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 →

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 →

Welcome to Italy. Now Go Up: Val di Susa’s Triple Vertical Kilometer

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Europeans love vertical races—and the more up, the better. Steep vertical kilometer or “VK” races are commonplace. They happen throughout the year, with trail running shoes giving way to snowshoes, climbing skins and other forms of winter traction, as grassy alpine slopes turn white in the winter months. Nowhere in the Alps do they love   Continue Reading →

DDM Trail: A Legendary Alps Trail Race is Back

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In the history of trail running in the Alps, there isn’t an event that goes back much farther than Trail des Dents-du-Midi, held each September in the Valais town of Champéry. The original race took place over four decades ago. (Check out this video to get a remarkable glimpse of trail racing in the early days.)   Continue Reading →

Aw, Shucks

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We get a lot of really nice reviews here at Run the Alps. Then, every now and then, we get a letter like this one — something that just stops us in our trail running shoes and reminds us why we love this work. Shannon, thanks. (And — oh! — read on for Simon’s response,   Continue Reading →

Julia Bleasdale on Trail Running in Switzerland’s Engadin

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A long, alpine valley tucked away on Switzerland’s border with Austria and Italy, the Engadin is a special place – quieter, wilder and more remote than much of the rest of the Swiss Alps. Harder to reach than Chamonix, Grindelwald or Zermatt, it seems to guard its own special beauty closely. British-German track and field   Continue Reading →

“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 →