This year, several Altra Elite athletes will toe the line at the world-famous Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), a 106-mile ultramarathon spanning Italy, France and Switzerland.
The race is considered one of the most prestigious ultramarathons in the world but is also widely regarded as one of the most challenging, thanks largely in part to its total elevation gain of nearly 33,000 feet. First held in 2003, the UTMB has grown each year, this year including nearly 10,000 starters across seven events, making it one of the largest foot races in the world. People come from all over the globe to enjoy the race’s week-long festival in Chamonix, France.
The UTMB week includes seven different race distances. The Altra athletes will be competing in the UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (171k) and the CCC: Courmayeur—Champex—Chamonix (101k).
This year’s UTMB begins at 1:30 am MSD on Monday, August 26 and ends on Sunday, September first.
We are proud to support the Altra athletes who will be competing in this year’s event.
Hayden Hawks, Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 170km
One of the top mountain runners in the world, Hayden won the CCC in
2017. But now, he’s back to take on the UTMB with his sights set on
yet another victory. Among many other accomplishments, Hayden recently
won the Broken Arrow Skyrace in Squaw, California.
Robert Hajnal, Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 170km
Robert finished 2nd at UTMB last year and now that he knows the course and has had even more success around the world, he’s one to watch as a contender for the top spot. His other recent accomplishments include a 4th place finish at the Madeira Island Ultra Trail and 5th place finishes at both the Lavaredo Ultra Trail and Ultra Trail Cape Town.
Cecilia Flori, De Martigny-Combe à Chamonix (MCC), 40k
Cecilia will compete in the MCC, a fun, community-building event held for crew and locals. While is she currently working her way back from an injury, she was previously a top ten finisher at Western and looks get back on track at the MCC.
Mark Hammond, Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 170km
Mark competed in the UTMB last year and is back to do it again. He has had great success in the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, finishing 3rd the last three years.
Jason Schlarb, Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 170km
Jason will add the UTMB to an already impressive year that includes competing in the Ushuaia by UTMB (130K) in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, La Maxi Race du Lac d’Annecy (115k) Annecy, France, and the Tushars Mountain Runs (100k) in Beaver, Utah.
Jordi Gamito, Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 170km
Much more than an ultrarunner, Jordi’s lesser known talent is competing in Muay Thai fighting. Though he only began ultrarunning five years ago, he claimed third in last year’s UTMB and looks to improve on his impressive finish this year.
Join us in wishing all the Altra athletes good luck and follow along on our social channels for updates and results.