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Dear runners of El Cruce Columbia 2017

We are heading for a new edition with a new border crossing point, new race courses, new camps, logistics and an endless string of opportunities and adventures.

Runners from more than 25 countries have already registered to run 100km in the Argentinian/Chilean Patagonia.

Paso El Manso, which is also known as Paso El Leon on the Chilean border, will be the chosen border crossing point for the 2017 edition.

The new race courses are incredible: you will be running along the edges of mountain cliffs for several km and you will have the most awesome views of several volcanoes, hills, lakes, lagoons, freezing cold rivers and streams in the highland areas as well as all the features that the Patagonia has to offer. The 2017 race courses will be unique and the landscapes will definitely change from one day to the next.

The logistics base will be at the ski centre in Cerro Catedral, where you will go through the check-in process along with thousands of other runners who will be anxious to get to their category’s scheduled start line.

Both Camps will be set up by lake coasts so that you can relax the most and enjoy the idyllic lake shores after each stage of the race.

For the first time in 16 years we will choose a campsite that has already been chosen for a former edition, that of “Los Baqueanos” by the Gutierrez Lake.

We are organizing an amazing 3-day race so that you can enjoy an experience that will be different from any other that you have already lived through.

Letter from the Director

I would like to thank all those who have registered for the 2017 edition

Thank you for the trust that you have placed on our Team! We are fully committed to the creation of an amazing race

I hope you are training hard and getting ready to face up to a 100km 3day-race.

I believe that the race courses that we have designed will be breathtaking. You must bear in mind that both the weather conditions and the landscapes can change very rapidly in the mountain. I am convinced that you will get the best out of this experience.

On behalf of the Organization I would like to inform you that we are fully committed to providing not only comfort and the best food for all runners but also first-rate Organization and logistics service.

We learn a lot from one edition to the next and year after year our team has become more solid. We will stand by you before and during your race and after you have crossed the finish line.

We have had to overcome some difficulties while we worked towards our next edition, especially when it came to the border crossing points and customs service, since at that time of the year there will be many tourists crossing the border between Argentina and Chile.

For the 2017 edition we had two options in mind but we have chosen El Manso border crossing point since it will be easier for all of us.

Fortunately, everything is aimed at one thing – giving a great welcome to all runners at Cerro Catedral!

After our last edition, we have decided to improve some specific issues for the 2017 edition, such as pictures during the event, race coverage, Camp Service, Cleaning service for chemical toilets, hydration service during the race, classification of runners display at Camps and on the internet .

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work has proved to be an extremely useful asset for the event.

On this edition, we will continue with the volunteer programme since we have found that the 2016-experience was totally enriching and we worked with an incredible group of volunteers. On the 2017 edition we will count with collaborators from more than 15 countries that have already worked in other races around the world and would like to make their own experience at El Cruce 2017.

Volunteers have an important role during the race and we all enjoyed ourselves along with them on our last edition! We are definitely looking forward to sharing a unique experience during their 10-day stay.

We have already selected the group of volunteers that will take part in our next edition.


It is essential both for the Organizers and for all participants to answer the questionnaire in this letter.

The elements for this race are currently being manufactured so it is important for us all to know the requested size for each item of clothing.

In the form you will need to specify the size of:

  • Official t-shirt
  • “second skin” technical compression shirt
  • Jacket
  • Extra oficial t-shirt
  • Sox Socks
  • Specifications about Heat pressing your name on your official t-shirt
  • Tent/Team grouping choices
  • Food allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory diseases

You should also specify in that form whether you want to hire a sleeping bag, vivisac, an additional tent, etc from CDC.

How to get to the Start Line

The Organization will take participants to the start line in shuttle buses. You must know that we will leave from the parking lot at Cerro Catedral before sunrise.


Here are the maps with the accumulated differences that will be part of the challenge during the 3 days of the race.



On the first day you will have to run 5km, after which you will be driven down to the second start line from where you will have to run another 31km.


