Nathalie Mauclair, world trail running champion places 3rd at the 2014 UTMB!Since we often refer to the UTMB® as the great race, we can also say the same about this year's frontrunners who established themselves as veritable thoroughbreds. Beyond pure performance, the event offered an amazing atmosphere from start to finish among organizers and volunteers, between runners and those supporting them. An overwhelmingly successful 2014 edition all around!
2014 UTMB: one start after the other, but no two races are alike!TDS, OCC, CCC UTMB… although they started one after the other, each race has its own distinct personality. This very Friday, August 29, 2014, Courmayeur sounded the starting gun of the CCC, while in Chamonix racers were busy preparing for the UTMB to start later in the evening. A quick summary and photos of the different UTMB races.
TDS® 2014, an always surprising race that stays true to itselfWednesday, August 27, 2014, runners in the TDS® [Traces des Ducs de Savoie] darted off on a course that was both wild - the semi-self-sufficient 119 km race with 7250 m of vertical gain crossed through three regions - and extremely friendly through the warm welcome that volunteers provided at each aid station. Xavier Thévenard's victory in the men's category marked a historic triple crown and the women's race experienced a surprisingly painful fallout. In the end Teresa Nimez Perez stood on the top step of the podium. Report from the event to understand the reality of this unique race.
Ultrarunner Adam Campbell on being struck by lightingPetzl team ultrarunner Adam Campbell, of Canada, recently finished third in the infamous Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run, which plots a grueling course through Southern Colorado's San Juan mountains, gaining and losing 33,992 vertical feet in the process. Impressive as that may be, it isn’t the big story here. Most remarkable is the fact that Adam and his pacer, Aaron Heidt, were struck by lighting on Handies Peak (14,000 feet), at mile 56 of the race, and he still powered to third place in a very stacked field.
Patagonian Expedition Race: a wilderness adventure in the Southern HemisphereThere are hard races, there are wild races, and then there are hard wild races. The Patagonia Expedition Race falls most definitely into the latter category. The ultimate adventure, this race takes teams of four through the pristine wilderness of Southern Patagonia. The 11th edition started on February 12, 2013, just outside Torres del Paine National Park. As with all adventure races, the course included sections of hiking, mountain biking, and sea kayaking. Unlike other adventure races, competitors often traveled hundreds of kilometers without seeing another human being or any sign of civilization. In 2013 the winning team covered the 700 km course in eight and half days, and only three out of the eleven registered teams finished. Not just along for the ride, photographer Alexandre Buisse imbedded himself with the teams along several sections of the race in order capture the heart of the action.
The North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® - youthful exuberance and sunny skies take the raceOn Friday, August 30, 2013, one hour before the UTMB started, the streets of Chamonix swarmed with spectators enthralled with the beat rhythm of the Batucada music, all the while runners remained focused as they sauntered up to the starting line. Two such completely different moods in one place are what make this world trail running gathering so magical. At 16:30 the thousands of spectators in the town center cheered ever louder to provide an encouraging send-off to the 2469 runners participating in this great loop around Mont-Blanc.
TDS 2013: photos of the raceOn Wednesday, August 28, at 07:00 in the morning, the starting gun fired in Courmayeur (Italy) for the official start of the TDS. The first of the UTMB’s three races set the pace for this 2013 edition that promises to be an exciting adventure for runners with, for the first time in awhile, fantastic weather.
Petzl, event partner, presents the first status report for the TDS prior to the highly anticipated starts of the CCC and the UTMB...