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Introducing the 2015 Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc®

by Editor
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Tags  ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC   |   UTMB   |   CCC   |   Courmayeur Champex Chamonix   |   TDS   |   SUR LES TRACES DES DUCS DE SAVOIE   |   PTL   |   La Petite Trotte a Leon   |   Chamonix   |   OCC   |   Orsieres Champex Chamonix
 
 

Race feature: The focus of ultra runners will be firmly on Chamonix as the first race of Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® starts on Monday, August 24, 2015

Trail runners from around the world will run across borders around Mont-Blanc between France, Italy and Switzerland in one of the events of Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. Among the many taking the annual pilgramage to Chamonix are some of Run247's contributors who will be reporting from the heart of the action.

Before the racing begins, lets take a look at the the races on offer and the schedule of events:

Provisional program

Besides the races programmed, numerous events take place, day and night, throughout the route, in every community and at the refreshment posts!
Parties, concerts, regional meals will be on the programme!

Monday August 24th
09:00-13:00 Distribution of race bibs PTL® Chamonix France
14:00-16:00 Pasta Party PTL® Chamonix France
13:30 Briefing PTL® Chamonix France
17:30 Start of PTL® Chamonix France
Tuesday August 25th
13:00-19:00 Salon Ultra-Trail®, animations and conferences Chamonix France
13:00-19:00 Distribution of race bibs TDS® Chamonix France
16:00-20:00 Distribution of race bibs  TDS® Courmayeur Italy
18:30 Prologue #YCC Chamonix France
Wednesday August 26th
03:30-04:30 Shuttle-bus departures Chamonix-Courmayeur for start of TDS® Chamonix France
05:30 Briefing TDS® Courmayeur Italy
06:00 Start of TDS® Courmayeur Italy
10:00 Start of #YCC Courmayeur Italy
10:00-19:00 Salon Ultra-Trail®, animations and conferences Chamonix France
10:00-15:00 Distribution of race bibs OCC Chamonix France
11:00-14:00 Registration for the Ultra-Trail® MINI Chamonix France
14:30 Prize-giving #YCC Sporting Challenge Courmayeur Italy
15:00-16:30 The Ultra-Trail® MINIs with snacks: Mini #YCC-Mini OCC-Mini CCC®-Mini TDS®-Mini UTMB®-Mini PTL® Chamonix France
16:00-20:00 Distribution of race bibs UTMB®/CCC® Chamonix France
16:00-20:00 Distribution of race bibs  OCC Orsières Switzerland
20:10 Arrival of the 1st TDS® runners Chamonix France
Thursday August 27th
04:30-05:30 Shuttle-bus departures Chamonix-Orsières for start of OCC Chamonix France
05:00-07:00 Distribution of race bibs  OCC Orsières Switzerland
07:45 Briefing OCC Orsières Switzerland
08:15 Start of OCC Orsières Switzerland
10:00-19:00 Salon Ultra-Trail®, animations and conferences Chamonix France
10:00-20:00 Distribution of race bibs UTMB®/CCC® Chamonix France
13:25 Arrival of the 1st  OCC runners Chamonix France
15:00 Last TDS® finishers Chamonix France
16:00-20:00 Distribution of race bibs UTMB®/CCC® Courmayeur Italy
18:30 TDS® & OCC prize giving Chamonix France
22:00 Last OCC finishers Chamonix France
Friday August 28th
05:45-07:30 Shuttle-bus departures Chamonix-Courmayeur for start of CCC® Chamonix France
08:30 Briefing CCC® Courmayeur Italy
09:00 Start of CCC® Courmayeur Italy
09:00-13:00 Salon Ultra-Trail®, animations and conferences Chamonix France
11:00-16:00 Distribution of race bibs UTMB® Chamonix France
11:30-14:00 Pasta Party UTMB® Chamonix France
17:30 Briefing UTMB® Chamonix France
18:00 Start of UTMB® Chamonix France
20:00 Arrival of the 1st CCC® runners Chamonix France
Saturday August 29th
10:00 #YCC Challenge prize giving Chamonix France
11:00 CCC® prize giving Chamonix France
11:50 Last CCC® finishers Chamonix France
13:00 Arrival of the 1st PTL® runners Chamonix France
14:30 Arrival of the 1st UTMB® runners Chamonix France
Sunday August 30th
16:00 UTMB® prize giving &
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® official closing ceremony
Chamonix France
16:30 Last UTMB® & PTL® finishers Chamonix France
16:45 PTL® prize giving Chamonix France
19:00 Closing buffet Chamonix France

 

Find out more at www.ultratrailmb.com
Further links: ultratrail.tv, Facebook: www.facebook.com/UltraTrailMontBlanc - Twitter:twitter.com/TNFUTMB

 

The 6 races:

UTMB® (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®)

Around 170 km and 10 000 m of positive altitude change

Mountain race, with numerous passages at high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy. 

