The Ultra Trail Mont Blanc is back and once again Chamonix is filled with men in tights and incredibly ripped women. I mean seriously, every other week of the year it’s the other way around but for some reason during this particular week the tables are turned. Go figure.
And for those who have ever wondered what it’s like to run the race here are a few vids that do a good job of talking you through the entire course including what kind of roads you’ll be on, strategies to use for different parts of the course, and key waypoints to look for so you don’t get lost.
These vids take so much of the guesswork out of it that it almost makes you want to run the race. Almost…
The schedule for the weekend:
Friday, 26 August
10:00 Courmayeur – depart CCC (98km / 5600m climbing / 1800 runners / 26 hrs max).
16:00 Chamonix – first finishers of PTL (300km / 22,000m climbing / 80 teams of 2 or 3 runners / 138 hrs max)
17:00 Lacs des Gaillands – Ultra Sieste du Mont Blanc (the ultimate alternative to the UTMB. Bring a hammock, chaise longue, eats, drinks, music, games, and a sense of humor).
18:30 Chamonix – depart UTMB (166km / 9500m climbing / 2300 runners /
21:45 Chamonix – first CCC finishers
Chamonix centre ville – tedious blathering and mundane soundtrack blasted over the sound system all night long. Earplugs highly recommended for those trying to sleep within a 20km radius. For those who thought they could escape the deluge by fleeing to the other end of town, race organizers have thoughfully placed speaker systems cranked to 11 along the high street.
Saturday, 27 August
15:30 Chamonix – first UTMB finishers
Chamonix centre ville – tedious blathering and mundane soundtrack blasted over the sound system all night long. Lock firearms and large knives in a safe place and throw away the key. After being relentlessly tormented by the teeth-grinding Chariots of Fire soundtrack for the past 24 hours you’re going to want to kill somebody if not yourself.
Find all the beta on the UTMB website.