ICE MARATHON Clean Water Preservation Run

Rules & terms


                "For Preservation of Clean Water"

                  XIII  edition on March 07, 2017

“For our world, consumed by egoistic aspiration, it is necessary to review and overcome all divides and antagonistic barriers on our way… To achieve optimistic scenario, of primary importance is the education of younger generation from “child’s pot”. Children should grow with understanding of the holiness of water, value of each water droplet that carries an element of life, contains the mind and memory of entire world...” - Professor Victor Dukhovny, World Water Council  Board Member .


 The XIII edition of Baikal Ice Marathon is included into the list of main events of the Year of Ecology and Nature Preserves of the Russian Federation in 2017 


           XIII   Baikal Ice Marathon Statutes & Rules

1. The Baikal Ice Marathon is aimed at:

- Ecologically sustainable development of Lake Baikal area,

- Promotion of responsible tourism and healthy mode of life in Lake Baikal area;

 2. Organizer     

XIII edition of Baikal Ice Marathon foot race (hereinafter referred to as “BIM”) is organized by "Absolute Siberia” Ltd. under coordination with Irkutsk Regional Emergency & Rescue services. Race Director: Mr. Alexei Nikiforov.

 3. Date, time, course, place of holding of BIM

The BIM foot race will take place on March, 07, 2017 on Lake Baikal. Depending on ice conditions and those of the race course, the starting line of the Baikal Ice Marathon will be located either in the settlement of Listvyanka on the western shore of Lake Baikal or  near the stations of Tankhoy or Pereyomnaya on the eastern shore of Baikal. Final location of the starting point and time of BIM start shall be indicated a day before the commencement of BIM.

4. Distances of BIM

Full marathon – 42 km 195 m; half marathon – 21 km;

5. Admittance and Participation  

5.1. Admitted to participate in and run the course of the BIM are those physically fit being 18 years or older, who paid this BIM package fee, undertsand and agrees with the BIM Rules,  and who possess:

5.1.1. former experience of running  full   marathon distance within  4.5 hours’ time limit and half marathon distance – within 3 hours’ time limit  ( such running results must date back not earlier than 5 years before applying for the BIM). 

5.1.2. applicants whose previous long distance running results are more than indicated above, or runners who have experienceof running distance shorter than 21 km,  can take part in the XIII BIM footrace only if purchasing 6-days BIM acclimatization &  Training to Run on Ice  course preceding the XIII  BIM.  

5.2. Registration procedure

 5.2.1. In order to be registered as the BIM runner one has to apply for participation filling in pre-registration form, indicating one’s long distance running experience and providing official protocols that can testify such a former running experience  (the last foot race a runner took part prior the BIM should not be earlier than 3 years before the XIII  BIM commencement).

Filled in on-line application has to be sent to the e-mail of Organizer: . The application form has to be fully completed; incomplete or inexact filling in the form can result in failure to be finally admitted to and run in the BIM.  The BIM Organizing Committee will not accept or consider any applications  not containing/indicating  direct, easy to find web-links to the footraces protocols that can clearly show both name of the runner and his/her running result. The applications containing only the name of the event or only its general web-site, will not be accepted or replied.

If an applicant provides false information as regards previous running experience in the application form, and once such information becomes clear to the Organizing Committee, such an applicant will  not be admitted to the BIM.

5.2.2. After considering the application form sent by a runner, the Organizer (“Absolute Siberia Ltd.) will reply the runner with notification that he/she either succeeded in pre-registration or failed to go through the pre-registration. In case of refusal to pre-register the applicant as a potential runner in the BIM, the Organizing Committee reserves the right not to accept any complaints from such an applicant and stop any further correspondence with this applicant.   

