Tor des Géants

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Tor des Géants
Tor des Géants runners with the Gran Paradiso in background
Event Race
Sport Trail running
Nation Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Participant 865 from all over the world (2017)
Date yearly, mid-September
Length about 330km (205mi)
Winner Javier Dominguez Ledo (2017)
Record 67h52'15" (set in 2017)
Site Official site

Tor des Géants (meaning Tour of Giants in Valdôtain patois) is an endurance trail race which takes place in Aosta Valley, Italy, in September.


It provides prizes for all participants who complete the run before the cutoff. The start and the finish are in Courmayeur. The total length of the race is 330 km (205mi) which must be completed in less than 150 hours. There are 43 refreshment points at which the runners can eat, sleep and, if needed, obtain medical care. There are also 7 life bases, which are bigger than refreshment points. They are placed about every 50 km (31mi). Because of its difficulty, many athletes do not complete the trail. The completion rate is about 60%. Around 2000 volunteers are used to organize the race. Due to the difference between the highest point and the lowest point, weather can be an additional obstacle. As they travel, the competitors can encounter sun, rain, wind, and even snow. The number of participants is limited because of the complexity of managing people over the 330 km trek. For the 2015 edition there have been 2291 pre-registrations. For 2016 it will be conducted under ITRA regulations, the governing body for trail races in the Mont Blanc and Alpine region.

The first inaugural edition was in 2010.

The 2012 edition was interrupted on the fourth night and stopped on the fifth day at En Bosses (303 km). About 70 runners completed the whole course.

The 2013 edition was marked by the death of the Chinese runner, Yang Yuan. He fell and he hit his head on rocks during the first rainy night of the race. There is a monument at the site of the accident. The cairn has inscribed a poem written by Yang Yuan.

The 2015 edition was interrupted on the third night due to severe weather and stopped on the fourth night, because Col Malatra got covered by ice. Only six runners completed the whole distance.

In 2016 local authorities organized a competing race 4K VDA. The suspected reasons were concerns for runner's safety and the costs. The race started and ended in Cogne and went clockwise (unlike Tor).

Since the 2017 edition has been introduced a geolocation service via GPS system. Through the Tor des Géants website[1], for each athlete are shown: time of pass at specific points along the path, overall raking, medium speed, distance and elevation gain traveled. There is also a map that shows the athletes live position[2].


The trail is a tour of Aosta Valley following the two "High Routes" of the region, the Italian: Alta Via n.2 or French: Haute route n°2[3] for the first half of the race, and the Italian: Alta Via n.1 or French: Haute route n°1[4] for the second half of the race. During the tour, the runners cross 34 municipalities, 25 mountain passes over 2000 metres, 30 alpine lakes and 2 natural parks. The minimum altitude is 300 m (985ft) and the highest is 3,300 m (10800ft). The total elevation gain is about 24,000 m (78700ft).[5]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Male 2010
# Runner Category Time
1 Italy Ulrich Gross Sen 80h27'23"
2 Spain Salvador Calvo Redondo Vet 2 86h47'54"
3 France Guillaume Millet Vet 1 87h17'37"
Female 2010
# Runner Category Time
1 Italy Annemarie Gross Vet 1 91h19'13"
2 Germany Julia Boettger Sen 100h03'51"
3 France Corinne Favre Sen 114h40'37"
Male 2011
# Runner Category Time
1 Switzerland Henri-Jules Gabioud Sen 1 79h58'26"
2 France Christophe Le Saux Sen 2 84h09'46"
3 Spain Pablo Criado Toca Sen 2 89h43'07"
Female 2011
# Runner Category Time
1 Italy Annemarie Gross Vet 1 91h28'31"
2 Italy Patrizia Pensa Vet 1 102h25'42"
3 Italy Giuliana Arrigoni Vet 1 102h26'05"
Male 2012
# Runner Actual time Recalculated time
1 Spain Oscar Perez 75h56'31 75h56'31"
2 France Grégoire Millet 78h50'03" 78h50'03"
3 France Christophe Le Saux 80h14'14" 80h14'14"
Female 2012
# Runner Actual time Recalculated time
1 Italy Francesca Canepa 99h13'56" 85h33'56"
2 Italy Sonia Glarey 104h45'54" 96h59'54"
3 Italy Patrizia Pensa 106h00'15" 97h06'15"
Male 2013
# Runner Overall place Time
1 Spain Iker Karrera 1 70h04'15"
2 Spain Oscar Perez 2 70h29'41"
3 Italy Franco Collé 3 72h05'23"
Female 2013
# Runner Overall place Time
1 Italy Francesca Canepa 15 88h12'17"
2 Spain Nerea Martinez Urruzola 20 91h01'42"
3 Italy Emanuela Scilla Tonetti 25 94h45'59"
Male 2014
# Runner Overall place Time
1 Italy Franco Collé 1 71h49'10"
2 United States Hollon Nickademus 2 76h29'38"
3 France Guillon Antoine 3 79h02'29"
Female 2014
# Runner Overall place Time
1 France Émilie Lecomte 9 85h53'14"
2 Italy Lisa Borzani 22 94h43'46"
3 Switzerland Denise Zimmermann 32 98h27'16"
Male 2015
# Runner Overall place Time
1 France Patrick Bohard 1 80h20'35"
2 Italy Gianluca Galeati 2 80h44'34"
3 France Christophe Le Saux 3 81h19'25"
Female 2015
# Runner Overall place Time Arrive base
1 Switzerland Denise Zimmermann 9 79h12'35" Ollomont Out
2 Italy Lisa Borzani 22 80h16'24" Ollomont Out
3 Italy Marina Plavan 32 85h55'00" Ollomont In
Male 2016
# Runner Overall place Time
1 Italy Oliviero Bosatelli 1 75h10'22"
2 Spain Oscar Perez Lopez 2 81h14'50"
3 Spain Pablo Criado Toca 3 83h40'10"
Female 2016
# Runner Overall place Time
1 Italy Lisa Borzani 7 91h09'44"
2 Canada Stephanie Case 14 98h15'27"
3 France Maria Semerjian 19 100h18'42"