Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2016

On Friday 26 August 2016, at 18:00 hours a new edition of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc will start in the Place du Triangle de l’Amitiét in the centre of Chamonix.
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.
  • 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland
  • 3 alpine regions: The 2 Savoie, The Aosta Valley andValais
  • 19 communes: Chamonix Mont-Blanc (FR), Les Houches (FR), Saint-Gervais (FR), Les Contamines-Montjoie (FR), Servoz (FR), Hauteluce (FR), Beaufort (FR), Bourg-Saint-Maurice (FR), Séez (FR), La Thuile (IT), Pré-Saint-Didier (IT), Morgex (IT), Courmayeur Mont-Blanc (IT), Orsières (CH), La Fouly et Champex-Lac, Trient (CH), Vallorcine (FR), Finhaut (CH), Salvan (CH), Martigny-Combe (CH)
  • 2300 runners (86 countries)
  • Maximum race time: 46 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 20 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 9 qualification points
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc has a new visual identity. SinceDecember 8th, the event took the name of its key event, the UTMB®, already largely used amongst the trail-running community, and is adopting a new logo to express its loyalty in its values, and to share a new energy with its various publics for the future years. Columbia, becomes the « Presenting partner » of the event, and thus directly associated with the evolution of the visual identity.

Since its creation in 2003, the UTMB® (170km-10 000 ascent limited to 2300 runners) has been an astonishing success, passing from 700 runners registered to 5471 requests for registration for this its 14th year. A success which is confirmed and extends to all the races on offer today – (almost 15000 requests for the 7500 places available for all the races). To sustain a qualitative organisation, respect a fragile environment and regulate the influx on paths around Mont-Blanc, it was indispensable to limit the number of participants … Since 2005 the UTMB® has been limited to 2 300 runners, then it was the turn of the other races. The CCC® is limited to 1900 runners, the TDS® to 1600, the OCC to 1400 and the PTL® to 100 teams of 3 (or 2) runners; which makes 7500 runners split between the different starting lines. Since 2007, it has been necessary to justify a trail-runner's experience (to have run two races of 50km or one of 80km) in order to register As from 2008, this « regulator » was not enough with registration being completed in 9 minutes. The organisation then inaugurated a system of qualifying points along with a draw, guaranteeing the maximum equality.

86 Countries represented: Algeria, Andorra,, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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