Last update : 04 october 2023

The races of Mont-Blanc Marathon are organized by the Club des Sports de Chamonix (99 avenue de la plage/ 74400 Chamonix/ tel : 00334 50 53 11 57) with the help of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Marathon association. These rules and regulations apply to the following events: 90km du Mont-Blanc, 42km du Mont-Blanc, 23km du Mont-Blanc, KM Vertical du Mont-Blanc, Duo étoilé, Young Race Marathon,10km du Mont-Blanc and Mini Cross du Mont-Blanc (800m to 3km reserved for children, depending on their age category). It has been written following the recommendations of the FFA (French Athletic Federation) regarding off stadium races, you have acces to it right here

Race Presentation

For the 2023 Mont-Blanc Marathon, the organisation has decided to use the distances and vertical gain/lost estimated by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA, association of which it’s a member), for the Mont-Blanc 90km, 42km and 23km. The race distances and vertical gains are on the event website (marathonmontblanc.fr), in the “races” rubric. GPX files can be downloaded. The organisation also insists on the fact that, according to the software used and the adjustments, the gpx files may have very different results.

The International Trail Running Association explains, on its website,the method of certifying a route.

Please note, within the framework of the sanitary measures which will be imposed at the time of the event, modifications may be made to the refreshments, compulsory equipment, the awarding of prizes, the delivery of bibs or any other section of the regulations.

MONT-BLANC 90KM

  • Trail in semi autonomy which includes 5 full refreshment stations and 3 light refreshment stations.
  • A route with a distance of 92 km and a vertical gain of 6330m (reference : ITRA). One fallback path :  in case of very bad weather conditions preventing rescue helicopter (78km and about 5000 of vertical gain).
  • Open for the ‘Espoir’ category and upward.
  • Limited to 1000 runners.
  • Maximum time : 25 hours
  • Route is predominantly on technical mountain paths situated between 1500m and 2500m in altitude, with a finish in Chamonix.
  • Start in 2 waves every 10 minutes on Friday June 23rd, 2023 from 4:00 to 4:00am.
  • Advised minimum performance index: 450.

MONT-BLANC 42KM

  • Trail race in semi-autonomy which includes 3 full refreshment stations
  • Distance of 42km coupled with a positive vertical gain and drop of 2540m
  • Open from the ‘Espoir’ category and upward
  • Limited to 2300 runners
  • Maximum time : 10 hours
  • Race is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude with a finish in Chamonix town.
  • Departure with several waves
  •  Start in 4 waves every 10 minutes on Sunday 25th June, 2023 from 7:30 to 8:00am
  • Advised minimum performance index : 350

MONT-BLANC 23KM

  • Short trail which includes 2 full refreshment stations.
  • Distance of 23km with a vertical gain of 1680m, and a 870m vertical drop.
  • Open from the ‘Espoir’ category and upward
  • Limited to 2000 runners
  • Departure with several waves
  • Maximum time : 6 hours
  • Route is on mountain trails between 1000m and 2000m in altitude with a finish at 2000m.
  • Start in 4 waves every 10 minutes on Saturday 24th June, 2023 from 8:00 to 8:30am.
  • Advised minimum performance index: 270

DUO ETOILE

  • Discovery Trail which includes two full refreshment points.
  • Distance of 20km with a positive and negative vertical gain of 1500m.
  • Open from ‘Junior’ category and upward.
  • Maximum time : 6:30 hours
  • Start on Saturday 24th June, 2023 at 7:30 pm place du triangle de l’amitié in Chamonix.

MONT-BLANC 10KM

  • Discovery trail, with no refreshment station on the route (only one at the arrival)
  • 10km distance on the cross-country ski trails
  • Open from the ‘Cadet’ category and upward
  • Start in 4 waves every 5 miunutes on Saturday 24th June, 2023 from 10:30 to 10:45am.

YOUNG RACE MARATHON

  • Discovery trail.
  • Distance of 15km with 810m of vertical gain and 1160m of vertical drop on the end of the route of Mont Blanc 42km.
  • Open from ‘Junior’ and ‘Espoir’ categories.
  • Start on Sunday 25th June, 2023 at 10:30am from Montroc village.

MONT-BLANC VERTICAL KM

  • Race organized as a time-trial
  • 3.8km distance with a 1000m vertical gain
  • Open from the ‘Junior’ category and upward
  • Alpine route, end of the course exposed like a via Ferrata (steps, cables, scrambling..) finish at 2000m
  • Start on Friday 23rd of June, 2023 at 5:00pm. In case of bad weather, the Vertical KM may be postponed to Saturday, 24th June, 2023.

MONT-BLANC MINI CROSS

  • Non-timed races, no rankings based on speed
  • Distances between 800m and 3km for children (categories from athletics school to ‘minimes’), taking place in the Bois du Bouchet
  • Start on Saturday 25th June, 2023 at 2:30pm.33

Registration for the 2023 Marathon du Mont-Blanc will be organised in 3 phases :

  • Runners with a priority on the 90km du Mont Blanc due to the postponement of the 2022 race : registrations from Monday 10th of October 2022 at 9.00 am to Sunday 16th of October 2022 at 11.59 pm. Runners initially registered for the 2022 edition of the 90km du Mont-Blanc (cancelled due to the dangerous weather) and who picked up their bib in June will be able to re-register for the 2023 90km du Mont-Blanc without having to go through the draw. An email explaining the procedure will be sent to them on Monday 10th of October 2022 from 10am.

