Well, mountains are mountains and they don't always allow you to do what you want to do.
Strong winds, storming, rain, snow and heavy fog wreaked havoc on the "The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc", which was held August 27 - 29.
Just as an alpinist must sometimes bail on a route when conditions become too harsh and dangerous, so it was with the UTMB - a long and difficult race in the high mountains. As the safety of thousands of runners was at stake, the organizers had to make some difficult decisions.
The CCC was stopped Saturday night in Trient, only allowing enough time to 444 runners to finish.
The TDS was completely cancelled and the UTMB was stopped at Les Contamines, only 20 km into the race. For the runners, news of the cancelation came as a severe blow. The event represented an immense investment for all the runners that had trained hard, travelled from far away and made many sacrifices for the adventure of a lifetime.
Luckily for some, with an improved forecast for Saturday (weather changes quickly in the mountains) organizers were able to rebound and pull together a restart. Over 1300 runners lined up on Saturday morning in Courmayeur to run the second half of the UTMB.
We at Petzl are looking forward to blue skies and clear nights in 2011!
Petzl was live on the event :
- Petzl news "UTMB, the night is yours !"
- racers' profiles
- news from the race (live): part 1 and part 2
- photos :