Great enthusiasm and a large turnout for the final race of TORX® 2021, which took place over a 30-km course with a difference in altitude of 2,000 metres. The final event, with the presentation of awards, will take place tomorrow
A beautiful sunny day accompanied the more than 500 runners departing from Saint-Rhémy-En-Bosses today for the TOR30 - Passage au Malatrà, the most recent addition to the TORX® and now at its second addition. But what really warmed the hearts of all those involved was the enthusiasm and participation (including that of the spectators) for the event that sees the conclusion of the 2021 edition. The less challenging distance in comparison to the other races in the programme - 30 km and approximately 2,000 metres difference in altitude - undoubtedly represented an excellent opportunity for many trail runners - including some youngsters - to gain experience on mountain running, perhaps with a view to returning here next year for one of the longer races, the TOR130 – Tot Dret, the TOR330 – Tor des Géants®, or the TOR450 – Tor des Glaciers.
The competitors included a significant number of representatives, both managers and employees, from the event’s sponsors, who had been invited to try first-hand the thrill of running at TORX®, demonstrating that the presence of these companies perfectly embodies the spirit of the competition, due above all to a grand passion for this sport and for the mountains.
The first to cross the finish line in Courmayeur was the French Sebastien Poesy, who won with an impressive 2:46:32, cutting the record for the race by six minutes, followed by the Val ‘Aosta-born Elwis Pieiller (3:10:41) and Mattia Droz (3:20:30). The women’s podium was formed by Giuditta Turini from Gressoney, who came sixth overall in 3:25:36, improving her previous time by 50 minutes, followed by the French Alix Muller (3:36:04), and the Val d’Aosta-born athlete Stefania Canale (3:47:07).
The final runners participating in TORX® are due to arrive by 6 p.m. this evening, and tomorrow will be dedicated to presenting the awards. It will, as always, be an intense and moving moment, particularly following an edition such as this, which has been a positive expression of recovery following the obligatory and unwelcome pause last year.