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Running (and other things) in a Time of Pestilence

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Mark Brightwell is a licensed International Mountain Leader and guide for Run the Alps. He is currently riding out the pandemic in the United Kingdom’s Hampshire countryside with his family. You can read about the role trail running played in his recovery after being injured in a rocket attack in Iraq, in this story.  So   Continue Reading →

The Run the Alps Guide to Alps Trail Running Articles

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The trail running scene in the Alps is one of the most vibrant in the world, offering up interesting personalities, rugged races, and runs that vary from Heidi-like high pastures to highly technical traverses over glaciers and along narrow mountain ridges. Run the Alps staff, guides and friends recently gathered together to create a list   Continue Reading →

Our Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps

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For those of you considering a Run the Alps trip, here’s the first thing you’ll receive when you sign up with us. One part useful info, one part daydreaming, we hope you get pulled into the stories and photos, until the day comes that you’re here in the Alps with us! Joining Run the Alps   Continue Reading →

The Long and the Short of the Tour du Mont-Blanc

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The Tour du Mont-Blanc is world-famous, drawing hikers and trail runners with its mix of beauty and challenge amid French, Italian and Swiss cultures. As guests plan guided or self-guided Run the Alps trips, we often get asked something along the lines of, “I’m not as strong a runner as my partner. If I take   Continue Reading →

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! Several of the races below are partners with Run the Alps, and we have entries available each season, as part of our Run the Alps trips. Contact us for details.  So, grab   Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Alps Trail Running Videos

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We finally ticked off a project we’ve long wanted to tackle–  pulling together a definitive list of our favorite trail running videos from the Alps. Some are well-known classics, others are fascinating glimpses into the past, and a few are interesting homemade clips we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Now, they’ll all in one place! Shamelessly, we’d   Continue Reading →

The Run Alps Community Comes Together (and something you can do on Saturday, too!)

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As conditions around the globe have continued to evolve in reaction to the COVID-19 virus, we here at Run the Alps wondered if there was anything we could do to support both the tight Run the Alps community and the wider trail running world. We recognized that we have, through our social media and newsletter   Continue Reading →

(What Just Might Be) The Greatest Trail Running Vacation, Ever

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Not long ago, I was working with Troy Haines, the founder of Run the Alps’ partners, Alpinehikers, when he posed the question, “If you had an entire month, and you could plan any trail running trip in the Alps you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?” It was a tantalizing question.   Continue Reading →

Into Uncharted Territory: Run the Alps’ Approach on COVID 19

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Operating a business like Run the Alps is often quite fascinating. We deal with all sorts of topics—not just trail running, but mountain safety, international travel, logistics, and much more. Each day challenges us to learn, adapt, and make smart decisions. But I never thought I’d be writing about a virus. Still, here we are.   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 →