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Article 1: The Race.
-Tierra Viva is an Expedition Race, of seven days,  100% non stop, without assistance.
-There will be a maximum number of 20 teams
- The mixed teams of four people must cover a distance of approximately 600 km, in a maximum of seven days, through mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and volcanoes of the Cordillera de los Andes, always staying together as a block and guided by compass and topographic maps.
- To complete the course teams must go through several Checkpoints named PC, doing different sports such as trekking, mountain biking and canoeing.
- The first team to cross the finish line will be the winner of the race.
- There will not be time limits for going through the PC. The only time limit is the seventh day at the specified time. Teams that do not reach to reach the goal that day and at that time will be disqualified.
- Tierra Viva is a true expedition race so there will not be shortened course, (Short Course) or sub categories. The only way to be considered “finishers” is completing the entire original route.
- Estimated time of the first Team: 90HS
- Estimated time of the last Team: 160hs
- Tierra Viva is a member of the ARWS (Adventure Race World Series) www.arworldseries.com therefore the winner of the race will get a free registration for the Adventure Racing World Championship 2015.

Article 2: Race Format
- The race will have a 600 km approx .
- The race will take for 7 full days.
- The race begins and ends at the city of Pucon
- During the race Teams must go through several Checkpoints (PC) where there will be a person writing the passage of each team.
-There will be several posts called PCV “Virtual Control” (a sign where Teams will take a picture as proof of passage)
-Teams  will receive several topographic  color maps scale 1/50000 for trekking and 1/100000 for MBike and boat.
- During the race the organization will move equipment, clothing and food of Teams to some transition PC´s.
- The race will be 100% non stop with navigation of  high difficulty.
-Teams should bring the respective Mandatory Equipment to each section (see Required Equipment on the web)
-Once teams start the race will not receive pre organized or casual assistance from families or friends. (this is motive of disqualification)
-During the race teams can buy food or sleep in the populations of the region.

Example of race
Start: 70 km of MBike with several PCV.
PC 1: ​​End of MBike and begin 50 km of mountain trekking with several PCV.
PC 2: (Same place of PC 1) continue in MBike, 60 km with several PCV.
PC 3: End of MBike (teams here meet their equipment) and start boat section of 20 km with several PCV.
PC 4: End first boat section and start 40 km of trekking with several PCV
PC 5: (Same place of PC 4) continue another 20 km by boat with several PCV.
PC 6: (Same place of PC 3 where left the  MBike) continue in MBike, 90 km with several PCV.
PC 7: End MBike and start the trekking section of 60 km with several PCV.
PC 8: (Same place the PC 7) continue in MBike, 50 km with several PCV.
PC 9: End MBike (teams here meet their equipment) and start  boat section of 20 km with several PCV.
PC 10: End boat section and start trekking, 30 km with several PCV
PC 11: (Same place the PC 10) continue another 20 km by boat with several PCV.
PC 12: (Same place of PC 9 where they left MBike) continue in MBike, 60 km with several PCV.
PC 13: Finish line

Article 3: Safety Zone
-This is a mandatory stop for safety reasons and shall apply only in the case that any inclement weather impede to continue with some section of the course, such as a very dangerous lake (by the wind) or a white wind storm on the mountains or passing through a river overgrown etc.
- In case of application the Safety Zone Rule, the race times will not be neutralized, so if one team reaches another in this area, when resume the race will be all in the same race time.
- The spirit of this rule is to accept the rules of nature as a determinant of an expedition race.

Article 4: General Rules (not following these rules involves Disqualification)
- The word “should” means that the action is compulsory
- Teams must be kept together as a block of four persons during all race.
- It is forbidden to carry or use GPS.
- Teams must always follow the instructions and comply with the directives of the Race Director.
- Teams must go through all the Checkpoints or PCV.
- To demonstrate the pass by a Virtual PC, teams must be taken a digital photo beside the sign of PCV and then display at the next PC. (A member must take the picture to the other three)
- Teams must always carry the Required Equipment for each section.
- Teams must protect the environment and do not leave trash on the course.
- Teams may not use transport except bicycle or boat.
- If a team member leaves the race the whole team will be disqualified.
- The radio will be used only for emergencies and rescues.
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The use of radio, means to immediate disqualification of the Team.
- If a team is caught getting organized assistance from families or friends in any sector of the course will be disqualified.  Example: Receiving assistance from families or friends who are in a car during a Mountain Bike section to give them light or food.
- Is allowed teams buy food or sleep in a hotel or cabin in any population through which the race. This rule is because the chance is equal for all, that is both a local and a foreign team has an equal chance.

Article 5: Equipment
- Each team should have all your mandatory equipment before the start.
- There will be a mandatory personal equipment and one for the Team
- There will be a mandatory equipment for each section.

Article 6: Check of Equipment
- It will be check equipment before the start where rejected (and should replace) all those elements that do not meet the conditions set out in the list of mandatory equipment.
- During the race will be surprise checks mandatory equipment.

