Monthly Archives: July 2018

Self-Guided Trail Running on the Tour du Mont Blanc

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Run the Alps is pleased to share this story from our self-guided guest, Carl Stauffer, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carl and three friends trail ran the full, 100-mile long Tour du Mont-Blanc. Here’s their experience as they wended their way around Mont Blanc.  Ever since I was a young child and heard the story of Heidi, I have   Continue Reading →

Running through the Valais: Trail Verbier St-Bernard’s X-Traversée

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The miracle was not that you finished, the miracle was that you had the courage to start. (Matthieu Girard, at Trail Verbier St-Bernard pre-race briefing). I’ve always agreed with that sentiment. I suspect it resonates with each of us who dares to enter a challenging mountain race. To that quote, I’d add a corollary: Too   Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Short Trail Run in Chamonix

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Just off the plane and looking for a way to wake up your legs? In Chamonix for a few hours and want a quick loop trail run right from town? Or maybe you’re looking for a recovery run, followed by lunch in a scenic spot? Here’s our recommendation: Chalet Floria. Okay… So, the fact is,   Continue Reading →

Fifth at Eiger Ultra 101: Run the Alps talks with US Trail Runner Matt Flaherty

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Run the Alps’ friend Matt Flaherty, a US-based athlete running for Salomon, recently came in fifth in the very challenging Eiger 101 race in Grindelwald, Switzerland, with a time of 12:30.34. We talked to him about his race, and got a few tips in case you’re interested in tackling this course in the beautiful Berner   Continue Reading →

Salomon’s Matt Flaherty on the Marathon du Mont-Blanc

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Matt Flaherty is a US trail runner sponsored by Salomon, currently living in Geneva, Switzerland – just 80 minutes’ drive to Chamonix, France. He has had a number of strong results in the US, in a variety of trail and road races. (You can read more about him in this irunfar profile.) We’re psyched to share   Continue Reading →

Allez-Allez! Running the Mont Blanc Marathon

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Run the Alps is delighted to share a glimpse of running this year’s Marathon du Mont-Blanc, courtesy of Patagonia’s Jess Rogers. Jess is the Global Product Manager for Trail Running and Baselayers, at Patagonia in Ventura, California.  Two years ago, I experienced the magical mountain town of Chamonix, France, not quite knowing what was in   Continue Reading →

Running the Mont Blanc 23 km: Run the Alps talks with Albert Marino

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After four days of trail running from Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France, on a guided Run the Alps trip, Run the Alps guest Albert Marino finished 36th in the Mont Blanc 23km trail race. This year was the 40th running of the competitive event, formerly known as the Cross du Mont Blanc. The race is   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Mont Blanc Marathon Weekend

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“Il est temps pour la fête! – “It is time for the festival!” bellowed Olivier, one of the volunteer coordinators for Chamonix’s Marathon Du Mont Blanc. It was 10am on a Sunday morning, and we were stationed at the top of the Planpraz lift, on a high balcony just below the Aiguilles Rouges range, the   Continue Reading →

Trail Running in the Alps: First Impressions from Courmayeur and Chamonix

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Editor’s Note: This summer, Run the Alps is pleased to have a staff writer, Julia Maxwell. Julia, aka JMax, will be writing about the Alps trail running scene throughout the region, from Courmayeur, Italy to Grindelwald, Switzerland. She’ll be based at Run the Alps’ home in Chamonix, France. Julia graduated from Stanford, where for four   Continue Reading →