Alaca Ultra Sky Marathon is a sky run taking place in Aladağlar National Park, located in Niğde, Kayseri, and Adana provinces. The distance is about 50+ km and the elevation gain is 4,600+ m.
The race starts on August 14, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. in Demirkazık Village. Participants should finish the route in 16 hours 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 sky running experience and must meet at least one of the prerequisites 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 in long distance runs until August 15, 2021, or a valid license issued by a sports federation. These documents will be checked by the organization before the race.
* According to ITRA categories, a medium distance trail run is a trail race with a distance between 75 km and 114 km. Successful completion of any ultra-marathon event organized in Turkey or its international equivalent will be considered valid in this category.
Only registered runners can participate in the event and the number of participants will be limited to 50. Registration will be open between March 15, 2021 14:00 (EET) and July 5, 2021 17:00 (EET) and submissions will be done through Aladaglar Sky Trail. All participants are required to fill out the application form. Once the entries are closed, all application forms will be assessed individually by Aladağlar Sky Trail technical committee and registration of the first 50 participants, who meet the assessment criteria, will be approved on a first come first served basis.
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 applications of the participants who volunteered in the previous years' Aladaglar Sky Trail organizations and who meet the participation rules will be handled outside the 50 participants quota.
Additional registrations can be made by the organization under special circumstances.
Registration is personal: it cannot be transferred, and the organization will not allow another person to run on behalf of a registered participant.
Registration fee includes:
The cancellation of registration is only possible if the participants have a health concern or an injury that will prevent them from participating in the race. In such cases, the participants should obtain a medical report indicating their health conditions and email it to [email protected] The registration fee will be fully refunded within 30 days if cancelled before July 5, 2021. 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 Öntaş Mountain Hut, in Demirkazık village (Niğde province) on the dates listed below. Precise location of the registration area is at: https://goo.gl/maps/FhfPhQohSx52.
The race starts on August 14, 2021 at 04:00 a.m. at ORDOS Nevzat Öntaş Mountain Hut, Demirkazık. Participants are required to be at the start area at least 60 minutes before the start time: before 03:00 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 organization cannot be held responsible for any items left unattended in or outside of the bag deposit area.
Alaca Ultra Sky Marathon starts from Demirkazık village, reaches to Karasay Pass, followed by Alaca pass, and ends again at Demirkazık village. 50+ km long course, involving 4,600+ m climbing, passes through the following locations:
Most of the route is on a single-track trail with scree and rocky terrain. Depending on the seasonal conditions there may be some hard snow passages.
The route will be visibly marked. 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.
|2.||Sarı Memedin High Plain||20.63||7.05||2016||1585||1864||74||6:00||Water, Food|
|4.||Koca Dölek||36.58||15.34||4029||628||3539||1117||12:00||Water, Food|
|Bitiş||Demirkazık Village||51.84||0.0||4657||-||4656||-||16:00||Water, Food|
Participants who arrive at a checkpoint after the designated time limit will not be allowed to continue and will stop at the checkpoint.
However, participants, who reach Sarı Memed High Plain checkpoint out of time can continue Karasay Sky Marathon. Successful finishers will be included in Karasay Sky marathon ranking and awarded 2 ITRA points.
When leaving a checkpoint, participants should have sufficient water (at least 1,5 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 can get external support at the designated areas in the checkpoints. Supporters can accompany the participants for 200m before and after a checkpoint. Getting assistance outside the checkpoints is subject to penalty. Participants who withdraw from the race at checkpoints will be accompanied to the finish area. Please take note that arriving at the finish area may take 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, not to throw away rubbish, and harm the natural habitat. Acting otherwise will lead to disqualification.
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.
In case of bad weather conditions, such as dense fog, heavy precipitation or storm, the organization reserves the right to make last minute changes 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 throughout the course; 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 1 hour time penalty.
Results will be ranked in the following categories:
There are no cash prizes. Each participant who completes 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 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Demirkazık Mümtaz Çankaya 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 Alaca Ultra Sky Marathon indicates full acceptance of the rules and any changes they may have to undergo. Participants must sign below declaration and waiver of responsibility before the race. I, ................................................................................. hereby certify that,