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UTMB weekend coming up

August 26, 2013
© The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® - Cyril Bussat

© The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Cyril Bussat

Chamonix, August 26th 2013

The The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® ‘s big week is getting closer. It starts is as from Monday 26th!  With the launching of the Petite Trotte à Léon™, Chamonix will be transformed in to the world capital of trail running around Mont-Blanc! In total more than 50 000 people follow the races: runners, accompanying persons, organisers and volunteers gather along the routes which cross 19 different communes.

UTMB is the queen of the ultra-trail races. After the start of the TDS™ and the CCC®, it remains the race which trail-runners the world over dream of running, it is the race which one must finish. And for the elite, the one to win! Some last minute news about the elite runners, following the races from the other side of the world, discover the news about the 120 exhibitors at the Ultra-Trail® Salon, follow the conferences or just simply share the emotions of thousands of people present around Mont-Blanc.

© The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® - Pascal Tournaire

© The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Pascal Tournaire

An exceptional sporting line-up
6 000 runners are coming to participate in one of the 4 The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® events. Among them, 5 000 anonymous runners coming to experience a unique adventure and 1000 expert runners who are aiming for an honourable position. This 11th year sees, once again, an exceptional list of the best runners from around the globe. Amongst them more than 100 big favourites (M & W) from 31 different nations over the 3 races. This year the prognosis is particularly open!

The International Trail-Running Association’s (ITRA) ranking allows the listing of the potential « top 5 ». A performance index, calculated by Didier Curdy, member of the ITRA, and ranking has been available on the new ITRA web-site since August 15th: i-tra.org.

Swedish runner Jonas Buud will run his 2nd UTMB. In 2012 he came 2nd. In 2013 he won his 7th consecutive Swiss Alpine Marathon and came 2nd in Comrades. Photo credit: Polar.com

Swedish runner Jonas Buud will run his 2nd UTMB. In 2012 he came 2nd. In 2013 he won his 7th consecutive Swiss Alpine Marathon and came 2nd in Comrades. Photo credit: Polar.com

For the UTMB® 73 high calibre athletes of 23 different nationalities could reach the podium.
Amongst them: Dakota Jones (USA), Anton Krupicka (USA), Tim Olson (USA), Mike Wolfe (USA), Michaël Foote (USA), Adam Campbell (CAN), Miguel Heras Hernandez (SP), Zigor Iturrieta Ruiz (SP), Jezz Brag GB), Tsuyoshi Kaburaki (JAP), Jonas Buud (SWE), Sébastien Chaigneau (FRA), Julien Chorrier (FRA), Manu Gault (FRA), Sa Carlos (Portugal). And for the women: Francesca Canepa (IT), Rory Bosio (USA), Lizzy Hawker (GB), Nuria Picas Albets (SP).

For the CCC®, 17 athletes from 11 countries could reach the podium. Thomas Lorblanchet (FRA), Sylvain Camus (FRA), Jesus Maria Romon Martinez (SP), Clément Petitjean (FRA), Sébastien Camus(FRA), Jordi Bes (SP), Fridleifsson Fridleifur (ISL), Nicola Giovenelli (IT), Yeray Duran Lopez (SP), Fernanda Maciel (BRA), Sandrine Motto Ros (FRA), Anne Valero (FRA), Kim Barger (USA).

Friday August 30th – Courmayeur and Chamonix

09:00: Start of the CCC® in Courmayeur (Italy)

16:30: Start of the UTMB® in Chamonix (France)

20:30: First CCC® finishers arrive in Chamonix

Saturday August 31st

13:00: First UTMB® finishers arrive in Chamonix

Note: I will be in Chamonix from Aug 29 filing reports about UTMB. After the race I will make a 3-day fast packing tour of the UTMB race course, just for the fun of it. No seven points needed for that;-)

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