2021 UTMB Photo Gallery

The 2021 UTMB was an exciting race — with multiple-time champions in Courtney Dauwalter (post-race interview) and François D’haene (post-race interview), a new course record by Dauwalter in the women’s race, and plenty of drama and DNFs. It was also a perfect day for running and spectating as participants made their way around Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland in the 171.5-kilometer (106.5-mile) event. Enjoy this photo gallery of the competition and ambiance of the 2021 UTMB.

2021 UTMB - start line

Runners start the 2021 UTMB at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021. All photos: Ben Clark

2021 UTMB - finish line spectators

Spectators enjoy the 2021 UTMB.

2021 UTMB - glacier and paraglider

The Chamonix valley is host to UTMB and offers outdoor recreation of all kinds, making it a uniquely world-class destination.

2021 UTMB - Maite Maiora at Les Contamines

Maite Maiora charges out of Les Contimines aid station respecting COVID-19 protocols — a major race regulation that was necessary for all.

2021 UTMB - Francois Dhaene and Dmitry Mityaev at Les Contamines

François D’haene (left) and Dmitry Mityaev gaze upward into approaching darkness at Les Contamines aid station on Friday evening.

2021 UTMB - Jim Walmsley at Courmayeur

Jim Walmsley approaches the Courmayeur aid station in the earliest hours of Saturday morning.

2021 UTMB - view from Aiguille du Midi cable car

Runners circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif during the UTMB. The access to beautiful views on foot is only rivaled by Chamonix’s multiple trams and trains — leading to views like this from a platform on the Aiguille du Midi.

2021 UTMB - Francois Dhane at La Fouly

François D’haene travels through a brightening sky before dawn at La Fouly on Saturday morning.

2021 UTMB - Tour du Mont Blanc sign

A crowd stands in the street, waiting through the night, near the La Fouly aid station. The well marked Tour du Mont Blanc trail is a popular route that trekkers often take a week to 10 days to hike. In the UTMB, the top runners do it in under 24 hours.

2021 UTMB - Ho Chung Wong at La Fouly

Ho Chung Wong takes camera time in stride. An ever-present fixture on the course next to elite runners, camera crews help broadcast the race live around the world.

2021 UTMB - Courtney Dauwalter at La Fouly

A smile every mile — Courtney Dauwalter leaves La Fouly on Saturday morning.

2021 UTMB - Mimmi Kotka at La Fouly

Mimmi Kotka’s eyes gaze at the horizon dawning in La Fouly.

2021 UTMB - champion Francois Dhaene

The always composed François D’haene shares a rare glimpse of fatigue seconds after crossing the finish line to win UTMB for the fourth time on Saturday, August 28.

2021 UTMB - champion Courtney Dauwalter

The fans and two-time winner Courtney Dauwalter celebrate at the finish line on Saturday afternoon.

2021 UTMB - Diego Pazos and Gregoire Curmer at the finish

In the spirit of ultrarunning, Gregoire Curmer (left) and Diego Pazos run it in to tie in seventh place. 

2021 UTMB - Chamonix

A view of beautiful Chamonix, France, the start and finish of the UTMB.

2021 UTMB - Mathieu Blanchard third place

It isn’t just the glory of finishing, it’s the process getting there. Matheiu Blanchard and his crew (right of him) let out all the feels as he finishes in third place.

Ben Clark

explores original stories in outdoor and action sports. Through film or photo, his work published at National Geographic, Men’s Journal, The NY Times, iTunes, and more has reached the core of outdoor and action sports while also compelling audiences around the world.