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UTMB bans Advil and other painkillers for all future races

The most famous ultra marathon on the planet, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, is announcing the ban of painkillers including Tramadol and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil as well as other health measures as part of the QUARTZ Event Program in a movie to In order to protect the health of the participants and to contribute to a clean sport.

The Quartz health program was set up in 2008 and is a doping solution for race organizers. 

Race officials have issued a directive that bans certain substances if taken from 24 hours up to 60 days before future competitions. They are as follows:

Within 60 days before the start of the competition and during the competition:
    ·    Intravenous iron infusion
       
Within 7 days before the start of the competition and during the competition:
    ·    Intravenous infusion
    ·    Gas inhalation
    ·    Substance subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) according to the WADA Prohibited List
    ·    All glucocorticoids regardless of the mode of administration
    ·    Thyroid synthesis hormones except in case of partial or total removal of the thyroid or hypothyroidism of medical origin.

Within 24 hours before the start of the competition and during the competition:
    ·    All beta-2-agonists regardless of the mode of administration
    ·    All painkillers including Tramadol and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) regardless of the mode of administration
    ·    All substances included in the WADA Monitoring Program

UTMB will verify that the rules are adhered to by collecting samples including blood, saliva, hair, and urine before and after the main races. 

Apparently, in this year’s race three elite level athletes were found to be in violation of the new regulations with NSAIDs in their systems. But, since the regulations only came in this year, nobody was disqualified. 
Reaction on social media has largely been supportive of the move, although further details of what qualifies as a painkiller were called for.

While some questioned whether or not this would effectively ban those with chronic pain conditions.  

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