Tor des Geants

Endurance Trail 330 km - 24000m D+11-18 September 2016

Tor des Geants

10th Anniversary edition

330 km - 24000m D+

8-15, September 2019

Regulations Tor des Géants® 2019

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 16:54 -- redazione-courmayeur
  1. ORGANISATION
    The Tor des Géants® is organised by VDA TRAILERS, a limited liability amateur sports association.
  2. DESCRIPTION
    A foot race in natural surroundings that follows Alte Vie paths 1 and 2 in the Valle d'Aosta (Italy), starting and finishing at Courmayeur.
    A distance of 356km with a positive altitude difference of around 27,390 metres (ITRA evaluation), passing through 34 municipal districts. The race is run in a single, free-speed stage within a limited time, in conditions of semi-self-sufficiency.
    The route of the Tor des Géants® includes several high-altitude sections, including some over 3000 meters, with extremely harsh weather conditions (wind, cold, rain, snow and ice), alternating with sections at much lower altitudes where the conditions can be the exact opposite (very hot).
    Runners must be prepared for varying weather conditions between one life base and the next (around 50km), both day and night. Your choice of clothing and the equipment you carry with you should therefore reflect what is required for these particular circumstances.
    Rigorous training and a physical capacity for personal autonomy are essential requirements for taking part in this race.

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!


