A global success
An international circuit, shared values
For the first time this year, UTMB is part of the Ultra-Trail® World Tower racing circuit, which illustrates the diversity of trail running: steep Alpine roads, California trails, the hills and beaches of Hong Kong, the Moroccan desert … formats that require real adaptability by participants. Indeed, from the Marathon des Sables, the Vibram® Tarawera 100km Ultramarathon, the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji to the Western State Endurance Run 100, participants must possess very different qualities, whether to compete to win or simply aspire to become a “finisher.”
Although fundamentally different, Ultra-Trail® World Tour races share common values?? — ethics, sports equity, self-respect, respect for others and the environment — and take place in numerous countries:
- Hong Kong 100 – China in January
- Transgrancanaria – Spain – March
- Tarawera Ultramarathon – New Zealand – March
- Marathon des Sables – Morocco – April
- Ultra-Trail Mt.Fuji – Japan – April
- 100 Australia – Australia – May
- Lavaredo Ultra Trail – Italy – June
- Western States Endurance Run – United States – June
- Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – France, Italy, Switzerland – August
- Grand Raid – France: Reunion – October
Priority on the environment!
More fluid and better-indicated transportation
Mont Blanc and the surrounding trails are an important part of the event’s success. The organization – residents and natives of Mont Blanc, proud and happy to show off their country – is particularly careful to ensure that the nature of the surrounding valleys is respected. With the growth of outdoor events such as mountain biking, trail running and orienteering, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® is fully mobilized to reduce the impact of its races on the environment.
This year was also marked by two major innovations that helped deliver detailed, high quality transportation information resources.
The Guide to Mobility: To better inform racers, helpers and spectators and to encourage use of public transit in order to preserve the environment, 3,000 copies of a transport guide provided all of the information to move efficiently and make the best use of “Urban Pulse.”
The Urban Pulse app allowed users to follow a runner’s position in real time and anticipate passage of the next refueling point as well as to find the most convenient of the network’s 90 shuttles to be in place to cheer runners along. Urban Pulse also communicated real-time information about UTMB®, events, departures, changes due to weather conditions and the positions of the leading runners.
Through a network of shuttles dedicated to the event put in place by Transdev Mont Blanc Bus, combined with the Urban Pulse mobile app, runners, helpers and spectators were brought closer to the race and were able to follow runners, both on-site and remotely, at this unforgettable international trail race.