “Early Bird” Fee
    • registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 60€ “Standard” Fee
    • registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 August 2020
  • 70€ “Late” Fee
    • registration from 15 August 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 September 2020
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RACE INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry prerequisite

  • To be able to participate in SWIMRUN FINALE LIGURE you must be at least 18 years of age and be able to swim.
  • The LONG ENDURANCE race can only be competed in as a TEAM which consists of two persons.
  • The SHORT EXPERIENCE is open to both TEAMS of two and SOLO competitors.

Categories and Prizes

TEAM >> Men, Women and Mixed | The first 3 TEAMS in each category will be rewarded in both the SHORT EXPERIENCE and the LONG ENDURANCE.
SOLO >> The first 3 Men, first 3 Women and the first person in each age group will be rewarded.

Age Groups :

  • 18 – 30
  • 31 – 49
  • 50 and over

Entry Fee

LONG ENDURANCE – Team

  • 150€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 170€ for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 August 2020
  • 190€ for registration from 15 August 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 September 2020

SHORT EXPERIENCE – Solo

  • 40€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 60€ for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 August 2020
  • 70€ for registration from 15 August 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 September 2020

SHORT EXPERIENCE – Team

  • 80€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 100€ for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 August 2020
  • 120€ for registration from 15 August 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 September 2020

Each team member needs to have a valid insurance for SWIMRUN or Triathlon.
If a national licence is not provided, a daily insurance will be invoiced at the cost of 7€.

RULES

Racers Responsibility

  • The athletes must know the rules and follow them.
  • The athletes shall respect other athletes, the Organisation, spectators, tourists, the environment and the people living in the race area.
  • The athletes are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages.
  • Doping is forbidden.

During the race

  • The athletes are participating at their own risk and cannot hold the organisation responsible for any accident during the race.
  • The teams / individual athletes are obliged at their best ability to help another participant who has been injured or is sick.
  • A team / individual who has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organisation.
  • If, for any reason an athlete needs to abandon the race, the other team member must also stop.
  • Garbage can only be left at the ECO areas. Littering will lead to automatic disqualification at first offence.
  • For safety reasons we will NOT allow tow-lines on the first running section of any race.

Race jury

The Race Jury is comprised of 3 persons from the race organisation.

The Race Jury:

  • Enforces the rules;
  • Decides the outcome of a protest;
  • Rules on disqualifications;
  • Decides on course changes and any changes in the rules.
  • At least two members of the Jury are needed to be able to make a Race Jury decision.
  • The Race Jury has the right to use “common sense” to make a decision about a situation, if it is not clear in the rules.
  • The decision of the Race Jury is definitive.

Protests

A protest must be submitted in writing to the Race Organisation within an hour after finishing the race. A protest must include:

  • Time and location;
  • Competitors number and signatures of the athlete/team members;
  • Competitors number or team name of the team/athlete the protest is against;
  • The reason for the protest;
  • If possible, include witness(es) with name(s) or team number(s).

A protest that does not fit the criteria of the above points will be ignored.

A decision from the Race Jury will be communicated to those involved as soon as possible.

Disqualification

Offence against the rules may lead to time penalty or if serious to a disqualification. Cause for disqualification:

  • Missing a piece of mandatory equipment;
  • No Lycra Bib Vest or Swim Cap;
  • 200m outside of the race zone;
  • Not providing assistance to a team member or an organiser in danger;
  • Pollution of any site;
  • Declining a medical exam;
  • Doping.

External Assistance

  • Athletes are not allowed to receive assistance from people other than those in the Race Organisation.
  • Each athlete has to make their own way from start to finish

REGISTRATION

The registration will take place:

Saturday 26 September 2020 – 15:00 – 19:00
Sunday 27 September 2020 – 07:30 – 09:30

Location:

EPICBLUE Registration Tent

You are required to come prepared with the following:

  • Your photo ID
  • A medical certificate showing the practice of endurance in SWIMRUN or triathlon, dated within the last 3 months. If a national licence is not provided, a daily insurance will be invoiced at the cost of 7€.
  • All participants must provide their full name and details of any health problems or medication upon entry.
  • All registrations are definitive and will not be reimbursed. Withdrawal before the event for any impediment or medical issue, should be addressed to the participants personal insurance.
  • It is allowed to change one team member of the same gender.

