Trail running event in the Alps with two distances to suit all levels, one of 55km with 3700m of ascent and one of 26km with 2800m of ascent.
Location: Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps
This is a great package for runners wanting a quick weekend running challenge in the Alps with the possibility to gain two qualifying points for the famous UTMB ("Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc").
Situated on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, the Champsaur valley is a hidden marvel of the Alps; little known, wild and unspoilt, with rolling foothills evolving into dramatic mountain summits. It is perfect mountain running country for nature and mountain lovers.
There are two trail routes, the UltraChampsaur and Les Fonds de Roxanne which both take place on the Sunday.
The UltraChampsaur 55km and 3700m+ of ascent - a tough but beautiful trail on mountain footpaths taking mountain passes and one of the best views in the Alps over the Lac de Serre-Ponçon. All finishers of the UltraChampsaur race receive 2 qualifying points for the Trail du Mont-Blanc.
Les Fonds de Rouanne 26 km and 2800m+ of ascent - this is a great route following the second half of the UltraChampsaur up to the ridge and finishes on a summit with a breathtaking view of the Lac de Serre-Ponçon.
All the trails are way marked (no navigation requirements) and there are refreshment stops providing soft drinks and snacks such as dried fruit, biscuits and bananas. Some people do carry water and energy bars so as not to be dependent on the refreshment stops but this is entirely up to you!
Safety and security are well managed with first aid posts strategically positioned around the courses manned by the red cross and other volunteers and a red cross tent at the arrival. So all you have to do is turn up and run!
There are no kit restrictions so you can wear whatever you like and you don't need to carry any of your own security or safety equipment.
The ambiance is friendly and supportive with most participants in it to finish rather than win. It really is a fantastic running experience!
You need to get to Gap train station where we will collect you from. Gap has rail links from Paris (via overnight sleeper), Grenoble, Marseilles and Valence.
The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseilles, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps.
We can help you plan your journey here so please ask. If you prefer to drive here (which can be a great way to see some parts of our beautiful region), we'll give you our best tips and recommendations. Check out our partner's hire car rates.