We love Courtney, but not because she’s one of the world’s best ultrarunners. It's because she’s a wonderful person who's fun to hang with. On this trip, we’ll run trails, drink great beer, and have one big adventure in Chamonix, France.
August 8 - 12, 2022
5 days, 4 nights
Village based with one night in a mountain hut.
$3,495 per person
Single Supplement: $300
Accommodations at a 3-star hotel for 3 nights; Accommodation at a mountain hut for 1 night; All breakfasts and dinners; Trail snacks; Big Mountain Beer tasting; Round-trip shared shuttle from Geneva Airport; In-tour transportation; Parapenting with Pilot; Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps; License-free photography; Guided runs daily with an International Mountain Leader.
Welcome to Courtney’s Big Adventure. This is her Chamonix dream trip– and you’re invited. This trip is filled with special touches that are unique among all of our Run the Alps trips.
How’d it happen? Let us explain.
When Courtney said she’d join us for a Run the Alps tour, Tour Manager Steph Lefferts asked her, “What’s your dream trip?”
The answer? Trail running on some of the world’s most famous mountain paths. (Of course!) Lots of great beer from the best brewery in the region. (Thanks, Big Mountain!) A night at a cool mountain hut. (Sure thing!) And parapenting. (Whoa, really? Okay!)
So, we set to work and designed her dream trip.
And, by the way, we’ve added in a few surprises for everyone, too!
And you’re invited.
Courtney Dauwalter is one of the world’s top ultrarunners. But there’s a lot more to her than just fast times and big podiums. She’s a super fun, energetic, empathetic, sometimes goofy, nearly always smiling trail runner from Leadville, Colorado with a great sense of humor and a penchant for really tasty microbrews, cows, and baggy running shorts.
For those of you keeping track at home, Courtney has two impressive wins at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, including setting a women’s course record, and an outright win– by ten hours no less– at the Moab, Utah 240 mile race. She’s ranked as the women’s top runner in the world by the ITRA Performance Index and has been named Ultrarunner of the Year by Ultrarunner magazine. You can read more about Courtney in this New York Times feature article.
It’s a rare opportunity to have Courtney join us. We’re excited, and we hope you are, too!
Want to join us for Courtney’s Big Adventure? Great! We’ll see you in Chamonix.
We expect this trip to sell out quickly. However, if you miss your chance (and you can check availability here), please email Tour Manager Stephanie Lefferts about getting on the waitlist.
Arrive in Geneva, and transfer to Chamonix, France– a town some people call the world’s home of trail running. An airport pickup is included, making this an easy and relaxing hour-and-a-half journey. Enjoy your first views of glacier-covered Mont Blanc, with time to relax in the quiet gardens of our hotel. We’ll host a pre-dinner gathering with Courtney, our guide Giles, and other Run the Alps staff.
Arrive in Chamonix by 3pm for an optional pre-kickoff shakedown run to Chalet Floria.
It’s the first day of Courtney’s Big Adventure! We’ll take the local train up the Chamonix valley, hopping off in the hamlet of Buet, then we’ll run (okay, fast hike!) a loop that will take us into high pastures and up to Refuge de Loriaz, before descending for the train back to Chamonix.
As the day winds down, we’ll head to The Hub Chamonix where Big Mountain Brewing Company will host an afternoon beer tasting. We’ll kick back in the large living room or outside on the deck– or even in the hot tub– as we enjoy a catered dinner along with some special Run the Alps trail running friends you’ll want to meet! (Yes, it’s a surprise!)
This morning is time for another surprise. Let’s just say it includes an event Courtney loves, a nice trail, and a few laps– small ones, in our case.
A morning of laughs and loops over, we’ll head off on an unforgettable, unmarked Vertical Kilometer-style route up, up, up to the French Alpine Club’s Albert Premier hut– a dramatic alpine lodge just a few feet away from the Le Tour glacier. Here, we’ll spend a night high in the Mont Blanc massif, before a cruisy, fun trail run the next morning.
Good morning! It’s time for breakfast with a glacier just over the rim of your morning coffee. Then, one of our favorite trail runs, through high pastures to Col de Balme on the Swiss-French border. After mid-morning treats, we’ll ride the gondola down to the end-of-the-valley mountain village of Le Tour, before hopping on a bus back to town.
Why the gondola down? Because we’re saving some energy to try our hands and feet on Chamonix’s legendary Vertical Kilometer course. (Want a time out? No problem! Hop on the gondola and join the crew at the top of the “VK”.)
Remember when we said this is Courtney’s Big Adventure? Good, because now we’re going to each grab a parapenting guide and jump….. into the air, and sail above Chamonix, with the glaciers of Mont Blanc below us.
After our flights, we’ll have time to relax before a special farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Chamonix.
While today we have to bid our adieus, we’ll sneak in a final trail run before what we hope and expect has been one of the most memorable trips of our lives winds down.
We’ll take the iconic Aiguille du Midi tram up for breakfast at Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille. Cafe au laits done, we’ll either run down to our departure or, if your flight departure time allows, enjoy a cruisy run across the Balcon Nord to Montenvers hotel, next to the Mer de Glace glacier.
Plan to arrive the day your tour starts, at the latest. Note that flights from the US usually arrive on the following day, so schedule accordingly. The closest airport is Geneva, Switzerland. This tour includes airport pickup in Geneva.
For those wanting to spend a few extra days in Chamonix, the “Vallée du Trail” with over 500 kilometers of trail running, we can assist in extending your time and providing self-guided trail running materials, either before or after the tour.
Plan your departure for the day the tour ends at the earliest– ideally late in the day or the day after, so you can join us for the full Balcon Nord to Montenvers run on the last morning. Since Geneva airport is only ninety minutes away by shuttle, it is possible to leave the day the tour ends.
Read all about Courtney in her Run the Alps Guest Runner profile.
Contact us if you have any questions.
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Flights to and from Geneva; Drinks with dinner; Lunches; Optional lift before parapenting; Tip for guide.