Regulation 2024

    It is important that you understand all the dangers involved with competitions such as this. You take part at your own risk. Following the regulations goes only part way to forestalling the problems you will find yourself up against. It is your own responsibility to assess the risks involved and prepare for the challenge you are taking on. For your own safety, it is essential that you are fully aware of your own capacities and your own limits. Being prepared to drop out of the race shows a responsible attitude.

    The TRISCELE TRAILERS amateur sports club organises the CURSA500™ – CURSA DI CICLOPI.

    CURSA500™ – CURSA DI CICLOPI. is a foot race in a natural environment, running along paths, dirt tracks and paved roads in North-Eastern Sicily, between the provinces of Palermo, Enna, Catania and Messina.

    The race is run in a single, free-speed stage within a limited time, in conditions of semi-self-sufficiency.

    The racecourse starts at sea level, includes sections at higher altitudes, reaching elevations of over 2800 meters, where the presence of snowfields cannot be ruled out, alternating with lower-altitude sections.

    Runners should anticipate encountering various weather conditions between aid stations, both during the day and at night. The choice of clothing and all necessary gear is therefore influenced by these specific characteristics.

    Rigorous training and a personal capacity for autonomy are imperative pre-requisites if you are planning to compete in this race.

    A route of approx. 500 km with a positive gain of approx. 20,000 m crossing the territory of 50 municipalities, starting and finishing in Cefalù.

    The race is self-supported. Along the course, there are 19 affiliated accommodations and 4 Life Bases. No additional markings are provided beyond the official regional signage. Runners must use their own satellite navigation devices for orientation.

    The GPS navigator is a safety tool for personal protection. It is essential to master its usage in all its functionalities, especially in extreme conditions such as low visibility, bad weather, nighttime, unmarked trails, etc.

    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation and the proper clothing and equipment required can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences!

    If you take part, it is imperative:

    • to be fully aware of the unusual length and peculiarities of the race;

    • to be thoroughly prepared, both physically and mentally;

    • that prior to the race you equip yourself for total self-reliance in the mountains, so that you can handle any problems involved with this type of endurance trial, in particular:

      • coping alone and in isolation with the physical and psychological problems of extreme fatigue, gastro-intestinal upsets, muscle and joint pain, minor cuts and injuries, etc.;

      • managing altitude and weather conditions that could potentially cause extreme difficulty (darkness, strong wind, freezing temperatures, fog, rain and snow) without any help;

      • understanding that the Organisation’s role is not to help a runner manage the normal problems that can arise and that safety, especially in such a demanding race, depends on one’s ability to self-manage in even extreme situations.

      • being aware that withdrawing the race is a demonstration of responsibility and can be the best choice in case of adversity.

    ITRA classifies trail races according to their level of difficulty.

    Understanding the difficulty of a trail race allows runners to select the race that best suits their needs and better prepare for it.

    ITRA race evaluations provide runners with ratings that are consistent throughout the world.

    The ITRA uses a ratified method to calculate the difficulty level of a race; the method is based on the notion of ‘Km-effort’.

    The total “Km-effort” of a race is calculated taking into account both distance and altitude difference.



    ITRA points


    Mountain Points


    People of all genders who are at least 20 years old at the time of registration can participate (categories from Seniors to Veterans). There are no specific restrictions for registration, but it is strongly recommended that participants have previous experience in other endurance-class trails (200km or more), preferably of the orienteering type, especially those spanning multiple days.
    The registration fee is set at € 1380.00.

    The registration fee includes all the services described in this regulation, the official race kit, the pre-race pasta party, the aid stations and services at affiliated accommodations, the Life Bases along the course, emergency assistance in case of injury, potential return transportation to the Cefalù Life Base, the transport of the official personal bag from one Life Base to the next, and the ASI insurance card.

