regulations

 

RACE RULES AND POLICIES

 
1– Your bib must be worn in front and visible at all times ;

2– During a material control, each missing element will incur a 30 minutes penalty to your total time ;

3 – More than two missing elements of the mandatory material will incur an immediate disqualification ;

4 – It’s prohibited to run barefoot during the race ;

5 – We will not tolerate any waste throwing on the ground, at risk of disqualification ;

6 – You must have the mandatory material in your possession at all times ;

7 – All runners should have the required minimum of water and food according to their distance ;

8 – If you’re wearing headsets, you should be able to hear the runner behind you. If someone asks you to yield, you must yield without hesitation ;

9 – Using outside help anywhere else than at the designated aid stations will lead to disqualification ;

10 – To avoid disqualification if you’re lost, get back to the point where you got lost and take the trail from there ;

11 – If you meet a runner who needs immediate assistance you should be helping him at the best of your capacities ;

12 –  Hiking poles are allowed but should not harm the other runners ;

13 – If you’re choosing to use poles, it has to be for the whole race. It’s prohibited to leave without poles and eventually grab poles during the race ;

  • The only exception apply for QMT 50. It is forbidden for runners of the QMT 50 to use poles in the Mestachibo section (start to 20 k). It will be permited to use (take) poles from Mont-Sainte-Anne aid station.

14 – You should respect the cut-off-times and stop your race if you’re arriving at a aid station after the time limit. Carrying on over the limit without a bib number won’t be allowed ;

15 – If you are dropping out the race, you must inform a race official ;

16 – You must start the race on time : you can’t start before or after the beginning of the race ;

17 – You should be polite with the other path users ;

18 – The race director may withdraw any runner of the track if it’s judged appropriated and / or necessary ;

19 – The race director have the right to modify the race path at any time, even during the race ;

20 – The race director have the right to cancel the race for safety matters or in case of force majeure.


ANTI-DOPING POLICY

Quebec Mega Trail (QMT) has a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED). Any violation of a race rule or of QMT’s anti-doping policy by a racer will render the racer ineligible to participate in the event, notwithstanding if the rule is applied by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WAA), the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports (CCES) or any other National Sports  Federation.

The QMT retains the right to proceed to post-race drug tests for any performance-enhancing drug that appears on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WAA) list. Any selected athlete for the drug testing who refuses to submit to a test could be disqualified and subject to a QMT lifetime ban.


 

MANDATORY EQUIPEMENT

NO CUPS/GLASSES AVAILABLE AT ANY AID STATION 

QMT 110 k :

  • Capacity to haul a minimum of 1 liter of water
  • Energy supplements and food
  • Survival blanket 4 m x 2 m (4.6 ft. x 6.6 ft.)
  • Cap Hat or scarf to protect from the sun
  • Headlamp (from Sainte-Tite-des-Caps aid station)
  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies)

QMT 80 k :

  • Capacity to haul a minimum of 1 liter of water
  • Energy supplements and food
  • Survival blanket 1.4 m x 2 m (4.6 ft. x 6.6 ft.)
  • Hat or scarf to protect from the sun
  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies) 

QMT 50 :

  • Capacity to haul a minimum of 1 liter of water
  • Energy supplements and food
  • Survival blanket 1.4 m x 2 m (4.6 ft. x 6.6 ft.)
  • Hat or scarf to protect from the sun
  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies)

 

QMT 25 :

  • Capacity to haul a minimum of 500 ml of water
  • Energy supplements and food
  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies)
  • Hat or scarf to protect from the sun

QMT 15 :

  • Capacity to haul a minimum of 250 ml of water
  • Energy supplement and food
  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies) 

QMT 10 :

  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies) 

QMT 6 :

  • EpiPen (for all runners with wasp or food allergies)

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED MATERIAL FOR ALL DISTANCES

  • Mobile phone
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Cream

 

RUNNERS SUPPORT

Support to a runner is described as anyone that is providing a material, food or medical support to a runner during the race ;

  • Supporters can meet up with the runners or assist them solely at the designated aid stations by the organization : Le Massif, Saint-Tite des Caps, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Chalet du Sommet Mont-Sainte-Anne (no vehicle access), Auberge du Fondeur ; 
  • Team tents are accepted only at the Auberge du Fondeur aid station ; 
  • The supporters must wait that the runners signed up at the Feed Zone to confirm their passage before to assist their runners and also wait after the medical checks (if need be) ;
  • The supporters must comply to the instructions coming from all staff at the Feed Zone, such as clearing out the runners control zone  ;
  • Supporters must stay within a 200 meters radius from the Feed Zone to help their runners ;
  • Supporters are NOT allowed at the following aid stations : Cap du Salut, Cap Gribane, Mestachibo ;
  • Pets (including dogs) won’t be allowed along the race course, at any checkpoint, nor at the finish line ;
  • It’s strictly prohibited to smoke along the course and at checkpoints ;
  • It’s strictly forbidden to throw garbage along the course, at a checkpoint, and at the finish line. 

 

PACER

Only the runners registered to the QMT (110 k) distance can have a pacer. Pacing will only be allowed on the last 29.5 kilometers of the race (Mont-Sainte-Anne area). It’s mandatory to officially register the pacer. In order to do this, you must provide your pacer’s name when you pickup your bib. A special accredited pacer bib will be issued to the pacer’s name at the cost of 10$ (hard cash only accepted). The pacer should wear his bib in front at all times. Pacers can wait for their runner at the Transition Zone at the base of Mont-Sainte-Anne, where he can also offer him care, material and food.

  • It is strictly prohibited to physically help a runner, except in case of emergency ;
  • The pacer should stay with his runner at all times , except in case of emergency ;
  • If the runner abandons the race, the pacer can’t continue the race ;
  • Only one pacer is allowed per runner, for the entire segment ;
  • The pacer can assist his runner at the Feed Zones, but cannot enter the zone before his runner ;
  • Under no circumstances may the pacer carry equipment, food and liquid for his runner.

 

REQUIREMENT FOR THE QMT (110 km)

*The participant must have completed a trail race with a minimum of 65 points, according to the following calculation :

1 km = 1 point and 100 meters of elevation gain = 1 point.  For example : 50 km with 1500m of elevation gain = 50 + 15 = 65 points.

*At the most 2 years prior to the current Quebec Mega Trail edition.


 

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

All participants who have Canadian citizenship are eligible to compete for the Canadian title.