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Start: 18:00 from Chamonix (France)
Cut off time: 46:30 hours
Event limited to 2300 runners

 

UTMB® (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®)

2015 will be the 13th edition of this classic ultra race which is popular the world over. It is now considered by many the most prestigious ultra.

The UTMB® is limited to 2300 competitors. Only experienced ultra-runners can take part in this race and strict rules and a points system are in place to ensure this!

To enrol for the UTMB® participants must first have aquired a set amount of points by completing races from a list supplied by the organisers. In addition to the demanding qualifying rules, a lottery is in place to deal with the many applicants.

The start time ensures that all the participant will experience large stretches of night running, the slower finishers going through two nights before reaching the finish!

In recent years (2010 & 2012) the race had seen bad weather affect the race and the organisation has now put comprehensive plans in place in the case that adverse conditions should make it unsafe to proceed with the original route. The weather forecast for race week will be anxiously followed by organisers and racers alike! (http://chamonix-meteo.com/chamonix-mont-blanc/weather/forecast/morning/5_days_weather_forecast.php)

Britain's Lizzy Hawker is without doubt the queen of this event, having won it an incredible five times to date, placing second another time too! In 2010 Jez Bragg also won the race, and British runners make up a big percentage of the field.

For more information visit: www.ultratrailmb.com/en/page/20/UTMB%C2%AE.html


CCC® (Courmayeur Champex Chamonix)

Around 101km & 6100m of ascent

A race deep into wilderness using for the most the international path “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc (GR TMB)”. Mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy.

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Start: 9:00am from Courmayeur (Italy)
Cut off time: 26:30 hours
Event limited to 1900 runners

 

Race feature: The focus of ultra runners will be firmly on Chamonix as the first race of The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® starts on Monday, August 25, 2014

Now in its ninth year, the CCC® is no longer just a step-up or side-show to the UTMB®, but attracts world-class athletes as well as a sell out field of dedicated ultra runners.

Like the for UTMB®, participants need to prove that they have some experience, but the points required to take part in the CCC® are easier to obtain than those for the UTMB®.
Apart from the first monster climb, the route follows the second half of the UTMB. While the winners will be finishing in Chamonix in the evening, many participants will be running into or through the night!

For more information visit: www.ultratrailmb.com/en/page/21/CCC%C2%AE.html


TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)

Around 119 km and 7250m of ascent

A race in open country along the ‘Grande Randonnée’ paths crossing though the Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valley countryside. 

A mountainous event, including numerous sections at altitude (>2,500m), in weather conditions which can be very difficult (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), requiring a very good level of fitness, the appropriate equipment and a real capacity for personal autonomy. 

Semi-self suffient. 6 aid stations with food, 2 aid stations with drinks

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Start: 6:00am from Courmayeur (Italy)
Cut off time: 33 hours
Event limited to 1600 runners

 

TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)

Now in its seventh year, the TDS was added to the programme in 2009, but was cancelled in 2010 due to bad weather. In 2012 however the TDS was the only race which went ahead without any changes due to the adverse weather experienced in the area.

The TDS sets off from Courmayeur in an clockwise direction and takes in some higher ground than the first half of the UTMB®, really testing those climbing legs! Despite the longer time allowed for runners to complete the event, compared to the CCC®, this is not an easy option!

The beautiful mountainous route aside, one of the many attractions of the TDS is that it sets off two days before the two above races, so participants can collect their finisher's gillets, have a sleep, drink a coffee and bask in their glory whilst watching the other races in progress!

Participants need to prove that they have some experience, but the points required to take part in the TDS are easier to obtain than for the UTMB®.

For more information visit: www.ultratrailmb.com/en/page/22/TDS%C2%AE.html


PTL (La Petite Trotte à Léon)

Around 300 kilometres with about 26,000 metres of ascent

The 2015 PTL® is still a very difficult ultra-endurance event, which takes place in the mid and high mountain, away from well-trodden paths, sometimes inexistent and as a team. This event is not a race, it has no ranking, it is to be realised in total autonomy by inseparable groups of 2 or 3 participants. 

The PTL® allows you to discover, while trail running and as a team, the most beautiful sites, the most inaccessible, the most engaging passages along the high paths of the Mont-Blanc massif. 

Date: Monday, August 24, 2015
Start: 5:30pm from Chamonix (France)
Cut off time: 142 hours
Event limited to 250 runners

 

This is a real monster! This race his completed by teams of 2 or 3 participant who need to be completely self-sufficent in some very testing terrain! La Petite Trotte à Léon is an "enlarged Tour du Mont Blanc", far from beaten tracks taking participants on difficult paths sometimes even non-existent; it includes the crossing of numerous cols (passes) and summits of between 2500 and 3000 metres altitude. At the finish, there are no results or prizes...

