Within the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® 2009

07 Mar 2010 02:33
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race

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The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® is certainly the most famous Ultra trail in Europe and it has grown into gigantic proportions in the last few years.

Taking part in such a race is really an adventure, and more than 2000 runners coming form all over the world gather each year in Chamonix at the end of August to undertake this challenge.

While some of you may be currently training for th 8th edition due this summer, I wanted to share with you the race report, a friend of mine, Laurent Thézé wrote about his third partiticipation in 2009 and allowed me to publish on this blog.

Several races of various distance and difficulty are organized during the week-end around the Mont-Blanc. We will focus on the feature event : the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (UTMB).

Race Edition (1st) Description Type (*) Distance, elevation Start Time limit (hours) Max. part.
UTMB® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 7th (2003) The original : the tour of Mont Blanc, mostly on the GR hiking trail Nutrition posts (17) 165 km 9400D+ Fri. 28 Aug. 18:30 46 2300
CCC® Courmayeur Champex Chamonix 3rd (2007) Little sister grows up… for many this half-ultra is a step to completing the UTMB Nutrition posts (10) 98 km 5600D+ Fri. 28 Aug. 10:00 26 1800
PTL Petite Trotte à Léon 2nd (2008) Original format: unclassified, teams of three stay together throughout the course, unassisted with own supplies; course is not swept, many technical sections with altitude changes Unassisted 240 km 18000D+ 25-26  Aug. (over-night) Sun 30 Aug 4 :30 PM 60 teams of 3
TDS sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie 1st (2009) last little one: from Chamonix to Courmayeur via Mont-Joly et Bourg St Maurice Nutrition posts (7) 105 km 6700D+ Sat. 29 Aug. 5:00 31 1200

*Nutrition posts, with food and/or drink


I really love his report because it is full of advise and it is written in such a way that while reading you seem to be running beside him. It is a great read for all runners wishing to take part in such a race and also for those who wonder how can any one just undertake such a adventure.

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Credit : akunamatata

As the report is quite long, I’ve splitted it into 4 parts that will be published as a series during the next 4 days.

Within the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® 2009 :

A shorter version of the report has been published in French on the Ultrafondus Magazine"s ’website.":http://www.ultrafondus.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2375:ultra-trail-du-mont-blanc-2009-laurent-theze&catid=44:recits-bruts&Itemid=100009&lang=fr

Photo credits to akunamatata. The photos were taken during the 2008 edition.

I hope you’ll like it as much as I did.

If you have taken part in legendary races and would like to share your experience with us in this blog, please contact me at [email protected]