At Least One Inch

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It has taken me a few days to catch up on sleep and to wrap my head around all that happened last week. I still don’t have it all sorted out in my mind, but I know for certain that the Tor des Géants lived up to all my expectations and more; I think it   Continue Reading →

The Irresistible Lure of Racing the Dents du Midi

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Some trail races just have it. It’s a vibe, a feeling you get from the moment you arrive. Everyone’s smiling, happy to be there. You’re meeting new friends and enjoying the atmosphere. You get the sense the volunteers have worked together for years, because they probably have. And, whatever happens on the course, you’re happy   Continue Reading →

Sierre-Zinal: My First, But Not My Last

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​As we look back on another great summer of trail running, Run the Alps is pleased to share this guest post about one of our favorite trail races in the Alps, Sierre-Zinal. Author Matt Flaherty is a professional runner, freelance writer, and running coach​ based in Bloomington, Indiana​. ​He’s been running ​competitively ​for most of ​his   Continue Reading →

Senior Guide Simon Conroy Takes on the Tot Dret for the Fiona Conroy Trust

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It has now been four years since the passing of my sister-in-law Fiona from a very aggressive strain of Leukemia. Although time passes on, my thoughts of Fiona and her achievements in life still move around my mind, especially when out running solo on long trails. My family endeavors to keep Fiona’s memory alive through   Continue Reading →

Courmayeur in a Nut Shell

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This Run the Alps guest blog post is from US trail runner Tim Tollefson. Tim is a familiar face here in the Alps. He was second in UTMB’s CCC in 2015, and third last year in the UTMB. Tim has also qualified twice for the US Olympic Marathon Trials. He’s here in Chamonix now, getting   Continue Reading →

Around Mont Blanc with David Laney

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Editor’s note: It’s UTMB season in Chamonix, and trail runners from around the world are converging on the town. One of them is Ashland, Oregon-based David Laney, a friend of several of us here at Run the Alps. In this post, David shares his thoughts about trail running in and around the Mont Blanc region.   Continue Reading →

These are the Alps, Too

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I had been trail running for five hours. Well, the truth is, I hadn’t run much at all. While scoping out a route for a trail-running book project, I was supposed to be running, but rain, dense fog, and wind were conspiring to make the day challenging. Anticipating a thunderstorm for hours, I felt lucky   Continue Reading →

Join Ultrarunners Rob Krar and Brian Tinder in the Alps this September

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Sometimes, things just fall into place. That’s what happened this last month when Run the Alps’ friend Brian Tinder and fellow Flagstaff, Arizona runner Rob Krar announced they’d be taking part in the DDM Trail, one of the oldest trail races in the Alps. As a result, Run the Alps is able to offer a   Continue Reading →

Helmet Required: Courmayeur, Italy’s 2,200 Meter-high Sky Race

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Helmet required. It’s a phrase I had never seen when looking over the required gear list for a trail race. And it certainly piqued my interest. So, when the first edition of the Mont Blanc K2000 Skyrace in Courmayeur, Italy, debuted, I had to check it out. That was August 8, 2015, and it didn’t   Continue Reading →

The Montreux Trail Festival: We Will Rock You. (And Your Quads.)

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Lead singer Freddie Mercury from the band Queen had a longtime connection to the Swiss town of Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The first edition of the Montreux Trail Festival kept that connection very much alive. Races were subtitled with one liners from famous Queen songs. “We will rock you” and “Another one   Continue Reading →