Required technical gear

Below you will find the list of required and recommended technical gear for the Ohrid Trail 60k and Ohrid Trail 35k. The list includes the minimal required technical specifications for each item, and the reasons for which an item is mandatory.

To run the race, all runners without exception must carry the items labelled as “mandatory” in the list below:

  • Runners must either wear or carry the required material in their backpack.
  • There will be general or random inspections of mandatory clothing and equipment at any point throughout the course, from start to finish.
  • As indicated in the regulations, not carrying the mandatory equipment during the run entails immediate disqualification.
  • It is recommended to purchase the clothing and equipment in specialty stores with staff trained in mountain gear.

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Attention! The Organizer reserves the right to change any equipment from recommended to mandatory in regard to race day weather conditions.

Equipment and gear60k35k
Mobile phone with full battery and roaming activated
Mandatory in all the races.

The phone has to be turned on from the race start, with active roaming, sound at maximal volume, fully charged battery and perfect working condition to withstand the entire race.

Why is it required / recommended?
The mobile phone allows the participant to receive and make emergency calls to the Organizer (the telephone number will be noted on the back of the race bib). In addition, it may be useful to send geo-localization information via Liverun App.
Therefore, the phone must be active during the entire race. It is essential to keep the battery as charged as possible, and to avoid making calls or sending data unless it is needed. Functions requesting high battery consumption such as bluetooth or wifi should be inactive.
The reason why the roaming services must be active is that, given the proximity with Albania, some points of the course may be better served by Albanian telephone network than by Macedonia network.

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Thermal blanket
Mandatory in all the races.

Thermal blankets (also known as space blanket or first aid blanket) are made of heat-reflective thin plastic, silver colored on one side and golden on the other. Their design reduces heat loss or increases it depending on how it is placed to cover the person in need.
The minimal surface must be 1.4 m x 2.0 m.

Why is it required / recommended?
Thermal blankets are mainly used to cover an injured person while waiting for help, but it can also be used to signal the position to the aerial rescue team or simply as a protection against wind and rain.
The way it should be used to cover the injured person depends on the situation:
To retain heat: place the silver side in contact with the body and the golden side facing outwards. It is useful in case of hypothermia, injury, having to wait in the cold...
To reduce the temperature: place the golden side in contact with the body and the silver side facing outwards. It is useful in case of fever, heat stroke, having to wait in the heat...

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Whistle
Mandatory in all the races.

Backpack whistles are allowed if they work properly.

Why is it required / recommended?
The whistle is needed to call for help and facilitates being found in emergency situations.

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Trail running shoes, and socks
Mandatory at all the races.

They must cover THE WHOLE foot. Sandals are not allowed

Why is it required / recommended?
It is necessary to consider that in many sections of the route the ground is technical and stony, fact that makes essential to use a shoe that protects THE WHOLE foot of blows and wounds, besides having a good grip.

It is also important to note that many tracks are in high mountain, where it can be very cold (especially at night), so it is imperative to have the foot well insulated using good shoes and socks, because it is one of the areas of our body where we lose more temperature.

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Headlamp + spare batteries
Mandatory at all the races.

The headlamp can be worn on the head, leaving the hands free. When packing your headlamp, ensure that it works properly and its batteries are fully charged. Check that it is turned off when inside your backpack, to ensure it works properly when needed.

Why is it required / recommended?
The lamp may be turned on accidentally inside the backpack, or by incorrect handling. If this goes unnoticed by the runner, it may drain the batteries causing the lamp to fail when needed.
This is why it is mandatory to carry a spare set of batteries or a second headlamp working properly and with fully charged batteries.
It must also be borne in mind that, in the case of the 60K, the headlamp will be mandatory between 19:00 and 23:00, when the end of the race is officially marked.

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Impermeable breathable jacket with hood
It can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

Mandatory in all races but in the race of 30k may not be mandatory depending on the weather.

With breathable insulating membrane such as Gore-Tex, Clima Pro, Water Proff, MemBrain, H2O, Hyvent or similar and sealed seams to sustain bad weather conditions in mountain. The jacket must not have sections composed of fabric which is not waterproof, but the air vents (under the arm, across the back), which do not appear to affect the waterproof-ness of the garment are accepted.
IMPERMEABILITY: At least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column (*)
BREATHABILITY: RET score equal or below 13; or MTVR score equal or over 5.000 (*)Consult the values of your jacket with your retailer/brand.
(*) For the values ​​of your jacket, we recommend that you consult your dealer / brand.

In case to carry the impermeable jacket, it will not be necessary to take the windstopper jacket.

Why is it required / recommended?
The impermeable breathable jacket with hood may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Why a hood? The head is one of the parts of the body with greater heat loss. This is why it must be protected from the rain, wind or cold when needed.
Why impermeable? Storms and unexpected rain episodes are very frequent in mountains. Having the body wet for a long time may cause serious problems.

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Drinking containers and/or hydration packs
Mandatory in all the races.