  • Draw for the 23km, 42km and 90km du Mont-Blanc : the runners who want to participate in the 90km, 42km or 23km du Mont-Blanc will be able to register freely for the draw from Monday 17th October at 10.00am to Thursday 3rd November at 4.00 pm. Registration for the draw will be possible only for one of the 3 races, in group or individually (same result for all the member of the group). The results of the draw will be announced between 7th and 9th of November. The runners selected at the draw will have until Monday 21th November at 11.59pm to finalise their registration to confirm their payment (a special procedure will be sent by email).

  • For all the race not submitted to the draw (Duo Etoilé, 10km du Mont-Blanc, Vertical Kilometer, Young Race Marathon and Mini-cross) : registration from Thursday 10th November at 10.00 am. They will be possible without going through the draw and while spots last.

Reminder, registration priority is not transmittable to another person. It is only valid  on the same race as 2022 and only for the 2023 edition of Mont Blanc Marathon. 

Registration exclusively on the internet with secure payment by credit card.1

Enrolment exclusively available on the Internet and secured payment by banker’s card. Engagement fees include all the services described in the present regulations.

Periods42 km90 kmKmV23 kmYRMDuo Etoilé10 kmMini Cross
Priority runners125€FREE
From 10/11/2022 to 30/04/202375€135€35€45€30€80€/team25€FREE
From 01/05/2023 to 23/06/202375€135€40€45€30€80€/team30€FREE

The races are open to license holders and non-license holders of all nationalities, whose age corresponds to the category/distance criteria of the FFA (French Athletics Federation). 

Participation conditions :

Each competitor must be in possession of individual accident insurance covering search and rescue costs in France and Switzerland (90km). Such insurance can be taken out with Assur-Connect, for a period of one, two, seven days or one year. SEE MORE

Rescues by helicopter in Switzerland are chargeable, as are rescues carried out in France by a private helicopter. The choice of rescue depends exclusively on the organization, which will systematically prioritize the safety of the runners.
It is up to each runner to check that their insurance covers these terms.

The Mont-Blanc Marathon organization is not authorized to inform you about your coverage.

Runners in possession of a valid FFA license or Pass J’aime Courir and who have chosen the Bodily accident guarantee option when taking out their license or pass are automatically covered by the insurance of the French Federation of Athletics.

Any commitment is firm and final. It implies full acceptance of the rules.

2023 age category :

  • U10 Eveil Athlé : 7 to 9 years old / 2014-2016
  • U12 Poussins : 10 to 11 years old / 2012-2013
  • U14 Benjamins : 12 à 13 years old / 2010-2011
  • U16 Minimes : 14 à 15 years old / 2008-2009
  • U18 Cadets : 16 à 17 years old / 2006-2007
  • U20 Juniors : 18 à 19 years old / 2004-2005
  • U23 Espoirs : 20-21-22 years old / 2001-2003
  • Seniors : 23 à 34 years old / 1989-2000
  • Masters : 35 years old and older / 1988 and before

Masters :

  • M0 : 1988-1984
  • M1 : 1983-1979
  • M2 : 1978-1974
  • M3 : 1973-1969
  • M4 : 1968-1964
  • M5 : 1963-1959
  • M6 : 1958-1954
  • M7 : 1953-1949
  • M8 : 1948-1944
  • M9 : 1943-1939
  • M10 : 1938 and before

All registrations must be accompanied by one of the following to be considered valid:

  • an Athlé Compétition, Athlé Entreprise, Athlé Running license issued by the FFA or a “Jaime Courir Pass” issued by the FFA and completed by the doctor, valid on the date of the event. (Please note: other licenses issued by the FFA (Health, Supervision and Discovery are not accepted).
  • or a sports license, valid on the date of the event, on which must appear, by all means, the non-contraindication to the practice of competitive sport, competitive athletics or racing on foot in competition and issued by one of the following federations:
    Federation of Defense Clubs (FCD), French Federation of Adapted Sport (FFSA), French Handisport Federation (FFH), National Police Sports Federation (FSPN), ASPTT Sports Federation, French Sports and Cultural Federation (FSCF) , Federation sportive et gymnique du travail (FSGT), French Union of secular works of physical education (UFOLEP);
  • or, for adults, a medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of competitive sport or competitive athletics or competitive running, dated less than one year from the date of the competition, or its copy. No other document can be accepted to attest to the possession of the medical certificate. This certificate must be written in French, dated, signed and allow the authentication of the doctor, whether or not the latter is established on national territory. If it is not written in French, a French translation must be provided.
  • or, for minors: the athlete and the persons exercising parental authority jointly fill in a questionnaire relating to his state of health, the content of which is specified by joint order of the minister responsible for health and the minister responsible for sports. The persons exercising parental authority over the minor athlete certify to the federation that each of the sections of the questionnaire gives rise to a negative response. Failing this, they are required to produce a medical certificate attesting to the absence of any contraindication to the practice of the sport or the discipline concerned, dating from less than six months.

One of these documents must be uploaded by you to your registration profile, any document sent by email or post will not be taken into account.

Foreign participants are required to provide a medical certificate stating there are no counter-indications of why the person cannot participate in athletics or running competitions, even if they hold a competition license issued by a federation affiliated with the IAAF. This certificate must be translated into French, dated, signed and stamped authentically by the doctor, even if not common practice on national territory. If it is not written in French it be must be translated. 

