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Required technical gear

Below you will find the list of required and recommended technical gear for the UP, MP and NP. The list includes the minimal required technical specifications for each item, and the reasons for which an item is mandatory.

To run the race, all runners without exception must carry the items labelled as “required” in the list below. On Friday September 28th, the Organization will inform if some of these items are finally NOT mandatory during a particular schedule and/or during the entire race. The decision will be taken according to the most recent weather forecast.

Runners must either wear or carry the required material in their backpack.

There will be general or random inspections of mandatory clothing and equipment at any point throughout the course, from start to finish (both included).

An EQUIPMENT VALIDATION SERVICE will be established on Thursday and Friday before the run, during race bib hand out for Ultra and Marathon. This service will be available at Bagà’s Sports Hall for all runners who’d like to ensure that their gear will pass all controls during the run.

The articles considered as valid by the EQUIPMENT VALIDATION SERVICE will be identified with a label. In case of doubt during an inspection, the runner will be able to demonstrate that his/her article has been previously checked and approved.

Using the EQUIPMENT VALIDATION SERVICE is not mandatory, although highly recommended.

In order to facilitate the validation by the service, it is recommended to bring the commercial label or a document detailing the technical characteristics of the article (according to the manufacturer), proving that it has the minimal characteristics required.

As indicated in the regulations, not carrying the required equipment during the run entails immediate disqualification.

It is recommended to purchase the clothing and equipment in specialty stores with staff trained in mountain gear.

Equipment required and recommended

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Required Required

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Mobile phone

Mandatory during all the race

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The phone has to be turned on from the race start, with active roaming, sound at maximal volume, fully charged battery and perfect working condition to withstand the entire race.

Why is it required / recommended?

The mobile phone allows the participant to receive and make emergency calls to the Organization (the telephone number will be noted on the back of the race bib). In addition, it may be useful to send geo-localization information via applications like WhatsApp.
Therefore, the phone must be active during the entire race. It is essential to keep the battery as charged as possible, and to avoid making calls or sending data unless it is needed. Functions requesting high battery consumption such as bluetooth or wifi should be inactive.
The reason why the roaming services must be active is that, given the proximity with France, some points of the course may be better served by French telephone network than by Spanish network.

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Liverun App

!Highly recommended!

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In the case of SOS, the app will send, via text message, your GPS position to the organisation.
You will get helped a lot faster! However you must also call the race phone that you can find at the reverse the race bib
Bring with you an external battery so that you can use LiveRun throughout the race.

Free app available for iOS - Android

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External mobile phone battery

!Highly recommended!

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It is recommended at least have capacity for 2 extra charges.

Why is it required / recommended?

The cold on the high zones, or overnight, reduces a lot the normal duration of all the mobile phones batteries, so is probable that (even starting with the battery charged), the phone will turn off when the runner really need it in a critical moment.

For example, if the fog, or a storm makes that a runner be lost, the fact of having an extra battery is the guarantee of having permanent contact with the organization during the necessary time/hours to locate him, and at the same time to not feel alone all this time.

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Whistle

Mandatory during all the race

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Backpack whistles are allowed if they work properly.

Why is it required / recommended?

The whistle is needed to call for help and facilitates being found in emergency situations.

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Thermal blanket

Mandatory during all the race

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Thermal blankets (also known as space blanket or first aid blanket) are made of heat-reflective thin plastic, silver colored on one side and golden on the other. Their design reduces heat loss or increases it depending on how it is placed to cover the person in need.
The minimal surface must be 1.4 m x 2.0 m.

Why is it required / recommended?

Thermal blankets are mainly used to cover an injured person while waiting for help, but it can also be used to signal the position to the aerial rescue team or simply as a protection against wind and rain.
The way it should be used to cover the injured person depends on the situation:
To retain heat: place the silver side in contact with the body and the golden side facing outwards. It is useful in case of hypothermia, injury, having to wait in the cold...
To reduce the temperature: place the golden side in contact with the body and the silver side facing outwards. It is useful in case of fever, heat stroke, having to wait in the heat...