5.2.3. If a runner’s  BIM application was accepted and this runner was pre-registered for the BIM race, the runner will be notified thereof, and informed when he/she will receive the invoice for the issue of payment for the BIM runner package of the runner’s choice. Upon receipt of the BIM invoice, payment as per the invoice shall be made by the pre-registered runner within 10 days after receipt of the invoice. In case, the above payment is not made by the runner during the indicated time period, the Organizer will without any prior notification cancel pre-registration of such a runner and pass the previously reserved space of this runner to another applicant who had applied later than the registration deadline, but may qualify for the BIM (same terms and payment conditions will apply).  The Organizer may also notify the runner who successfully passed through pre-registration that he/she can be invoiced by an authorized agent of the BIM for the participation in the BIM. The runners should not issue any payment to any of possible agents before the receipt of the confirmation from the Organizer that the BIM Organizer authorizes such an agent.

5.2.4. The issue of payment as per clause 5.2.3. for the BIM runner package by the pre-registered runner is regarded both as this runner’s registration at the BIM foot race and the runner’s full agreement with the present statutes and terms of the BIM.

 5.3. The number of the runners in the XIII edition of BIM is limited to 200 persons. Depending upon availability of running space of the BIM, and once the limit of running space is reached the Organizer reserves the right to stop registration any time before the above indicated deadline.  

 6. BIM foot race rules.

6.1. Control/cut off time for the full marathon distance is six and a half hours, half marathon distance – four hours.

6.2. The full marathon and half marathon runners who fail to cross the 21 km mark point of the BIM course in  4   hours after the start are disqualified,  and have to get off the BIM ice course , get on hovercraft,  snow mobile or any other BIM support vehicle admitted to serve the BIM course for further transportation to the corresponding shore.

 6.3. At any times when a judge or physician of the Baikal Ice Marathon or  BIM emergency and rescue or , support  team members state a runner is evidently unable to continue foot race or meet the BIM course deadline/cut off  time terms, such a runner must on request immediately stop running, remove the start number and move to the available vehicle for a further transfer to the finish line.

6.4. Once the BIM starting line is on the western shore (in Listvyanka), runners in the BIM, after completing their distance, and reaching the finish line at the eastern shore, should   upon first request of the judge/ any of the BIM organizing committee, and within 10 minutes after such a notice take seat in the indicated vehicle for a transfer back to the start line/ opposite shore of Baikal. Those who do not follow such a request will immediately be disqualified, and then take their transfer to the start line/opposite shore of Baikal in the last turn (after the last BIM runner finishes the BIM).

6.5. Final admittance to the ice course of the BIM shall take place on the starting day of the BIM and in accordance with the BIM Pre-start standing order (see Cl. 13).

6.6. Runners showing visible signs of  alcohol intoxication, drug or dope use, whose behavior is beyond the bounds of decency/common sense law  (euphoria, poor coordination, memory loss, slurred speech, confusion, impaired balance, loss of muscle coordination, evident rudeness/aggressiveness), who refuse or fail to follow orders/requests  of the Organizers  before, at the start or after the start  shall immediately be disqualified. No any complaints shall be accepted or refunds made, in such cases.

6.7. Anyone ejected from the BIM or disqualified due to the reasons indicated in clauses 6.4., 6.6.will be automatically excluded or suspended from any of the next editions of BIM (depending upon the severity of the connected action).

6.8. Individual start number of the runners of BIM should be placed and well fixed on the runner’s chest. If a runner, at the start or during the BIM, fails to have the start number or it is not properly fixed on the chest disabling the marathon judges or anyone from the support team to clearly see the start number on the runner’s chest, the judge will have the right not to register the result of such a runner that will eventually lead to the runner’s disqualification.  

6.9. A runner who withdraw himself from or falls out of the BIM footrace because of any reason must take off his/her bib, and then at earliest convenience report to the judge at the finish line. 

6.10. In order to provide outmost safety of all runners, avoid possible results drawing mistakes, a BIM runner  admitted to the BIM footrace is not allowed to change the BIM distance he/she  previously applied for and was registered.

