Explore the Origins of UTMB: The ‘Pinnacle’ of Trail Running Races

The latest video from shoe company HOKA makes no secret of its appreciation for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). Learn how this famous route was born.

The UTMB is “widely regarded as the pinnacle trail running race in the world,” this new video from HOKA says. The shoe company has produced a short documentary exploring the origins of the 106-mile race through the Alps.

With an elevation gain of more than 32,800 feet, the UTMB traverses France, Italy, and Switzerland. Learn how this now-famous trail’s authors — Michel and Catherine Poletti — created it.

Runtime: 10 minutes

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.

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