Press releases 2021
Press Release 13: Chamonix, 20 September 2021
Results of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2021 health policy
Quartz Event Program
In order to protect the health of the participants and to contribute to a clean sport, the organization of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc has set up since 2008 the QUARTZ Event Program which implies specific medical rules;
Press Release 12: Chamonix, 29 August 2021, 7pm
UTMB® Mont-Blanc: The end of this emotional 2021 edition
There were many emotional moments on this UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2021. Memories too. Starting with the PTL® and its departure from Switzerland for the modern-day heroes who came to experience the adventure of a lifetime with their fellow climbers. The PTL® and its staggering figures, 300km and 25,000 metres of ascent to be completed in less than 151 hours. No ranking but teams finishing side by side, drenched in sweat, helmets attached to their bags, frank and emotional hugs and that mountain spirit so palpable at the finish.
Press Release 11: Chamonix, 28 August 2021, 7pm
UTMB® - 4th victory for D'Haene, 2nd for Dauwalter
François d'Haene won the 18th edition of the UTMB® early this afternoon, after 20 hours and 45 minutes of racing. He becomes the first athlete to win a fourth title on the event's flagship race (following victories in 2012, 2014 and 2017), just six weeks after winning and setting a new record on the American Hardrock race, held at an altitude of more than 3000 metres.
Press Release 10: Chamonix, 28 August 2021
At the end of a spectacular race, François D’Haene claims victory and becomes the most successful runner of the UTMB®
20:45 is the time it took François D'Haene to win the UTMB® 2021. Starting off with the favourites, he broke away during the night to take the lead with the American Jim Walmsley, who ended up retiring after Courmayeur. With 170km and a 10,000 metre-climb, the race was very physically demanding, taking its toll on the runners, with the retirement of a good part of the favourites in Italy.
Press Release 09: Chamonix, 27 August 2021
The UTMB® took his flight, and Garriver finally won on CCC®!
After two years of anticipation and preparation, trail running enthusiasts from around the world were finally back to the start line of the UTMB®, this afternoon from 05:00PM CET. After a moving tribute to the runner deceased on the TDS®, but also in the memory of Andrea Huser and Emma Rocca, two athletes who have been part of the UTMB® race in the past few years, as well as Jin Liang who was supposed to be on the start line this year, the elite athletes took off from the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié, followed by a second wave of regular runners 30 minutes later, and a third wave at 06:00PM CET.
Press Release 08: Chamonix, 26 August 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc: World trail champions claim victory in OCC
Britain's Jonathan Albon and Frenchwoman Blandine L’Hirondel – who are the reigning trail running world champions - today won the OCC in record times in ideal racing conditions. 1,200 runners set off this morning from Orsières at 8:15am for the 56km and 3500m D + challenge. The UK’s Jonathan Albon and Robbie Simpson quickly took the lead in a battle that kept followers guessing right until the end. Albon seemingly had the edge in the descents, while Scotsman Simpson – who was 2nd in Sierre Zinal just three weeks ago - took control on the flat and on the climbs.
Press Release 07: Chamonix, 25 August 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2021 continues despite tragedy on the TDS®
The TDS® - one of seven races taking place this week as part of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc – was marked by tragedy today, following the death of a runner at Passeur de Pralognan. Following the incident, some 293 runners were able to continue their race, completing the 145-kilometer (90-mile) event in Chamonix, France.
Flash info 10am: Chamonix, 25 August 2021
Flash info UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2021: Organizers confirm the tragic death of a runner on the TDS®
At 12:25am CET on Wednesday 25th August, the UTMB® Mont-Blanc Race Committee was informed that a TDS runner had a serious accident on the descent of the Passeur de Pralognan. This section of the course has been a part of many previous editions of the TDS®. There were dedicated safety and security resources present to support athletes in this part of the course.
Flash info: Chamonix, 25 August 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2021: serious accident on the TDS® and race is halted
The UTMB® Mont-Blanc organization's race headquarters has been informed of the fall of a Czech TDS® runner on the descent of the Passeur de Pralognan at km 62.3 at 00:25. The rescue team present at the top of the pass intervened on the spot immediately after the fall. The intervention was completed by a helicopter rescue.
Press Release 06: Chamonix, 23 August 2021
Adventurer Mike Horn kicks off the festivities in the most beautiful way possible, as the MCC and the PTL® get underway
After two years of waiting and preparation, the UTMB® Mont-Blanc organization is thrilled to meet the runners once again and to celebrate a shared passion for trail running to mark the start of the 18th edition of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc. On today’s program: the start of the PTL® and the MCC.
Press Release 05: Chamonix, 19 August 2021
Follow the transformative adventures of UTMB® Mont-Blanc
From 23 to 29 August, an exceptional scope of coverage will be set up to allow fans from all over the world to follow the best moments of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Fans can expect a unique insight into the race, including the introduction and follow-up on the favorite athletes; live race coverage; achievements of all the runners; the best moments of each of the races; the most beautiful landscapes around Mont-Blanc; a behind the scenes look and anecdotes of this extraordinary organization; interviews with the heroes and much more.
Press Release 04: Chamonix, 23 July 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc: 30 days to go for the start of the 18th edition!
Good news, the UTMB® Mont-Blanc will take place this year. The event is scheduled to run from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th August and will gather 10,000 runners with strict health measures in place. The sanitary health pass, staggered starts, elite runners, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming edition.
Press Release 03: Chamonix, 6 May 2021
UTMB Group and The IRONMAN Group partner to launch the ground-breaking UTMB® World Series
UTMB Group – a major player in trail running which has led the sport’s development for the last 18 years – has joined forces with The IRONMAN Group to boost the sport’s international development and, together, will launch the world’s ultimate trail-running circuit: the UTMB® World Series.
Press Release 02: Chamonix, 26 February 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc: registration update
Registrations for the 2021 edition of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc are now closed, marking the end of an extended registration period. Due to the exceptional situation in 2020, registration took place over several stages, giving runners the best possible chance to gain entry.
Press Release 01: Chamonix, 7 January 2021
UTMB® Mont-Blanc: registration is open
Everything’s ready for the 18th edition of the UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Registration will open in January, and will take place over 3 phases. This is the moment where runners and organization start preparing for the new edition of the event. After the cancellation of the 2020 UTMB® Mont-Blanc, the whole community hopes to return to the sporting event in August.