Every year we aim at introducing new features and for our 2018 edition we will offer something unequalled: 2 majestic volcanoes, incredible views, unique camps which will be surrounded by mountains and valleys and the finish line, set at the beach in Pucon. Since both the registration process and the end of the event will take place in Pucon, you will be able to enjoy some days at the beach.
We will devote plenty of time to planning and working towards December 2018.
We have always made a big effort to create an outstanding event, bringing about innovation and singular features that have enabled participants to live an unequalled experience. On our upcoming edition of EL CRUCE we will marvel at the volcanoes of the Patagonia.
Thousands of experiences have been narrated about our previous editions. Every race has left its mark in the heart of participants and lots of anecdotes have been shared among runners, the staff and local residents.
Together we will start narrating a new edition.
Jueves 6 / Viernes 7 / Sábado 8. Elite / Team.
Viernes 7 / Sábado 8 / Domingo 9. Amateur.
There will be 3 distinctive categories
Individual Elite / Advanced - Teams - Individual Amateurs
Individual Elite / Advanced runners and Teams will run on the same days.
Individual Amateur runners will run with 24 hours difference.
All categories will cover the same distance and they will all go along the same courses and sleep at the same camps with the same organization. The same regulations have been established for the different groups.
There will be a limited number of participants for each group - we want runners to feel comfortable during the race and after each stage and we would like to provide the best quality service that can be offered.
The 3 categories will have the same cut-off time which will be announced along with the different courses. You should bear in mind that for a standard course that would be 14’ x km, which will be adjusted to the unevenness of the ground of the course for each stage of the race.
DECEMBER 5th – Advanced / Teams categories
DECEMBER 6th – Amateur category
Each participant must check in the day before his/her own race begins. We recommend arriving in Pucon 48hs before your race begins.
`Gran Hotel Pucon’ will stand as the logistics and check-in base. We recommend finding accommodation at the hotel or nearby so as to be able to live the full experience before, during and after the race. You don’t want to miss anything: your check-in process, the pre-race briefing, your transfer stop from where you will set off to the start line, the bag retrieval stand, the closing ceremony and a wide black sand beach at Villarrica lake banks.
Camps will be set up in unique spots where the Organization will display tents and provide breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. There will be 2 camps.
Once you have arrived at each camp you will receive instructions so that you can retrieve the bags that you will have handed in to the Organization the day before your race begins.
Sponsors will provide products / service to participants.
Just like we do for every edition, we have chosen an incredible course which will allow runners to discover unique landscapes and views. You will end up covering 100km along the 3 stages of the race.
On this edition you will run along more than 70km on and off 2 volcanoes with the most amazing views. You might even find snow along the way. You will also run along the valleys near the volcanoes and cross the finish line at Villarrica lake banks.
During the 3 stages of the race you will not only run up and down volcanoes but you will also relish with the views of other volcanoes of the Patagonia, you will cross lakes and rivers and you will go through steep gradients running from mountainsides to vast valleys
Get ready for a difficult challenge which will include some technical trails.
You should know that all the courses might be modified in the future, depending on the required permits and government, community or private owners’ operating permits. In future announcements we will include information concerning the uneven terrain.
EL CRUCE is a race which has been designed for adventure runners that look for extreme adrenaline in the mountain. Participants must be very well trained and they must have the capacity to adapt to difficult situations. This race will not fit the standards of those who are not used to coping with cold weather, wind, snow, rain, long trails, important elevation gains, accummulated exhaustion, logistics which might still pose a problem, delays or any other adversity.
You will spend 3 days away from hotels and areas of comfort. Even though runners’ safety will be a priority for us and even though we will proceed carefully in case of emergency, such procedure might be long, risky and complicated.
All participants must present a doctor’s certificate before registration day. It can be presented at Club de Corredores (916, Monroe Avenue, CABA), you can send it by email (email@example.com) or you can hand it in during check-in. It is important to include a contact address of the doctor who has signed your certificate.
