Trail running around Mont Blanc

3 days to train for the trail running race of the Mont Blanc Marathon leaving from Chamonix, with Caroline, UIMLA mountain leader and trail running expert.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
     

    Three days of trail to practice in the area of the Mont Blanc marathon and to share information about preparing for this circuit. Indeed, it’s now unavoidable on the international calendar of mountaineering runners. In order to be closer to the information, you will be received at the Maison des Sports Chamonix by the staff organization of the race. It is the opportunity to receive the best advices and details of the tour!

    You will stay in a familiar hotel 3*. The setting is exceptional in the heart of a large park opposite to the Mont Blanc and the Bossons glacier. Besides, the menus are planned according to specifications for the practice in the track. In addition, you will have a spa and sauna available for optimal recovery!

    In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

    During these 3 days we will run on average 20-35km a day and go up from 1000 to 2000 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and technical trails terrain. We will partially be on aerial paths.

    Is the Marathon du Mont Blanc in the list of the next races you want to run? Then please contact me! I would love to introduce you to its beautiful trails and share with you my extensive mountain experience. If this program does not match your wishes, your level… I can bring in other courses I organize so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. In the Mont Blanc area I also have this 80km trail and the UTMB training.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1200 EUR

    Group of 2
    600 EUR

    Group of 3
    400 EUR

    Group of 4
    300 EUR

    Group of 5
    240 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     Not included: accommodation, transportation and meals. The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Chamonix - Vallorcine

      Arrival to the hotel mid-morning, check in the rooms, then picnic.
      1PM: Welcome and conference at the Maison des Sports Chamonix.
      2PM: Start of the first part of the trail: Chamonix – Vallorcine (18km).
      Transfer by public bus to Chamonix and return by bus from Vallorcine. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon. Exchanges about the physical preparation and how to approach this race. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    • Day 2Vallorcine - Chamonix

      Breakfast, then transfer by public bus to Vallorcine. Start of the second part of the course: Vallorcine – Chamonix (25 km). Picnic during the day. Return to hotel in the late afternoon. Then exchanges on nutrition during the race: tips and experiences. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    • Day 3Aiguilletes des Houches

      Breakfast, then departure for a half day trail on the way to the Aiguillette des Houches to admire the exceptional view of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguilles Rouges and Fiz. Return to the hotel in the late morning. Finally closing lunch in the hotel restaurant and debriefing. The course ends on Sunday afternoon.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    At Chamonix.

    Accommodation

    3* Hotel with Spa (not included)

    More info

    Clients are required to have a multi-risk insurance, covering cancellation fees, rescue and accident, repatriation and baggage loss or theft.

    (Reconnaissance du marathon du Mont Blanc)

    Required level:

    - Regular practice of running and other endurance sports 3-4 times a week for at least 1:15h

    - Regular practice of running on varied terrains, experience and participation in races or natural trails from 20 to 40 km

    - Occasional practice of mountain hiking

    - Being able to evolve at a minimum speed of 600 m of positive vertical drop/h for 1 hour

    - Knowledge of mountain environment

    Equipment:

    - During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash

    - To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks and already worn trail shoes

    - For the whole stay: spare clothes for 3 days, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs

    - Recommended additional equipment: poles and camera

    * Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing.
    I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.

     
     

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    What People are Saying about Caroline Freslon

     

    Great experience, but definitely favored toward elite runners. One of our guides, JC, was amazing. He cared about every runner. The other guide seemed only to care for the elites (and himself). On top of Col des Montets, I asked if we had time to put on warm layers. The guide said \"of course,\" but then quickly proceeded to run off with the entire group while I stood bare and freezing with my gear unpacked. Total lack of consideration for the well-being of his runners. Otherwise a great tour.
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    James Jirn
    Great trip. Good balanced program, valuable tips from experienced guide and breathtaking environment.
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    Kurt Deleu
    Pour moi le trail c\'est avant tout la découverte de nouveaux territoires, les rencontres et les échanges avec d\'autres passionnés, le respect de la nature. Mes 3 stages avec Caroline m\'ont permis de retrouver ces fondamentaux dans un cadre toujours bon enfant, mais pas moins professionnel. Caroline est une passionnée de montagne et de tout ce qui y touche (sport, culture, gastronomie) et elle sait comme personne transmettre sa passion et ses bons conseils, toujours avec le sourire. Je garde un excellent souvenir des rencontres avec les autres stagiaires et mais aussi avec les autres encadrants, Guillaume, Seb, Cédric, Lydie et tant d\'autres rencontrés au cours de ces stages.
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    Romain
    J\'ai fait deux stages avec Caro, c\'est devenu une amie, et chacun de ces stages m\'a laissé des souvenirs inoubliables. Le premier stage en 2014 en Haute Savoie à l\'occasion du Trail du Gypaète. Le Deuxième stage en 2015, dans les Calanques de Marseille. Ces stages auront été parfaits à tous les niveaux: Paysages grandioses (on sent qu\'ils ont été choisis avec soin), des échanges techniques avec des \"pros\" (un grand moment quand Caro inspecte les sacs à dos...), pleins de conseils nutrition - mode de vie etc... La découverte des autres stagiaires mais aussi des autres encadrants (très bon contact avec Guillaume Lenormand par ex.). Des conditions matérielles top (hébergement, repas, organisation etc...). Seule critique: le temps passe trop vite, c\'est toujours trop court! Donc au final quand c\'est fini, on n\'a qu\'une envie... c\'est de repartir pour un autre stage! Et vu le nombre de personnes que l\'on croise sur les stages qui en sont à leur n-ième participation, je peux affirmer que ce sentiment est partagé!
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    Jean G.
     

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