Category Archives: Friends

The Hidden Importance of Trail Running: A beginner’s experience training for– and running– the Mont Blanc Marathon

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Run the Alps Director of Sustainability Jen Stretton writes about her first trail race– the legendary Marathon du Mont-Blanc.

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.

Run the Alps Recipes: Switzerland’s Älplermagronen

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Second in our series of Alps recipes is an Alpine take on a US classic. After opening our series with the sweet Tatsch recipe, we thought a comforting savory dish might help all of us get us through these last, lingering days of winter.  Not many dishes are more comforting on a chilly evening than   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 →

Dolomiti Extreme: You Fill Our Valley with Magic

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  In June, Run the Alps’ friend David Loutzenheiser visited the Dolomites mountains of northern Italy and took part in the Dolomiti Extreme race. David found an enthusiastic community and a warm welcome and, after running his 53km race, he had the chance to meet with race directors Paolo Franchi and Corrado De Rocco. He   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 →

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 →

From Iraq to the Alps

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Editor’s note: Mark Brightwell is a guide for Run the Alps. He grew up in suburban Hampshire – England’s gently rolling South. He served from 2005 to 2011 with the Royal Gurkha Rifles and was injured during the Iraq war. Trail running has since become an important part of his life: a way of experiencing   Continue Reading →