Author Archives: Emily Geldard

Our Favorite Alps Trail Racing Films

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We’re psyched to hear you enjoyed the collection we curated of our favorite Alps trail running films. We got great feedback on it! Since so many of us of us are going to be spending more time indoors in the weeks ahead, our staff pulled together another collection – this time the videos produced by   Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Alps Trail Running Videos

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As the Run the Alps staff here in the Alps settles in for a long period of isolation in response to COVID-19, we thought we’d pull together a few of our favorite trail running videos from the region. Some are well-known classics, others are fascinating glimpses into the past, and a few are interesting homemade   Continue Reading →

Via Valais Trail Running Trip Stars on the Patagonia Catalog

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For the first time, Patagonia’s catalog features trail running on its front cover – and we’re psyched that it’s the new Via Valais route. The Via Valais roughly follows the famous backcountry skiing and hiking “Haute Routes” from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland, though it starts a bit closer to Zermatt, in the high mountain   Continue Reading →

Tahoe Wilderness Medicine Coming to Chamonix

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This summer we’re psyched to welcome Tahoe Wilderness Medicine to Chamonix for a special Run the Alps trip. This unique experience combines wilderness medicine continuing education with the an introduction to trail running in one of the best places in the world to try it out– Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy. So what’s it like? What better way,   Continue Reading →

What do Run the Alps Guides do in the Winter? Well…

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It goes with saying that all our guides spend most of their summer trail running, but they also keep busy during the winter months, too! Here’s a look at what some of the team is up to now that the Alps are covered in a mantle of snow.  This winter Mark Brightwell continues to lead people on trips   Continue Reading →

Run the Fells: Special England Lake District Trip Now Available for Booking

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We’ve spent a lot of time singing the praises of the Alps—and much as we love them, we also know they’re not the only mountains on this planet worth exploring. Next year, we’re inviting you to join us on a special running tour nearly 1,000 miles northwest of Chamonix, in England’s scenic Lake District. It’s   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps Partners with Chamonix-Based FATMAP

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Run the Alps is fortunate to work with a number of great partners, ranging from gear companies like Patagonia, Salomon, and Ultimate Direction, to trail races like Sierre-Zinal, the Mont Blanc Marathon, and UTMB®, to content partners like ALPSinsight and Trail Runner Magazine. Now, we’re pleased to announce another great partnership, this time with with FATMAP   Continue Reading →

Our new Guide to Trail Racing in the Alps

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One attraction of trail running in the Alps is the incredible race scene here. Many of our trips include the option to take part in an Alps trail race, so Run the Alps has put together a new Guide to Trail Racing in the Alps. The guide includes vital information and handy tips to ensure   Continue Reading →

Tips for Running Chamonix’s Vertical Kilometer

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We recently shared the unique history of Chamonix’s famous Vertical Kilometer, or “Kilomètre Vertical,” as it’s known locally. The 3.8 km route rises exactly 1,000 meters from the center of Chamonix’s old town, and is a popular experience for both locals and trail runners passing through town. So we’ve pulled together our tips for running the route safely,   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Vertical Kilometer: A Brief History

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One of the more popular trail runs in Chamonix is also one of its more unusual ones –  the “Kilométre Vertical” or “KV” – “VK” in English. The 3.8 km-long route, an attraction for both local trail runners and those visiting from afar, has also been a race as part of the Mont Blanc Marathon   Continue Reading →