    The race has a limited number of participants. The maximum number of bibs available is 200.
      Before you can register, you must first pre-register on the VDA Trailers website. It is advisable to pre-register on the website before the registration period begins. Users who are already registered must update their details before registration begins; it will be too late to do so after. If you have forgotten your password, please request a new one; do not create a new profile. If you create a second profile, any priority treatment you are eligible for will be cancelled (e.g. draw coefficients, runner rotation, etc.). When you register on the website you will be required to disclose your personal details; it is a criminal offence in Italy to give false information.
      Registrations will be open from October 15, 2023, until March 15, 2024.

      Runners must complete the online registration form in its entirety and proceed with the payment.

      After successful payment confirmed by the online payment interbank service, the registration will be recorded as complete in the Organization’s database, and the participant’s name will be displayed on the list of registered participants.

      A confirmation email will be sent to the provided email address at the time of registration.

      Only registrations with successfully processed payments confirmed by the international credit card payment system will be considered valid. The Organization disclaims any responsibility regarding the acceptance of online payments.

      Every participant must sign a consent form in which they acknowledge their awareness of the challenges of the race and commit to bringing all the necessary equipment to safely complete the event.

      The consent form can be accessed through the participant’s personal profile on the website and must be completed online no later than March 15, 2024.

      To participate, it is mandatory to provide a valid competitive sports medical certificate for the entire duration of the race. The documents must be uploaded to the participant’s personal profile on the website, no later than March 15, 2024. Failure to upload the certificate by the specified date will result in the cancellation of the registration. No refunds will be issued to the participant.
      • Italian Athletes
        Italian athletes must upload a certificate issued by a sports medicine doctor attesting to their suitability for competitive athletics.
      • Italian Residents Abroad
        They can fill out and upload the form available here:
      • Foreign Athletes
        They must fill out and upload the form available here:
    • Certificates will not be accepted at the start of the race.
    TRISCELE TRAILERS SSD is a non-profit organisation. Proceeds from the corporate business are invested in sports activities. Organising sporting events is an extremely demanding process involving a great many activities and requiring resources to meet fixed costs (salaries, rental of office premises and warehouses, maintenance of equipment, service and utility charges, subscriptions to external services such as press reviews, logistics costs, etc.). This means that any registration fees paid can only be reimbursed strictly within the stipulated limits and in the cases listed below:
      1. The organization reserves the right to unilaterally cancel the race by February 28, 2024, if the minimum conditions required for the event cannot be met. In this case, the registration fees will be fully refunded. However, any additional expenses incurred by the participant in anticipation of the race are not eligible for a refund.
      2. In the event that the race is cancelled due to force majeure beyond the control of the organisation, the proportion of the registration fee to be refunded will be determined as follows:

        % refund

        before 1 January 2024


        between 1 January and 31 January 2024


        between 1 February and 28 February 2024


        after 28 February 2024

        no refund

        Refunds will only be made on submission of the appropriate request form completed by the runner, which will be provided by the organisation.

        CAUTION! Requests for refunds due to race cancellation received after 30 June 2023 will not be accepted.

      1. Ordinary Refund
        The Organization will grant a 50% refund of the paid registration fee for serious and documented health reasons or serious and unforeseeable personal reasons at the time of registration. To request a refund, it is necessary to send an email to Refund requests received after March 15, 2024, will not be processed.
      2. Refund Protect Program by Protect Group
        At the time of registration, participants have the option to protect their registration fee with the Refund Protect Program offered by Protect Group, in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the contract signed by VDA TRAILERS.
        Please note that this service comes at an additional cost and is not included in the registration fee. Subscription to the program is optional.

        It’s important to emphasize that it will be the sole responsibility of the registered participant to directly contact the administrator of the Refund Protect program for any refund requests, and no further expenses will be incurred by VDA TRAILERS SSDrl or Triscele Trailers SSDrl.

        In this regard, the following information is provided: we offer advanced refund terms on all our registrations. If you are unable to participate in the event due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for a refund. Please carefully review our Terms and Conditions available at this link:
        To request a refund, use the link provided in the registration confirmation email.

