It´s too late to enter, but if you are in the Alps this August you might want to check out the Mont Blanc Ultramarathon, a 168km race around the highest mountain in Western Europe From 25-27th August this year, over 2,500 athletes from every corner of the world will be competing in the fourth annual The North Face Ultra-Trail Tour du Mont Blanc – a non-stop, 158-km ultramarathon, circling the rooftop of Europe (the 4810m Mont Blanc massif) crossing borders between France, Italy and Switzerland.The North Face Ultra-Trail Tour du Mont Blanc is considered the longest and most challenging ultramarathon in Europe and boasts some impressive numbers: 158 km of trail, 8500 metres of elevation gain through three countries, and breathtaking scenery showcasing the grandeur of Mont Blanc with its seven valleys, 400 peaks and 71 glaciers. The average person hikes the Tour du Mont Blanc trail in seven to ten days and overnights in different mountain huts or villages along the way. Last year´s winner broke the tape in just over 21 hours.Catherine Poletti, race director said, ?The popularity of the event has grown and grown over the last 4 years. The turnout for this year´s race will be a record breaker in itself: with entrants from 48 different countries, the limit of 2000 participants was reached last December, just three weeks into the registration process. We elected to admit another 500 runners and all the places on this year?s Ultra-Trail have been filled for many months now.??The volume of applications that arrived in Chamonix also convinced the organisers to incorporate The North Face Ultra Trail Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix into the main event.  This is an 86km marathon with an elevation gain of 4500m that a further 1000 participants will aim to run in less than 24 hours.For the main event, the starting gun will be fired in Chamonix, France on Friday 25th August at 7pm. The runners will head to Courmayeur (Italy) followed by Champex-Lac (Switzerland) before circling back to the finish line in Chamonix. Meanwhile, The North Face Ultra Trail Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix will leave Courmayeur on Friday 25th August at noon and finish the following day in Chamonix. As always, the race is a show of compassion as well as endurance. Upon registration, all contestants donated one euro to „Courir pour Toi,“ a French association to help fight genetic diseases founded by marathoner Dominique Chauvelier. In addition, the association „Les Amis de Children´s Home“ will be selling its products during the event to raise funds for the construction of facilities for orphaned children in Nepal. For further information on the race, visit www.ultratrailmb.com. ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–