In the northern hemisphere the days are growing longer, as are the training sessions. Bodies and spirits are beginning to prepare themselves to be on form for being a finisher in one the the 2016 UTMB® races.
However, a meticulous preparation means also knowing how to select with care, then test one's equipment for this type of event. These last few years have seen a multiplication in the number of ultra endurance races throughout the world. If races of 100km and more, in the midst of the mountains, with a considerable height gain are less rare than previously, they must not be trivialised (...).
Mont-Blanc has just as many stories to tell as there are running shoes in the event. All the runners run the same paths but each have their own motivation, feelings, experiences, path for arriving here, today, and their own manner of experiencing an adventure which is unique, personal but at the same time shared.
Certain are there for the « performance ». Others test themselves for the first time over one of the distances on offer (100 miles, 100 km, 50km …) or share a sporting challenge between friends (...)
Registration for the UTMB® is now closed. It was once again marked by record numbers in spite of the runners having to have an additional qualifying point for two races the UTMB® and OCC. 15 000 trail-runners from all horizons attempted to have the doors opened for them. The craze for this event and the confidence shown in us is very touching. This reinforces, once again, our desire to offer an event which is more beautiful, qualitative, friend and respectful of our ethical charter, with emotions shared by runners, volunteers, partners, accompanying persons, inhabitants of the Mont-Blanc country and spectators.
All our energies remain focused in this direction (...).
On behalf of all the UTMB® team, today, we have the pleasure of presenting you with the evolution of our visual identity, which you can see with the new design of our newsletter.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® will from now on be officially known as the UTMB®. Four letters which have, for a long time, been used by runners the world over, to talk about a race which makes the tour of the Mont-Blanc massif, and of the event which which attracts more than 7500 runners of all levels each year (...).
The practice of ultra endurance requires of good knowledge of oneself. While it is laudable to explore ones physical and mental limits in order to get to know them better, trying to exceed them by any means respects neither the other participants nor oneself and puts one in danger.
At the same time, we have for several years, committed to favouring the good health of runners by increasing the medical studies, concrete advice, awareness raising and prevention activities and also by developing an ambitious health policy (...).
Practicing sport regularly is very good for ones health, but running 50, 100 or 300km in the mountains, training over months, even years, inevitably involves more strain on the body. A good approach to Ultra Endurance is, then, essential in the vision of a healthy practice applied over time. Current medicines can not provide answer to all the questions which remain open, since 2007,the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® has taken the initiative to answer positively to the doctors, who are volunteers, who wish to study certain subjects in more depth by creating their own medical counsel to carry out their research. Numerous studies have already produced, important results of which have been published. They allow you to be self-aware, to adapt to your sport, your food, your training schedule and your technique(...).
Twelve years ago a group of friends imagined a simple and authentic adventure, a tour of Mont-Blanc along footpaths and in one stage within a maximum of 46 hours. This is simply how, before becoming a mythical race, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® was born.
In 2003, the trail-runner, naturally attached to the practise of their activity with a deep respect for nature, sought authenticity and the desire to share with others who practised the sport. Also, from the start, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® has integrated in its philosophy and regulations, simple, yet essential values such as the respect for other runners, local populations and the environment, fair-play, sporting equity and solidarity. This is certainly, today, one of the keys to its success. Since then the event has become much larger and now holds 5 races throughout an entire week, welcoming thousands of runners, accompanying persons, volunteers and professionals mobilising an entire territory (...).
In the northern hemisphere the days are growing longer, as are the training sessions. Bodies and spirits are beginning to prepare themselves so as to be capable of being finishers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® race in which you will participate this year.
However, a meticulous preparation means also knowing how to select with care, then test one's equipment for this type of event. These last few years have seen a multiplication in the number of ultra endurance races throughout the world. If races of 100km and more, in the midst of the mountains, with a considerable height gain are less rare than previously, they must not be trivialised. For the more rapid this means around fifteen hours of race but for the majority this can mean between 20 and 46 hours of race. This implies one – and even often two – nights on the race route. (...)
Why? The eternal question that never has the same answer.
Why do 15,500 runners want to really take the start in one of the races of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Why will 7,500 runners already have a feeling of victory when they will be at the starting line in late August ?
Why have each of you invested a huge amount of energy to prepare for many months ?
There are many answers and they are specific to each individual.
To participate in an event that marks a life of a trail runner, to look for his or her physical and mental limits or push beyond these limits, to achieve something exceptional, to profit from something extraordinary in nature, to meet people from all over the world, to expérience exceptional emotions, to reach the goal of the finish line, to participate in the same event as the best trail runners of the world, or simply because there is a true desire. (...)
Registration for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® has now finished. It was, once again, marked by a record number of applications in spite of the necessity for runners to have an extra qualifying point for the UTMB®,CCC® and TDS®. 15 000 trailer-runners from all horizons tried to grab the coveted grail. The craze for this event, and the confidence in us, touches us deeply. It continues to strengthen our will to offer races which are even more beautiful, safer, respectful of the values of trail-running, bearers of emotions shared between runners, volunteers, partners, accompanying persons, local inhabitants of the Mont-Blanc country and all other spectators. All our energy continues to be mobilised in this direction.
As each year registration for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® will open in December. It marks both the accomplishment of months of preparation to achieve the necessary qualification points and the beginning of an adventure which will, maybe, lead you through the arch at the finish.
Here is the start therefore of an important new chapter of your life as a trail-runner. Here is the beginning for new stories combining passion, desire, sharing, hope, resignation, pain, relief and joy. Each story is an adventure. Each adventure is different. They all combine to create the beauty and intensity of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®. So, pick up your pens! Put on your trainers! (...)