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Ethics

The world of trail running brings together different sorts of people who do not only practise sport, but who also believe in and respect a number of important values that form the ethics of sport.

Respect for People
Self-respect: no cheating, either before or during the run;
Respect for the other runners: always help another runner in difficulty;
Respect for the volunteers: they take part in the race simply for the pleasure of helping out.
Respect for Nature
Respect plants and wildlife: don’t leave rubbish behind.
Stick to the paths marked, without taking shortcuts, in order to prevent soil erosion.
No money prizes
Just a prize to reward each runner who finishes the trail.
Sharing and solidarity
Everyone, be they runners or volunteers, should take action to ensure support is provided in all situations.

Preliminary statement: important note regarding the SARS COV 2 pandemic (COVID 19)

The persistence of the pandemic still makes it difficult to predict the scenarios that will arise during the days of the event. In the coming months, all the measures necessary for the realization of the Gran Trail Courmayeur 2022 will be defined in compliance with the prescriptions that will gradually arrive from the competent national and international authorities. This regulation will be unilaterally updated accordingly. Any substantial changes will be communicated through the 100x100 Trail newsletter, published on the website and on all official race channels.
 
Gran Trail Courmayeur, GTC100, GTC50, GTC30 are trademarks owned or used exclusively by VDA Trailers. Any communication of the event or use of images of it must be done in observance of the name of the event and registered trademarks, subject to agreement by the organisation.

Any dissemination for commercial purposes of photographic or video images captured during the event, via any means (internet, social networks, TV, press, magazines, etc.), without written authorisation from the organisation is prohibited.

  1. ORGANISATION

    The Gran Trail Courmayeur is organised by VDA TRAILERS, a limited liability amateur sports association, with the patronage of Courmayeur, Pré-Saint-Didier and La Thuile municipalities.
     
  2. DESCRIPTION

    Three trail runs through a natural landscape, along Val Veny and Val Ferret with the start and finishing line in the municipality of Courmayeur and going through the municipalities of Pré-Saint-Didier and La Thuile. This is a single – stage race with complete freedom in speed that must be completed within a set time.

    GTC100 :
    Race of about 100km with an altitude range of 7900 mt; it must be completed in 33 hours.

    GTC55 :
    Race of about 55km with an altitude range of 3800 mt; it must be completed in 18 hours.

    GTC30 :
    Race of about 30km with an altitude range of 2000 mt; it must be completed in 8 hours.

    Difficulty level
    HARD: difficult track racing, expert trailers, rugged, exposed and steep terrain, with short stretches equipped but without mountaineering difficulties, prolonged passages an important quote

    ITRA classification
    When it comes to trail racing, there is something for everyone! ITRA categorizes trail races according to their level of difficulty.
     
    Knowing the difficulty of a trail race allows runners to select the race that best suits their needs as well as to prepare for it to the best of their ability.
    ITRA race evaluation provides runners and organizers with a consistent measure all around the world.
    ITRA uses a validated method to calculate the level of difficulty of a race and this method is based on the notion of ‘Km-effort’.
    The total “Km-effort” of a race are calculated by taking into account both the distance and the elevation gain

    GTC100 ITRA Points 5 Mountain Points 10
    GTC55 ITRA Points 3 Mountain Points 8
    GTC30 ITRA Points 2 Mountain Points 8

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!

    If you are considering taking part, it is therefore imperative:
    • to be totally aware of the unusual length and peculiarities of the race;
    • to be thoroughly prepared, both physically and mentally;
    • to have equipped yourself before the race for total self-reliance in the mountains, so that you can manage any problems involved with this type of endurance trail, in particular:
      • coping alone and in isolation with the physical and psychological problems of extreme fatigue, gastro-intestinal upsets, muscle and joint pain, minor cuts and injuries, etc;
      • managing altitude and weather conditions that could potentially cause extreme difficulty (darkness, high wind, freezing temperatures, fog, rain and snow) without any help;
      • understanding that the organisation is not responsible for helping runners to manage any common issues that might arise and that with races like the Tor des Géants®, across mountain terrain, your safety depends on your own capacity for self-management in extreme situations.
         
