Author Archives: Doug Mayer

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 →

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 →