The 4th SOLA Basel will take place on 23 October 2021, as the event has been postponed due to the protective regulations. Closing date for registration is 26 September 2021. Late registrations are possible until 21 Oktober 2021 for a surcharge of CHF 100 per team (Mini SOLA CHF 10).
The relay race, covering a total of 80 kilometres is divided into 10 stages of 4.5 to 12 kilometres each. Start and finish area is located at ‘Park im Grünen’ in Münchenstein. Here you find the route information 2021.
Registration deadline is 26 September 2021. The team line-up can be changed online until 22 Oktober 2021. The team captain will receive the starter package by post 1-2 weeks before the race, including starting numbers, stickers for the clothes transport as well as plans of the routes and change zones.
Registration fee for a team starting place including 10 people is CHF 350 and for for studentteams (min. 6 students/team) CHF 250.
Late registrations are possible until 21 Oktober 2021 for a surcharge of CHF 100 per team (Mini SOLA CHF 10). The starting numbers must must then be collected from the office (pluswert, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 3, Basel).
Corona protection concept
Due to the Corona situation, a protection concept is available for the 4th SOLA Basel. The concept will be regularly adapted to the current conditions. Special precautions apply to all start and finish zones.
The main corona-related changes for the 4th SOLA Basel are:
- Each transition zone, as well as the start and finish areas, will include zones where masks are compulsory.
- Spectators are expressly not requested. Gatherings of more than 15 people are to be avoided.
- There will be no “SOLA village” with sponsor stands.
- Team meals will be offered by the Restaurant Seegarten in the self-service zone on request.
- Food trolleys with food and drink for take-away will be set up in the Park im Grünen, in Muttenz and in Liestal. Refreshments will be provided along the longer sections of the route, as was the case in 2018 and 2019.
- All data not relevant in the follow-up will be deleted 14 days after the date of the event.
Due to the as yet unpredictable provisions of the BAG specifications regarding Covid-19, the above changes are considered most likely. Should the situation on 23 October provide for further provisions, we will keep our options open for possible changes.
Chase start/ mass start
Mass start: In order to bring the runner back together, all runners start together. This is the case at 1:15 pm in Liestal.
At the chase start on the last stage in Muttenz the teams in the first row start with their individual distances first (5:15 pm), followed by a mass start with the remaining teams (5:25 pm).
Small mass start: If the given times (see “route schedules“) are exceeded, the organizer reserves the right to carry out a small mass start with all runners who have not yet started. In this case, reserve “time-measurement-numbers” are available in all transition zones.
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Entrylists and results
First course (women)
Each team must comprise at least 3 female runners. It is the team’s responsibility to assign male and female runners to the individual stages. Only the first stage has to be run exclusively by women. SOLA Basel therefore starts with female runners.
Medical / Emergency
At the top and at the end of each running field there are two mountain bikers equipped with mobile phones. In case of emergency they are the connection to the ambulance at the nearest transfer point. In addition, the mountain biker is accompanied by an emergency doctor all the time at the end.
In addition, the refreshment stations are equipped with radio. Every runner is obliged to help other runners in emergency situations. Where possible, help directly and report the emergency to the next SOLA helper. There is a Samaritan post at each handover point. In addition, four doctors from the crossklinik are on the move. Fill in the back of the race number with your personal details so that we can better look after you in an emergency. If you are not able to finish your course, inform the marshals or other runners and ask for help. Do not leave the track on your own initiative, but wait for alarmed helpers and doctors. At the latest the mountain biker at the end together with the emergency doctor can look after you accordingly.
Attention: The instructions of the organizing committee and the SOLA doctors must be followed.
Tips from the Doc
– Don’t do any drinking and nutrition experiments at SOLA.
– Drink another strong sip of a well-tolerated drink shortly before the start.
– On longer distances and in hot weather you should definitely start at the water and drink points. This is the only way to prevent overheating or loss of performance. If necessary, take your own drink with you on the route.
Danger no. 1: Heat stroke and sunstroke
If you saturate your body with liquid during the last days of training and drink 3 – 5 dl water just before the run, you have taken the most effective prevention against heat stroke and sunstroke. In addition, be sure to wear loose, weatherproof clothing and headgear on sunny days. If you get hit anyway, lie in the shade and cool your head and body with cold water. In any case, have your condition reported by fellow runners or track marshals present at the next transfer point.
After the competition
– Rest first from the effort.
– Now drink in quiet swallows.
– Put on dry clothes as soon as possible.
Do not run above your limit. SOLA should mean joy of running and not collapse!
The Mini SOLA is where kids can do their first steps into big SOLA Basel. Thanks to iMpuls, the health initiative of Migros the first 250 teams may participate for free. Registration is via registrationform from TrackMaxx.
