- The 'little man', a historical figure, making the link with the old logo and symbolising both the activity of running in the mountains, and the values of the UTMB®: the human adventure, conviviality and sharing.
- The three mountains and the name MONT-BLANC a reminder of the exceptional natural environment in which the 5 UTMB® events take place and the strong links which the UTMB® weaves with the inhabitants of the mountainous massif straddling three countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, around the apex of Europe.
- The form of the logo was inspired by the form of the granite stones in the beds of the mountain torrents in the Mont-Blanc country.
- The choice was imperative and underlines the UTMB®'s commitment in favour of the protection of the environment.
The colours logo reflects this double dimension, natural and human. The blue depicts the sky on a good day in the mountains and the colour of the glaciers. The orangey-yellow colour of the runner and the droplets depict energy and human values.
The new logo describe both what the event is today, and what it will become.
The UTMB® has changed over the course of the last ten years. More and more international, the event proposes, from now on, during one week, 5 big races around MontBlanc, which brings together more than 7500 runners representing 87 countries, numerous animations aimed at a diversified public – notably the young, with the Mini UltraTrails® for children aged 3 – 13, and the #YCC, a challenge for those aged between 16 and 22 -, international medical and scientific exchanges, and a Salon (show) which attracts the largest outdoor brands and trail-race organisers from all over the world. These changes came about while respecting the values drawn from the history of the event: the attachment to the Mont-Blanc territory and its inhabitants in France, Switzerland and Italy, the human values, respect for the environment and sporting ethic.
"We wanted to continue being a benchmark event within the universe of Trail-running combining in the same human adventure a big diversity of players: the runners of all levels and those accompanying them, the volunteers, the organisation, and all our partners! This new name and new logo express this shared energy and vision of the future without borders", Catherine Poletti, Organiser and Director of the UTMB®
The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 168 km and 9,600 of positive altitude change along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The sporting and human achievement is remarkable: 168 km is the distance between Paris and Auxerre by the motorway; it is also the distance of four marathons back to back. The positive height gain is equivalent to twice the ascension of Everest from base camp.