500 HOURS race - FINISHED at 1:31 21/10/2014

Старт 01.10.2014, 0:00:00 — финиш 21.10.2014, 01:31:17

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Route is a non-changing concrete notion from start to finish, which is identified by the location of checkpoints (CP) as well as the order of passing them. The Organizational Committee of Global Race creates the route with participants being informed of its path no earlier than 3 days prior to the start. In accordance with the information revealed, participants are allowed to pass certain CP in random order, but all other CP must be passed in a set order.


On the route participants are allowed to use all kinds of non-passenger vehicles including motor vehicles, non-passenger trains and ships, as well as air transport. Usage of public transport is forbidden, except during “REST” time.


Participants move along the route in inseparable pairs. It is strictly forbidden to move along the path without partner. It is possible that the members of a pair go by different vehicles, but only if these vehicles move as a motorcade, and participants must take into consideration possibility of leaving the vehicles in different places (under different circumstances), which entails removing the pair from the route.




All participants have race identity numbers. Members of clubs have their own club numbers, independent participants acquire temporary identity numbers.




All pairs start from the same place in intervals of 5 minutes, which are compensated for by REST time. Order and starting points are revealed to the participants before the start.


In case of a large number of participants in the 1st and 2nd rounds the start will be organized in “portions” divided by the interval of 24 hours. Maximum number of pairs in the first “portion” is 15, in the next ones - 12. Order of priorities will be established according to the order of applications received.




During qualification rounds for each team the regional start time of starting is used as reference time. Information on the control tag and all records are indicated in accordance with this time regardless of crossing time zones or changing to daylight saving time or vice versa. In the final (global) round time is established in accordance with the stage of the race, this time corresponds to the starting time of this stage.




Checkpoint (CP) is a place for registering the participants, such a place is clearly pointed out and defined when the route is described. CP must be convenient and easily identified by the participants, e.g., city limits sign, edge of a bridge, etc


Some non-obvious CP located out of roads (orienteering CP) will be marked by a bright pennon or will be easily identified otherwise (bridge, rock duck on a mountain pass or peak, etc.).


A control tag will be attached to an obvious place on each checkpoint. An attached control tag confirms the fact that the pair has passed this checkpoint. If the control tag is not attached, then this stage is not considered passed. Attaching the control tag of a pair by other people is strictly forbidden. Control tags are attached one above another in the order of arrival of pairs.


The following things are identified on a control tag:

  • identity number of a participant;
  • date control tag was attached
  • time control tag was attached;
  • total unused time of REST;


While moving along the race route every pair has to keep racing log. Racing log helps to reconstruct sequence of events, as well as all actions of a certain pair.


Racing log contains the following details:

  • date and time of the start;
  • time of getting into a car;
  • car make;
  • time of getting out of the car;
  • place of getting out of the car;
  • time and place of meeting a competitor, as well as the identity number of the latter;
  • time of starting and finishing the REST period;
  • time of attaching a certain control tag;
  • all the information available on each CP (Note: Participant is to copy down only control tags of the pairs of his/her own “starting portion”. For convenience control tags of each “portion” will be marked by a definite color).


All geographical names in the racing log are written in the language of the country where checkpoints are located. In difficult cases (China, Arabian countries, Georgia, as well as Russia for foreigners), it is possible to use Latin letters.


Negligent or deficient keeping of racing log is considered to be a serious violation of the Rules.


In order to avoid disputable situations and for more exact description of moving of a pair (especially in case of illogical car route) it is recommended to record all remarkable events as well as own observations and thoughts.




While moving along the route competitors might meet each other. This section solves possible conflict situations arising in case competitors meet.


Position is a spot on a road used for hitching in a certain direction including plenty of room for the driver to safely stop. The limits of someone's position is determined by the length of a car upstream from him and the maximum breaking distance under certain conditions downstream.


Field of vision includes a part of the main road, adjoining roads, gas stations, parking lots, etc., which are situated upstream and that can be visually controlled with help of certain technical devices (binoculars, spyglass, etc.), as well as without them.


A pair takes only one position on the road, defined by any member of the pair (in accordance with their wishes). If there are no competitors nearby hitching can be performed from different positions, but as soon as competitors arrive, the pair has right to choose only one position.




If several pairs meet in the same place those who arrived earlier have privilege in getting the position, e.d. those who arrived later are required to concede the position to those who arrived earlier. They should take a position that is breaking distance away in the direction downstream, or a position beyond the field of vision so that their hitching attempts were not visible to the competitors. Hitching in the competitors` position or within their field of vision upstream is forbidden. Position is considered occupied until the moment when a pair using it crosses its “lowest” border by car or on foot. A position is considered occupied at the moment one of the members of a pair touches the ground with the feet, if this place complies with the description of “position” and does not contradict the rule of positional priorities. A pair is considered arrived to a checkpoint when both members of the pair have touched the place of attaching a control tag.


