Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Chamois Trophy: Wengen’s DIY Trail Race up the Männlichen

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cham·ois ǀ noun ǀ \ sham-ˈwä \ : a small animal that looks like a goat and that lives on mountains in Europe Finding yourself in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, with a few hours to spare? The car-free mountain village of Wengen has a suggestion for you—one that’s 6.0 kilometers long, with 1,068 meters of climbing. Run   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Talks with Eiger Ultra Race Director Ralph Näf

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This weekend is one of the biggest trail races in the Alps, the Eiger Ultra, which each year draws thousands of runners to the Bernese Oberland village of Grindelwald. Though just in its fourth year, the race already has captured the imagination of runners from around the world. Much of the race course includes dramatic   Continue Reading →

Interview with Vincent Theytaz, Director of Sierre-Zinal

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The 2016 Alps trail running season is well underway! One of the race highlights each year is the legendary Sierre-Zinal, which will take place this year on Sunday, August 14. Run the Alps had the chance to catch up with Vincent Theytaz, in his second year as Race Director. With his inaugural year behind him,   Continue Reading →

Courmayeur’s Gran Trail 60: Aosta Valley at its Best

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Italian trail race directors seem to love the technical. They have a penchant for daring routes along ridges and twisty-turny vertical climbs that sneak around rock bands, requiring both hands– and a mind that’s not swayed by the abyss in your peripheral vision. This, after all, is the country that brought us Skyrunning—and with it, highly   Continue Reading →

Mont-Blanc Marathon: Chamonix’s Other Trail Racing Weekend

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Indisputably, Chamonix’s best-known trail running weekend comes at the close of August, with the start of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. But, earlier in the summer, there’s a lesser-known event that bring tens of thousands of runners, friends, and family to town: The Chamonix Mount-Blanc Marathon races. Together with UTMB, the events form bookends for summer   Continue Reading →