Category Archives: Friends

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 →

Eiger Ultra Trail 2017: Race Director’s Update

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In the Alps, trail running is booming. And nowhere is that truer than the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps. It makes sense, because for trail runners, this is a Nirvana of sorts, with flowy single tracks, glacier covered peaks, and even the occasional cow ready to lick the sweat off your arms! The centerpiece   Continue Reading →

Alps, Dogs and Trail Running. It Must Be Canicross!

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Trail racing… with your dog? In the Alps, it’s called Canicross, and it’s gaining popularity around Europe and, more recently, in the United States as well. This past fall, Run the Alps friend Natalie White, a British and English fell running champion, competed in a Canicross event in Lyon, France. That was followed by another event in the   Continue Reading →

Running the PTL. Seven times. Meet JeePee Lüthi.

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Here’s a fact about the trail running scene in the Alps: Everyone knows JeePee. Which makes sense, because you won’t meet a more enthusiastic, friendly or energetic trail runner, anywhere. JeePee Lüthi, 51, from the pre-Alp village of Leysin, Switzerland, is a force of nature. He’s been trail running for close to three decades. And not   Continue Reading →

The Art of Trail Running: How a Run the Alps Photograph Turned into a Remarkable Painting

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A beautiful photograph from one of our Run the Alps participants, Douglas Rhodes, on the Mont Blanc tour last summer caught the eye of an award-winning artist (disclosure: and my uncle!). I interviewed Michael Bignell, also a retired-architect, about his painting of the iconic Refuge des Mottets interior.   Alister: What is your approach to   Continue Reading →

Cheese, Ibex and Family: Run the Alps Talks Swiss Trail Running with Joe Gray

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Joe Gray is one of the strongest mountain runners in the world today. He’s been named US Mountain Runner of the Year no fewer than seven times. Last fall, he won the 12.7-km World Championships race in Bulgaria, leading the US team to their first gold medal win, ever. He didn’t squeak out the victory, either.   Continue Reading →

Running 330 km Through the Alps: Natalie’s Tor des Géants

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Run the Alps friend Natalie White, a British and English fell running champion, recently completed the head-spinning 338-kilometer long Tor des Géants, or “TDG,” a single-stage trail race through the Italian Alps. What’s it like to run that kind of distance… and throw in 24,000 meters of climbing, too? We asked Natalie’s partner, Robbie, to interview Natalie about the   Continue Reading →

Upon Heading Home: Run the Alps Guide Simon Conroy

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Editor’s note: This season, we welcomed Simon Conroy to our crew of trail running guides. Simon’s tremendous depth and breadth of experience has been a great asset. And, his irreverent sense of humor and pleasure in all things alpine has been a joy to be around. Thanks, Simon, for a great season! Well… Having just   Continue Reading →

Interview with Vincent Theytaz, Director of Sierre-Zinal

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The 2016 Alps trail running season is well underway! One of the race highlights each year is the legendary Sierre-Zinal, which will take place this year on Sunday, August 14. Run the Alps had the chance to catch up with Vincent Theytaz, in his second year as Race Director. With his inaugural year behind him,   Continue Reading →

Running to Get There

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All of this is prospective. I’ve signed on to Run the Alps’ Tour of Mont Blanc from July 19-27, and I’ll know exactly what that means once I arrive in Chamonix, and the mountains fill my eyes. But even these many weeks before that arrival, a lot of my limited memory-Ks are taken up by   Continue Reading →