The 5km that you will cover on the Chilean side will be around El Manso border crossing point, which is also known as Paso Leon in Chile. There will not be a major total vertical gain.

You will start on the Chilean side and you will reach the Argentinian side, where you will be driven in buses down to the 2nd start line.

Once you have started off from the second start line, which will be at the Villegas- Manso river confluence, you will head towards what is known as the Villegas-Steffen Crossing, along a 12-km mountain path that will lead you down to the Manso river bank. You will reach the Steffen Lake, where you will discover the amazing shores of that region. That’s where you will start the Steffen-Mascardi Crossing. It is a mountain path, which is typical of the Patagonia, with a steep ascent until you reach 1100m up in the mountain, where you will continue on your way down to Mascardi Lake, where you will reach Camp 1.

There will be rivers and streams along your way. Before the event you will be receive further information about where you can drink water.

The Hydration station will be placed on the 12km (Steffen Lake).




You will start off at Camp 1, and after 1km along the shore you will take a mountain path. After a few km you will start a steep ascent towards the edges of cliffs near the Mascardi Lake. You will be walking for several km with a view of the most incredible landscapes, and then you will continue on your way down to Camp 2.

On this stage you will need to carry enough water supply since there will not be any rivers up on the edges of the cliffs.

The hydration station will be placed on km6 (before you start your ascent).




You will start off at Camp 2.

You will always run along mountain paths.

At first, you will run several km along the Lagoon bank. Then you will start climbing up to km11, where you will continue on an intense ascent to the top of Cerro Catedral. Once you have reached 2000m snm, you will continue for several km along the edges of Cerro Catedral and then you will follow a sharp descent down to the base of Cerro Catedral, where you will find the long-awaited finish line.

There will be several streams and rivers that you can use to re-fill your hydration backpacks as well as a hydration station that will be placed on km11.

What is the Race like?

DAY 1:

The Organization will drive all participants from the parking lot in Cerro Catedral down to Paso El Manso 120km

Start line: on the Chilean side (you will have been driven down to that start line in mini buses provided by the Organization).

In Letter 3, we will inform you about the migration process and border control regulations.

The Course 5km. Arrival and transfer (40km) in buses provided by the Organization down to the second Start line.

Start Line 2 up to Camp 1.

DAY 2:

Start line: Camp 1, Finish line: Camp 2

Day 3:

Start line: Camp 2, Finish line: Catedral

You must know that these courses might be modified, not only when it comes to distance but also to altitude, depending on the weather conditions.



The logistics base will be at the ski centre in Cerro Catedral. The check-in process will take place at the Pyramid across Catalina Reynal Square.

Each runner will go through the check-in process a day or two before their race begins.

  • January 30th –from 13 to 19hs
  • January 31st – from 9 to 19hs
  • February 1st – from 9 to 19hs
  • February 2nd – from 9 to 19hs
  • It is highly recommended that you arrive in Bariloche 48hs before your own race.


It is essential for you to find accommodation in hotels, hostels or log cabins at Cerro Catedral. There is a wide range of accommodation choices, all within a short distance to and from the Start/Finish line of the event.

Official Agency for the 2017 edition of EL CRUCE

Contact them for required services: hotel/log cabin accommodation at Cerro Catedral, flights to Bariloche, airport-Catedral shuttle service
Tel: 02972-414-555
E-mails: consultas@jauque.com.ar / info@jauque.com.ar
Web: www.jauque.com.ar


It is important to train conscientiously. It will be a very tough race and it is essential to be physically fit to be able to get to the finish line at the end of each stage without experiencing extreme fatigue.

El Cruce is a very demanding experience. Do not underestimate it. You should get ready to be at your best because that will allow you to enjoy the experience.

It is highly advisable to train in a team and/or with a coach. Finding company for the long training hours as well as somebody to guide you through your preparation time is a must.

There are 3 very important things that you must bear in mind for this type of race:

Long-distance runs: (total accumulated training distance) After a long stage, there will be a second and third stage that will be as hard or even harder than the first stage of the race.

