Zagori Mountain Running

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The terms mentioned in the regulations listed below, refer to specific conditions:
  1. Athletes to competitors, i.e. those legally registered and participating in the race
  2. Organization to the Organizing Committee of Zagori Mountain Running
  3. Race Committee to the Organizing Committee authorized for the fair and safe conduct of the races.
Regulations shall be binding in their entirety and directly applicable to all participants. Athletes are requested to respect the instructions of the race judges. Non-compliance with regulations or instructions always carries the penalty of exclusion. The race judges when aware of breaches of regulations, record them and inform the offenders. Any other person authorized by the ZMR Committee has the ability to also record any infringement and to submit it for consideration to the Race Committee.
You can find information regarding registrations, costs and procedures by clicking here.
A) For all participants:
    1. Bib numbers
    2. Food supplies and liquids
    3. Time racing services
    4. Medical care
    5. The Plus pack also includes the official t- shirt of the race and a keepsake gift.
B) For those who complete the race in time:
    1. Finisher Medal
C) Transportation of athletes who drop out or are disqualified All athletes who leave or get disqualified from the race (due to time limits), can be transported to the finish area for free by bus. These athletes will be picked up from the following points & hours:
  • Moni Stomiou: 10:00
  • Papigo: 11:15 & 14:30
  • Monodendri: 19:30
  • Kipoi: 21:15
Their transportation will take place only after the race’s checker has passed from the elimination point. In any other case, the Organization Committee is not responsible for the transportation of athletes who leave the race, however it will make the best effort to serve them. Expenses related to transferring an injured athlete will not be covered if the injury was caused by the athlete’s negligence.
The races routes follow, primarily, paths that are well maintained and marked. Additional temporary signaling is placed just few days before the races, so that the paths are as clear as possible
The race of 80km has a time limit of 20 hours with intermediate cut off points at the following Refreshment Stations: “Stomiou Monastery” on the 23km (5 hrs from the designated start time), “Papigo Main Support Station” on the 44km (9hrs and 30min after the designated start time), “Monodendri” (14hrs and 30min after the designated start time) and “Kipi” (16hrs and 30min after the designated start time). The Marathon +44km is officially concluded within 10hrs after the designated start time. There is an intermediate elimination point at the “Papigo Main Support Station” (4hrs and 30min after the designated start time). Finally, for someone to be considered a valid finisher, they should be within the time-frames listed above, regardless of age and gender. Those athletes, who finish late, will be presented in the official results as “DNF”. The final race classification will be provided by the official timing services company, not to be in dispute. In any case and for whatever reason, duplicate medals will not be given to athletes finishing together. In case of dispute, the final ranking will be certified with the help of the photo finish camera. It should be clarified that the “net time” provided by the timing company is not a classification criterion. The absolute classification criterion is the passage from the imaginary finish line.
