The amateur sporting company VDA TRAILERS organizes the Tor des Géants®.
The trail runs through a natural landscape, along the Alte Vie 1 and 2 high-mountain paths in the Valle d'Aosta region (Italy), with the start and finishing line in the municipality of Courmayeur.
The route is around 330 km long, with a total climb of some 24,000 m, and runs through 34 different municipalities.
This is a single-stage, free-pace, semi-self-sufficiency race that must be completed within a set time.
The race is open to all men and women aged 20 or over on the date of entry (categories from Seniors to Veterans), whether or not they are members of a running association. It is recommended to have partaken in at least one long-distance race (100 km) over mountainous terrain with significant climb (5000/6000 D+).
Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous between two refreshment points, in terms of safety, nutrition and equipment, thus allowing one to adapt to encountered or expected problems (poor weather, physical problems, injuries, etc.).
Every runner must carry all the mandatory equipment for the entire length of the race. This equipment must be carried in the rucksack assigned at the distribution of runners' bib numbers, and may not be changed or modified in any way during the race. The race directors may inspect the contents of the rucksack at any time. The participant must submit to this check willingly, under penalty of disqualification.
There will be refreshment points located along the course, supplied with beverages and food, which are strictly reserved for the runners and must be consumed on location.
A number of re-supply official points will be set up along the route, for runners only, with food and drink that must be consumed on the spot.
Plastic cups will not be provided at any of the refreshment points; runners must have their own cup or other personal container suitable for the purpose.
Only still water will be provided for filling up water bottles or camel bags. Each runner must ensure that upon leaving each re-supply point s/he has the regulation amount of food and water necessary to make it to the following refreshment point.
Personal assistance along the route is forbidden. It is permitted at the refreshment points, provided the areas reserved for runners are not encroached upon and that the road regulations are complied with.
At the life bases personal assistance will be permitted only in a specific area set aside for the purpose. All other areas will be strictly reserved for runners.
Personal assistance is permitted only and exclusively at refreshment points, in an area specifically designated for this purpose and at the discretion of the official in charge of the point. Only one personal assistant is allowed for each runner. Personal assistants are not permitted to access refreshment points and eat food reserved for the runners. The member of the race organisation in charge of the refreshment point has the authority to remove any personal assistants who are disturbing the runners in the race.
Every runner must follow the designated path through the refreshment point, even if they do not stop.
Every refreshment point is a checkpoint. Runners must make sure that they have been correctly registered, no matter what system is used to record passing through checkpoints.
In the life bases, assistance may be provided by only one person wearing a pass issued by the organisation, without the need for special equipment (medical/health material, material for massages and/or physiotherapy). The assistant can bring the runner clothing and spare shoes, food and/or supplements. Professional assistance (team, professional trainer) and medical or paramedical assistance is strictly forbidden. The areas designated for rest, showers and medical health care are reserved solely and exclusively for runners. Access by assistants in these areas is forbidden.
Any type of personal assistance along the way is forbidden; availing of such will lead to disqualification. Assistants/companions are required to observe the road transit restrictions. Any infringement found to have occurred regarding this subject will result in disqualification of the competitor.
Providing assistance outside of life bases, by utilising campers, automobiles or any other means is forbidden. Runners found sleeping, eating or seeking assistance outside of the authorised points will be disqualified.
Accompaniment along the length of the course is forbidden, under penalty of disqualification of the runner.
By entering the race, each runner undertakes to take with him/her all the compulsory material listed below throughout the race. Failure to do so will result in application of the established penalties.
Compulsory (checks carried out along the route):
- running shoes between the categories A2 and A5 (intermediate-> trail). A0 minimalist running shoes and A1 super light shoes are not permitted
- crampons with spikes
- Rucksack (or backpack+fanny pack) with sufficient capacity to contain all the mandatory equipment
- Identity card
- water bottle or camel bag
- cup or other container suitable for drinking at the refreshment points
- food supplies
- water supplies (minimum 1,5L)
- two working headlamps with spare batteries
- two survival blankets
- elastic adhesive bandage that can be used as a dressing
- water resistant shell jacket with impermeable-breathable membrane and taped seams with hood designed to withstand poor weather conditions at high altitudes
- running trousers or leggings (at least to below the knee)
- long sleeved microfleece
- gloves and waterproof overgloves
- mobile phone (add the safety numbers of the organisation to the phone book, do not conceal the number, and make sure the battery is fully charged before setting out)
- warm clothing
- change of clothes
- GPS satellite
- GPS tracks of the route (downloaded from the site www.tordesgeants.it)
- Possible checks of material when leaving the life bases and refreshment points; at these points, runners may be obliged to wear appropriate clothing in case of bad weather
- Material check when distributing bibs to all the competitors
- Spot checks of all the obligatory material along the route
- Identity card check in the event of loss of wrist band
- Spot checks of adherence to the regulations along the route
BIBS AND CHIPS
Each bib is given individually to each runner, upon presentation of photo ID.