7.  BIM Financing, Participation Cost, Cancellation  

7.1. The funds made available by the Organizer to hold the BIM cover organizational  costs of the BIM such as salaries, application processing & operational costs, expenditures for laying, keeping  and marking the BIM  course on the ice and its checking,  transportation of  participants to the BIM starting line,  support and safety team direct costs, judges work , use of hovercrafts or any other vehicles that can be used for safe transfer on the ice, feed stations  operation, start numbers and award fund -  cups, medals, certificates, rent of the conference hall for the award ceremony, first aid medical insurance; accommodation and meals as a part of the 2-days runner package.

7.2. The cost of participation at the BIM for the Russian runners (citizens of Russian Federation) is lower than the cost applied to the foreign runners thanks to the extra funds the Organizer raises from sponsorship sources and/or its own funds available to support the Russian runners, minimize their registration, and start fee.

7.3. The cost of participation / running in the BIM for the foreign runners is fixed in the amount of the BIM basic runner package cost and is:

7.3.1. - EURO 565 per each runner who runs BIM distance of 42 or 21 km. This cost includes registration and start fee, 2 nights’ accommodation on twin room sharing basis with 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners (including Award Reception party), arrival transfer March,06, 2017 from the airport to the ccommodation facility near the start line of BIM, and departure transfer from the hotel to the airport on March,08,2017, as well as transfer to the BIM starting line on the day of its commencement ( single room supplement -EURO 98 per person; 1 runner accompanying person cost sharing room with the runner - 270 euro).  Other participation terms and costs can apply to late applicants. 

7.3.2. – EURO 1245 per each runner accepted for the BIM training course (special 6-days “BIM Training to Run”  package . The cost of this package is same for foreign and Russian nationals (to see the program click ).

7.4. In case if a registered runner due to any reason cancels his/her participation in the BIM, or fails to timely arrive to the start because of own personal fault or any  reason not dependent on the Organizer , the amount paid by such a runner to the Organizer is not refundable.

8. Drink and feed stations.  The BIM Course, weather and recommendations  

8.1. Drink and feed points en route the BIM course shall be located at 10, 15, 21,28,35,39 km mark points. The feed & drink ration includes tea, non-gas water, nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, cheese. The feed stations/point logistics and intervals though can slightly be changed depending on the BIM course conditions the night before the Baikal Ice Marathon commencing.  If such a change occurs, the participants of the BIM shall be informed thereof at the pre-start registration/briefing or even at the starting line.

8.2. Near the eastern shore,  the BIM course can be covered with fresh layer of snow (from 15 to 25 cm thick and up to 500 m long); in some places that are closer to the western shore there can be sections of open/naturally polished ice surface from 35 m to 400 m long; in other places there can be fields of so-called “kolobovnik” – sections of the «pan” or “plated” ice with granular tops of blurred color , frozen in the surface, which represent significant difficulty to run or even walk smoothly and require carefulness in fast moving on them.

         Lake Baikal has about 20 general and locally formed winds, and weather here is notoriously difficult to predict. The wind can be very changeable: blow in the race direction as well as into the runners’ backs or at a low height (south-eastern wind). Under the low air pressure, local Siberian “khius”-wind can blow, which being though not very strong, is very biting and piercing. Considering the wind chill, sharp gusts of the “khius”-wind even with – 10-Celsius can at sometimes freeze one’s face during the run or penetrate to one’s body through any of tiny openings or holes in sports wear cloths. During the last three editions of BIM, after 13:00 / 30-km course mark  the Angara wind– a stable strong transverse wind would start blowing , that can significantly  cool down the body of already tired athlete streaming with perspiration. It is very important to make sure that you can stay warm, dry and wind proven in just about any conditions. “Pack up” your body the most appropriate way for the run but in safe, cold wind protecting manner. Make sure your entire body is well protected

      .  The average air temperature range in the 1-st decade of March in the area of Baikal Ice Marathon course: from – 14 below zero to – 27 below (eastern shore) Centigrade near the starting line and at time of starting, from – 7 down to – 14 in the middle of the Baikal Ice course, from – 12 up to + 1 Centigrade closer to the western shore after 02 p.m.  