Ο αγώνας των 80χλμ έχει χρονικό όριο τις 20 ώρες με ενδιάμεσα cut off points το σταθμό τροφοδοσίας της Μονής Στομίου στο 23ο χλμ στις 5 ώρες, τον κεντρικό σταθμό τροφοδοσίας στο Μεγάλο Πάπιγκο στο 44ο χλμ στις 9,5 ώρες από την εκκίνηση, το σταθμό τροφοδοσίας στο Μονοδένδρι στις 14 ώρες και 30 λεπτά, το σταθμό τροφοδοσίας στους Κήπους στις 16 ώρες και 30 λεπτά. Ο αγώνας των 44 χλμ κλείνει ακριβώς 10 ώρες μετά την εκκίνηση και έχει ενδιάμεσο cut off  point τον κεντρικό σταθμό στο Μεγάλο Πάπιγκο στις 4 ώρες και 30 λεπτά  από την εκκίνηση. Τα όρια αποκλεισμού είναι κοινά για όλες τις κατηγορίες των αθλητών, ανεξαρτήτως φύλου και ηλικίας. Μετά από τη συμπλήρωση του χρόνου που αναφέρεται, οι σταθμοί συνεχίζουν να καταγράφουν τους αθλητές αλλά ως εκπρόθεσμους, και οι αθλητές που καταφθάνουν εκεί έχουν υποχρέωση να παραδώσουν τον αριθμό τους. Οι αθλητές που επιθυμούν, μπορούν να συνεχίσουν τη διαδρομή εκτός συναγωνισμού και με δική τους αποκλειστικά ευθύνη, έχοντας σε κάθε περίπτωση παραδώσει πρώτα τον αριθμό τους και υπογράψει υπεύθυνη δήλωση αποποίησης ευθύνης της Διοργάνωσης για οτιδήποτε τους συμβεί από εκείνο το χρονικό σημείο και έπειτα. Τέλος, για να θεωρηθεί ένας τερματισμός κανονικός, θα πρέπει να γίνει μέσα στα χρονικά πλαίσια που αναφέρονται παραπάνω, τόσο για τους άνδρες όσο και για τις γυναίκες, όλων των κατηγοριών. Όσοι αθλητές τερματίσουν εκπρόθεσμα, θα παρουσιαστούν στα επίσημα αποτελέσματα ως «εγκαταλείψαντες» (DNF). Η τελική κατάταξη των αγώνων είναι η κατάταξη που παρέχεται από την εκάστοτε εταιρεία χρονομετρήσεων και δεν επιδέχεται αμφισβήτησης. Σε καμία περίπτωση και για οποιονδήποτε λόγο, δεν θα δοθούν διπλά μετάλλια σε αθλητές και αθλήτριες που τερματίζουν μαζί. Σε περίπτωση αντιδικίας η τελική κατάταξη θα πιστοποιηθεί με την βοήθεια της κάμερας τερματισμού. Πρέπει να διευκρινιστεί ότι ο «καθαρός χρόνος»  που παρέχεται από την εταιρεία χρονομετρήσεων δεν αποτελεί κριτήριο κατάταξης. Μοναδικό κριτήριο κατάταξης αποτελεί η διέλευση από τη νοητή γραμμή τερματισμού.
Each athlete is obliged to have their race number (bib) on them, on the front of their shirt. The number must remain throughout the race unfolded, so that the logos and data on it should be visible. Substantial alteration of the Bib, which may be confusing to the Station officials, will be punished by exclusion. Loss of the Bib will also be punished by exclusion. Participants can only get their BIB themselves, using their Passport or ID card. A third party legally authorized can receive the BIB.
In case you lose your certificate, you can address to the ZMR Committee to re-send the certificate no later than 48 hours before the race.
The route signage (km indications, direction and guiding signs) placed by the ZMR Committee is temporary, in order to aid the athletes and it is removed after the race. The trails and paths are sufficiently marked and well maintained, so that the athletes do not run the risk of losing the way.
External assistance is allowed to athletes from people who are present at the Refreshment Stations. Anyone may escort the athletes even without a Bib number, on the condition they do not provide any kind of assistance or stand in the way of other athletes. However, family and friends can join the athletes in the last meters to the finishing line.
The use of walking poles is allowed. Possession and use of map, compass, GPS, mobile phone or radio (VHF) are also permitted.
All athletes are requested to mark their bib number on every food package (energy gels, nutrition bars, etc) they carry with them. The ZMR Committee will proceed to random sample tests on athletes, in order to guarantee that all athletes adhere to the above regulation. In case an empty food package is thrown by an athlete during the race, the ZMR Committee has the right to disqualify them from the present ZMR and any other future event. For your information this rule will be strictly and firmly applied. In every Refreshment Station waste bags will be available.
Athletes are required to move along the path without forming groups by preventing athletes who would like to overtake. Athletes are requested to stand aside and should remain on the uphill (inner) side of the slope. Athletes who (according to at least 3 official testimonies) block the path and prevent overtaking will be excluded. Dogs are not allowed to accompany the athletes.

