Tor des Geants

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





Fri, 10/01/2020 - 17:50 -- redazione-courmayeur
    The TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers is organised by VDA TRAILERS, a limited liability amateur sports association.
    A foot race in natural surroundings that follows Alte Vie paths 3 and 4 in the Valle d'Aosta (Italy), starting and finishing at Courmayeur. A distance of approximately 453,20km with a positive altitude difference of around 31,040 metres (ITRA evaluation).
    The race is run in a single, free-speed stage within a limited time, in conditions of semi-self-sufficiency.
    The TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers route includes several high-altitude sections, some over 3000 meters, with extremely harsh weather conditions (wind, cold, rain, snow and ice), alternating with sections at much lower altitudes where conditions can be the exact opposite (very hot).
    The race is run along official Valle d'Aosta trails. 
    There will be no signposting other than the official signage in the region. Runners will find their bearings using their own satellite navigation devices.
    Runner must be prepared to cope with varying weather conditions between support points, 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.

    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 know how to follow a GPS trail, use a compass and an altimeter, and locate your position on a map;
    • 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 difficulties (darkness, high wind, freezing temperatures, fog, rain, snow and ice) 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 TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers, across mountain terrain, your safety depends on your own capacity for self-management in extreme situations.
    The trial takes place along official Valle d'Aosta Region trails, following the four Alte Vie trails in the Valle d'Aosta. In some places the TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers route overlaps the TOR330 - Tor des Géants® route:
    • La Thuile - Deffeyes refuge
    • Lac du Fond - Planaval
    • Pontboset - Dondena refuge
    • Donnas - Gressoney Saint Jean
    • Ponteille - Champillon Refuge
    • Courmayeur - Frassati refuge
    • The TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers route is not marked anywhere other than these common sections. Runners must follow the trail on their GPS devices and find their bearings using a map, compass and altimeter.
    To participate in the TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers you must have completed a TOR330 - Tor des Géants® event in less than 130 hours (120 hours for the 2012 event - stop after Gressoney OUT for 2015).
    The registration fee is €1000.
    The fee includes all the services outlined in the regulations, the race package, buffet on finishing, accommodation at partner lodges, any return transport to the base at Courmayeur, and transfer of personal official bags to life bases at Cogne, Donnas, Gressoney and Courmayeur.
      The maximum number of runners admitted will be 200.
      By paying the registration fee, runners declare that they have read and accepted the race regulations. mm
      There are no wild cards for this event. 
    To proceed to registration you must first sign up at, the VDA Trailers website.  
    It is advisable to sign up with the website before the pre-registration period opens.
      Pre-registration is open from 12pm on 1 February 2020 to 6pm on 14 February 2020. Candidates must complete the online form in full and pay the fee of €500.
      Pre-registrations will be entered in the organisation's database when transfer of the payment is confirmed by the online interbank service.
      If the number of pre-registered exceeds the maximum number of bibs available, a draw will be organized in the same way as the TOR330 - Tor des Géants®.
      Once the maximum 200 places have been filled, the pre-registration fee will be reimbursed in full to unsuccessful candidates. Reimbursements will be made no later than 31 May 2020. 
      All runners whose names are drawn will be sent a confirmation email by 28 February 2019, and must pay the €500 registration fee by credit card between 1 and 15 March 2019 to complete 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 (ie by the 15 March 2019 deadline) will forfeit their entitlement to register and another pre-registered runner will take their place. The registration fee will be refunded in full. Reimbursements will be made no later than 31 May 2019.
      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.
    2. The consent form must be completed and uploaded in your personal area on the website no later than 1st August 2020.

