Author Archives: Doug Mayer

“My Dream Was to Run Through the Streets of Chamonix”

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“I didn’t come from a mountain background.” Mike Ambrose wasn’t kidding. Growing up in Washington Township, New Jersey, about 30 miles from Philadelphia, meant that the nearest rugged terrain was a nearly a day’s drive north. “The biggest adventure you can have in Southern New Jersey is trying out a new chain restaurant.” Add to   Continue Reading →

A New Book: Run the Alps 30 Must-Do Trail Runs in the Swiss Alps

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Sometimes, ever so rarely, the stars align. Run the Alps, in partnership with PatitucciPhoto, Swiss publisher Helvetiq, and freelance writer Kim Strom, is pleased to announce that together we will be producing a new book featuring some of the best trail runs to be found anywhere in the Swiss Alps. I could not be happier   Continue Reading →

Just One Flight Up: Stairways to Heaven Pipeline Vertical Race

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Run the Alps friend Katie Schide likes vertical. Steep, unrelenting vertical. A PhD candidate at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Schide found herself in Piotta, Switzerland, this past May 20, ready to run the steepest staircase in the world. Just what is the experience like? Schide sent us this report — and a few   Continue Reading →

Engadin St. Moritz Ultraks: A Swiss Trail Race Series in a Special Place

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Mention Switzerland, and most people will talk about Zermatt, Grindelwald and other internationally-known Alp resorts. Here’s a secret, though: the Swiss Alps are filled with beautiful villages and mountain ranges that have stayed very much under the radar. The Engadin, a region in Eastern Switzerland near the Austrian border, is one of those special places.   Continue Reading →

Four Races, Three Ways to Win: Salomon’s Maxi-Race

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Some years ago, I remember Salomon’s Rickey Gates talking about losing a shoe in the mud at one of the most prestigious trail races in the Alps, Sierre-Zinal. The year was 2009, and he was in the lead group with a young runner named Kilian Jornet. It was a twist of fate that cost him,   Continue Reading →

The Deep End: Running Recon on the Tour du Mont-Blanc

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With 2016’s race around Mont Blanc fresh in her mind, Run the Alps participant Sarah Hansel sat down and shared her thoughts about the event. As we head into another season of trail running—with many of us eyeing one or both of the two major, upcoming race series based in Chamonix—we thought you’d enjoy her story.  It has   Continue Reading →

David Laney Finds Quiet in Chamonix

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Trail running is happening in Chamonix—and in a big way. Thanks to hundreds of kilometers of dramatic trails and several high-profile trail race series, the valley is a bright beacon to mountain runners around the world. Most trail runners experience Chamonix valley during the peak summer months, when the town is a beehive of rock   Continue Reading →

Spring Happenings at Run the Alps

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It’s that time of year… we’re itching to be trail running in the Alps! Thanks to a relatively low snow year and recent warm temperatures, trail running season is coming early to the Alps. From Chamonix, France, to Grindelwald, Switzerland, our guides and ambassadors have already been out and about. Before we get really busy   Continue Reading →

Growing Trail Running in the Alps: Meet Swiss Ultra Trail

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Trail running in the Alps is growing—and fast. Every month seems to bring new races and events, from trail running festivals to winter, night trail races. Now, a group of Zurich-based ultra runners have bonded together to form a new organization, Swiss Ultra Trail. What’s their mission—and what do they see for the future of trail   Continue Reading →

Of, by, and for Trail Runners: The Five Races of Trail Verbier St-Bernard

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In less than a decade, Trail Verbier St-Bernard has become known as a true trail runner’s race. It makes sense, since it was both inspired and designed by trail runners. And, “TVSB,” as it’s known, passes through one of the most beautiful regions in all of the Alps—the Valais Alps, on the Swiss border with   Continue Reading →