UTMB launches 15km race


by Trail Running staff |

Runners will now have an option less than 40km called the ETC

The UTMB Mont Blanc has launched a new 15km race aimed at making the world's most famous trail running festival more accessible to all.

Up to now, the 40km MCC, which was inaugurated in 2018, has been the shortest race distance. However, the organisers are adding for this year, the Experience Trail Courmayeur (ETC) with 1300m of elevation.

Labelled as a "sports and experience offer", the race is open to everyone without an entry ballot. It will take place in the Aosta Valley, starting and finishing in Courmayeur, the starting location for three other UTMB races.

"There was a real desire to offer this new distance which is for everyone: experienced runners, amateurs, families and volunteers," said Isabelle Viseux Poletti, director of the UTMB Mont-Blanc. "This shorter format allows you to get a taste of the trail running experience before testing yourself on a longer distance. The ETC is a race for all, friendly and popular. We are doing our best to ensure that this race is a thrilling experience for runners, crews and all those involved in the event."

Organisers of the event on August 23 have designed it to offer a taste of the racing atmosphere in the heart of the UTMB Mont-Blanc week. The course crosses the mountain pastures of Tirecorne and Suche, two magnificent natural terraces, and winds through forests. The leaders should take around 90 minutes while there will be a four-hour cut-off.

Registration is open from Tuesday April 19 at 12pm CET.

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