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The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon first held in 2003. It is a race of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

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DescriptionEdit

It takes place once a year on either the last weekend in August or the first weekend of September in the Alps, and follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. It has a distance of approximately 171 kilometres (106 mi), and a total elevation gain of around 10,040 metres (32,940 ft). It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in the world, and one of the largest with more than 2,500 starters. It is one race during a week-long festival based around Chamonix in France. The races have strict entry and qualification requirements attained by accumulating enough race points through qualifying trail races over the previous two-year period. In 2016 and 2017, 42% and 34% of runners did not finish the UTMB race.

While the best runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 32 to 46 hours to reach the finish line. Most runners will have to run through two nights in order to complete the race.

Since 2006, a second race Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (half-loop) has also been organised, and a third race was added in 2009: "Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie". A fourth shorter "running" event - Orsières - Champex - Chamonix - was added in 2014.

La Petite Trotte à Léon is a non-competitive team event started in 2011. Each team is made of two or three members for safety. The route and direction of the course change every year. In 2015, it was run counter clock-wise.

Today, the races consist of the following;

  • UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (171 km +10,040 m)
  • CCC: Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
  • TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (121 km +7,300 m)
  • OCC: Orsières - Champex - Chamonix (56 km +3,460 m)
  • PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +30,000 m)
  • MCC: De Martigny-Combe à Chamonix (40 km +2,300 m)
  • YCC: Youth Chamonix Courmayeur (15 km +1,100 m)

RouteEdit

The route follows the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path, that is usually completed in 7 to 9 days by hikers. This is a loop around Mont Blanc.

It starts from Chamonix (1,035 m) and goes up to the Col de Voza (1,653 m) to reach Les Contamines (1,150 m), which is the first life base. It then climbs to the Croix du Bonhomme (2,479 m) before going back down to Les Chapieux (1,549 m). The path then runs up to the Col de la Seigne (2,516 m) to enter Italy, and follows the ridge of the Mont-Favre (2,435 m) before going down to Courmayeur (1,190 m), the second life base. It climbs again to the Refuge Bertone (1,989 m) and Arnuva (1,769 m) before reaching its highest point, the Grand Col Ferret (2537 m), which also marks the border with Switzerland. The path goes down again to Praz de Fort (1,151 m) via La Fouly (1,593 m) before reaching the third life base, Champex d'en Bas (1,391m). The last part includes two rather low cols: Bovine (1,987 m) and Les Tseppes (1932 m), separated by Trient (1,300 m). On the descent to Vallorcine (1,260 m), the path re-enters France and crosses Argentière (1,260 m) before finishing at Chamonix, its starting point.

The route varies slightly every year, sometimes for safety reasons. In 2010, the route was 166 km long with a total elevation gain of 9500m.

 
Race profile

A more detailed profile can be found on the official web site: UTMB profile.

Participation and resultsEdit

 
Vincent Delebarre at Champex during the UTMB 2005

The race's popularity and its entry rate grew significantly since it was first held. The number of entrants doubled from 700 in 2003 to 1,400 in 2004. In 2005, the limit of 5,000 runners was reached 7 months after registration opened. In 2006, the organisers decided to create the CCC in order to allow more runners to take part. The registrations were sold out in only 2 weeks. In 2007, it was decided that runners must qualify, by running qualifying races beforehand gaining points. That year the limit of 5,000 runners was reached less than 24 hours after registration opened. For the 2008 event, 6,000 runners registered in only 8 minutes, 5 months before the race. For the 2009 event, the qualifying criteria were tightened to limit the number of qualifying runners, and a draw was introduced to make entry fairer, giving an equal chance to all qualifiers, and making registration more orderly. Despite the stricter criteria, 10% of qualifying entrants were still denied a place, so the organisers raised entry standards still further for the 2010 event so that selection would be based more on capability and experience than luck of the draw.

Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-BlancEdit

Year Distance Runners Finishers Winner Male Time Winner Female Time Notes
2003 153 km 722 67 Dachhiri Dawa Sherpa   20:05:59 Kristin Moehl   29:38:24 2003 full results
2004 155 km 1383 420 Vincent Delebarre   21:06:18 Colette Borcard   26:08:54 2004 full results
2005 155 km 2000 774 Christophe Jaquerod   21:11:07 Elizabeth Hawker   26:53:51 2005 full results
2006 158 km 2535 1151 Marco Olmo   21:06:06 Karine Herry   25:22:20 2006 full results
2007 163 km 2319 1437 Marco Olmo   21:31:58 Nikki Kimball   25:23:45 2007 full results
2008 166 km 2500 1269 Kilian Jornet   20:56:59 Elizabeth Hawker   25:19:41 2008 full results
2009 166 km 2500 1382 Kilian Jornet   21:33:18 Kristin Moehl   24:56:01 2009 full results
2010* 88 km 2400 1130 Jez Bragg   10:30:37* Elizabeth Hawker   11:47:30* 2010 full results
2011 170 km 2361 1133 Kilian Jornet   20:36:43 Elizabeth Hawker   25:02:00 2011 full results
2012* 103 km 2483 2122 François D'Haene   10:32:36* Elizabeth Hawker   12:32:13* 2012 full results
2013 168 km 2469 1685 Xavier Thevenard   20:34:57 Rory Bosio   22:37:26 2013 full results
2014 167 km 2434 1578 François D'Haene   20:11:44 Rory Bosio   23:23:20 2014 full results
2015 170 km 2561 1632 Xavier Thevenard   21:09:15 Nathalie Mauclair   25:15:33 2015 full results
2016 170 km 2555 1468 Ludovic Pommeret   22:00:02 Caroline Chaverot   25:15:40 2016 full results
2017* 167 km 2537 1686 François D'Haene   19:01:54 Núria Picas   25:46:43 2017 full results
2018 170 km 2561 1779 Xavier Thevenard   20:44:16 Francesca Canepa   26:03:48
  • The races in 2010, 2012, and 2017 were shorter due to bad weather conditions (though only about 5km shorter in 2017).

Ultra-Trail Courmayeur-Champex-ChamonixEdit

Year Distance Runners Finishers Winner Male Time Winner Female Time Notes
2006 86 km 1054 854 Alun Powell   10:53:17 Corinne Favre   10:35:55 2006 full results
2007 86 km 1609 1332 Julien Chorier   10:19:46 Andréa Zimmermann   12:28:05 2007 full results
2008 98 km 2032 1318 Guillaume Le Normand   12:26:04 Lucy Colquhoun   14:33:37 2008 full results
2009 98 km 1865 1266 Jean-Yves Rey   11:40:47 Chantal Begue   16:51:00 2009 full results
2010 98 km 2004 1677 Xavier Thevenard   11:57:13 Maud Giraud   14:07:38 2010 full results
2011 98 km 1907 1591 Emmanuel Gault   10:10:25 Virginie Govignon   12:47:11 2011 full results
2012* 86 km 1913 1585 Tofol Castañer Bernat   08:57:04* Ellie Greenwood   11:17:24* 2012 full results
2013 101 km 1910 1320 Jordi Bes   11:23:01 Caroline Chaverot   14:12:00 2013 full results
2014 101 km 1945 1423 Paul Bartolo   11:21:16 Anne Lise Rousett   14:28:48 2014 full results
2015 101 km 2127 1470 Zach Miller   11:53:32 Ruth Croft   12:54:53 2015 full results
2016 101 km 2123 1386 Michel Lanne   12:10:04 Mimmi Kotka   13:42:46 2016 full results
2017 99 km 2155 1742 Hayden Hawks   10:24:30 Clare Gallagher   12:13:57 2017 full results
2018 101 km 2147 1622 Thomas Evans   10:44:32 Miao Yao   11:57:46

Ultra-Trail Sur les Traces des Ducs de SavoieEdit

Year Distance Runners Finishers Winner Male Time Winner Female Time Notes
2009 105 km 632 480 Patrick Bohard   14:01:48 Fernanda Maciel   17:17:43 2009 full results
2010 105 km Cancelled
2011 110 km 1180 781 Franck Bussiere   15:51:37 Jolanda Linschooten   20:57:32 2011 full results
2012 114 km 1464 633 Dachhiri Dawa Sherpa   14:37:07 Agnès Herve   19:07:00 2012 full results
2013 119 km 1528 1022 Arnaud Julia Bonatti   15:09:59 Nathalie Mauclair   17:36:41 2013 full results
2014 119 km 1588 1076 Xavier Thevenard   14:10:37 Teresa Nimes Perez   18:41:12 2014 full results
2015 119 km 1807 1214 Pau Bartolo   14:26:40 Andrea Huser   16:35:29 2015 full results
2016 119 km 1794 1060 Pau Capell   14:45:44 Delphine Avenier   18:46:24 2016 full results
2017 119 km 1818 1251 Michel Lanne   14:33:09 Mimmi Kotka   15:47:07 2017 full results
2018 121 km 1799 1329 Marcin Świerc   13:24:00 Audrey Tanguy   16:05:22 2018 full results

