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SarahCrunning - 22/08/2018 17:19:08
   
UTMB 2018
Check out Alice Morrison's preview of this year's races here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/August-2018/UTMB-2018-Preview
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SarahCrunning - 24/08/2018 00:57:04
   
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The UTMB festival kicks off on Monday with PTL and MCC. Although the Pettie Trotte a Léon (PTL) is not a competitive race (there are no rankings), it is certainly no stroll in the mountains. At around 300km, it is by far the longest race of the week. Runners take part in teams of 2 or 3 - this year there are 113 teams and 285 runners. They have up to 151.5 hours to complete the course, which includes 25000m of ascent. The teams must be completely self-sufficient. The course and theme change each year - this year's event starts and finishes in Chamonix but passes through Italy and the Beaufortain Range. Although there are no winners, both Iker Karrera and Thierry Bochet have teams this year and will be looking to make good time.

The MCC (De Martigny-Combe a Chamonix) is new for 2018. This 40km race is primarily aimed at, UTMB volunteers and partners and local runners. It contains 2300m of ascent, and the cut-off is 10 hours. Expect lots of costumes!
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SarahCrunning - 27/08/2018 20:44:35
   
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Next up on the UTMB schedule is the TDS - Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie. This race starts in Courmayeur and around 1600 elite runners with an ITRA index >900 will aim to run 122km and climb 7300 metres along the Grande Randonnée paths crossing the Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valley countryside.

This year's contenders include Tom Owens (GB), Dylan Bowman (USA), Dimitry Mityaev (Russia); Megan Kimmel (USA), Yiou Wang (USA) and Rory Bosio (USA).
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SarahCrunning - 29/08/2018 00:33:29
   
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Due to forecasts of extreme weather, the start of the TDS has been delayed by 2 hours, and there is a minor route change to ensure the safety of participants.
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SarahCrunning - 29/08/2018 00:51:08
   
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The OCC (Orsieres-Champex-Chamonix) takes place on Thursday. Around 1200 runnes will aim to run 56km and climb around 3500 metres in the Swiss Valois region. They have up to 14.5 hours.

This year's contenders include Timothy Freriks (USA), Francois Nicolas Martin (France), Ruy Ueda (Japan); Andrea Huser (Switzerland) and Eli Gordon Rodriguez (Spain).
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SarahCrunning - 30/08/2018 20:39:28
   
RE:UTMB 2018
Check out the results and news from the TDS here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/August-2018/TDS-Results-2018
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SarahCrunning - 30/08/2018 21:23:05
   
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These are the podium finishers from today's OCC. Look out for Alice Morrison's news and results article tomorrow for more details.

MEN
1. Erenjia Jia
2. Santiago Mezquita
3. Kevin Vermeulen

WOMEN
1. Ruth Charlotte Croft
2. Eli Gordon Rodriguez
3. Mónica Vives Vila
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SarahCrunning - 30/08/2018 21:26:06
   
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Tomorrow's race is the CCC (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix). Around 1900 runners will aim to complete the 101km course with 6100m of ascent. It mostly takes place on the Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc path and passes through Switzerland on its way from Italy to France. The cut-off is 26.5 hours. This year's contenders include Cody Reed, Camille Herron and Miao Yao.
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SarahCrunning - 31/08/2018 00:53:31
   
RE:UTMB 2018
The main event - UTMB - kicks off at 6pm tomorrow (5pm UK time). The Holy Grail for many mountain runners, plenty of the 2300 starters will not make it to the end of the 171km course. Those that do have up to 46.5 hours to finish the race, which contains 10,000m of ascent. Many will not finish until Sunday afternoon. However, most eyes will be on the elites who will be aiming to finish on Saturday.

American runners make up 24% of the elite line-up this year and include Jim Walmsley, Hayden Hawks, Tim Tollefson, Zach Miller, Clare Gallagher, Kaci Lickteig and Magdalena Boulet. However, the Spaniards cannot be underestimated - Kilian finished second last year, but a win would give him a new record - 4 UTMB victories. Last year's winner, Núria Picas, is also back and may be aiming for a second victory.

Other contenders include Luis Alberto Hernando, Xavier Thévenard, Caroline Chaverot and Mimmi Kotka. You can read more about the line-up in Alice Morrison's preview: www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/August-2018/UTMB-2018-Preview
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SarahCrunning - 31/08/2018 13:43:19
   
RE:UTMB 2018
The news and results from yesterday's OCC: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/August-2018/OCC-Results-2018
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