The UTMB Mont-Blanc organization has announced that a participant in the PTL, one of the UTMB Mont-Blanc events, has died as a result of a fall.
The 2022 PTL, a 290-kilometer (180 miles) event with 26,500 meters (87,000 feet) of ascent where entrants participate in teams of two or three, began at 8 a.m. CEST on Monday, August 22, in Chamonix, France.
The organization states it was made aware of a severe accident at 1:30 a.m. CEST on August 23, during the first night of the nearly weeklong event, on an established trail between Col de Tricot and the Refuge de Plan Glacier, which is located high above the French town of Les Contamines on the southwest side of the Mont Blanc massif. According to this year’s PTL course map on Livetrail, the live tracking application, this was somewhere between kilometers 36 and 40 (roughly miles 22 to 24) of the course. The Col de Tricot is at 2,114 meters (6936 feet) above sea level and Refuge de Plan Glacier is at 2,711 meters (8,894 feet) above sea level. The race organization confirms that there was good weather at the location at the time of the incident.
A rescue helicopter responded to the scene, and confirmed the death of a Brazilian national. To respect the individual’s family and friends, the organization will not release their name.
According to the race organization, this year’s PTL saw 105 teams start. At this time the PTL continues, and each team is being given the opportunity to continue participating or not.
One year ago, a Czech runner died in a fall during the 2021 TDS race at the UTMB Mont-Blanc festival, leading to the cancellation of the race for most runners. (Those who passed ahead of the accident, roughly the top 20% of the field, were allowed to continue.)
The iRunFar team extends its sincere condolences to all those affected by this accident. We are so sorry for this loss.
This is a developing story and we’ll update this article as more information becomes available.