Tears and joy,smiles and compassion.The prize awarding ceremony of the fourth Tor des Geants®, has been a mix of emotions. The tragic incident of the Chinese runner Yuan Yang has touched everyone, and the manifestation went in a very special way.
Previously of the incoronation of the winners and the handover of the finisher t-shirt,for all the 383 trailers who have concluded the entire race,was read a letter( in four languages) that Yuan Yang had written and given to the organisation just before starting his adventure.In this letter the runner expressed his proper joy to participate at such an unique and fascinating event.After the reading of the text there was maintained a minute of silence which turned into an emotional applause.
After having honoured Yuan Yang, who remains an eternal giant of the Tor ,the ceremony continued with the felt acknowledgements of the organisation for the more than 1600 volunteers, real motor and soul of the manifestation.
Right after the big moment of the heroes of this long adventure,all 383 participants have been celebrated.From the king of this edition, Iker Karrera and the queen Francesca Canepa, setting both new records, up to the last two classificated, Claude Denaix and Michele Zenato, arrived yesterday at Courmayeur.
Applaused by everybody ,the myth of skyrunning Bruno Brunod, who was offered the special price “Spirit of the Tor” by the main sponsor Tecnica. The other main sponsor Montura has then offered the prize "Last....but though..!!! at the last five arrived.Acknowledgements were given even by the other sponsors of the event: Grivel has honoured the best residents of the Aosta Valley,Alpigas the last native finisher. The prize of the nations this year went to Spain.
Last but not least there was the announcement of the winners of the Instagram Photo Challenge by Pellissier VDA. And in the very end a parade of all 383 participants at the Forum Sport Center Of Courmayeur.