"The route uses, as much as possible, rarely used footpaths and sometimes crosses zones of complete ‘wilderness’. Technical passages are spread out all along the route."

Not only the runner's endurance will be pushed to it's limits in this event, but also their knowledge of the mountain environment, their ability to navigate and control their efforts and resources! Above all, their team spirit will be tested to the max.

The route is different from one year to the next; it is not way-marked but will be mapped (GPS tracks and maps supplied). Teams are required to manage their own progress, refreshments and rest time as they wish. To do this they must use the local infrastructure of refuges and villages (no back-up vehicles or assistance allowed).

To qualify at least one member of the team must have finished, in the past, the UTMB® or the TOR DES GEANTS, one of the previous PTL™ or even the 2012 TDS™. The organisers may consider alternative qualifications.

For more information visit: www.ultratrailmb.com/en/page/23/Presentation.html


OCC (Orsières-Champex-Chamonix)

Around 53 km and 3300 m of positive altitude change

A shorter version, this race will be perfect for fans of medium distances (in the category Trail Ultra Medium (M) between 42km and 69km).

The UTMB® from Chamonix to Chamonix travels through 3 countries, the CCC® takes off from Italy and flies over Switzerland, TDS® opens towards the Beaufortain region and the OOC will now honour the Swiss Valais region.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Start: 8:15am from Orsières (Switzerland)
Cut off time: 14 hours
Event limited to 1200 runners

 

OCC (Orsières - Champex - Chamonix)

New for 2014 is what had been missing from the proramme-a race that starts in Switzerland!

At 50 kilometres the OCC (Orsières-Champex-Chamonix) will be a little less 'ultra' than the other four races and accessible to those who want to start to participate in The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®

The race will start from Orsières, located south-west of the township in the Val d'Entremont.  The route of the OCC will take runners into the unique landscape along the eastern flanks of Mont-Blanc which form the French-Swiss border, before joining the last part of the course of the UTMB ® and the CCC ® at Champex.

For more information visit: www.ultratrailmb.com/en/page/217/OCC.html


#YCC (Youth Chamonix Courmayeur)

Around 15 km and 1000 m of positive altitude change

A challenge for the young aged 16 – 22 years, combining a prologue in Chamonix on Tuesday August 25th at the end of the afternoon and a 15km event with an ascent of around 1100m in Courmayeur on Wednesday August 26th

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Start: 10:00am from Courmayeur (Italy)
Event limited to 200 runners

 

Organised in collaboration with the UCPA and the commune of Courmayeur, the  #YCC is a challenge aimed at the young aged between 16 and 19 (cadet and junior categories), combining a Sporting Challenge and a Video Contest.

The sporting challenge starts on Tuesday, August 25th with a prologue in Chamonix of 3 loops of 700m, followed the next day by a trail running event of around 15km and 1500m ascent, in Courmayeur and in total autonomy. If the winner's time is estimated at an hour and a half, the time limit for the slowest is fixed at four hours.

In parallel, and until 12:00 on August 28th, the young runners can realise a video (or a slide show) of a maximum of 3 minutes duration, made either alone or in a team. The subject choice is free but the video must, however, promote the values of Trail-running by telling a story, in the form of fiction, documentary, testimony, filmed diary, animation etc. with a humorous or critical tone... The videos will be broadcast on  social networks and the prize winning videos will be broadcast on the giant screen, at the place du Triangle de l'Amitié, during prize giving.


The Mini Ultra Trail

As well as big races for grown-ups there are also the Mini Ultra-Trails; 6 races for children aged 3 – 13: the Mini YCC (400m/3 years of age), Mini OCC (400m/ 4 & 5 years of age), Mini CCC (600m/6& 7 years of age), Mini TDS (1200m/8 & 9 years of age), Mini UTMB (1800m/10 & 11 years of age) and the Mini PTL (3km/12 & 13 years of age). These take place on the beginners’ ski slope in Chamonix on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 15:00.


All of the senior races finish in the square in Chamonix under a huge finish line banner. So from Wednesday evening, when the first TDS finishers arrive, to the Sunday afternoon, when the last UTMB finishers come in, Chamonix provides the beautiful backdrop to hundreds of emotional scenes as loved ones are greeted by friends and families. The majority of runners are also greeted personally by the organiser, Catherine Poletti.

Find out more at www.ultratrailmb.com
Further links: ultratrail.tv, Facebook: www.facebook.com/UltraTrailMontBlanc - Twitter:twitter.com/TNFUTMB

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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