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Running Tor des Geants: Courage isn’t Always Quite What it Seems

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A week ago, I finished running Tor des Geants, the epic endurance trail race in the Italian Alps. “Running” might not be the ideal word, since all of us 711 starters spent most of our 4-6 days fast hiking, shuffling, walking, and basically finding any way possible to keep moving forward. Only occasionally did most   Continue Reading →

The Faces of 2021 Tor des Géants

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The Tor des Geants– a 330 km trail race with an incomprehensible 33,000 meters of vertical– takes place around the high cols and mountains above the Aosta Valley, Italy, each September. The week-long event has just wrapped up, and one thing that you can say about Tor is that there are always a few stories   Continue Reading →

A Midwesterner in the Alps: Hoka’s Emily Schmitz Tackles UTMB®’s OCC

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Run the Alps friend Emily Schmitz is an American trail runner living in Chamonix, France. In 2019, she finished 5th in UTMB®‘s OCC race. This year, she finished 11th. I am not a natural mountain runner. I grew up in Milwaukee, a city that sits in the heart of the Midwestern US, known for breweries,   Continue Reading →

Watch one of the great moments in Alps trail running this season

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Sometimes, every now and then, the camera is in the right place at the right time and captures something very special. That’s what happened this past July here in Chamonix, when Run the Alps ambassador and Black Diamond athlete Hillary Gerardi won Chamonix’s 90 km trail race, the longest race in the Marathon Mont Blanc   Continue Reading →

Faces of Determination: 2021 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

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The 2021 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® was a remarkable edition of the world’s largest trail running event. There were jaw-dropping performances across the event’s eight races– perhaps most notably, a new women’s course record in the marquee event, the 100-mile UTMB race around the Mont-Blanc massif. Courtney Dauwalter, of Golden, Colorado, finished in 22:30:54,   Continue Reading →

2021 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.

Krissy Moehl and the Story of the First Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

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Krissy Moehl, 43, of Bellingham, Washington, is one of America’s best-known trail runners. She has competed in more than 100 ultras around the world. A Patagonia ambassador, she has been on a wide range of adventures from the Alps to China to Chile and most places in between. In 2015, she became the youngest woman   Continue Reading →

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.

Gemmirunning: One of the World’s Most Unusual Trail Runs

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Sometime a bit more than 20 years ago, a trail runner approached Stefan Tscherry, the operator of the tram at the base of Leukerbad, Switzerland’s Gemmi Pass. The lift runs from the village, climbing 949 meters to its finish at the top of Gemmi Pass in the Berner Oberland region, roughly across the wide Rhone   Continue Reading →

The Hub Chamonix: Something New from Run the Alps

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Today, Run the Alps is excited to announce something brand new, in the world’s home for trail running: The Hub Chamonix.  The Hub Chamonix is a casual, welcoming chalet a few minutes walk from the center of town, and it’s designed specifically with trail running and trail runners in mind. It’s available for booking now–   Continue Reading →