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Trail running shoes, and socks

Mandatory during all the race

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They must cover THE WHOLE foot. Sandals are not allowed.

Why is it required / recommended?

It is necessary to consider that in many sections of the route the ground is technical and stony, fact that makes essential to use a shoe that protects THE WHOLE foot of blows and wounds, besides having a good grip.

It is also important to note that many tracks are in high mountain, where it can be very cold (especially at night), so it is imperative to have the foot well insulated using good shoes and socks, because it is one of the areas of our body where we lose more temperature.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of trail running shoes in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.

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Headlamp + spare batteries

ULTRA: Mandatory at the start (from 6:00 to sunrise), and again from 18:00.

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The headlamp can be worn on the head, leaving the hands free. When packing your headlamp, ensure that it works properly and its batteries are fully charged. Check that it is turned off when inside your backpack, to ensure it works properly when needed.

Why is it required / recommended?

The lamp may be turned on accidentally inside the backpack, or by incorrect handling. If this goes unnoticed by the runner, it may drain the batteries causing the lamp to fail when needed.
This is why it is mandatory to carry a spare set of batteries or a second headlamp working properly and with fully charged batteries.
It must also be borne in mind that, in the case of the ULTRA, the headlamp will be mandatory between 6:00 and sunrise, and will be mandatory again from 18:00. This is why we suggest to use a light headlanp for the race start, and then before 18:00 pick up the heaviest to face the night, and use the lighter as a replacement.

Examples

There are many different brands and models of headlamps in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor PETZL as an example.

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Impermeable breathable jacket with hood

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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With breathable insulating membrane such as Gore-Tex, Clima Pro, Water Proff, MemBrain, H2O, Hyvent or similar and sealed seams to sustain bad weather conditions in mountain. The jacket must not have sections composed of fabric which is not waterproof, but the air vents (under the arm, across the back), which do not appear to affect the waterproof-ness of the garment are accepted.
IMPERMEABILITY: At least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column (*)
BREATHABILITY: RET score equal or below 13; or MTVR score equal or over 5.000 (*)
(*) Consult the values of your jacket with your retailer/brand.
In case to carry the impermeable jacket, it will not be necessary to take the windstopper jacket.

Why is it required / recommended?

The impermeable breathable jacket with hood may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Why a hood? The head is one of the parts of the body with greater heat loss. This is why it must be protected from the rain, wind or cold when needed.
Why impermeable? Storms and unexpected rain episodes are very frequent in mountains. Having the body wet for a long time may cause serious problems.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of impermeable breathable jackets with hood in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Windstopper jacket

Mandatory during all the race, except when the impermeable breathable jacket with hood is required, or if the runner carries it by default.

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A windstopper jacket should cover the whole trunk (including the arms), and its function is to protect from the wind.
The hood is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.

Why is it required / recommended?

This clothing gear is the minimum needed to protect a runner from the temperature drop caused by the wind, typical at the highest points of the course even in days of good weather conditions.
The windstopper jacket does NOT offer enough protection from cold or rain. Depending on the weather conditions, or after a certain hour, it may be mandatory to carry gear offering superior protection, such as a polar fleece or an impermeable breathable jacket with hood.
In that case, if a runner carries an impermeable breathable jacket with hood, he/she will be exempt of carrying a windstopper jacket.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of windstopper jackets in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Thermal insulation clothing

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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The thermal insulation clothing must cover the whole trunk, with long sleeves until the wrist. It's function is to help keep the body warm and sustain low temperatures.
It can be a thick thermal shirt of between 150 and 300 g (depending the runner's size), or a polar fleece jacket.
Cotton is not permitted.

Why is it required / recommended?

The thermal clothing may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Keep in mind that extreme temperature oscillations are common in mountains, and they can happen suddenly.
Also, there are many situations that may force a runner to slow his/her pace, or even to stop during the race. These situations, such as suffering an injury, overexertion, helping a runner in need, etc...may cause the body temperature to drop quickly before arriving to the closest aid station or while waiting for help.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of thermal shirts and polar fleece jackets in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Trousers (Waterproof)

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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They must be impermeable (at least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column), and it is recommended that they also are breathable, although this is not mandatory.