  3. TERMS OF REGISTRATION

    The race is open to any man or woman over the age of 18 at the time of registration, members or otherwise (categories include Seniors and Veterans). There are no specific restrictions on registering for the Gran Trail Courmayeur, but it is strongly recommended that you have taken part in at least one other long-distance endurance trail over mountain terrain with a significant altitude difference.
  4. Registration fees:


    Race Km  D+ 
    GTC100 100 Km 7900 m € 120,00
    GTC55 55 Km 3800 m € 65,00
    GTC30 30 Km 2000 m € 45,00

    The registration fee includes all the services set out in these regulations, the official race pack, buffet, showers and massages on arrival, refreshments at set distances, rescue in the event of injury, any return transport required to the Courmayeur base, ASI insurance card and cancellation insurance for reimbursement of the registration fee, as agreed with Protect Group.
  5. HOW TO REGISTER

    To proceed to registration you must sign up at 100x100trail.com, the website of VDA Trailers.
  6. COMPLETION OF REGISTRATION

    To register, complete all sections of the online form and submit the registration fee between until 15th June 2022 at 12.00 pm. Registrations will not be accepted after the closing date.
    After payment has been transferred and confirmed by the interbank online payment service, the registration will be entered in the organisation's database and the runner's name will be included on the list of entrants.
    A confirmation email will be sent to you at the address you indicated when you registered.
    Only registrations for which payment is successfully transferred and confirmed by the international credit card payment system will be considered valid. The organisation accepts no responsibility for managing online payments.
  7. CONSENT FORM AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
    1. CONSENT FORM
      All runners are required to sign a consent form declaring that they are aware of the difficulty of the endurance trial they are about to undergo and agreeing to take with them all the equipment they need to complete the race safely.

      The consent form must be completed and uploaded to your personal file on the website www.100x100trail.com no later than 30 June 2022.


      WARNING!
      Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!
    2. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
      It is imperative to provide a medical certificate attesting to your fitness to take part in competitive sports, which is recognised in your country of residence.

      In Italy the visit for the competitive medical certificate is made up of the following tests: spirometry, the electrocardiogram under stress, the visual test and the urine test.

      Since the rules are different in each country, we require a medical certificate that has the following characteristics:

      - athlete data
      - trail running in competition or competing wording
      - the issue date
      - the doctor's stamp
      - the doctor's signature
      For foreign certificates, if possible, request a copy in English or French.

      These documents must be uploaded to your personal file at www.100x100trail.com, no later than 30th June 2022. Any entrant who fails to provide the required documents in time will not be allowed to take part in the competition.

      Medical certificates and consent forms will not be accepted at the start of the race. 
  8. REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEES

    VDA TRAILERS SSDrl is a non-profit organisation. Proceeds from the corporate business are invested in sports activities. Organising sporting events is an extremely demanding process involving a great many activities and requiring resources to meet fixed costs (salaries, rental of office premises and warehouses, maintenance of equipment, service and utility charges, subscriptions to external services such as press reviews, logistics costs, etc.). This means that any registration fees paid can only be reimbursed strictly within the stipulated limits and in the cases listed below:
    • Refund for cancellation of the race
      In the event that the race is cancelled due to force majeure beyond the control of the organisation, including any national or international regulations issued to contain the spread of COVID-19, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. Refunds will only be made on submission of the appropriate request and confirmation form completed by the entrant, to be drawn up by the organisation.
       
    • Refund for withdrawal of entrant
      Registrations are protected by the Protect Group Refund Protect program, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the agreement taken out by VDA TRAILERS and included in the services covered by the registration fee.
       
