Created in 2006, the CCC® – Courmayeur, Champex, Chamonix – is the little sister of the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, a shorter race that is open to more participants. This magnificent course is just as prestigious as its big brother.
The race begins in the town of Courmayeur in Italy. Each year, around 2,000 runners attempt the 101-kilometre (62.7 mi) course which has 6,100 metres (20,013 ft) of elevation gain. The route heads from Italy to Switzerland and finishes in Chamonix in France. At 4,180 metres (13,713 ft), Western Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, features regularly on the horizon.
This is an unforgettable running route that showcases some of the region’s highest mountains. The alpine landscapes are beautiful and diverse as you cross three countries in three days. Far from the grind of daily routine, you return back to basics: run, eat, run, eat, sleep. It’s a unique experience.
This three-day Collection is made for trail runners who are on top form. You run between 30 and 40 kilometres (18.6 and 24.8 mi) with over 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) of elevation gain each day. It’s not easy, but it’s achievable if you’re in good shape.
Before leaving, pay attention to the weather and make sure you bring enough warm clothes, water, food and your passport! If in doubt, there is a list of mandatory equipment for the race on the UTMB website. Even though there are many villages along the way, bear in mind that you run through high mountains. Some passages are over 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) high and the weather can change quickly at altitude.
An hour’s drive from Geneva International Airport, Chamonix is easily accessible. There are several bus options and airport transfers. Buses run regularly through the Mont Blanc tunnel from Chamonix to the starting point in Courmayeur. It’s a bit more complicated if you’re travelling from the Italian side, but Turin and Milan have bus and rail connections to the region.
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Last updated: April 29, 2023
The first day of this Collection is the longest, almost a marathon, with 40 kilometers and around 2,500 meters of elevation gain. I advise you to start early and run slowly with several breaks. You have more than a hundred kilometers to cover in total!
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