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Letter from the Director

Dear Runners of EL CRUCE COLUMBIA

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.

COLUMBIA EL CRUCE 2018 - 17MA EDITION

  • Venue: Pucon, Chile
  • Date: Dec 6-9th , 2018

Jueves 6 / Viernes 7 / Sábado 8. Elite / Team.

Viernes 7 / Sábado 8 / Domingo 9. Amateur.

CATEGORIES

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.

RUNNER CHECK-IN

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.

SCHEDULE

Advanced / Teams

  • Llegada a Pucón sugerida: 4 de diciembre
  • Acreditación: December 5
  • Course – day 1: December 6
  • Course – day 2: December 7
  • Course – day 3: December 8
  • Arrival at finish line – December 8 in Pucon.
  • Event closing ceremony and award-giving ceremony December 8th, 19:00hs

Amateurs:

  • Llegada a Pucón sugerida: 5 de diciembre
  • Acreditación: December 6
  • Course – day 1: December 7
  • Course – day 2: December 8
  • Course – day 3: December 9
  • Arrival at finish line – December 9 in Pucon.
  • Event closing ceremony and award-giving ceremony December 9th, 19:00hs

CAMPS

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.

THE COURSE

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.

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration

Pre-Registration for EL CRUCE 2018 will open on August 9th 2017 12:00hs (Buenos Aires time)

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 (info@elcrucecolumbia.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.

DOWNLOAD Sample Doctor’s 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.

Race Assignment Place

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:

  • Early registrants will ensure their spot
  • Spots per category
  • Spots for running teams that have provided support to the Organization along the years.

BRAZIL

NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA (with the exception of Argentina and Brazil)

EUROPE/ASIA/AFRICA

Participation in EL CRUCE 2018 includes the following:

  • Participation in the race

  • Shuttle bus service provided by the Organization for registered participants’ transportation only for the race

  • Camp service: meals, baggage transportation

  • Runner kit

  • Finisher medal

Participation in the race

  • Logistics service, safety procedures during the 3-day race
  • Pre-race briefing and closing ceremonies

Transportation:

  • Participants will be driven to the start area in shuttle buses prior to the race start time
  • Baggage transportation (Pucon– CAMP 1 – CAMP 2 – Finish line)
  • Participants dropping out of the race from Camp 1 or 2 to Pucon
  • Participants transportation from CAMP 1 to CAMP 2 will not be included

Camp life:

  • 2-night camping experience in a site chosen by the Organization
  • 4 meals: lunch (2) and dinner (2)
  • Breakfast (2).
  • Camp organization
  • Tents for 2 participants will be given as a loan at each camp

Running Kit

EL CRUCE official t-shirt - Columbia Technical jacket - Dri-fit long-sleeved t-shirt - Columbia Multifunctional headwear - Sponsors’ gifts

Descuento en Proshop

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

Race Fee EL CRUCE 2018

The race fee will consist of:

  • registration fee u 150.- (one hundred and fifty dollars)
  • logistics and elements fee u 550.- (five hundred and fifty dollars)
  • total race fee u 700.- (seven hundred dollars) per participant

Participants can choose among the following currency options: Argentinian pesos, US dollars or the Brazilian real

Payment Terms

1st Installment:

USD 200.- (two hundred dollars)

2nd Installment:

USD 200.- (two hundred dollars)

Up to September 2018

3rd Installment:

USD 300 (three hundred dollars)

In December 2018

Refund Policy

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.

CHANGE OF CATEGORY or team member

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 info@elcrucecolumbia.com

All entry fees are non-refundable.

SAFETY MEASURES

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.

DROP OUT POLICY

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.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

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.

ELEMENTS

Mandatory Elements for the Race

These elements must be carried along during the 3 stages of the race, either inside your backpack or on.

Elements for each runner:
  • EL CRUCE official t-shirt (provided by the Organization)
  • Bib (provided by the Organization)
  • 1 chip (provided by the Organization)
  • 1 backpack to be worn round your shoulders
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 long-sleeved t-shirt
  • 1 polar or micro-polar jacket
  • 1 woolen hat
  • 1 vivisac (it is not a survival blanket. It must allow someone to spend a whole night in the middle of the mountain)
  • 1 survival blanket (provided by the Organization)

Recommended elements for Camps and Race

  • Running tights and shorts
  • Technical sandals. You will need to let your feet breathe after each stage
  • Cap or woolen hat
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of trail running shoes which must not be brand new
  • Sunscreen spray
  • Head lantern with extra batteries
  • Towel
  • COMPEED blister plaster or similar kind
  • Hydration backpack
  • First Aid kit
  • Hygienic towels

Equipment Rental

If you are interested in renting equipment for the race, the Organization will offer the following elements:

  • Sleeping bag: U.- (fifteen dollars)
  • Vivisac: U.- (fifteen dollars).
  • Additional tent: U.- (forty dollars) per camp

Duffel Bags

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.

RACE TIMING

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).

The Official Running t-shirt

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)).

Official t-shirt Size Chart Men

TALLE Length Width
S 65cm 50cm
M 67cm 52cm
L 70cm 53cm
XL 73cm 55cm
XXL 76cm 62cm

Official t-shirt Size Chart Women

TALLE Length Width
XS 60cm 44cm
S 65cm 45cm
M 60cm 46cm
L 67cm 51cm

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.

Frontier Crossing Argentina-Chile

For this edition, we are trying to avoid having runners going through customs during the race. We will make further announcements in the future.

f participants cross the border through customs, they should bear in mind the following:

Important Documentation

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.

The MEDIA

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: prensa@elcrucecolumbia.com

PRIZES

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.

CUT OFF TIME

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.

Voluntariado

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!!!!

Useful Information

How to get to Pucon

From Bs As 1: (flight – bus)

  • Bs As – Santiago de Chile (flight) 2:20hs
  • Santiago – Temuco (flight) 1:30hs
  • Temuco – Pucon (bus) 1:45

Today this option is worth 270 / 115 / 30 dollars; total amount of 415 dollars round trip


From Bs As 2: (flight – bus)

  • Bs As – SMA or Bariloche (flight) 2:20hsz
  • SMA – Pucon (bus charter) 3:30hsz
  • Bariloche – Pucon (bus charter) 6:30hsz

From Santiago Chile (flight – bus)

  • Santiago – Temuco (flight) 1:30hs approx. cost 115 dollars (roundtrip)
  • Temuco – Pucon (bus) 1:45hs approx. cost 30 dollars (roundtrip)

Hotel Accommodation and Shuttle Service.

Jauque Tourist Agency will offer:

Hotel accommodation in Pucon

Shuttle service from SMA / Junin de los Andes / Bariloche to Pucon