Scenes from the Mont Blanc Marathon Weekend
More than 6,000 runners descended on Chamonix, France, for this popular trail running festival.
Chamonix, France, has become one of the meccas of trail running in the past decade, thanks in part to the amazing mountain trails and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc ultra-distance races held every August. But the Mont Blanc Marathon festival of races—with a Vertical K, 10K, 23K, 42K and 80K, plus a new kids’ race—has also become one of Europe’s top trail running events and this year’s races on June 26-28 drew more nearly 6,000 runners. While the races were mostly dominated by world-class European runners, a few Americans fared quite well—including Alex Nichols (Colorado) winning the 80K, Hillary Allen (Colorado) taking third in the women’s 80K, Max King (Oregon) taking third in the 42K and Megan Kimmel (Colorado) placing sixth in the women’s Vertical K. Here are some of the scenes from the three days of racing in Chamonix.
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