Those who are interested in signing in for the race must fill in the registration form in the web page as from August 9th 2017, 12:00hs Buenos Aires. www.elcrucecolumbia.com
There will be a maximum number of participants. Due to demand registrants need to secure their spot as soon as possible. Once the maximum number of participants in a category has been reached, registrants will be added to a waiting list.
There will be a limited number of places per country/continent and such benefit will be given for a limited amount of time, after which such availability will be offered to participants from other regions who might be on a waiting list.
If the amount of registrants who sign in for the race on the first week after registration is open exceeds the amount of spots that are available for each region, then we will proceed as follows:
Argentina. participation will be ensured according to the following criteria:
NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA
SOUTH AMERICA (with the exception of Argentina and Brazil)
EL CRUCE official t-shirt - Columbia Technical jacket - Dri-fit long-sleeved t-shirt - Columbia Multifunctional headwear - Sponsors’ gifts
Los corredores inscritos en El Cruce Columbia 2018, obtendrán un descuento de 25% en efectivo y 10% en tarjeta para El Proshop del Club de Corredores
Participants can choose among the following currency options: Argentinian pesos, US dollars or the Brazilian real
USD 200.- (two hundred dollars)
USD 200.- (two hundred dollars)
Up to September 2018
USD 300 (three hundred dollars)
In December 2018
If you inform the Organization before August 31, 2018 about your inability to participate in EL CRUCE 2018, your registration fee will be deferred and used as part of the payment fee on the following edition of EL CRUCE. All entry fees are non-refundable. Entry fees are non-transferable. You may use the money at PRO SHOP, 916 Monroe Avenue, CABA.
If you inform the Organization between September 1, 2018 and November 25, 2018 about your inability to participate in EL CRUCE 2018, your registration fee will be deferred and used as part of the payment fee on the following edition of EL CRUCE. Such deferral will incur and administration fee of USD 100.- (one hundred dollars). All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you inform the Organization after November 26, 2018 or if you omit informing the Organization about your inability to participate in EL CRUCE 2018 your entry fee will be non-refundable and you won’t be able to defer your registration until the following edition.
Those who sign in for INDIVIDUAL category cannot transfer their registration fee to someone else.
Those who sign in for INDIVIDUAL category and would like to change their event category will be allowed to do it only once. Such modification must be done before November 1, 2018. After that day, one may change his/her event category with an administration fee of USD 50 (fifty dollars).
Changes in the event category are subject to current availability
Word/telephone notices are not valid. The only requests that will be considered as valid are those which are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
All entry fees are non-refundable.
As usual, participants’ safety will be a priority for the Organization. There will be an emergency response team with the necessary equipment to assist the runners. There will be mountain guides that will be ready to provide assistance and advice.
You will have access to landscapes that cannot be reached with vehicles and that one can only move along on horseback or in a helicopter if the weather allows it.
The Organization will count with an important team of doctors and health care professionals (nurses, assistants, etc) who will work under the supervision of specialists both during the race and at the Camps. Such professionals will work along with specialists who will be available at runner’s request.
It is highly recommended that participants reach the start line physically and mentally fit for the 3-stage challenge that they will have ahead of them. If any participant decides to drop out of the event he/she should find the means to get to the closest camp (unless one is unable to move). Otherwise, such participants will have to wait for a member of the staff to get to the spot where he/she is. The participant must bear in mind that under the given circumstances of an extreme adventure race, he/she might have to wait for a long time.
Those participants who decide to drop out of the race can return to the logistics base in Pucon in a shuttle bus. From the minute the Organization takes such participant away from the race, accommodation and food provision will be up to the runner.
You should know that in case of dropping out of the event you should not expect immediate transportation service down to aCamp or back to Pucon.
The participant’s baggage must be carried along by the runner or it can be left at the information tent. In that case, such baggage can only be collected at the end of the 3-day event.
We kindly request runners to help us protect the environment.
There will be waste containers at the Camps so that you can put the right kind of waste in the right bin for our collection teams: food waste, mixed dry and non-recyclable waste.