You can upload a model of a medical certificat here : MODEL MEDICAL CERTIFICAT

For the Duo Etoilé, Mont-Blanc 90km, 42km, and 23km, the photocopy of the licence or medical certificate must be submitted to the organization before March 15th 2023. By default the registration will be cancelled and not reimbursed.
No reminder will be sent to you, it is your responsibility to complete and check the status of your registration on your runner’s profile.

For the other races (10km, KMV, Young race marathon) the photocopy of the licence or medical certificate must be upload on your registration profile in the month following your registration or at least 10 days before the race. If not the runner won’t be able to pick up their bib at the race bib distribution and won’t be able to take the start of the race.

When registering each runner commits personally to the following:

  • I declare that I have read and agree to the race rules and ethics (available on montblancmarathon.fr)
  • I understand and accept the participation conditions found in the rules and regulations.
  • I agree to comply with the regulations in all respects
  • I declare to have my own individual accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue in France and Switzerland.
  • I declare myself informed about the medical counter-indications that could relate to me and therefore relieve the organization of any medical problems that may arise during the event due to negligence on my behalf.
  • I declare to satisfied the obligation of medical consultation before the race, materialize by the medical certificate of no counter-indication of running practice, to be informed about the medical counter-indication who could concern my self and in consequences I discharge the organisation of all medical problem could be happen during the race. 
  • I accepted to be submitted to controls randomly or systematically throughout the course and all the decisions that may be taken against me. 

All entries are personal, firm and final, and cannot be reimbursed for any reason whatsoever.

Every commitment is personal. No bib exchange is allowed with a third party for any reason. Any person selling or giving his race bib to another runner will be guilty in case of accident in which this person would be involved. Anyone with a bib acquired in breach of these regulations will be disqualified without any possible refund. The runner caught red bib resaling, his registration will be canceled without any refund.

The race bib must be visible during the entire race. The organisation accepts no liability in case of accident in this type of situation.

Registration exclusively on the internet with secure payment by credit card.
Registrations for the 42km, 23km and 90km of Mont-Blanc will take place by draw.

  • Registrations for the 90km, 42km and 23km Mont-Blanc draws will take place from 16th October, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. to 3rd November, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. If the number of pre-registered for a race is greater than the maximum number of runners possible, a draw is organized.
  • The announcement of the results will take place between 7th and 9th of November 2022.
  • The runners selected in the draw will receive an email informing them of the result and specifying the finalization of the registration procedure (payment, additional information, etc.). They will have until Monday 21th November, 2022 at midnight to finalize their registration. After this date, they will no longer be able to benefit from the positive result of the draw.
  • Runners wishing to pre-register will have to choose one of the three races: 90km, 42km or 23km. They will not be able to participate in the draw for the three races.

Group / couple registration

It is possible to pre-register as a group (minimum 2 people, maximum 10 people per group on the same race only, with your spouse, your running companions, etc.). The only advantage of group registration is to have the same result in the draw for all members of the group, positive or negative.
The probability of being drawn is the same for all runners, whether they are pre-registered individually or in a group. To do this, each member of the group must fill in the information “group code” in his registration form. . The code must be created by the first member of the group to register and then transmitted by himself to the other members of the group, it will then be up to the group leader to know who makes up his group.

Be very careful when entering the group code, because in the event of a code error, the members of the group will not be combined under the same group.We recommend that you do not put spaces or special characters in the name of the group. group.Recommended group code example: MBM189

For participants who wish, a “cancellation” insurance is offered when registering to one of the Mont Blanc Marathon races on the registration platform, the policy of which can be viewed via this link. This option must be subscribed before the validation of the order. This option allows the participant -under certain conditions established by the insurer chosen by the organizer- to be reimbursed for the registration fees paid.

If the runner has not taken out cancellation insurance he will not be able to request any reimbursement from the organization.

Changing to another race is possible if there are spots available in the requested race, only to change :

  • From the 90km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the 42km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the 23km to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From Duo Etoilé (only for one member of the team in case of injury to his partner) to the Vertical KM or to the 10km.
  • From the Vertical KM to 10km

To request a change please inform the organizers in writing before the April 30th, 2023 so that they may add an additional race bib to the appropriate race. No reimbursements will be made.

Any requests to change from one race to another must be made by the runner in question (by mail). Requests made by anyone other than the registered participant are not permitted. 

Before April 30: It will be possible to replace a runner in a team. For this the runner who wishes to be replaced must send an email to the organization notifying their wish and including all the information relating to the person who will replace them. Only one change per team possible. Following this change we do not guarantee to be able to provide a t-shirt corresponding to the size requested by the replacement. We will not make any refunds, the runners must arrange between themselves.
After April 30: No runner replacement can be made within a team.
All registrations are personal, firm and final, and cannot be refunded for any reason whatsoever.

All commitments are personal. After April 30, 2023, no transfer of registration is authorized for any reason whatsoever on the Duo Etoilé. Anyone returning their bib to a third party will be held responsible in the event of an accident occurring or caused by the latter during the event.

Anyone with a bib acquired in violation of these rules will automatically disqualify the pair without refund. The runner caught in the act of reselling their bib will see their registration and that of their partner canceled without refund.

The bib must be fully legible during the race. The organization declines all responsibility in the event of an accident in this type of situation.

Before the race

In cases of force majeure (red or orange weather alerts) preventing competition running, natural disasters (earthquakes, storms), or major political events (revolution, war, terrorist attacks) except pandemic forcing organization to cancel the event, 60% of the cashed registration fee will be reimbursed. 