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

      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.
    4. In Italy, the visit for the competitive medical certificate is made up of the following tests: spirometry, the electrocardiogram under stress, the visual test and the urine test.
      Given that in each country the standards are different, we require a medical certificate that has the following characteristics:
      - athlete data
      - the wording competitive or in competition
      - the date of issue
      - the stamp of the doctor
      - the doctor's signature
      For foreign certificates, if possible, request a copy in English or French.
    5. These documents must be uploaded to your personal file at, no later than 1 August 2020. Any entrant who fails to provide the required documents in time will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
    6. Medical certificates and consent forms will not be accepted at the start of the race.
    Participation in the TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers requires unconditional acceptance of these regulations and of the race ethics available at
    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 2020.
    3. Refunds will not be made under any other circumstances.
      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 at the finishing line, runners must ensure the chip passes under the timer antenna and that it registers correctly.
    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 €100 is required, which will be forfeited if the tracker is not returned.
    The GPS trackers are the principal means of tracking runners' progress.
    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.

    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 and partner refuges for runners to assess what type of clothing and equipment they will need to continue the race in safety.

    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 the life bases in Cogne, Donnas and Gressoney, where they have access to their TOR bags.
    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.
      Equipment that all runners must carry with them for the entire race
      • GPS navigator uploaded with the race route (downloadable in KML or GPX format from
      • Maps of the route (downloadable from
      • Altimeter and compass​
      • 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
      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 
      • Knife
      • Rope (lanyard for little reparations)
    1. Refuges and rescue points are connected to the race organisers by radio or telephone. 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 in 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.
      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.
      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)
    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).
    1. The assistants are required to comply with the regulation under penalty of disqualification of the runner.
    2. Refreshment point managers have the right to send away assistants who cause inconvenience to the competitors or do not comply with the regulation.
    3. 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.
    4. Support persons may not consume provisions meant for the runners. Runners must help themselves in person to the provisions they require.
    5. Assistants may bring spare clothing and shoes, food and/or supplements for runners.
    6. Professional assistance (team members, professional trainers) and medical or paramedical assistance is strictly prohibited.
    7. The dedicated rest areas, showers and healthcare units are for the exclusive use of runners. Access to these areas is prohibited for support personnel.
    8. Assistance of any kind along the route is prohibited and will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    9. Assistants and support persons must observe road transit restrictions. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    10. 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.
    Coaching is prohibited during the race and will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    1. All partner refuges are check points for sections of the route. Runners are required to ensure they are properly registered (manually or via the electronic chip) as they pass through the checkpoints. Failure to register at a checkpoint will lead to disqualification of the runner.
      The organisation reserves the right to carry out checks at unofficial checkpoints along the route.
    2. The organisation has arranged for runners to use the sleeping accommodation, subsistence and shower facilities free of charge at partner refuges. Runners must observe the rules of the refuge and not disturb other people using the facilities.
    3. Before leaving a refuge, runners must ensure they have enough food and water to last them until they reach the next refreshment point.
    4. All runners must check that the battery of their GPS tracker is fully charged on their departure from each refuge.
    Life bases are set up at Cogne, Donnas, Gressoney Saint Jean 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.
    1. Along the stretch of route that overlaps with the TOR330 - Tor des Géants®, only the refreshment points operating at the time will be open to TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers runners. 
    2. The official refreshment points supply drinks and food strictly for runners only, which must be consumed on site.
    3. Plastic drinking cups are not supplied.
    4. Before leaving a refreshment point, runners must ensure they have enough food and water to last them until the next one.
    5. 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. 
    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.
    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 in 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.
    1. The maximum time allowed to complete the trial is 190 hours.
    2. A schedule of stages and time barriers is available to download from the DOWNLOADS section at 
    3. Runners will not be allowed to leave after the time limit has expired.
    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. The organisation reserves the right to change or remove sections of the route where necessary.
    The race route is available to download from the DOWNLOADS section of the 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.
    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.
    Complaints will only be accepted if they are submitted non-anonymously before the closing ceremony, together with a €50 deposit.
  29. 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.
    1. The runner who arrives at the finish line in Courmayeur in the shortest time wins the race. Runners who complete the TOR450 - Tor des Glaciers within the time limit will 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.
      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
    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.
    By registering, runners declare that they accept all the clauses of these regulations and the Privacy Policy, which is available to view here.

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.