Start procedures & divisions

15th Engadin Half Marathon

Division into start waves

We proceed as follows for wave allocations:

For registrations before mid-January:

  • The allocation to the different waves B1 to H28 will take place from mid-January. All persons who have registered by mid-January will be considered for allocation. Earlier allocation is not possible.
  • Each wave consists of a maximum of 500 persons.
  • The 200 participants with the fastest qualification times will be allocated to wave A0.
  • For the wave allocations, the existing qualification times from the Engadin Skimarathon 2018, 2019, 2022 or 2023 will be taken into account. The best time (in relation to the winning time) will always be taken into account. 

For registrations after mid-January:

  • Participants who register after mid-January will be placed in the wave that corresponds to their strength class or running time. If the wave is already full, the participants will be placed in the next later wave (if space is still available).
  • Each wave has a maximum of 500 participants.

Start procedure

The starting procedure at the Engadin Skimarathon is in waves. Each participant has their individual start time reserved for them.

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How does the wave start work?

The participants are divided into a total of 29 wave numbers (A0 to number H28). The assigned wave numbers (e.g. D17) can be seen on the start number.

The starting area in Maloja is divided into three areas: starting grounds, starting area and starting field. Access to the starting grounds (deposit of securities, toilets, food, warming tent and wax service) is open to everyone at all times. Access to the starting area and the starting field is only possible at a certain, predefined time. The color on the start number determines when you can access to starting area. The colors yellow, green, red and blue define the different admission times.

Admission times start area:

Color of the start number Admission times
Yello from 06:30 am
Green from 08:15 am
Red from 08:40 am
Blue from 09:10 am

Important: Queuing and waiting in front of the entrance to the start area does not bring any advantages, as the participants will be divided into the different waves after admission to the start area. We recommend arriving in Maloja a maximum of 60 to 80 minutes before the start time. Admission to the starting area is on foot.

Starting area - what now?

In the starting area, the individual entrances to the starting fields are labeled with the respective wave number (e.g. H14). The wave number can be seen on the start number. Participants enter the starting field via the starting area. Skis may not be deposited, put on or placed on the ground in the starting area. It is only allowed to put on your skis within the starting field.

Important: There are no toilets in the starting area. The trucks for personal effects are located in the starting area. Personal effects must be handed in before access to the start area.

Starting field - we're about to start

As soon as the front waves have started, the waiting participants move to the starting field. This is entered on foot, after which the skis can be put on. The start now takes place wave by wave according to the predefined starting time. Ready for the Engadin Skimarathon? Here we go. Hey hey!

Important: There is enough time in the starting field to put on your skis and get ready for the start. Entering the starting field is possible until the start of the respective wave. After this time the entrance will be closed and late participants will have to start in one of the next waves.

From wave D3 the net time measurement applies. The time measurement is only triggered after the start line (by the lake) has been passed. For waves A0 to C2 the gross time applies.

Participants who are not divided into the same wave and want to ski together are allowed to do so. Instead, the person who was assigned to an earlier wave moves back into the wave of the colleague. It is always possible to start in a later wave than the allocated one.

Important: No spectators or accompanying persons are allowed in the starting area or in the starting fields.

Advantages of the new start procedure

  • A maximum of 500 participants are divided into one wave.
  • The category names (general class, main class A, B, C, elite A, B, C and elite) will no longer exist.

What are the advantages of the new start procedure?

Due to the new start procedure, the participants benefit from:

  • A later arrival and shorter waiting times: there is no long queuing. Due to the pre-defined admission times, it does not make sense to arrive in Maloja hours before the start. We recommend arriving no more than 60 to 80 minutes before the start.
  • Competition: The waves are divided according to marathon times. That means that every participant skis with equally strong skiiers within the same wave.
  • More space: The narrow and unsightly start boxes (grids) are no longer there. The fixed start times and the lower number of skiiers per wave mean there are no long waiting times in confined spaces.

Map start area Maloja

Change of start wave

For changing to a different starting wave, a request must be submitted with the wave change form, after registration and receival of the entry fee. The allocation is made by the organizer and participants will be informed accordingly.

If there are qualifications from the Engadin Skimarathon from the past two years, no applications will be processed.

When requesting a starting wave change after the starting bib has been allocated, a processing fee of CHF 40.00  will be charged. The first starting bib allocation will take place at the beginning of January and then continuously thereafter.

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