WHAT IS RUBICON
∙ This is not a standard ultramarathon, where you run the exact number of kilometers.
∙ Here you can run as much as you want.
∙ Here you can get as many medals as you want.
∙ Here you don’t need to think about the pace.
∙ This is an ultramarathon, but you shouldn’t worry about a backpack and snacks on the run;
∙ And every time you get a new route to run along.
- CONTEST IDEA
∙ A 680-km long Ultramarathon relay race, which lasts non-stop for 3 days.
∙ The race route is divided into districts, which in turn consist of one or more stages.
∙ Stage distance varies from 10 to 20 km.
∙ Athletes run at an average pace of 6:30 min./km.
∙ The column is headed by a pacemaker who sets the pace for the rest of the participants, and also carries the flag of the district and the country.
∙ Participants choose in advance the stages to complete.
∙ Each stage finish is simultaneously the start of the next stage.
∙ Participants replace each other at the finish of each stage.
PURPOSE OF THE CONTEST
∙ Getting acquainted with the country’s districts, their culture, history and sights.
∙ Development of amateur sports in Moldova and Transnistria
∙ Involvement of regions in the sports life of the country
∙ Uniting the country through a sports contest
- RUBICON ROUTE
- The administrative unit through which the Rubicon route runs. Each district consists of at least one stage.
For completing at least one stage in the district, the participant receives one badge with the coat of arms of the district. Regardless of the number of completed stages in one district, the participant receives only 1 district badge. However, if the district has both night and day stages, then the competitor can get 2 badges in one district by completing both a night and day stage.
The minimum indivisible segment that a participant can run. The length varies from 8 km to 16 km. Each stage has a name – for example, AN 38 stands for the 38th stage, which takes place in the Anenii Noi district.
- On the RUBICON.RUN registration page, participants can select the desired stage(s) based on:
- * The location of the stage on the route;
- * The length of the stage;
- * Start/finish time;
- * Gradient;
- * The number of kilometers that they are ready to overcome.
- The cost of participation depends on the number of selected stages.
- 1 stage – 50 MDL,
- 2-4 stages -100 MDL,
- 5-10 stages – 250 MDL,
- 11+ stages – 400 MDL.
If during the race a participant wants to change the stages that he/she has chosen, they can do this at any time, since registration on the site is preliminary, to determine the number of stages.
If during the race a participant wants to pass more stages than specified during registration, he/she can always “buy” the number of stages in the mobile registration machine.
Important! If a participant has specified a certain number of stages that he/she was unable to pass, the entry fee will not be refunded!
THE COURSE OF THE CONTEST
The race starts from the first stage at the appointed date and time.
From the start of the first stage to the finish of the last stage, the column moves in the following order:
- 1. The bus that transports the runners (additional option at registration);
- 2. The start and finish registration machine;
- 3. Police car (in front of the column);
- 4. The escort bus that moves non-stop in front of the column;
- 5. Column of runners;
6. Police car (behind the column).
- Each participant must complete the registration procedure before the start of each selected stage.
- To register the start, it is necessary to scan the chip bracelet in the mobile registration machine.
- The mobile registration car moves from stage to stage, waiting for the column.
- Chips can be scanned no earlier than 15 minutes before the start and no later than 15 minutes after.
PASSING THE STAGE
∙ Each participant must move with the column at a fixed average pace of 6:30 min./km.
∙ The participant cannot stop, use transport or overtake the column during the stage.
* After completing the stage, the participant must record the finish in the mobile registration by scanning the chip bracelet;
* When the stage is finished, the participant receives a badge with the coat of arms of the district in which he ran;
* If the participant finishes 15 minutes later than the specified time, the stage is not considered completed and the participant does not receive a badge for this stage.
* The participant who runs at the head of the column with the flag of the district and the country.
* Ensures that the entire column moves at an average pace of 6:30 min./km.
* Keeps in touch with the organizers by radio.
* At the finish of each stage, the pacemaker passes the backpack with the flags to the next pacemaker.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE START
There are several ways for each participant to get to the starting point of their stage:
∙ driving friends who will escort and support them during the race;
∙ on a bus provided for escorting the participants.
ESCORTING BUS FOR PARTICIPANTS
For the most desperate Rubicon participants who are ready to overcome the stages in each district, the organizers have provided a bus that will accompany them throughout the entire RUBICON route. The bus will be “home” to the runners for all 3 days of the race.
- – The cost of the bus is 300 MDL, which includes:
- – Transportation to the start of the race;
- – Escort along the race track;
- – Transportation from the finish line back to Chisinau;
- – The bus will be departing on February 19 at 4: 30, from the Circus stop in Chisinau.
∙ Throughout the race, non-stop music from “RUBICON FM” is played for the participants by the presenters on the escort bus in front of the runners;
∙ Fans can send SMS messages of support to the ultramarathoners. The presenters will read the messages live.
∙ Throughout the route, the runners are met by local residents.
∙ Representatives of the administration of the cities through which the race route passes come out to greet the participants of the ultra-relay.
∙ For each completed stage in one district, the participant receives a badge with the coat of arms of the district.
∙ Badges are divided into day and night, depending on the time of day the stage is passed.
∙ For every 100 km completed, the participant receives an additional “RUBICON” badge.
∙ The winner of the competition will be presented with a board for the collected badges.
IMPORTANT! To prevent the spread of COVID-19:
– Observe hand hygiene and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
– Wear a mask when surrounded by other people.
– Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands.
– Maintain social distancing in public spaces.