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TO RUN THIS YEAR’S ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONTBLANC YOU NEEDED TO COVER 170K, WITH A GRUELLING 10,000M OF ASCENT, WITHIN 46 HOURS. WITH TEMPERATURES OF -10˚C AT THE HIGHEST POINTS, RUNNERS HAD TO ASK THEMSELVES: “CAN I CONQUER THIS ULTIMATE TRAIL CHALLENGE?”

Mont Blanc is the highest peak in western Europe. The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is a 105-mile route that winds itself around the massif, starting and finishing in picturesque French ski resort, Chamonix.

If you’ve never been to the event, it’s difficult to imagine what the atmosphere is like. Friends of mine have done the race, so I knew its background. Travelling with the Hoka ONE ONE team (hokaoneone.com), who had many runners challenging for top places, I knew the chance to follow such an iconic race through the night would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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