The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) takes place this coming weekend. Having completed some 13 ultramarathons these past two years, many of which contribute anywhere from 1 to 4 UTMB points, I now have considerably more points than the minimum entry requirements. However, realistically, it will be a few years before I tackle this, the pinnacle of European trail running.
Whilst my own assault on the UTMB is some years away, I can, however, thank Chamonix for inspiring me to tackle ultramarathons in the first place. Back in 2009, Leanne and myself visited Chamonix and were inspired by the stunning terrain and multitude of routes. This led me to find out about the UTMB and, finally, to find out about and then participate in the Scottish ultramarathon scene.
The UTMB is accompanied by a further 3 races, from 98km up to 250km.
- UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (166 km +9,400 m)
- CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (98 km +5,600 m)
- TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (105 km +6,700 m)
- PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (250 km +18,000 m)
A good many participants in the above races will come from the UK and I am aware that there are a number of S.U.M.S. participants over in Chamonix both racing and supporting. With a forecast of snow down to 2000m on the Friday night, an already challenging race will be that bit tougher. Best of luck to you all, stay safe, wrap up warm and enjoy it.