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Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) winners

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The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It is a race of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

It takes place once a year on either the last weekend in August or the first weekend of September in the Alps, and follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. It has a distance of approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi), and a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in the world, and one of the largest with more than 2,000 starters.

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is one race during a week-long festival based around Chamonix in France. The combined participation in all of the events over the week is approaching 10,000 runners. The races have strict entry requirements which include accumulating enough race points through qualifier races in the previous two years.

While the best runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 30 to 45 hours to reach the finish line. There is no prize money awarded.

Since 2006, a second race Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (half-loop) has also been organised, and a third race was added in 2009: “Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie”. A fourth shorter “running” event – Orsières – Champex – Chamonix – was added in 2014.

La Petite Trotte à Léon is a non-competitive team event started in 2011. Each team is made of two or three members for safety. The route and direction of the course change every year. In 2015 it was run counter clock-wise.

Today, the races consist of the following;

  • UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (166 km +9,600 m)
  • CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
  • TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (145 km +9,100 m)
  • OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (53 km +3,300 m)
  • PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +28,000 m)

Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) men’s winners

2003Dachhiri Dawa SherpaNepal20:05:59
2004Vincent DelebarreFrance21:06:18
2005Christophe JaquerodSwitzerland21:11:07
2006Marco OlmoItaly21:06:06
2007Marco OlmoItaly21:31:58
2008Kilian JornetSpain20:56:59
2009Kilian JornetSpain21:33:18
2010*Jez BraggUnited Kingdom10:30:37*
2011Kilian JornetSpain20:36:43
2012*François D’HaeneFrance10:32:36*
2013Xavier ThevenardFrance20:34:57
2014François D’HaeneFrance20:11:44
2015Xavier ThevenardFrance21:09:15
2016Ludovic PommeretFrance22:00:02
2017*François D’HaeneFrance19:01:54
2018Xavier ThevenardFrance20.44.16

* Races in 2010, 2012 & 2017 shorter due to weather conditions.

Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) women’s winners

2003Kristin MoehlUSA29:38:24
2004Colette BorcardSwitzerland26:08:54
2005Elizabeth HawkerUnited Kingdom26:53:51
2006Karine HerryFrance25:22:20
2007Nikki KimballUSA25:23:45
2008Elizabeth HawkerUnited Kingdom25:19:41
2009Kristin MoehlUSA24:56:01
2010*Elizabeth HawkerUnited Kingdom11:47:30*
2011Elizabeth HawkerUnited Kingdom25:02:00
2012*Elizabeth HawkerUnited Kingdom12:32:13*
2013Rory BosioUSA22:37:26
2014Rory BosioUSA23:23:20
2015Nathalie MauclairFrance25:15:33
2016Caroline ChaverotFrance25:15:40
2017*Núria PicasSpain25:46:43
2018Francesca CanepaItaly26.03.48

* Races in 2010, 2012 & 2017 shorter due to weather conditions.

Ultra-Trail Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC) men’s winners

2006Alun PowellUnited Kingdom10:53:17
2007Julien ChorierFrance10:19:46
2008Guillaume Le NormandFrance12:26:04
2009Jean-Yves ReySwitzerland11:40:47
2010Xavier ThevenardFrance11:57:13
2011Emmanuel GaultFrance10:10:25
2012*Tofol Castañer BernatSpain08:57:04*
2013Jordi BesSpain11:23:01
2014Paul BartoloSpain11:21:16
2015Zach MillerUSA11:53:32
2016Michel LanneFrance12:10:04
2017Hayden HawksUSA10:24:30
2018Tom EvansUK10.44.32

Ultra-Trail Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC) women’s winners

2006Corinne FavreFrance10:35:55
2007Andréa ZimmermannSwitzerland12:28:05
2008Lucy ColquhounUnited Kingdom14:33:37
2009Chantal BegueFrance16:51:00
2010Maud GiraudFrance14:07:38
2011Virginie GovignonFrance12:47:11
2012*Ellie GreenwoodUnited Kingdom11:17:24*
2013Caroline ChaverotFrance14:12:00
2014Anne Lise RousettFrance14:28:48
2015Ruth CroftNew Zealand12:54:53
2016Mimmi KotkaSweden13:42:46
2017Clare GallagherUSA12:13:57
2018Miao YaoChina11.57.46

Ultra-Trail Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS) men’s winners

2009Patrick BohardFrance14:01:48
2011Franck BussiereFrance15:51:37
2012Dawa SherpaNepal14:37:07
2013Arnaud Julia BonattiSpain15:09:59
2014Xavier ThevenardFrance14:10:37
2015Pau BartoloSpain14:26:40
2016Pau CapellSpain14:45:44
2017Michel LanneFrance14:33:09
2018Marcin SwiercPoland13.24.00

Ultra-Trail Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS) women’s winners

2009Fernanda MacielBrazil17:17:43
2011Jolanda LinschootenNetherlands20:57:32
2012Agnès HerveFrance19:07:00
2013Nathalie MauclairFrance17:36:41
2014Teresa Nimes PerezSpain18:41:12
2015Andrea HuserSwitzerland16:35:29
2016Delphine AvenierFrance18:46:24
2017Mimmi KotkaSweden15:47:07
2018Audrey TanguyFrance16.05.22

Orsières-Champex-Chamonix (OCC) men’s winners

2014Nicolas MartinFrance5:07:45
2015Marc Pinsach RubirolaSpain5:21:38
2016Xavier ThevenardFrance5:28:37
2017Marc LauensteinSwitzerland5:19:34
2018Jia ErenjiaChina5.28.44

Orsières-Champex-Chamonix (OCC) women’s winners

2014Sonia GlareyItaly6:37:40
2015Celia ChironFrance6:41:53
2016Mercedes Arcos ZafrasSpain6:54:13
2017Eli Gordon RodriguezSpain6:12:16
2018Ruth CroftNew Zealand5.53.09
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Kirsty Reade


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