Category Archives: Races

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.

Run the Alps Goes Back to Our Roots

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This summer, Run the Alps staff, guided, ambassadors, and friends will be trail running around the Alps, and we’ll share the untold stories about the races that don’t get the lavish media spotlight.

Edition Zero: Behind the Scenes Developing Tor des Géants

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The year before the first edition of Tor, there was a “Zero Edition” with a grand total of four finishers. This wasn’t an official race. In fact, it was a trial run to prove the very concept.

2022 Edition: The Trail Runner’s Underground Guide to Chamonix

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Coming to Chamonix to trail run? Here’s the inside scoop, with input from more than a dozen local trail runners.

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.

Our new Guide to Trail Racing in the Alps

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One attraction of trail running in the Alps is the incredible race scene here. Many of our trips include the option to take part in an Alps trail race, so Run the Alps has put together a new Guide to Trail Racing in the Alps. The guide includes vital information and handy tips to ensure   Continue Reading →

Tips for Running Chamonix’s Vertical Kilometer

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We recently shared the unique history of Chamonix’s famous Vertical Kilometer, or “Kilomètre Vertical,” as it’s known locally. The 3.8 km route rises exactly 1,000 meters from the center of Chamonix’s old town, and is a popular experience for both locals and trail runners passing through town. So we’ve pulled together our tips for running the route safely,   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Vertical Kilometer: A Brief History

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One of the more popular trail runs in Chamonix is also one of its more unusual ones –  the “Kilométre Vertical” or “KV” – “VK” in English. The 3.8 km-long route, an attraction for both local trail runners and those visiting from afar, has also been a race as part of the Mont Blanc Marathon   Continue Reading →

Trail du Besso – A Tough New Race in Zinal, Switzerland

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Early this past summer, Run the Alps received an email about a new trail race, the Trail du Besso. Seeing the stats – 56km and 5400 meters of ascent and descent – I thought it would be a great race for the end of the summer. The race appealed to me for several reasons. Often   Continue Reading →

UYN Vertical Courmayeur Mont Blanc Skyrace

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The packing list for the UYN Vertical Courmayeur Mont Blanc Trail Race: Running shoes; check. Sunglasses; check. Running vest; check. Climbing helmet… Check?! The northern Alps village of Courmayeur, at the base of Mont Blanc, recently hosted one of the more outrageous trail running races in the Alps: the UYN Vertical Courmayeur Mont Blanc. The   Continue Reading →

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