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Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2013: pre-registration online tomorrow

18.12.2012 by Planetmountain

Pre-registration for the The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2013 is available online from 19 December 2012 to 8 January.

UTMB, CCC, TDS, PTL... what might seem like a bunch of nonsensical letters are in fact important acronyms for thousands and thousands of runners who flock to the foot of Mont Blanc each summer to take part in what has become a true mountain race cult: The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and its various other competitions.

The event draws so many runners that a few years ago the organisers were forced to limit the number of participants, and while 6000 ran beneath the pouring rain last year, in truth over 10,000 had asked to take part. Things are likely to be similar for the 2013 edition and pre-registration, which can only be done online, begins tomorrow. The closing date is 8 January 2013 but seeing how things turned out in the past, it’s clear that the race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc begins in less than 24 hours…

Pre-registration online: www.ultratrailmb.com

26 August – 1 September 2013
UTMB® [Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®] 3 countries - 166 km and 9600m positive altitude change. Max 46 hours - race limited to 2300 runners.
CCC® [Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix]: 3 countries - 100 km and 5950m positive altitude change. Max 26 hours - race limited to 1900 runners.
TDS® [sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie]: 119 km e 7250m positive altitude change. Max 33 hours - race limited to 1500 runners.
PTL® [la Petite Trotte à Léon]: 3 countries - 300 km and 24000m positive altitude change. Max 136 hours. A non-stop raid for 80 teams.

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