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HDFC BANK GOA TRAIL RUN: POSTPONED

Biodiversity experts have urged that the HDFC Bank Unite Goa Trail Run should not be held on 18 August 2019, as it is right in the middle of the breeding season for certain birds and snakes that are indigenous to the Socorro Plateau, and which lay their eggs on the ground.

Consequently, we have decided to postpone the HDFC Bank Unite Goa Trail Run. We are very sorry for the inconvenience we are causing to you. It breaks our heart too, but we feel the cause of the Earth takes priority.

The new dates will be announced in due course.

We will initiate a full refund to each and every participant.
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VENUE
The start and end of the HDFC Bank Goa Trail Run is near the cricket ground on the Socorro Plateau.

HOW TO GET THERE
About 1.4 km from Socorro Church on the road towards the Salvador de Mundo Church is a left turn that will be marked with an ‘HDFC Bank Goa Trail Run’ banner. Once you turn left and go up the slope, take the right fork and continue till the road ends. On your right is the cricket ground. 

PARKING
Designated parking areas will be marked. The area around the start line has to be free of cars in order to keep the route safe for event participants. Volunteers will help drivers find parking places, so that there are no arguments or altercations.

RACE BY CATEGORY
Runners in each category will start all together. The 21K race will start at 07:00 hrs, followed by the 10K race at 07:10hrs. The 7.5K Fun Run starts at 07:20hrs.

RACE INSTRUCTIONS
The route for each category — along with detailed instructions — will be communicated to each runner a week in advance of the event by email and/or WhatsApp. These instructions will be comprehensive, and there will be no briefing before each race. In case there are any questions or clarifications about the race instructions, these can be asked by email/WhatsApp till the evening before the race, and will be replied to within 6 hours.

ROUTE MARKING
The route for each category will be marked by highly visible coloured ribbons at regular line-of-sight intervals. Details of route marking will be given in the race instructions. Runners should not leave the route or attempt to take any shortcuts. This will not just result in disqualification, but the real danger is of runners getting lost. The Socorro Plateau is a large wilderness area, and getting lost could turn out to be an extremely prolonged and unpleasant experience.

TIMING
Electronic Timing will be by Sportrolic Timing Solutions, Mumbai. Each runner will be given a wrist band containing an RFID timing chip. Timings will be recorded by trained timing volunteers, at the finish. Timing Volunteers will carry individual timing devices. Each runner has to physically touch his or her timing band to the device for the timing to be recorded. All timing volunteers will be wearing high visibility vests. Results will be based on individual timings. The 7.5K Fun Run will not be timed.

NUMBER NOTATION
There will be three number notation stations on the route. These are at the same points as the water stations. Volunteers will note down the bib numbers of all competitors who pass by. As a matter of abundant precaution, it may be a good idea to shout your number out aloud as you pass each water station, so that chances of your number being missed are minimised. Results will be tallied with the number notations to ensure that all competitors have completed the entire route.

FOOTWEAR
We recommend that all participants wear proper footwear (running shoes) while competing in the event. If you are barefoot or wearing flip-flops/sandals, you could hurt yourself.

BE PREPARED FOR RAIN
The Goa Trail Run is held during the latter half of the monsoon season, during the month of Shravan (or Saavan, as it is known in North India), when the rain pattern is usually sunshine, followed by showers, and once more followed by sunshine. Still, it is best to take along a lightweight waterproof jacket if you have a problem getting wet.

RECOMMENDED
We suggest that you bring with you the following items:
A change of clothes, a towel to dry yourself off (even if it isn’t raining, you will be sweating), any medications you normally take, sun screen and rainwear, in case there are thunder showers.

WATER
There will be water stations at regular intervals on the route. Water will be served in paper cups. When you take water, please leave the paper cup at the water station or throw it at the side (where it cannot be a danger to other runners) within the litter zone, which extends 100 metres after each water station. This is a wonderful wilderness area and we wish to leave it cleaner than when we found it. Please cooperate with us in this endeavour by not littering except where we can clean up. No re-hydration fluids will be available. If you need them, bring your own.

