The Tor des Géants, Valle d’Aosta dialect for “tour of the giants” , is the first and only trail competition run individually over a long distance.
It starts and finishes in Courmayeur Mont Blanc but is run on spectacular footpaths throughout the entire Valle d’Aosta, at the foot of the most impressive 4000ers in the Alps.
Considered the hardest ultra-trail in the world, the route starts and finishes in Courmayeur Mont Blanc and follows the two High Level Paths (Alte Vie) in the Valle d'Aosta over a total distance of around 330 km (200 miles) with 24,000 metres of vertical ascent. It starts off on the AV no. 2 in the direction of the lower valley then returns by the AV no. 1.
There are several rest, food and recovery points along the route. The Tor des Géants is a spectacular ultra-trail competition, unique for its length, the beauty of its landscapes, its difficulty, and the enormous exhilaration felt by everyone taking part, competitors, spectators and volunteers alike.
For information: www.tordesgeants.it
Remember the number of participants is limited and pre-registration via the Tor des Géants official website is obligatory.
As well as being particular long, the route includes numerous sections at altitude where the conditions can be very severe (night, wind, cold, rain or snow). Competitors are strongly advised to have taken part in other long trail runs over 2 or more days before taking on this race.
For info and to register: www.tordesgeants.it
For participants, the Tor, as it’s known, is not just a race, it’s also a challenge, a goal, friendship, pushing to the limits, the difficulty of returning to normality, the despondency felt at altitude, cries of joy, powerful emotions, adrenaline and the thrill of the vertical.
2010: Ulrich Gross e Anne Marie Gross
2011: Jules H. Gabioud e Anne Marie Gross
2012: Oscar Perez e Francesca Canepa
2013 Iker Karrera e Francesca Canepa
2014 Franco Collé e Emilie LeCompte
The last finisher:
2010: Gigi Riz
2011: Gianni Savoia
2012: Fracis De Stefani
2013 Michele Zanato e Claude Denaix