For the 10th year in a row, iRunFar is covering UTMB! The UTMB is 170 kilometers (105.6 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 30.
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 an incredible day to get under these times. But, this is 21st-century ultrarunning and someday in the not-too-distant future a runner will.
A special thanks to Camelbak for making our coverage of UTMB possible!
Here are some resources to help you follow the race:
- iRunFar’s men’s and women’s previews;
- iRunFar’s pre-race interviews with Rory Bosio, Francesca Canepa, Pau Capell, Courtney Dauwalter, Uxue Fraile, Robert Hajnal, Zach Miller, Beth Pascall, Xavier Thévenard, Tim Tollefson;
- UltraTrail.TV’s live video feed, a video feed hosted by the race organization;
- The UTMB website, including technical information about the race (there are tabs for the course map and profile, and more);
- A search function for entrants, with tabs for race favorites; and
- The race administration’s live tracker for all entrants.
We invite you to catch up on your UTMB history while you’re following the coverage:
- Our post-race video interviews from 2018: Francesca Canepa (champion), Xavier Thévenard (champion), Uxue Fraile (2nd), Robert Hajnal (2nd), Jocelyne Pauly (3rd), and Jordi Gamito (3rd);
- 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 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, 2017, and 2018;
- 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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iRunFar’s Live Coverage of the 2019 UTMB
Here we collect a number of Twitter resources, including our Twitter feed, which will supply lots of information before, during, and after the race:
UltraTrail.TV’s Live Video Feed of the 2019 UTMB
This video feed is managed by the race organization and will be live all over the course on race day(s):