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rand' orientation des pèlerins

Competition namerand' orientation des pèlerins
Start date20100501
End date20100502
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityMontpellier 34000 France
Club/organizerAgglomération Montpellier Sport Orientation
Region of countrylanguedoc roussillon
Number of competition days1
Expected number of runners100
WRE event?No
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URL for invitation[Link]
Contact email address
Contact phone number0617090537
Contact postal address34 avenue saint guilhem 34150 Aniane France
Latest entry date01/04:2010
Entry fee (Euro)25€
Event descriptionThe “rando’trail orientation des Pèlerins” long distance orienteering event will take place in the wooded hills of La Séranne, Saint Guilhem le Désert and the Pic Saint Loup, about thirty kilometres from Montpellier (southern France). The landscape is exceptionally beautiful, mysterious, and rich in its diversity; while testing the courses I’ve been able to see the Alps, the Pyrénées, the Massif Central and the Mediteranean sea, 360° vision as if seen from up above. These magical places carry an indefinable aura, a deep and secret mysticism, a deep calm, and they will carry you on as they once did the pilgrims on the Way of St James heading to Santiago de Compostella, but taking new and unknown paths. Rando’trail orientation long course: score event limited to 24hours. A long loop 76 km as the crow flies, but beware the distance is much greater for those that can’t fly, 111 kms real distance following the optimum routes. Competitors have to find 92 controls of varying technical difficulty, easy to hard. The course has a specified order of controls for safety reasons, but it is not compulsory to visit all the controls: all participants will be included in the results according to the number of controls visited, with a penalty of one control per 5 minutes over the 24 hours… The event with be physically very difficult, because of its length but also because of the climb (about 2600 metres) with competitors carrying all their own food and equipment except for a number of water stations.
Terrain descriptionThe event is for teams of two, each team member will be issued with a map with the controls premarked (a very limited number of solo entries will be accepted at the discretion of the event director). Entry to the event requires the presentation of a dossier, as complete as possible with details of all previous experience in long distance trail racing, walking and orienteering events, together with times and results. Entry will take effect once the event director has examined the dossier and sent written notification of acceptance (very strict criteria will be applied for solo entries). Walkers will have the choice of continuing or stopping at km21, km40, and km53: transport will be available to bring them to the finish, but ony at these intermediate points. The map scale will be 1:30,000: take care with navigation, which is more difficult at this scale. NOTE: entries limited to 70 teams of two and maximun 10 solo entries
Training possibilitiesProgramme - Registration & race number issue Friday 30th April 2010 from 16h00 to midnight (the location will be revealed one week before the start). Competitors will have the use of a parking area where they can also put up a tent (tent fee 5€). Competitors will receive the obligatory briefing at 03h30; the start will be given at 04h00 Saturday May 1st 2010, courses close 04h00 Sunday 2nd May. Buffet and prizegiving (well-deserved) around 10 am Control locations The event will be managed using a novel form of “punching”: the competitors will take photographs of the controls. Each control location will have a fluorescent orange cross painted on the feature, each with some specific characteristic. The crosses will be harder to see than a traditional orienteering flag, but finding the feature will be enough to be able to also find the cross. Participants will be issued with a control card so they can note which controls they have vissited and photographed. Compulsory equipment: Camelback (capacity at least 2 litres), whistle, compass, watch, survival blanket, warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the event, mobile phone and digital camera (please provide the organisers with the appropriate software driver), headtorch with spare battery, one spare headtorch per team, pen.
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