FAQ

What are the dates for the 2019 Eco-Challenge?

The 2019 Eco-Challenge will take place from September 5 to September 25, 2019. Pre-race schedules will be given to team captains of selected teams.

Where will Eco-Challenge be held?

The 2019 Eco-Challenge race will take place in Fiji.

What is the prize money for the 2019 Eco-Challenge race?

$100,000 – 1st Place.

$50,000 – 2nd Place.

$25,000 – 3rd Place.

How are the teams made up?

Each race team will be made up of 4 competitors and must have at least 1 member of the opposite sex. Each team must have 1 assistant crew member that can be of any gender. There will be one team captain per team. Each team must race under a single country flag (see “Nationality Rule”).

Are assistant crews required?

Yes. 1 assistant crew member is required for each team.

What is the role of the assistant crew member?

During the race, the assistant crew member is responsible for driving their own assistant crew vehicle between designated transition areas. They must make their own camp and prepare their own meals. The assistant crew member will provide all customary support services to their team, such as supplying competitors with fresh clothing, food, water and other supplies. The crew member must be prepared to maintain and organize all team equipment including mountain bikes and climbing gear.

What is the Nationality Rule?

3 out of 4 competitors must be citizens or continuous legal residents for a period of 5 years in the country you wish to race under. The assistant crew member may be of any nationality.

What is the minimum age requirement for team members?

On September 1, 2019, all competitors and assistant crew members must be at least 18 years old or the legal age of adulthood in the country in which you reside, if this age is older than 18.

When does registration open and how long will it be open for?

Registration opens on December 13, 2018 at 12:00PM Pacific Standard Time and closes on January 18, 2019 at 18:00 Pacific Standard Time.

What is the registration process?

A team captain needs to be chosen. The team captain will complete and submit the Competitor Registration Form (including information for the competitors and assistant crew member) and agree to the Terms of Registration on behalf of the team. (If all team members are not known during the time of registration, please still register.

Be advised, you must have all 5 members registered with us by January 18, 2019.) After submitting the Competitor Registration Form, the team will need to make a 5 to 10 minute video as part of the registration process.

THE SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE COMPLETE UNTIL WE RECEIVE THIS VIDEO.  THE DEADLINE FOR THE VIDEO IS JANUARY 18, 2019.

What does the team video need to include?

Team Video Instructions can be downloaded here.

My team video is complete. Where do I send it?

Please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo as UNLISTED and email the link to us at: comprel@ecochallenge.com.

When will I be notified if my team was selected to participate in the 2019 Eco-Challenge race?

Team captains will be notified of selection to participate in the 2019 race by email starting early February 2019. This email will include a link to make the first Registration Fee payment of US$1,000.

How much is the registration fee to race in the 2019 race?

The registration fee for Eco-Challenge Fiji for teams that are selected is US$5,000 total per team.

What does the registration fee cover?

Hotel accommodations: 2 rooms per team; 3 nights before and 3 nights after.

Limited repatriation insurance for 5 team members.

Certain medical assistance during race.

Invitation (for 5 team members) to the Opening Party.

Invitation (for 5 team members) to the Closing Party.

GEAR: Race maps (hard copy/paper maps for compass navigation), GPS tracking device, race passport, emergency radio (or similar device).

Transfer to/from Nadi airport to hotel.

What is not covered by the 2019 race registration fee?

Flights to and from location (Eco-Challenge is working on an airline deal and will keep teams updated along the way).

All race equipment and gear unless otherwise noted.

Accommodations outside of what is already provided. Teams who finish early or withdraw must either camp at the finish line or procure their own hotel accommodations until the provided accommodations begin.

Assistance crew vehicle rental and all related items (e.g., insurance, fuel).

Meals / food.

Bikes & bike boxes.

Gear boxes.

Team uniform.

What is the Registration Fee payment schedule?

Team Registration Fee: US$5,000 total.

Payment 1 US$1,000, due within 5 business days of notice your team has been selected to race (anticipated January 2019).

Payment 2 US$3,000, due no later than May 1, 2019.

Payment 3 US$1,000, due no later than July 1, 2019.

What is the Withdrawal / Refund policy?

We have established a Withdrawal and Refund Policy for Eco-Challenge Fiji to ensure that teams who apply are committed to racing:

A. Late Payments: if any payment of the Team Registration Fee is more than 20 days past due according to the Eco-Challenge Fiji Registration Fee Payment Schedule, Eco-Challenge reserves the right to remove the team from the racing roster and the applicable Withdrawal and Refund Policy amount will apply.

B. Withdrawal, Refund Amount: in the case of team withdrawal for any reason, forced or otherwise, the Team Registration Fee paid to Eco-Challenge may be refunded to the Team Captain minus a cancellation fee pursuant to the following:

i. Withdrawal before April 1, 2019: refund of 100% of the Team Registration Fee paid to date less a US$100 cancellation fee.

ii. Withdrawal between April 1 and July 1, 2019:

       a. If Eco-Challenge is able to replace the withdrawing team, refund of 50% of the Team Registration paid to date less a US$300 cancellation fee;

       OR b. If Eco-Challenge is unable to replace the withdrawing team, no refund.

iii. Withdrawal after July 1, 2019: no refund.

All withdrawal and refund requests must be addressed to Eco-Challenge in writing via email to comprel@ecochallenge.com.

C. The selection of teams and all decisions regarding the Withdrawal and Refund Policy is in Eco-Challenge’s sole and absolute discretion. Eco-Challenge reserves the right to change, amend and modify the foregoing policy (in whole or in part) in its sole and absolute discretion.

What about team sponsorship?

Sponsorship rules will be provided in early 2019.

What is the race distance and duration?

The course is expected to be approximately 400 miles in length.

What is the race route?

The race route will be described within the Competitor Guidebook in conjunction with the official race maps. These materials will be provided at the start and at certain points along the race course.

What disciplines are currently expected to be included in the ECO-CHALLENGE FIJI race?

The 2019 race route may include sections of jungle trekking, outrigger paddling, climbing fixed ropes, rappelling, pack rafting, paddle boarding, indigenous water craft and sailing.

What are the certifications currently expected to be required to participate in Eco-Challenge?

Eco-Challenge will be providing blank certification forms that must be completed and signed by qualified experts in their field. These forms and the guidelines will be provided after team selections.

Medical assessment certificate – a qualified physician must complete the medical assessment sheet for every competitor to ensure that each athlete is physical capable of participating. The assessment must be completed within 6 months of the race start date.

Climbing and rappelling fixed ropes certificate.

Whitewater and ocean paddling certificate.

At least two team members must hold basic first aid certification from a registered training facility.

What technology can I use in the race?

Unless expressly allowed or provided by the race organizer, all technology, like smartphones and GPS devices, are strictly prohibited.

* Eco-Challenge may update these FAQs from time to time and also reserves the right to change, amend and modify these FAQs (in whole or in part) in its sole and absolute discretion.