      IMPORTANT: The two types of refund cannot be combined. If you subscribe to the Refund Protect program by the Protect Group (11.b.ii) you waive your entitlement to Ordinary refund (11.b.i).
    4. Refunds will not be made for any other eventualities.
      Bibs are handed personally to runners on presentation of a photo ID.

      Two bibs will be issued: one to be worn in a visible position on the chest or stomach at all times, and one to be attached to the backpack.

      Bibs allow runners free access to shuttles, buses, refreshment areas, treatment rooms, rest rooms, showers, bags, etc.

    • CHIPS
      Along with the bib, a numbered bracelet for timing via smartphone checkpoints will be provided, which must be worn on the wrist.

      Before the start, every runner must mandatory pass through the entrance gates to the closed starting area to get registered.

      It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure they have been accurately timed at each checkpoint.

    Each participant will be provided with a GPS locator to be externally attached to the backpack and returned at the finish line. A deposit of €100.00 (in cash) will be required upon device delivery, which will not be refunded if the locator is not returned.

    The GPS tracker allows the Organization to track the runner’s position along the course. It is a satellite-based tracking system primarily designed to ensure safety by sending alerts (in case of emergencies). The location data is not as precise as that of a GPRS locator because positions are transmitted by the satellite constellation. Nevertheless, this system enables tracking runners in areas with no coverage, ensuring their safety.

    It’s not perfect and may have difficulties transmitting points in densely forested or deep areas, but it’s the only system capable of transmitting so many points on routes like CURSA500™ – CURSA DI CICLOPI.

    The GPS tracker does not replace the GPS navigator that the runner must carry to follow the trail.

    The GPS tracker allows the public to track the runner’s progress on an interactive map.

    It’s the responsibility of the runner to turn on and verify the operation and charge of the device before the start and upon exiting each checkpoint, following the instructions provided by the organization. The organization can be contacted during the race through the rescue number printed on the bib.


    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation and the proper clothing and equipment required can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences!

    Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous in terms of safety, subsistence and equipment between refreshment stops. It also includes the ability to handle and manage any issues that may arise (bad weather, physical problems, injuries, etc.).

    The race’s website provides daily weather forecasts to enable runners to assess the type of clothing and equipment required to continue the race safely. In the presence of particular conditions, the organization reserves the right to require runners to equip themselves with specific gear (e.g., crampons for icy sections, heavy clothing, etc.).


    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation and the proper clothing and equipment required can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences!

    Every runner must carry the necessary equipment for safely facing the weather conditions, the course, and the elevation throughout the race. This equipment must be transported in a sufficiently spacious backpack.

    The runner can replenish their gear at the Life Bases where they will find their CURSA500 bag.

    Along the course, under specific conditions (adverse weather, technical difficulties on the course, etc.), equipment checks will be conducted. The Race Director, in consultation with safety and rescue personnel, may, at their sole discretion, decide to halt a participant based on the situation.


      The GPS navigator is a tool for personal safety and protection. It is essential to be proficient in its use, especially in extreme conditions such as poor visibility, blizzards, nighttime, unmarked trails, etc.

      • GPS navigator with course tracks (downloadable in GPX format from the website
      • Course maps (downloadable from the website
      • Altimeter and compass (suitable smartphone apps are accepted).
      • Cup or other suitable container for drinking at refreshment points.
      • Mobile phone to be kept on at all times, with the ringtone on to receive communications from the Race Director (include the organization’s safety number, do not hide the number, and ensure the battery is charged).
      • Identification document and health card (or equivalent).
      • Two survival blankets.
      • Food reserve.
      • Water reserve.
      • Two functioning headlamps with spare batteries.

      This is the material that participants can choose to carry in their backpack or leave in their CURSA500 bag, depending on their own assessments or requirements set by the Race Director.

