Author Archives: Doug Mayer

Alain Bustin: Chamonix Trail Runner, Volunteer, Author

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A dozen different trail races each season. Some of the best mountain trails in the world. Home to one of the strongest collection of trail runners anywhere. And, what might be the most active trail running club anywhere. It just might be that Chamonix has the most vibrant trail running scene of any town in the   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps’ 2017 Trail Running Trips: Tour du Mont-Blanc, Women’s Wellness, Self-Guided Adventures and More!  

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Chamonix, France… Zermatt and Grindelwald, Switzerland… Courmayeur, Italy. We’re already daydreaming about the 2017 trail running season in the Alps! We’ve just announced next season’s schedule, and Run the Alps will be offering more trips than ever, both guided and self-guided. What’s new? Well… *Tour du Mont Blanc Our trip running the iconic route around   Continue Reading →

Running the Alps… In Your Words

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As Run the Alps has grown these past few years, one of the most enjoyable parts of the job has been sharing my enthusiasm for trail running in the Alps. It’s just a ridiculously beautiful and happy experience, in so many ways. If you love to trail run, I hope you get to visit at some point in   Continue Reading →

Trail des Aiguilles Rouges: Chamonix Valley’s Trail Race

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The world knows Chamonix for some of the most impressive trail races on the globe: the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, and the nearly dozen other races associated with these two overarching events. But, as September winds down, there’s a race that captures the attention of Chamonix—one that’s a favorite among valley locals: Trail des   Continue Reading →

SBB CFF FFS Explainer: How to do It

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There’s only one way that public transportation in Switzerland could get any easier: if the country assigned a personal concierge to each traveler. (Note to transport officials: I’m willing to help test the concept!) Still, traveling around any foreign country can be a challenge — particularly if you add in five or six hours of   Continue Reading →

TDS: Running through the Mountains to Chamonix

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“I watched the sky a long time, concluding that such beauty was reserved for distant, dangerous places, and that nature has good reason for exacting her own special sacrifices from those determined to witness them.”—Admiral Richard Byrd, Alone. The sound is unmistakable. Someone… something…. is breathing. And whatever it is, is very close to me.   Continue Reading →

At 75, Sierre-Zinal’s Jean-Claude Pont is Still Running Strong

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On the eve of the 43rd annual race, Run the Alps’ Doug Mayer visited with Sierre-Zinal founder and Race Director for 40 years, Jean-Claude Pont. At age 75, he’ll be toeing the start line tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. “Last year, I had a little accident and fell, but finished around 6:40. This year, I’m   Continue Reading →

Up—Way Up—in the Dark: Courmayeur’s Mont Blanc K1000 Vertical

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“We will do it in the Spanish way!” I have no idea what he means, but the race director at the first edition of the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometer (K1000) is smiling and exuberant, as he explains the course during the race briefing. Only five minutes of the 30-minute gathering is in English, the   Continue Reading →

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 →