BAGS
There will be a covered area near the cricket ground that is designated for various facilities; a Help Desk, a Baggage Counter (to keep your bags during the race), a First Aid Station (with an Ambulance on standby) and a shaded area for spectators /supporters to sit.

WHISTLE
Each runner will be issued with a whistle for emergencies, so that (s)he can attract the attention of a volunteer if (s)he is injured and lying down in the grass — and not easily visible. Runners are requested not to blow this whistle unless there is a serious emergency. It is for use only in case of an injury or medical emergency where (s)he is unable to move without help.

FIRST AID
Each water station has a first aid kit equipped for for minor injuries like cuts and scratches, rashes or allergies, cramps or pain, etc. A vehicle (a two-wheeler, if a four wheeler cannot reach the spot) will also be standing by for evacuation in case of any major injury or other emergency. If you are facing any problems, please make your way to the nearest water station. If you are injured or cannot move by yourself for any other reason, please wait. The route will be patrolled by volunteers on motorcycles and bicycles. Please blow the whistle you are issued or call out to them if you need help.

CUT OFF TIME
The cut off time for completing the 7.5K event shall be three-and-a-half hours from the start. The cut off time for the 10K event shall be three-and-a-half hours from the start. The cut off time for the 21K event shall be four hours from the start.

POST RACE NUTRITION
We will provide water and fruits at the finish line for the runners.

RESULTS FINAL AND BINDING
The Results will be final and binding. No disputes will be entertained at the race venue. Protests, if any, must be made by email on Monday 19 August 2019 by email at <adventurebreaksgoa@gmail.com>.

FINISHER MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES
Each participant who successfully completes the Goa Trail Run will get a Finisher Medal. Certificates including timings will be available online 72 hours after the event concludes.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION
The Prize Distribution will get underway at 11:00 hrs. Winners get medals and prizes. In case there is a technical snag in the timing or a dispute that cannot be resolved at the spot, the organisers reserve the right to delay declaration of results of the Goa Trail Run 2019 by up to 48 hours.

HOW TO REGISTER

Here's your chance to win a medal and get crowned by a traditional 'Copel' — a beautiful Goan floral wreath.

Once you click on the 'REGISTER' button, you will reach a registration page where you have to select the distance that you want to run | walk as well as your age category. Students must opt for the 'Student' category in their chosen distance.

IF YOU WANT TO ENTER AS A STUDENT, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING A XEROX COPY OF YOUR STUDENT ID CARD ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL WHEN YOU COLLECT YOUR RUNNING NUMBER BIB.

Students is not a separate prize category. Students get a hefty concession on the entry fees, but no special prizes, They compete in the 'Open' category, unless they are 45 years or older.

LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION IS 23:55HRS ON SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019

HOW TO REGISTER OFFLINE (AT HDFC BANK BRANCHES IN GOA)*
*Rs100 discount on entry fee for those who register at an HDFC Bank

Most HDFC Bank branches in Goa accept entries. Ask for an entry form, fill and sign it, and make the payment in the bank.

IF YOU WANT TO ENTER AS A STUDENT, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ATTACH A XEROX COPY OF YOUR STUDENT ID CARD ALONG WITH THE ENTRY FORM.

Students is not a separate prize category. Students get a hefty concession on the entry fees, but no special prizes, They compete in the 'Open' category, unless they are 45 years or older.

LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION AT AN HDFC BANK BRANCH IN GOA IS CLOSE OF BANKING HOURS ON WED 7 AUGUST 2019

ENTRY FEES

(1) 7.5K Fun Run (7.5km)
Open Category:                             Rs900
(includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Veteran Category:                         Rs900 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Students (Open Category)           Rs600 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)

(1) 10K Race (10km)
Open Category:                             Rs1,200
(includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Veteran Category:                         Rs1,200 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Students (Open Category)           Rs800 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)

(1) 21K Race (21.1km)
Open Category:                             Rs1,500
(includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Veteran Category:                         Rs1,500 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)
Students (Open Category)           Rs1,000 (includes Decathlon T-Shirt)

LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION IS 23:55HRS ON SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019

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