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After each trip, the guide from that trip shares stories and photos via our Run the Alps Tour Stories series. Enjoy reading about our trail running adventures through the Alps, and drop us a note if you have any questions!
September 4-13, 2022
The Via Valais tour was, simply put, fantastic. The route can't be compared. We saw ibex up close, and picked wild blueberries all week. The weather was perfect and had the smells of the season changing to autumn.
August 15-21, 2022
Our group of six spent two days in Leukerbad, Switzerland ascending the cliffs of the Gemmi-pass. Then we headed across the Rhône valley to Zermatt to continue our tour. At the end of the week of trail running, we supported the Matterhorn Ultraks racers in our group.
August 22-31, 2022
The TMB is unfailingly a memorable loop. One thing that made this TMB stand out was that the UTMB races were also happening, and so the trails were stacked with running stars.
August 1-10, 2022
The Tour du Mont Blanc, “TMB,” is a classic, and it always catches people unaware of how much up and down there really is along the route. Cake, coffee, and crêpes were the center point of each day and they helped fuel us for the climbs.
July 17-23, 2022
Our group of six runners and two guides explored some classic Swiss trails around Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, Murren, and Grindelwald. New trails and views each day!
July 11-17, 2022
For the days leading up to the Eiger Ultra Trail race events, we ran around the high village of Murren, visited a Swiss “candlelight” hotel, and Lobhornhütte, a classic Swiss Alpine Club hut. Our runs also took us to Grosse Scheidegg, a high pass above Grindelwald.
June 28 - July 2, 2022
Run the Alps was pleased to offer a special trail running camp this summer - just for women! Based in Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy, the week of running trails was hosted by The North Face athlete and Run the Alps ambassador, Meg Mackenzie.
June 20-27, 2022
Our group cheered each other along our own CCC, Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix, warm-up run before our they each took the starting line of the Mont Blanc Marathon and 23km races.
June 12-19, 2022
This year’s June Dolomites trip was led by the talented Bruno Yates and Cam Bevan. The group consisted of these two guides and five motivated and interesting guests: Andrei, Anna, Christina, Linsey and Jay. The tour took in the sights, sounds and strudels of the spellbinding Val Gardena.
Jun 28 - July 5, 2021
A diehard father and son team were our first guests back to the Alps in over a year. Their persistence paid off, with a quiet trip trail running around the northern half of the Tour du Mont-Blanc-- and a chance to trail race in Chamonix, France!
July 1-10, 2021
After 16 months of a global pandemic, the first Run the Alps group returns to trail run the iconic route around the Mont Blanc massif. It was a special moment for all involved!
September 9-15, 2019
We were blessed with perfect weather to experience the best of Chamonix, France and Champéry, Switzerland. Our trip ended with the historic Dents du Midi trail race-- including a few well-earned podium positions!
September 5-14, 2019
This year, Run the Alps offered a September guided trail run over the Via Valais, a route designed by our friends at ALPSinsight. Wandering through Switzerland's Valais Alps, the route is high, wild, and challenging.
26th Aug - 4th Sept, 2019
Our last tour of the season featured the self-appointed “UTMB® Babes,” with Senior Guide Simon - or is it Simone? - leading the charge. The UTMB® race vibe filled the air in Chamonix and Courmayeur. We ran through Switzerland, then finished in Chamonix with cold beers and a memorable farewell dinner
August 4-13 2019
Our band of merry trail runners coalesced nicely in Chamonix, and from there on it was all trail running, cafes, and - yes - even some Sound of Music. Here’s our story!
July 28 - August 3, 2019
Immaculate trails, towering peaks, quaint villages and glorious wildflowers. Plus cake. Lots and lots of cake.
July 21-28, 2019
Running through Switzerland's Jungfrau region, we encountered stunning views of the Eiger, flower-filled meadows, gorgeous flowing trails, glacial lakes in which to cool off… and even a life-size cut-out of James Bond!
July 14 - July 23, 2019
"And is seeing and hearing not part of the reason we came?" Trip over, Guide Mark Brightwell ponders the experience of his "tribe" of trail runners, contemplating what has changed-- and what hasn't-- over the course of a trail run around Mont Blanc.
