Category Archives: Races

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 →

Swiss Winter Trail Running Alternative: Geneva’s Course de l’Escalade

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With the Swiss Alps coated in a thick blanket of snow during the winter, trail running enthusiasts may want to head to Geneva for a festive urban race in early December. The Course de l’Escalade has a number of distances to choose from, all of which wind their way up, down and around the narrow   Continue Reading →

What Makes Trail Racing in the Alps Special

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We’re pleased to share this story from Run the Alps Ambassador David Laney. David was Ultrarunner magazine’s 2015 Ultrarunner of the Year, and has finished third place (2015) and fourth place (2016) in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. This short piece is the foreword to a new Run the Alps publication, the Guide to Trail   Continue Reading →

This Winter: Ski Mo with Run the Alps 

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Got plans this March? Join us for something new and totally different! For our first time ever, Run the Alps is offering a winter “Ski Mo” trip! You can check out trip details here. Based in Chamonix, France, our winter trip includes time training and learning Ski Mo skills with two of Europe’s best-known ski   Continue Reading →

The Persistence of Memory

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Editor’s Note: A long-time competitive trail runner from San Rafael, California, Victor Ballesteros ran Italy’s Tor Des Géants this past summer. “TDG” is, in many respects, beyond comprehension. The 330km race starts and finishes in Courmayeur, on the south side of Mont Blanc. It includes over 80,000 feet of climbing and descending. Victor is no   Continue Reading →

Chamonix’s Biggest Fan? Run the Alps Ambassador David Laney

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For all intents and purposes, trail running season is fading away in Chamonix, as it is for much of the Alps. It starts in early summer with the Mont Blanc Marathon races, and slowly builds toward UTMB’s many events at the close of August. Then, as the first snows appear on the peaks above town,   Continue Reading →

Trail Verbier St Bernard: Giving Back to the Land

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Recently, US trail runner David Laney and I had a chance to visit with the organizing committee of Trail Verbier St-Bernard. “TVSB,” as it’s known, is one of the great trail races in the Alps. In fact, it’s not just one race but four, high in the beautiful Valais canton, often meandering along or near Switzerland’s   Continue Reading →

The Trail Runner’s Underground Guide to Chamonix

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Home to hundreds of kilometers of single track trails, vertiginous climbs, cozy mountain huts, and Europe’s premier trail races, Chamonix, France really is the world’s trail running capital. But, what to do when you’re in town… but not racing? Run the Alps polled our guides, staff, and other trail running friends in the valley to   Continue Reading →

Sierre-Zinal with a Happy Heart: My Perspective as a Mid-pack Runner

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At some time unknown, the 31-km Alps trail race known as Sierre-Zinal slipped into my subconscious as a special event. It was one not to lose track of, a race to do one day, a bit like an exceptional mountain to climb. But I wasn’t really sure why. The race is located in the Southern   Continue Reading →

Picking up the Pace: Run the Alps Q&A with our Very Speedy Staff Writer

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This summer, Run the Alps added a new position to our list of seasonal crew – intern and staff writer. Julia Maxwell, a recent graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calfornia, joined us in Chamonix in June and will be staying through the end of August. Julia splits her time between Run the Alps   Continue Reading →