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From Run the Alps Founder Doug Mayer

Flower-covered high pastures. Centuries old herders huts. The distant cacophony of cow bells. Hut caretakers with mugs of fresh café au lait. And, all around, rugged peaks piercing Europe’s rooftop.

It’s hard to write about the Alps without sounding like a string of guidebook clichés. The thing is…it’s all true. Trail running in the Alps is hard to beat.

I’ve been at it for years, now—ever since my brother and I first stuffed ten franc bills in our socks and headed off for a run, no particular destination in mind. That day, we ran to a local summit, coasted along a ridge next to the Eiger, and stopped in at a mountain café for warm cups of Ovomaltine and croissants.

I was hooked.

One thing led to another, and I was soon planning trips for others. Next, together with trail-running friends in both Europe and the United States, we’ve started Run the Alps.

Whether you’re going self-guided or guided, for a day or three weeks, our trips are designed for anyone who likes to trail run. It’s not about being hard-core. It’s about sharing a wonderful adventure together in the mountains, at a pace and level of challenge that works for you. That’s the heart of who we are. 

Our own Run the Alps adventure is now more than a decade old. We live here and experience the trails every day. As a result, we like to think we’re the Alps trail running experts. And we love nothing more than sharing the trail with others. 

I hope you’ll join us. You can start by following us on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get our latest updates. And you can always email me personally, any time.

Thank you— and happy trails!

Run the Alps has a “net positive” approach to our impact on the planet. We are a member of 1% for the Planet, incorporate Leave No Trace principles into all of our trips, and work to reduce the cultural and environmental impact of our trips, including purchasing carefully researched carbon offsets as part of our sustainability policy.


Every Trail Runner’s Biggest Fear: Keeping Up With the Group

Every Trail Runner’s Biggest Fear: Keeping Up With the Group

I’m not sure I can run up those hills. What if I’m the slowest? How do I know which trip is right for me?


Trail Run with The Mirnavator in Switzerland!

Trail Run with The Mirnavator in Switzerland!

Mirna Valerio, aka “The Mirnavator,” is back again this summer, and we could not be happier! This time, we’re headed to Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, home of the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

New gear

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

A few years ago, we started looking for the perfect bag for our clients to move their belongings from inn to inn, when they’re trail running the Tour du Mont-Blanc. This is it! The 55-liter size has enough room for a few sets of town clothes and personal effects.