Not reimbursed:  Donations to the associations, cancellation insurance, subscription to RunMotion Coach, carbon compensation and bank fees.

This refund will be made by crediting your credit card.

During the race

In case of force majeur the organization can stop the race. In this case the runner arriving at a refreshment station or control check-point must follow the instructions given by the volunteers and will be required to comply with them. No refund will be made.

In cases of force majeure (weather (red or orange alerts) preventing competition running, natural disasters (earthquakes, storms), or major political events (revolution, war, terrorist attacks) except pandemic forcing the organization to report the event, 60% of the cashed registration fee will be reimbursed.

Not reimbursed: Donations to the associations, cancellation insurance, subscription to RunMotion Coach, carbon compensation and bank fees.

To benefit from this refund, you must make a request by email to the organization before July 15, 2023.

This refund will be made by crediting your credit card within two months of your request.

Cancellation insurance :

All participants in one of the Mont Blanc Marathon races can take out cancellation insurance when registering, as set out in the “Cancellation of registration” article of these regulations.

This “cancellation” insurance is offered when registering for one of the Mont-Blanc Marathon races on the registration platform, the policy of which can be consulted via this link. This option must be subscribed before the validation of the order. This option allows the participant, under certain conditions established by the insurer chosen by the organizer, to be reimbursed for the registration fees paid.

If the runner has not taken out cancellation insurance, he cannot request reimbursement from the organization.

Civil liability :

In accordance with the legislation in force, the Organizer has taken out insurance covering the pecuniary consequences of its civil liability, that of its employees and of all participants in the Mont-Blanc Marathon.
With regard to the civil liability of the participants, the intervention of this insurance for them is limited to the accidents which they could cause during the course of the Mont-Blanc Marathon. This guarantee will intervene in addition or in the absence of other insurance which the participants could benefit from elsewhere. Proof can be communicated to any participant on request.

Individual accident :

Each competitor must absolutely, have their own accident insurance which will cover any costs of search and rescue in France and Switzerland (90km). Such insurance can be taken out with Assur Connect by clicking here.

Helicopter-borne evacuations in Switzerland are not free of charge nor are the evacuations made in France by a private helicopter. The choice of the evacuation depends exclusively on the organisation, which will systematically prioritise the runners’ security.

Material damage:

The organizer declines all responsibility in the event of damage (theft, breakage, loss, etc.) suffered by the personal property of participants, even if the organizer provides surveillance. The participant, in his capacity as owner, expressly agrees to retain custody of such personal property during the event. This covers in particular any damage to the participant’s personal property while it is left in the runners’ bags set up during the event by the organizer. Participants will therefore not be able to take action against the organizer for any damage caused to their equipment. Taking out insurance covering these risks is the responsibility of each individual.

The unprecedented health crisis experienced in the last 2 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our activities.

The evolution of the situation in France and the latest government measures allow us to consider the organization of the 2023 Mont Blanc Marathon.

However, it is possible that health measures are back in effect at the time of the 2023 edition of the Mont-Blanc Marathon races, so runners will have to comply with them.

REMINDER OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT:

Let’s fight together against Covid-19. Let us respect barrier gestures to limit and slow down the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution.
  • Cough or sneeze in your elbow or handkerchief.
  • Blow your nose in a disposable tissue then throw it away.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Maintain a distance of at least one meter from others.
  • Greet without shaking hands and stop hugging.

    In the absence of treatment, the best protection for you and for your loved ones is, at all times, to respect barrier measures and physical distancing. In addition, wear a mask when the distance of one meter cannot be respected

The Mont-Blanc Marathon races are in semi-autonomy. Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two aid stations, not only on the food front but also that of clothing and security, being able to adapt oneself in particular to problems encountered or envisaged (bad weather, physical problems, injuries…).

Only the runners carrying a visible and duly controlled race number have access to the refreshment posts.

It is up to the runners to estimate their water and food needs between two supply points. The quantity of water imposed in the list of compulsory equipment is a minimum quantity to be provided, it is then up to each runner to estimate their needs and to stock and manage their water and food accordingly.

Two types of refreshments are offered:

Light refreshments: still water, sparkling water, energy drinks, Cola, tea, fruits.

Full refreshments : light refreshment (as above) + energy bars, crackers, salt, cheese, sausage, bread, soup (only on the 90km or in case of bad weather on the other races).

Every runner seen throwing down their litter along the route will be penalized. Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every refreshment post and must be used.

Individual assitance is tolerated 20m before and 20m after each refreshment station. Any assistance outside these areas is prohibited, as is accompanying someone in the race.

Accompanying persons are forbidden in the aid stations area.

Individual assitance is tolerated 20m before and 20m after each refreshment station. Any assistance outside these areas is prohibited, as is accompanying someone in the race.

If, based on the report of a member of the organization, the Race Jury is convinced that an athlete has left the marked course (thereby reducing the distance to be covered), has received any form of assistance to manage his pace or outside the authorized refueling zones, or has not complied with any provision of the specific regulations of the race, may be disqualified or will be subject to the penalty provided for by the specific regulations of the event under the heading “Penalization / disqualification ”.

Please note, within the framework of the health measures applicable at the time of the event, modifications may be made to the compulsory equipment imposed on the races.

