France’s Marathon du Mont-Blanc Elite Athlete Preview

Announcement from the Golden Trail World Series. GTWS sponsor Salomon is a long-time American Trail Running Association member.

Race day is June 26th 2022, start time 7:30 am, 42 Km, 2,540 meters of elevation gain.

Chamonix’s Marathon du Mont-Blanc has been a faithful stage in the Golden Trail World Series since its creation, check out this year’s new finish line & the incredible 2022 start list.

It’s a legendary race in a legendary valley! From the top of its 4,810 meters the majestic Mont Blanc is watching over its marathon. Since the Golden Trail Series’ creation in 2018, the Chamonix based race has always played an integral part in the circuit’s soul. Its race route, buzzing atmosphere and athletes’ line-up are all reunited at the heart of the French Alps to make this challenge one of the greatest shows in trail running.

With this in mind, the Marathon du Mont Blanc is unveiling a couple of new thrills for 2022: the finish line will be in the centre of Chamonix, and there’ll be a fan zone – where there will be numerous Salomon, Golden Trail Series and Sidas goodies – organized 500 meters before reaching the Le Tour aid station at kilometer 13, to crank up the buzz for the runners and supporters. As for the impressive line-up of the world’s best athletes, the Marathon du Mont-Blanc holds its ground. Some of them were at Zegama and are here to grab some precious points, others are here kicking off their season and therefore have fresh legs on their side. Who’ll be the ones to come out on top?

Times to Beat

Men’s Record: New course route – Previous winner: Stian Angermund in 3:18:08
Women’s Record: New course route – Previous winner: Maude Mathys in 3:51:04

Find all the race route’s specifications done by Suunto on YouTube below:

Discover who the favorites are for the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, the GTWS 2022’s 2nd stage.

Women’s Race

The women’s impressive field for the Marathon Mont Blanc’s 2022 edition promises a magnificent show! Anais Sabrié (Team Sidas Matryx, France), second place at the 2021 race and third at the GTWS 2021 overall ranking, is obviously hoping to shine with Maude Mathys and Nienke Brinkman not racing. But the French girl should keep a watchful eye on Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain) supercharged after her incredible third place at Zegama. The Spaniard is very well positioned in the overall ranking thanks to this result and is counting on making the most of the two top rivals not being there to bank some precious points. That said, they need to look out for Fabiola Conti (Team Salomon, Italy), 5that Zegama at the beginning of this season, as well as Sheila Avilés (Team Adidas Terrex, Spain) 5th at Zegama in 2017, winner of the Skyrunner World Series in 2019 and more recently winner of the MIUT 60 in April last year. But the list doesn’t stop there: there are many women from the top 10 in Zegama such as Theres Leboeuf (Switzerland) 7th in Spain, Oihana Kortazar (Team Salomon, Spain), 8th, Marcela Vasinova (Team Salomon, Czech Republic), 9th, and Caitlin Fielder (Team Salomon, New Zealand) who finished the Basque race in 10th place hand-in-hand with Courtney Dauwalter. Other women to watch are Henriette Albon (Team Arc’Teryx, Norway), 13th at Zegama and Dani Moreno (Team Hoka One One/Rabbit, USA), 5th at the GTWS 2021.

Golden Trail World Series | Marathon du Mont Blanc | Photo by Jsaragossa

Men’s Race

In the men’s field, there’s no doubt that Davide Magnini (Team Salomon, Italy) is the big favorite after his incredible race at Zegama where he finished second after holding his own against Kilian Jornet; he is also the only competitor who can claim to have already won the race (in 2019), but he has serious competition at the front of the pack with Jonathan Albon (Team The North Face, UK). The skyrunning and obstacle race specialist, and Trail Running World Champion in 2019 enters the Golden Trail World Series at the Mont-Blanc Marathon. Petro Mamu (Team Scarpa, Eritrea), former Sierre-Zinal winner and who often shines on Alpine trails, will also be someone to watch very closely. Elhousine Elazzaoui (Team Pini Mountain Racing, Morocco) will be aiming higher than his very impressive fourth place at Zegama at the start of the season, but he will most certainly find Robert Pkenboi Matayango (Team SkyRunners, Kenya) hot on his heels, 5th at Zegama. Also, Thibaut Baronian (Team Salomon, France), Rémi Bonnet (Team Salomon/Redbull, Switzerland), Nadir Maguet (Team La Sportiva, Italy), and Frédéric Tranchand (Team Scott, France): all these runners having finished in this order in the top 10 at Zegama, the first race of the season.

The Marathon du Mont-Blanc always puts on an exciting show, both with the women and men, but with such a top-rate field and the arrival of fresh new runners in the GTWS, you will not be disappointed! See you in Chamonix on 26th June at 7:30 am to follow it up close!

Follow the stories LIVE during the race on the Golden Trail Series Instagram page, as well as the live stream on the Golden Trail Series Facebook page, on Golden Trail TV or at www.goldentrailseries.com

Golden Trail World Series | Marathon du Mont Blanc | Photo by Jsaragossa

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The Golden Trail World Series stands out as the most stunning trail running show in the world! This circuit takes place on the most beautiful trail races across the world while respecting unique values like parity, equity, transparency, and honesty. The races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events in this sport today. The Series aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring nature and environments where we play and compete, and to acknowledge the amazing, passionate fans as an essential ingredient in the sport. Each of the six races in the Series has been specifically selected because of the scenery, challenges, history, and atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and the public. These are the races that every runner wants to experience and some of the first written on any runner’s bucket list.

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