    If you are considering taking part, it is therefore imperative:
    • to be totally aware of the unusual length and peculiarities of the race;
    • to be thoroughly prepared, both physically and mentally;
    • to have equipped yourself before the race for total self-reliance in the mountains, so that you can manage any problems involved with this type of endurance trial, in particular:
      • coping alone and in isolation with the physical and psychological problems of extreme fatigue, gastro-intestinal upsets, muscle and joint pain, minor cuts and injuries, etc;
      • managing altitude and weather conditions that could potentially cause extreme difficulty (darkness, high wind, freezing temperatures, fog, rain and snow) without any help;
      • understanding that the organisation is not responsible for helping runners to manage any common issues that might arise and that with races like the Tor des Géants®, across mountain terrain, your safety depends on your own capacity for self-management in extreme situations.
  3. TERMS OF REGISTRATION
    The race is open to any man or woman over the age of 18 at the time of registration, members or otherwise (categories include Seniors and Veterans). There are no specific restrictions on registering for the Tor des Géants®, but it is strongly recommended that you have had previous experience in other long endurance trails (100km or over) over several days.
  4. REGISTRATION FEE
    The registration fee is €750.
    The fee includes all the services outlined in the regulations, the official race package, the pasta party on the night before departure, buffet on finishing, refreshments at pre-determined points, assistance in the event of injury, any transport required for return to the finish point in Courmayeur, and transfer of personal official bags from one life base to the next.
  5. NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS
    1. MAXIMUM REGISTRATIONS
      The maximum number of runners admitted is 800, plus wild cards, charity race numbers and eco race numbers.
      If the number of pre-registered runners is higher than the maximum number allowed, a draw will be organised. A list of runners will be compiled after the draw, including over-bookings.  Only runners who are successful in the draw will be notified, which will be by 28 February 2019, by email.
      By paying the registration fee, runners declare that they have read and accepted the race regulations.
    2. WILD CARDS
      Each sponsor has a fixed number of registrations for their team which is established at the contract phase and is proportionate to the sponsorship band; these registrations are allocated at the discretion of the sponsor.
      The organisation reserves the right to invite prominent athletes from the sports world. Any athlete who wishes to apply for registration must submit an application not later than 31 January 2019. The organisation will decide whether or not registration is granted..
    3. CHARITY RACE NUMBERS
      20 charity race numbers will be available for runners, the proceeds from which will be donated to one or more of the organisation's partner charities after the runner's race expenses have been deducted. These race numbers will be available to purchase online at 100x100trail.com between 20 March 2019 and 30 June 2019. Charity race numbers are charged at €2000. Payment is by credit card only and receipts will be issued for tax purposes.
    4. ECO RACE NUMBERS
      10 eco race numbers will be available for runners to purchase directly from www.100x100trail.com  between 20 March 2019 and 30 June 2019. Payment is by credit card only and receipts will be issued for tax purposes.
      Eco race numbers are charged at €2000 and proceeds from the sale will be used to finance research and activities related to reducing environmental impact in the region where the event takes place, after deduction of the runner's race expenses.
  6. HOW TO REGISTER
    To proceed to registration you must first sign up at 100x100trail.com, the VDA Trailers website.  After the initial sign-up phase, a draw will be held to select entrants for registration..
    It is advisable to sign up with the website before the pre-registration period opens.
    1. PRE-REGISTRATION
      Pre-registration is open from 12pm on 1 February 2019 to 6pm on 14 February 2019. Candidates must complete the online form in full and pay the €10 fee.
      Pre-registrations will be entered in the organisation's database when transfer of the payment is confirmed by the online interbank service.
      Only pre-registrations for which payment is successfully transferred and confirmed by the international credit card payment system will be considered valid. The organisation accepts no responsibility for managing online payments.
      The system assigns a unique code to each person who registers. Each entrant must register personally; race numbers are not transferable and cannot be exchanged with other runners. Where any exchange of registration numbers is discovered between runners, the runners will be removed from the list and any fees paid will be forfeited.
    2. FINAL LIST OF RUNNERS
      When the pre-registration period has ended and all the necessary checks have been made, the final list of runners will be compiled.
      A draw will take place to determine which entrants will be granted places, in accordance with the country quotas below and the number of Seniors and Finishers from Tot Dret 2017 or 2018 already registered.
      Pre-registration fees will not be reimbursed for entrants not included on the list.
    3. COUNTRY QUOTAS
      The Tor des Géants® is more than just a sporting event, it is also a tool for promoting the Valle d’Aosta region throughout the world, along with the values of intercultural relations and fellowship between nations, which are the essence of mountain spirit.
      The organisation has therefore decided to set country quotas as follows:
      • any nation represented on the list of pre-registrations is entitled to a minimum of 2 runners, however many entrants are registered.
      • the remaining number of runners for each country will be based on the percentage of total non-Italian pre-registrations that country represents.
      • the maximum number of runners of Italian nationality will not exceed 40% of the total
    4. DRAW
      1. COEFFICIENT FOR THE DRAW
        Candidates who have pre-registered consecutively in previous years but have not been successful in any draw, will personally benefit from a higher draw coefficient that multiplies their chances for the 2019 draw at the rate of 2n-1, where 'n' is the number of times the entrant has pre-registered.
        E.g. entrants who pre-registered in 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be entered on the list for the draw 4 times (23-1= 22= 4).
      2. Entrants who pre-registered consecutively in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be drawn automatically.
      3. Entrants who were selected in the 2018 draw but failed to confirm their participation lose the right to priority.
    5. ROTATION OF PARTICIPANTS
      To ensure runners are constantly 'rotated', entrants who have registered consistently for 3 consecutive Tor des Géants® events are not eligible to participate in the event the following year. 
      E.g. a runner registered for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 events cannot register for 2019.
      This rule does not apply to 'Seniors'.
    6. SENIORS
      Runners who have completed all the Tor des Géants® events from 2010 to 2018 are considered 'Seniors'.
      'Seniors' may bypass the draw and register directly for the Tor des Géants® between 12pm on 1 February 2019 and 6pm on 14 February 2019, paying the registration fee of €750.
    7. TOT DRET FINISHERS
      For the 10th anniversary of the Tor des Géants®, all Tot Dret finishers in 2017 or 2018 will be able to bypass the draw and register directly for the Tor des Géants between 12pm on 1 February 2019 and 6pm on 14 February 2019, paying the registration fee of €750.
    8. COMPLETION OF REGISTRATION
      All runners whose names are drawn will be sent a confirmation email by 28 February 2019, and must pay the €750 registration fee by credit card between 1 and 15 March 2019 to finalise the registration process.
      After payment has been transferred and confirmed by the interbank online payment service, the registration will be entered in the organisation's database and the runner's name will be included on the list of entrants.
      Only registrations for which payment is successfully transferred and confirmed by the international credit card payment system will be considered valid. The organisation accepts no responsibility for managing online payments.
      Runners who fail to finalise their registration on time (i.e. by the 15 March 2019 deadline) will lose their entitlement to register.
  7. CONSENT FORM AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
    1. CONSENT FORM
      All runners are required to sign a consent form declaring that they are aware of the difficulties of the endurance trial they are undertaking and agreeing to take with them all the equipment they need to safely complete the race.