      Note that it is the sole responsibility of the registered entrant to contact the administer of the refundable booking, Refund Protect directly with any request for reimbursement, without incurring any further charges for VDA TRAILERS SSDrl.
      The following information is provided in this regard: we provide all our clients with enhanced reimbursement terms on all registrations. To see all the applicable terms and conditions for reimbursement, click here. If you are unable to take part in the event due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for a refund; click on the above link to see our Terms and Conditions for Refund.

      To request a refund, use the link indicated in the registration confirmation email.

      If your reason for requesting a refund does not appear in the above Terms and Conditions for Refund, please email us at [email protected].
       
    • Refunds will not be made under any other circumstances.
       
  9. RACE NUMBER PLATES AND CHIPS

    RACE NUMBER PLATES
    Race numbers are handed individually to all runners on presentation of a photo ID.
    One race numbers will be issued to be worn in a visible position on the chest or stomach at all times.
    Race numbers allow runners free access to refreshment areas, treatment rooms, rest rooms, showers, bags, etc.

    CHIPS
    With the bib, two chips for timing will be given:
    - numbered bracelet that must be worn on the wrist for timing via smartphone at the control points.
    - numbered strap that must be attached externally to the backpack for timing via antennas at the start and finish
     
    Before the start of the race, all runners must pass through the entrance gates into the reserved starting area in order to register the chip.

     
  10. GPS

    A GPS tracker will be provided to GTC100 and GTC55 runners and it’ll be fixed outside the runner backpack and drop off at the arrival. The security is € 50,00 (we only accept € 50.00 notes) and it’ll be not send back in case the tracker will be not delivered.
     
  11. SEMI-SELF-SUFFICIENCY

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!

    Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous in terms of safety, subsistence and equipment between two refreshment stops. It also includes the ability to resolve and manage any issues that may arise (bad weather, physical problems, injuries, etc.).

    Weather forecasts are displayed at the bibs delivery for runners to assess what type of clothing and equipment they will need to continue the race in safety. If there are any special conditions, the organisation reserves the right to require runners to equip themselves with specific equipment (crampons where the route is over frozen ground, heavy clothing, etc.).
     
  12. EQUIPMENT

    WARNING!
    Underestimating the physical and psychological preparation required, as well as the appropriate clothing and equipment, can have dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences!
    1. All runners must carry with them for the entire race all the equipment they need to safely confront the challenges of weather, route and altitude. This equipment must be carried in a suitably-sized backpack.
    2. Runners may only offload any equipment they are carrying in their backpacks at the Pavillon Life Base. (GTC100)
    3. In particular circumstances (adverse weather conditions, difficult technical route, etc.), the race marshals may check the equipment that runners are carrying and report to the race organisers. After assessing the situation along with security officials and rescuers, the race organisers may take the decision at their sole discretion to stop a runner from completing the race.
    4. MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
      Equipment that all runners must carry with them for the entire race
      • A cup or other container suitable for drinking at refreshment points
      • Mobile phone to be kept on at all times, with ringtone on to receive communications from the Race Direction (enter the organization's security number +39 3456729373, do not mask the number and do not forget to start with a charged battery)
      • Identity document and health insurance card (or similar)
      • Two survival blankets
      • Food supplies
      • Water supply (at least 1.5L)
      • Two working headlamps and spare batteries
    5. EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED TO COMPLETE THE TEST SAFELY
      Equipment that runners may carry in their backpacks, according to their own assessment or as instructed by the race organisers
      • Shoes of a category between A2 and A5 (intermediate-> trail)
      • Anti-slip device (crampons) (eg: NORTEC , GRIVEL , CAMP)
      • Hooded thermal jacket suitable for cold temperatures (down to -15°)
      • Hooded jacket with rainproof shell, breathable waterproof lining and thermo-taped seams
      • Running bottoms or leggings (to cover the knee at least);
      • Long waterproof over-trousers
      • Warm top layer: long-sleeved top in technical fabric, long trousers
      • Hat that covers the ears
      • Warm, waterproof gloves
      • Change of clothes
      • Whistle
      • Self-treatment first aid kit
      • Power bank to recharge phone and other equipment
      • Altimeter

