2018 UTMB Live Coverage

CamelBak Ultra Pro VestFor the ninth year running, iRunFar is covering UTMB! The UTMB is 170 kilometers (105.5 miles) long with 10,000 meters (33,000 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. The race starts at 6 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. MDT in the U.S.) on Friday, August 31.

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 (very 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.

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

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iRunFar’s Live Coverage of the 2018 UTMB

UltraTrail.TV’s live video feed of the 2018 UTMB

Video of the Start of the 2018 UTMB

Meghan Hicks

is the Managing Editor of iRunFar and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 44 comments

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Giridar, good question. The race was shortened in a couple locations last year, such that it was about the same distance as the course on which Francois set the ‘course record’ in 2014, but it featured significantly less climbing than that 2014 course due to a modification that avoided the final climb. It’s a hard thing to suss out because, really, the UTMB course has changed so many times over the race’s history due to weather and changes made intentionally by the race organization, but I’d say last year’s course was just too much of a modification from what was the ‘regular, original’ course on which the record was set four years ago.

  1. speedgoat

    Karel’s AT record that just happened is far better than any win in Cham….just sayin’. But at the same time, it’s going to be a great race to spectate. Good luck to all!

      1. Karl Meltzer

        don’t kid yourself Matthias. I actually did have a chance at winning UTMB….:-) Many moons ago. It’s how I met Nico Mermoud…which is better than winning UTMB.

        French Fries are better than apples

  2. Blake Kennedy

    Hello irunfar!! Hope you guys are ready for UTMB.
    I’m just curious if I’ll be able to watch the race on this site on race day, and if it will be live??

    Thank you!!!

  3. Dick Wrios

    Keep up the great work. Excited to be in Chamonix again to see the start and finish of the UTMB! Then headed to Grachen to crew for the second Ultra Tour Monte Rosa- Lizzie Hawker race director. 170+k with over 12000m of gaiin/loss. It’s been a stage race, and still is, for a few years. But ‘this is the second year of the ultra. Approximately 300 starters. Won by Stone Tsang last year in just over 30 hours.

  4. Sam

    This will sum up the race:

    “Jim says he’s “Okay, just okay.” Kilian looks fine.”

    Although I think Miller is crazy (in a good way) enough to keep in touch with killian until the end – group finish if Miller stays strong? I predict the 6 cm gash on Tim’s leg will probably result in his ultimate drop, for safety reasons – which is a shame. Great race so far. Jim getting dropped by killian so early doesn’t bode well. I predict another Xavier drops jim moment. As someone said in the preview thread: if the weather turns to shit, it’s Killians to lose.

  5. wallyrun

    Very much deserved win for Xavier after his unfortunate disqualification at Hardrock. Great lesson in ultra race strategy and pace management. Bravo!
    Zach is also a great runner but he needs to learn not to burn his candles too early and waste energy. And unless he will learn to run with poles, he will not gain UTMB.

    1. Sam

      Hard to say if Zach burned too much energy or just didn’t have enough in the tank. Sounds like he hurt his ankle pretty good, though. Xavier was never far behind Zach, ever, so Zach’s paces was unreasonable

  6. Andreas Kohlhund

    18 of the Top 25 male runners (based on ITRA List on UTMB website) are not finishing the UTMB race.

    Why is the drop rate so high?
    Are they taking to much risks?

    1. Maslo

      Yeah, good point. We could wonder at this phenomenon as they are great athletes overall. Maybe they are…too competivive and burn out too early. Also, (sorry to sat that) not tough enough.

  7. Greg

    UTMB Winners/Losers:

    1. UTMB TV: the coverage was beyond expectation*
    2. Xavier: besides being the literal winner, this was a great comeback after being screwed by Hardrock race management
    3. iRunfar: Bryon and Meghan make following the sport so easy and palatable
    4. The French: The host country had a nice representation in the top 15 women and men.
    5. Underdogs. Being smart and tough was enough to earn lesser known and lesser talented runners with top 10 finishes. Good for these folks.

    *asterisk on the UTMB TV coverage….Color commentator, Rory Bosio’s narcissism was maddening.

    1. The Americans: from falls to weather-related drops, the American attrition rate was disproportionate. Everybody will have an excuse, but the reality is that the contender American men and women (with few exceptions) executed poor races. These are professionals who didn’t perform their jobs well.
    2. ITRA favorites. Beyond the American’s, most (literally) favorites dropped or bombed. Going into long, difficult races with too many specific expectations for outcomes can be futile. The top pros didn’t adapt to the conditions appropriately. That seems inexcusable for professionals, many of whom have this race as the top goal of the year.
    3. Jim/Killian fanboys (like me): The Altercation in the Alps/Fracas is France didn’t materialize as predicted. It’s a good reminder that anything can happen over 100 miles with tens of thousands of feet of climbing.

