Author Archives: Thomas Fresneau

Trail Racing on Mont Blanc: Up, Up, Up to the Montée du Nid d’Aigle

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Every year for the past 31 years, the Montée du Nid d’Aigle (literally, the “Eagle Nest Ascent”) has started at 580 meters in Le Fayet, close to St. Gervais, and has finished at 2,400 meters at the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle. The Refuge is also the starting point for the Mont Blanc Voie Royale or   Continue Reading →

Winter Trail Racing in the Alps

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Editor’s note: As we head into another summer season of trail running and trail racing in the Alps, Run the Alps’ Thom Fresneau takes a look back at a winter filled with some great trail running. In the Alps, races continue throughout the year, with some unique events during the wintery months. Here’s an overview of several   Continue Reading →

Trail des Glières: Running the Course of Les Résistants

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The 22K Trail des Glières in Haute Savoie, France, is a trail race with a lot of history. The Glières plateau is famous for being a hotbed of the resistance movement in World War II. The wilderness plateau, located at an elevation of about 2000m, saw the emergence of the maquis des Glières, the local   Continue Reading →

Swissalpine Half Marathon… Minus the “Alpine”

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When I registered for the Swissalpine half-marathon in Davos, I expected something … wild, just like its name implied. If you read my blog about the Aletsch half marathon, and after reading this one, you’ll probably think, “this guy is never satisfied!” Well, I AM French and, like a lot of French people, I complain   Continue Reading →

Aletsch half-marathon 2013: Snow, Sun and a Sprint

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21.1 km, “28 years of success” according to the website, 2500 registered runners, arrival at 2800m and a breathtaking view all along: that’s the Aletsch half-marathon. I’ve been training for this not because I wanted to finish in good time, but because I wanted to be able to take advantage of the view instead of   Continue Reading →