D’Haene and Dauwalter Triumph at UTMB 2021

Francois D’Haene

Last weekend saw D’Haene and Dauwalter Triumph at UTMB 2021.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race, one of 7 events throughout the week is around 171 km and with about 10,000 meters elevation gain. Starting from Chamonix the race course follows the Tour du Mont Blanc, a long distance hiking trail that circumnavigates the Mont Blanc Massif passing through 3 countries, France, Switzerland and Italy finishing back in Chamonix. Cut-off time is 46 hrs 30 mins. The 2021 UTMB saw 2347 starters leave Chamonix.

The Ultra Trail Mont du Blanc events:

  • UTMB: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (171 km +10,000 m)
  • CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,000 m)
  • TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (121 km +7,000 m)
  • OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (53 km +3,000 m)
  • PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +30,000 m)
Courtney Dauwalter

Courtney Dauwalter photo courtesy IrunFar.com

  • UTMB: Francois D’Haene crossed the finish line in 20:45:59. Dunand-Pallaz took second spot with 20:58:31 and Mathieu Blanchard finished third in 21:12.43 completing a men’s podium sweep for France. The women were led by Courtney Dauwalter (USA) who took 7 minutes off Rory Bosio’s 2013 record finishing in seventh place overall with 22:30:54.
  • CCC: The 101km Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC) – was won by Thibaut Garrivier of France, who broke the course record, and Marta Molist Codina of Spain finished in 12:50:48.
  • TDS: Erik-Sebastian Krogvig (NOR) was first across the finish line in 18:49:58 and Manon Bohard (FRA) finished in 23:11:14.
  • OCC: A great win for Jonathan Albon (GBR) in 5:02:57 and Blandine L’Hirondel (FRA) won the women’s race in 5:45:08.
  • PTL: Petite Trotte à Léon is a non-competitive team event made of two or three members. The course changes every year and this year was won by Candide and Jules-Henri Gabioud in 100:39:49.


UTMB Top Finishers 2021

Pos Name Ctry. Time
1 Courtney Dauwalter USA 22:30:54
2 Camille Bruyas FRA 24:09:42
3 Mimmi Kotka SWE 25:08:29
1 Francois D’Haene FRA 20:45:59
2 Aurelien Dunand-Pallaz FRA 20:58:31
3 Mathieu Blanchard FRA 21:12:43

Full Results on the UTMB website.

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Western States 100 2021

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In the womens race eight of 2019’s top-10 return including 2019 winner Clare Gallagher who finished in the second-fastest time in the event’s history and Brittany Peterson finished just 10 minutes behind.

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Checkout the race website, Western States Endurance Run
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The danger – and beauty – of ultrarunning podcast

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Today in Focus podcast
The danger – and beauty – of ultrarunning

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Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Adharanand Finn and Will Ford;
Today in Focus podcast – The danger – and beauty – of ultrarunning

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Matthew Pellow

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Ruth Croft winning the UTA50


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Vlad Shatrov

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