31 Aug '15, 7pm

Americans Run Strong at UTMB, CCC in Chamonix

Americans Run Strong at UTMB, CCC in Chamonix

Since its inception in 2003, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) has been universally considered one of the most difficult running races on the planet. And with good reason—it sends runners on a grueling 104-mile circumnavigation of the highest mountain range in Western Europe on a relentless course that includes roughly 60,000 feet of vertical gain and descent on the way back to the finish line in Chamonix, France. With a combination of moderate altitude, long stretches of technical terrain and 10 wickedly steep climbs and descents through parts of France, Italy and Switzerland, it tests runners’ physical, mental and emotional endurance in what is annually one of the most competitive fields of trail running in the world. “The amount of vertical is pretty crazy,” David Laney, a 26-year-old from Ashland, Ore., admitted after racing in the UTMB for the first time. “Yeah, it...

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