CPs at which the direction of movement changes to the opposite one are called “semi finishes”. If a pair has passed by a semi finish, on the way back they are required to leave the vehicle and give way to competitors at this CP.


Any member of a pair is allowed to take any position, move within it as well as to shift its borders if it does not violate the Rules of positional priorities.




When a pair leaves the vehicle, the position of competitors who have arrived earlier is fixed and can be moved only upon mutual agreement between these pairs.


While a pair that has arrived later is moving upstream away from the field of vision of the pair who has arrived earlier, the latter can move in the same direction preventing the former from accomplishing their goal. If the pair that has arrived later manages to leave the field of vision even for a short period the pair that arrived earlier loses its priority.


If a pair moves to a new position and hitches on it (e.g. on an adjacent road) it loses its priority on the position abandoned. If competitors are warned a pair is allowed to leave its position for a short time without losing the priority.




Another pair that gets into the same car is considered taken irrespectively of the initiative of the first one. When these pairs leave the car the taken pair concedes the position to the one that took it. When leaving the car, overtaking it or getting into this car again the priority is lost. If two competing pairs move by the same car to the finish or check point, the pair that took the other one is considered to be the first even if the taken one overtakes it moving on foot. If between them an independent pair reaches the check point, the pair that took the other one loses its priority (A-B-C rule).


On running passages a pair that took the other one keeps it priority for 15 minutes from the moment of leaving the vehicle only in case of visual contact. Farther on these pairs move independently.


If a pair that took the other one leaves a vehicle for a short time (filling up, police) and gets into it again on the same position, such a pair keeps its priority. If two competing pairs move by two vehicles in a motorcade, the pair that was the last one to get into the vehicle is considered taken only if stopping of the second car was the result of the maneuvering of the first one. Otherwise such cars are considered independent and getting priority depends only upon the moment of leaving the cars.


All the above said is as well applied to cases if in a vehicle (motorcade) meet more than two pairs of competitors.




Finish moment is the moment when both members of a pair have touched the place of attaching the finish control tag on the finish point. Participants must attach the filled in control tag.


Time of passing the route is the time of pure moving (e.d. difference between the moments of finishing the route and calculated starting, minus the time spent on REST) plus time penalties.


If a pair finishes later than the deadline it is considered not to have managed and thus to have left the route upon free will.


Certain deadline of arrival is fixed for each stage.


Places are allocated with respect to the time of passing the route.




Any pair is entitled to stop competing and leave the route at any moment. If a pair has left the route it is required to record time and place of leaving as well as its reason. Such a pair is required to report the reason for leaving the route to the judges of the race. When passing a CP the pair that has left the route attaches a filled in control tag with the words “Left Game”. Places are not allocated among those pairs who left the route upon their free will.


In case of an enforced delay of a pair on the bases of sickness, need of medical care, detention by the authorities and other objective reasons that take place irrespectively of the will of the pair, such a pair is entitled to take “TIME OUT”, i.e. use the time allotted for rest between the current stage and the next one (since there is nothing like this on the last stage “emergency reserve” of 48 hours is created). TIME OUT can be taken only for time period divided by 24. The judges make decisions with respect to the rightfulness of using TIME OUT. In case of negative decision such time is qualified as active.


In case in a similar situation a pair continued moving, such lost time is compensated on.




The rules establish for everyone a unified sign of emergency stop – unmoving arms horizontally stretched in opposite directions. The sign of emergency stop can be used only in extreme situations and it requires any participant of the race to stop immediately.




In case of breaking these Rules the following penalties are envisaged:

  • multiple time penalty;
  • absolute time penalties;
  • removing from the route.


Multiple time penalties and absolute time penalties are imposed upon a pair in case of slight deviations from the Rules (based on being inattentive and alike), or in case of more serious violations if it is possible to avoid imposing the penalty of removing from the route.


Removing from the route is the extreme penalty and can be imposed in case of serious deliberate violations of the Rules. It presupposes removing from the race route from the moment of violation. In case several pairs are removed from the route places are not allocated among them.


Penalties are imposed by the judges after a pair has finished the route upon the results of studying racing logs, clearing up details of moving and evaluation of questionable situations. But penalties come into effect from the moment of violation.


Below violations are listed as well as penalties they entail. No other actions except for listed below can entail any penalties.