8.3. Exposed skin will freeze quickly in below zero temperatures.. Runners are strongly recommended to have:

-The Inner Layer  that  adheres to your body fairly closely, and should be of a material that is moisture resistant.. This inner layer should pass the moisture away from the body to the middle layer of clothing ( Inner clothing of  DryLete, Polypropylene, CoolMax and Thermax are o’k).

- The Middle layer that can insulate  the body as much as possible and is capable of absorbing the inner layers moisture and pass the moisture out ward.  Popular insulation materials include fleece, a synthetic fabric that dries quickly and maintains its insulating ability This insulating layer should be loose enough to trap air between layers, but not so heavy that it restricts movement; your insulating layer should fit comfortably, offering you maximum range of motion for your workout.

 - Running jackets should be insulated, and your outer Layer is a shell to protect you from the wind and, at the same time, it should be ventilated to allow escaping moisture to be evaporated. Fleece or a pile smock will be much better than belay jackets which quickly get very sweaty.

 In cold temperatures (-20 C or lower), you can layer a wicking inner layer of tights with an outer windproof layer of track pants (Tights should be under a windproof layer).  I

- in order to  protect the exposed face areas from frostbite with strong wind blowing right into your face and high chill factor ( that happens regularly during the BIM footrace) use Kinesio tape or regular athletic tape putting  strips of it on your cheek bones and down your nose  (duct tape will work too but can be painful to pull off);

- have a fog free/anti-fog balaclava on,

- Goggles Anti-fog Windproof Eyewear, wind proof light jacket, 2 layers of thin wool underwear

- use long distance running shoes with carbide spikes like IceBug or any solid alloy crampons twisted in soles in order to provide for maximum cohesion, better stability and safety while running on ice;

- Lined gloves, or double pair with under poly pro, down mittens, Outer Goretex mittens (goretex and  polypropylene cloths are an aid to keeping your body warm and dry. Note, that mittens can keep your hands warmer than gloves. Make sure there is no gap between your jacket and mitten that heat can escape from and that misery can seep into) . The wicking action of polypropylene is excellent. Goretex being a breathing fabric is the ideal outer layer, and may help keep you more comfortable than nylon which does not breathe and may contribute to excess perspiration).

- Wear wicking, dry socks.


Running Shoes

 Concerning types/brands of running shoes or ice grips, we do  avoid indicating any  brands exactly, since one can never know until the last  night, preceeding the BIM,  how  icy polished or snowy the course of the BIM  can be. . To those runners  who are  not  aimed at fast running result, but aim    to smoothly run their distance within cut-off  time , we do recommend to wear    good off-road/trail  running shoes with deeper  trail   outsoles that have wide  support  toe area ,  offer  deeper lugs and more aggressive    tread patterns to  boost your stability either on ice or snow.

 To those runners who want to use ice spikes  on their running shoe soles, we    recommend the ice spikes  with extra wide washer for better stability on the sole of the   shoe added along with locking serrations that firmly engage the rubber sole to  prevent  loosening of the device. Sharpened edge incorporated for simply the best  traction  available. See below two soles with spikes ( heavy duty snow & ice cleats) .  One can  simply  use  sheet metal screws with hex heads which are awesome  because the  head on them has a lip that really grips well on ice. Here one can see  how to insert the screws:


8.4. BIM runners not following the above recommendations and who  at the start line of BIM will not have any suitable protection of their  face and hands will be disqualified, and not admitted to run the BIM  race. No any refunds shall be paid.

