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Vertical Trail Courmayeur Mont Blanc

Vertical Trail Courmayeur Mont Blanc
08/02/2024 - 08/04/2024
11km, 60km
900m, 4600m

About the race

This 3-day event includes three races: Skyrace Night K1000 (11km, 900 meters), Skyrace K2000 (18km, 2000 meters), and Battalion Trail T60 (60km, 4600 meters). These races all begin in the town of Courmayeur. The Skyrace Night edition starts in town and ends at the Skyway Monte Bianco tram mid-station. The Skyrace K2000, in contrast, starts in the morning of the next day, and ends about 18 kilometers later, and 2200 meters higher up the Mont Blanc massif at the Punta Helbronner tram top station. The first half follows the same route as the Skyrace Night event, with the first 3 kilometers to Pontal D’Entreves comprised of rolling hills. From there, runners take an old hunting path through the forest — and then the ascent truly begins. In just a few kilometers, the trail rises 900 meters to the Pavillon mid-station. (The end point for the race from the evening prior.) The highly-technical, rocky path continues another 1200 meters up to the Rifugio Torino Vecchio — helmets are required for this section. The final stretch of the race leads over ice and up to Punta Helbronner. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy a buffet and descent by way of panoramic cable car.

The final and most recent addition to the event, the Battalion Trail T60 starts the day after the Skyrace K2000. The route makes a large loop flowing through high pastures, up steep climbs, and along world-class trails. Some highlights from the route include the Les Suches huts, the Malatrà valley, Bonatti refuge, and Tete de la Tronche. The final descent follows the Vertical Courmayeur Mont Blanc path to the finish line.

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