Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gratitude

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It’s been a remarkable summer for Run the Alps. We owe huge thanks to a wide assortment of people. This is my thought, as I make my last 700-meter climb of the season up to the Hotel Weisshorn from St Luc. It’s my fall-back trail run, on days when I’m mostly tied up in front of my computer.   Continue Reading →

Les KM de Chando 2014: Kilian, Emilie, and One of the Great Vertical Challenges in the Alps

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This past Saturday morning, my alarm went off at 6:00 am. I stared at the ceiling, briefly contemplating two choices. I didn’t hesitate. I chose “off” over “snooze” and forced myself upright. It wasn’t easy. Groggy from Nyquil, I was nursing an impressive cough, and most of my body ached. I wouldn’t have done this for many trail   Continue Reading →

After the Crowds: Fall Trail Racing in the Alps and Trail Dents-du-Midi, the Oldest Trail Race in Europe

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It’s fall in the Alps. The green pastures of a Switzerland summer have turned shades of brown and red. US trail runners have, for the most part, packed up their Salomons, Hokas, and Sportivas and headed for their homes in the New World. With the internationally-flavored alphabet soup of races like UTMB, CCC, and OCC   Continue Reading →

Semi-Marathon des Côtes de l’Orbe: Running with Wine

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Can you imagine running a half-marathon with aid stations offering wine? Such a race exists here in Switzerland, which I had the pleasure of running last Saturday. If you’re looking for picturesque landscapes, a festive atmosphere and the opportunity to wear a ridiculous costume during a race (a sporty dirndl, perhaps?), then I recommend signing   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps: 2015 Tours Are Here!

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It’s been a great season. Looking back, it feels like a crazy whirlwind of gorgeous alp trail running, huts, friends new and old, croissants, cafe au lait, wine, mud, cows, alp horns, trail races, glaciers… it’s all a blur. In the meantime, we already have some news to report: our 2015 summer schedule is here! Doug   Continue Reading →

Holimites… Rolling Through the Dolomites

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So… what just happened? That was the thought Troy Haines and I had last week, after spending 24 hours with Holimites, on their last trail running tour of the season in Italy’s Dolomites. We had headed from our respective corners of Switzerland to Igor Tavella’s village of Badia, to talk about a partnership between Holimites and Run   Continue Reading →

Sierre-Zinal: How to do it

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Sierre-Zinal is arguably one of the best-known trail races in the world. And for good reason. Recreational runners, sponsored-elite athletes, and many trail runners in between consider it a race to add to personal “bucket lists.” The race has a spirit all its own, cultivated over more than four decades by the father of the race   Continue Reading →