Author Archives: Doug Mayer

Trail Running on the Quiet Side of Mont Blanc: The Story of Valle d’Aosta Trailers

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Run the Alps recently sat down with Erica Motta, Head of Communications for VDA Trailers, to find out more about this organization powering the Aosta Valley trail running scene.

An American in the Alps: Buzz Burrell on Chamonix, the Mont Blanc Marathon, and More

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In US trail running circles, and within the trail running world internationally, the name Buzz Burrell is very nearly legendary. Buzz, 70, is still going at it.

Run the Alps Goes Back to Our Roots

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This summer, Run the Alps staff, guided, ambassadors, and friends will be trail running around the Alps, and we’ll share the untold stories about the races that don’t get the lavish media spotlight.

Run the Alps is Now 100% Carbon Neutral

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We know that combating climate change will require large-scale systemic society-level change. Nonetheless, we believe in the power of individual action, and want to contribute to fighting climate change in the way that we can.

Run the Alps Announces Good Karma Trail Runner Award

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PHOTO: Julen Elorza Nominate Someone Deserving for a Free Run the Alps Trip You read that right.  Run the Alps is launching a special opportunity for this summer.  We’re giving away one trip—including round-trip airfare—to one deserving person who has worked hard to benefit the wider trail running community.  Why are we doing this? We   Continue Reading →

New from Run the Alps: A Personalized Alps Prep Program

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We want to let you in on a secret: Trail running in the Alps isn’t actually as hard as it seems.  It looks pretty badass, right? But here’s the behind-the-scenes reality: everyone hikes the uphills, jogs most other places, and there’s not a person on our Run the Alps trips who doesn’t stop for croissants   Continue Reading →

Behind the Scenes with Michel Hodara and the Ultraks Race Series

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About ten years ago, I walked into the office of a new race organization based in Geneva– Ultraks. I had a nice visit with the team, hoping to partner with them. I was starting a new trail running tour company, and they were a year or two into creating a series of trail running events.   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Underground Guide to UTMB® Week in Chamonix

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Did you get into one of the trail races of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc series in Chamonix, France at the end of August? Congratulations! Taking part in UTMB, CCC, TDS or any one of the other races in the series is, for many, one of the highlights of a trail running career. The energy, the   Continue Reading →

Ultrarunner Luke Nelson joins Tahoe Wilderness Medicine Trip

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One of our most enjoyable and interesting times of the season is our Wilderness Medicine trip with our good friends at Tahoe Wilderness Medicine. John Anderson, the trip leader and one of the founders of Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, is a wonderfully bright and talented Emergency Room doc and a strong ultra runner in his own   Continue Reading →

Published: Your Grades for Our Run the Alps Guides

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Our Run the Alps guides got their end of the year grades, and, for the first time, we are sharing the results with everyone, publicly. Why? Simple. Like a parent seeing their son or daughter’s stellar report card, I’m proud. Our guides are some of the best people I know. The fact is, Run the   Continue Reading →

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