      • GPS navigator uploaded with the race route (downloadable in KML or GPX format from www.gtcourmayeur.com)
      • Knife
      • Rope for little reparations
         
  13. SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
    • Rescue points are set up along the route; these are connected to the race organisers by radio or telephone. Ambulances, security personnel and doctors will be available in the area. All the details are contained in a safety plan, approved and registered by the Regional Prefecture of Valle d'Aosta.
      Rescue points are there to provide assistance for anyone experiencing difficulty, via the official agencies or the organisation's own resources.
      During the race the number of the emergency phone will be activated: +39 3456729373.
      The official race doctors are authorised to remove runners from the competition if they consider them unfit to continue. Rescue service workers are authorised to remove any runner from the race that they believe to be in danger, using any means at their disposal.
      In the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organisers and where it is considered necessary, the official mountain rescue services may be called in to take over the rescue operation using any means they consider appropriate, including helicopter.
       
    • Any costs incurred by recourse to this method of transport will be charged to the person rescued, in accordance with current regulations.
       
    • Any runner who requests the services of a doctor or rescue service worker implicitly submits to their authority and undertakes to abide by any decision they make.
      Doctors and health professionals stationed along the trial route will only provide assistance in cases of major medical or health problems. All runners must make sure they take with them everything they need to treat foot problems and small cuts and grazes not requiring medical attention.
       
    • HEALTH INSURANCE
      Medical treatment is not free in Italy.
      The costs of rescue by helicopter and emergency medical treatment are only covered by the relevant institutions in the runner's country of residence, or any private insurance policy, if the runner is carrying the following up-to-date documentation:
      ITALIAN CITIZENS: health insurance card/tax code
      EUROPEAN CITIZENS (including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the UK):European health insurance card
      NON-EUROPEAN CITIZENS: payment guarantee letter with the address of the insurance company to which invoices should be sent.
      Anyone who does not have public health coverage (Italian or European health insurance card) or private health insurance (payment guarantee letter from a private insurance company) will be required to pay the full cost of any healthcare provided, including emergency treatment.
      The relevant documentation must be carried with you at all times during the race.
      Runners must pay any non-urgent medical expenses in full.
       
    • HELICOPTER RESCUE
      Rescue by helicopter is only for patients requiring urgent medical attention and cannot be used simply as a means of transport by runners who withdraw from the race.
      Where a runner is of foreign nationality or not covered by the National Health Service, or in the event of a call-out not justifiable for health reasons, the entire cost must be paid by all the passengers, even if he/she is registered with the National Health Service (Regional Council Resolution no. 1054// 016)
       
  14. INSURANCE
    1. The organisation takes out public liability insurance to cover the entire duration of the event. Participation in the race is entirely at the runners' own risk. Runners waive the right to make any claim against the organisers in the event of injury or consequences that may arise subsequent to the race.
      At the time of registering online, runners are required to sign a consent form to complete the registration process.
    2. The organisation undertakes to register all runners with the ASI (Associazioni Sportive Italiane), which provides injury insurance cover for all runners (click here for details).
    3. Each runner is required to take out personal insurance against accidents occurring during the competition with a company of his choice, covering medical and helicopter recovery expenses.
      The ITRA (International Trail Running Association) has developed a special trail running insurance policy, designed to cover the needs of trail runners who experience difficulties during a race (click here for details).
       
  15. ASSISTANCE DURING THE RACE
    • Personal assistance is permissible only in the areas specially reserved for this purpose at refreshment points and life bases, and at the discretion of individual refreshment point managers.
    • One support person only is allowed for each runner, and he/she must have a pass issued by the organisation.
    • Support persons may not consume provisions meant for the runners. Runners must help themselves in person to the provisions they require.
    • Refreshment point managers have the right to remove support personnel who cause inconvenience to the competitors.
    • Assistants may bring spare clothing and shoes, food and/or supplements for runners.
    • Professional assistance (team members, professional trainers) and medical or paramedical assistance is strictly prohibited.
    • The dedicated rest areas, showers and healthcare units are for the exclusive use of runners. Access to these areas is prohibited for support personnel.
    • Assistance of any kind along the route is prohibited and will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    • Assistants and support persons must observe road transit restrictions. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification of the runner.
    • Assistance provided outside the life bases and refreshment points is prohibited. Competitors caught sleeping, eating or seeking assistance outside the authorized points will be disqualified.
       
