Author Archives: Julia Maxwell

The Trail Runner’s Underground Guide to Chamonix

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Home to hundreds of kilometers of single track trails, vertiginous climbs, cozy mountain huts, and Europe’s premier trail races, Chamonix, France really is the world’s trail running capital. But, what to do when you’re in town… but not racing? Run the Alps polled our guides, staff, and other trail running friends in the valley to   Continue Reading →

Getting back pre-race butterflies: thoughts from racing Sierre-Zinal

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It was nice to feel the pre-race butterflies again. The familiar feeling – nerves rising from the pit of my stomach – came on strong as I walked towards the bib pick-up in Sierre, a small city in the Swiss canton of Valais that borders France and Italy. The onset of pre-race jitters was both nerve-wracking   Continue Reading →

Five Reasons to Run Trail Verbier St-Bernard

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I never thought I’d get the itch to do an ultra.  The trail races I grew up with were typically less than 10 miles, and four years of collegiate training for 6km cross-country and 5km on the track made trail racing of any distance beyond 10 km seem like a whole different world.  Besides, part   Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Short Trail Run in Chamonix

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Just off the plane and looking for a way to wake up your legs? In Chamonix for a few hours and want a quick loop trail run right from town? Or maybe you’re looking for a recovery run, followed by lunch in a scenic spot? Here’s our recommendation: Chalet Floria. Okay… So, the fact is,   Continue Reading →

Running the Mont Blanc 23 km: Run the Alps talks with Albert Marino

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After four days of trail running from Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France, on a guided Run the Alps trip, Run the Alps guest Albert Marino finished 36th in the Mont Blanc 23km trail race. This year was the 40th running of the competitive event, formerly known as the Cross du Mont Blanc. The race is   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Mont Blanc Marathon Weekend

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“Il est temps pour la fête! – “It is time for the festival!” bellowed Olivier, one of the volunteer coordinators for Chamonix’s Marathon Du Mont Blanc. It was 10am on a Sunday morning, and we were stationed at the top of the Planpraz lift, on a high balcony just below the Aiguilles Rouges range, the   Continue Reading →

Trail Running in the Alps: First Impressions from Courmayeur and Chamonix

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Editor’s Note: This summer, Run the Alps is pleased to have a staff writer, Julia Maxwell. Julia, aka JMax, will be writing about the Alps trail running scene throughout the region, from Courmayeur, Italy to Grindelwald, Switzerland. She’ll be based at Run the Alps’ home in Chamonix, France. Julia graduated from Stanford, where for four   Continue Reading →