Race information for the RheinEnergieSchoolMarathon Cologne
The RheinEnergieSchoolMarathon Cologne will be organized on October 4, 2015 according to Kölner Verein für Marathon e. V. rules as follows:
7 pupils run about 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, 5km, and 7.195km in an EKIDEN relay team. The 7th child is a stand-by runner and may - when not replacing any team member - accompany one of his/her fellow runners except for the finisher.
There is a scoring in 6 different categories according to gender (W = women, M = men, X = mixed including at least 2 girls each running a section) and total age of the team members:
W89 / M89 / X89 = total age of the 6 runners is maximal 89 years
W90 / M90 / X90 = total age of the 6 runners is at least 90 years and over.
Each team needs a self-made, 5-10cm wide "tasuki" (sash) that reaches at least to the hips of all team members.
Material and inscription (name of the school!) are to be functional, the basic colour very light or dark, the inscription contrasting. This sash will also be handed over to the following runner as will be the timing chip.
All schools that are willing to integrate endurance training as a continual element of (extra-)curricular sports and offer a long-distance running event (e. g. as a 'mini marathon' of 4.2km) for possibly numerous pupils once a year are allowed to take part.
Various organizational forms for this 'mini marathon' are imaginable, e. g.:
- A mini marathon embedded in a kind of game and sport event (youth games) for at least 25% of the school's pupils
- After an appropriate training at least 50% of all pupils absolve a 4.2km 'endurance test' without any timekeeping during their physical education
The governing body of the school is to officially register the relay teams of all type of schools (secondary school, grammar school, etc.). The total age of the 6 runners does not exceed or undershoot the above-mentioned divisions. Every relay team is to present the official bib number, a 'tasuki' (sash) and a timing chip.
Pupils are to run for one relay team and one course section only. Starting for more than one relay team and/or running more than one course section leads to direct disqualification!
The limit for participation is a maximum of 420 relay teams and 2,520 pupils respectively + 420 stand-by runners.
Please note that, due to a strict timeframe, the relay teams are to complete the competition within a time of 6:00 hours. Otherwise you will be taken off the course and brought to the finish area by bus. The course has to be re-opened then for public traffic according to City of Cologne guidelines.
You are to pay the following entry fee:
|through September 4, 2015||€ 25.00 including fee for rental chip|
The rental chip is to be returned on race day prior to 5 p. m. in the finish area. You will then receive your medals.
We will close the registration on September 4, 2015 (unless the participation limit will not be reached earlier). Please send us the form attached to the email confirmation with the signature and the stamp of your governing body in addition.
Registrations via phone will not be accepted! Without the approval of the governing body of the school relay teams are not allowed to start!
The informative meeting will take place on June 1, 2015 at 4:00 p. m. in the conference room of the Radstadion in Cologne.
All relay teams are called on to also participate in the 'hottest sash' contest (cf. indication on the registration form).
Please send a picture of a team member wearing the sash and 'tasuki' respectively (maximal size 2 MB!) PRIOR to September 15, 2015 to the following email address.
We will award the most creative and most original entry at the category award ceremony in November/December 2015.
The race packet pick-up will be in September 2015 in Cologne. The teacher will receive the bib numbers XYZ/2 to XYZ/7 by presenting the official email confirmation or personal ID.
Bib number XYZ/1 will be handed out on race day at the school marathon meeting point to the first runners when presenting the current starters' list, tasuki, and chip at the ankle.
Timekeeping is exclusively carried out by Mika timing with the RealTime ChampionChip. You must wear a chip to get an official finishing time!
All relay teams rent a single-use chip for race day. We will charge the rental fee of € 10.00 per chip with the registration fee.
Please fasten your ChampionChip at your ankle (not on the sash!) with the black strip in your race packets. If the chip is worn too high above ground chronometry will not be possible!
Make sure that you overrun all timekeeping mats along the course. Lacking interval times may cause in disqualification.
Please return the rental chip on race day prior to 5:00 p. m. in the finish area. You will then receive your medals.
Starting times (may be subject to change):
8:30 a. m. half marathon
10:00 a. m. marathon including school marathon and relay team marathon
The transition zones will be installed along the marathon course. Consequently, the pupils have to run about 5, 10, 5, 10, 5, and 7.195km.
Within these transition zones the timing chip and the sash have to be handed over to the next relay team member.
The overall course as well as the starting and finish areas will be monitored by medical services and doctors.
This personnel is entitled to take off sportspeople with indications of injuries and/or overexertion from the race.
Our event will be organized according to DLV guidelines and specification of the organizing institution.
A violation of these provisions will directly lead to disqualification, i. e.:
- starting without any bib number
- starting in the wrong starting block ahead, to be monitored via chronometry!
- alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar
- starting without any RealTime ChampionChip
- starting with more than one RealTime ChampionChip
- lacking interval times
- exceeding the given time limit (gross time!)
- wearing your own t-shirt or jersey
- abandoning or shortening the track
- undershooting the required age
- carrying along baby buggies, baby joggers etc.
- carrying along animals
- accompanying on bikes, inline skates etc.
- running more than one course section by each pupil
- transfer of sash and timing chip outside the transition zones
- finish run of the complete relay team
Please consider the other participants, particularly of the marathoners. These sportspeople have to absolve more kilometers than you! Thank you.
All final relay team members finishing within the gross time limit will be welcomed by school marathon staff and guided to the meeting point where all relay team runners will obtain a medal from their teachers.
The on-stage ceremony award of the fastest relay team will be held approximately 60min after the finish of the final runner in the finish area including all relay team members.
We will award all category winners about 8 weeks after our event. The corresponding relay teams will be invited separately.
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