For the 11th edition in a row, iRunFar is covering UTMB! The UTMB course is 171.5 kilometers (106.5 miles) long with over 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. The race starts at 5 p.m. CEST (9 a.m. MDT in the U.S.) on Friday, August 27.
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 for in-depth coverage from the course during the race.
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 Altra 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 video interview with Courtney Dauwalter, Ragna Debats, François D’haene, Maite Maiora, Dmitry Mityaev, Tom Owens, Beth Pascall, Katie Schide, Audrey Tanguy, Xavier Thévenard, Tim Tollefson, and Jim Walmsley;
- UltraTrail.TV’s live video feed, a video feed hosted by the race organization;
- The UTMB website, including tabs for the course map and profile, technical data, 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 UTMB results articles from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019;
- An article about the UTMB culture;
- A gorgeous excerpt about UTMB from the book Grand Trail by Frederic and Alexis Berg;
- Our post-race video interviews from 2019: Courtney Dauwalter (champion), Pau Capell (champion), Kristin Berglund (2nd), Xavier Thévenard (2nd), Maite Maiora (3rd), Scotty Hawker (3rd), Tom Owens (4th), and Katie Schide (6th); and
- Our post-race video interviews with earlier champions: Rory Bosio (2013 and 2014), Jez Bragg (2010), Francesca Canepa (2018), Caroline Chaverot (2016), François D’Haene (2012, 2014, and 2017), Lizzy Hawker (2010, 2011, and 2012), Kilian Jornet (2011), Nathalie Mauclair (2015), Núria Picas (2017), Ludovic Pommeret (2016), and Xavier Thévenard (2013, 2015, and 2018).
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This video feed is managed by the race organization and will be live all over the course on race day(s):
Here we collect a number of Twitter resources, including our Twitter feed, which will supply lots of information before, during, and after the race: