1. Basic Principles
The safety concept is based on the following currently valid regulation:
1.1. Federal Council Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus, as of 12 March 2021
1.2. Framework protection concept for running events as of 28 May 2021
1.3. Hygiene and social distancing rules of the FOPH
1.4. In the event of changes to the above documents, the latest editions shall apply.
2. General guidelines
2.1. All those present (participants, volunteers, media representatives, sponsors, partner) are committed, in the interest of the sport of running and towards the entire population, to adhere to the protection concept in a spirit of solidarity and with a high degree of self-responsibility and to consistently implement the necessary measures.
2.2. TESTS: Only runners who have been tested negative (PCR-test not older than 72h, rapid antigen test not older than 48h), have been vaccinated or recovered are allowed to participate. Vaccination certificates and negative test results must be shown to the responsible persons before handing in the luggage in St. Niklaus / Zermatt. Participants who cannot show a vaccination certificate or negative test must hand in their start number and will be banned from the start.
The 600 volunteers will be tested on Friday 2nd July 2021 and Saturday 3rd July 2021 in St. Niklaus and Zermatt. Specialists will take the lead, volunteer support staff will be trained in advance and support the specialists. Runners will have the opportunity to be tested on site in St. Niklaus or Zermatt. Only those who are completely healthy, have no COVID-19 or other symptoms of illness or have been in contact with people who are ill may take part in the event. Persons who are particularly at risk must observe the specific requirements of the FOPH.
2.3. During the event, the current distance and hygiene rules must be followed in all areas.
2.4. Wearing a protective mask is compulsory in the cordoned-off start area, in the changing rooms and when dropping off and returning luggage, as well as after crossing the finish line, in the entire finish area and in the. After the start, approx. 150 meters, there are containers for the disposal of the masks. The masks will be provided by the organiser.
2.5. All participants according to point 2.1. are obliged to provide their contact details. The data of participants and helpers will be collected at the time of registration. Media representatives, sponsors and partners must provide their data in advance. All participants will be informed that this data may be passed on to the competent cantonal authorities: If someone has had contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19, they may be contacted in this way and can be sent to quarantine.
2.6. Any changes to this concept or the printed announcement will be communicated online at zermattmarathon.ch. This information is binding.
3.1. Limitation of the number of participants
In order to keep the maximum number of participants, the event will be spread over 2 days and the number of registrations will be limited:
Marathon 400, ULTRA 500, Relay pairs 100, total max. 1'000 participants on Saturday. Half marathon 1'000, total max. 1'000 participants on Sunday
The starting times and starting blocks will be scheduled in such a way that 100 participants start at the same time, at intervals of 2 minutes.
The starting blocks will be separated from each other with barrier tapes so that the participants cannot meet each other.
Details of the starting times can be found on the Internet and in the race magazine.
3.2. Check in
The participants have to show their bib-number, ID/passport and vaccination certificate or negative test at the check-in. Without going through the check-in, the starting area can not be entered.
4. Volunteers and spectators
For all volunteers with contact to the participants, wearing a safety mask is obligatory. The only exceptions are the marshals. They must keep the necessary distance from the runners. Helpers at the refreshment points on the course and at the finish line, as well as at the baggage collection and return points, will also wear protective gloves. Protective masks and gloves for helpers will be provided by the organiser.
4.2. Spectators / Accompanying persons
Spectators and accompanying persons are only allowed in the public area along the route. The rules for spontaneous gatherings in public areas apply. Spectators are individually responsible for complying with the applicable safety measures of the FOPH. In particular, the distance rules must also be strictly followed in respect of participants in the competition.
Spectators and accompanying persons are not permitted in the cordoned-off areas at the start and finish in St. Niklaus, in Zermatt, on Riffelberg and on Gornergrat.
5. Measures during the event
5.1. Collecting the bib-number / late registration / safe deposit box
Registered participants from Switzerland will receive their bib number by post before the race. Registered participants from abroad will collect their bib numbers on site. The bibs will be handed out outside, the school grounds will be covered and therefore weatherproof. Late registration is not possible
The distance and hygiene rules of the FOPH must be observed at all times in the changing rooms, during baggage collection and return, during start preparations, in the start area and after the finish.
5.2. Changing rooms / showers
In the starting area, there are no changing rooms available. There are changing room in the finish area in the tent. Access is limited and will be monitored. The maximum time allowed in the dressing rooms is 15 minutes and must not be exceeded. Participants are requested to arrive at the competition site already dressed if possible and to keep their luggage (spare clothes, valuables etc.) to a minimum. There are no showers available on Riffelberg.
5.3. Starting area
During the warm-up before the start and in the starting area (block start with 100 runners, start intervals every 2 minutes) the distance rules apply.
Participants are not allowed to enter the starting area until a maximum of 5 minutes before the start.
5.4. Luggage transport
The luggage of the participants will be transported from the start to the finish area according to the instructions in the race magazine. When handing in and returning luggage on Riffelberg, the distance rules must be followed. Those will be marked with ground markings. All luggage must be handed in. There are no changing rooms at the start and finish areas.
5.5. On the course / refreshment points
On the course, the distance rules to the participants in front must also be followed whenever possible. This also applies to the lateral distance when passing.
The distance rules also apply at the refreshment points on the course. These must be left immediately after taking a drink and without stopping.
5.6. Finish Area
To avoid gatherings, the finishers need to leave the finish area as quick as possible after getting a refreshment and the participant gift.
To change after collecting the luggage, there will be a tent on Riffelberg. No more than 50 people are allowed in it. This will be supervised by trained staff. The tent must be left after a maximum of 15 minutes. To ensure that the distance rules and the staying time are adhered to, controls will be carried out. After changing, the athletes are called upon to leave the finish area on Riffelberg as quickly as possible.
The overall marathon, ULTRA + half marathon rankings will be announced in compliance with the safety measures (max. 6 persons per announcement). Age group rankings: there will be no age group rank ceremony. The results will be published on the website of the organiser and the timing company Datasport AG.
The safety concept and the applicable measures will be communicated on the homepage www.zermattmarathon.ch and via social media. Furthermore, attention will be drawn to this in the newsletter and on posters in the start and finish areas.
During the event, speakers in the start and finish areas will remind participants of the applicable rules.
Disregard of the above protection concept on the part of the participants is considered grave unsportsmanlike conduct and may lead to disqualification in accordance with the competition regulations.
8. Corona responsible of the event
Andrea Schneider, OK Zermatt Marathon, Head of the office
firstname.lastname@example.org, 078 697 27 02
Concept and overall responsibility
Martin Schmid, OK Zermatt Marathon, Race manager
rennleitung[at]zermattmarathon.ch, 079 607 61 86
Responsible starting area St. Niklaus (Saturday) + Zermatt (Sunday)
Olivier Andenmatten, OK Zermatt Marathon, OC-President
olivier[at]zermattmarathon.ch, 079 755 10 00
Responsible finish area Riffelberg
Hansruedi Kummer, OC Zermatt Marathon, Board member
hansruedi[at]zermattmarathon.ch, 078 797 27 60
Responsible finish area Gornergrat