28 November 2021

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Article 1. Date

The Zurich Maratón San Sebastián is organised by a Promotion Committee made up of two institutions: the Gipuzkoan Athletics Federation (FAG) and UTE Donosti Eventos-RPM-Racing-Pruebas Deportivas.

The race will be held on a fully urban course on 28 November 2021.

Article 2. Length and race officials

The race is 42.195 km long and has been RFEA-certified through a World Athletics-authorised certifier. The marathon is subject to WA/RFEA rules for road races. RFEA- and FAG-appointed judges will ensure compliance with the rules.

Article 3. Participation

Athletes of all nationalities are eligible to take part in the marathon. A federation licence is not needed to participate. The minimum age is 18 years on the day of the race. In accordance with RFEA rules, several male and female classifications will be established according to year of birth. Each runner takes part in the marathon at his or her own risk and has to be physically fit to tackle the race. Participants are not allowed to use any equipment not suitable for an athletics event of this kind, including but not limited to skates, skateboards, bicycles, electric wheelchairs and handcycles.

Article 4. Judges

The decisions of the RFEA/WA-designated referee on any binding aspect of the race will be final. He or she will be assisted by FAG judges and auxiliary officials. In accordance with WA rules, there will be refreshments at 5 km and thereafter every 5 km, as well as at the finish. Times will be taken for the half marathon and at the finish of the marathon. Runners have a maximum of 5 h to complete the race. Participants who fail to finish the race within the time limit may continue running at their own risk without breaking the rules of the road.

Article 5. Registration

The race is limited to 4,000 entrants. Registration takes place ONLINE at www.zurichmaratonsansebastian.com.

Payment is by debit or credit card at the time of registration.

Registration will remain open until 14 November or until there are no places left.

All fees include the race number/chip.

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Registration for the Zurich Maratón San Sebastián is personal and non-transferable and constitutes acceptance of these rules. Under no circumstances may it be given or sold to anyone else, including friends and relatives, because the person who signed up is unable to start the race. Attempting to do so will be grounds for disqualification from the race. The organisers also reserve the right to exclude the offender from future events.

Article 6. Refunds

No refunds will be given and no deferrals will be granted once registration is complete. When registering, participants will be given the option to purchase a money-back guarantee that enables them to request a full refund of the registration fee until 1 November and to defer their entry to the next edition between this date and 14 November. The money-back guarantee may not be purchased after completing the registration. The price of this guarantee will under no circumstances be refunded. Athletes who have bought the money-back guarantee can apply for a refund by sending an e-mail with their name, surnames, ID number and order number (displayed on the registration) to info@zurichmaratonsansebastian.com.

Article 7. Cancellation

If the event has to be cancelled due to circumstances outside its control, the organisers reserve the right to declare article 6 of these Rules null and void and to take any measures deemed necessary at their discretion.

Article 8. Race number retrieval

The race number/chip and runner's bag can be retrieved on the following dates:



Paseo Anoeta, 3 - 20014 SAN SEBASTIÁN

Race numbers must be worn clearly visible on the chest for the entire duration of the race.

The chip is embedded in the race number as a strip on the back, so the race number should not be folded or tampered with.

Participants who fail to retrieve their race numbers and runner's bags on time will lose their right to these items.

No race numbers will be handed out on the day of the race.

Runners will have to present their ID document or, if retrieving a race number on behalf of someone else, a photocopy or photograph of the other person's ID document on their mobile phone.

Article 9. Registration of Gipuzkoan licence holders

Gipuzkoan runners who hold a FAG licence and met the following official marks in a marathon, half marathon or 10,000 metres race in the 2018–2019 or 2019–2020 seasons will be allowed to register for the race at no cost:

10,000 metres on track (men): 33′00″ / (women): 43′00″

Marathon (men): 2 h 45′00″ / (women): 3 h 24′00″

Half marathon (men): 1 h 15′20″ / (women): 1 h 35′00″

To sign up, these runners have to send an e-mail to the FAG (gaf@kirolak.net) by 8 pm on 11 November 2021, including the following information: name and surnames (if applicable), date of birth, telephone number, licence number, club and the official mark along with the date and place where it was set.

The Maratón Internacional de San Sebastián will double as the Gipuzkoan Marathon Championship in both the men and the women's Elite categories. Athletes wishing to enter the Championship must sign up both on the marathon's registration platform and on the RFEA's extranet before 14 November. These athletes, alongside those considered Elite by the organisers, will have to go through the call room set up next to the start (*) as soon as the final participant in the 10k race has started the event, and in any case before 8:50 am, with their licence, passport or photo ID and the official clothes of the team for which they are racing in the event.

