UTMB Photo Essay: The Calm Before the Storm
rabbit sales manager, Lora McManus, has been on the ground all week collecting images around Chamonix leading up to tomorrow's grand finale, the 170km Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. With 7 race distances to choose from, this is a must attend trail/ultra event for any runner from anywhere in the world!
UTMB - or Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc - is a single-stage ultra-marathon that passes through France, Italy, and Switzerland to circumnavigate Mont Blanc. The race is 170 km (106 miles) long and climbs a total of 9,600 meters (32,808 ft). Its start and finish line is nestled in the heart of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France.
Runners pass through Les Contamines Montjoie, a village in the southeast French Alps. The mountains often serve up swift-changing weather conditions.
The race course climbs into and out of Courmayeur, a resort town in northwest Italy.
Runners navigate trails like these, which can quickly drop over 3,000-feet in elevation, often in the middle of the night.
Returning Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to see the finish line can take runners anywhere from 20 hours, 45 minutes to 46 hours & 30 minutes.
When they return, it's to massively enthusiastic crowds who gather from around the globe to usher them across the finish line!
rabbitELITEtrail athletes Riccardo Tortini and Christopher Thomas pick up their race bibs - the excitement is high for tomorrow's race & their enthusiasm is infectious!
rabbitELITEtrail runner Jess Brazeau completed the OCC (Orsières - Champex - Chamonix: 53 km +3,300 m) on Thursday as 13th overall female in 7:25:52.
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