About the race

The 90K Camino de la Cruz (90K Road of the Cross) race is a foot race organized to celebrate the Jubilee Year 2017. The event starts on Saturday 7th October 2017 at 8 am from Plaza del CardenalBelluga, the square between the Cathedral of Murcia and the Episcopal Palace.

The race courses through two certified long-distance footpaths:the GR 127 “Camino del Río Segura”, which runsalongside the Segura Riverfrom Murcia to Molina de Segura, and the GR 250 “Camino del Apóstol”, which stretches out over the rail trail connecting Molina de Segura and Caravaca de la Cruz, known as Vía Verde. The race covers a total distance ofabout 90 kilometres(56 miles), and the finish line will be located at the Real Basílica de la Vera Cruz in Caravaca.

The 90K Camino de la Cruz race is a qualifying, competitive foot race with several timing checkpoints along its course and a total time limit of 24 hours to reach the finish in Caravaca de la Cruz. If a runner does not reach one of the officialcheckpoints within the split time limit establishedby the event organizers, he or she must retire from the competition. Participants can choose to run, race-walk or walk, with or without trekking poles. Despite its length, the racecourse is generally flat and easily accessible, whichmakes it suitable for wheelchair users and people with functional diversity.

The event has been organized by the Athletics Federation of Murcia (FAMU) in cooperation with the non-profit association SenderismoSolidario, the regional Rail Trail Consortium (Consorcio de Vías Verdes de la Región de Murcia), and the Road of the Cross Foundation (Fundación Camino de la Cruz).

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*COURSE

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The first third of the courseruns along the Segura riverbank, offering views of the Murcian “huerta”and some emblematic elements of the Region’s cultural heritage. Then, the course continues down the Vía Verde rail trail, which winds through the fertile plains that surround the Segura River and the badlands of the Mula River, leading all the way to the Region’s Northwest district.

The race courses through two certified long-distance footpaths: the GR 127 “Camino del Río Segura”, which runs alongside the Segura River from Murcia to Molina de Segura, and the GR 250 “Camino del Apóstol”, which stretches out over the rail trail connecting Molina de Segura and Caravaca de la Cruz, known as Vía Verde. The race covers a total distance of about 90 km (56 miles), and the finish line will be located at the Real Basílica de la Vera Cruz in Caravaca.

*RULES

Rules for all participants

The race will be monitored by event officials only. Every runner will be provided with a bib numberand a timing chip, as well as a pilgrim passport, a map, a route planner and a list of emergency phone numbers which he or she must carry at all times.

The location of AID STATIONS will be announced in advance and marked on the route planner.

There will be 6CHECKPOINTS throughout the course, whose location will be kept secret and where participants must have their pilgrim passports verified and stamped by an event official.

When a runner crosses the finish line in Caravaca, his or her passport may be reviewed by an event official. Participants with missing stamps will risk disqualification.

All CHECKPOINTS will be properly marked so they’re easily recognized by all runners.

There are TWO baggage vehicles available for runnersat different points of the race:

Baggage vehicle 1:Runners’ personal belongings can be deposited at the start area near the Cathedral of Murcia and claimed at the Aid Point in Mula (Kilometre 50 of the race). All personal belongings deposited in Mula can be claimed at the finish in Caravaca.

Baggage vehicle 2: Personal belongings deposited in this vehicleat the start area near the Cathedral of Murcia can be claimed at the finish in Caravaca.

Caravaca-Murcia shuttle: A shuttle service from Caravaca to Murcia, calling at Mula, will be available for all participants who wish or need to get back to the start point. 

Participants who wish to leave the race must notify an event official and hand in their timing chip at the nearest checkpoint or aid station. Where necessary, participants will receive emergency care in official vehicles equipped for this purpose.

Likewise, an official transport service will be provided for runners who fail to reach a checkpoint within the established time limit, or who decide to leave the race either voluntarily or due to an injury.

Available means of transport will depend on the characteristics of the race course.

All runners may be reviewed by an event official at the start of race or at one of the timing checkpoints. Participants who are not properly equipped with the authorized gear and materials upon inspection may be disqualified.