Each runner will be given two bib numbers: one that must be worn and clearly visible on the chest or stomach and another that should be attached to the rucksack if possible.
The chip is provided together with the bib, and must be worn on the wrist. Before the start of the race, it is compulsory for each runner to pass through the entrance gates to the reserved starting area, so the chip can be registered.
When passing through a checkpoint, and on arrival, runners must ensure the chip is read by the timing antenna and that it is registered correctly.
The bib number is required for access to the shuttles, buses, re-supply areas, treatment and rest rooms, showers, bags, etc.
When the bibs are given out, each runner will also be given a bag for changes/spares, which will be transported by the organisers from one life base to the next. In the race pack is a sticker with the bib number to be attached to the bag. Fragile or valuable objects should not be placed in the bags. If a runner pulls out of the race, his/her bag will be taken to the life base in Courmayeur, where s/he may collect it upon presentation of his/her bib number.
Bags with objects attached to the outside will not be transported. The organisers may not be held liable for the loss or damage of any objects during transport. Bags must be taken when entering the life base and returned when leaving, solely and exclusively by the runner, never by volunteers or assistants.
SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Rescue points will be set up along the route, each of them with a phone or radio link to the race headquarters. Ambulances, civil protection service personnel and doctors will be present in the area.
The rescue points are designed to provide assistance to anyone in difficulty, using the organisation’s own means or through services with which the organisation has an agreement.
The official race doctors are authorised to withdraw from the competition any entrants they consider are not fit to continue. Members of the rescue services are authorised to remove from the race, by any means available to them, any runners they believe are in danger.
If necessary, and in the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organisers, the official mountain rescue services may be called upon to take over operations, using any means they consider appropriate, including a helicopter. Any costs deriving from such exceptional transport will be charged to the person who has been rescued, as per the regulations in force.
Any runners who request the services of a doctor or rescuer implicitly submit to their authority and undertake to accept any decisions taken.
Doctors and health personnel stationed along the race course provide assistance only in case of medical problems/health problems. Each runner must make sure to carry with them all the necessary material for taking care of their feet and small scratches that do not require medical intervention.
CHECKPOINTS AND RE-SUPPLY POINTS
All official refreshment points along the route are checkpoints. Whatever method is used to record passing through checkpoints (automatic chip or manually), runners are obliged to be sure that they have been correctly registered. The lack of a record of passing through a checkpoint will result in the disqualification of the runner.
The organisation reserves the right to carry out checks at unannounced locations along the route.
MAXIMUM RACE TIME PERMITTED AND TIME DEADLINES
The maximum time allotted for the completion of the race is 150 hours.
The time limits (time barriers) for entering and leavingthe main checkpoints will be determined and listedon the website: www.tordesgeants.it.
There are two time barriers at every life station: one for entering and one for leaving.
These barriers are calculated to allow participants to arrive at the finishing line within the set maximum time limit, even when factoring in possible stops for rest and meals. In order to be allowed to continue the race, runners must arrive at the life base within the time barrier for entry and leave within the time barrier for exiting.
In the event of poor weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organisers reserve the right to suspend the race or to make changes to the deadlines set.
REST AND SHOWERS
Hot showers can be taken only at the life bases in Valgrisenche, Cogne, Donnas, Gressoney S.J., Valtournenche, Ollomont and Courmayeur. Showers can only be taken at the life bases in Valgrisenche, Cogne, Donnas, Gressoney S.J., Valtournenche, Ollomont and Courmayeur. At the life bases, it will be possible to stop for a prolonged rest within the limits of the time barrier. At all other points, there will be places available for short rests of a maximum of two hours. If a runner is not able to depart again from a refreshment or rest point at the end of two hours, the volunteers on location will contact race officials, who will decide whether the runner will be put out of the race.
Sleeping outside of the organisation's checkpoints is strictly forbidden.
WITHDRAWAL AND RETURN TO COURMAYEUR
Runners who decide to pull out of the race along the route must proceed to the nearest checkpoint and inform the organisers of their decision so that transport back to the base in Courmayeur can be organised.
