Monthly Archives: September 2019

“Are You Experienced?” Running Italy’s Tor des Géants

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“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass What happened out there? That’s the lingering thought that returns whenever I think about last week,   Continue Reading →

Trail du Besso – A Tough New Race in Zinal, Switzerland

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Early this past summer, Run the Alps received an email about a new trail race, the Trail du Besso. Seeing the stats – 56km and 5400 meters of ascent and descent – I thought it would be a great race for the end of the summer. The race appealed to me for several reasons. Often   Continue Reading →

Hotel Bouton d’Or: One of our Favorite Places in the Alps

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After a long day of trail running along the lower flanks of Mont Blanc, through the charming medieval town of Courmayeur, Italy, our aching legs demanded that we surrender ourselves to the mountain of duvets that blanketed our bed. We slept for hours– enough so that in the morning, our stomachs growled at the thought   Continue Reading →

CCC 2019: My Dream Race

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Guest Post by Paul Martin CCC, short for Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix, is sometimes referred to as UTMB®’s “Little Sister”– a 100 km trail race that runs over the second half of the UTMB® course, from Courmayeur, Italy to Champex, Switzerland and finishing in Chamonix, France.  In recent years, however, the CCC has come into its own, with a   Continue Reading →

300 km through the Alps: Running UTMB®’s Epic PTL

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Among the many events that make up the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc weekend in Chamonix is the PTL, or Petite Trotte à Léon. (The name is wink to PTL founder Leon Louvey, a longtime UTMB® volunteer based in Champex Lac, Switzerland.) The stats on the course are simply jaw-dropping: 300 kilometers long, with 25,000 meters of   Continue Reading →