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Race Recap: Working within the French Alps 🇫🇷


On this podcast episode we take you together with us to France as we recap the gorgeous however rugged ‘Marathon du Mont-Blanc’ that ascends as much as 2,540 meters (8333.333 ft) above 
the city of Chamonix.  

Hear soundbites from Trevor’s “sufferfest” within the Alps and get impressed to do epic stuff!  

I have needed to run Marathon du Mont-Blanc ever since I heard of the Tour du Mont Blanc -a 170 kilometer path that circles Mont Blanc (the very best mountain within the alps rising as much as 4,807.81 m (15,774 ft).

There’s a well-known extremely marathon known as the UTMB which begins on August twenty sixth this yr. The runners cowl all 170 km in 46 hrs 30 minutes. We had Courtney Dauwalter on the podcast in 2019 who received the UTMB in 24:34:26. She received it once more in 2021 22:30:54.

I’m grateful to my buddies Jamin and Jen from Mountains and Marathons for hooking me up with a race entry to the Mont Blanc Marathon. It’s exhausting to get an entry however that they had an association with the race organizers.

In regards to the Marathon du Mont-Blanc

  • Begins and finishes in stunning Chamonix, France.
  • The best level is 2200 meters (7218 ft)

  • Whole Ascent: is 2,540m or 8333.333 ft

  • Course cut-off: 10 hours

Course Profile

From the race web site:

To take part to this race, it’s advisable to have a superb mountain race expertise, to be comfy in any floor and to be autonomous for a number of hours.

Obligatory gear

  • Cell phone. 
  • A reserve of at the very least 0.5 litre of water.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex kind) tailored to your measurement.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Whistle
  • Private cup
  • Masks

I needed to add a signed medical certificates from my physician and have search and rescue insurance coverage.

Apart from the necessary gear like a cup, I introduced a brand new 1.5 liter hydration vest I discovered at REI. Compression socks. Path Venture shorts with the bottom layer (Love them!). Small roll {of electrical} tape in case I bought a blister. Blue MTA trucker hat and Goodr sun shades. On Cloudventure path sneakers which I’ve lived a superb life. Leki Trekking poles -which I wouldn’t go with out! 2 UCAN bars (the one factor I ate). Tanri sunscreen.

I love to do these path marathons with trekking poles as a result of they enhance stability (saved my ass just a few occasions), and cut back the pressure in your knees by transferring among the work of stabilizing to your arms.

Images from the Course

After leaving the beginning line we ran by way of the valley for some time and I appeared ahead to the climbs. Across the 3.5k mark we went up up up till at 18k we reached 2200 meters (7218 ft) the Col des Posettes. The climb was exhausting however stunningly stunning.

We have been excessive above the tree-line climbing single file up the ridge of the mountain. You possibly can see the jagged snow lined peaks of the Mont Blanc group.

And much under you would see the valley ground and the city of Chamonix. I knew we needed to descend again right down to hit the half marathon level after which again up the opposite facet of the valley and again down once more. The duty felt monumental at that time however I used to be feeling good.

Individuals have been shifting gradual, some have been sitting right down to relaxation. I handed a woman who was sitting down and crying.

I rolled by way of the primary checkpoint at Le Tour (13.5k) about one hour earlier than the cutoff. We dropped again right down to the valley ground, I loved working downhill. The second checkpoint was at 23.5 within the commune of Vallorcine.

After this we have been uncovered to the solar the remainder of the best way and I began to really feel its results. To cross the street they arrange a short lived pedestrian overpass. Then it was a relentless grueling climb on the solar uncovered facet of the mountain. That is most likely the hardest climb I’ve ever handled in a marathon. It was exhausting to will my physique ahead.

Runners have been sitting down, taking breaks within the shade. Many occasions I bent over to lean on my trekking poles and catch my breath.

I lastly got here to that mountain stream I used to be dreaming about. It was a waterfall and runners have been ingesting straight from it. Why not?!

We climbed as much as 1700 meters (5577.428) then had a brief downhill part.

At 30k we began climbing up once more, nonetheless getting vexed by the solar. Once I appeared up I may see nothing however infinite mountain with false summit after false summit and I didn’t understand how far up the course would go. It was soul crushing.

I began to listen to noise about an upcoming assist station, one of the best information I’d heard all day as a man eager for chilly water.

I bought near the la Flégère test level (cable automobile station) at 34.2. A volunteer who spoke English advised me it was solely 600 meters away. I got here out of the tree line and will see the La Flégère test level nevertheless it was up a gravel street with extra swap again climbing. So shut but to date!

Fortunately the remaining 4 miles have been largely downhill and I ran a lot of it, overtaking runner after runner. We have been nonetheless on single observe however runners would transfer to the facet as I got here from behind. I bought nervous towards the tip understanding that I must maintain pushing with a purpose to make it earlier than the ten hour cutoff.

I crossed the end line at 09:47:33, positively quite a bit slower than I needed because of the warmth. The Marathon du Mont-Blanc was my hardest marathon to this point. Life is just too brief to not do epic stuff!

With Jamin and Jen from Mountains and Marathons



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