The North Face Ultra-Trail of Mont-Blanc 2011

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 9, 2011 9:51 am

As for each year (since 2007), the organisation has had to set up a draw to select, in all fairness, those who will be on the starting lines. Forced to limit the number of participants, mainly for environmental reasons and to guarantee maximum safety, the organisation regrets it cannot guarantee, to all, the chance of a race number with which to participate in this race which has become mythical!

Once again this year, there is a record entry, with 62 nations coming from the 5 continents confirming the phenomenon of this association. The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® is a world-wide reference for open country running. But much more than a running race, the meeting, at the end of August around Mont Blanc, confirms the global craze for these events. Exceeding the sporting achievement (which is already remarkable), 7,200 runners and 30,000 spectators come to look at with fascination the mountain landscapes, to go beyond their own limits and to share an adventure.

Pioneers, the events of the The North Face ® Ultra-Trail of Mont Blanc ® have multiplied in France, and all over the world. Beware; the phenomenon is only just beginning

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[page]The events: registration

145 % subscriptions for the queen the UTMB ®. 1,100 people cannot be accepted this year but will benefit from priority registration in 2012. With its 166 km and its 9,400m of positive height gain, the UTMB ® remains the race to be experienced, the one in which it is necessary to participate, and which is necessary to complete! The dream for hundreds of people. Limited to 2,300 runners in order to respect the environment, to avoid congestion along the route and to benefit from real security, are the reasons

for which there was a draw to select those who will be lucky enough to participate in 2011.

Among them there are the giants of the open country running coming from worldwide who will cross the finishing line within 21 hours and about two thousand amateurs who participate in this great adventure, by involving surpassing their own limits and efforts, with that of solidarity, sharing and a passion for the mountains.

The CCC®
The CCC® had a 120% registration. Limited to 1,900 runners, 500 people were unlucky in the draw but will benefit from a priority registration for 2012.
98km to run in less than 25 hours, the CCC® is for many the (test) race before completing the full circuit, which allows one to test the ground and the duration of the effort. The programme, however, is the equivalent of running 2 marathons back to back with 5,000m of positive height gain at the foot of Mont-Blanc, in the heart of a grandiose countryside!

Registration is closed. (1,200 runners at the start).
New for 2011: The start will be from the centre of Courmayeur, on the Place Brocherel, Thursday August 25th at 09:00. The earlier start will contribute to better security management, since the runners of the TDS will not be competing at the same time as those of the CCC® and the UTMB®.
The maximum time limit is 31 hours for the last to cross the line, 2 hours before the start of the UTMB, Friday August 26th.
Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, the route uses the paths of the Grande Randonnée of the Mont-Blanc, the Aosta Valley, the Haute Tarentaise and the Beaufortain countryside. 1,100 runners at the start for a new route of 110km with 7,000m of positive height gain. A majestic route including mountainous sections with numerous cols: Col de la Youlaz (2,661 m), Col du Petit Saint-Bernard (2,188 m), Passeur de Pralognan (2,567 m), Col de la Gitte (2,322 m), Col du Tricot (2,120m).

Places still available.
La Petite Trotte à Léon has nothing to do with a short walk! It is a non-stop event which unfurls between August 22nd and 28th 2011, limited to 80 teams comprised of 2 or 3 people, of whom at least one has to be a former finisher of the UTMB®.
The teams have to be together throughout the event, start to finish.
A route of 300 km with around 22,000 metres of positive height gain, in a maximum time of 138 hours! 100% of the route is through mountainous countryside, it is a completely autonomous event with refreshments and rest at different mountain huts along the way. No final positions!
The Start will be on Monday August 22nd 2011 at 22:00 with the last teams predicted to cross the finishing line in Chamonix on Sunday August 23rd at 16:30.


62 Nations represented: a record!

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom [England], United Kingdom [Northern Ireland], United Kingdom [Wales], United Kingdom[Scotland], the United States, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.

The 10 nations with the most representatives:

France 59.62%, Spain 7.65%, Italy 7.29%, United Kingdom 4.88%, Japan 2.99%, Belgium 2.91 %, Switzerland 2.85%, Germany 2.83%, United States 1.15%, Greece 0.95%.

Participants – profiles
Women prefer to run the CCC®: they are 13.95% of those registered. For the TDS they account for 10.14%,
The UTMB® 8.11% while for the Petite Trotte à Léon they 9.69% of the total.
The Senior category are the majority of participants for the CCC® (43.97%) then the UTMB® (33.89%).
The espoirs (hopefuls) prefer the TDS (0.36%).
Veterans 1 register mainly for the PTL (45.41%) then for the UTMB® (43.65%).
Worth noting is that 25% des Veterans 2 and 4.08 % of Veterans 3 choose the PTL!


Numerous entertainments take place throughout the event and along the route in the 3 countries.
All the finishing lines are in Chamonix as from Thursday August 25th 23:00, up until Sunday 28th at 16:30.
Good atmosphere guaranteed!

Monday August 22nd
15:00: Distribution of race bibs for the PTL in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
22:00: Start of the PTL from the place de l’Amitié, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Wednesday August 24th
09:00: Centre sportif in Chamonix distribution of TDS race bibs
Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l’Ultra-Trail®

Thursday August 25th
All day in Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l’Ultra-Trail®
09:00: Courmayeur (Italy) town centre, start of the TDS
09:00 – 18:00: centre sportif in Chamonix, distribution of race bibs for UTMB® and CCC®
23:00: First finishers for the TDS

Friday August 26th
All day in Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Salon de l’Ultra-Trail®
10:00: Courmayeur (Italy), town centre, start of the CCC®
16:00: Last finishers TDS
18:30: Start of the UTMB®
21:00: First finishers CCC®

Saturday August 27th
All day in Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Tour du Mont-Blanc arts and crafts market
12:00: Last finishers CCC®
16:00: First finishers UTMB®

Sunday August 28th
All day in Chamonix, Place du Mont-Blanc, Tour du Mont-Blanc arts and crafts market
16:00: Last finishers PTL and UTMB®