Category Archives: Races

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 →

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 →

2017 Alps Trail Race Preview

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Once again, the time has arrived for Run the Alps to share its annual preview of the trail racing season in the Alps. Each year, our goal is to highlight new races, changes to ongoing events, and share other news about all things upcoming in the trail running world. As always, you can find our   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 →

Trail des Aiguilles Rouges: Chamonix Valley’s Trail Race

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The world knows Chamonix for some of the most impressive trail races on the globe: the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, and the nearly dozen other races associated with these two overarching events. But, as September winds down, there’s a race that captures the attention of Chamonix—one that’s a favorite among valley locals: Trail des   Continue Reading →

TDS: Running through the Mountains to Chamonix

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“I watched the sky a long time, concluding that such beauty was reserved for distant, dangerous places, and that nature has good reason for exacting her own special sacrifices from those determined to witness them.”—Admiral Richard Byrd, Alone. The sound is unmistakable. Someone… something…. is breathing. And whatever it is, is very close to me.   Continue Reading →

At 75, Sierre-Zinal’s Jean-Claude Pont is Still Running Strong

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On the eve of the 43rd annual race, Run the Alps’ Doug Mayer visited with Sierre-Zinal founder and Race Director for 40 years, Jean-Claude Pont. At age 75, he’ll be toeing the start line tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. “Last year, I had a little accident and fell, but finished around 6:40. This year, I’m   Continue Reading →

Up—Way Up—in the Dark: Courmayeur’s Mont Blanc K1000 Vertical

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“We will do it in the Spanish way!” I have no idea what he means, but the race director at the first edition of the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometer (K1000) is smiling and exuberant, as he explains the course during the race briefing. Only five minutes of the 30-minute gathering is in English, the   Continue Reading →

The Chamois Trophy: Wengen’s DIY Trail Race up the Männlichen

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cham·ois ǀ noun ǀ \ sham-ˈwä \ : a small animal that looks like a goat and that lives on mountains in Europe Finding yourself in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, with a few hours to spare? The car-free mountain village of Wengen has a suggestion for you—one that’s 6.0 kilometers long, with 1,068 meters of climbing. Run   Continue Reading →