      WARNING!
      Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!

       
    2. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
      It is imperative to provide a medical certificate attesting to your fitness to take part in competitive sports, which is recognised in your country of residence.
    3. These documents must be uploaded to your personal file at www.100x100trail.com, no later than 1 August 2019. Any entrant who fails to provide the required documents in time will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
    4. Medical certificates and consent forms will not be accepted at the start of the race.
  8. ACCEPTANCE OF REGULATIONS AND RACE ETHICS
    Participation in the Tor des Géants® requires unconditional acceptance of these regulations and of the race ethics available to view at www.tordesgeants.it
  9. REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEES
    50% of the registration fee will be refunded in the following circumstances:
    1. where the race is cancelled due to force majeure;
    2. withdrawal due to injury or serious illness, with supporting documentation submitted prior to the race not later than 15 August 2019.
    3. Refunds will not be made under any other circumstances.
  10. RACE NUMBER PLATES AND CHIPS
    1. RACE NUMBER PLATES
      Race numbers are handed individually to all runners on presentation of a photo ID.
      Two race numbers will be issued: one to be worn in a visible position on the chest or stomach at all times, and one to be attached to the backpack.
      Race numbers allow runners free access to shuttles, buses, refreshment areas, treatment rooms, rest rooms, showers, bags, etc.
    2. CHIPS
      Two chips will be issued: one to be worn on the wrist and one attached to the backpack.
      Before the start of the race, all runners must pass through the entrance gates into the reserved starting area in order to register the chip.
      When passing through a checkpoint and on arrival at the finishing line, runners must ensure the chip passes under the timer antenna and that it registers correctly.
  11. GPS TRACKERS
    Each runner is issued with a GPS tracker, which must be fixed on the outside of the backpack and returned after finishing. A deposit of €50 is required, which will be forfeited if the tracker is not returned.
    The tracker is not activated on issue. Runners are responsible for switching their trackers on and checking they are in working order before the race starts, following the instructions provided by the organisation.
  12. SEMI-SELF-SUFFICIENCY

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!


    Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous in terms of safety, subsistence and equipment between two refreshment stops. It also includes the ability to resolve and manage any issues that may arise (bad weather, physical problems, injuries, etc.).

    Daily weather forecasts are displayed at all life bases for runners to assess what type of clothing and equipment they will need to continue the race in safety. If there are any special conditions, the organisation reserves the right to require runners to equip themselves with specific equipment (crampons where the route is over frozen ground, heavy clothing, etc.).
  13. EQUIPMENT

