Experiencing the TOR330 – Tor des Géants®, the queen race of the event, covering 330 kilometers and with 24,000 meters of elevation gain, means cultivating a dream — the dream of anyone who runs in the mountains. The Tor is an undertaking, an adventure, a challenge against oneself. The top runners challenge the podium times, but all aim to become giants, to cross the finish line within the time limit, experiencing powerful emotions and enjoying one of the most spectacular environments in the world, along the two Alte Vie della Valle d’Aosta that take the participants to the foot of iconic mountains such as Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso, and the Matterhorn.
The Tor is the event that has upended the world of trail running in just ten years, modernizing and offering a new face to the ultra-trail universe. So much so that today it’s almost hard to remember what the realm of long distances was like before the Tor. New distances, uncommon elevation gains, and then that matter of sleep deprivation. Hours and hours of running, eight minutes of sleep, and off again for more hours on the trails. The result is frequently race hallucinations, which today embellish the passionate stories of those who have experienced those 330 kilometers but which at the time sounded like madness!
Would it make sense to organize an event like this? Who would sign up for such a hard race? Questions and uncertainties that pushed the organizers toward an “edition zero,” a test to understand how many giants would be able to complete the Tor’s 330 kilometers with 24,000 meters of elevation gain. Not professional athletes, but ordinary people, with jobs and families, who from that day on would spend a large share of their free time pursuing their ambition of becoming giants, of completing the Tor and putting on the finisher’s jersey.
A year later, the first real edition would take place. The rest is history.
The event has grown over the years, and the tenth anniversary saw the creation of the TORX®, which comprises a series of races that run through the mountains of Valle d’Aosta in September.