The Ultra-Trail® is eco-responsible
Since 2003, the challenge we face together, organisers, runners, accompanying persons, volunteers and partners, is to integrate the event into a fragile environment uniting several thousand players.
Whether it is by optimizing the logistics towards anticipating the unforeseen or by establishing innovative measures such as the use of the unique beaker for the runners, we always have as an aim the conservation of the natural environment, the raising of awareness of each person to protect an exceptional nature and to adopt an eco-responsible attitude.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Environmental Commission was created in 2006.
It is chaired by Patrick Deschamps, assisted by Nathalie Ecuer, Vice-President, and consists of persons who actively participate in the organisation, elected representatives of the communes concerned, by the event, and representatives of associations working in environmental protection.
Its mission is to identify the risks engendered by the event and to propose concrete action to protect the environment. It then assesses the event and suggests improvements or new ideas to implement.
The work was realised by the Environmental Commission in association with the Espace Mont Blanc, within the framework of its sustainable development plan, with ended on July 28th, 2008 with the signing of an Ethical Contract, establishing concrete actions to minimize the pollution inherent to the race in order to fight against wastage of materials and energy, and to incite individuals to adopt responsible attitudes towards the environment.
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® also, and actively, participated in the work group set up by the Direction Départementale de la Jeunesse et des Sports de Haute-Savoie, which resulted in drawing-up the "Charter of sustainable development for sporting events"