They can be one or more rigid containers, bags or a combination of both. In any case they should provide a total minimal capacity of 1 L.

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Cup for liquids
Mandatory in all the races.
It can be any container, foldable or not, which may be used as a cup for drinking without wasting the liquid contained.
Hands or any object that may lose liquid are not accepted.

Why is it required / recommended?
For environmental protection reasons, no cups/glasses will be provided at aid stations.

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Backpack
Appropriate to the volume of the material and pace of the participant.

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Energy food
Energy bars, gels, fruits...

Why is it required / recommended?
Although there will be enough food in all the refreshments, it is recommended that the participants bring a small food reserve to face possible setbacks.

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Mini first-aid kit
With supplies for the treatment of minor wounds or scratches.

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Windstopper jacket
Mandatory in all races except if runner already carry the waterproof jacket with hood.

A windstopper jacket should cover the whole trunk (including the arms), and its function is to protect from the wind.
The hood is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.

Why is it required / recommended?
This clothing gear is the minimum needed to protect a runner from the temperature drop caused by the wind, typical at the highest points of the course even in days of good weather conditions.
The windstopper jacket does NOT offer enough protection from cold or rain. Depending on the weather conditions, or after a certain hour, it may be mandatory to carry gear offering superior protection, such as a polar fleece or an impermeable breathable jacket with hood.
In that case, if a runner carries an impermeable breathable jacket with hood, he/she will be exempt of carrying a windstopper jacket.

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Thermal insulation clothing
It can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

The thermal insulation clothing must cover the whole trunk, with long sleeves until the wrist. It's function is to help keep the body warm and sustain low temperatures.
It can be a thick thermal shirt of between 150 and 300 g (depending the runner's size), or a polar fleece jacket.
Cotton is not permitted.
Памукот не е дозволен!!!!

Why is it required / recommended?
The thermal clothing may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Keep in mind that extreme temperature oscillations are common in mountains, and they can happen suddenly.
Also, there are many situations that may force a runner to slow his/her pace, or even to stop during the race. These situations, such as suffering an injury, overexertion, helping a runner in need, etc...may cause the body temperature to drop quickly before arriving to the closest aid station or while waiting for help.

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Trousers (Waterproof)
They can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

They must be totally impermeable (at least 10,000 mm Schmerber water column), and it is recommended that they also are breathable, although this is not mandatory.

Why is it required / recommended?
Trousers or leggings are not useful when they are wet or in windy conditions.
Therefore, and depending on the weather forecast, waterproof trousers may be mandatory from a certain hour or during the entire event.

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Leggings/Trousers (Warm)
They can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

They can be short if they totally cover the legs when combined with socks, without leaving the knees exposed.
Panties are not admitted.

Why is it required / recommended?
Leggings or trousers (totally covering the legs) may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour, depending on the weather forecast.
Keep in mind that extreme temperature oscillations are common in mountains, and they can happen suddenly.
Also, there are many situations that may force a runner to slow his/her pace, or even to stop during the race. These situations, such as suffering an injury, overexertion, helping a runner in need, etc... may cause the body temperature to drop quickly before arriving to the closest aid station or while waiting for help.
Wearing waterproof pants DOES NOT NECESSARILY invalidate the obligation to take leggins/trousers (warm).

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Warm hat
It can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

Its function is to keep all the head warm and protected from cold.

Why is it required / recommended?
The head is the part of the body with greater heat loss. Therefore, the warm hat or thermal tubular may be mandatory during the entire race or from a certain hour depending on the weather forecast. The Buff/Tubular NOT NECESSARILY invalidate the obligation to wear a warm hat, as it may be insufficient to keep the head warm.

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Buff/tubular
It can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

It must cover the head completely.

Why is it required / recommended?
It protects the head from the sun, sunstrokes and heat stroke.
It is also helpful to prevent heat loss in conditions of moderate cold and wind.
Carrying the warm hat (which protects from cold) does NOT NECESSARILY exempt the runner to carry the cap or buff/tubular because it does not protect from sunstrokes.

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Gloves
They can be mandatory in any race, from an specific hour or during all the race, depending on the weather.

They must totally cover the hands (including the fingers).
It is recommended that they are made of an impermeable material.
The rubber or latex gloves are not accepted.

Why is it required / recommended?
The extremities, and the hands in particular, may get cold easily.
For this reason, gloves will be mandatory during the entire event or from a certain hour depending on the weather forecast.

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Sunscreen cream or lotion
Total protection (50 SPF).

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Electrolytes and/or mineral salts

Why is it required / recommended?
Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride develop physiological functions, so athletes must replace them along with the liquid they are losing during the race. Especially sodium that is very important for athletes, as it plays a key role in stimulating thirst and fluid retention.
In all refreshment points there will be water and electrolytes Etixx. However, it is recommended that participants bring a reserve of water and electrolytes to manage a possible dehydration in the longest and hardest tracks. And especially in warm days

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Sunglasses
With plastic lenses

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Walking sticks
Strongly recommended in case of rain or snow.

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