Race: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – UTMB
Start/Finish: Chamonix/Chamonix, France
Distance: 170 kilometers
Chamonix, France — On August 26, Team Novo Nordisk runner Stephen England embarked on the race of his life, France’s prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) ultra trail race.
More than 2,300 runners took the start line in the French alps for the world’s biggest ultra, which crosses into three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland), over numerous mountain passages in altitudes above 2500m. “UTMB has been a dream race of mine for 5 years,” Stephen said. “But the course was extremely challenging with over 33,000ft of elevation gain.”
The race kicked off at 6:00PM on Friday and followed the Tour du Mont Blanc path, which hikers can complete in 7 to 9 days. But on average, the UTMB runners (those who finish) complete the 170-km trek in 30 to 45 hours, with the winners finishing in just over 20 hours.
“During the first night,” Stephen said, “the race went well for me. But unfortunately, as the sun rose and the heat increased, my body started to play havoc with me. I couldn’t keep anything down, and at La Foulet– around 110km– I seriously contemplated dropping out of …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk