PTL® Rules

2020 PTL® regulations


The itinerary taken by the  Petite Trotte à Léon includes technical passages very much more difficult than those encountered in most other trail races (notably the UTMB®). It requires a very good knowledge of the mountain environment.

Some passages may present objective dangers: steep slopes, risk of stone falls, very narrow paths, the crossing of stone fields or névés, absence at intervals of paths or clearly marked track...

The route is NOT WAY-MARKED and is often FAR FROM INHABITED ZONES. It is to be realised incomplete autonomy between life-bases and partner refuges.

So as to progress in security competitors must be able to master navigation with a GPS and also have sufficient knowledge in map reading, the use of a compass and of an altimeter. They must imperatively progress as a team (less than 50m from each other). They must also be able to confront naturally difficult conditions.



The PTL® is an event organized by UTMB Group in collaboration with les Trailers du Mont Blanc association.
It is directed by a Race Committee whose decisions are final.


Participation in UTMB® events implies the explicit and unreserved acceptance of these regulations, the ethics of the event and any instructions sent by the organizer to the participants.


  1. The  PTL® has, as an objective, the realisation of a given route without going over      the time limit. It is not considered as a competitive event and as such does not give official  finishing positions.
  2. It is open to teams of men, women or mixed of 3 people. The total number of runners will be limited to 300 (100 teams).
  3. Teams are strictly inseparable until the first life base (Aosta km 125) i.e. in case of abandonment of a runner before the first base life, the 3 runners have to stop. In the case of an abandonment of a runner after the first life base, the 2 remaining runners can only continue after ensuring that their team member has been left at a life-base or refuge and if they have the authorisation of the race HQ. In the case of the abandonment of a second runner of the team of 2, the entire team have to stop.
  4. The route is to be realised in semi-self-sufficiency, the teams managing their refreshments and rest time as they wish. Along the route the organisations offers:
         - life bases open 24/24 where the competitors have free access to dormitories and meals. They will also have access to their drop sacks. The time of use of the beds or is not limited, other than by the time barriers.
         - partner refuges/mountain huts, open 24/24, where competitors have access to a dormitory (free, according to availability) and a meal (in exchange for a meal ticket)*. The occupation time of beds may be limited in case of high influx
         - services, in any other mountain huts which are not partners, are at the competitors expense, while respecting the mountain hut's opening hours and the peace and quiet of the other clients
  5. Assistance is only tolerated at the organisation's life-bases. It is strictly forbidden at other points along the route, including partner refuges, when passing through villages or along roads, at the risk of immediate disqualification.
  6. No accompaniment is allowed throughout the route (except for the kilometer preceding and following the life bases)

* In the limit of the 4 meal tickets distributed.



Registration is to be made by presenting a file stating each team member's previous experience. Technical experience in the mountain environment,  sporting history as well as team motivation will be taken in to account (see Registration page).

The PTL® is open to all persons born in or before 2000 (categories espoir to veteran), licensed or not.
To complete the registration, each runner must:

  • Provide a specific medical certificate (*). It must be placed in its runner area before 31 May 2020 (the organisation does not accept medical certificates sent by email or post). If the medical certificate is not received by this date, the registration will be cancelled without refund. Attention: in accordance with the FFA regulations, all medical certificates must be provided in French. We therefore strongly recommend that you use our official medical certificate form (already including translation). Any untranslated certificate will be refused. (*) in direct return of the registration, each runner receives a confirmation email with the official medical certificate form attached
  • Before July 31st, 2020, undertake all the additional actions required to finalize your registration (declaration of honor, withdrawal of the race bib, transport booking, t-shirt size, telephone number, etc.) via an online form available on your runner’s space.

No bib will be issued in the absence of the medical certificate and if all the additional actions required to finalize your registration have not been completed


Having the ability to interact with the organization team during the event (race hq, volunteers, rescue teams...) is essential to ensure the safety of participants. That is why it is mandatory that at least one member of the team is fluent in French, English or Italian (the languages of the organization). A good level of expression and understanding, including on the telephone, is required and will be checked at the race bibs distribution.
The PTL® Committee has the right to prevent a team from starting the race if the aforementioned condition is not fulfilled.



Registration is uniquely via the internet and secure payment by credit card.

2020 fees : 1300€ per team

 All is that is supplied by the organization :

  1. Race-bib (one for each team member).
  2. Spares' sack of about 50L capacity (1 per runner)
  3. GPS tracker allowing the organisation to follow the team from the race HQ 
  4. Set of  1/25 000 maps + Roadbook with a description of the itinerary only in French, English, Italian and Spanish (a set for each team).
    Files of the tracks and waypoints to download on to personal GPSs
    A list of the refuges (huts) and the organisation's refreshment points
  5. Telephone support 24h/24 from the race HQ, live coverage on the site
  6. Energising meals and dormitories in the life bases
  7. Drop sacks in the life bases
  8. Dormitory (according to availability) in partner mountain huts
  9. 4 meal tickets per runner to use in the partner refuges of the runner's choice
  10. Rest area, post-race medical assistance, end of race meal in Chamonix.  
  11. Gift : finisher's jacket and traditional souvenir small cow bell for all finishers
  12. Personal certificate for all who finish the race.

Of which the 2020 films in streaming HD, an Eco participation of 1.5€ per person is destined to finance the cleaning, repairing or rehabilitation of paths and which also includes the 10€ 2020 membership of the association of Trailers du Mont-Blanc.


To participate in the PTL®, it is essential to:

            • Be fully aware of the length and peculiarity of the event and to be perfectly prepared for it;
            • Have acquired, prior to the event, real skills which ensure the runner’s autonomy in medium and high-altitude environments. Runners must be able to manage any problem caused by this type of event and this type of environment, and therefore they must:
              • Be fully aware that the course includes difficult and risky technical paths: steep slopes, unfamiliar trails, scree slopes, snowfields etc. and that the route is often not marked.
              • Master the essential techniques to face this environment, including land navigation
              • Be able to deal, without any external help, with harsh weather conditions (night, wind, cold, fog, rain or snow) typical of high altitude environments
              • Know how to manage physical or mental problems resulting from extreme fatigue, digestive problems, muscle or joint pain, minor injuries...
              • Be fully aware that the event is not medicalized by the organization
              • Be fully aware that for such an activity in the mountains, safety depends first and foremost on the ability of the runner to adapt to problems
            • Inform their crew that they must as well respect the environment, the organization team and the rules of the race.
            • To agree to receive all newsletters with information about the event.

            NB: the organization has the right to disqualify teams that are considered to be incapable of progressing safely in the mountain environment. In addition, those who will not have the technical ability to pass the difficult passages by themselves without the help of the organization will be excluded from the race once they are secured.


For obvious reasons of security the participants agree, on their honour, to keep with them at all times the obligatory equipment listed  below. Systematic checks wil be carried out during the race bibs distribution, at the life-bases and at random intervals along the route.

Obligatory Individual Equipment

                  • Minimum 2 litres of water
                  • Supply of emergency energising food
                  • 2 head-torches in good working order with enough spare batteries to last for a week
                  • Survival blanket (minimum 140x210cm)
                  • Whistle
                  • Mobile telephone with international roaming option (no masked number)
                  • A charger (solar, portable, rechargeable…)
                  • 1 tee-shirt of breathable fabric (for change)
                  • 2 long-sleeved under breathable underwear
                  • 1 jacket and pair of trousers which are breathable and 100% waterproof
                  • A waterproof cape
                  • 1 pair of long sports trousers or leggings
                  • 1 pair of sun-glasses
                  • 1 waterproof pair of gloves
                  • 1 hat
                  • 1 glow-stick/light stick activated by bending (supplied by the organisation)
                  • 1 multi-use beaker
                  • Compass and altimeter
                  • Knife
                  • Crampons with minimum 1cm spikes (for exemple XTR from Yaktrax® / Chainsen Light from Snowline)
                  • Helmet

Obligatory equipment for each team

                  • 1 handheld hiking GPS in which all the tracks supplied by the organisation have been downloaded. This device must be able to accept at least 20 tracks of at least 5000 points each. Warning: the smartphone and GPS watch does not replace the handheld hiking GPS.
                  • The Roadbook and the route maps supplied by the organisation
                  • An emergency shelter 100% rain and wind proof and large enough to shelter all team members in case of emergency or very bad weather.
                  • A candle and a lighter (to warm up the shelter in case of injury and/or risk of hypothermia)
                  • A first-aid kit to allow the treatment of small injuries and minor infections (non-exhaustive list in annex).
                  • Cash (euros and Swiss francs), for the most part refuges (huts) do not except credit cards

Required by customs

                  • Passport

Other equipment strongly recommended for your safety (list non exhaustive)

                  • a small stove, mess dish (per team)
                  • walking poles,
                  • other spare clothing,
                  • micropur tablets or water filtration system
                  • string, sun-cream, vaseline or anti chaffing cream ...
                  • sleeping-bag 200 gr. 


The race HQ (PC Course) based in Chamonix and the controllers along the route will be the runner’s only interlocutors to whom they may turn concerning any problems they encounter. If necessary, they will be responsible for alerting and co-ordinating the public rescue services.

In the event of an accident:

                  • the runners should initially use their first aid kit,
                  • in the case of an emergency or if impossible to move it is imperative to alert the race HQ by any means.

In the case of bad weather conditions, and for reasons of security, the Race Committee reserves he right to modify the route, to stop that race or change the time barriers. Its decisions are final.


Individual accident :
Each competitor must have their own personal accident insurance policy covering the costs of research and rescue in France, Italy and Switzerland. Such an insurance can be provided by any body of the competitor's choice, and notably from the  Fédération Française d'Athlétisme by the subscription for a licence or even with the  Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade or the Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne (with an Air Glacier card for Switzerland).

For members of the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) it is possible to subscribe to an Assistance – Repatriation insurance which covers the cost of search and rescue world-wide. For more information go to

NB : you have to pay for helicopter evacuation. The choice for evacuation depends entirely upon the organisation, which will always prioritise the runners' security.

Civil responsibility:
The organiser signs a third-party insurance policy for the period of the event . This  third-party insurance guarantees the pecuniary consequences of its responsibility, that of its officials and participants.


By registering for the PTL®, participants commit to respect the environment and the natural areas they cross. In particular:

- Littering is strictly forbidden (tubes containing gels, paper, organic waste, plastic packaging...).

- All participants must keep their waste and plastic packaging until they can dispose of it in the trash cans they can find at any aid station or village they pass through. The organization encourages runners to bring a bag to transport their waste.

To reduce consumption of plastic, both by runners and volunteers, the organization will not distribute disposable crockery (cutlery, beakers, bowls) at any check point or aid station. You are, therefore, invited to bring you own utensils if you wish to eat hot food at the aid stations.


Every competitor relinquishes their claim to photographic copyright during the event, and he relinquishes any recourse against the organiser and against his approved partners for the use of his image. Only the organisation can pass on these rights for the image in any media, via an accreditation or an adapted license.

Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® and PTL® are legal trademarks. Any communication about the event or use of photographs of the event must be made respecting the name of the event, the trademarks and with the official agreement of the organisation.


Sponsored runners may only display their sponsors' logos on clothing and equipment used during the race. Any other advertising accessory (flag, banner, etc.) is prohibited at any point on the course, including the finish, under penalty of penalty at the discretion of the race management.


According to our ethical charter, any ostentatious manifestation of political messages or images during the event is prohibited.


According to the French Data Protection Act of 6 August 1978 (French law), and in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (EU DGPS 2016/679), any competitor has the right to access and rectify data concerning him/her.

The information is collected as part of a registration for one of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc races, for the needs of the organization, and in particular to identify each competitor individually in order to communicate to him before, during or after the event any information related to his participation.

All the runner's data is kept for a period of 10 years, renewable at each registration, corresponding to the legal period for which the medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of athletics or running in competition, or the sports licence is kept. Beyond these 10 years, and unless explicitly authorised by the rider, all data are deleted except surname, first name, date of birth, gender and nationality to maintain the rankings.

Any runner can access his personal data on his runner space accessible from the following link:

Any request for data modification can be made:

1. By mail to the following address:
UTMB Group
36 avenue du Savoy
74400 Chamonix

2. By email to the following address:

Any request for access or modification of personal data will be processed as soon as possible after receipt of the request, within a maximum period of 1 month.


According to the French Data Protection Act of 6 August 1978, you have the right to access and rectify all information concerning you. This information is used only within the organization and concerns technical data such as your e-mail. The organization does not use your data for any other purpose. In accordance with the law, each runner has a right of access and rectification concerning him/her. To do so, please send us an email mentioning your name, first name and bib number.


The 2020 PTL®  starts from Orsières in the form of a circuit in the middle and high mountain of around 300 kilometres with about 25 000 metres of ascent.
The start is fixed for 08:00, Monday, August 24th 2020 from the Centrale d'Orsières; the finishers will be registered in place du Triangle de l'Amitié in Chamonix until 16:30, August 30, 2020, which gives a permitted maximum time of 152:30 hours to complete the route.


Each race-bib is issued individually to each competitor upon the presentation of photographic identity, after having signed a commitment on their honour to keep the obligatory equipment with them at all times throughout the race.
 It must be presented at any checks organised a long the race route.
 In Chamonix, the race-bib is “the pass” necessary to access shuttle buses, buses, refreshment posts, rest areas, showers, and sack drop-off and pick-up points.
In addition to each race-bib, each team member will receive an ID bracelet, to be worn on the wrist throughout the race.


A GPS tracker is supplied to each team. This tracker allows the organization to track the progress of the team and ensure that it respects the route. This information will be available on the internet.
The positioning of the tracker on the bag recommended by the organization must be strictly respected.


Time barriers are defined for the life-bases and any other area judged by the organisation to be imperative for reasons of security. They are calculated so that participants can arrive at the finish within the maximum permitted time of hours (152:30).  
In order to be authorised to continue with the event, teams must be able to leave the check point before the time indicated.
All contestants excluded from the event by the organisation and who wish to continue the course do so at their own risk after having returned their race-bib and tracker.


The organisation assures the repatriation of runners (who abandon or who to fail to meet the time barrier) from every check point with a time barrier, without commitment of a timeframe. In the case of abandonment at all other points along the route, without exception, runners must organise their return by their own means.
In the case of abandonment, the return the spares' sack to Chamonix can not be guaranteed before the end of the event.


Any complaint must be sent by email, within 10 days after the end of the event.


If necessary, the organization reserves the right to modify at any time the routes, starting times, cut-off barriers, the position of aid stations and medical stations, and any other aspect related to the smooth running of the events.

In case of force majeure, bad weather conditions or any other circumstance endangering the competitors' safety, the organization reserves the right to :

  • Postpone the start of the race (by a few hours at the most)
  • modify the cut-off times
  • cancel the event
  • neutralise the event
  • stop the race in progress

If a race is cancelled, for any reason whatsoever, more than 15 days before the start, runners will be partially refunded the entry fees. The amount of the refund will be decided as to allow the organization to deal with all the irremediable expenses incurred to the date of the cancellation. If a race is cancelled less than 15 days before the start or if a race in progress is interrupted, for any reason whatsoever, entry fees will not be refunded.


The original composition of teams can be changed, until July 15th at the latest. As for all candidates, each new team member added to an already formed team must submit an aptitude file. They will be evaluated by the race committee which will take the decision whether to accept or not their registration, their decision will be final.  
Any cancellation of an entire team must be made by email or registered letter. No cancellation can be accepted by telephone or fax. Reimbursement of the fees paid can only be made under the following conditions :

Date sent Amount reimbursed, in % of the amount of the registration fee, without costs
Before 15 March 60%
From 16 March to 15 May 50%
From 16 May to 31 July 40%

After 31st July no reimbursement is possible.

In the case of one team member cancelling, it will not be possible to recuperate part of the cost.

APPENDICE: First aid kit

By consulting your GP before leaving home you can obtain prescribed medicines that are best adapted to the situation and also verify that they will not give any side affects or allergies...

We suggest that you have the following (the list is not exhaustive and does not take account of any habitual treatments):

Dressings, bandages, creams : (all brand names given are available in France)

                  • Self-adhesive elasticised bandage (6 cm)
                    Eg : elastoplast with out dressing strip…
                    For ankle strapping or to hold a dressing in place
                  • Support bandage (8 cm)
                    Eg : Cohéban
                  • Sterile dressings
                  • Small capsules of antiseptic
                    Eg : Chlorhexidine
                  • Sterile compresses
                  • Butterfly strips
                    Eg : Steristrip
                    To close small wounds that don’t need stitching
                  • Gel dressings
                    Eg : Urgomed
                    To protect damaged skin(blisters, abrasions) after having disinfected them
                  • Anti-inflammatory cream
                    Eg : Voltarène Emulgel
                    To use in the event of tendonitis, strains...
                  • Nok cream (Akiléine)
                    To prevent blisters, don’t hesitate to re-apply cream during the race
                  • Coalgan
                    In case of nose bleeds
                  • Bépanthène
                    To treat irritation of the buttocks or between the thighs
                  • Antiseptic eye-wash

To treat blisters if one of the runners in the team is able to do the following : éosine + 5cc syringe + subcutaneous needle

  1. Draw the éosine into the syringe then pierce right through the blister
  2. Draw the serous fluid into the syringe
  3. Re-inject the mix of serous fluid/ éosine back in to the blister
  4. Re-draw the mixture and remove the syringe
  5. Remove the remaining fluid with some cotton wool and then use a protective plaster or apply some Nok d’Akiléine.
  6. If there is blood present in the blister then there is tissue damage so disinfect the area carefully.

Medicines :

                  • Analgesics
                    Eg : straight paracetamol (example : Doliprane, Dafalgan…) or mix (example : Di-Antalvic…)
                    For muscle aches, articulation …
                    Avoid using aspirin or anti-inflammatories, they are toxic for the kidneys or the stomach which are already in heavy demand from due to the exigency of the race
                    Respect intense pain which may be a sign of a serious problem which could necessitate stopping the race and seeking medical advice.
                  • Antiemetic
                    Example : Vogalène lyoc
                    In the event of nausea or vomiting
                  • Ant diarrhoeic
                    Example : Lopéramide
                    In the event of diarrhoea 
                    Do not forgot the advice of hydrating your food in the event of a digestive problem
                  • Antispasmodic
                    Example : Spasfon
                    In the event of stomach ache
                  • Antireflux
                    Example : Ranitidine 
                    In the event of heartburn

Always ensure that you have on you some type of glucose or energising bars in the event of hypoglycaemia.


The original version of this document (UTMB® regulations) is in French. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the French version and any of the other linguistic versions of this regulations, the French version shall prevail.