• 1. Organisation and concept

The Circolo degli Ufficiali Bellinzona (the Officers’ circle of Bellinzona) organises an international military sport competition under the heading “Military Cross Bellinzona”.
The competition is a relay biathlon race characterised by 4 legs (to be run, as a whole, by 3 runners and 1 biker) and some testing posts, respectively at the end of the 1st and the 2nd leg, as indicated under paragraph 4.
Each team, to be formed by 4 members, must cut the finish line with the baton that will be provided at the start of the first leg. Within the individual category, the participants will run all the four legs without having to attend any tests.

  • 2. Categories

Both men and women may participate in the competition within the following categories:
A – Military units and troops corps, recruits’ and cadres’ schools, Military Security formations, military and paramilitary associations;
B – Associations and sporting groups;
C – Police, border guards, firemen, civil protection formations;
D – Individuals (men and women), without any tests to be attended;
E – Women team.
F – Junior (until 18 years old)

  • 3. Distance and rules for the single legs

The start will be ordered to groups of participants at short intermediate intervals to be decided by the competition’s management. The starting order will be drawn on the day prior to the race. The participants who will not present themselves at the start at the foreseen time will have to start after the last group. The participants are responsible for their own safety and must pay the required attention to the persons or the things that may be met on their way during the competition. The participants must follow the track indicated by the organisation; failure to do so will imply disqualification. The participants are responsible for reaching autonomously their respective changeover zones.

    • 3.1 Leg I – Piazza del Sole – Saleggi, runner

      The team’s first runner receives the baton at the start. No batons are foreseen for the individual category. Before the changeover, with the exception of the individual category, the runner must attend a test involving the launch of a fake hand grenade according to the indications under paragraph 4.

    • 3.2 Leg II – Saleggi – High School (Liceo), biker

      The participants covering the 2nd leg must use their own mountain bike and wear a bike helmet (that will be checked by the competition’s management).
      The competitions’ track is, in principle, closed to the motor traffick; the participants are nonetheless required to pay the necessary attention to pedestrians, bikers and vehicles that may be possibly met on their way. The leg foresees an off-road passage. Prior to the changeover the biker must shoot at a targetĀ  (see para. 4). The rifleĀ  will be available on site . The shooting technique is free.

    • 3.3 Leg III – High School (Liceo) – Sasso Corbaro, runner

      The runner runs through all the three castles following the indicated track.

    • 3.4 Leg IV – Sasso Corsaro – Piazza del Sole, runner

      The runner must pay particular attention on the downhill and the road. For safety reasons he/she shall constantly run on the pavement.
      At the finish, with the exception of the individual category, the baton must be re-handed over.

  • 4. Special tests
    • 4.1 Legs I e II

      The participants covering the 1st and the 2nd leg must respectively attend a test requiring the launch of a fake hand grenade and shooting with a rifle. The material for these tests (including the weapon) will be provided on site by the Organising Committee.

    • 4.2 Baton and penalties

      The participant will hand over the baton to the person in charge of the test post and will only be allowed to make one attempt. The participant that will have hit the target will recollect the baton and continue the competition; otherwise the participant will have to cover a (marked) supplementary distance prior to recollecting the baton and handing in over to the next relay team’s member.

    • 4.3 Hit targets

      Targets are considered to be hit if:
      – the fake hand grenades land within or hit the internal part of the target area
      – shooting: the automatic target lowers

    • 4.4 Training

      On the competition’s day the participants may train the launching of the fake grenade and the shooting within the hours foreseen in the competition’s programme.

  • 5. Competing gear
    • 5.1 During the competition, per category

      Sporting gear for everybody in all categories
      Sport shoes are admitted in all categories.

    • 5.2 For the awarding ceremony

      Ceremony uniform for military formations and corps representing institutions (categories A and C).
      Uniform gear for teams participating in other categories.

  • 6. Timing
    • 6.1 Overall timing

      The overall timing is calculated from the start to the finish. The rank will be assessed on the basis of the overall timing. The maximum overall timing allowed is decided by the organising committee.

    • 6.2 Timing at the test posts

      The time spent at the test posts is considered for the calculation of the overall time.

    • 6.3 Timing of each leg

      For the teams and the individual category the leg’s timing is calculated at the passage indicated at the changeover areas.

  • 7. Disqualification

The team will be disqualified in the following cases:
– if the baton is not being re-consigned at the finish.
– in the event of other breaches of these racing rules.
The sanctions are decided by the jury, who is the guarantor of the application of the present racing rules and who is the competent authority to decide in case of disagreements about its application. There is not right of appeal against the jury’s decision.

  • 8. Claims

All claims must be notified in written form to the jury at the latest 30 minutes prior to the end of the competing event. The jury’s decision is final.

  • 9. Food and drink supplies

The Organising Committee will provide food an energy drinks at the start, at the finish and at each changeover area. After the awarding ceremony the Organising Committee will offer a standing dinner to all those participants and supporters that will have applied via the registration form.

  • 10. Health service

A team of doctors and qualified personnel will be guaranteed along the whole racing track via efficient radio network. All accidents must be reported to the competition’s management. The report must indicate the following data: family name, name, date of birth, address of the injured person and a brief description of the accident.

  • 11. Insurance coverage

The participants who are members/former members of the Swiss armed forces are covered by the Military Insurance. Those who do not fulfil this condition are personally responsible for their necessary individual insurance coverage. The clothing and personal gear are not covered by the insurance. All the staff members and the infrastructures used during the competition are covered by a special insurance stipulated by the Organising committee.

  • 12. Registration

The registration fee is decided by the Organising Committee. The registration fee includes the final reception, but neither meals nor overnight stays. The registrations and the fee payments must reach the Organising Committee within the deadline decided by the Organising Committee before the competition (see the registration form).

  • 13. Particular rules

The present racing rules are drafted in Italian, German, French and English. In case of divergences the Italian version applies.