Tour du Mont Blanc 1st Half

Run the first half of the ultimate iconic multi-day trail running route in the Alps, the Tour du Mont Blanc! It follows one of the world’s toughest 100 milers, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, circumnavigating the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc at 4,810m and passing by its 71 glaciers and 400 summits.

 

On this trip we split the usual 6 day Tour du Mont Blanc in half, which is ideal for those who want to experience the thrill of this incredible trail but without having to complete it all in one go!

This is a great running adventure to sign up for if you want to explore the Alps more or to recce the route for the UTMB. As always you will have a Lead Runner with you, logistic support as well as food and accommodation provided. The scenery is absolutely stunning and you’ll experience some of the most breath taking views of Mt Blanc the area has to offer. It's broken down into 3 stages with a day to relax in Chamonix at the beginning and end of the trip.

We start in Chamonix and head down the valley to Les Houches before making our way up over to Les Contamines via one the high passes at around 2100m. You'll run past glaciers and through alpine meadows and get a feel for how stunning this area is. 

 

Our first night is spent in Les Contamines before we carry on to the steep climb over the Croix du Bonhomme. The views from the Croix back down the valley and towards Geneva are incredible. From there we head down to spend our second night at Les Chapieux, a remote hamlet and a great place to unplug from the world for one night.

The next morning as the sun rises from behind the Aiguilles des Glaciers you will climb up to the Col de La Seigne, which marks the border with Italy. From here the route stretches into the horizon along the valley leading to the mountain pass 25 miles away which marks the border with Switzerland. We sweep down into Italy, staggering views of couloirs and rock buttresses towering on the left, leading up to Monte Bianco. The path undulates on nice smooth trails before a last climb, and then a steep descent into Courmayeur. Here you will spend your last night and celebrate your incredible achievement of running 50 miles of the epic Tour du Mont Blanc.

 

 

Accommodation on the first night in Chamonix will be in a 4* spa hotel, either Hotel L’Heliopic or Le Refuge des Aiglons (or an equivalent standard hotel) including breakfast. Both are located in the centre of Chamonix with stunning views of Mt Blanc. Amenities include the spa (treatments at extra cost) which has a heated pool and sauna, the hotel also free WiFi. Accommodation is based on a twin room sharing basis unless you request single occupancy, which if available will be at extra cost. Evening meal is included on the first evening (from a set menu) at a reputable restaurant Chamonix. For the 3 stages there will be a mixture of village hotels and possibly mountain refuges, we pick the best available on the route, these will include breakfast and evening meals (except for Courmayeur) as well as packed lunch each day you are running. Transport to and from Geneva to Chamonix can be booked via one of the many minibus operators that provide a regular shuttle service. You will be transported back to Chamonix on your last morning in Courmayeur.

Athletes running the Tour du Mont Blanc 1st Half
Cost:€1200
Event Time:08:00 pm
Event Date:05 September 2020
Event Distance:80 KM
Event Location: chamonix, Route de Courmayeur, 74400

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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