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Trail running in the Calanques, Marseille

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3 days of trail running and training in the beautiful Calanques National Park in the south of France with Caroline, UIMLA mountain leader.


Massif des Calanques

3 Days

May - Oct




During this training course for experienced trail runners, you thrive in the heart of the beautiful Calanques National Park, in front of the Mediterranean Sea. A combination of amazing scenery, altitude change, dry and arid climate. Moreover, a great technical field for those who wish to prepare for the most demanding trails. For example Diagonal of Fools, Bourbon, Restonica Trail, skyrunning…

You will be able to share with trail professionals on the ground and the theory about ultra trail and sky running.

It requires mountain walking!

In a nutshell, a cozy weekend in a spirit of sharing and discovery, a serious time not to be taken seriously!

 This is a unique course that I particularly appreciate for the following reasons:
– Comfy accommodation in hotel facing the port and the beach, in the heart of town;
– A course focused on technical progress (stability, efficiency downhill, trust etc);
– A sports training discovering an exceptional spot: the Calanques between the sea and mountains;
– Quick and easy access from Paris via Marseille (3:20h TGV).

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 35km a day and go up from 1500 to 2500 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and technical trails (stone, névé…). We will partially run off trails and be on aerial paths.

Does this beautiful and adventurous trail sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me! I'd be happy to take you and coach you during these three days. And for another great trail running trip, have a look at this one in Gran Paradiso!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Trail outing ½ day

16 km, around 800m D +
Reception at the residence in the late morning, then check-in into the rooms. Briefing on the course of the stay, presentation of participants, picnic. A warm-up outing to start well the course and discuss technical concepts. Evening of exchanges around the ultratrail practice.

Day 2: Marseille to Cassis by the Calanques

35 km, 2200m D +
Trail day, an unforgettable journey where you will discover breathtaking spots during a technical and challenging course to develop your mountain foot! Some magical and vertiginous passages at the same time, you will need to be technical and skilled to rally the Calanques from Marseille to Cassis… Picnic during the day, back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Rail outing, ridges and the Cap Canaille

4h, 25km, 1000m D +
Cap Canaille forms an immense stone rampart. Indeed, its sea cliffs are the highest in France. The paths that wind through this massif will offer spectacular views of the Cassis golf, the Calanques, the Riou archipelago in the bay of Marseille to the West and to the Var in the east. Picnic, then return to the hotel in the early afternoon. End of the course by mid-afternoon.



More info

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

(Stage trail dans les Calanques)


  • Regular practice of running and other endurance activities 4-5 times per week for at least 1:15hs
  • Regular practice of foot race in varied terrain
  • Regular practice of mountain hiking
  • Experience & participation in trails in the mountains of at least 40km and 2000m D +


  • 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 2L (we can't get water on the Marseille - Cassis stage), 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: camera
  • Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

At Cassis.


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

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 this trip



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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