Author Archives: Emily Geldard

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 →

Trail du Besso – A Tough New Race in Zinal, Switzerland

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Early this past summer, Run the Alps received an email about a new trail race, the Trail du Besso. Seeing the stats – 56km and 5400 meters of ascent and descent – I thought it would be a great race for the end of the summer. The race appealed to me for several reasons. Often   Continue Reading →

Race news: Trail des Dents du Midi

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Trail des Dents du Midi’s full loop is now sold out for 2019– the earliest ever for the race. However, Run the Alps has access to entries as part of our September Chamonix-Champéry guided trip. You can read more about the trip, and race options, here. (And some spaces still remain for the Dents du   Continue Reading →

Race news: Trail Verbier St-Bernard

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The Swiss mountain town of Verbier is well-known as a ski resort, and the St-Bernard pass is famous for its dogs who used to rescue needy travelers on this high mountain crossing between Switzerland and Italy. However, this beautiful region in the Valais Canton of southwestern Switzerland is increasingly known for its exciting trail running   Continue Reading →

Helicopter Rescue in the Alps

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In the Alps, we’re lucky to have a number of impressively experienced and efficient helicopter rescue services. Their skill is legendary – just this past winter, a film of a French rescue helicopter performing a ‘Skate Support’ maneuver to rescue an injured skier near Chamonix, France, went viral. A month later at the foot of   Continue Reading →

David Laney’s Tips for running the UTMB®

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Based in Bellingham, Washington, Run the Alps Ambassador and Nike trail running team member David Laney is a regular visitor to Chamonix, France. In the quiet off-seasons of spring and fall, it’s not uncommon for David to be spotted around town or on the trails. He’s gotten to know the UTMB® particularly well, having participated   Continue Reading →

Race News: Eiger Ultra Trail

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The Eiger Ultra Trail is one of our favorite trail events, and certainly one of the most well-organized. Each year, Run the Alps hosts a week-long guided trip that includes the option to race. (Self-Guided trips, including race entries, are also available.) The races, ranging from 16km to the challenging 101km, all take place on   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Robert Etellin: The man in the hat with the bells, cheering every runner

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Several of the world’s most famous trail-running events take place in Chamonix, France. At each race, an army of volunteers ensures everything runs smoothly, and hundreds if not thousands of supporters cheer on competitors. But one supporter stands out from the rest: Robert Etellin. Etellin has been involved in the Chamonix trail running scene for   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps’ 1% for the Planet Contribution Supports CREA Mont-Blanc

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Since its inception, Run the Alps has been a member of 1% for the Planet, a non-profit organization whose corporate members donate 1% of their gross proceeds each year to support environmental initiatives around the planet. Started in 2002 by Patagonia-founder Yvon Chouinard, 1% for the Planet has the mission of to “build, support and   Continue Reading →