The required equipment complies with specific technical and administrative rules published by the FFA.
Each runners is committed to have safety equipment placed throughout the race (before the start, during the race and in the finish area) and present whenever required by the organizer during the race. Check points may be carried out at any time during the race and the runner is obliged to cooperate with these controls cordially, non-compliance will lead to disqualification.

No cups will be given on the aid stations of Mont Blanc Marathon races.

It is up to the runners to estimate their water and food needs between two supply points. The quantity of water imposed in the list of compulsory equipment is a minimum quantity to be provided, it is then up to each runner to estimate their needs and to stock and manage their water and food accordingly.

MONT-BLANC 42KM, 23KM AND YOUNG RACE MARATHON

We would like to remind you that the Mont Blanc 42km and 23km races take place in the mountains and weather conditions could change very quickly. It is for this reason that it is necessary to carry the gear mentioned below with you so you may protect yourself from unfavorable climate conditions.

The bib will be given to the runner only if they present their mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory material :

  • Working Mobile phone.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to their size
  • Whistle
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Personnal cup

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Beanie
  • Leggings
  • Gloves
  • Straps rolls
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Small amount of money

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on Mont-Blanc 42km, Mont-Blanc 23km and on the Young Race Marathon.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way. 

DUO ETOILE

This event takes place by night on a route of predominantly technical mountain trails between 1000m and 2200m in altitude. Weather conditions can change very quickly and for this reason it is compulsory to bring the equipment noted below to protect yourself against unfavorable weather elements.

The bib will be given to the runner only if they present their mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory material :

  • Working Mobile phone.
  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to their size
  • Whistle
  • Headlamp or pectoral lamp in working order with spare batteries.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Personnal cup

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Beanie
  • Legging
  • Gloves
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Ski/walking poles are tolerated on the Duo Etoilé. 

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.

MONT-BLANC 90KM

This event takes place partially by night on a route of predominantly technical mountain trails between 1500m and 2500m in altitude. Weather conditions can change very quickly and for this reason it is compulsory to bring the equipment noted below to protect yourself against unfavorable weather elements. 

The bib will be given to the runner only if they present their mandatory equipment when removing bibs.

Mandatory equipment :

  • A reserve of at least 1 litre of water.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (gore tex type) adapted to their size.
  • Clothing hot second layer long sleeve adapted to their size.
  • Survival blanket (140cm x 200cm).
  • Whistle
  • Working mobile phone. It must work and have a subscruption adapted to the countries (France and Switzerland).
  • Headlamp or pectoral lamp with spare batteries.
  • Personnal cup.
  • ID card.
  • Personnal bowl and spoon

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Beanie
  • Legging
  • Gloves
  • Straps rolls
  • Small amount of money

Ski/walking poles are tolerated on Mont-Blanc 90km.

If you decide to use poles, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race… It is forbidden to start without sticks and recover them up along the way.

MONT-BLANC VERTICAL KM AND 10KM

Ski/walking poles are forbidden on these races.

Mandatory equipment

  • Stock of water minimum 0,50 liter. 
  • Personnal cup

Recommended material depending weather conditions :

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

For the 90km, the 42km and the 23km of Mont-Blanc, the starting SAS are made up according to the UTMB performance index of the runner one month before the race. A runner with no UTMB performance index will be affected in the last start SAS. A runner whose UTMB performance index would have changed between the time of the assignment of the SAS and the day of the race will not be able to change SAS.

For the Mont-Blanc 10km, the starting SAS will be assigned according to the time estimated by the runner to race at the time of registration. The allocation of runners in the SAS will be done one month before the date of the race.

No complaint can be made as to the assignment of the SAS to the organization, the runners by registering undertake to accept the SAS in which they will be assigned on the day of the race.

The bib must be visible during the entire race.

Please attach your race bib to the front of your t-shirt. It is not allowed to attach the race bib to your back or backpack.

Use of a bib holding belt is tolerrated. 

Bibs will be distributed by appointment only. The runner will have to choose a time slot. Outside the chosen time slot, no bib will be issued.

When handing out the bibs, the runners must present themselves with their racing bag including all the compulsory equipment for fitting a timing chip and checking the equipment. The bib will not be given to runners who do not present the compulsory equipment of the race in which it is entered.

Each race bib is distributed individually to the runner upon presentation of a picture ID with photo. Without this documentation a bib will not be given. The bibs can be collected from the Place du Mont-Blanc by appointment.

 Characteristics per race :

90km du Mont-Blanc: No race bibs distributed on Friday morning before the start of the race.

KM Vertical: Withdrawal possible from Thursday and at the latest one hour before the start of the race.

23km du Mont-Blanc: No race bibs distributed on Saturday morning before the start of the race.

Mini Cross: Bibs distributed  on Thursday and Friday at the Place du Mont-Blanc  (VML stand), or on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. No bibs will be distributed after 2pm on Saturday.

10km du Mont-Blanc: No race Bibs distributed after 9:30 am on Saturday morning.

Duo étoilé: No race Bibs distributed after 6pm on Saturday.

42km du Mont-Blanc: No race Bibs distributed on Sunday morning before the start of the race. 

It is up to the runners to take note of the bib collection times for the race in which they are participating at the time of their registration in order to plan their arrival in Chamonix in function.

The time restrictions indicated below are necessary to ensure maximum safety for the participants and may be altered if needed. In the case of bad weather, and for reasons of security, the organizers reserve the right to stop the race or modify the time check points at any stage. Any such decisions will be taken by the Race Jury.