RACE PACK

General information about the race equipment

  • All athletes must wear/carry all of their equipment from the race start to the finish.
  • Athletes picking-up or dropping-off equipment will be disqualified, unless designated pick-up and drop-off zones exist.
  • Before the race there will be spot checks of the mandatory kit.

Principal equipment per Athlete – not provided by the Organisation

  • A Neoprene wetsuit (shorty type) suitable for the current water temperatures – voluntary
  • Trainers/trail shoes – mandatory
  • Swim goggles – mandatory
  • Hand paddles – mandatory
  • Pull-buoy and/or Neoprene calf sleeves – mandatory
  • Tow-line (for team categories) – voluntary
  • Energy snacks to sustain the athletes for the race – 1500 kcal per team – voluntary

Technical equipment per Athlete - provided by the Organisation

  • Timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged 50 €) – mandatory
  • Restube water safety device (lost or not returned Restube will be charged 70 €) – mandatory
  • Lycra bib vest, must be visibly worn during the entire race, failure to do so will lead to disqualification – mandatory
  • Swim cap, must be worn in all swimming areas, failure to do so will lead to disqualification – mandatory
  • Swim fins are not allowed if the fin is longer than 15 cm (measurement is from the toe to the end of the fin).

THE PROGRAM

26 September 2020 – Saturday

  • 14:00: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN OF ATHLETES
  • 15:00 – 19:00: REGISTRATION EPICBLUE SWIMRUN - RACE PACK
  • 17:30: RACE BRIEFING for all participants of the EPICBLUE RACE

27 September 2020 – Sunday

  • 07:30 – 09:30: REGISTRATION EPICBLUE SWIMRUN - RACE PACK
  • 10:45: RACE BRIEFING  FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE EPICBLUE RACE
  • 11:30: EPICBLUE SWIMRUN START
  • 13:00: SHORT EXPERIENCE FIRST FINISHERS
  • 15:00: LONG ENDURANCE FIRST FINISHERS 
  • 17:00: AWARD’S CEREMONY
  • 19:30 : EPICBLUE FINALE LIGURE FINISHER PARTY

RACE BRIEFING

Race Course

  • The race course is marked and sign posted.
  • The athletes must follow the race course shown on the map.
  • Athletes who do not follow the course , or stray further than 200m from it, will be disqualified.
  • Athletes shall not overtake other athletes and shall walk past tourists within marked “danger zones”.

Checkpoints / Energy Stations

  • There will be several water/food checkpoints throughout the course.
  • There may be additional un-announced checkpoints along course, not shown on map.
  • Athletes failing to pass a checkpoint will be disqualified.

Medical Stations

  • There will be several medical stations where participants can get help if needed.
  • There will be medical staff and equipment both on land and on the support boats.

Timing

  • Timing is by means of a timing chip provided by the Organisation and mandatorily worn by the athletes.
  • The time is from the start until the finish line.
  • Athletes must pass each timing checkpoint to record their time and stay in the race.
  • Each TEAM has to pass all timing checkpoints and the finish line together.

Cut-Off Times

  • Athletes will be required to pass the timing checkpoints within set cut-off times.
  • Failure to pass the timing checkpoint within the cut-off time will disqualify the SOLO athlete or TEAM from the race.
  • Information about the cut-off times will be given at the RACE BRIEFING prior to the start of the race.

PRIZES

LONG ENDURANCE - TEAM >> First 3 TEAMS in each category - Men, Women and Mixed.

  • 1ST: 1000€ PER TEAM
  • 2ND: 600€ PER TEAM
  • 3RD: 400€ PER TEAM

SHORT EXPERIENCE TEAM >> First 3 TEAMS in each category - Men, Women and Mixed.

  • 1ST: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 2ND: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 3RD: GEAR FROM SPONSORS

SHORT EXPERIENCE SOLO >> First 3 Men, First 3 Women and the First of each Age Group.