Closing date for registration is 26 September 2021. Late registrations are possible for a late registration fee of CHF 10 until 21 Oktober 2021.
Organizational matters for participants
All participants from Basel-City and Basel-Country are offered free rides to and from this event. The ticket of the linked transport system ‘Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz (TNW)’ allows for a return trip within the TNW area on the day of the event. For reasons of space and sustainability, we kindly ask you not to travel by car to arrive at your start. The transitionzones are well connected to the public transport network. Details on how you get to your individual transition zones can be found under “route map“.
Attention for the trip to the transition zone at Gempen (change route 4 to route 5) there are extra trips:
From Dornach, railway station: 09:42 a.m. and 10:42 a.m.
From Gempen, village: 10:02 a.m. and 11:02 a.m.
We offer a clothing transport on the running day. The clothes to be transported must be stored in waterproof bags and backpacks. The bag (with zipper) must be provided with the tag sent to you for the transport of clothes and must be closed tightly. On the day of the run, take the bag to the “Abgabe Gepäck” area marked with a sign in your transition zone and load it there into the waiting Planzer transport vehicles. You can pick up your utensils at the next transition zone.
Please note: The clothing transport is at your own risk. The organizer assumes no liability for lost or damaged objects.
Locker room / showers / WC
Locker rooms and showers are available in all transition zones. In addition, “Toi Toi” toilets are located at all transition zones. In the “Park im Grünen” in the restaurant “Seegarten” there are locker rooms without showers. Lockerrooms with showers are located in the St.Jakobs complex in wing A/B, directly next to the soccerfields:
Lost and found
Items left lying around are transported to the information stand in the SOLA Dorf im Park im Grünen (Green 80) after the transition zone has been dismantled and can be picked up there until 10 pm. From Monday after the day of the event finds can be collected at the SOLA office (St. Johanns-Vorstadt 3, 4056 Basel). Please give advance notice by telephone: +41 (0)61 261 40 81.
You can find all information about the route here.
SOLA Cup 2021
Teams taking part in the Winti SOLA and the SOLA Basel can win prizes worth a total of over CHF 3’000! Information on participation and prizes can be found here.
SportXX Run series 2021
The SOLA Basel is part of the SportXX running series. For every active participation in an event of the running series, SportXX offers all finishers of all categories from 3.8 km upwards an online SportXX voucher of CHF 20 as a reward. It pays to run with us!
Both in organising and executing SOLA Basel we respect the environment and nature. This includes tangible objectives and actions in the areas of transport, materials, catering, waste management and social responsibility. In addition, a sustainability report is published regularly.
Start numbers / timekeeping
All team members will receive a starting number. This is marked with the stage to run and has to be attached to the running shirt with four magnetic buttons at the front. In addition there are two “timekeeping numbers” per team (black, without talons on the side). These numbers are fixed on the start number band and worn around the stomach with the elastic band as in triathlon. This way you can quickly hand over the black “start number” in the transition zone. The timekeeping numbers serve as a “baton”, so to speak.
The timekeeping number for stages 1-5 is worn up to Liestal. The second timekeeping number is worn for the stages 6-9 from Liestal to Muttenz. The final runner has integrated the timing transponder directly into the green start number of stage 10. All start numbers, the elastic bands and the magnetic buttons be sent to the team captain per post. The time is measured via Trackmaxx.
Example of start number band. The timekeeping numbers serve as a “baton”, so to speak.
Thanks to the cooperation with the Swiss Logo Factory you have the opportunity to choose individually printable running shirts for you and your team via online-shop and have them delivered directly to your home.
Provisional timetable SOLA Basel 2021
08:15 Welcome runners
08:30 Start SOLA Basel
08:45 – 09:15 Handover Theodorskirchplatz
09:20 – 10:25 Handover “Park im Grünen”
09:30 – 10:55 Handover Arlesheim
10:20 – 12:40 Handover Gems
10:55 First runners expected in Liestal
13:15 Restart Liestal
13:30 – 13:55 Handover Bubendorf
14:15 – 15:40 Handover Liestal
14:45 – 16:45 Handover Augst
15:15 First runners expected in Muttenz
17:15/17:25 Chase/ mass start Muttenz
17:25 – 18:15 Finish in the “Park im Grünen”
18:30 Award ceremony SOLA Basel and SOLA Cup
Normally, around 400 volunteers will be deployed at the SOLA Basel. Without them, a successful event is not possible! Do you want to contribute to the SOLA Basel? Then register here as a volunteer 🙂
What does “SOLA” actually mean and how did the SOLA Stafette come into being? Answers to these and other questions about the history of SOLA Stafette can be found here.