Join Marathon du Mont-Blanc
With the sheer white heights of the Mont Blanc massif as its sensational backdrop, the Chamonix Valley shows the Alps at their most dramatic. First ‘discovered’ as a tourist destination by Brits William Windham and Richard Pococke in 1741, it has become a wintertime playground of epic proportions, more than satisfying the most demanding skiers as well as the après-ski revellers who pack themselves into its boot-stompin’ bars. In summer, lift-accessible highland trails offer thrilling panoramas to hikers, mountain bikers and other high-altitude thrill seekers. With that being said, the Marathon du Mont Blanc is the place to be.
The Marathon du Mont Blanc is an annual marathon distance (42.195 km) alpine trail-running event held in Chamonix, France.
You run on a path through a botanical garden between Tré le Champ and the Col des Montets. All along it, there are some information about the most outstanding flowers you will find. At the top of the Col des Montets, behind the information cabin, you may see some ibex.
While running from the Aiguillette des Posettes to the Col des Montets, you also cross the AIguille Rouge Nature Reserve. Some chamois and wild board live in this area.
In the place known as "Les Ardoisières" there are some eagles. Don't look at the sky but keep focused on the race !
The Mont-Blanc 80KM race has become legendary in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley. With its 82km and 6000 meters of vertical, it has been recognized as one of the most technical trail races in France. The 80KM race is difficult but it is also one of the most beautiful!
Mont-Blanc 80KM: 82km, 6000m vertical. The course for the Mont-Blanc 80km race has taken a more remote and technical route. The course runners dream of! The trails cross through an entire valley, over summits, south side trails, then the north side trails, allowing them to discover the panorama of the Mont-Blanc range and the magnificent grandeur of the Aiguilles Rouges....a unique spectacle!
Starting from the centre of Chamonix (1035m) the route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, progressively passing through the hamlets of "les Bois" and Lavancher to reach Argentière (1250m).
Runners will bypass the village of Argentière and reach Le Planet by the "Chemin des Rambles" before going to Montroc using a local road, closed for the event. After going through the village of Montroc you take the trail towards Tré le Champ and from here, you go towards the Col des Montets.
The route crosses the "Col des Montets" (1461m) in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges' Natural Reserve. Then along the "chemin des Diligences", the old stage-coach route, you arrive at the hamlet of Buet before reaching Vallorcine (1260 m), nestled at the bottom of a pretty valley at just a stone's throw from Switzerland. Here begins the progression to the Col des Possettes (1997m) via a trail leaving from the Plan de l'envers.A refreshment post is available at the top of the col before finally climbing up to the Aiguilles des Posettes (2201m) where you will be rewarded by a breathtaking panoroma of the Mont Blanc range.
Facing the ‘Aiguille Verte' and the Mont Blanc range, the route follows the ridgeline of the 'aiguillette' gradually descending in the direction of Tré le Champ. You will go along a pretty trail that brings your toward le Tour, crosses through the village, and then takes you near to the Tour glacier. Then, you will take a north facing trail (a cooler perspective....) towards Montroc before crossing through the hamlets of the Frasserands and Tré le Champ.
At the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, at the opposite of the Mont-Blanc range, the route climbs up towards la Flégère (1875 m). After crossing the magnificent Charlanon comb(1812m) the climb is gentle on a balcony path,with one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc, to reach Altitude 2000.
Starting from the paragliding landing field the route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, progressively passing through the hamlets of "les Bois" and Lavancher before reaching Argentière (1250m). Runners will bypass the village of Argentière and reach Le Planet by the "chemin des rambles". Then, you will run on a local road, closed for the event, on 500m to go to Montroc.
Then, you will arrive in the hamlet of Tré le Champ, a pretty village based right before the Col des Montets, from where you will go via the Balcon Sud.
After crossing the magnificent Charlanon comb(1812m) the climb is gentle on a balcony path,with one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc, to reach Altitude 2000.
directions_runStart Address: Chamonix, France
flagFinish Address: Planpraz, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Chamonix Mont-Blanc offers a wide range of accommodations throughout the valley, from Servoz to Vallorcine. You will find hotels, chalets and apartments of all categories, campsites, cottages or bed and breakfast in the heart of the resort or the surrounding villages.
Throughout the race, the High Energy bars and Hydrate & Perform isotonic drink will be proposed at the feeding zones. However, it is important not to bet everything on these feeding zones and to study courses to provide its own nutritional regimen. Starting with accurate nutritional strategy in mind will manage all power throughout the race and avoid cravings, and tiredness.
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