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General information

The 6th SOLA Basel will take place on June 3, 2023. Closing date for registration is April 23, 2023. Late registrations are possible until June 1, 2023. In case of late registration, the team name will not be on the race number, only the number.

The relay race, covering a total of 80 kilometres is divided into 10 stages of 4.5 to 12 kilometres each. New: category for teams of 5 runners. Start and finish area is located at ‘Park im Grünen’ in Münchenstein. Here you find the route and category information 2023.

Arrival

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. The ticket is integrated on the start number on the bottom right. In case of a control, the start number can simply be shown.
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 to Gempen: 09:42 a.m. and 10:42 a.m.
From Gempen, village to Dornach railway station: 10:02 a.m. and 11:02 a.m.

The usual departure times are
Dornach, railway station – Gempen: 08:18, 09:18, 10:18 a.m.
Gempen – Dornach, railway station: 09:24, 10:24, 11:24 a.m.

Categories

SOLA Basel – team of 10 runners (CHF 450, with 20% discount with a registration before 31 january 2023)
SOLA Basel – team of 10 running students, with a minimum of 6 students in the team (CHF 350, with 20% discount with a registration before 31 january 2023)
SOLA Basel – team of 5 (CHF 225, with 20% discount with a registration before 31 january 2023)
SOLA Basel – team of 5 running students, with a minimum of 3 students in the team (CHF 175, with 20% discount with a registration before 31 january 2023)
Mini SOLA Basel – teams of 6 runners (for children or families) – for free 🙂
U8, U10, U12, U14 and Hopp-la (minimum 2 kids and 2 adults)

Catering

Catering in the SOLA Village
Coffee, fruit and snacks will be available in the SOLA Village from 8 am. From 12 noon, the food and drink stalls will open with lasagne, thai curry, sausages, soft drinks and beer. Our gastro partners from the region are Markthalle, Salsitsch, Delizia, Unser Bier and Kitchen Brew.

Team catering at Restaurant Seegarten (Park im Grünen)
For all participants there is the possibility of a team catering in the restaurant Seegarten.
What: Pasta-Plausch with 3-4 sauces and small self-selection buffet of leaf salads and raw vegetables, incl. non-alcoholic drinks (excl. alcohol, which can be paid directly at the cash desk).
When: From 18.30 to 20.30
Costs: All-inclusive price CHF 20 per person
Reservation: Pre-registration of teams possible until 3 days before SOLA. In case of no show the full invoice amount must be paid. Registration by email to restaurant.seegarten@migrosbasel.ch.

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 (for teams of 10 runners).

At the chase start on the last stage in Muttenz the teams in the first row start with their individual distances first (4:00 pm), the remaining teams start in three minutes intervals (from 4:15 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.

Company-Teams

A start at SOLA Basel offers you and your company a unique overall experience. Learn more about our offer.

Competition Rules

In registering for SOLA Basel you agree to our competition rules. They are binding for all registered teams as well as for their runners. The competition rules of the Mini SOLA can be found here (german).

Entrylists and results

On the race day the rankings are updated continuously and you can follow the top and the end of the race live on a map (link follows).

Here you can find the results of the last years.

First course (women)

Each team of 10 runners must comprise at least 3 female runners. For the team of 5 runners, two female runners are required. 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.

Mini SOLA

The Mini SOLA is where kids can do their first steps into big SOLA Basel. Registration is via registrationform from TrackMaxx.

Closing date for registration is 23 April 2023. Late registrations are possible for a late registration fee of CHF 10 until 1 June 2023. Please note that after a late registration, the name of the team can not appear on the starting number.  In case of late registration, the team name will not be on the race number, only the number.

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!

Organizational matters for participants

Clothes transport
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.

Registration

Registration is via registrationform from TrackMaxx. The conditions of participation are included in our competition rules.

Registration deadline is 23 April 2023. The team line-up can be changed online until 2 June 2023. The team captain will receive the starter package by post 2-3 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 450 and for studens (min. 6 students/team) CHF 350. Fee for a team of 5 runners is CHF 225 respective CHF 175 for students (min. 3 students/team),

Late registrations are possible until 1 June 2023. The starting numbers must must then be collected from the office (pluswert, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 3, Basel). In case of late registration, the team name will not be on the race number, only the number.

Route Informations

You can find all information about the route here.

Schedule

Daily schedule SOLA Basel 2022 (attention this is the old one, the new schedule for 2023 will be available in april)

08:00 Welcome of the runners in the Park im Grünen
08:30 Start SOLA Basel
08:50 – 09:15 Handover Theodorskirchplatz
09:20 – 10:25 Handover Park im Grünen
09:30 – 10:55 Handover Arlesheim
10:20 – 12:10 Handover Gempen
10:50 Expected first runners in Liestal

13:00 – 15:00 Mini SOLA in the Park im Grünen
15:00 – 15:30 Award ceremony Mini SOLA Park im Grünen

13:15 Restart in Liestal
13:30 – 13:55 Handover Bubendorf
14:15 – 15:40 Handover Liestal
14:40 – 16:25 Handover Augst
15:15 Expected first runners in Muttenz
16:00 / 16:15 Hunting start Muttenz / From 16:00 first 10 teams, then the field in  2 to 3 blocks
16:20 – 17:45 Finish SOLA Basel Park in the Park im Grünen
18:00 – 18:30 Announcement of the rankings
18:00 – 20:00 Team dinner in the Seegarten or at the Park im Grünen
20:00 – 22:00 Concert Custard Pie

SportXX Run series 2023

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!

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.

Sustainability

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.

Teamshirts

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.

Volunteer @SOLABasel

Normally, around 350 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 🙂

Why "SOLA"

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.