The maximum time and the time barriers throughout the races take into account any slowdowns (traffic jams, material checks, waiting at refueling). It is up to the runners to take the necessary measures to calculate their race time.

In the case of a wave departure, time barriers are applied from the departure time of the last wave.

The maximum race time is calculated according to the start time of the runner.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the 42km is fixed at 10h00. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • Aid station of Le Tour (km 12.5) : starting time of the last wave + 2h45 into the race.
  • Aid station of Vallorcine (km 22.2) : starting time of the last wave + 5 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Aid station of La Flégère (km 32.8) : starting time of the last wave +  8 hours and 30 minutes into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the 23km is fixed at 6 hours. The latest time to pass through the control posts are as follows :

  • Aid station of Montroc (km 12) : starting time of the last wave +  2 hours and 30 minutes into the race
  • Aid station of La Flégère (km 18) : starting time of the last wave + 4 hours and 30 minutes into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the 90 km du Mont-Blanc is fixed at 25h00. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are as follows :

  • La Flégère (km 18) / starting time of the last wave + 4 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Aid station of Buet (km 27) / starting time of the last wave + 6 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • La Villaz (km 38) / starting time of the last wave + 9 hours into the race.
  • Aid station of Emosson (km 43) / starting time of the last wave + 11 hours into the race.
  • Chatelard village (km 47) / starting time of the last wave + 12 hours into the race.
  • Aid station of Le Tour (km 62) / starting time of the last wave + 16 hours and 15 minutes into the race.
  • Aid station of Les Bois (km 72 ) / starting time of the last wave + 18 hours and 30 minutes into the race.
  • Aid station of Montenvers (km 78) / starting time of the last wave +  21 hours into the race.
  • Aid station of Plan de l’Aiguille (km 83) / starting time of the last wave + 23 hours into the race.

The maximum time allowed for the Duo étoilé is fixed at 6h30. The latest time for passing through the principal control posts are :

  • Caillet road crossing (km 4) : starting time of the last wave + 1 hour and 15 minutes into the race.
  • Aid station of Montenevers (km7) : starting time of the last wave + 2 hours and 30 minutes into the race
  • Aid station of Le plan de l’Aiguille (km12) : starting time of the last wave + 4 hours and 30 minutes into the race

The maximum time of the 10 km of Mont-Blanc, for the entire route is set at 2h30. Beyond this time the runners will not be classified and they will be picked up by the broom wagon, so they will not be able to cross the finish line.

The time restrictions are mandatory and there will be no exceptions. The participant will be disqualified if they arrive after the given time limit.
The runner’s bib numbers will be communicated by the race director, the lower left corner of the bib will be cut by the post manager and the runner will be asked to take public transportation back to Chamonix. In the case of a runner wishing to continue the course despite not making the time restriction, the post manager will take the bib and the runner will no longer be considered a participant of the Mont-Blanc races. He will no longer be under the organizer’s responsibility.

For the races with times restrictions, it will be based on the departure of the last runners wave. 

If you cross the finish line of the Mont-Blanc 90k, 42k, 23k or duo étoilé beyond the maximum race time you will not be ranked and therefore not considered as finisher.
Any person not respecting the station leaders and the other volunteers will be banned indefinitely from all Mont Blanc marathon races.

The start SAS are determined according to the runners’ UTMB performance index, a runner with no performance index will be assigned to the last start SAS. The organization allocates the starting SAS in complete impartiality, no complaint can be made as to the allocation of the SAS.

For each race a maximum time is determinated, the runners crossing the finish line beyond the maximum race time will no longer be ranked and therefore no longer considered finisher.

This maximum time is calculate in fact of your time depart. In the case of a wave start, your maximum race time will be calculated on the start time of your wave.

Maximum time for each races :

Mont-Blanc 90km : 25h00
Mont-Blanc 42km : 10h00
Mont-Blanc 23km : 6h00
Duo étoilé : 6h30
Young Race Marathon : 4h00
Mont-Blanc 10km : 2h30
KM Vertical : No maximum time 

On the 10 km of Mont-Blanc, for the entire route the maximum time is set at 2h30. Beyond this time the runners will not be classified and they will be picked up by the broom wagon, so they will not be able to cross the finish line.

If a participant withdraws from the race, they must inform the person in charge at the nearest refreshment or control post and turn in their electronic timing chip, and also inform this person of their bib number. If no member of the organisation is near you, you need to call the PC course or announce your bib and your wihdrawal from the race. The runner of the PC course is written on the bibs of the contestants. 

In case of withdrawal the runner’s bib number will be communicated to the race headquarters, and the lower right corner of the bib will be cut by the post manager. The runner will then be invited to take public transportation back to Chamonix.

Any person lacking respect to the volunteers in charge will be banned forever from future Mont-Blanc marathon races. 

For the Duo Etoilé, if one of the two runners wants to withdraw their team-mate must also withdraw. It is not possible to continue running alone. 

In case of unfavorable weather conditions (large quantities or rain or snow at altitude, strong wind, thunderstorms…) and following the decision of the race jury the organization reserves the right to modify start times, the course, and time restrictions.

Runners will be notified of these changes by text message and all information will be posted at the nerve centers of the race (start of races, race-bib pick-up, buffets…). 

Security posts will be positioned in several locations of the race. They will have radio contact with the race Command Office.