Uphill training: runners will find themselves running/going uphill during several kilometres. You should train enough for your body to adapt to moving uphill during 1 or 2 hours per day.

Downhill training: such training is often underestimated but it ends up becoming one of the most common factors that lead participants to drop out of the race. If you are not used to running or walking downhill for 1 or 2 hours, you might suffer from muscle spasms.


You should consider this point to be of major importance for this type of race. Take technical garment and elements - those of good quality, light, dry-fit, practical and with lower fabric volume.

Look for light running shoes with a good rubber sole. Lately, runners have left heavy mountain shoes aside and, instead, they have turned to lighter better quality running shoes, with soles that have been specially designed for the mountain.

You should go out and train with your hydration bags. Try fitting all the elements that you will need during the race inside your bags so that you make sure that you are taking the appropriate size. Let us warn you against hanging elements on the outer part of your backpacks during the race. 12, 15, 20 or 25 lt hydration backpacks weigh almost the same so do not think that you will run more comfortably if you take the smallest bag you can find on the market. Another typical mistake is for runners to try and train using hydration bags where you cannot fit in elements that you might need to take along with you if the weather conditions are unfavourable: gloves, multifunctional headwear, caps, a bigger warmer jacket, etc).

Photographic Code

Each runner will receive a code. Once you have activated it on Facebook, all your pictures of the event will be uploaded on your wall on Facebook. Your pictures will also appear on your runner profile in our webpage.

You will need to activate such system some days before the race and hang the photographic code on a visible part of your backpack during the race.


There will be a team of 35 photographers to take the best pictures of your experience.

On each edition we pay extra attention to this issue so that you can keep the best memories of your 3-day experience.

The Official Running t-shirt

Sample official running t-shirts of different sizes are displayed on CDC. We include information for those who cannot go to CDC to check what size fits them best.

Since many participants have asked for a second official running t-shirt so as not to wear the same one on every stage of the race, you will be offered the possibility to order an extra one in advance. You should include that request on the attached form. The extra t-shirt costs U 25.- (twenty five dollars) or 400 pesos (four hundred pesos).

The organization will offer you the possibility to add your name and customize your t-shirt. You should include such request in the form. Once you have asked for a t-shirt with your name and size, you won’t be able to change it if it doesn’t fit you.

Changing the Size. Runners must include their corresponding size when filling in the form. If you ask for a change during registration, it will depend on availability and such change might be done only if your name has not been added.


Second Skin technical compression shirt

Every runner will receive a long-sleeved technical compression shirt in their runner kit. The sizes of such shirts are displayed on CDC. We include information for those who cannot go to CDC to check what size fits them best. Runners must include their corresponding size when filling in the form. If you ask for a change during registration, it will depend on availability. The technical compression shirt that we include in the runner kit will be ideal to take as a mandatory element since it is of light weight and of great quality.


Polar Jacket

Every runner will receive a polar jacket in their runner kit. The sizes of such jackets are displayed on CDC. We include information for those who cannot go to CDC to check what size fits them best. Runners must include their corresponding size when filling in the form. If you ask for a change during registration, it will depend on availability. The polar jacket that we include in the runner kit will be ideal to take as a mandatory element since it is of light weight and of great quality.


Elements /Garments

It is important for you to familiarize with the elements that you will use during the race: hydration packs, running shoes, tights, socks, jackets, since you will spend several hours running with all those elements on you and it is not nice to have blisters or sore skin because you are not used to wearing certain clothes.

It is important for you to rely on technical clothing (of good quality and light wear).

The same applies to optional elements such as a GPS, trekking poles, hydration belts, sleeping bags, inflatable mattress, etc.