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!
    1. All runners must carry with them for the entire race all the equipment they need to safely confront the challenges of weather, route and altitude. This equipment must be carried in a suitably-sized backpack.
    2. Runners may only offload any equipment they are carrying in their backpacks at life bases (every 50k approximately), where the TOR bags are kept.
    3. In particular circumstances (adverse weather conditions, difficult technical route, etc.), the race marshals may check the equipment that runners are carrying and report to the race organisers. After assessing the situation along with security officials and rescuers, the race organisers may take the decision at their sole discretion to stop a runner from completing the race.
    4. MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
      Equipment that all runners must carry with them for the entire race
      • ​A cup or other container suitable for drinking at refreshment points
      • A mobile phone (add the organisation's secure numbers to the contacts list, check that the mobile number is not hidden, and make sure the battery is fully charged before setting out)
      • Identity document and health insurance card (or similar)
      • Two survival blankets
      • Food supplies
      • Water supply (at least 1.5L)
      • Two working headlamps and spare batteries
    5. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TEST SAFELY
      Equipment that runners may carry in their backpacks or leave in their TOR bags, according to their own assessment or as instructed by the race organisers
      • Shoes of a category between A2 and A5 (intermediate-> trail).
      • Anti-slip device (crampons) (eg: NORTEC , GRIVEL , CAMP)
      • Hooded thermal jacket suitable for cold temperatures (down to -15°)
      • Hooded jacket with rainproof shell, breathable waterproof lining and thermo-taped seams
      • Running bottoms or leggings (to cover the knee at least)
      • Long waterproof over-trousers
      • Warm top layer: long-sleeved top in technical fabric, long trousers
      • Hat that covers the ears
      • Warm, waterproof gloves
      • Change of clothes
      • Whistle
      • Self-treatment first aid kit
      • Power bank to recharge phone and other equipment
      • Altimeter
      • GPS navigator uploaded with the race route (downloadable in KML or GPX format from www.tordesgeants.it)
      • Knife
      • Rope
  14. SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
    1. Rescue points are set up along the route; these are connected to the race organisers by radio or telephone. Ambulances, security personnel and doctors will be available in the area. All the details are contained in a safety plan, approved and registered by the Regional Prefecture of Valle d'Aosta.
      Rescue points are there to provide assistance for anyone experiencing difficulty, via the official agencies or the organisation's own resources.
    2. The official race doctors are authorised to remove runners from the competition if they consider them unfit to continue. Rescue service workers are authorised to remove any runner  from the race that they believe to be in danger, using any means at their disposal.
      In the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organisers and where it is considered necessary, the official mountain rescue services may be called upon to take over the rescue operation using any means they consider appropriate, including helicopter. Any costs incurred by recourse to this method of transport will be charged to the person rescued, in accordance with current regulations.
    3. Any runner who requests the services of a doctor or rescue service worker implicitly submits to their authority and undertakes to abide by any decision they make.
    4. Doctors and health professionals stationed along the trial route will only provide assistance in cases of major medical or health problems. All runners must make sure they take with them everything they need to treat foot problems and small cuts and grazes not requiring medical attention.
    5. HEALTH INSURANCE
      Medical treatment is not free in Italy.
      The costs of rescue by helicopter and emergency medical treatment are only covered by the relevant institutions in the runner's country of residence, or any private insurance policy, if the runner is carrying the following up-to-date documentation:
      1. ITALIAN CITIZENS: health insurance card/tax code
      2. EUROPEAN CITIZENS (including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the UK): European health insurance card
      3. NON-EUROPEAN CITIZENS: payment guarantee letter with the address of the insurance company to which invoices should be sent.
        Anyone who does not have public health coverage (Italian or European health insurance card) or private health insurance (payment guarantee letter from a private insurance company) will be required to pay the full cost of any healthcare provided, including emergency treatment.
        The relevant documentation must be carried with you at all times during the race.
        Runners must pay any non-urgent medical expenses in full.
    6. ​HELICOPTER RESCUE
