Tor Des Geants 336 K in Aosta Valley
The BIG ultratrail race in Aosta Valley is getting closer. Sunday at 10 am the 500 runners will take off on one of the longest and toughest ultratrail races in the world. Total distance is 336 K with a total elevation of 24 000m D+ (‘Denivel’ which means the total ascent and descent). No swedish runners will take part in this edition; the Scandinavian countries are represented by one runner from Finland and one from Denmark. More info in the pressrelease below:
The Tor des Géants® is one of the world’s most challenging endurance trails (in terms of altitude difference and length). It takes place in the heart of the Italian Alps, in a single stage that runs right through Valle d’Aosta.
The countdown has begun. The runners, the organisers and the 1,200 volunteers are gearing up for this great adventure along the Alte Vie routes in Valle d’Aosta, a race that runs through 2 natural parks (the Gran Paradiso National Park and the Mont Avic Regional Park) and
a nature reserve (Mont Mars). The route winds its way around the foot of Mont Blanc (4,810 m), the Rutor (3,486 m), the Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), Monte Rosa (4,634 m) and the Matterhorn (4,478 m): the 5 giants of the Alps.
The 500 runners signed up (from 22 different countries) are raring to go, and can’t wait to set out on this extraordinary adventure, limited to just 500 entrants. Ahead of them lie 330 km of superlative landscapes, with 25 mountain passes of over 2,000 m, an altitude difference of 24,000 m and a time limit of 150 hours.
In Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc, at exactly 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 11 September, the race will officially commence.
Over the following six days and six nights, trailers will be running, marching and running once more, with the sole aim of completing this
great race around Valle d’Aosta within the deadline set. Along the way, they’re sure to encounter cold weather (since they’ll have to cross two passes at over 3,000 m), warm September temperatures – as well as perhaps fog, wind and rain, who knows?
All the runners are aware of what lies ahead: hard, gruelling conditions, joy, pain, encounters and exchanges, breathtaking scenery. This is what ultra-trails are all about. Every entrant is well equipped and raring to go, ready to set out on a journey that won’t be easy, but is sure to be a marvellous experience.
The first runner is expected to cross the finishing line in the centre of Courmayeur from about 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 14 September, about 80 hours after the start of the race. Ulrich Gross (ITA), the 2010 winner with a time of 80:27:00 hours, is one of this year’s favourites, along with his sister Anne-Marie Gross, who finished last year in 91:19:00 hours… but
for this 2nd edition there are also numerous outsiders in the ranks who just might surprise us.
Profile of entrants
– average age 45
– oldest runner 72
– youngest runner 24
– 51 women
– 455 men