The ZMR provides special catering for the athletes, supporting them in many intermediate points of the route. The Main Refreshment and Support Stations offer a variety of dietary options, while the Secondary Support Stations offer the required minimum refreshment options. More about the refreshment stations (click here). More about the Refreshment stations (click here).

Mandatory equipment for all races (10km, 21km, 44km & 80km)

Athletes of all races (10km, 21km & 44km) must bring a cup or a mug for drinks at the stations (water, soft drinks, etc.)

The Organizing Committee does not provide drinking cups at the Refreshment stations.

Mandatory TeRA 80km equipment

Especially for the TeRA 80km, all athletes must carry this mandatory equipment during the race.

  • Aluminum blanket
  • Headlamp + batteries
  • Mini pharmacy
  • Mobile phone

Each athlete has the right to carry the equipment he considers necessary to cope with the difficulties of the race. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to carry out random checks for the completeness of the equipment both at the start and during the race.

The Organizing Committee will assist the athletes, with the transport and delivery of a Supply Bag (drop-bag) at the “Papigo” Station and at the finish. The Organizing Committee recommends a minimum equipment, the so-called “Survival Gear”, which is absolutely necessary for an athlete competing for 20 consecutive hours.

The recommended package of “Survival Gear” consists of the following:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Water container (of the athlete’s choice), with a content of at least 500ml of liquids
  • Solid food
  • Pharmacy

To the above equipment, each athlete can add vital medications that they may need, as well as other practical items, such as: gaiters, fluid cup, walking stick, sun hat, gloves, electrolyte preparation, etc.

Optional equipment for all races (10km, 21km, 44km & 80km)

For all competitions, however, it is recommended that they carry a small backpack or waist pack with some basic supplies, such as:

  • glasses,
  • hat,
  • bag or pouch with a wide mouth,
  • solid food of their choice to meet their needs in between stations.

Each athlete is responsible for choosing the container (cup, container, pouch, bottle, mug, etc.) that he must bring, so that he can receive the right amount of fluids. Liquid quantities will be offered with a practical dispenser by Refreshment Station staff.

In order to avoid any possible delay in the Refreshment Stations, athletes should have containers with a wide opening for quick filling. Athletes are responsible for carrying one or two containers to receive water and isotonic separately.

Carrying hydration packs or backpacks or waist packs in general is allowed. Leaving a backpack along the route at the central Refreshment stations is the responsibility of the athlete.


Every athlete has the right to deliver one (1) “supply bag”, which they will receive at the Papigo Main Support Station. However the athletes of the TeRA 80km race are entitled to carry a personal second bag (preferably of waterproof material) with all the necessary equipment for the race (food, clothing, etc). Please do take into consideration that sharp objects (knives, forks, etc) are prohibited to avoid damage to other stored materials and bags.

The ZMR undertakes the responsibility to transfer the drop bags to the Papigo Main Support Station. Once the athletes pass from this point, the drop bags will be carried to the finishing line, so that the athletes can collect them there. The ZMR is not responsible for any damage to the stored materials in the drop bag. A special tag bringing on the athlete’s BIB number will be given to the athletes, in order to place it on the bag itself.

TERA 80km & Marathon+ 44km athletes must delivered their drop bags shortly before the start of the race (Tsepelovo High School).