  16. COACHING

    Coaching is prohibited during the race and will lead to disqualification of the runner.
     
  17. REFRESHMENT POINTS AND CHECKPOINTS
    • All official refreshment points are checkpoints for the passages. The runner is obliged to ensure that his passage has been duly registered. Failure to detect the passage of a runner at a checkpoint will result in disqualification.
    • Runners must follow the marked route through refreshment points, even if they are not intending to stop over.
    • The organisation reserves the right to carry out checks at unofficial checkpoints along the route.
    • TThe official refreshment points are supplied with drinks and food to be consumed on site, for the exclusive use of runners.
    • Plastic drinking cups are not supplied.
    • Before leaving a refreshment point, runners must ensure they have enough food and water to last them until the next one.
       
  18. BASES - REST AND SHOWERS

    In Courmayeur the arrival base is set up where it is possible to have a full hot meal, take a hot shower, while the GTC100 Life Base is located at the Skyway Monte Bianco station in Pavillon du Fréty where, in addition to eating, it is possible to stop and rest, within the limit of the time barrier.
    It is strictly forbidden to sleep outside the points controlled by the organization.
     
  19. RUNNER BAGS
    1. GTC 100: At the bib distribution it is possible to leave a bag for the spare equipent that will be transported to Skyway Monte Bianco. Runners are required to collect their bags in person at the entrance of the life base and personally return it to the exit. The bags will be transported to Courmayeur according to the provisions of the Skyway cableway operator. It is not possible to ensure that, in the event of a withdrawal, the runner's bag is already available in Courmayeur. The volunteers of the Life Base of Courmayeur are not responsible for the non-arrival of the bags.
    2. Please do not put any fragile items or items of value in the bag. The organisation accepts no responsibility for any items lost or damaged in transit.
       
  20. WITHDRAWAL AND RETURN TO COURMAYEUR
    1. Runners wishing to withdraw while the race is in progress must go to the nearest checkpoint and report their decision to withdraw. The organisation will then arrange for transport back to the base at Courmayeur.
    2. Any runner who withdraws without reporting the decision immediately, thereby prompting a search by rescue personnel, will be responsible for any costs incurred.
       
  21. MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME BARRIERS
    • The maximum time allowed to complete the trail is:

      GTC100 :
      Race of about 105km with an altitude range of 6600 mt; it must be completed in 33 hours.

      GTC55 :
      Race of about 55km with an altitude range of 3800 mt; it must be completed in 18 hours.

      GTC30 :
      Race of about 30km with an altitude range of 2000 mt; it must be completed in 8 hours.
       
    • A schedule of stages and time barriers is available to download from www.gtcourmayeur.com
    • The time barriers at interim points are set up as exit barriers.
    • Runners will not be allowed to leave after the time limit has expired.
       
  22. CHANGES TO THE ROUTE AND TIME BARRIERS – CANCELLATION OF THE RACE
    • The organisation reserves the right to change the route, the location of rescue and refreshment points and the time barriers, at any time and without notice.
    • In the event of adverse weather conditions (severe depression with heavy rain and snowfall at high altitude, severe risk of storms, etc.) the start of the race may be postponed by a maximum of 24 hours, beyond which the race will be cancelled.
    • The organisation reserves the right to change or remove sections of the route where necessary.
       
  23. ROUTE AND GPS TRACKING

    The race route is available to download from www.gtcourmayeur.com website, as a gpx or kml file. Registered runners will be notified of any major changes to the route and/or arrangements via newsletters and items posted on the website homepage and official Facebook race page.
     
