In this section we detail the different important aspects of the race, and you will be able to solve most of the doubts you may have in this regard. We also recommend that you read the regulation document for more information.
The organization of Top of the Rock makes available to the participants who make the distances that require an overnight stay (Ultra and Half), a registration+accommodation pack, at the intermediate villages of Les Useres and Benassal.
This pack will include the community overnight stay in the pavilions or buildings set up by the organization, in addition to half board consisting of dinner and breakfast, for each of the stages (depending on the distance chosen). The organization will provide mattresses / stretchers / bunk beds according to the location and it will be the responsibility of the participant to bring everything necessary to sleep (sleeping bag, pillows, warm clothes to sleep, etc.). In this way, you will give us a backpack with the belongings you need for the three days (or two days in your case) at the beginning of each stage, which we will give you at the end of each stage. At the end of each stage you will have a post-finish refreshment station as well as bathrooms and showers to clean up.
If you do not want to use this pack either because you prefer to find another accommodation or because you prefer to go back to sleep at your house if it is close by, consult the section “Registration without accommodation”.
At the beginning of each stage you can give us a bag with your belongings, what you will need at the end of each of the stages. The organization will transfer these bags to the finish line of each stage, where we will deliver it to you again. Each runner will use a bag of their own, but it will be limited to 10 kg. per participant.
In case you have chosen the community accommodation that we offer optionally together with the registration, at the end of the stage you will be able to shower, wash and change in the facilities of the community accommodation (pavilions). The next day, you give us the backpack again that we will take care of transferring to the next finish line.
Likewise, this cloakroom service will be available to participants who have chosen the registration option without accommodation pack, and at any of the three distances: Ultra, Half and Short.
REGISTRATION WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION
In case you prefer to find where to sleep on your own, either because you go to the race with companions; because you prefer another type of accommodation; either because you live near the stage venues or sleep with a family member or friend, you have the option of only registering without the overnight-dinner-breakfast pack.
In this case, you have a wide range of hotels, rural houses, hostels, etc. distributed throughout the geography of the route, and you can design where to sleep and eat to your liking. And you also have the option of hiring the departure transfer service once each stage is finished. You will also have the post-finish aid station, shower service, recovery service, wardrobe, etc.
Optionally upon registration, you can hire the return transfer service by bus from the finish line to the starting point. In the registration form you can select the stages in which you want to hire this service, as well as the destination point where you want the bus to return you.
Remember that it is the athlete’s responsibility to reach the starting point of each stage. The participants who choose the accommodation pack of the organization, in the first stage will have the accommodation point very close to the point of arrival/start of the stage; and in stage 2 they will have a free bus transfer service to go from the arrival to the accommodation (and the day after from the accommodation to the departure).
MOST IMPORTANT SCHEDULES
To review all the complete schedules, go to the “Schedule” page of the web.
Every day, one hour before each stage start, the bib numbers of the distances of the day will be distributed, and the cloakroom will also be opened. With the approximate arrival of the first classified, the shower, cloakroom and camp areas will open. At the end of the stage, the cloakroom will close and the shower hours will be extended until 7:00 p.m.
For those with an accommodation pack, dinners will be served from 20:00 to 22:00 and breakfasts from 7:00. The Rock Camp area will close at 23:00.
In each of the three stages we will have different aid stations to help you complete the stages. These aid stations will be made up of both solid and liquid food, the composition and location of which you can see on the page Aid Stations.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take water or isotonic drinks with you as well as food, since only with what you will find in the aid stations is not advisable to face the stage.
For all runners to have a guaranteed level of safety, there will be a series of mandatory items that you must carry with you during the race. This list of elements can be reviewed in the mandatory material section of the Regulation.
The three stages of Top of the Rock will be partially marked with the race personalized beacon tape, however, for eco-responsibility reasons these beacons are only in main points and it must also be taken into account that they can be “withdrawn” or modified by personnel outside the organization, as well as confused with other beacons. For all this, it is mandatory to carry the track of each stage, with a device that allows you to follow the route using the tracks provided by the organization (watch, GPS, mobile App, Google Maps, etc.)
85% of the route runs along approved trails that use the markings painted in different colors, so we also recommend reviewing and studying the roadbook that will be made available to runners weeks before the race.
#TOTR is a race in semi-self-sufficiency format, that is, the participant has to carry the material detailed in the point “Mandatory Material”. The rest of the “luggage” (sleeping bag, change clothes, toiletries, personal items, etc.) will be delivered to the organization at the start of each stage in the cloakroom area, and returned to the participant at the end of it. This procedure will be carried out by both the participants who use the organization’s accommodation pack, as those who don’t, and each day the process will be the same.
Semi-self-sufficiency also implies that the refreshment stations are “support” points, but if you need to consume a certain meal during the race, you must take it with you from the start. Finally, semi-self-sufficiency also implies being partially self-sufficient in terms of follow the route, that is, the organization will have beacons to mark the route, but in case these are adulterated or eliminated by external agents, the participant must be able to guide himself, either through the GPS track or the roadbook.
Abandons must be made at official checkpoints. If due to an accident or injury, the runner is immobilized and cannot reach a control point, he must be helped by another runner, who will be the one to sound the alarm to the organization, which will activate the mandatory protocol. If you decide to abandon in one stage, you will have the possibility to continue in the stages of the following days if you are fully empowered, although this will imply not being considered a “Finisher”.
For those runners who wish to abandon, there will be a shuttle bus to return them to the start. At this point, your bib number will be removed and from that moment on your condition will be “out of the race” and therefore will no longer be covered by the regulations or insurance of the race.
All participants must carry the following mandatory materials:
Glass or container for liquid supplies (for reasons of eco-responsibility in the aid stations, glasses for the replacement of liquids will not be provided).
Appropriate footwear according to the technical conditions required for mountain races.
1 liter of water at the start of each stage, either in a backpack with a hydration bag or in cans.
Bib-number and ID card/passport.
Mobile phone with freshly charged battery. The organization will provide telephone numbers to use in case of emergency.
Track of each of the stages, either on a GPS device or in a mobile application, depending on the options provided by the organization on the website.
Only in case of adverse conditions:
Raincoat or windbreaker in case of adverse weather forecast.
If they are very severe and announced by the organization: sufficient waterproof and thermal technical clothing, and in case of severe conditions, clothing and thermal material so as not to leave the skin visible outside.
This MANDATORY SAFETY MATERIAL must be carried by the runner at all times, from the Start to the Finish of each stage, not being able to get rid of it during the course of the race for any reason.
Thermal emergency blanket (minimum dimensions of 2 x 1 meter).
Mineral salts and/or isotonic drink.
GPS device with the track of the stage and the fully charged battery at the exit of each stage.
Route map with the course and profile of the stage (material that the organization will make available to the participants).
Bars, gels, fruit … enough food to face the stage.
Backpack suitable for carrying material and/or food.
First aid kit.
Kit for bathroom/toilet.
Headlamp and red tail light.
START 1st STAGE
The start of the first stage takes place at the “Chencho” sports facilities in Castellón (you can find its exact location in the section Schedule). We have chosen these facilities mainly because of their proximity to the mountains of Castellón, being able to start the first path before the first kilometer of the route. Also for its ample parking, and facilities equipped with toilets and changing rooms, which will allow you to change and wash before leaving.
For Thursday night no accommodation has been agreed, since in Castellón there is a lot of offer, we let you choose the option that best suits you, but you can ask us questions about location, prices, etc. Contact us by clicking here.