The 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in Pictures

Last month I traveled to Chamonix, France to cover the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. What followed was not at all what anyone expected. I’ve previously tried to convey the week’s event through written articles as well as in interviews with many of the top athletes. I’ve now posted a photo album on iRunFar’s Facebook page that visually chronicles the week’s events. I’m no professional photographer, but I think they’ll give you a feel for what transpired. Below is a taste of the 85 photos in the above-linked album.

Sebastien Chaigneau consoling Tsuyoshi Kaburaki after the cancellation of UTMB 2010.

Geoff Roes phoning his parents to let them know the 2010 UTMB is canceled.

Geoff Roes, Nicolas Mermoud, and Kilian Jornet transforming disappointment into possibility.

Hope, in the form of Sebastien Chaigneau, Jez Bragg, and Lizzy Hawker restarting the 2010 UTMB.

Vincent Delebarre entering Arnuva during the 2010 UTMB.

Only tangentially related to the race, I snapped this picture en route to the Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard.

Mike Wolfe in fourth place entering Forclaz late in the race.

Dawa Sherpa giving five to a young fan in Vallorcine.

Mike Wolfe finishing second at the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.

Lizzy Hawker, Jez Bragg, Scott Jurek, and Sebastien Chaigneau after the 2010 UTMB.

Geoff Roes with an "American Burger" from the Midnight Express in Chamonix.

My moment of self-indulgence during the UTMB trip? An unplanned run up to the Refuge du Plan de l'Aiguille.

Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • "An unknown top runner entering Arnuva during the 2010 UTMB"

    This is Vincent Delebarre, a french runner of Quechua Team.

    He wins UTMB in 2004 ... ;-)

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    • Awesome! Thanks for your help, TrailMag.Fr. I interviewed Vincent and spoke with him many times during my visit to Chamonix, but I never saw his face as he flew by in Arnuva.

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      • De rien !

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  • I haven't seen all those pictures....good stuff, again ! The picture to Col du Grand-St-Bernard is almost a professional one

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    • Thanks, Max. Is it wrong for me to admit that I took the photo while literally driving?

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  • These pics are great - I can't wait to view the rest after work. Nice job over there Bryon, you handled the chaos well.

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  • Ahh the memories! great job - thanks.

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  • Byron;

    I've just come across your site and I think you're doing a wonderful job. I'm sure the romantic ideal of running these distances is far removed from the reality of gritting your teeth for hours on end. But it's given me food-for-thought nontheless. I may up my mileage and try an off-road marathon first and see where it takes me.

    Keep up the good work.

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    • Best of luck, Luke. Ultra trail races off magnificent journeys.

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  • Love the emotion captured in the 1st photo with Sebastien Chaigneau & Tsuyoshi Kaburaki. Also love seeing the camaraderie between the top runners off the course along with the kinship among teammates from different cultures/countries.

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  • Bryon,

    Great shots, how long is the trail to the Refuge du Plan de l'Aiguille? I plan on visting Chamonix and want to check that run out.

    Thanks

    Anthony

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  • Great pics!

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  • Thanks, Will. I, too, loved seeing such a variety of folks brought together by trail running.

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  • I wish I knew, Anthony. My Garmin battery died (I left the charger in the States) died just as I hit the trailhead. The leisurely round trip jaunt from downtown Chamonix took around three and a half hours.

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  • it's about 1400m uphill, and it's rather steep...

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  • Great pictures Bryon! I don't blame you for keeping going and not turning around on your run. It seems like the smart way to go when you are running in such beauty! The photos really do help give us a flavor of the event.

    I didn't realize that was only the 8th UTMB. I just assumed since the race is such an important race that it had been around much longer. Was it considered a "big" race from the event's debut?

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  • I looked at the pics just before bed, they are amazing. And the captions were very helpful to me, so many people just put up pics. This was first rate work Bryon, keep it up.

    @ Giovanni - thanks for the link, I'll check it out after work today.

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  • You are not lucky ! UTMB cancelled ! Greats pics.

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  • Giovanni: That video really gives us a sense of what it'd be like to be standing at the start of the UTMB! I hope to be there someday. Thank you very much!

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