Run-devouz in Chamonix
By now everyone knows that Chamonix is the mountain running capitol. Apart from the huge success with UTMB with its three siblings (CCC, TDS, PTL) the race weekend end August. There is also the growing list of qualifying races all around the globe. Everybody wants to run the UTMB. Well, except a few, like Kilian who doesn’t have anything to prove in this race. Chamonix is undoubtedly the classic mountain sport location. Come the past weekend’s ‘mountain running orgie’ with six different races in Chamonix which gathered some of the best mountain runners in the world. But since it clashed with Western States among other events some top runners were obviously missing (Timothy Olson, Rob Krar 1st & 2nd in the WS 2013 among others).
In numbers this is how the Chamonix weekend June 28-30 played out:
Friday 28th: Mont-Blanc 80K start 4am. 622 runners. First time for this race, which was a test for the 2014 Skyrunning World Championships, and a somewhat shortened course (78km) due to snow conditions and +6000m. French runners Francois D’heane and Michel Lanne crossed the finish line together after 9:45:57. Caroline Chaverot was first woman in 13:10:05.
Friday 28th: Vertical Kilometre. 3,8 Km, +1000m vertical gain. 400 runners limited field. Winner the 20-year old Colombian Saul Rodriguez with the new record time 34,34 with K. Jornet as a runner up in 34,53 and norwegian runner Eirik Dagsonn Haugsnes in 35,02. Christelle Dewalle was the fastest woman in 41,33.
Saturday 29th: Mont-Blanc Cross 23 km, +1453m. Limited to 1500 runners. Winner Jonathan Wyatt (1:55:37) and Aline Camboulives became fastest woman (2:19:02)
Sunday 30th: Mont-Blanc Marathon, +2511m, –1490m. Kilian J winner in 3:30:41, averaging 14,1km/h, before Marco de Gasperi (3:31:42). In the womans category US runner Stevie Kremer (4:03 New Course Record) won before Emelie Forsberg (4:25).