Article 7: Checkpoints / Maps
There will be different checkpoints:
- PC (Checkpoint that appear on the Internet and where there will be one person as control)
- PCV (Virtual PC, where there will be no one. There, team should take a picture to prove it passage)
- PC of Lakes: This will be a transition PC where teams will found your bag and refueling equipment (moved by the organization)
- Maps of the race will be delivering in stages.
- Teams not receive written instructions, only the maps with each team must navigate.

Article 8: Race time / time limits
- The Organization will handle the official race time. This will be the real time. The race clock will start up at the start and stop the last days when the last team to cross the finish line.
- Teams can be penalized or recharged with time this time should be completed in the PC that the Race Director decides. This is to keep teams in their actual positions.
- There is no time limit to go through the PC`s. But if a team, at the end of the race, is very delayed such that can no longer to be reach the finish line in time, will be suggested to leave the race.
- If any section is declared “Safety Zone” time does not neutralize
- There will not be time limits for going through the PC. The only time limit is the seventh day at the specified time. Teams that do not reach to reach the goal that day and at that time will be disqualified.
- Tierra Viva is a true expedition race so there will not be shortened course, (Short Course) or sub categories. The only way to be considered “finishers” is completing the entire original route.

Article 10: Entry fee
USD 2,900

Method of Payment:
At the time of registration, we will be send by mail to each team’s, the payment plan.
It may be paid by bank transfer or credit card using PayPal.

Article 10: Registration
-There will be a maximum number of 20 teams
- To register each team must send the application form from the website and select the category (Pro /General or Amateur).
- Priority will be given first teams that register and adhere to the payment plan.
- Iif a team starts to pay, but later withdraws participate, forfeit the money paid.
- The money paid for a team not transfer to another team even if team members concerned to join to the other team.
- Teams may modify 2 of its members up to 15 days before the race.

Registration includes
-3 Nights accommodation with breakfast (buffet) at hotel Pucon (very comfortable and spacious apartments)
- A true expedition race in one of the most spectacular places in the world: Andes Mountain Range / Patagonia / Region of the Lakes / Chile
-One boat per team.
-One raft per team
-One Radio VHF
-4 Shirtfront
-4 T-shirts
- Kit of color maps
-Transfers of equipment during the race.
-Seven-day-a true expedition race.
- Rescue and emergency assistance
- Awards Ceremony

Attention: Is not including  insurance of radio and other equipment provided by the organization. At check in Pucon, each team must pay u$s 100.

Article 11: Awards
General Ranking: 1st Place: Trophy + Entry free to ARWC 2016
General Ranking: 2nd Place: Trophies
General Ranking: 3rd Place: Trophies

Article 13: Individual Responsibilities
-Each team member is responsible for his own performance in the race.
- He or She will judge for himself, should or should not continue in the race. Unless the doctor or the Race Director decided to exclude one from the race for health reasons.
-Each team member must sign necessarily a consent where assumes that knows what is being exposed in a race extreme as Tierra Viva and is physically able to participate in it, and disclaims all action legal against the organization for any reason or motive.
- Each of the participants must be fully aware of the dimensions and characteristics of the race and be well prepared for that.
- During the race, Team and its members should have full autonomy so that they solve without assistance of the organization all problems that may be found in these tests, especially those related to the climatic conditions which can be very difficult in the area where the race (at night, wind, cold, rain or snow)
-The Team and its members should know how to manage, even when isolated, physical or mental problems resulting from fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint aches, minor wounds, injuries from falls by bicycle, etc
-The Team and its members should be fully aware that the role of the organization is not to help the racer to solve their problems.
-The Team and its members should be fully aware that this activity in the nature, security depends on the racer’s ability to solve the predictable problems they may encounter.
-If a team member should be hospitalized or undergoing medical examinations, must pay for this care, so each team member must have insurance to cover such costs.
-Each  team member must be trained and prepared to sail on boat in lakes or rivers, by night and by day covering distances greater than 50 km.
-Each team member should be able to walk more than 60 km per day , on the mountains, reaching heights of 2800m, crossing streams and rivers, through woods and forests and places where no trails.
-Each team member must be able to travel more than 250 km on mountain biking, day and night by steep trails and roads almost impassable.
-Each team member must to have a personal accident insurance that covers any kind of intervention in a hospital in Chile.
-At least one team member must have knowledge of land navigation and orientation with the simple handling of the compass and maps.
-At least one member of the team should be trained in first aid.

Article 14: Emergency
- In case of emergency teams must use the VHF radio, to contact the organization and report their situation.
-The Use of radio means disqualification of the team.
- Being an expedition race, teams that are lost or abandoned or anyone suffers a minor injury, should self-rescue or self-evacuated.
- Just in case of extreme emergency, the organization will send a rescue group.
-If a team member, is in a poor state of health, so that should be evacuated for medical care, the entire team will be disqualified.
- Every team must necessarily assist another team that needs it.
- If a team member leaves the race, the entire team will be disqualified.

 

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