A medical team will be present during the entire duration of the race. They will be able to intervene by all the appropriate means including by helicopter if necessary

If a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured they are asked to call for help:

  • By presenting themselves at a first-aid station
  • Calling race headquarters (number written on the runners bib)
  • Asking another runner to alert the rescue

It is important that each runner gives assistance to any person in danger and to call for rescue.

Any problem or accident must be reported immediately to the nearest checkpoint.

Remember that there are hazards of all kinds related to the environment and the race that may require waiting longer than you expect. Your safety will depend on the quality of gear you put in your packs.

A runner calling for a doctor or paramedic submits his authority and agrees to accept their decisions. The rescuers and official doctors are especially entitled to:

  • Take a runner out of the race if they are deemed unable to continue the race.
  • Evacuate by any means a runner that they deem in danger.
  • Hospitalize a runner whose state of health requires it.

Expenses resulting from the rescue or exceptional evacuation will be borne by the person rescued, who must also ensure his return to the place of evacuation. It is the sole responsibility of the runner to build and present the case to his personal insurance within the time limit.

If unable to contact the race headquarters you can call the rescue agency directly (especially if you are in ‘emergency areas only’) 112 from France. 

An official jury will be appointed. Its power of decision cannot be contested. It may be forced to take decisions on the postponement or cancellation of the race depending on the weather conditions.

The jury is composed of a member from each of the following structures:

  • Chamoniarde
  • City of Chamonix
  • City of Vallorcine
  • CNEAS
  • Croix-Blanche
  • Croix-Rouge
  • Club des Sports de Chamonix
  • Dokever
  • EMHM
  • Race coordination doctor
  • Rescue Center

The jury president is the race director. He takes all decisions following a concertation between all the members.

For the Mont-Blanc 90k and 42k, the first ten men and first ten women in general ranking.

For the Mont-Blanc 23km and 10km, the first three men and the first three women in the general ranking and the first three men and the first three women in each age category represented on the race. 

For the Vertical KM, the first ten men and first ten women in general ranking will be rewarded.

For the Duo étoilé, the first three men’s teams, first three women’s teams and first three mixed teams.

For the Young Race Marathon, the first three men and the first three women in the categories concerned.

Each participant authorises the organisers of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc as well as the owner of a operating licence, the sponsors and the media to use any images (fixed or audiovisual) taken during the Mont-Blanc 42km, 90km, 23km, Duo étoilé, Young race Marathon, Vertical KM, 10 km or Mini-cross. These images may be used for promotional documents and/or advertising mediums all over the world and for the longest duration authorised by law, rules and regulations or current treaties, including any eventual extensions which may be granted to this timescale.

For the minor not emancipated, the registration of the mini cross give the parent agreement to the images of the child. 

Use of the event image:

The Chamonix Sports Club is the organizer of a sporting event called the “Mont Blanc Marathon” which takes place on the last weekend of June of each year.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article L 333-1 of the Sports Code, the Chamonix Sports Club is the exclusive owner of the exploitation rights for this event.
In this context, the Chamonix Sports Club is the sole holder of the right to the image of each of the competitors participating in the event, who have waived the right to avail themselves of it by express membership when registering.
Any communication about the event or use of images from the event must be done with due respect for the name of the event, trademarks and with the official agreement of the organization.
Consequently, only the organization has the right to use the image of the runners and can transmit this right.
If you do not subscribe to an operating license from the Chamonix Sports Club, the capture and use of images is strictly prohibited.
This means that the use of any image in the race featuring runners is subject to a license issued by the Club des Sports de Chamonix.

In accordance with the Freedom and Information Act of 6th January 1978, and the general rules of the data protection UE 2016/679 entered into force the 25th May 2018, each runners have the right to access and modified to the personal data about him. 

In application at this disposition, the runner could be opposite at the processing of his personal data, ask his data modification, to be opposite at the reception of commercial prospection,to ask for erase his personal data, to access at his personal data.

All of this right could be exerce by email request to the club@chamonixsport.com.

In general, the personal data communicated by the participants is intended for the authorized personnel of the organizer.

As a participant in the Mont-Blanc Marathon, the organizer also invites you to carefully read the following provisions:

At the end of the Event, information related to your sporting performance (including your result, photos and videos) is published on the Mont-Blanc Marathon website. Your results associated with your last name, first name and region are likely to be picked up by any media.
If you wish to oppose such a publication for a legitimate reason, you must communicate this decision to the organizer at club@chamonixsport.com, before the event and at the latest thirty (30) days before the latter so that adequate measures are taken.

Data retention period:
The data is kept for a period of three years from the end of the event. At the end of this retention period, the organizer will proceed to their temporary archiving for the longest period of legal prescription applicable for this type of service. Their access will then be strictly limited to use within a legal or judicial framework.

For the runners who wish and who ask for it at the moment of the registration, the organizer offers to transport participants bags for the 23km, Young Race Marathon and Vertical KM (1 bag per participant, bag provided by the organizers if the runner asked for it at the registration) to the race finish line. The organizer declines any responsibility due to lose, theft, or damage of the bags and their content (it recommanded to avoid to put valuables in these bags)

The participant’s belongings will be transported to the finish line only if they are in the race bags provided by the organization.

In case of withdrawal of a runner registered for the 23km, Young Race Marathon or KMV, the bag containing his belongings will be repatriated to the PC Course located at the Club des Sports de Chamonix, 99 avenue de la plage, 74400 CHAMONIX, within a minimum delay of one hour after reporting the withdrawal to the PC Course.

