Duke Race - Friday 1st December 2017 from 9:30 pm
4th edition of the Duke Race
Registrations : CLOSED
No waiting list is expected
Organized for the first time in 2002 to commemorate the historic events of 1602 and to celebrate the 25th edition of the Escalade Race, the Duke Race returns for the fourth time. The cross-border route of about 20 km will allow you to discover, in an unusual atmosphere, the various communes dimly lit by the thousands of shining head-lamps perched atop courageous runners. On arrival at the Parc des Bastions, musicians and supporters will be ready to celebrate with the lucky competitors.
The Duke's race is a cross-border race of 19,580 km. The departure takes place in Reignier (France), crosses the French communes of Monnetier-Mornex and Etrembières and then enters Switzerland in Veyrier. The route follows the Plateau de Vessy, passes by the Bout-du-Monde and joins the City of Geneva by crossing the Arve on the Pont de la Fontenette in Carouge. The runners will finish their efforts in the heart of the Promenade des Bastions.
Due to the logistical constraints related to the transport of the runners, we are forced to limit the number of registered to 7'000 for the Duke's race.
The Duke Race is open to any healthy athlete born in 1999 or earlier.
Under French law, each runner must send to the organizer, upon registration, a medical certificate declaring that there is no contra-indication to the practice of running in competition, dated November 30, 2016 or later.
Alternatively, you can also send us: a Licence Athlé Compétition, a Licence Athlé Santé Loisir (Running) or a Pass’Running issued by the Fédération Française d’Athlétisme, a license issued by the FSCF, the FSGT or the UFOLEP. In this case, the mention of no contra-indication to the practice of athletics in competition or running in competition must appear precisely on the license card.
No other document can be accepted under Article L. 231-3 of the Code du Sport.
Link to the Rules of the Duke Race : HERE
Where and when the bibs are picked up: please refer to the information on the Bib number page
HOURS AND TIME LIMIT
The first start of the race is at 21:30. The organization of departures will be carried out in successive blocks of 500 to 1,000 runners at regular intervals, formed according to the time estimated at the time of registration. For safety reasons, the police impose a maximum running time of 2 hours, which corresponds to a speed of 9.8 km / h. The race time cannot be exceeded for any reason. Runners who exceed these limits will have to leave the race and will be able to reach the finish in the “broom car”; failing which, they will run under their own responsibility.
||km||Max. time at crossing point||Passage deadline|
|1st refreshment Reignier
|2nd refreshment Veyrier
|Centre sportif de Vessy
|Arrival Parc des Bastions
Thanks to the collaboration of Duracell, a headlamp with alkaline batteries will be offered to each participant and handed over with the number.
ORGANIZATION OF RUNNER TRANSPORT AND RECOVERY OF BAGS
In keeping with our philosophy, we strongly encourage all participants to use the shuttles made available free of charge by the organizer (journey time approximately 35 minutes), especially since the parking places are extremely limited in Reignier.
Buses will be parked at Rue Charles-Galland in front of the Museum of Art and History / corner of Bellot Street.
Departures of the bus will take place between 18:00 and 20:10.
Given the large number of participants expected, runners’ bus departure time will be fixed according to their bib number. Each runner can consult the departure time of his bus on the website www.escalade.ch, on the starting lists, about ten days before the race. The time of the bus assigned for the transport to Reignier will also be communicated by email, and will be printed on the bib.
When entering the shuttles in Geneva, security guards will check the identity of each participant and check the bags. Therefore, runners are requested to go well in advance to take the shuttle in accordance with the assigned schedule. These buses will then drop off the runners, without stopping, in Reignier inside a sealed perimeter which includes heated spaces.
Persons coming on their own will be checked when entering the reserved perimeter.
Transport of bags
For obvious logistical reasons, each runner is requested to use as small a bag as possible. Buses will provide free transport of runners’ bags from Reignier to Geneva. They will be stationed at the Rue des Ecoles, near the starting line.
The organizer will provide with the bib a detachable coupon, which must be fixed prominently on the runner’s bag.
In Reignier, the runners will deposit their bag until 21:15 in the different buses numbered according to their bib number; in order to facilitate bag collection on arrival, runners are invited to respect the instructions scrupulously.
In Geneva, runners will be able to collect their bag in the same TPG bus as the one in which they have deposited it in Reignier. The number of the bus / truck assigned to deposit the bag will be printed on the bib.
CLASSIFICATION AND AWARDS
For the classification, the age categories are identical to those of the Race of the Escalade, from Juniors to Men and Women VI. The first 10 men and 10 first women, scratch, will be rewarded.