Every year, thousands of runners and tens of thousands of spectators descend on Chamonix for one of the highlights of the trail running calendar – the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Besides the eponymous 166 km/9,600m ascent mountain race there are a 4 others including the PTL, 300km/28,000m±; CCC, 101 km/6,100m±; TDS, 119 km/7,250m±; and, OCC, 53 km/3,300m±.

These races attract runners from all over the world and all of the major running companies are here supporting their athletes, demo-ing their awesome gear, and meeting their users. I am very excited to be helping The North Face with their events. There are many more, however, so I thought I would put a little summary up here for you!

Monday 22nd August – Meet The North Face Athletes

The North Face run with Rory and Fernanda

The North Face meet the athletes

The first event from The North Face is an afternoon where Rory Bosio, Fernanda Marciel, Lizzy Hawker, and Seb Chaigneau will be working in the TNF store advising you on the best running shoes, how they should fit, how they train, and any other questions you might have.

From 16h00 until 19h00 come along and meet these awesome and friendly guys, asking them whatever you like!

Tuesday 23rd August – Rory Bosio and Fernanda Maciel Ultra Cardiac shoe test / fun run

Run with Rory and Fernanda

Run with Rory and Fernanda

Join The North Face and team athletes, Rory Bosio & Fernanda Maciel for a 10km trail run and the chance to trial their new Ultra Cardiac trail run shoes. Starting at 8.30am fro The North Face Store, you will set off at an easy pace, exploring the trails of Chamonix, chatting with Rory and Fernanda, and getting a great start to you day.

Registration is here.

Tuesday 23rd August – Patagonia present: Injury Prevention for Trail Runners

Do you want to learn how to prevent injuries?

Do you want to learn how to prevent injuries?

An evening of information for mountain runners to prevent running injury and make you stronger! Be more effective on the trail and reduce the chance of overuse injuries and training load errors. Minimise the effects of fatigue, soreness and poor mechanics. Also learn how to avoid Achilles and Patellar tendonopathy, ITB compression, knee/glute/back issues and how to recover as quickly as possible after training.

The event will be held at the Patagonia store at 19h30.

Tuesday 23rd August – Mountain Athletics session with Fernanda Maciel

Fernanda getting her Mountain Athletics on!

Come get your Mountain Athletics on!

How do you train for the mountains? TNF are putting on a free Mountain Athletics session on Tuesday at 18h30 at Snell Sports to showcase how training can complement your running. Sadly I’m not running the session (:P) but it will be a great event and hopefully we will have lots of The Mountain Foundry people along too!

Registration is here.

Wednesday 24th August – Compressport Morning Run

Come run with team COMPRESSPORT and pro athletes Fernanda Maciel, Julien Chorier, Diego Pazos “Zpeedy” and Pau Bartoló Roca. Weekend warriors, amateurs, all COMPRESSPORT fans welcome! Meet at 8h00 at the UTMB start line. Register before for free goodies!

Run info is here.

Wednesday 24th August – Lizzy Hawker and Seb Chaigneau Ultra Endurance shoe test / fun run

Run with Lizzy and Seb

Run with Lizzy and Seb

Join The North Face and team athletes, Lizzy Hawker & Seb Chaigneau for a 10km trail run and the chance to trial their new Ultra Endurance trail run shoes. Starting at 8.30am from Sanglard, you will set off at an easy pace, exploring the trails of Chamonix, chatting with Lizzy and Seb, and getting a great start to you day.

Registration is here.

Wednesday 24th August – TrainAsOne run with Robbie Britton, Nat White, and Rosa Hound!

Train As One

Train As One

A group run with the TrainAsONE team in Chamonix on Wednesday 24th August kicks off at 10h00 outside the Hotel Alpina, right by the Expo. Run with their team but, most importantly, you get a chance to meet Rosa, the mountain running wonder dog. Who could say no to that?

Run info is here.

Wednesday 24th August – Patagonia present: Competitive Race Strategy for Ultra Running.

Do you want to learn how to prevent injuries?

Do you want to learn how to race better?

A well planned race is important, especially for an ultra, it can mean the difference between finishing a race or not. Knowledge and experience will help prepare a strategy to achieve your goals and one that will best suit  you abilities is crucial. Come learn about race tactics and more with Chloé Lanthier.

The event will be held at the Patagonia store at 19h30.

Thursday 25th August – Jez Bragg Ultra MT shoe test / fun run

Run with Jez

Run with Jez

Join The North Face and team athlete Jez Bragg for a 6km trail run and the chance to trial their new Ultra MT trail run shoes. Starting at 8.30am from The North Face Store, you will set off at an easy pace, exploring the trails of Chamonix, chatting with Jez, and getting a great start to you day.

Registration is here.

Thursday 25th August – Strava x Like the Wind shake out run

LtW x Strava

LtW x Strava

Go for a gentle shake-out run with LtW and Strava in Chamonix, and before they take on the UTMB® meet Julien Chorier, Thomas Lorblanchet, and Claudia Schroegel. The run will be departing from the Strava Hub at the Expo with refreshments and a Q&A afterwards.

Event info is here.

Sunday 28th August – Like the Wind #10 Launch Party

The (un)Official UTMB After Party

The (un)Official UTMB After Party

Come to the (un)official UTMB afterparty at the Bighorn Bistro!

Last year they welcomed everyone from race winners and elite athletes (David Laney, Zach Miller, Tim Tollefson, Seth Swanson, Joe Grant et al), the unfortunate injured, first timers, to UTMB legends including Lizzy Hawker, each with their own story of what was an amazing week.

This year they’re doing it all over again – so come and meet elites, exchange stories and share your experience. And have a recovery beer or two. Everyone is welcome – racers, runners and their friends.

They will be launching ISSUE #10 of the magazine and have copies available for you to buy on the evening.

Partaaaay info here.

If you know of any more events, let me know and I’ll add them here!

by Charley Radcliffe

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