920 athletes were at the starting line, 72 nations coming from all the five continents will tread the trails of this Italian region: TOR started at noon on a cold Sunday 8 September 2019. Courmayeur was crowded as never before, with all the parking lots full and the streets packed with people behind the barriers.The athletes will face – some to win the race, some to challenge themselves – a route of 356 km with 27390 km of elevation gain (ITRA evaluation). Winners will be in Courmayeur around noon on Wednesday 11 September. Franco Collé won last year’s edition in 74h03’00”, whereas the record of the race is by Spanish Javi Dominguez Ledo, in 67h52’15” in 2017.
The youngest ultrarunner is Mattia Limontini, born in 1998 and running for the Army, while the “grandpa” of TOR X is Joaquim Sanpaio, 72 years old from Portugal.The head of Tor des Glaciers has changed
The journey of the pioneers of Tor des Glaciers continues. Luca Papi is now leading the group and in the morning was in the life base in Cogne, followed by Javier Puit and Masahiro Ono. The first of the four women is still Marina Plavan.
Nine withdrawals: besides Fabio Menni are also Dario La Martina, Charlie Sanguinetti, Mario Ramos, Alfio Rinaldo, Thierry Ador, Nathanael Jacqmin, Massimo Pica, Sylvain Oeillet.