24hrs Inline Montreal

The 24hrs race

Rules


Helmet is mandatory as soon as you have your skates on (Well attached of course!).

The race

Goal: Your team's goal in this race is to complete, in 24 hours, as many laps as you can around the course. Since this is a relay, just one member at a time of each team can be out on the course. Teams are not required to have a skater on the track at all times. The number of laps completed by every team will be posted regularly throughout the event, and published on the result section of the 24hrs Inline Montreal web site.

Start: The race will start at 2 pm on Sunday, September 3rd - rain or shine. Just one member of each team will take the start, for which all the starters will line up together at the start/finish line.

End: The last lap of each team must be completed after 24 hours. Hence all teams will have a total time greater or equal to 24h. The total number of laps completed will decide the final ranking of the teams in each category. Teams with the same number of laps will be ordered based on lowest total time. Therefore, in the case of teams in the same cathegory that have skated the same number of laps, the order of finish among them will be determined by who crosses the line first on the last lap after 24 hours.

Registration

Members: When the captain goes to pick up the team race-kit on the morning of the race (from 9 to 11 am the day of the race), he/she must hand in the completed team registration form with the name, gender, age, email address and emergency contact for each member of the team, along with each member's signature on the waiver of responsibility. Only skaters who have signed this waiver may participate in the race.

Age: The lower age limit to participate in the 24hrs race is 14 years.

A waiver to this regulation should be made to the organization at least one month prior to the event. To be eligible, the child must be a member of a speed skating club and completed at least one inline competition this year. If accepted, a parent must be present on site for the duration of the race and must sign the release.

Ability: The race is open to all, however for safety reasons complete beginners and those who cannot brake effectively are asked to abstain.

Categories: Each team must register in one of 3 main categories: Team (max 10 skaters), duo or solo.

Conditions: Registration will be for the entire team by one teammate, normaly the captain. Registration fees are non-refundable. A minimum of 25$ per skater done online or on race day at the race kit pickup. The race will be held rain or shine!

Teams

Members: A team can have from 1 to 10 members. Teams are free to determine their own race strategy: who skates when, how often, for how many laps, etc.

Race-bibs: On the morning of the event, each team will receive a race-kit containing, among other things, two timing chips, a relay baton, two race-bibs, and an identifying bracelet for each member of the team. All participants must wear their bracelet on the right wrist. The skater who is out on the course must be wearing one of the chips and one of the race-bibs, and be carrying the baton. The skater who will replace him/her must also be wearing a race-bib as well as the other timing chip. Both race-bibs for a given team will bear the same number. Duo and solo skaters will receive one bib and one chip. Duos will then have to swap their bib and chips prior to get back on the track.

Captain: Each team must have a Captain, who alone will represent the team in all interactions with the organizers. The Captain is responsible for: registering the team; picking up the team race-kit on the morning of the event; representing the team in any discussion with officials, and on the podium as the case may be; and returning the chips and race-bibs to designated staff at the end of the race. The Captain accepts responsibility for ensuring that the team's assigned space in the paddocks is kept clean during and after the event. Each team must also have a Co-Captain to stand in for the Captain if necessary.

Name: Each team must have a unique name. Teams displaying originality in their costumes could be recognized at the awards ceremony.

Tents: Tents are not allowed along the wall in front or behind the paddocks. Depending on availability, teams may place their tent in the assigned area. However, these tents cannot display any logos beside non commercial ones such as clubs and associations. Please contact us about pricing if you would like to display instead a commercial logo on your tent (e.g., company, product or service names).

Relays

Relay zone: Relays are allowed exclusively in the 300-meter relay zone on the downstream side of the start/finish line. Each team will have a dedicated zone on the red carpet and the relay must be done from this section. A skater who is preparing to take the relay must wait and enter the track within their relay zone when ready for the exchange or the baton.

Baton: The relay will be performed by a hand-to-hand exchange of the official baton. Throwing the baton is not permitted. The baton must be held in your hand from the beginning to the end of the relay zone (Officials will penalize teams that don't show their baton).

Attention: Skaters who are giving or taking a relay are expected to watch out for other skaters in the relay zone, and must exercise care so as not to interfere with another team's relay.

Drafting: The members of a team may not at any time aid another member of their team by skating with him. However it is permitted to draft with skaters from other teams without pulling or pushing them. Drafting bicycles or other vehicles on the track is strictly forbidden.

Duo: The exchange of the timing chip and the bib will be done while a complete stop in the carpet zone, not in the regular relay zone.

The course

Track: The race will take place on the Gilles-Villeneuve Racetrack, which is located on Notre-Dame Island in Jean-Drapeau Park, Montreal. The track is approximately 4.3 km around (2.7 miles) and is basically flat, apart from a minor uphill and a single downhill. The downhill is not difficult, however beginners and those who are afraid of any downhill at all should either practise in advance or abstain from taking part.

Attention: With the exception of the start/finish area, one lane of the track is open to cars (which will be moving slowly). The lane reserved for skaters will also be open to cyclists and non-participating skaters. You have to stay in the lane and follow the course everywhere otherwise your team will get a penality. Participants in the race must also exercise caution and courtesy toward other users of the park.

Exits: Any skater (carrying the team baton) who leaves the course for whatever reason must return to it at the exact location where he left it.

Speed: Slower skaters are required to keep to the right if possible. Faster skaters are required to keep to the left if possible, and to warn skaters they are about to overtake in a courteous manner. "On your left/right", or "Passing on your left/right".

Safety & Conduct

Paddocks: At all times, you must be respectful of other teams and avoid making noise in the paddocks. Set up your team in the space assigned to you and please leave an area unencumbered between team spaces for circulation.

Equipment: Helmets are mandatory, no exception, and must be well attached. Wrist-protectors, elbow-pads and knee-pads are also recommended. The race must be completed with inline skates or quads. Skaters are not allowed to use any other type of equipement in front of them or behind (e.g., no strollers, no ski polls). No domestic animals are allowed on the track. Since the course is not completely illuminated at night, we strongly recommend that each team come equipped with two helmet lamps, one for the skater who is out on the course and one for the skater who will take the relay.

Courtesy: Every participant is expected to conduct him or herself in a courteous and sporting manner toward other participants, toward officials, and toward the public, including cyclists and non-participating skaters who may also be on the course.

Penalties: Unsporting behavior, or contravening the rules of the race, will incur a penalty to the team of the offending skater. Depending on the gravity of the offense such penalty could take the form of one or more laps being deducted, an obligatory pause during which no member of the team may skate, or disqualification of the entire team.

Only the chief official may administer a penalty, his decision being final and without appeal.