      • Shoes of a category between A2 and A5 (intermediate-> trail)
      • Anti-slip device (crampons) (e.g.  NORTEC)
      • Thermal jacket with a hood suitable for cold temperatures, potentially several degrees below zero.
      • Rainproof shell jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane and heat-sealed seams with a hood
      • Running pants or tights (at least knee-length)
      • Long waterproof over-pants
      • Warm second layer: long-sleeve technical shirt, long pants
      • Ear-covering hat
      • Warm and waterproof gloves
      • Spare clothing
      • Self-treatment first aid kit
      • Power bank for charging the phone or other equipment
      • Knife
    The organization prepares a Safety, Health, and Rescue Plan that involves the deployment of doctors, nurses, and rescuers. This plan is submitted and approved by the Prefectures of the provinces of Palermo, Enna, Catania, and Messina affected by the race.

    The rescue stations are designed to provide assistance to all individuals in need using the organization’s own resources or through affiliated agencies.

    The official medical staff is authorized to stop participants deemed unfit to continue the race. The rescuers are authorized to evacuate runners judged to be in danger using the means they deem appropriate.

    In case of necessity, for reasons that are in the best interest of the person in need of assistance, only and exclusively at the discretion of the organization’s staff, the official mountain rescue service will be called upon, taking over the direction of operations and utilizing all appropriate means, including helicopters. Any expenses resulting from the use of these exceptional means will be the responsibility of the person receiving assistance in accordance with applicable regulations.

    A runner who seeks the assistance of a doctor or rescuer effectively submits to their authority and commits to respecting their decisions.

    The doctors and medical personnel stationed along the race course provide assistance only in the case of significant medical or health issues. Each runner must ensure they have the necessary materials for self-treatment of foot problems and minor abrasions that do not require medical intervention.

    Medical expenses in Italy are not free.

    The costs of helicopter rescue and urgent medical services are covered by the runner’s country of residence or private insurance only if the runner has valid documentation with them:

