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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!

 


Chamonix to Champéry – a taste of the Alps and the Dents du Midi trail race

Chamonix to Champéry – a taste of the Alps and the Dents du Midi trail race

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!

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Run the Alps’ Inaugural Via Valais: Snow and Sun amid the High Alps

Run the Alps’ Inaugural Via Valais: Snow and Sun amid the High Alps

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.

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Trail running around Mont Blanc with the UTMB babes

Trail running around Mont Blanc with the UTMB babes

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

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Y-M-C-A at the Col Grand Ferret and other Tour du Mont-Blanc Highlights

Y-M-C-A at the Col Grand Ferret and other Tour du Mont-Blanc Highlights

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!

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In and Out of Big Views in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland

In and Out of Big Views in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland

July 28 - August 3, 2019

Immaculate trails, towering peaks, quaint villages and glorious wildflowers. Plus cake. Lots and lots of cake.

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Running and Pirouetting through Switzerland’s Jungfrau region

Running and Pirouetting through Switzerland’s Jungfrau region

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!

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The Tour du Mont Blanc: in the footsteps of shepherds, soldiers, poets and Kilian Jornet

The Tour du Mont Blanc: in the footsteps of shepherds, soldiers, poets and Kilian Jornet

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.

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Eiger Trail Tour: A week of sublime trail running in the Swiss Alps… and then a race!

Eiger Trail Tour: A week of sublime trail running in the Swiss Alps… and then a race!

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.

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The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music

The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music

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.

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Courmayeur to Chamonix – overcoming heat and snow, then nailing a race too!

Courmayeur to Chamonix – overcoming heat and snow, then nailing a race too!

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.

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Chamonix, Champéry and the Historic Dent-du-Midi trail race

Chamonix, Champéry and the Historic Dent-du-Midi trail race

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.

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Run the Alps in the Dolomites: Single-track, Snowfields, Big Views… and did we mention Dumplings?

Run the Alps in the Dolomites: Single-track, Snowfields, Big Views… and did we mention Dumplings?

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!)

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Tackling the Triple Crown of the Tour du Mont-Blanc and other Memories

Tackling the Triple Crown of the Tour du Mont-Blanc and other Memories

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!

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The Trail Runner’s Haute Route (Or: How we Climbed Mount Everest and Then Some)

The Trail Runner’s Haute Route (Or: How we Climbed Mount Everest and Then Some)

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.)

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Zermatt Matterhorn Tour and the Great Dessert Challenge

Zermatt Matterhorn Tour and the Great Dessert Challenge

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.

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Bernese Oberland Tour – The full Swiss experience

Bernese Oberland Tour – The full Swiss experience

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.

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Tour de Mont Blanc Trail Run Odyssey (Or, how we traced a 100-mile line of sunshine through three countries)

Tour de Mont Blanc Trail Run Odyssey (Or, how we traced a 100-mile line of sunshine through three countries)

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.

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Courmayeur – Chamonix Run: Snowfields, Singing the Can Can, and Chamonix Trail Races

Courmayeur – Chamonix Run: Snowfields, Singing the Can Can, and Chamonix Trail Races

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.

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On the Tour du Mont Blanc, with Trail Racers Cruising Past

On the Tour du Mont Blanc, with Trail Racers Cruising Past

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.

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Glaciers, Skyraces, and The Matterhorn

Glaciers, Skyraces, and The Matterhorn

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.

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Tour du Mont-Blanc: Thunder, Lightning, Snow, Ice, Sunshine– and Mobile Cow Milking!

Tour du Mont-Blanc: Thunder, Lightning, Snow, Ice, Sunshine– and Mobile Cow Milking!

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!

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2017 Bernese Oberland Trip: Under the Eiger

2017 Bernese Oberland Trip: Under the Eiger

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!

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2017 Tour du Mont-Blanc #1: Big views, Beers in a Trough, Hurdy-Gurdy at Les Mottets, and More!

2017 Tour du Mont-Blanc #1: Big views, Beers in a Trough, Hurdy-Gurdy at Les Mottets, and More!

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...

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2017 Eiger Trail Tour

2017 Eiger Trail Tour

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!

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