Trail des Dents du Midi: Europe’s Original Trail Race

Summary

The Trail des Dents du Midi is Europe’s oldest mountain race, dating back over 50 years. We’re delighted to offer something new this year, a self-guided package that includes participation in this classic event.

Date

Between September 13 – 20, 2017, with flexibility

Length

Up to 7 days, 6 nights (flexible)

Tour Category

Inn-to-inn

Fees

TBD with itinerary

Whats included

TBD with itinerary

Description

The Trail des Dents du Midi is Europe’s oldest mountain race, dating back over 50 years. We’re delighted to offer something new this year, a self-guided package that includes participation in this classic event with a rich and lively history. Run the Alp’s Doug Mayer will be on hand the week prior to Trail des Dents du Midi, and looks forward to meeting participants each day, and providing suggestions and guidance.

The race takes place in the quiet alp village of Champéry, at the end of the valley in the French-speaking Valais Alps, not far from the border with France. Trail runners have a wide range of options, from a 2-day Trail Découverte trip with a partner that includes a night high on the range, to a two-person relay, or tackling the full, ultra-length challenge that includes 3,700 meters of climbing.

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Running in Champéry, on the Gallerie, and above town, right.

Run the Alps guests will stay at the Hotel Beau-Séjour, a charming hotel and national hospitality award recipient winner. There’s plenty of great trail running in the Champéry area, ranging from gentler runs on farm roads in the hamlet of Barme, to the steep, challenging “Vertical Kilometer” run to Croix-de-Culet, which features a dramatic view of the region.

Visiting the dramatic dry stone work that surrounds Lac Soi, high on the Dents du Midi.

Visiting the dramatic dry stone work that surrounds Lac Soi, high on the Dents du Midi.

As a self-guided trip, participants can create their own itinerary. We recommending considering a few days trail running in Zermatt, before or after Trail des Dents du Midi, or in the town of Leukerbad, where you can take part in the unique Gemmi Running Challenge.

Trip cost is dependent upon your itinerary. Please contact us for details.

2014 Trail des Dents du Midi winner Manu Vaudan, right, and second-place finisher, USA runner Brian Tinder.

2014 Trail des Dents du Midi winner Manu Vaudan, right, and second-place finisher, USA runner Brian Tinder.

Additional Information

Trail des Dents du Midi: Sport, Charme et Authenticité 

10 Things to Love about Champéry

After the Crowds: Fall Trail Racing in the Alps and Trail Dents-du-Midi, the Oldest Trail Race in Europe

Adidas’ Brian Tinder on Trail Dents-du-Midi, Champéry, and Trail Running in the Alps