    • ITALIAN NATIONALS: health insurance card/tax code.
    • EUROPEAN NATIONALS (including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the UK): European health insurance card. 
    • NON-EUROPEAN NATIONALS: a guarantee of payment letter with the address of the insurance company to which invoices should be sent. Anyone who does not have public health cover (Italian or European health insurance card) or private health insurance (payment guarantee letter from a private insurance company) will be required to pay the full cost of any healthcare provided, including emergency treatment.
      The relevant documentation must be carried at all times during the race.
      Runners must pay any non-urgent medical expenses in full.
    Transfer by helicopter is only for patients requiring urgent medical attention and cannot be used simply as a means of transport by runners who withdraw from the race.
    Where a runner is of foreign nationality or not covered by the national health service, or in the event of a call-out not justifiable for health reasons, the entire cost must be paid by the runner, even if he/she is registered with the national health service.
    • The organisation takes out public liability insurance to cover the entire period of the event. Participation in the race is entirely at the runners’ own risk. Runners waive the right to make any claim against the organisers in the event of injury or consequences that may arise subsequent to the race.
      At the time of registering online, runners are required to sign a consent form to complete the registration process.
    • The organisation undertakes to enrol all registered competitors with the ASI (Italian Sports Association), which provides accident insurance for all (click here for details).
    • Runners are strongly advised to take out personal injury insurance in case of accidents during the race, covering medical expenses and rescue by helicopter.
    • ITRA (International Trail Running Association) has developed a special trail-running insurance policy to cover the needs of trail runners who experience difficulties during a race (for details go to
    • Assistants are expected to observe the regulations, on penalty of the runner being disqualified.
    • Refreshment point managers have the right to remove assistants who cause inconvenience to the competitors.
    • Personal assistance is permitted only in the areas specially reserved for this purpose at refreshment points and Life Bases, and at the discretion of individual refreshment point managers. Each runner is allowed one assistant only, who must hold a pass issued by the organisation.
    • Assistants may not consume refreshments provided for the runners. Runners must help themselves personally to any refreshments they require.
    • Assistants may bring spare clothing and shoes, food and/or supplements for runners.
    • Professional assistance (team members, professional trainers) and medical or paramedical assistance are strictly prohibited.
    • The showers, medical treatment rooms and appointed rest areas are for the exclusive use of runners. Access to these areas is prohibited for assistants.
    • Assistance of any kind along the route is prohibited and will incur the disqualification of the runner. 
    • Assistants and coaches must observe road transit restrictions. Any infringement of this rule will incur the disqualification of the runner. 
    • Assistance provided by camper van, car or any other means of transport is prohibited anywhere except at Life Bases. Any runner found sleeping, eating or receiving assistance outside the authorised points will be disqualified.
    Runners are prohibited from receiving coaching along the route, on penalty of disqualification.
    • All the affiliated accommodation facilities are refreshment and checkpoint points. The runner is required to ensure they have been duly registered. Failure to register passage at a checkpoint may result in the disqualification of the runner.
    • The organization arranges with the affiliated accommodation facilities for complimentary treatment for the runners: meals, showers, and lodging. Runners are expected to abide by the facility’s rules and not disrupt other guests.
    • Each runner must ensure that, upon departure from each facility, they have the necessary amount of water and food to reach the next refreshment point.
    • Along the route, four Life Bases are set up where the runner will find their CURSA500 bag.
    • It is the runner’s responsibility to verify the operation of the GPS locator provided when exiting each checkpoint and along the course, following the instructions provided by the organization. The organization can be contacted during the race using the rescue number printed on the bib.
    • All the affiliated facilities and Life Bases are listed in the passage table, in the altitude profile, and included in the GPX tracks. All files can be downloaded from the website
    • It is strictly prohibited to sleep in facilities/shelters/vehicles outside the checkpoints controlled by the organization.
    • At the bib distribution, each runner is given a bag for the necessary materials to manage the race safely (CURSA500 bag) which will be transported by the organization from one Life Base to the next.
    • The runner is obligated to personally pick up the CURSA500 bag at the entrance of each Life Base and return it personally at the exit to the bag retrieval volunteers.
    • If a runner withdraws from the race, the CURSA bag will be taken to the Life Base in Cefalù where it can be collected at the time the race number is handed in. Since it is not possible to guarantee that, in the event of withdrawal, the runner’s bag will already be available upon arrival in Cefalù, it is strongly recommended that the runner’s bag be prepared with everything that may be useful to the runner while waiting to receive his or her CURSA bag. The volunteers at the Cefalù Life Base are not responsible for the non-arrival of CURSA bags.
    • CURSA500 bags with objects attached externally will not be transported. It is recommended not to place fragile or valuable items in the CURSA500 bag. The organization does not assume responsibility for any items that may be lost or damaged during the entire race period.
    • In case of withdrawal, the participant is obligated to go to the nearest checkpoint, communicate their withdrawal, and be registered. The organization will then arrange for their return to the Cefalù Life Base.
    • Due to the complexity of the course and road conditions in Sicily, rapid returns following withdrawal are not feasible. Participants should anticipate having to wait for several hours at a refreshment or Life Base before being able to return to the Cefalù Life Base.
    • A runner who abandons the race without immediately communicating their withdrawal, thereby triggering a search by rescue personnel, will be responsible for covering all associated expenses.
    • CURSA500™ – CURSA DI CICLOPI. is held in a single, free-speed stage with a limited time of 170 hrs.
    • A schedule of stages and time barriers is available to download from the website
    • Each life base has two time barriers: one at the entrance and one at the exit. These are calibrated to allow runners to reach the finish line within the maximum time allowed, but still make stops (to rest, eat, etc.).
    • The intermediate checkpoint time limits are to be understood as exit barriers, meaning the maximum time within which the runner must depart from the facility.
    • Runners will not be allowed to leave after the time limit has expired.
    • The organisation reserves the right to change the route, the location of rescue and refreshment points and the time barriers, at any time and without notice.
    • In the event of unfavourable weather conditions (severe depression with heavy rain and snowfall at high altitude, severe risk of storm, etc.) the start of the race may be postponed by a maximum of 24 hours, beyond which the race will be cancelled.
    • Where necessary, the organisation reserves the right to change or remove sections of the route.
    The GPX format tracks of the course can be downloaded from the website Any significant changes to the route and/or logistics will be communicated in advance by the organization to all registered runners.
    • The CURSA500™ – CYCLOPS RACE is primarily a regularity race. In the event of rule violations, the Race Director will proceed to sanction or, in more serious cases, disqualify the runner.
    • For every irregularity in following the track, a penalty of no less than 60 minutes will be added to the race time.
    • The following infringements are punishable by disqualification:
      • Refusal to submit to checks
      • Litter left behind by the runner or his/her assistant
      • Failure to provide assistance to another runner in difficulty
      • Refusal to comply with an order from the race organisers, a race marshal, a doctor or a rescuer
      • Leaving a checkpoint after the time limit has expired
      • Drugs use or refusal to submit to a drugs test
      • Failure to pass through a checkpoint
      • Using a means of transport
      • Verbal abuse or threats from the runner or his/her assistant to a member of the organisation or volunteer.
      • Sharing and/or exchanging race numbers
      • Failure to comply with the road transit restrictions by the runner’s assistant or coach
      • Coaching
      • Assistance given outside authorised points
      • Any infringement of the race ethics detected
      • Disqualification is immediate and the runner must withdraw from the race directly.
    Complaints will only be accepted if they are submitted non-anonymously before the closing ceremony, together with a €50 deposit.
  31. JURY
    The jury comprises:
    • the Race Director
    • the health & safety director
    • any person deemed appropriate by the Race Director
    • The jury will reach a decision within the time it takes for discussion and carrying out of required checks.