    1. Alex

      Thank you for praising the French! (I’m French)
      Thanks to the astounding UTMB organization, everybody could follow up the race, including you guys in the US.
      Especially the epic (but short-lived) battle between Zach & Xavier until Champex.
      Btw, you guys probably don’t know, but at some point, when wacky Zach was starting to show signs of exhaustion, the cameraman (ultra-runner Sébastien Chaigneau) told Xavier (the mic was open …) to go and have fun, because Zach was fried haha! And then they put commercials :) Maybe somebody should have called race directors to get Xavier disqualified …
      No I’m joking. But it’s really a pleasure to see an adorable, humble guy like him winning for the 3rd time.
      After training super hard for months, traveling all the way to Colorado, he got despised by a handful of people less than 10 miles before Hardrock finish line, while he was crushing the race. How could the runner-up, 2h behind, accept the bitter win??
      Anyway, that’s a special “domestic” mentality. I doubt Xavier will want to make sacrifices again to return to this “laid-back” race.

      I know that Americans train as hard, especially Jim. Crazy training blocks in Colorado.
      But before thinking and talking about breaking the course record, he should learn to tame the Alps in the length.
      You can’t replicate its changing weather in the US.
      It’s strange though that he collapsed after a good start and after having adjusted gear & nutrition from last year’s experience. He has all the right people to mentor him locally.
      Maybe Americans are doomed never to win UTMB :)
      Maybe he should try to win a shorter race in France first?
      Maybe 15h is a physiological barrier for US runners?
      Maybe homesickness plays a role? (commentators talked about jetlag, difference of food, language barrier, etc.)
      After all, French can’t win the Western States either :)

      Outside of that, what did Rory Bosio say about the war?? (I watched French broadcast)

        1. Didier

          He obviously meant american men, everybody knows US women are doing great at UTMB since the beginning… (Krissy Moehl, Nikki Kimball, Rory Bosio…)

          1. Alex

            Yes of course, I was talking about the men’s race.
            Your girls already did it, although competition seems to become too tough for them too now. And China is coming …
            Unless Kilian, François and Xavier all don’t race, I don’t see how US runners could win any time soon. They’re systematically fried after 100km, or lagging behind.

  8. Th

    Well said! On the * = Yeah, she is very knowledgeable with respect to running etc.but a little bit to easy to talk about sensitive stuff (comments about WII)..

  9. Nwil

    Let’s be honest all the Americans bombed because they went too hard and some like zach and Jim still don’t run to the conditions on the day. Zach goes out like sonic every run and very often dies in the last 50k. Jim talked a good race but still hasn’t even explained his failure on twitter to his fans because it would mean actually having to be humble.

    Massive respect to the winner after being cheated on his last race in America where they couldn’t accept a European win.

  10. Chris R.

    Killian won Hardrock last 3 times. Last I checked he was an European.

    Look the punishment was harsh. No quibble there. I would have preferred a time penalty. But he did break the rules so to say he was cheated is hyperbole. However, major kudos to Xavier for throwing it down at UTMB

  11. Brian

    Credit to Timothy Olson who posted on twitter he blew up…He still finished and moved up almost 30 spots the last 50km to finish an admirable 28th.

    I understand dropping out due to injury or illness (Tim/Killian), save yourself for another day, don’t make an injury worse by running on it.. but to drop out as an elite because you’re not going to be able to finish in the position you should be in… finish the race.

    Most of these guys that went out to hard, Euro and Americans alike, they are so ahead of the field that they could walk in the last 25 miles and still finish in the top 100, which is nothing to be ashamed of. I wonder what percentage of the elites that dropped could have finished. I’d bet at least 50%.

    1. Daniel B

      Well as a elite they have other races to think about. For example Jim is planning on racing the North Face 50. Why waste energy finishing a race that might of took him, Gosh knows how long, and possibly interrupt training for his next race. Most elites make a living from placing well in races. Most arent in it for the same reason as us regular runners.

  12. Terry

    Go run the UTMB then, become an Elite. Elites drop they have and always will why risk any injury period…no matter how small physically or mentally. Yes I understand the pain cave and the ups and downs..
    Running is their lifeblood/income. It’s easy to want them to finish for “pride” or whatever reasons you hold close to your heart for yourself finishing your races. Don’t push your beliefs or reasoning on others until you wear their shoes.

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