Article 10. Race number/chip

The race number/chip is mandatory and must be worn visibly on the chest for the entire duration of the race.

Checks will be conducted at the start, at the finish and along the course. All runners are required to go over the timing mats.

Article 11. Time limits and pacemakers

The race will end no later than 5 hours after the final participant has gone over the timing mat on the start line. Athletes who miss the following time limits will be removed from the competition:

5 km: 35′33″

10 km: 1 h 11′06″

20 km: 2 h 22′12″

25 km: 2 h 57′45″

30 km: 3 h 33′18″

35 km: 4 h 08′51″

40 km: 4 h 44′24″

42.195 km: 5 hours

The organisers have arranged for 7 pacemakers to set a constant pace throughout the race with a view to achieving the following times:

2 h 45, 3 h, 3 h 15, 3 h 30, 3 h 45, 4 h and 5 h.

Article 12. Disqualification

The following breaches of the rules shall be grounds for disqualification:

  • Failure to wear the race number/chip or go through the checkpoints.
  • Failure to complete the entire course.
  • Altering or concealing the advertisements on the race number or failure to wear it visibly on the chest.
  • Wearing another runner's race number/chip.
  • Failure to comply with any instruction from the judges or members of the organisation.
  • Crossing the finish line without a race number.
  • Using non-participants or people travelling in unofficial vehicles for pacemaking.
  • Getting refreshments or water from sources other than the official refreshment stations displayed on the course map.
  • Getting refreshments from vehicles or other athletes.
  • Running on the course with prams or children's cars.
  • Running on the course with children, including at the finish.
  • Note that motor vehicles and bicycles other than those fielded by the organisers are also strictly forbidden on the course.

Article 13. Refreshment stations

There will be a general refreshment station every 5 km.
The exact location of each refreshment station is displayed on the course map (please refer to the website).

There will also be refreshments at the finish.

Customised refreshments (only for Elite athletes hired by the organisers and participants in the Gipuzkoan championship) are to delivered at Anoeta Velodrome from 7 to 8 am on the day of the race. Customised refreshments must bear the race number of the corresponding athlete and the kilometre at which they are to be handed out.

Article 14. Insurance

All officially registered participants will be covered by an insurance policy for any accidents that may occur directly as a result of the race, excluding any accidents caused by a latent disease or defect, imprudence, negligence or failure to observe the law and the provisions of the rules, as well as those that occur while travelling to and from the venue of the race.

Article 15. Medical assistance

Medical assistance will be provided at several points along the course and at the finish.

The organisers advise runners to undergo a medical check-up prior to entering this sporting event and remind athletes that participation is entirely at their own risk.

Article 16. Doping tests

In accordance with WA rules, the participants in the men's and women's categories who are selected by the competent authorities (Basque Government and/or AEPSAD) will undergo doping tests.

Participants are reminded that the refusal to undergo a doping test will lead to automatic disqualification for all intents and purposes. No cash prizes will be paid out until the organisers have received the results of the doping tests of the corresponding athletes. If a test returns a positive result, the required analysis of the B sample will be carried out; if the latter confirms the positive result, the participant will forfeit all prizes (cash or otherwise).

Article 17. Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to the top three runners in the men's and women's Elite categories and to the top three national runners in the men's and women's Elite categories.

CASH PRIZES will also be awarded to the top 3 Gipuzkoan athletes in the men's and women's Elite category (more).

Article 15. Classification

The organisers will post unofficial classifications on their website on the day of the race. The official classifications will be published the next day. The judges may amend the classifications after reviewing the checkpoints set up by the organisers along the course to check times until 16 December, when the classifications will be final.

Any matters not covered in these Rules will be governed by IAAF rules.

Article 16. Image rights and data transfer

By signing up for the event, all participants accept these Rules and grant the FAG and UTE Donosti Eventos-RPM-Racing-Pruebas Deportivas permission to process their personal details and images of them taking part in the event (photos, video, etc.) using computer systems and exclusively for sporting, promotional or commercial purposes, whether directly or through third parties.

In accordance with Data Protection Law 15/1999 of 13 December, participants may request access to these files to rectify or delete the data concerning them in part or in whole. This right can be exercised by writing to the registered address of the FAG or UTE Donosti Eventos-RPM-Racing-Pruebas Deportivas.

These rules have been approved with the endorsement of the RFEA. Any matters not covered in these Rules will be governed by IAAF rules.

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