For 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.
A special thanks to Camelbak for making our coverage of UTMB possible!
Here are some resources to help you follow the race:
- Men’s and women’s podium video finishes;
- iRunFar’s men’s and women’s previews;
- Our pre-race video interviews with Caroline Chaverot, Uxue Fraile, Clare Gallagher, Luis Alberto Hernando, Mimmi Kotka, Emelie Lecomte, Zach Miller, Mariya Nikolova, Xavier Thévenard, Tim Tollefson, and Jim Walmsley;
- UltraTrail.TV’s live video feed, a video feed hosted by the race organization;
- iRunFar’s Jaybird Run Wild Daily Dispatches from Chamonix: 1, 2, 3 & 4
- The UTMB website, including technical information about the race (there are tabs for the course map, profile, and more);
- A search function for entrants, with tabs for race favorites; and
- The race administration’s live tracker for all entrants.
We’d suggest you catch up on your UTMB history while you’re following the coverage:
- Our post-race video interviews from 2017: Núria Picas (champion), François D’Haene (champion), Andrea Huser (2nd), Kilian Jornet (2nd), Christelle Bard (3rd), and Tim Tollefson (3rd);
- Our post-race video interviews from 2016: Caroline Chaverot (champion), Ludovic Pommeret (champion), Andrea Huser (2nd), Gediminas Grinius (2nd), Uxue Fraile (3rd), and Tim Tollefson (3rd);
- Our post-race video interviews with earlier champions: Jez Bragg (2010), Lizzy Hawker (2010, 2011, and 2012), Kilian Jornet (2011), François D’Haene (2012 and 2014), Xavier Thévenard (2013 and 2015), Rory Bosio (2013 and 2014), and Nathalie Mauclair (2015);
- Our results articles from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017;
- An article about the UTMB culture; and
- A gorgeous excerpt about UTMB from the book Grand Trail by Frederic and Alexis Berg.
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