Summer is around the corner, which means that all running passionates are looking towards Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
From Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 June 2019, more than 10,000 runners are expected to participate in the 41st edition of the beloved Marathon du Mont-Blanc.
The Mont-Blanc Marathon
The Marathon du Mont-Blanc has an excellent worldwide reputation, based on its rich history.
The Marathon du Mont-Blanc is an annual event and it includes 8 races, which are run by more than 10,000 people from 80 different nationalities.
The marathon was initiated in 2003, which means that in 2019 the marathon will be run for the 17th time.
However, the race has a more substantial history than this, as the 23km du Mont-Blanc, which utilizes part of the same route as the marathon, has been run yearly since 1979.
In 2003, on the 25th edition of the 23 km du Mont-Blanc, which was known as the "Cross du Mont-Blanc", the Marathon du Mont-Blanc was added to the schedule. The other 6 races followed.
Volunteers are essential
The 41st edition of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc is organized by Chamonix Sports Club, an associative (non-profit) organization which relies on the help of volunteers.
From the 27th to the 30th of June 2019, Chamonix will vibrate under the rhythm of the races, with 40,000 people present to either join the races or root for the participants.
Therefore, over 500 volunteers are needed to assure the smooth development of the event and the safety of the competitors, especially since the races often include difficult terrain as the trails go through the mountains.
With 8 races, the Marathon du Mont-Blanc offers each runner the opportunity to choose the race best suited to their abilities and level of practice, so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Chamonix valley.
90km du Mont-Blanc
90km / 6220m D+ / 6220m D-
June 28th, 2019, starts at 4 am.
Recognized as one of the most technical races in France.
24 hours maximum.
Hard race, good experience, autonomy and confidence are required to finish the race.