Aladaglar Sky Trail, is a mountain trail run, which tours around the Demirkazik Peak (3756 m) of the Aladaglar National Park, in Nigde, Kayseri and Adana provinces. The distance is about 45+ km and the elevation gain is 3,500+ m.
The race starts on August 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. in Demirkazik Village. Participants should finish the route under 12 hours and 30 minutes in a semi-sufficient way: they should carry equipment that is necessary to ensure the safety of their run for possible weather conditions.
The event is open to anyone at least 18 years old on race day. For pre-registration participants are expected to have trail and mounting trail running experience and must meet at least one of the pre-requisites listed below:
Participants meeting one pre-requisite or more will then need to fill the application form. Entries will be considered once the validity of the participant's information is vetted by the Aladağlar Sky Trail technical committee. Entries that fail to meet the participation requirements will not be assessed.
Aladağlar Sky Trail technical committee reserves the right to cancel any approved registration if the participant is discovered to submit the false declaration about her/his trail/mountain trail running or mountaineering experience. No refund will be made in such cases.
Registered participants are required to provide either a valid medical certificate indicating that the person can participate to long distance runs until August 12, 2018, or a valid license issued by a sports federation. These documents will be checked by the organization before the race.
*Successful completion of any ultra-marathon event organized in Turkey or its international equivalent will be considered valid in this category.
**Successful completion of Aladaglar Sky Run, Tahtali Sky Run or international sky run organizations equivalent of these sky run events will be considered valid in this category.
Only registered runners can participate in the event and the number of participants will be limited to 200. Registration will be open between February 19th, 2018 14:00 (EET) and July 1, 2018 14:00 (EET) and submissions will be done through aladaglarskytrail.com. All participants are required to fill the application form. Once the entries are closed, all application forms will be assessed individually by Aladaglar Sky Trail technical committee and registration of the first 200 participants, who meet the assessment criteria, will be approved on a first come first served basis. Assessment will be done on the basis of participants’ trail/mountain trail running or mountaineering experience. Providing detailed information (name and result of the race; name, altitude and the route of the climbing activity; the dates of the activity; other important information, etc.) in relevant sections of the application form is imperative. Meeting one pre-requisite or more may not be sufficient for the approval of the registration.
A quota system on country basis will be used for international participants. Each country has an independent quota for two participants. The registration of the first two participants, who meet the participation rules, from each country will automatically be approved.
The selection of the applications after the first 200 registrations is subject to a draw to fill the available quota in case of any cancellations or draw. All pre-registered participants assessed by Aladaglar Sky Trail technical committee, other than the first approved 200 and the international participants, will be included in the draw. The list of all approved participants, together with the results of the draw will be announced on July 3, 2018 via aladaglarskytrail.com.
Additional registrations can be made by the organization under special circumstances.
Registration is personal: it cannot be transferred, and the organisation will not allow another person to run on behalf of a registered participant.
The refundable registration fee is 250 TL and non-refundable registration fee is 220 TL. All payment information must be provided during the pre-registration process. Payments will only be processed once the entries are vetted and registrations are finalised.
The organisation reserves the right to reduce this fee at its discretion.
The registration fee includes:
The registration fee will be fully refunded within 30 days if cancelled before June 1, 2018 for registrations paid with refundable fee. No refund will be made for cancellations thereafter.
Registration fees will not be refunded should the race be cancelled or interrupted due to reasons beyond the control of the organization, such as bad weather conditions.
Race packs, including the race bibs, will be distributed at the registration area, ORDOS Nevzat Ontas Mountain Hut, in Demirkazik village (Nigde province) on the dates listed below. Precise location of the registration area is at: https://goo.gl/maps/FhfPhQohSx52.
The race starts on August 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. at ORDOS Nevzat Ontas Mountain Hut, Demirkazik. Participants are required to be at the start area at least 60 minutes before the start time: before 3:30 a.m.
There will be changing rooms and a bag deposit at the arrival/finish line. The deposited bags can be retrieved at the end of the race by showing the race bib. The organisation cannot be held responsible for any items left unattended in or outside of the bag deposit area.
Aladaglar Sky Trail starts from Demirkazik village, loops around Demirkazik Peak (3756 m) which is one of the highest peaks in Aladaglar, and ends again at Demirkazik village. 45+ km long course, involving 3500+ m climbing, passes through the following locations:
Most of the route is on single-track trail with scree and rocky terrain. Depending on the seasonal conditions there may be some hard snow passages.
The route will be marked with reflective bands and other markers. Any departures from the official marked route entails disqualification.
There are 4 checkpoints along the race route. Water, cold and hot beverages and various snacks will be available. Each checkpoint has a time limit listed below. Participants who arrive at a checkpoint after the designated time limit will not be allowed to continue and will stop at the checkpoint.
Next Station (km)
Next Station (m)
Next Station (m)
When leaving a checkpoint, participants should have sufficient water (at least 1 L) and food until the next one. The refreshments at the checkpoints are only for the consumption of the runners carrying a visible race bib.
Participants are allowed to get external support at the designated areas in the checkpoints. Supporters can accompany the participants for 200m before and after a checkpoint. Getting support outside the checkpoints is not allowed and the participant will be penalized.
Participants who withdraw from the race at checkpoints will be accompanied to the finish area. Please take note that returning to the finish area may involve several hours of walking on mountain trails. Participants who abandon the race between two checkpoints should inform the organization as soon as possible and reach the closest checkpoint.
The race takes place in an important natural park of Turkey with a delicate ecosystem. Participants are therefore required to fully respect the natural environment, in particular by not throwing away rubbish, and harm the natural habitat. Acting otherwise will lead to disqualification.
In order to reduce the amount of garbage, there won't be any plastic cups at the refreshment points. Participants are required to carry their own drinking cups and water bottles.
Environmental-friendly and biodegradable products will be used to mark the course. There will be no permanent marks left on the course. All marking flags will be collected after the race. Any marking flag, which will fly away or get lost, will biodegrade in 3 months
In case of bad weather conditions, such as dense fog or storm, the organization reserves the right to make last minute changes in order to prevent potential hazards or difficult conditions for the participants. This may include suspending or cancelling the race, or making modifications to the route. The participants should obey these decisions. Any change in the course or suspension will be announced to the participants before the race, or at the checkpoints during the race.
Medical and search-rescue teams will be present at the main refreshment stations and important points determined by the organization. Their exact location will be announced before the race. Medical and search-rescue personnel reserve the right to check the health conditions of participants during the race, and decide to stop their race if deemed necessary for health reasons. The participants should obey these decisions.
During the race, the participants are obliged to carry the mandatory items listed below:
These may be checked before distributing the race bib and at any point during the race. Participants without any of the mandatory items will be disqualified and will not be allowed to continue the race.
In addition to the mandatory equipment listed above, it is strongly recommended to carry the following material:
Participants running with poles should carry them from start to finish; they cannot leave the poles at any intermediate point, or they will be penalized.
The following actions lead to immediate disqualification from the race:
Disqualified participant will not be allowed to continue the race.
For participants running with poles, leaving them at an intermediate point before finish is subject to a 1 hour time penalty.
There are no cash prizes. Each participant who complete the race within the maximum time limit will be given a finisher medal.
Non-monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 3 participants in the following categories:
The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 19:00 a.m. at Demirkazik Mumtaz Cankaya Mountain Hut.
The participants authorize the Organization to freely use any images and videos depicting them during the event.
Voluntary registration and subsequent participation in Aladaglar Sky Trail indicates full acceptance of the rules and any changes they may have to undergo. Participants have to sign below declaration and waiver of responsibility before the race.
I, ................................................................................. hereby certify that,