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Mont Blanc Marathon, Switzerland
Distance of 42km coupled with a positive vertical gain of 2760m, and a 1704m vertical drop off. Limited to 2000 runners, this marathon is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude with a finish at 2000m. Starting from the centre of Chamonix (1035m) this 42km marathon is effectively a tough trail race. The route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, passing through the hamlets of “les Bois” and Lavancher to reach Argentière (1250m). Runners will bypass the village of Argentière and reach Le Planet by the “Chemin des Rambles” before going to Montroc using a local road, closed for the event. After going through the village of Montroc you take the trail towards Tré le Champ and from here, you go towards the Col des Montets. The route crosses the “Col des Montets” (1461m) in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges’ Natural Reserve. Then along the “chemin des Diligences”, the old stage-coach route, you arrive at the hamlet of Buet before reaching Vallorcine (1260 m), nestled at the bottom of a pretty valley at just a stone’s throw from Switzerland. Here begins the progression to the Col des Possettes (1997m) via a trail leaving from the Plan de l’envers.A refreshment post is available at the top of the col before finally climbing up to the Aiguilles des Posettes (2201m) where you will be rewarded by a breathtaking panoroma of the Mont Blanc range. Facing the ‘Aiguille Verte’ and the Mont Blanc range, the route follows the ridgeline of the ‘aiguillette’ gradually descending in the direction of Tré le Champ. You will go along a pretty trail that brings your toward le Tour, crosses through the village, and then takes you near to the Tour glacier. Then, you will take a north facing trail (a cooler perspective….) towards Montroc before crossing through the hamlets of the Frasserands and Tré le Champ. At the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, at the opposite of the Mont-Blanc range, the route climbs up towards la Flégère (1875 m). After crossing the magnificent Charlanon comb(1812m) the climb is gentle on a balcony path,with one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc, to reach Altitude 2000. There is also a 23km and 80km during the same weekend. The 42km marathon starts at 07:00am with a cut off time of 9 hours
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