Shortcutting is prohibited and athletes face disqualification penalties. Each participant has the responsibility and obligation to pay attention to the warning signs in certain parts of the area. In the alpine part, alternative paths and turns are allowed to help the runners, in order to avoid damaged trail routes that might carry risks or lead nowhere.
Check Points are compulsory for all athletes. All Refreshment and Support Stations are also Check Points. BIB numbers should be visible by the judges, so that they can record them. If an athlete wears a windproof jacket on top of the Bib, they should remove it when reaching the Check Point. Refusal of Bib demonstration equals to disqualification. Athletes who fail to present themselves at a Check Point, are not considered valid and face disqualification.
Objections, for whatever reason, are raised only by the athlete themselves at the latest 30 minutes after the finish. The decision of the Objection Committee, composed of the Race Director, members of the Executive Committee and the Station Admin Staff in the responsibility zone of which, the event occurred, is issued no later than the time of the ceremony awards and it is final.
The Race Commission undertakes the responsibility to supervise race route for safety reasons, to provide medical care and help to athletes who might be in need. In cases where security personnel and Admin Staff indicate a change of direction for safety reasons, athletes are obliged to obey. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification. At the Main Support Station specialized medical personnel will provide the appropriate treatment to the athletes. If the race doctor decides that an athlete is not able to continue, then the athlete is required to hand over their Bib.
If necessary (extremely hazardous weather conditions), the Organizers reserve the right to modify the route or to postpone the race for a short time in order to avoid unpleasant situations putting in danger the participants. A race can however be postponed indefinitely if there are extreme weather conditions prevailing in the region.
The Race Timing Services Company will need some time to elaborate the data and proceed to the official (final) announcement of the race results. Once this procedure is completed, participation certificates will be available.
Offenses and regulation violations lead to disqualification in the following situations:
  1. route pollution,
  2. shortcuts,
  3. inappropriate behavior towards the ZMR Staff
  4. loss of Bib and any other inappropriate behavior.
Lifelong exclusion is possible for severe cases, such as violence against members of the ZMR Committee, or deliberate extreme shortening of the route.
The Organizing Committee has established the following categorization awards for all athletes. For the TeRA 80km and Marathon+ 44km races, the following categories exist: Ι) Overall Awards Category ΙΙ) Male athletes aged 50-59 ΙΙΙ) Male athletes aged 60+ ΙV) Female athletes V) Female athletes aged 50-59 VI) Female athletes aged 60+. For the Half Marathon 21km and Entry Race 10km races, the following categories exist: Ι) Overall Awards Category, ΙΙ) Male athletes aged 40-49 ΙΙΙ) Male athletes aged 50-59 ΙV) Male athletes aged 60+ V) Female athletes VI) Female athletes aged 40-49 VII) Female athletes aged 50-59 VIII) Female athletes aged 60+
For the Marathon+ 44km, Half Marathon 21km and Entry Race 10km races, there is a special category:
  • Juniors up to 21 years old
All categories require the presence of at least 6 athletes in order to be considered valid. In any other case, the athletes fall in to the prior or closest matching category. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The “Overall Awards Category” is addressed to athletes of all genders and ages. Athletes will be awarded separately if they rank first in their respective categories.  
For the TeRA 80km race awards will be presented to: the first 6 finishers regardless of age and gender, the first 3 female athletes and the first 3 from the above listed age groups. For the rest of the races, awards will be presented to: the first 3 finishers from the overall category, the first 3 female athletes and the first 3 winners from the above listed age groups. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The award-winning athletes who will not be present during the ceremony will not receive their prize.
The ZMR and its partners retain the copyright of photographing and filming the race. Each athlete by submitting the application form, automatically accepts this term, knowing that their personal data can be displayed in photos or videos. It is also important to notice that compensation claims for any publication of the material will be rejected.
The ZMR has the moral obligation to protect the privacy of the athletes and the data submitted by the application form, according to the information privacy law in force. Only the name, age and city of residence are allowed to be announced.
The ZMR Committee shall not be liable for death, injury or any health damage of the participants, who by submitting the application form, declare the following:
  • They are aware of the risks that might occur in a demanding mountainous race
  • They confirm that they are healthy and fit to take part in the race, having been recently examined by a doctor. Athletes are obliged to go through regular medical screening and physical examination. Therefore, medical certificates will be required. The ZMR Committee bears no responsibility for the injury of athletes who choose to ignore the warnings in certain parts of the route, running the risk of falling with unpleasant or fatal outcome. The ZMR Committee declines any financial responsibility in case an athlete makes use of external assistance.
The ZMR reserves the right to amend the regulations of the races, without prior notice.
The race’s checker as well as the medical staff of the race reserve the right to stop / cancel the athletes of those whom they feel they are no longer able to complete the race.