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Race preview: The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® - August 22-28, 2011

by Editor
Thursday 18th August 2011

Just a week to go before the the start of Europes premier ultra event The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. 5500 trail runners, amongst them many of the world's best ultra and mountain runners will be there and it is promising to be a fantastically competetive race.

Run247 will be there to follow the race live and to bring you great coverage as the race develops

How to follow the races. UTMB®, CCC®, TDS

The best is to follow on the ground! If, however, you are far away and in front of your computer, from the 5 continents:

  • LiveTrail at www.ultratrailmb.com. Stage by stage for each runner and follow the race leader
  • Follow by SMS (text messages) (sign-up on the race site)
  • News posted on the sites, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Follow, live, the runners on their Facebook and Twitter pages, runners may sign-up to the application developed by The North Face® and LiveTrail
  • LiveTrail App. on FaceBook (Provided by The North Face® with data from LiveTrail)




Monday August 22nd

  • 15:00 : Distribution of race-bibs for the PTL at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
  • 22:00 : Start of the PTL from the place de l'Amitié, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Wednesday August 24th

  • 09:00 : Centre sportif de Chamonix Distribution of race-bibs TDS, UTMB® and CCC®
  • All day : Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l'Ultra-Trail®

Thursday August 25th

  • All day : Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l'Ultra-Trail®
  • 09:00 : Courmayeur (Italy) town centre : Start of the TDS
  • 09:00 -18:00 : Centre sportif de Chamonix, Distribution of race-bibs UTMB® and CCC®
  • 23:00 : First TDS finishers

Friday August 26th

  • All day : Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l'Ultra-Trail®
  • 10:00 : Courmayeur (Italy), town centre : Start of the CCC®
  • 16:00 : Last TDS finishers
  • 18:30 : Start of the UTMB®
  • 21:00 : First CCC® finishers

Saturday August 27th

  • All day : Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Village des savoir-faire du Tour du Mont-Blanc
  • 11:30 : Prize giving TDS & CCC®
  • 12:00 : Last CCC® finishers
  • 16:00 : First UTMB® finishers

Sunday August 28th

  • All day : Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Village des savoir-faire du Tour du Mont-Blanc
  • 15:45 : Official closing ceremony of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, prize giving for the UTMB® and the PTL
  • 16:00 : Last PTL and UTMB® finishers



The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® will be on Eurosport, Sunday 28th at midnight and it will broadcast a report of 26 minutes about the UTMB®. For the first time, Eurosport is broadcasting a trail race! Everybody should try to watch it, because if the ratings are good, trail running with have its regular space on this channel! There will be 2 broadcasts in 20 languages and in 59 countries (without counting the broadcasts on the Internet): Sunday 28th at midnight and September 12th (time to be confirmed).


An environmentally friendy event

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®'s Environmental Commission was created in 2006. Its mission is to identify the risks posed to the environment by the event and to come up with ways to protect against them.

New for 2011 :

  • A increased effort is made to raise awareness on environmental issues amongst supporters and spectators through a special guide and the setting up of a green brigade of volunteers
  • There will be no discarded paper tissues, or soiled toilet paper along the route. Each runner will receive in their race packs three plastic bags in which to transport their rubbish.

Other actions:

  • A web-site has been set up to facilitate the organisation of car-pooling: www.laroueverte.com/evenement/ultra-trail-du-mont-blanc.
  • A transport plan has been set up with more than 600 busses available for runners and spectators.
  • Major access roads will be closed to cars to encourage use of the busses.
    All the information, maps, time-tables and conditions of access are available at www.ultratrailmb.com.
  • Free parking will be available in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc valley with the Ultra-Trail® Pass: Grépon and Brévent car-parks, at Chamonix.
  • In the town centre the "Mulets", free minibuses, easily link the different areas of Chamonix.
  • Waste will be reduced: Competitors have to carry their own beakers and recyclableble crockery will be used
  • Use of local resources
  • Waste management
  • Paper waste is restricted through the optimal use of the internet (online start lists only, down-loadable documents, tele-conferencing etc....)


Race exhibition (Le Salon de l'Ultra-Trail®)

At Place du Mont Blanc à Chamonix, Mont -Blanc. Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th

Le Salon de l'Ultra-Trail® welcomes the The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®'s partners, equipment manufacturers, producers of sports nutrition and sports "medical" equipment, organisers of the biggest international trail races and 5500 trail runners coming from all over the world. Entry is free and it is open to all.

  • 100 exhibitors united in a village of 2000m² of wooden exhibition chalets, in the spirit of mountain chalets (see the list of exhibitors
  • Entertainment for both young and old: treasure hunts with UCPA, possibility of hitting the head-lines with Trail Endurance Mag, lucky draw with Polartec, quizzes, tombolas, etc.
  • Mini Ultra-Trail® : mini UTMB®, mini TDS, mini CCC® and micro CCC® to initiate the youngsters (under 11s) to the joys of trail running (Thursday, Champs du Savoy)



During race week the 15 communes and their villages, through which the runners pass, will be live with the rhythm of the runners. Concerts, fireworks, mobile musical entertainments, evening gatherings, giant tartiflettes are every where!

Chamonix Mont-Blanc (France) - Les Houches (F) - Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (F) - Les Contamines Montjoie (F) - Hauteluce (F)- Beaufort (F) - Bourg-Saint-Maurice (F), Séez (F) - La Thuile (I) - Pré-Saint-Didier (I) - Morgex (I) - Courmayeur Mont-Blanc (I) - La Fouly et Champex-Lac (CH)- Trient (CH) - Vallorcine (F).

The entertainment programme is available here: http://ultratrailmb.com/page/54/Animations.html


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