By registering and crossing the start line, all participants acknowledge that they have appropriate fitness and are adequately prepared to participate in this competition, and that they do not have any conditions, physical defects or injuries that may be worsened and seriously harm their health as a result of participating in the race. Applicants with a condition, physical defect or injury that may be worsened and seriously harm their health as a result of participating in the race or any other event-related activities must notify the event organizers and accept the decisions made by them on this matter. Additionally:

  • All participants must join the event voluntarily and at their own risk. Therefore, the event organizers waive their liability for any complaints or lawsuitsresulting fromactions or failures to act by the participants or others acting on their behalf, as well as for any complaints or lawsuits regarding the loss of or damage to items belonging to the participants.
  • All participants must sign the necessary documents to show their compliance with the rules of the competition.
  • All participants must be 18 or older.
  • All participants must follow the instructions given to them by event officials.
  • All participants must carry a bib number, a pilgrim passport, and a timing chip, all of which are non-transferrable. If a participant must leave the race for whatever reason, he or she must hand in his or her chip to an event official.
  • Bib numbers and pilgrim passports must be produced whenever required by an event official, and always be clearly visible at timing checkpoints.
  • Each participant must be equipped with the appropriate gear and material for the race, including suitable clothing and footwear, and all the items provided by the event organizers (bib number, pilgrim passport, reflective clothing, windbreaker, etc.).
  • All participants must adhere to these rules and follow the instructions given to them by event officials, assist any participants who ask for help, and inform event officials of any accidents or emergencies. In short, all participants must display sportsmanship and respect for the environment. Non-compliance with these rules may result in disqualification.
  • Participants may retire from the race at one of the official checkpoints and aid stations. Those who leave the event at an unofficial point of the course will do so at their own risk.
  • Waste disposal facilities will be provided to collect and dispose of any rubbish generated during the event.

Throwing waste (cans, food waste…) outside the designated disposal facilities may result in disqualification.

  • Not completing the entire race on foot and within the official course boundaries.
  • Missing an official checkpoint, including the start point.
  • Exceeding the total 24-hour limit or any of the split time limits at each official checkpoint.
  • Ignoring the instructions given by event officials and safety staff.
  • Not having the bib number properly attached and displayed.
  • Receiving assistance from anyone other than an event official, unless expressly authorized by the event organizers.
  • Not wearing the timing chip (or any other official timing device) as instructed by the event organizers.
  • Wearing another participant’s bib number.
  • Wearing an unofficial bib number.
  • Not assisting a participant who is asking for help.
  • Damaging the environment or throwing waste outside the designated disposal facilities.
  • Not carrying the required equipment.

For safety reasons, running with pets and unregistered participants, particularly minors, is not permitted and may result in disqualification. Unregistered participants will not be recorded as finishers, nor will they be entitled to any official gifts or prizes.

  • Vehicle traffic will not be interrupted permanently. Therefore, all runners must adhere to the rules of the road and act safely, especially at junctions and crossroads.
  • Several official vehicles will be available for participants who wish or need to leave the race – one at the front, one at the back, and a few others at different points of the course.
  • Participants’ safety will be monitored at all times by the event organizers.
  • The course will be constantly monitored by event officials who have direct communication with emergency services in case a runner leaves the race or needs assistance.
  • The event organizers may interrupt the race at any point due to potential safety risks for participants.
  • The event organizers reserve the right to change any details of the event, including suspending or cancelling the race due to inclement weather conditions or any other risk factors.
  • Event officials will be available to solve any queries or incidents that may arise during the race.
  • Official vehicles will be available for participants who wish or need to retire from the race.
  • All individuals who are legally registered and have an official pilgrim passport will be covered by an accident and civil liability insurance providing full legal coverage.
  • Participants must observe the current rules of the road, particularly at junctions and crossroads.

No vehicles other than those designated by the event organizers or the security forces may join the event or accompany any participant.

*ENTRY FEES

Entry fees

25€

Hikers and runners who are members of FAMU, RFEA, FEDME, FMRM, FTRM, FCRM or the Senderismo Solidario Association.

30€

Hikers and runners who are not federated.

*AGE GROUPS

Age groups

Event applicants must be 18 or older by 7th October 2017, and will be placed in one of the following age groups:

 

Age Group

Year of birth

Male and Female Juniors/ Young Hopes Born between 1995 and 1999 (18+ years old on the day of the event)
Male and Female Seniors desde 1983 hasta 1994
Male and Female Veterans (35) Born between 1978 and 1982
Male and Female Veterans (40) Born between 1973 and 1977
Male and Female Veterans (45) Born between 1968 and 1972
Male and Female Veterans (50) Born between 1963 and 1967
Male and Female Veterans (55) Born between 1958 and 1962
Male and Female Veterans (60) Born between 1953 and 1957
Male and Female Veterans (65) Born between 1952 or earlier

 

Besides the Male and Female subgroups, the following have been established:

  • 4-Member Teams
  • Male-Male pairs
  • Female-Female pairs
  • Male-Female pairs

*AUTHORIZATION

Sworn declaration and Authorization to collectbib numbers

Event applicants may download the “Sworn declaration” and the “Authorization to collect bib numbers” from the links below:

90 K Camino de la Cruz
SWORN DECLARATION
AUTHORIZATION
REGULATION
DEPARTURE LIST
RESULTS
Maratón Camino de la Cruz

SWORN DECLARATION
AUTHORIZATION
REGULATION
DEPARTURE LIST
RESULTS

*REGISTRATION

Event registrations

EVENT REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 6TH MAY 2017 AT 1 PM TO 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017 AT 12 MIDNIGHT, OR UNTIL ALL BIB NUMBERS ARE SOLD OUT.