Mandatory Elements

You must carry the following elements during the 3 stages of the race, either on or inside your backpack. Here is the list:

  • official t-shirt (provided by the Organization)
  • Runner bib (provided by the Organization)
  • 1 chip (provided by the Organization)
  • 1 backpack that goes over the shoulders
  • 1 water-resistant bag
  • 1 polar or micropolar jacket (you might want to take the Columbia micropolar jacket you were given on previous editions)
  • 1 cap
  • 1 vivisac (it should be meant for people to be able to spend the night outdoors in the mountain – if you participate in the TEAMS category, 1 per team)
  • 1 thermal blanket

Recommended elements for Camps and Race

  • trekking poles. They will come in useful for the 3-day event.
  • cutlery (spoon, fork and meat knife)
  • head lantern with extra batteries
  • COMPEED blister plaster or similar kind
  • towel
  • sleeping bag (camps will be set between 700 and 1100 msnm. You might feel cold and you might need good quality sleeping bags)
  • inflatable mattress (for those who prefer to sleep more comfortably)


The Organization will offer a variety of elements for rent (sleeping bags and vivisacs). The costs for the 3-day event are the following:

Sleeping bag: 20 dollars (U20) / three hundred pesos ($300)

Vivisac: fifteen dollars (U15) / two hundred and fifty pesos ($250)

Additional tent: forty dollars (U40) for each camp or six hundred pesos ($600)

In order to rent any of these elements you should send an email to info@elcrucecolumbia.com (it will depend on availability)

Running kit Bag

  • 1 duffel bag for each runner (mandatory element)
  • Official race t-shirt (you must wear it during the race)
  • Polar jacket
  • Multifunctional headwear
  • “second skin” El Cruce technical compression shirt
  • Thermal blanket
  • SOX compression socks and socks
  • Presents that will be included inside the kit


The camps set for El CRUCE are different from those of other races around the world. Every edition has brought about an increase in the amount of participants and this has led to substantial changes in the camp life. The camps are a vital part of the race. Do not underestimate the value of your organization, especially when it comes to the camps.

Look for all the elements that the Organization has requested for the Camps.

La vida de campamento empieza meses antes eligiendo que elementos llevarán.

Seek for advice from experienced runners of EL CRUCE, who can share their experience and help you get a picture of the camp life/experience.

Think about the elements that you will pack in your camp bags beforehand so that you do not forget anything – you will be in the middle of the mountain. Imagine what would happen if you forgot your sleeping bag, ID or a warm jacket.

It is important for you to start making a list of the things you might need for the race at an early stage so that when the time comes to pack your stuff, you can rely on the list. Guaranteed success!!

You should know that temperatures may vary from very high (37°C) to very low (0°C). It might be hot, windy, rainy, snowy but you might also enjoy excellent weather conditions. You will be in the middle of La Patagonia.

Once you have crossed the finish line each day, stay well-hydrated by drinking water and eating fruit

Go and look for you duffel bag, take it to your assigned tent, put on some dry clothes and take your cutlery to the dining tent to enjoy your lunch.

Keep informed about the weather forecast so that in case it rains, you protect your stuff.

Hang your race clothes in the sun so that they dry as soon as possible. Get your backpack ready for the next day. Keep your head lantern at hand to be used after sunset.

Keep well-hydrated.

Go and stay in the lake so that it helps your body relax.

Do not take long naps during the day. Otherwise, it will be much more difficult for you to sleep at night

Enjoy the beauty of the lake beach

Try to go to bed and wake up early to enjoy your breakfast and to avoid running short of time


It is important for runners to sleep well. We have designed what we consider to be the ideal tent for this race. Since every tent will be built up by the organization, it is possible that yours has not been set on an ideal surface. For that reason, we suggest you take an inflatable mattress.

Those runners who want to have their tents placed together must include such request when you fill in the form before the month of November. You will have time until December 30 to decide in which group you want your tent to be included. If you have not included such information in the corresponding form, you can send an email to info@elcrucecolumbia.com

Once a group has been created/defined, you must choose 2 letters and 2 numbers for identification purposes: e.g.CC90.

TEAMS must include the names of the teams with whom you want your tent to be placed.