      Rescue by helicopter is only for patients requiring urgent medical attention and cannot be used simply as a means of transport by runners who withdraw from the race.
      Where a runner is of foreign nationality or not covered by the National Health Service, or in the event of a call-out not justifiable for health reasons, the entire cost must be paid by the runner, even if he/she is registered with the National Health Service (Regional Council Resolution no. 1054// 016)
  15. INSURANCE
    1. The organisation takes out public liability insurance to cover the entire duration of the event. Participation in the race is entirely at the runners' own risk. Runners waive the right to make any claim against the organisers in the event of injury or consequences that may arise subsequent to the race.
      At the time of registering online, runners are required to sign a consent form to complete the registration process.
    2. The organisation undertakes to register all runners with the UISP (Italian Union of Sport for All), which provides injury insurance cover for all  (click here for details).
    3. All runners are required to take out personal injury insurance with a provider of their choice. 
      The ITRA (International Trail Running Association) has developed a special trail running insurance policy,  designed to cover the needs of trail runners who experience difficulties during a race (click here for details).
  16. ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE
    1. Personal assistance is permissible only in the areas specially reserved for this purpose at refreshment points and life bases, and at the discretion of individual refreshment point managers.
      One support person only is allowed for each runner, and he/she must have a pass issued by the organisation.
    2. Support persons may not consume provisions meant for the runners. Runners must help themselves in person to the provisions they require.
    3. Refreshment point managers have the right to remove support personnel who cause inconvenience to the competitors.
    4. Assistants may bring spare clothing and shoes, food and/or supplements for runners.
    5. Professional assistance (team members, professional trainers) and medical or paramedical assistance is strictly prohibited.
    6. The dedicated rest areas, showers and healthcare units are for the exclusive use of runners. Access to these areas is prohibited for support personnel.
    7. Assistance of any kind along the route is prohibited and will lead to disqualification of the runner..
    8. Assistants and support persons must observe road transit restrictions. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    9. Assistance provided with the use of a camper van, car or any other means of transport is prohibited anywhere except at life bases. Runners who are discovered sleeping, eating or receiving assistance outside the authorised points will be disqualified.
  17. COACHING
    Coaching is prohibited during the race and will lead to disqualification of the runner.
  18. REFRESHMENT POINTS AND CHECKPOINTS
    1. All official refreshment points are also checkpoints for runners. Runners are required to ensure they are properly registered (manually or via the electronic chip) as they pass through refreshment points. Failure to register at a checkpoint will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    2. Runners must follow the marked route through refreshment points, even if they are not intending to stop over.
    3. The organisation reserves the right to carry out checks at unofficial checkpoints along the route.
    4. The official refreshment points supply drinks and food strictly for runners only, which must be consumed on site.
    5. Plastic drinking cups are not supplied.
    6. Before leaving a refreshment point, runners must ensure they have enough food and water to last them until the next one.
    7. Some refreshment points have areas where runners may take a short rest, maximum 2 hours. If any runner is unable to continue with the race after a maximum 2-hour stay at a refreshment point or refuge, the on-site volunteers will contact the race organisers to assess whether the runner should be withdrawn from the race.
  19. LIFE BASES -  REST AND SHOWERS
    L ife bases are set up at Valgrisenche, Cogne, Donnas, Gressoney S.J., Valtournenche, Ollomont and Courmayeur, where runners can have a full hot meal, a shower and a longer rest, within time barrier restrictions.
    Sleeping is strictly forbidden other than at the organisation's official checkpoints.
  20. RUNNER BAGS (TOR BAGS)
    1. When runners collect their race numbers they will be given a bag for the equipment they need to complete the race safely (TOR bag). These bags will be transported between the life bases by the organisation. Runners are required to collect their bags in person on entering the life base, and return them in person to the bag collection volunteers when leaving.
    2. Any runner who withdraws from the race should go to the Courmayeur life base where his/her bag will be returned on presentation of the race number.
    3. Bags will not be transported if anything is attached to the outside. Please do not put any fragile items or items of value in the bag. The organisation accepts no responsibility for any items lost or damaged in transit.
  21. WITHDRAWAL AND RETURN TO COURMAYEUR