 9. Awards  

Winners of the BIM (full marathon and half-marathon distances both in male and female groups) will be awarded with Baikal Ice Marathon-2017 Winner Cups and medals. 2-nd and 3-rd place winners shall be awarded with Baikal Ice Prize Cups and medals. Each finisher will receive BIM medal, T-shirt and a certificate of the BIM achievement.

Some other testimonial awards such as the Cup of Baikal Ice Appreciation, Baikal Ice Partner Cup and commemorative medals of Baikal Ice Marathon-2017 for the notable performance during the foot race can l be awarded to runners chosen by the   Organizing Committee members.

All the BIM runners who finish their marathon distance within the control time shall be awarded with commemorative medals of the Baikal Ice Marathon and certificates.

 10. Conservation of Clean Waters  

Baikal Ice Marathon is held on the frozen waters of southern Lake  Baikal – the world’s deepest, largest in volume (22 % of the world’s surface water) and oldest – over 20 million years - freshwater lake that supports unique animal and plant life (¾ are endemic species) . Well of the Planet Earth, Sacred Sea, Siberia’s Pearl or Treasure of the World are few of the names that respectfully and with reverence refer to Lake Baikal. And in first turn, the Baikal is a live body of Great Water - the beginning and the continual of life on Earth.

Throughout entire run in the Baikal Ice Marathon or stay on the shore of the sacred Baikal we urge not to throw away on to the surface any piece of rubbish and anything at all, keeping in mind both cleanness of water and landscape’s natural beauty.

One can leave the rubbish, used cans, cups etc. at any  of the feed stations on the Baikal Ice course, give it away to any one from the Baikal Ice Marathon support or rescue team,  or carry with you until you encounter any of the latter. Disqualification can be applied as  punishment for those who violate the above request.

11. Safety

Safety of the runners during the Baikal Ice Marathon will be ensured by the Baikal Regional Rescue and Accident Service staff, use of the hovercrafts, availability of doctor and .  Each of the runners will also be provided with personal medical insurance valid from start and until the finish of the Baikal Ice Marathon.

12. Preliminary/brief schedule of the BIM  and BIM runner basic package

12.1. Full marathon and half marathon runners (basic 3 days/2-night runner package) schedule:

 - March,06, 2017 – between 08:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. all runners gather at the Irkutsk airport for a transfer to the hotels located near the BIM fixed start. Upon arrival – check in  at the hotels followed by pre-start briefing and start numbers distribution. 19:30 – pasta dinner. Overnight.

- March, 07, 2017 – after breakfast pre-start zone gathering of runners for transfer to the BIM stating line. Start of the BIM accordingly. Before 18:30 – end of the BIM culminating with award ceremony and reception dinner.

- March, 08, 2017 – group transfers of the runners back to Irkutsk.  

12.2.  21 km and 42 km runners (admitted to run in the BIM after undergoing through of the BIM Training to Run course    schedule:

-   March,03, 2017 –- 12:00 –meet at the airport for further transfer to the BIM training lodge locate near Baikalsk with lunch en route. Upon arrival – checking in at the hotel  followed by a briefing lecture on the training course schedule and features. After dinner – a lecture on Lake Baikal eco-system peculiarities.. 

- March,04-March,06, 2017 – 3 days of training course program under expert guiding of experienced marathon runner. Preparation for the admittance to the start in the BIM and training these days will include series of short and longer runs in the taiga-woods and on the ice of Lake Baikal ( blood pressure measured after each run) combined with acclimatization sessions to achieve good balance of  myogenic tonus – skiing the Sable Mountain downhill at the alpine center, warming up at the Ice Steam bath.. Every evening – presentations and lectures.

- March, 07, 2017 – after breakfast pre-start zone gathering of runners transfer to the BIM stating line. Start of the BIM accordingly. Before 15:30 – end of the BIM culminating with award ceremony and reception dinner.

- March, 08, 2017 – transfer of the runners back to Irkutsk (on request your stay can be prolonged or an ptional tour program can be arranged  on prior request).   

