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Chamonix

Jul 13, 2015

Mani wins silver at IFSC Lead Paraclimbing Cup

TOJ Athlete Manikandan Kumar aka Mani won silver at the 2015 IFSC Paraclimbing Cup (Lead) in Chamonix last Saturday.

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Supriya Vohra

On a medal winning spree in the international arena, Bangalore-based (south India) climber Manikandan Kumar came 2nd at the 2015 International Federation for Sport Climbing (IFSC) Paraclimbing Cup (Lead) in Chamonix, France last Saturday.

The TOJ athlete finished with 33+ points clinching silver in the Men Neurological Physical Disability A category. Mathieu Besnard of France won gold and Dave Bowes of Great Britain won bronze.

“It was an incredible competition and my finals were witnessed by more than two thousand people during the finals and my performance was highly appreciated by all of them and the atmosphere at the competition was just incredible,” an excited Mani told The Outdoor Journal over email.

His Facebook feed was flooded with messages of congratulations from friends and peers. “I would like to dedicate this silver medal victory for everyone involved in sponsoring me and supporting me right through my career, which allowed me to win more and more medals for my country and to all the people back home and for climbing community in India,” he wrote in a Facebook post just after the win.

Earlier this year, he clinched gold at the Lead Paraclimbing World Cup at Imst, Austria. This is second medal in a row this year and his eighth medal in the last four years.

Read more about Manikandan here.

Feature Image: Manikandan Kumar (second from left)

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Chamonix

Oct 11, 2018

Registration for Marathon du Mont-Blanc is About to Open.

News from Chamonix: With regards to scenery, there might not be another sporting event like it, with regards to challenges, the same could be said of the 90km race with 6220 meters of vertical.

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The Outdoor Journal

Fortunately, there is a distance to suit every level of runner, with 8 races over 3 days of competition. From the 24 hour race around the valley of Chamonix Mont-Blanc, at an average altitude above the 2000m mark, to shorter distances such as the 42km, 23km, 10km, and even races for children. There’s no excuse to miss out on experiencing this beautiful part of the world.

In 2018 the event saw 10,500 registrations and 300 elite athletes, with 80 countries represented. The race also attracted 47.4 million viewers in France, and over 30,000 people actually attended the event in the valley of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. It’s fair to say that this is a big occasion.

THE RACES

The below information was provided by Marathon du Mont-Blanc

The Mont-Blanc 90km race: One of the most technical ultra trail races and also one of the most demanding in its category with narrow, sometimes exposes paths, snowy sections, and an average altitude above the 2000m mark.

Vertical : 6220 m +/-
Maximum time: 24 hours
Number of runners : 1 000 max

The Mont-Blanc 42km race: A marathon distance at it’s origins, it is a 2730m vertical trail which is rolling in the first part of the course until Vallorcine, but very technical in the second half with the mythical passage of the Aiguillette des Posettes.

Vertical : 2 730m + / 1 700 m –
Maximum time : 9 hours
Number of runners : 2 300 max

The Mont-Blanc 23km race: The course remains practically unchanged since 1979 ! This race is a benchmark for the evolution of trail running in regards to sport performances and the diversity of it’s participants.

Vertical : 1680m + / 870m –
Maximum time : 6 hours
Number of runners : 2 000 max

The Mont-Blanc Duo étoilé 17km race: Discover the unique ambiance of a night race where team spirit and sharing are key.

Vertical : 1300m +/-
Number of teams : 500 max

The Mont-Blanc 10km race:This 10km race, a port of entry for the other Mont-Blanc marathon races, accessible to all. It is the opportunity to run as a family, amongst friends, and for the pure pleasure of participating in a festive race in the forest on the cross-country ski trails without technical difficulties.

Vertical : 325m + / 325m –
Number of runners : 2 000 max

The Mont-Blanc Vertical Kilometer: With it’s 3.8km it is the shortest race format of the weekend, but you still have to climb 1000m along a single track path, craftily placed beneath the Planpraz cable car.

Vertical : 1000m +

Pre-registration for the 3 longer races, 90k, 42k, 23k races from Monday 15th October at 9:00 am to midnight on Sunday 4th November 2018. It’s not first come, first served, but if more people that the maximum quota apply, then a ballot is organized. With the results of that ballot announced on Thursday 8th November.

For more information, visit http://www.montblancmarathon.net

Cover Photo: Gaestan Haugeard

 

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