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Tour Du Mont Blanc - 2nd Half

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Event summary

Challenge yourself with one of the most scenic multi-day trail running routes in Europe. Great for intermediate and experienced trail runners, the course follows the second half of the famous Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc. Come for the breathtaking views or for the international adventure.

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Since 2013, Run the Wild has been dedicated to delivering incredible trail running adventures in the UK and European Alps. Trail running is the ultimate pursuit of freedom, of feeling alive and it's something we are really passionate about! There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of running along mountain paths and for a moment leaving behind your busy life. Start YOUR amazing journey with Run the Wild! The company was founded to bring this experience of running trails in the wild; free of the usual race and logistical burdens, to you. We love exploring places, not just running races. We love meeting people and having an adventure together. We like races too, but this is where our heart really lies and if we can help you have more fun running trails; whether to see the sun rise over Mt Blanc as you climb up over a mountain pass, or indeed to check out a future race route then we will be happy! Join us running off into the unknown, the path flowing underneath your feet, snow capped mountains glinting in the sun, clouds melting away in the valleys far below. Setting your heart and mind free... Exploring places... not running races. This is what it feels like to be alive! “The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir, Meet the team.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Mon Aug 02 2021

What's included:

  • Overnight accommodation in a 4* spa hotel at the end of the trip
  • Accommodation in a central hotel in Courmayeur
  • Overnight accommodation en route
  • Bag transport to overnight accommodations
  • Packed lunches
  • All evening meals and breakfasts, (except for the evening meal in Courmayeur & Chamonix)
  • A qualified Lead Runner
  • Run the Wild tech t-shirt
  • Champagne at the finish
  • Transfer from Chamonix to Courmayeur
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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is trail running?
Trail running is simply one of the best ways of discovering and exploring the best nature has to offer. It is a fantastic form of exercise and the health benefits are countless. However there are also hazards and variables to be considered when trail running. … read more
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Will there be trained first aiders at the Tour du Mont Blanc - 2nd Half?
The Lead Runners are equipped with emergency survival kit as well as a basic first aid kit. Mobile phones are used to communicate in the mountains.… read more
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Do I need to be a certain level of fitness for the Tour du Mont Blanc - 2nd Half?
Each day entrants will run about 18 miles/29km. It is recommended that you have run a marathon in around 4 hours.… read more
Route description
Route description

Day 1

  • The route begins in Courmayeur, Italy.
  • Following a steep ascent out of the valley, you may see the idyllic sight of the sun rising over the clouds carpeting the valleys far below.
  • After a couple of hours running on a stunning balcony path, there will be time to stop for a refreshment at the Rifugio Bonatti hut, dedicated to the legendary Italian climber. As you run, you will be passing some of his record breaking first ascents.
  • Next up is the approach to the fearsome Grand Col Ferret which marks marking the Swiss border at 2537m. The trails down from the Col are perfect. You will hear the cowbells from the lush green valley below, as you descend through the stunning scented mountain meadows into the little village of Le Fouly

Day 2

  • The trail passes through forests running alongside the river and through tiny Swiss villages and fields of hay and wild flowers before heading up to Champex-Lac. Champex is a paradise in the mountains and sits at the juncture to another famous hiking route and potential running adventure - the Walker’s Haute Route.
  • Three more high points remain to Chamonix equalling around 25 miles. The view from the next climb is hard to take in, since you can see all the way down to Martigny, 1500m below. Its broad flat valley leads to Zermatt and beyond.
  • The path descends from here through some rocky and tree root covered trails to the Col de la Forclaz and then steeply down to Trient and its beautiful pink church and backdrop of dramatic glaciers, where we spend our last night on the trail.

Day 3

  • The final day begins with a steep climb up from Trient, which provides one of the most impressive views on the whole route of the Mt Blanc Massif which dominates the horizon, its glacier pouring over into the Chamonix valley below.
  • From hear its all downhill as both the descent to Chamonix and the celebrations begin

Please note that the following is not included in the ticket cost:

  • Transport to/from Geneva and Chamonix
  • Travel (such as flights) to/from Geneva
  • Personal insurance (required)
Logistics and schedule

The run will begin in Courmayeur in Italy. You will need to organise your own transport to Chamonix where onward transfers to Courmayeur will be provided.

Further information will be provided in your booking packs.

Volunteers

If you would like to get in touch with the event organiser, click the link below:

https://www.runthewild.co.uk/contact-us

How to get there

74400 Chamonix, France

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Transport

Transport to/from Chamonix via Geneva can be booked via one of the many minibus operators (e.g. Chamexpress, Mountain Drop-Offs, Alpybus or Easybus) that provide a regular shuttle service. Please note: if you are a group we can arrange this and can be added to your invoice.

Accommodation

Accommodation on the first night is in Courmayeur, Italy. It's beautiful pedestrian streets are just a 2 minute stroll from the hotel and a great place to start this amazing adventure at the foot of Monte Bianco. For the last night in Chamonix, you will be staying in the 4* spa hotel, Le Refuge des Aiglons (or an equivalent standard hotel), both nights include breakfast each morning. Aiglons is located in the centre of Chamonix with stunning views of Mt Blanc. Amenities include the spa (treatments at extra cost) which has a heated pool and sauna, the hotel also free WiFi. Accommodation is based on a twin room sharing basis unless you request single occupancy, which if available will be at extra cost.

For the 3 stages there will be a mixture of village hotels and possibly mountain refuges which will include breakfast and evening meals (except for Courmayeur and Chamonix) as well as packed lunch each day you are running.

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