Author Archives: Doug Mayer

Behind the Scenes with Mimmi in Chamonix

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Mimmi Kotka joins Run the Alps for a special trip in Chamonix, France this September.

Watch Run the Alps Ambassador Hillary Gerardi go from her home to the summit of Mont Blanc and back

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Watch Hillary Gerardi run from her home to the summit of Mont Blanc and back, in this just-released dramatic video.

Miss Our Laugh-Out-Loud visit with Hillary Gerardi? Here’s your chance to catch it.

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Vertical Kilometer. Baguette. Chevy. Peugeot. Solitude. Uphill. American diner breakfast. Dogs. Kilian Jornet. Those were some of the answers in our rapid-fire Q&A segment yesterday during our Rendez-Vous with Black Diamond Athlete and Run the Alps Ambassador Hillary Gerardi.  And, well, it was a lot of fun.  It was a total, laugh-out-loud blast! Just what is   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Releases Summer 2021 Covid Policy

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As we share this update from the Run the Alps staff in Chamonix, France, an interview with French President Macron has aired on CBS News in the US. In the interview, Macron outlines the broad guidelines France will be using to restart travel from the US and other countries, this June. Times are uncertain, of   Continue Reading →

Something Truly Badass Just Happened in the Alps

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If you had to pick one mountain range in the world where all the great climbs and test pieces had already been done, it would be the Alps. After all, people have been climbing here for over 160 years. But, you’d be wrong. Because this past weekend, something new, historic and truly badass just happened   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Adds Covid Medical Advisor, Dr. John Anderson

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From the moment I started Run the Alps, safety has always been top on my mind. This isn’t just because it’s good business. I spent over two decades on a four-season mountain rescue team in the US. We saw everything, and more than a few of those dramatic moments– successes and tragedies– will be with   Continue Reading →

Our Most-Read Stories from 2020

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As we close out the year, we thought we’d share our five most-read and most-shared stories from 2020. With most plans upended, and nearly all of us spending much of our time at home, 2020 was a year to read, watch great films, and tackle other personal projects at home. So, we made time to share   Continue Reading →

Could this have been Chamonix’s First Trail Race?

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On the morning of August 8th, 1897, ten guides from Chamonix’s Compagnie des Guides gathered next to the Saint Michel church. Their objective? A mountain race up and down the Brévent. It was, as far as historians can tell, Chamonix’s first trail race. The route, according to Chamonix’s Blog de Christine, went via Les Moussoux,   Continue Reading →

When Things Get Back to Normal: Our Plans for Summer 2021

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Since last March, I’ve heard that phrase a lot. “I’ll come out and visit you… when things get back to normal.” “I’ll make those plans… when things get back to normal.” Normal, however, was just a daydream amid a steady drumbeat of difficult news. 2020 has been a year that has tested all of us.   Continue Reading →

2021 Run the Alps Trips and Finding Peace of Mind

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Together, these two sets of changes have given me peace of mind that we can offer trips that are as flexible as possible, and as safe as possible.