The UTMB series is coming to the Côte d’Azur next month and registration for two of the ultramarathon events are still open.
After a successful first edition in 2022, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Nice Côte d’Azur returns on 28th September as part of the UTMB World Series Finals.
What is UTMB?
The first UTMB event was held in 2003 and followed the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc. The 171-kilometre event, which includes a total elevation gain of over 10,000 metres, is considered one of the most competitive ultramarathon trails in the world.
The event has since expanded into a World Series, with competitions across the world. For the UMTB, one of the most challenging footraces in the world, entry is strict and many of those who start the race fail to finish.
Ultra Trail Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur – 100M
Registration is still open for two events. The Ultra Trail Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur – 100M begins in Auron on Friday 29th September and is a 102.5-mile trail, which will lead participants from the Mercantour to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Participants will quickly reach 2,650 metres above sea level before gradually descending as they approach the Riviera. It will cost €230 to sign up for the event, which participants have just 48 hours to complete.
Roubion – Nice 100K
It is also still possible to get involved in the Roubion – Nice 100K – a 115-kilometre route beginning in Roubion on Saturday 30th September. This route is shorter than the Ultra Trail Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur – 100M, but there is less time allotted to complete it. Participants must reach the Promenade des Anglais in just 29 hours.
This route, which entails over 4,800 metres of climbing, takes participants from the Mercantour village of Roubion through the Niçois hinterland and onto the Promenade des Anglais, all the while offering spectacular views of the Côte d’Azur region. The entry fee for the event is €165.
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