2017 UTMB Live Coverage

2017 UTMB - CamelbakFor the eighth year running, iRunFar is covering UTMB! The UTMB is 170 kilometers (105.5 miles) long with 10,000 meters (32,800 feet) of climbing, and it encircles the famed Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Chamonix, France, while traveling through Italy and Switzerland in the process.

You can find our full news stream of the event in this article as well as more resources to help you follow the race. You can also venture over to our Twitter feed and see more updates on our Facebook page.

The course records are held by Rory Bosio at 22:37:26, set at the 2013 race, and François D’haene at 20:11:44, set in 2014. Keep in mind that the race increased in length by a couple (difficult) kilometers since these two records were set, so someone will have to have the race of their life to get under these times. But, this is 21st century ultrarunning and someday in the not-too-distant future a runner will. And it could very well be this year.

GU EnergyAltra logoA special thanks to Camelbak for making our coverage of UTMB possible!

Thanks also to GU Energy and Altra for their support of our UTMB coverage.

[If you head over to our Facebook page before the end of the race, we’ve got a contest for Camelbak and Altra gear.]

The race starts at 6 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. MDT in the U.S.) on Friday, September 1.

Here are some resources to help you follow the race:

We’d suggest you catch up on your UTMB history while you’re following the coverage:

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-Bryon Powell, Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar

iRunFar’s Live Coverage of the 2017 UTMB


UltraTrail.TV’s live video feed of the 2017 UTMB


Video of the Start of the 2017 UTMB

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com’s Senior Editor, the author of ‘Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,’ and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world’s wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 24 comments

  1. Quigley

    Thanks IRF! I look forward to following your coverage. Quick question: Do you have any good recommendations for weather forecasts and reports? It sounds like conditions may be quite sporty. I didn’t think Killian would win, but if the weather and trails begins to resemble Everest with white out conditions and snow accumulations, I think he will be hard to beat! Any idea on whether there might be any accumulation? Also, for those of us following along at home, how much do you expect conditions to vary between the high and low points in the race?

  2. Emerson Thoreau

    Thank you for your coverage.

    Observation: like it or not, I believe the lack of comments regarding your runner interviews is a testament to how much “oxygen” Jim Walmsley is consuming for a lot of people. Yes, there are many stories to hear before the big race, but WALMSLEY is the one most folks seem want to hear. I assume he decided to eschew an interview because of the grief he received from his WS interview or to keep his pre-race commotion to a minimum?

    1. Alfredo

      I was actually thinking about that this morning. After seeing all of these interviews, and seeing how much people are talking about him, it made me think “why haven’t they interviewed Jim?” Maybe he took a cue from WS 100 and decided to let his running do the talking.

    2. Bryon Powell

      Hi Emerson,
      Historically, we get very few comments on runner interviews. That’s not a counterpoint, just wanted a long observation from my end.

      As for Walmsley, while many folks most certainly want to hear from him, we focused our men’s pre-race interviews on those with success on the UTMB course with all five men’s interviewees having either previously won or finished on the podium within the past two runnings.

      Glad you’re enjoying the coverage!

      1. Emerson Thoreau

        Thank you, Bryon. In hindsight, I agree, you do not get many comments on the interviews. But I bet you would have received many had you interviewed Mr. Walmsley. Thank you for clarifying that it was your decision not to interview Mr. Walmsley — versus his choice. You’ve satiated this running geek’s curiosity.

  3. Jan

    Thanks irunfar team for the awesome work you’re putting in!
    I love your interviews with the competitors, keep them coming!
    Re. Jim Walmsley – he’s a great athlete but I don’t miss interview with him more than with any other runner ;)

  4. Mark Y M

    Thank you, Bryon (and Meghan) – your “past UTMB podium finishers” criteria for a pre-race interview makes sense for the most part.

    I am a little disappointed you didn’t get a chance to talk with Zach since he’s had success at previous UTMB(top 10) and CCC (win!) races. And I think hearing from one of the two go-early, go-hard racers who is referenced by most of the men’s field as potentially race-defining would be of interest and relevant regardless of prior finishes.

    And any criteria that would exclude an undeniable favorite to win like Kilian from a pre-race interview should either be rethought or made an exception to.

    Regardless, I’m excited to see how this race unfolds and grateful that you and your amazing iRunFar crew are there to relay to us followers the great stories that are bound to play out over those 20+ hours!

    Cheers!

  5. Marnie Chambers

    Would appreciate a mention ( or more) about Tim Tollefson’s standing & experience as he runs this race. He is my favourite! (He placed 3rd last year, you know.)

  6. Dean G

    So am I right that Francois and Kilian both were in the neighborhood of ONE HOUR faster than the previous CR – on a harder course?

    That’s a race for the ages.

    1. Steve

      It was a slightly altered course, a few kilometers shorter and slightly less vert, so we can’t really compare. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if they would have been under the old record had they stuck to the main route. The did have some muddy/cold conditions, but at least they had no heat to worry about. They were moving either way!

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