If you’d like a taste of what it’s like to prepare for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), one of the most grueling ultramarathons in the world, please feel free to have a look at my 2009 blog posts listed below. For a quick, humorus read, check out the cow and hallucinations stories in Part 3!
In the UTMB, over 2,000 runners attempt the 166KM (104 mile) course with its impressive 9,400 meters (31K feet) of elevation gain. That’s nearly a 10KM race of VERTICAL! The time limit is 46 hours and the athletes’ finishing times will span the unbelievable 21 hours to the very edge of the 46-hour cut-off. Most will finish beyond 30 hours … few will sleep, many will hurt, perhaps 1/3 won’t finish. Hopefully all the runners will experience the awakening of the soul brought out by the mountains, the physical and mental challenge and the camaraderie. I wish them an experience of a lifetime!
Also, it’s worth noting two other UTMB-related races happening at the same time, the CCC (98KM & 5600m elevation gain) and the Petite Trotte à Léon (250KM +18,000M). The CCC covers the toughest part of the UTMB course is a brutal race on its own. And the PTL … words can’t even begin to describe this challenge!
- A Journey Starts
- Preview Weekend
- The Parade: UTMB 2009 Race Report Part 1
- The Brochure Didn’t Lie: UTMB Race Report Part 2
- The Mind Trip: UTMB Race Report Part 3
— Coach Jeff