Author Archives: Doug Mayer

A Midwesterner in the Alps: Hoka’s Emily Schmitz Tackles UTMB®’s OCC

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Run the Alps friend Emily Schmitz is an American trail runner living in Chamonix, France. In 2019, she finished 5th in UTMB®‘s OCC race. This year, she finished 11th. I am not a natural mountain runner. I grew up in Milwaukee, a city that sits in the heart of the Midwestern US, known for breweries,   Continue Reading →

Watch one of the great moments in Alps trail running this season

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Sometimes, every now and then, the camera is in the right place at the right time and captures something very special. That’s what happened this past July here in Chamonix, when Run the Alps ambassador and Black Diamond athlete Hillary Gerardi won Chamonix’s 90 km trail race, the longest race in the Marathon Mont Blanc   Continue Reading →

Krissy Moehl and the Story of the First Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

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Krissy Moehl, 43, of Bellingham, Washington, is one of America’s best-known trail runners. She has competed in more than 100 ultras around the world. A Patagonia ambassador, she has been on a wide range of adventures from the Alps to China to Chile and most places in between. In 2015, she became the youngest woman   Continue Reading →

Gemmirunning: One of the World’s Most Unusual Trail Runs

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Sometime a bit more than 20 years ago, a trail runner approached Stefan Tscherry, the operator of the tram at the base of Leukerbad, Switzerland’s Gemmi Pass. The lift runs from the village, climbing 949 meters to its finish at the top of Gemmi Pass in the Berner Oberland region, roughly across the wide Rhone   Continue Reading →

The Hub Chamonix: Something New from Run the Alps

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Today, Run the Alps is excited to announce something brand new, in the world’s home for trail running: The Hub Chamonix.  The Hub Chamonix is a casual, welcoming chalet a few minutes walk from the center of town, and it’s designed specifically with trail running and trail runners in mind. It’s available for booking now–   Continue Reading →

Hillary Gerardi: “It Takes A Village to Win in Chamonix.”

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Here’s a truth about our Run the Alps corner of the trail running world in Chamonix: we can be a pretty tight group. That circle of friendship and camaraderie radiates outward, to our guides and staff and alumni and friends scattered around the Alps, the US, the world. Here in Chamonix, day in and day   Continue Reading →

Up, Over, and Around: Mike Ambrose Ticks Off an Alternative Tour du Mont-Blanc

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Run the Alps Ambassador Mike Ambrose just accomplished a unique project– climbing over, and then running around, Mont Blanc.

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 →