Category Archives: Races

Meet Ivan Parasacco, The Philosopher King behind Tor des Géants

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Ivan Parasacco is the voice of ultra trail running in northern Italy, including the internationally known Tor des Géants trail race around Aosta Valley.

UTMB Mont-Blanc® 2022 in Photos (and the Morning After)

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Run the Alps photographer, Sam Hill, captured the lesser seen side of UTMB Mont-Blanc®: Quiet moments away from cheering crowds, and the aftermath in Chamonix.

Swiss Alps 100 Trail Race: A Proper Ultra Experience

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The Swiss Alps 100 takes place in Fiesch, a Swiss ski town near Brig, that’s below the Aletsch Glacier. The event is a festival of trail running with many different challenges for mountain athletes.

First Edition of Eiger 250: Ultrarunning through the Berner Oberland

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In mid-July under window boxes full of geraniums in the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald, my partner and I toed the line at the Eiger Ultra Trail by UTMB.

Mozart 100 by UTMB: Come for the Strudel and Stay for the Trails in the Austrian Alps

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The Austrian city of Salzburg is both old and incredibly beautiful. It does not, on initial investigation, imbue you with thoughts of a trail running demi-mecca. That is until you focus your gaze past the turrets of the Hohensalzburg Fortress…

Argentrail: A Little Big Race in the Chamonix Valley

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While small in size, races like Argentrail have everything you would find at a bigger event: a giant blow-up start line, a well-marked route with stocked aid stations, photographers and crowds cheering along the route, and wrapped up with an award ceremony and prizes.

Trail du Vélan: The Friendliest Race in the Alps

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Taking place near to the Grand St Bernard pass, at the southern tip of the Valais canton, the Trail du Vélan is one of the longest-running trail races in the Alps. The local support and pride in the race is clear, and not surprising given the poignant story behind its creation.

Benvenuta to Trail Racing: Running the Gran Trail Courmayeur 30km

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It’s my first ever trail race: Italy’s Gran Trail Courmayeur 30km. The race starts in Courmayeur, climbs approximately 2,000 meters (6561 feet), and winds along the Val Ferret balcony.

Trail Running on the Quiet Side of Mont Blanc: The Story of Valle d’Aosta Trailers

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Run the Alps recently sat down with Erica Motta, Head of Communications for VDA Trailers, to find out more about this organization powering the Aosta Valley trail running scene.

An American in the Alps: Buzz Burrell on Chamonix, the Mont Blanc Marathon, and More

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In US trail running circles, and within the trail running world internationally, the name Buzz Burrell is very nearly legendary. Buzz, 70, is still going at it.

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