    1. Runners wishing to withdraw while the race is in progress must go to the nearest checkpoint and report their decision to withdraw. The organisation will then arrange for transport back to the base at Courmayeur.
    2. Any runner who withdraws without reporting the decision immediately, thereby prompting a search by rescue personnel, will be responsible for any costs incurred.
  22. MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME BARRIERS
    1. The maximum time allowed to complete the trial is 150 hours.
    2. A schedule of stages and time barriers is available to download from the DOWNLOADS section at www.tordesgeants.it
    3. Each life base has two time barriers: one at the entrance and one at the exit; these are calibrated to allow runners to reach the finish line within the maximum time allowed, but still make stops (to rest, eat, etc.).The time barriers at interim points are set up as exit barriers.
    4. Runners will not be allowed to leave after the time limit has expired.
  23. CHANGES TO THE ROUTE AND TIME BARRIERS – CANCELLATION OF THE RACE
    1. The organisation reserves the right to change the route, the location of rescue and refreshment points and the time barriers, at any time and without notice.
    2. In the event of adverse weather conditions (severe depression with heavy rain and snowfall at high altitude, severe risk of storms, etc.) the start of the race may be postponed by a maximum of 24 hours, beyond which the race will be cancelled.
    3. Where necessary, the organisation reserves the right to change or remove sections of the route.
  24. ROUTE AND GPS TRACKING
    The race route is available to download from the DOWNLOADS section of the www.tordesgeants.it website, as a gpx or kml file. Registered runners will be notified of any major changes to the route and/or arrangements via newsletters and items posted on the website homepage and official Facebook race page.
  25. DISQUALIFICATION
    1. Race marshals will be stationed along the route to check that runners comply with the regulations.
    2. The race marshals are authorised to carry out checks of any kind. They may stop a runner from competing after reporting an irregularity or infringement to the race organisers.
    3. If an irregularity is confirmed, the runner will be disqualified by the race organisers.
    4. The following infringements are punishable by disqualification:
      1. Refusal to submit to checks
      2. Litter left behind by runner or runner’s assistant
      3. Failure to provide assistance to another runner in difficulty
      4. Refusal to comply with an order from the race organisers, a race marshal, a doctor or a rescuer
      5. Leaving a checkpoint after the time limit has expired
      6. Drugs or refusal to submit to a drugs test
      7. Failure to pass through a checkpoint
      8. Using a means of transport
      9. Verbal abuse or threats from a runner or his/her assistant to a member of the organisation or volunteer.
      10. Sharing and/or exchanging race numbers
      11. Failure to comply with the road transit restrictions by a runner's assistant or support person
      12. Coaching
      13. Assistance given outside authorised points
      14. Any infringement of the race ethics detected
    5. Disqualification is immediate and the runner must leave the race directly.
  26. COMPLAINTS
    Complaints will only be accepted if they are submitted non-anonymously before the closing ceremony, together with a €50 deposit.
  27. JURY
    1. The jury comprises:
      • the race director
      • the head of security
      • any person deemed appropriate by the race director
    2. The jury will reach a decision within the time necessary to deliberate and carry out the required checks.
    3. The jury's decision is final.
  28. RANKINGS AND PRIZES
    1. The runner who arrives at the finish line in Courmayeur in the shortest time wins the race. Runners who complete the Tor des Geants® within the time limit qualify for entry in the final ranking.
    2. No cash prizes will be awarded. Every runner who finishes the race will be awarded the prize of "finisher".
    3. An overall ranking of all male and female runners will be drawn up, as well as separate rankings for men and women. Prizes will be awarded to the top five male and female runners in the overall ranking, and the fastest runner in each category. Prizes for individual categories cannot be given to any runner who has already been awarded another prize.
    4. CATEGORIES
      Age is taken to be the age at the start of the race.
      • V4 - 70 and over
      • V3 - 60 to 69
      • V2 - 50 to 59
      • V1 - 40 to 49
      • SEN - 20 to 39
  29. IMAGE RIGHTS
    All runners expressly waive the right to images taken of them during the event, or grant the organisation and its partners free, unlimited use of any photographs and videos in which they appear.
  30. PRIVACY
    By registering, runners declare that they accept all the clauses of these regulations and the Privacy Policy, which is available to view here.

IMPORTANT 
The original version of this document is in Italian. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Italian version and any of the other linguistic versions of this regulations, the Italian version shall prevail.