Runners who fail to notify the organisers immediately, thereby setting in motion search operations by the rescue staff, will be liable to pay any costs deriving therefrom.
Along the route, there will be race officials who will be authorized to verify the runners’ compliance with the regulations.
The officials are allowed to carry out any kind of check. If any irregularity or infringement of the regulations is DETECTED, they may stop the competitor. After notifying the Race Management of the irregularities discovered, they may apply a penalty decided by the Management, as per the following table:
Absence of mandatory safety materials: crampons, water resistant shell jacket, trousers to at least below the knee and overtrousers, long sleeved microfleece, gloves, 2 survival blankets, 2 headlamps, mobile phone, crampons
Absence of other mandatory materials: hat or bandana, whistle, food supplies, cup, altimeter
Penalty 4 hours
Refusal to submit to a check
Littering by runners or by their assistants
Refusal to help another runner in distress
Refusal to obey an order from race managers, race officials, doctors or rescuers
Departure from a checkpoint after the set deadline
Doping or refusal to submit to an anti-doping check
Failure to pass through a checkpoint
Use of a means of transport
Insults, rudeness or threats against a member of the organisation or a volunteer on the part of a runner or a runner's assistants
Sharing or exchanging bib numbers
Failure to observe road transit restrictions by runners' assistants/companions
Receiving assistance outside of allowed points
Any breach of ethics discovered during the race
Disqualification means the runner must abandon the race immediately.
Penalties will be applied by adding 4 hours to the final race time, allowing the runner to complete the course.
Irregularities demonstrated by video images sent to the organisers, even after the race, may result in disqualification or penalties.
All complaints must be submitted in writing and not anonymously, and in any case before the closing ceremony of the event, with a deposit of € 50.00.
The jury is made up of:
- the race manager
- the head of safety
- the head race officials
- the local head of operations
- persons deemed competent for the purpose by the race manager
The jury will take the time it considers necessary to carry out the checks required, and its decisions are final.
CHANGES TO THE ROUTE OR TO THE TIME DEADLINES – CANCELLATION OF THE RACE
The organisers reserve the right, at any time and without prior notice, to make changes to the route or to the location of the rescue and refreshment points or to the time deadlines.
In the event of adverse weather conditions (a strong depression with heavy rain and snow at altitude, a high risk of storms), the start of the race may be postponed for 24 hours at most, after which time the race will be cancelled.
Where necessary, the organisers reserve the right to make changes to or eliminate certain stretches of the route.
The organisers will take out civil liability insurance for the duration of the race. Entrants take part in the race under their own responsibility, thereby relieving the organisers of any and all responsibility in the event of damage or other consequences that may derive from the race.
Before the online entry procedure can be completed, runners must sign a liability release.
The organisation shall ensure that each participant is registered as a member of the UISP (Italian Union of Sport for All).
Each runner must acquire personal injury insurance from an insurance company of his/her choice.
ROAD BOOK AND GPS TRAILS
The route description is available on the website www.tordesgeants.it
on the ROUTE page, and it includes all the practical information Given the complexity of the race, information contained in the route description may not be correct. Any substantial change of route and/or logistics will be communicated via a newsletter, news on the site’s home page, and a post on the race’s official FB page, made available to all registered runners. From the same page of the website, you can download the route trails in gpx or kml format, as well as a list of planned checkpoints which will also include the time barrier.
RANKINGS AND PRIZES
The race winner will be the runner that takes the shortest time to reach the finishing line in Courmayeur.
Each life base reached will be considered an achievement in itself, and each runner will be given a prize in recognition of his or her efforts. Reaching the life bases along the route does not in itself entitle the runner to a place in the rankings and the corresponding points awarded for a qualifying race. To be awarded points as a qualifying race. Access to the final classification will be given only to runners who finish the Tor des Géants within the time limit.
No money prizes will be given.
Each runner who completes the race will be given a “finisher” prize.
An overall ranking will be drawn up of all entrants, as well as separate rankings for men and women.
Prizes will be awarded to the first five men and women in the overall rankings, and to the first runners to finish in each category. The category awards are not added to prizes already awarded.
● V4 from 70 years up
● V3 from 60 to 69 years
● V2 from 50 to 59 years
● V1 from 40 to 49 years
● SEN from 20 to 39 years
Each participant expressly foregoes his/her image rights for the duration of the race, and undertakes not to take any action against the organisers and their authorised partners for the use of his/her image.