  • 1ST: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 2ND: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 3RD: GEAR FROM SPONSORS

Age Groups:

  • 18 – 30
  • 31 – 49
  • 50 and over

SAFETY

General Safety Rules

  • Athletes shall never move further than 10 metres from the trail.
  • Athletes must enter water feet first. Diving into water head first is not allowed.
  • The two members of each TEAM have to stay together at all times and cannot be more than 20 metres apart on land or 10 metres during swimming.
  • The Race Organisation & the Medical Team can refuse an athlete or TEAM to continue if they:
    • are not equipped with specified mandatory equipment;
    • are deemed not capable to continue the race, due to fatigue or being in poor physical condition.

Health and Safety

  • A Medical Assistance Team will ensure the participants’ safety.
  • Medical personnel authorised by the event may examine any participant who appears in distress. Removal of a participant (and their TEAM) from the race is at the discretion of the authorised medical personnel if they deem it to be in the best interest of the participant’s health and welfare.
  • Participants must retire immediately from the race if ordered to do so by a member of the Race Organisation or Medical Assistance Team.

TRASH

  • Littering anywhere along the course is considered a disqualifiable offence and will not be tolerated.
  • Athletes must carry their litter with them or throw it in the bins provided.
  • Bins will be provided throughout the race course.

WEATHER

  • September in Finale Ligure, Italy, is one of the most pleasant months, normally seeing dry weather with little rainfall, on average 2 days of rain. The temperature lies around the maximum average of 25.0°C (77.0°F) and minimum of 15.0°C (59.0°F). With water temperature around 22.0°C (71.6°F), this is a great month to hit the water. Expect 12 hour days with sunset around 19:00.
  • In the case of extreme weather, such as high winds or big seas, or in the case of another unexpected situation, the Race Organisation has the right to shorten or change the course or in the worst case cancel the race.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Finale Ligure offers a variety of apartment rentals, hotels, and B&B accommodation, something to suit everyone’s taste.
  • Noli, a nearby small medieval village overlooking the sea, offers a small selection of accommodation options. This is deemed to be an outdoor sporting paradise for open water swimming, MTB, trekking, trail running and free climbing on the Capo Noli cliffs.
  • EPICBLUE SWIMRUN Finale Ligure is run during FLOW Outdoor Festival, further details on accommodation and dining options are available on their website http://www.flow-festival.it/en/hospitality/
  • Finale Ligure, Varigotti and Noli offer a variety of typical Ligurian restaurants to choose from, as well as several supermarkets from which to purchase food.
  • AirBnB
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MEDIA

Sponsor Markings

  • Athletes are permitted to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

Race Swim Caps

  • Race swim caps cannot be modified in any way and must be worn and visible at all times when in the water.

Race Bibs

  • Race bibs cannot be modified in any way and must be worn at all times.

Pictures and Images Rights

  • Athletes give the race organisers the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race. These can be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television and movies. Athletes also accept our video or film crew to use drones as part of filming on the course.
  • All images and rights from the event are reserved. All unauthorised commercial use of images will be legally addressed.
  • EPICBLUE will have a dedicated and extensive media production team working during the event. It is also expected that photographers and press will be seen along the course.
  • We will share content online via our website and on social media using #SWIMRUNFINALE
  • Our images are free for personal use, but not commercial use or for promoting other events. Please contact us if you would like to access material for media: mt@meridianadventures.com

SPECTATORS

  • EPICBLUE strongly believe that each destination we get to experience has so much to offer, that we strongly suggest you take the time to enjoy it.
  • Bring your friends and family members to enjoy the week with you. 
  • Our hosting partner, FLOW - Finale Ligure Outdoor Festival, offers various activities and experiences for all ages.

TRAVEL

It is preferable to travel to Finale Ligure, Italy by car or train. There are frequent train connections from Genoa to the west or from Ventimiglia and the French Riviera to the east. The closest airport is Genoa (GOA) however, Nice (NCE), Turin (TRN) or Milan (MXP) are also good options.

Distances (by car / or train):
Genoa – Finale Ligure >> 76 km, 1 hour 5 min by car / 44 min by train
Nice – Finale Ligure >> 134 km, 1 hour 35 min by car / 2 hours 15 min by train
Turin – Finale Ligure >> 160 km, 2 hours by car / 2 hours 45 min by train
Milan – Finale Ligure >> 198 km, 2 hours by car / 2 hours 36 min by train

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