Category Archives: utmb

Ironman’s Big Bet On Trail Running

When the news broke in May 2021 that Ironman and UTMB were joining forces, the small corner of the internet that hosts the trail running community nearly lost its collective mind. Skeptics lamented the end of trail running’s eccentric, community-centric culture, while optimists celebrated the likelihood of better race organization, standardized rules, and real prize […]

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Kilian Jornet Isn’t The G.O.A.T. of Trail Running Just Because He Wins Big Races

After Kilian Jornet won the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) for a record-tying fourth time on August 27, it was easy to assume that running 100 miles is something that comes easy to him. It doesn’t, but it would be easy to think that because, well, it sure looked that way. While the 34-year-old who hails […]

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UTMB: A Fanfare For The Common Runner

Tina Pedersen had just run 171km (106.5 miles) around the Mont Blanc massif. Sweaty, wet and exhausted, her top concern was where her youngest son had wandered off among friends and family who were watching the race. As she was running through the packed streets of Chamonix, France, on Sunday morning with only about 200 […]

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A UTMB Participant Died on Course. Is the Race Too Dangerous?

Les ultra-trails sont-ils devenus dangereux? That’s the question the front-page headline of the Le Dauphiné newspaper posed when it hit newsstands and coffee shops early Wednesday morning in Chamonix, France. Has ultra-distance trail running become dangerous? That’s also among the many questions trail runners around Chamonix were asking Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after […]

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