Category Archives: History

At 75, Sierre-Zinal’s Jean-Claude Pont is Still Running Strong

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On the eve of the 43rd annual race, Run the Alps’ Doug Mayer visited with Sierre-Zinal founder and Race Director for 40 years, Jean-Claude Pont. At age 75, he’ll be toeing the start line tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. “Last year, I had a little accident and fell, but finished around 6:40. This year, I’m   Continue Reading →

Mont-Blanc Marathon: Chamonix’s Other Trail Racing Weekend

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Indisputably, Chamonix’s best-known trail running weekend comes at the close of August, with the start of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. But, earlier in the summer, there’s a lesser-known event that bring tens of thousands of runners, friends, and family to town: The Chamonix Mount-Blanc Marathon races. Together with UTMB, the events form bookends for summer   Continue Reading →

Follow Your Own Path

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Postcard spotted in a Champéry shop:   Il n’y a qu’un seul bon chemin, et c’est le tien! Translation: There’s only good path, and it’s yours. It’s a syrupy cliché, for sure, and any other time, I would have dismissed it out of hand. But, like a lot of cliches, there’s truth underneath the worn   Continue Reading →