July 15 – 21, 2019
The trails are world class in Switzerland's Berner Oberland, but it’s the people that make a tour really enjoyable.
July 4-13, 2019
Running the classic Tour du Mont Blanc circuit out of Chamonix was a wonderful experience - for all the senses. Varied trails, incredible views, fresh tarts and coffee - and even singing - made for an incredibly fun tour and a group of very contented runners.
June 24 - July 1, 2019
Running through Italy, Switzerland and France around the northern side of Mont Blanc we encountered a heatwave, snow and river crossings, as well as bright flowers and incredible views. After our journey, we enjoyed taking part in the Mont Blanc Marathon series of races.
September 10 - 16, 2018
Sunshine and a cool breeze gave us ideal conditions to explore the French and Swiss Alps. Our team of seven took in the best of Chamonix before hopping a train over to Champéry, Switzerland, where several of us ran the historic Trail des Dent-du-Midi trail race, the oldest race in the Alps.
June 16-23, 2019
Run the Alps' first trip of the season ventured into Italy’s Dolomites - and found sweet single-track, stupendous views, and great food. In other words, we found the Dolomites in the Dolomites. (And we became experts in dumplings, too!)
August 26 - September 4, 2018
WARNING: The following account contains an obscene number of superlatives, ridiculous strings of adjectives and a recurring theme of trails, mountains and great food!
September 3 - 13, 2018
We ran up to 33,500 feet (Well, sort of.) We ate cheese (All of us.) We crossed high passes (Lots of them.) And then we ate yet more cheese (Some of us.)
August 20 - 26, 2018
We ran trails up to 7600 feet, through talus and over the moraines of the Wildstrubel glacier on a crisp clear morning. We ran under the iconic Matterhorn past centuries old chalets above Zermatt - and then several of us raced in one of the Alps’ best known trail races, Matterhorn Ultraks.
July 29 - August 4, 2018
We ran across Alpine meadows, high mountain passes and cool gorges next to the Eiger, plus embraced the traditional festivities of Swiss National day - with plenty of local food and wine.
July 15 - 24, 2018
Blue skies, swift ascents and gorgeous trails - with plenty of pie, coffee and outstanding panoramas to fuel our journey and keep spirits high. Ours was a fabulous trip with memories to last a lifetime.
June 25 - July 2, 2018
As the snow melted from the high passes on the Tour du Mont-Blanc, our crew tackled the run from Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France - then took part in some of the world's most famous trail races.
August 28 - September 6, 2017
The Run the Alps Tour du Mont-Blanc trip takes in the trails joining together the alps of France, Italy and Switzerland. Over 7 days of running we cover over 90 miles and climb 7,000 meters. Our trip was in Courmayeur, Italy, as the famous UTMB trail race passed through town.
August 21-27, 2017
This year’s Matterhorn Ultraks trip had a larger-than-life quality to it-- both the trail running and the guests! We ran across glaciers, travelled to Zermatt to run under the Matterhorn— and then ticked off a famous Alps trail race series. Here's how it went.
August 6 - 15, 2017
The trip that had it all and more with thunder, lightning, snow, ice, sunshine, mobile cow milking... and the surliest waiter in all of Italy!
July 30 - August 5, 2017
It was a spectacular week of trail running through Switzerland's Bernese Oberland. The highlight came during Day 3, when we ran under the immense Eiger North Wall. Here's my story of how that day unfolded, with a little trip summary below. It was a pleasure to join this great crew!
July 16-25, 2017
The Run the Alps Tour du Mont-Blanc trip is the classic way to experience the trail running scene in the Chamonix valley and the Alps, generally — three countries worth, in fact! We had a winning crew this time around the massif, too. So, how did it go? Well...
July 10-17, 2017
The Eiger Trail 2017 trip was an awesome week of trail running in the Berner Oberland and reconnaissance for a bunch of trail runners from around the globe. Not all of us raced, but those who didn’t ran around enough, cheering everyone else!