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3-9 September 2016

25,000 m D+    200 miles
Start and Finish
Aosta Valley – Italy

The Autonomous Region of the Aosta and Fort Bard are organising an endurance trail running event to be raced clockwise along the Alte Vie 1 and 2 high-mountain trails, at an altitude between 300 and 3,300 msl. A 350 km circuit with 25,000 m. elevation gain which starts and ends in Cogne, in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park.

It was the need to make the best use of all the various synergies involved and to focus particularly on the safety and spectacularity of the competition that prompted the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley to launch its own project, taking over the organisation of the event and actively involving the whole territory.

These are the main innovations:

  • Obligatory GPS device provided to every runner
  • Possibility of participating individually or in pairs
  • Greatest possible care taken in laying out the course
  • Obligatory small crampons, supplied in the race bag
  • Monetary prizes for those who finish in the first few places in the overall rankings according to the Itra Regulations
  • Alternative routes available in the event of bad weather
  • Random antidoping tests
  • Skin Tattoo with the route elevation profile


The competition can accept up to a maximum of 1,200 runners and is a semi self-sufficiency event. In order to enter, athletes must be at least 21 years old in 2016.


Technical support is forbidden.

Race spectators, relatives and tourists may follow the progress of the race in person on an occasional basis and may follow athletes purely in order to cheer them on and for their own personal pleasure, and always :

  • in a non-systematic manner;
  • for short stretches;

on condition that:

  • there is no physical contact (with or without ropes) with the competitor;
  • the competitor’s equipment is not carried for him;
  • no personal assistance is given to the competitor, as defined in these regulations.

Each competitor participating as a pair is obliged to carry his/her own obligatory equipment.


The route highlights key elements of the Region’s rich historical, cultural and natural heritage: as well as the famous Fortress of Bard it touches on well-known tourist destinations such as La Thuile, Courmayeur, Breuil - Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney and Cogne, and also gives both athletes and spectators the chance to discover some rather less renowned but outstandingly beautiful spots.

The most precious contribution will come from the over 2000 volunteers who will be supporting and assisting the athletes along the route and together with them at least 100 mountain experts. A compact group with a single grand objective: to ensure that the race is a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone and that it takes place in the safest possible conditions.

Illustrious, silent spectators of the event, the majestic “4K” of the Aosta Valley: Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso.

The race will take runners on an unforgettable journey amidst the marvels of the Aosta Valley Alps, in the company of warm, friendly crowds of spectators who will be lining the route to cheer them on. An extreme experience awaits them, a real physical, introspective and emotional voyage in which mental as well as physical endurance will be a decisive factor.


4K Alpine Endurance Trail Valle d’Aosta is a tough, fascinating competition, raced in a breathtaking natural setting. Ready to accept the challenge?

Pre-registration opens on the 1st of March 2016 at 12 noon on the site and will close on the 25th march 2016 at 12 pm. The draw is due to take place on the 26th of March at 1 pm.

In the coming days, after the extraction of 4KRunners list, the 4K Organization will publicize on the website the start and end dates for the completion of registration with the payment of the allowances.

Individual participation fee: € 550,00