The 13th Mont Blanc Marathon- Sunday, June 28th 2015 at 7:00 am
Starting from the centre of Chamonix (1035m) the route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, progressively passing through the hamlets of "les Bois" and Lavancher to reach Argentière (1250m).In Argentière, the Marathon follows a trail towards Le Planet, from here you traverse across the fields to begin the trail on the North Balcon before going down towards Montroc. 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 Possettes (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 at first.The gradient increases until just before the arrival at Planpraz (2050 m) giving one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc.
A new finish line
In order to offer to runners and spectators the best show, the last meters of the race will be changed in 2015: after the Charlanon valley, runners will go through a balcony path to reach the new finish line in Planpraz. After 42 km, they will simply enjoy the outstanding panorama on Mont-Blanc range while running on a regular path with no real physical or technical difficulty. Spectators will be able to see and encourage them during the last 500m of the race.
Race bib distribution
To get their bibs on the Marathon, runners will have to show their race bag with all their mandatory equipment to be checked. It will also allow the organisation to put a chronometric chip. No bib will be given to runners who don't have their equipment controlled.No bib will be given less than 30 minutes before the race start.
Obligatory material :
- Mobile phone.
- Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
- Waterproof jacquet windproof.
- Survival blanket.
- Personnal cup
Recommended material depending weather conditions :