Race website https://www.ultratour-beaufortain.fr
Born in 2009, the “UTB” is a 114 km route that tours the picturesque Beaufortain mountain range. Within 90 minutes of Chamonix, this lesser known mountain range is truly a runners playground. Its smaller, quieter mountains are a welcome break from its more popular neighbor.
Starting in the village of Queige, the tour climbs and descends what the race organization describe as a “reasonable” elevation of 7200m over “rolling” trails…but don’t be fooled, this race has its fair share of technical trails and runners can’t afford to get too distracted by the panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif for too long!
In 2022, US runner Jim Walmsley, who lives in nearby Arêches, won the race.
If you’re running, be sure to try some of the internationally-famous loca, Beaufortain cheese that is available at the aid stations.