      The jury’s decision is final.

    1. The runner who arrives at the finish line in Cefalù in the shortest time wins the race. Only runners who finish the race within the set time will have a qualifying time for entry in the final ranking.
    2. No cash prizes will be awarded. Every runner who finishes the race will be awarded the title ‘finisher’.
    3. An overall ranking of all male and female runners will be drawn up, as well as separate rankings for men and women. Prizes will be awarded to the top five male and female runners in the overall ranking, and to the winner in each category.
    Runners’ ages are taken into consideration at the start of the race.
    • V4 – 70 and over
    • V3 – 60 to 69
    • V2 – 50 to 59
    • V1 – 40 to 49
    • SEN – 20 to 39
    • JUN – 18 to 19
    • Each participant expressly waives the right to their image and authorizes the organization and its partners to use images, photos, or videos depicting them during the event freely and without limitations.
    • It is expressly prohibited to disseminate, through any means (web, social networks, TV, newspapers, magazines, etc.), for commercial purposes, images (videos or photos) captured during the event without written authorization from the organization.
      CURSA500™ – CURSA DI CICLOPI is a trademark exclusively owned by TRISCELE TRAILERS SSD. All communications regarding the event or the use of its images must be conducted in accordance with the event’s name and registered trademarks, subject to agreement with the organization.
    By registering, runners declare that they accept all the clauses in these regulations and the Privacy Policy, which is available to view here.
    Participation in CURSA500™ – CYCLOPS RACE implies the unconditional acceptance of the current race regulations and the race’s code of conduct, which is published and available for consultation on

    By registering, runners declare in particular that they have read and accepted the following articles and are aware of them:

    • Article 1          FOREWORD
    • Article 7          REGISTRATION FEES
    • Article 14        SEMI SELF-SUFFICIENCY
    • Article 15        EQUIPMENT
    • Article 34        IMAGE RIGHTS
    • Article 35        PRIVACY

IMPORTANT: The original version of this document is written in Italian. In the event of any inconsistencies or discrepancies with versions in other languages, the Italian version will prevail.

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