It's now less than two months until the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - the world's leading ultra running event comes to Chamonix for its annual competition.
This 11th edition will feature 4 races, 74 countries represented and 50,000 people coming to Chamonix to watch or take part.
The operation is immense with over 2000 volunteers, 15000 way-markers, and 300km of routes. Amongst the more bizarre facts are that 48,000 TUC crackers will be eaten, along with 7500 bananas, 2600kg of cheese and 8500 litres of soup!
The four races happen from August 26 to September 01 and start with the Petite Trotte a Leon (300km, team event) on Monday 26th August, Traces de Ducs de Savoie (119km) on Wednesday 28th August and then on Friday 30th August the CCC (100km) and the main event the UTMB (168km).
If you are coming to Chamonix for the event and looking for a hotel for the UTMB or any of the other events, then please contact us to check availability.
The Bellevue Alpine Lodge is a traditional gite style hotel situated in beautiful Vallorcine, just 20 minutes drive from Chamonix.
By Iain Martin