Organizers and mountain race lovers are surely prone to be the ones who not only enjoy the mountain, nature, lakes and the views the most, but also the ones who suffer the most when they see paper, plastic bags and garbage in the mountain. Food rationing, recycling and using the least possible amount of contaminating products will definitely make a difference.
We would like to help every runner become aware of the need to protect the environment. It will be compulsory for all participants to carry their food in Ziploc bags (not inside wrappers) and their energy gels inside containers.
These elements must be carried along during the 3 stages of the race, either inside your backpack or on.Elements for each runner:
If you are interested in renting equipment for the race, the Organization will offer the following elements:
Every runner will need a duffel bag to carry the elements that will be used during the 3 stages of the race and at the Camps. Every bag must have a capacity of about 110lts or 120lts.(maximum capacity 130lts). Only one bag will be accepted per participant. Those participants who need to carry extra luggage will have to pay USD 15.- (fifteen dollars) for transportation purposes.
The Organization will not collect Duffel bags which contain elements hanging from bag handles.
Each runner will be given an identifying label and a security seal that must be used for identification and security purposes.
A chip timing system will be used to record race performance accurately. Such system will allow runners to be sent in waves from the start line and to provide instantaneous race updates. All runners will receive a timing chip on loan basis to be used during the 3 days of the event. Losing such device will mean having to pay for the loss so that the Organization can replace it in the future. There will be a Race Timing Update Tent in both Camps, where runners can get updated information concerning their race.
If the chip is lost before or during the event, participants can request a second chip for USD 10.- (ten dollars).
Each participant will receive the official running t-shirt for EL CRUCE, which must be worn by all participants on every stage of the race. Sample official running t-shirts of different sizes are displayed at CDC in case you want to see them. In August, participants will fill in an online form where information about the corresponding size will be requested.
Participants may order a second official running t-shirt if they pay for it in advance. (USD 25 (twenty five dollars)).
You may add your name and customize your t-shirt. You should include such request in the form before September 1st. If you ask for a t-shirt with your name and size, you won’t be able to change it in the future. In such case, you will have to purchase another t-shirt.
For this edition, we are trying to avoid having runners going through customs during the race. We will make further announcements in the future.
Runners must take along all the mandatory documentation required by the Migration Law, PDI, customs regulations, SAG and SENASA..
Remember to take your ID card (Argentinian participants) or passport (foreign participants).
Your participation in the race will not entitle you to cross the frontier without the proper documentation.
In the previous edition there were many correspondents and many of them participated in the event as runners. On this new edition there will be even more journalists from different newspapers, magazines and important TV channels broadcasting the highlights of EL CRUCE COLUMBIA 2018.
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
In the 2018 edition EL CRUCE COLUMBIA will give winners awards of purchase orders in COLUMBIA and at the PRO SHOP at Club de Corredores. Such awards will be given to the first 3 runners to cross the finish line in the Female and Male GENERAL Category and Mixed teams.
No prizes will be awarded to Amateur participants.
It is not an easy task to establish a cut off time since that will depend on the distance, elevation gain, technical terrain, river and bridge crossings on each stage of the race. What’s more, it will also depend on whether it is the first, second or third stage of the race
Bear in mind that on a regular mountain stage de cut off time is 14’x km. As soon as we receive confirmation when it comes to the courses and the corresponding permits, we will make further announcements concerning the cut off time for each stage.
After such a positive and successful experience during the last editions when it comes to volunteer work, next year we will offer the chance for more people to join us as volunteers. Candidates will undergo a selection process.
In March, 2018 we will issue a form concerning volunteer work.
We will provide information about the different areas where you might participate as a volunteer and those who are interested will have to fill in a form with all the relevant information.
We are working towards a great experience!!!
You will discover incredible places, meet runners and volunteers from different countries and Argentinian provinces, make a wide variety of programs in Bariloche and the nearby areas.
You will enjoy a wonderful experience!!!!
Today this option is worth 270 / 115 / 30 dollars; total amount of 415 dollars round trip
Jauque Tourist Agency will offer:
Hotel accommodation in Pucon
Shuttle service from SMA / Junin de los Andes / Bariloche to Pucon