Why is it required / recommended?

Trousers or leggings are not useful when they are wet or in windy conditions.
Therefore, and depending on the weather forecast, waterproof trousers may be mandatory from a certain hour or during the entire event.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of Waterproof trousers in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Leggings/Trousers (Warm)

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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They can be short if they totally cover the legs when combined with socks, without leaving the knees exposed.
Panties are not admitted.

Why is it required / recommended?

Leggings or trousers (totally covering the legs) may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Keep in mind that extreme temperature oscillations are common in mountains, and they can happen suddenly.
Also, there are many situations that may force a runner to slow his/her pace, or even to stop during the race. These situations, such as suffering an injury, overexertion, helping a runner in need, etc... may cause the body temperature to drop quickly before arriving to the closest aid station or while waiting for help.
Wearing waterproof pants DOES NOT NECESSARILY invalidate the obligation to take leggins/trousers (warm).

Examples

There are many different models and brands of Leggings or trousers (long) in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Warm hat

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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Its function is to keep all the head warm and protected from cold.

Why is it required / recommended?

The head is the part of the body with greater heat loss. The cap or buff/tubular would not be sufficient in certain weather conditions. Therefore, the warm hat or thermal tubular may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour depending on the weather forecast.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of Warm hats in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Cap or Buff/tubular

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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It must cover the head completely.

Why is it required / recommended?

It protects the head from the sun, sunstrokes and heat stroke.
It is also helpful to prevent heat loss in conditions of moderate cold and wind.
Carrying the warm hat (which protects from cold) does NOT exempt the runner to carry the cap or buff/tubular because it does not protect from sunstrokes.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of buff/tubulars in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Cup for liquids

Mandatory during all the race

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It can be any container, foldable or not, which may be used as a cup for drinking without wasting the liquid contained.
Hands or any object that may lose liquid are not accepted.

Why is it required / recommended?

For environmental protection reasons, no cups/glasses will be provided at aid stations.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of cups for liquids in the market. We show only one cup and container from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Drinking containers and/or hydration packs

Mandatory during all the race

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They can be one or more rigid containers, bags or a combination of both. In any case they should provide a total minimal capacity of 1 L.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of drinking containers and/or hydration packs in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Gloves

Mandatory from a certain time or during all the race according to weather conditions.

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They must totally cover the hands (including the fingers).
It is recommended that they are made of an impermeable and breathable material, although this is not mandatory.
The rubber or latex gloves are not accepted.

Why is it required / recommended?

The extremities, and the hands in particular, may get cold easily.
For this reason, gloves will be mandatory during the entire event or from a certain hour depending on the weather forecast.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of gloves in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.
Any equivalent from another brand will be equally accepted.

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Backpack

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Appropriate to the volume of the material and pace of the participant.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of Backpacks in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.

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Sunscreen cream or lotion

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Total protection (50 SPF).

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Electrolytes and/or mineral salts

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Why is it required / recommended?

There are many different models and brands of electrolytes and/or mineral salts in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor PROZIS as an example.

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Energy food

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Energy bars, gels, fruits...

Examples

There are many different models and brands of energy bars and gels in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor PROZIS as an example.

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Sunglasses

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With plastic lenses

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Walking sticks

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Strongly recommended in case of rain or snow.

Examples

There are many different models and brands of walking sticks in the market. We show a brief selection from our sponsor SALOMON as an example.

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Swiss knife

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To cut bandages, strings, bridles... etc

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Mini first-aid kit

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With supplies for the treatment of minor wounds or scratches.

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String or bridle

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For several uses.

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Back red light or reflectant

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To wear in a visible part of the back (such as in the backpack).
Highly recommended for the last part of the race before arrival in Bagà, when arriving at night or with limited visibility.

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