BIB NUMBERS WILL BE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS AS FOLLOWS:

  • 1,000 PARTICIPANTS (“90K CAMINO DE LA CRUZ” RACE)
  • 500 PARTICIPANTS (“CAMINO DE LA CRUZ” MARATHON)
  • 500 PARTICIPANTS (“PEREGRINICOS KIDS” RACE)

*RUNNERS’ FAIR

Runners’ Fair

A mass exhibition will be held on Friday 6th October from 4 pm to 9 pm at Plaza Santo Domingo and Paseo Alfonso X El Sabio, occupying a space of over 2,000 m2(approx. 1/2 acre). Athletes hold centre stage in this fair, which is one of the most important events for lovers of trail running, hiking and Nordic walking.

Attendants will discover the latest developments in sports brands and technologies, as well as some nutrition guidelines to keep a healthy diet while improving performance. They will also have the chance to meetathletes, fitness training professionals and promoters of running events and sport tourism.

Registered participants in the “90K Camino de la Cruz” race and the “Camino de la Cruz” marathon must collect their bib numbers, pilgrim passports and the official kitbag during the Fair.

*PILGRIMS

Pilgrims Kids

The event organizers have prepared some fun sports activities for the little ones to enjoy themselves with the 90K Camino de la Cruz participants at the Runners’ Fairon the day before the race.A children’s sports facility will be installed at Plaza Santo Domingo and Paseo Alfonso X in Murcia where kids can jump, run and throw. Amateur races will be organized for different age groups ranging from “chupetines” (children aged 5 and over) to “jovenestemplarios” (young Templars, ages 14 and 15).

The main goal is to give children and youngsters the opportunity to get in the spirit of adventure and curiosity that characterizes 90K Camino de la Cruz participants, as they develop their own physical and social abilities and learn about the history and the environment of the eight towns that the Road of the Cross passes through. All participants in these races will receive official gifts and tokens.

*PRIZES

Prizes

After days of nerve-racking wait and a 90-kilometre run, the biggest reward is crossing the finish line in Caravaca de la Cruz.

Our goal is to make this adventure as positive and gratifying as possible so that you will always remember your encounter with the Cross of Caravaca.

 

Winners in each group and subgroup will receive:

  • A commemorative handcrafted trophy for those who ranked 1st, 2ndand 3rd in each group and subgroup.
  • A weekend break in a hotel for the winners in each group and subgroup.

 

The runner kitbag

Finishers of the 90-km race will receive:

  • A pilgrim passport, officially stamped, and a pilgrim certificate, known as “Caravaquensis”.
  • A “Finisher” medal

 

Prizes for Marathon runners

Winners in each group will receive:

  • A commemorative handcrafted trophy for those who ranked 1st, 2ndand 3rd in each group.

The runner kitbag

Finishers of the Camino de la Cruz Marathon will receive:

  • A pilgrim passport, officially stamped, and a pilgrim certificate, known as “Caravaquensis”.
  • A “Finisher” medal

*MARATHON

“Camino de la Cruz” Marathon

This sports event is a complement to the 90K Camino de la Cruz race and invites the first 500 registered participants to run the final stretch of the course, from Mula to Caravaca. The race will start at 9:30 am in Mula and will course through the final 42 kilometres of the Road of the Cross.

*ENTRY FEES

Entry fees

25€

Hikers and runners who are members of FAMU, RFEA, FEDME, FMRM, FTRM, FCRM or the Senderismo Solidario Association.

30€

Hikers and runners who are not federated.

*AGE GROUPS

Age groups

Event applicants must be 18 or older by 7th October 2017, and will be placed in one of the following age groups:

 

Age Group

Year of birth

Male and Female Juniors/ Young Hopes Born between 1995 and 1999 (18+ years old on the day of the event)
Male and Female Seniors desde 1983 hasta 1994
Male and Female Veterans (35) Born between 1978 and 1982
Male and Female Veterans (40) Born between 1973 and 1977
Male and Female Veterans (45) Born between 1968 and 1972
Male and Female Veterans (50) Born between 1963 and 1967
Male and Female Veterans (55) Born between 1958 and 1962
Male and Female Veterans (60) Born between 1953 and 1957
Male and Female Veterans (65) Born between 1952 or earlier

 

Besides the Male and Female subgroups, the following have been established:

  • 4-Member Teams
  • Male-Male pairs
  • Female-Female pairs
  • Male-Female pairs

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