INDIVIDUAL category participants should specify which runners you want to share your tent with and whether you want your tent to be placed near a given group of runners (include their runner numbers).

As from January 1st, there won’t be changes to tents set arrangements.

Tents will be numbered and you will be able to check how they have been set as from January.

Additional Tent

Those who want to rent a tent should send an email to CDC to hire that service (it will depend on availability): info@elcrucecolumbia.com

If you want an additional tent and if you would like it to be set with those of a specific group of runners, you should include that request while you fill in the form.

The cost of an additional tent is forty dollars (U 40.-) for foreigners and six hundred pesos ($600.-) for Argentinians, for each tent on each camp.

Inflatable Mattress

You can buy the mattresses at CDC Proshop with a 20% discount. The organization won’t rent mattresses. Runners coming from Argentinian provinces or foreign countries can buy them by email and pay for them during registration. There are single and double mattresses.

Duffel Bags

Every runner will be given a duffel bag to carry their elements from one Camp to the other. Every bag has a capacity of 110lts. These bags are displayed at CDC. They are big enough to fit in also the elements for the race.

Your bags will be taken by the Organization from:

  • Cerro Catedral/Organization Centre – Camp 1
  • Camp 1 – Camp 2
  • Camp 2 – Cerro Catedral/Organization Centre

Take into account that the elements that you are carrying inside your bags should not be fragile. Bags will be piled up inside trucks and some of them will bear the weight of the ¾ other bags on top of them.

When and where should I hand in my duffel bag for them to be transported by the Organization?

The day before your category starts off

Venue: Cerro Catedral parking lot

Time: from 16 to 20hs.

At the Camps from very early in the morning until the time you start off.

If you don’t hand in your duffel bags on the scheduled time you will be economically penalized in order to take your bags since the trucks need to comply with a schedule.

When and where should I collect my duffel bag once the race is over?

Catedral Parking lot

Time: from 14 to 20hs

If you do not collect your bag then you will have to wait until the next day and consult the Organization about where to collect your bag.

No Wrappers

Wrappers are strictly forbidden during the courses of the 3-day event. If you are planning to take gels, gums, turrones, granola bars, chocolate, etc, you should carry them inside plastic bags or hermetic bags. There will be strict control, and on this new edition, participants will be penalized if they are found carrying wrappers: 30 minutes the first time. If it happens again on the 2nd or 3rd day, participants will be disqualified.

Proshop discounts

Participants registered for EL CRUCE 2017 can enjoy discounts on CDC Proshop (916, Monroe Avenue, CABA). There is a 20% discount if you pay cash, and 10% discount if you pay with credit card.

Doctor’s Certificate

In order to participate in the race all runners must present a doctor’s certificate, allowing you to take part in the event.

You can print out a form from the following link and present it later to the organization. CLICK AQUÍ

Such certificate must be presented in person. We will accept certificates from the last 12 months before the event.

The doctor’s certificate can be left at CDC (916, Monroe Avenue) or they can be sent to info@elcrucecolumbia.com. Such certificate is compulsory for all participants.

The deadline to hand in the doctor’s certificate is during registration.

Local News Media

If runners wish to make all the details of the event available for their local news media, such information can be requested at prensa@elcrucecolumbia.com

These media will get information right from the event’s press hall.

Follow up of the Event

During the 3 days of the race, relatives and friends can keep track of what is happening through the website: www.elcrucecolumbia.com.

We also offer the possibility to get all the information on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We kindly invite you to join Facebook and become fan of El Cruce.

Mobile Phone Signal

  • Cerro Catedral: yes
  • Start line Day 1: no
  • Camp 1: yes
  • Course 1 and 2: no
  • Course 1 and 2: no
  • Course 3: no
  • Finish line Cerro Catedral: yes

Return Trip

Runners should not buy return tickets for the same day that the race is over since you might suffer from a tight schedule, delayed transfers or the complications that might appear after the end of an event.