13. Pre-start standing order of the BIM

13.1. The pre-start zone of the BIM is at accommodation facilities  where runners will stay on March,06,2017.

13.2. BIM start line is to be fixed  one day before the BIM commencement.

13.3. Pre-start registration and briefing, distribution of BIM start numbers shall take place at the hotels the runners will stay on March,06,2017 from 17:00 to 19:00.  

13.4. During the pre-start registration together with the start numbers/bibs each BIM runner will receive a plastic bag having an attached tag with a number that corresponds to the runners’ start number/bib and his/her distance in the BIM. This plastic bag with a number tag attached is to be used by a runner before the race begins on March, 07, 2017, to put in the change cloths that a runner may require after finishing the distance of the BIM race on March,07,2017. The overall weight of the cloths should not exceed 3 kilos. We urge you to refrain from putting any other items, belongings, valuables other than change cloths. The BIM Organizer shall not bear any responsibility for any loss of your other belongings put into the change cloth plastic bag   by the runner in violation of the present clause term.

13.5. Runners should be at the pre-start zone (hotel lobbies) at 08:20 a.m. on March, 07, 2017.

13.6. Before boarding the transport vehicles for a transfer to the starting line runners should put their start numbers on, have them well fixed  and clearly visible on their chest; and be prepared for getting on their vehicles assigned to them for a transfer to the starting line. .  

13.7. Boarding the transport vehicles to the starting line is to begin at 08:30 a.m.( if not advised other during the briefing on March,06,2017).  Each runner is to board the vehicle he/she  will be assigned to in accordance with the boarding name list. The runners will be notified of the details of their transport assignment list during the briefing on March,06,2017. The BIM runners will have to strictly follow the details of this transport boarding list. Accurate and correct vehicle boarding by the runners at the pre-start zone is regarded to be an integral part of the final admittance to the start of the BIM.      

13.8. Runners who fail to arrive to the per-start zone and board the above mentioned assigned vehicles in time shall be removed from the BIM race and disqualified, and no complains or refunds shall be accepted or done by the Organizer.   

13.09. Upon arrival at the start line and before getting off their transfer vehicles runners are requested to take their plastic bags with personal change cloths and put them into the transport vehicle/hovercrafts as below:

-  full BIM  runners – hovercraft vehicle  #1,

-  half BIM  runners – hovercraft vehicle #3,

13.10. After arrival to the start line all runners will be invited to get off the transfer vehicles, and walk to the start line. Near the start line, runners shall be kindly then requested to show their reverence for Baikal: using a ring finger sprinkle the milk from the cups in to 4 sides of the Earth and drink the remaining content; or alternatively after the sprinkling just put the milk to the lips and then gently emptying the rest out on to the ice. A couple of minutes after this reverence for Baikal ancient ritual the sound from the handy loud speaker will mark the start of the XIII  edition of Baikal Ice Marathon “For preservation of clean water”.

13.11. Runners must follow the BIM official announcer/ referees’ instructions at the pre-start zone and at the start line. Runners whose conduct at the pre-start zone or at the start line disturbs the time schedule and general order will be removed from the start and disqualified.  

14. Official languages

The official languages of the Baikal Ice Marathon are Russian and English languages.

15. Final conclusion

15.1. Aimed at providing maximum safety and comfort of the runners during the BIM, the Organizer reserves the right to change time and place, order of the activities/ measures in the BIM.15.2. The present BIM Statutes and Rules in no way can be regarded as an obligation of the Organizer to approve or confirm any person for participation in the BIM.                            

SPECIAL NOTE: No any film crew, individual cameramen or photographers alike may attend the course of BIM for filming and photography of runners without written permission of the BIM Organizing Committee. Any cameramen/photographers admitted to the BIM ice course for filming/photography should have a BIM badge with BIM stamp and signed by the BIM Race Director, with registered number of the BIM on it.