Violations entailing removal from the route:

  • Using any kind of public transport, including taxis;
  • Using own transport (rented including), as well as using front people and their vehicles;
  • Intentional misinformation of competitors;
  • Intentional removal of control tags of other pairs (equals to intentional misinformation);
  • Use of physical force towards competitors or drivers (except for cases of self-defense), as well as being aggressive and threatening them. Application of physical force between the members of a pair as well as towards strangers does not contradict the Rules;
  • Absence of a first-aid kit;
  • Intentional ignoring the signal of emergency stop;
  • Intentional hitching in another pair’s position and other intentional violations of Rules of Priority (including the moment of passing a semi finish), as well as incorrect changes in the hierarchy of priorities entailed by the above-said violations;
  • Dangerous hitching, that might cause an emergency situations or an accident;
  • Creating a situation that can threaten the life of the “led” member of a pair;
  • Keeping no racing log;
  • Separate moving of the members of a pair;
  • Consuming alcoholic drinks on the Route, including beer (except for rest time) and/or being drunk when hitching;
  • Absence of a control tag without any satisfactory explanations of reasons;
  • Serious cases of unsportsmanlike behavior.


Violations entailing absolute time penalties as well as multiple time penalties:

  • Dangerous hitching is punished by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours;
  • Giving the signal of emergency stop without any valid reason is punished by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours;
  • Creating situations that threaten the health of the “led” person of a pair is punished by absolute time penalty up to 8 hours;
  • Early start - entering the route before the announced start time — is punished by a five-fold time penalty or by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours;
  • Starting farther moving before the time of the last (undivided) part of REST is over, is punished by a five-fold time penalty or by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours;
  • Carelessness with respect to keeping racing log is punished by absolute time penalty up to 3 hours;
  • Hitching in another pair’s position and other violations of Rules of Priority happened due to a pair having been inattentive is punished by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours;
  • Intentional hitching in another pair’s position and other intentional violations of Rules of Positional Priority (including the moment of passing semi finish), as well as incorrect changes in the hierarchy of priorities entailed by the above-said violations is punished by absolute time penalty up to 10 hours;
  • Absence of a control tag without any satisfactory explanations of reasons is punished by absolute time penalty up to 10 hours;
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior (using nasty words, soiling vehicles and the route, etc.) is punished by absolute time penalty up to 5 hours.




“REST” certain amount of time allotted for a pair for rest. REST time can be divided by participants in an arbitrary way into certain number of parts that is defined by the Organizational Committee. REST time as well as the number of parts into which it can be divided can be defined either for each round or for the whole competition.


Starting and finishing moments of using certain part of REST must be recorded right away. Such data cannot be recorded later.


Unused REST time on a certain stage is added to the time when the pair finishes this stage, shifting it to a later one.


Upon recording the starting time of REST, a pair is not allowed to undertake any steps with respect to further movements on the route until the moment they record time of finishing REST.


While having REST participants are allowed to move in any direction and by any transport means (by hitch hiking, by public transport, by the transport of a judge). Although record with respect to finishing REST period must be entered in the same geographical point, where the record about its start was done. Within the time period of REST positional priorities are not maintained.


REST time can be used as well when passing the borders (REST-B) and using ferries (the usage of which is allowed beforehand) (REST-F).


REST-В can begin  at the moment of approaching the first customs/boundary point and can be finished upon passing the last one on the other side of the border.


REST-F can be taken when approaching the point of ferriage on the one side of a water body and can be finished upon getting to the other side. When using REST-В и REST-F, time for them is taken from the general REST time, but divided parts are not used.


Calculation of obligatory REST time between the stages starts from the moment when a pair arrives to the finish point as well as ending of the unused part of REST.




Judges, appointed by the Organizational Committee of the Global Race, carry out arbitration on all the stages.  Any judge can follow the race by hitch hiking or by private transport. Any judge can impose time penalties on a competing pair or remove it from the race if found breaking the Rules. Competing pairs may never ignore the sign given by a judge ordering it to stop. Judges always stop upon the sign of emergency stop given by participants.


Duties of a judge include:

  • watching that participants abide the Rules;
  • checking checkpoints as well as racing log;
  • providing help to the participants in case of necessity;
  • consulting participants with respect to the Rules, the route, as well as equipment;
  • making decisions with respect to penalties imposed in case of violating the Rules.


The judge is informed about all technical and tactical novelties that are not specified in the Rules; such information as well as information about moving of competitors is kept in secret by the judge. The judge must stop at a sign given by participants. Using the judge’s private transport as well as his help with hitching is forbidden.


If participants disagree with the decisions made by the judge they are allowed to appeal directly to the Organizational Committee of the Global Race. Decisions adopted by the Organizational Committee are final ones.




On the route accompanying crews may be present. The Organizational Committee of the Global Race defines numbers as well as participants of such crews.


Accompanying crews should ensure judicial and medical services for the participants, as well as informational services with respect to realization of the project. Such crews may include judges, medical stuff, and representatives of mass media.


Accompanying crews may use private transport, public transport as well as hitch hiking when moving along the route. Such crews must stop in case participants give the sign of emergency stop.




Rules are compiled in the Russian language and can be translated into other languages. In case of unconformity the Russian version has the priority.