You may have noticed the odd post about trail running and the UTMB (yes, they are running it again this year, but hoping for the weather not to force course changes again….) so its a topic, in our house, that we seem to prick our ears up for. I spotted a post about the forthcoming Skyrunning World Championships being held in you know where and it got me wondering how many other major events are held in Chamonix each year.
So here you go…. quite a few aren’t there?
|Event||Date 2014||Events||Start point||Web|
|Marathon du Mont blanc||27,28, 29 June||MB Marathon||Chamonix||http://www.montblancmarathon.net/en/|
|MB Cross (26K)||Chamonix|
|Mini Cross (kids)||Chamonix|
|Trail du Tour dez Fiz||27, 28 July||61Km||Passy||http://www.passy-mont-blanc.com/uk/il4-trail,tour,fiz,passy_p228-registration.aspx|
|Mont-Blanc Triathlon||23, 24 August||Passy||http://www.montblanc-triathlon.fr|
|UTMB||25,26,27,28,29,30,31 August||PTL (240KM)||Chamonix||http://www.ultratrailmb.com|
|TDS (119KM)||Courmayeur (Italy)|
|CCC (101KM)||Courmayeur (Italy)|
|OCC (53KM)||Orsières (Switzerland)|
|TAR (Trail des Aiguille Rouge)||28-Sep-14||TAR (50K)||Chamonix||http://www.aiguillesrouges.fr/accueil.php|
And having listed all these marvellous mad long distance runs, this one caught my eye and is a bit more my style. Only a short trip through the tunnel and your at the start line, just like the CCC – but a little more light heated ….
The Arrancabirra 18km race (and 1,370 m of elevation gain) is not made to impress but to unwind at the end of the trail running season.
Organised by the Courmayeur Trailers Committee, the Arrancabirra is a festive, trail running race where the clock is as important as sunglasses are for running at night. The Arracabirra… the only race in the world where you can warm up in a pub!
The principle is very simple: a small 18km mountain walk with six refuelling stops where beer is served to the contestants. Each stop = one beer. Peebreaks are of course allowed and fortunately the final part of the route from the Bertone refuge is a winding 760m descent.