  24. DISQUALIFICATION

    Race marshals will be stationed along the route to check that runners comply with the regulations;
    The race marshals are authorised to carry out checks of any kind. They may stop a runner from competing after reporting an irregularity or infringement to the race organisers.
    If an irregularity is confirmed, the runner will be disqualified by the race organisers.

    The following infringements are punishable by disqualification:
    1. Refusal to submit to checks
    2. Litter left behind by runner or runner’s assistant
    3. Failure to provide assistance to another runner in difficulty
    4. Refusal to comply with an order from the race organisers, a race marshal, a doctor or a rescuer
    5. Leaving a checkpoint after the time limit has expired
    6. Drugs or refusal to submit to a drugs test
    7. Failure to pass through a checkpoint
    8. Using a means of transport
    9. Verbal abuse or threats from a runner or his/her assistant to a member of the organisation or volunteer.
    10. Sharing and/or exchanging race numbers
    11. Failure to comply with the road transit restrictions by a runner's assistant or support person
    12. Coaching
    13. Assistance given outside authorised points
    14. Any infringement of the race ethics detected
    15. Disqualification is immediate and the runner must leave the race directly.
       
  25. COMPLAINTS

    Complaints will only be accepted if they are submitted non-anonymously before the closing ceremony, together with a €50 deposit.
     
  26. JURY
    1. The jury comprises:
      • the race director
      • the head of security
      • any person deemed appropriate by the race director
    2. The jury will reach a decision within the time necessary to deliberate and carry out the required checks.
    3. The jury's decision is final.
       
  27. RANKINGS AND PRIZES
    • The runner who arrives at the finish line in Courmayeur in the shortest time wins the race. Runners who complete the Gran Trail Courmayeur within the time limit qualify for inclusion in the final ranking.
    • No cash prizes will be awarded. Every runner who finishes the race will be awarded the prize of "finisher".
    • An overall ranking of all male and female runners will be drawn up, as well as separate rankings for men and women. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in the overall ranking, and the first runner in each category. Prizes for individual categories cannot be given to any runner who has already been awarded another prize.
    • CATEGORIES
      Age is taken to be the age at the start of the race.
      • V4 - 70 and over
      • V3 - 60 to 69
      • V2 - 50 to 59
      • V1 - 40 to 49
      • SEN - 20 to 39
      • JUN - 18 to 19

         
  28. IMAGE RIGHTS
    All runners expressly waive the right to images taken of them during the event, or grant the organisation and its partners free, unlimited use of any photographs and videos in which they appear.

    Any dissemination for commercial purposes of photographic or video images captured during the event, via any means (internet, social networks, TV, press, magazines, etc.), without written authorisation from the organisation is prohibited.

    Gran Trail Courmayeur, GTC 100, GTC 50, GTC 30 are trademarks owned or used exclusively by VDA Trailers. Any communication of the event or use of images of it must be done in observance of the name of the event and registered trademarks, subject to agreement by the organisation.
     
  29. PRIVACY

    By registering, runners declare that they accept all the clauses of these regulations and the Privacy Policy, which is available to view here.
     
  30. ACCEPTANCE OF REGULATIONS AND RACE ETHICS

    Participation in the Gran Trail Courmayeur requires unconditional acceptance of these regulations and of the race ethics, which are available to view at www.gtcourmayeur.com
    When registering for the event, entrants declare in particular that they have read and accepted the following articles and are aware of the issues:
    • Preliminary statement: important note regarding the SARS COV 2 pandemic (COVID 19)
    • Article 8 REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEES
    • Article 11 SEMI SELF-SUFFICIENCY
    • Article 12 EQUIPMENT 
    • Article 13 SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
    • Article 29 IMAGE RIGHTS
    • Article 30 PRIVACY

IMPORTANT The original version of this document is in Italian. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Italian version and any of the other linguistic versions of this regulations, the Italian version shall prevail.