Author Archives: Doug Mayer

Trail des Dents-du-Midi: Finding Calm amid the Chaos

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It has been, by any measure, a year of instability and change for the world. Run the Alps has not been unaffected. We’ve responded by researching and launching a number of new initiatives—more on that, right here, soon. Like you, I am sure, I’ve found it unsettling. My inner autopilot has sought out the familiar,   Continue Reading →

Roll out the Red Carpet and Grab Some Popcorn: Sneak Peek of a Film from Run the Alps

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Here in the Alps, as elsewhere in the world, Covid-19 has disrupted plans. For Run the Alps, we opted early in the spring to cancel all our guided trips— now is a time for all of us to travel a bit less, and do our part to minimize the global pandemic. As I look back   Continue Reading →

Racing in the No-Fall Zone: Hillary Gerardi and Matterhorn Ultraks Extreme

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The Ultraks trail races in Zermatt, Switzerland, launched in 2012, quickly established themselves as one of the marquee series of races in the Alps.  Taking place in late August, Matterhorn Ultraks features six courses ranging from a 900-meter long kid’s run to a tough 49 km Skyrace, all in the famously beautiful Zermatt valley. (The   Continue Reading →

Our New Director of Hospitality Needs a Name

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As the founder of Run the Alps, I take feedback from our guests seriously. So, when we started consistently getting reviews that mentioned we should have a Director of Hospitality, I took note. We made recruiting strong candidates a top priority. Despite the challenges that Covid has thrown every international tour company this year, at   Continue Reading →

Behind the Scenes with Run the Alps: Kim’s Story

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Here’s a fact about Run the Alps you might not know: In addition to working and guiding together, we’re a pretty close group of friends. In our free time, we trail run together, climb together, have coffee together at Moody Coffee Roaster and beers together at Big Mountain Brewing. Now, one of us needs a   Continue Reading →

New! Run the Alps Guide Service

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Whether you’re looking for a trail running guide in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland, the Dolomites, or France’s Chamonix valley, Run the Alps can now help. We’ve just launched our new trail running guide service– you can check it out, right here.   Our new booking service came from the steady drumbeat of emails we’ve received over   Continue Reading →

(What Just Might Be) The Greatest Trail Running Vacation, Ever

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Not long ago, I was working with Troy Haines, the founder of Run the Alps’ partners, Alpinehikers, when he posed the question, “If you had an entire month, and you could plan any trail running trip in the Alps you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?” It was a tantalizing question.   Continue Reading →

Into Uncharted Territory: Run the Alps’ Approach on COVID 19

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Operating a business like Run the Alps is often quite fascinating. We deal with all sorts of topics—not just trail running, but mountain safety, international travel, logistics, and much more. Each day challenges us to learn, adapt, and make smart decisions. But I never thought I’d be writing about a virus. Still, here we are.   Continue Reading →

Entirely Shameless Reviews of Our Guides

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As the owner of Run the Alps, I play a support role. Here’s what I mean. It’s really about our guides. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of pieces that have to come together just right, to create a great trail running trip. I started Run the Alps and moved to Chamonix, France,   Continue Reading →

Welcome to 2020: You Got This!

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Your trips look really cool! But… I’m not sure I can really handle something that challenging. I’ve run a few trail races, and the longest I’ve ever run was 15 miles. What do you think? Thanks. That’s the most common concern we get emailed to us here at Run the Alps, from prospective guests. To   Continue Reading →