Orsières-Champex-ChamonixEdit

Year Distance Runners Finishers Winner Male Time Winner Female Time Notes
2014 53 km 1200 1109 Nicolas Martin   5:07:45 Sonia Glarey   6:37:40 2014 full results
2015 53 km 1442 1317 Marc Pinsach Rubirola   5:21:38 Celia Chiron   6:41:53 2015 full results
2016 55 km 1413 1232 Xavier Thevenard   5:28:37 Mercedes Arcos Zafras   6:54:13 2016 full results
2017 55 km 1565 1468 Marc Lauenstein   5:19:34 Eli Gordon Rodriguez   6:12:16 2017 full results
2018 55 km 1572 1478 Erenjia Jia   5:28:44 Ruth Croft   5:53:09 2018 full results

Results by nationEdit

UTMBEdit

UTMB Males
# Nation 1st 2nd 3rd Podium
1   France 8 2 4 14
2   Spain 3 6 7 16
3   Italy 2 0 1 3
4   Nepal 1 2 0 3
5   Switzerland 1 0 1 2
6   United Kingdom 1 0 0 1
7   USA 0 3 4 7
8   Hungary 0 1 0 1
8   Germany 0 1 0 1
8   Sweden 0 1 0 1
8   Lithuania 0 1 0 1
8   Romania 0 1 0 1
9   Japan 0 0 1 1
UTMB Females
# Nation 1st 2nd 3rd Podium
1   United Kingdom 5 1 0 6
2   USA 5 0 1 6
3   France 3 2 9 14
4   Spain 1 7 4 12
5   Switzerland 1 2 1 4
6   Italy 1 1 0 2
7   Luxembourg 0 2 1 3
8   Czech 0 1 0 1

CCCEdit

CCC Males
# Nation 1st 2nd 3rd Podium
1   France 5 7 6 18
2   Spain 3 0 2 5
3   USA 2 1 0 3
4   United Kingdom 2 0 1 3
5   Switzerland 1 0 0 1
6   Greece 0 1 2 3
7   Poland 0 1 0 1
7   Canada 0 1 0 1
7   Japan 0 1 0 1
7   China 0 1 0 1
8   Italy 0 0 2 2
CCC Females
# Nation 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums
1   France 6 4 5 15
2   United Kingdom 2 3 1 6
3   USA 1 2 1 4
4   Sweden 1 1 0 2
5   New Zealand 1 0 0 1
5   Switzerland 1 0 0 1
5   China 1 0 0 1
6   Spain 0 3 4 7
7   Italy 0 1 1 2
 
Runners by night during the UTMB 2005

LogisticsEdit

 
A check point on the UTMB 2005
  • 15000 volunteers were involved in 2015.
  • Northface Ltd was the main sponsor from 2006 to 2014. Columbia has been the main sponsor since 2015.
  • Kuala4k is the secondary environmental sponsor since 2014
  • Runners are supposed to carry a minimum of equipment for safety reasons. This includes a waterproof jacket, warm clothes, food and water, whistle, survival blanket and head lamp.
  • There are food and drink points along the route, every 10 to 15 km. In addition, four big "life bases" provide hot meals, beds and massages: Chamonix (France), Les Chapieux (France), Courmayeur (Italy) and Champex (Switzerland).
  • At Courmayeur for UTMB and at Cormet de Roseland for TDS, runners can collect a drop bag they previously left at Chamonix or at Courmayeur.
  • Runners' race numbers contain a magnetic badge that is read at approximately 50 check points. Timings and rankings are available online and by text message in real-time.
  • It is conducted under the regulations of the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), the governing body for trail races in the Mont Blanc and Alpine region.
  • PTL is a mostly self-supported run without course markings or aid stations. Runners rely on a limited number of support points, mountain huts, local stores and restaurants for food and sleep. The course should be followed by GPS, maps, and the road book. It goes as high as 3300 meters (11,000 feet) and must be completed in about 6 days. Each team of two or three people carries a satellite beacon for safety. The course is modified every year and there are no official winners.

See alsoEdit

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