Saturday, September 13, 2008

24th World Mountain Running Trophy

Tomorrow, September 14th, the region of Sierre Crans-Montana will host the World Mountain Running Trophy 2008. A demanding course over a distance of 12 kilometres and 960 metres of elevation gain, leads runners through an area of outstanding beauty, where nature is ever-changing, as it connects valley to mountain.
Starting from Sierre (540 m) and after a brief passage through town, the course continues up through the vineyards along stony paths. The sight of the plain and Sierre slowly moving away is splendid. The picturesque village of Venthône is soon reached. The course then continues in alternating woodland and meadows, with splendid opening on the plain, towards Montana-Village and Bluche. A forest road finally leads us to Crans-Montana (1500 m) where the runners will arrive on the site of Ycoor at the centre of the resort.