For other races:

No race bags given by the organisation. 

Participants are prohibited from running with any animal or being accompanied by an animal during the races. 

Animals are not allowed inside the aid stations. They must be kept on a leash near the aid stations, in the accompanying shuttles or throughout the routes that are not located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve.

On the sections of the route that cross the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, dogs or other domestic animals are prohibited.

Recognizing the unique physical and environmental challenges associated with participation in trail-running events, including but not limited to extreme distances, varying weather conditions, altitude extremes, challenging and potentially unstable terrain and potential for limited visibilities or nighttime participation, the purpose of this Health Policy is to protect participant’s health and increase safety during competition.

This Health Policy supports the health monitoring of participants before the competition and protection of the physical health of participants during the competition.

This Health Policy applies to all participants.

As a condition of participation, each participant agrees to:

  • Provide within the framework in use by the Organization, any medical history and/or listing of medical conditions as well as the use of regular treatments, medications (prescription and non-prescription) or food supplements within 30 days before the start of the competition.
  • Accept within the framework of this Health Policy to answer any meeting request on site or remotely (phone or videoconference) within 30 days before the start of the competition to address medical concerns and up to 15 days after the competition to address any health concerns or health and safety related testing results.
  • Comply with the prohibited list published annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and not to use any substances included in the WADA Monitoring Program.
  • As a component of health and safety monitoring, accept within the framework of this Health Policy all urine and/or blood and/or capillary and/or saliva samples within 30 days before the start of the competition and up to 15 days after the competition to ensure compliance with this Health Policy knowing that all samples and analyzes costs remain entirely funded by the Organization.
  • As a component of health protection and competition safety, the following are not permitted 24 hours prior to and during competition (and may be assessed by urine and/or blood and/or capillary and/or saliva samples): Painkillers (excluding paracetamol/acetaminophen) including Tramadol. / Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) regardless of the mode of administration. / Cannabidiols (CBD) for safety reasons.
  • Additional health and safety prohibitions : Within 60 days before the start of the competition and during the competition: Intravenous iron infusion. / Within 7 days before the start of the competition and during the competition : Intravenous infusion (unless associated with a defined medical intervention and with notice to event and review). / Thyroid synthesis hormones except in case of partial or total removal of the thyroid or hypothyroidism of medical origin.

In case of :

  • Proven breach, refusal, or transmission of erroneous information in connection with this Health Policy.
  • Proven breach in connection with the possible use of a substance and/or method not allowed by the Health Policy, in the periods before the competition or during the competition, mainly on the basis of the analyzes carried out within the framework of this Health Policy.
  • Medical condition incompatible with participation and/or continuation in the competition by pre-screening of health information and/or any other way of investigation.

The participant agrees to accept decisions or sanctions from the Organization which may range as examples from a non-participation before the competition or from a simple warning to downgrading after the competition.

The nature of the decisions or sanctions will have to be established in particular according to the “Elite” or “Regular” status of the participant concerned, in relation to the information received before the competition, a first breach or not in theses Health Policy rules, as well as on the possible prescription, directly from the medical team of the competition, of an unauthorized substance and/or method stated in this Health Policy.

The classification of a participant in the “Elite” or “Regular” category will be defined by the Organization but will include at least the first 10 Men and the first 10 Women in the general ranking as well as the first 3 Men and the first 3 Women in each age group ranking.

Race officials present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorised to uphold regulations and to immediately (*) impose a penalty for non-respect, based on the following chart :

BREACH OF RULESPENALTY (*)90km42km & Young Race Marathon23km & Duo étoilé10kmKMV
Race number not visiblePenalty time45’30′15′10′10’
Receiving help outside authorised zonesPenalty time45’30′15′10′10′
Not respecting the routePenalty time45’30′15′10′10′
Lacking obligatory safety equipment and if more than 3Penalty time and / or disqualification

45’

Yes

30’

Yes

15’

Yes

/

No

/

No

BREACH OF RULES DISQUALIFICATION90km42km & Young Race Marathon23km & Duo étoilé10kmKMV
Lacking obligatory safety equipment and if more than 3Penalty time and / or disqualification

45’

Yes

30’

Yes

15’

Yes

/

No

/

No

Refusing to have obligatory equipment or health check DisqualificationYesYesYes//
Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their teamDisqualificationYesYesYesYesYes
Not helping someone in difficultyDisqualificationYesYesYesYesYes
Refusing to comply with an order from race control, from a race official, from a head of post, from a doctor or from a rescue workerDisqualificationYesYesYesYesYes
Not respecting people (organisation or runners)Life disqualificationYesYesYesYesYes
Cheating (e.g.: using transport, sharing or swapping race number,…)Life disqualificationYesYesYesYesYes

(*) Any other breach of the rules will be the object of a sanction decided on by the Race Jury.

Purchase of leisure services or personalized products:

By “Leisure services” we mean the purchase of a race number or a buffet.
The participant does not benefit from a right of withdrawal on the purchase of leisure services which must be provided on a date or at a determined periodicity, in accordance with the following legal provisions of article L. 121-20-4 of the Code of Consumption:

“The provisions of Articles L. 121-18, L. 121-19, L. 121-20 and L. 121-20-1 are not applicable to contracts having as their object:

[…] 2 ° The provision of accommodation, transport, catering and leisure services which must be provided on a date or according to a determined periodicity.
The provisions of Articles L. 121-18 and L. 121-19 are however applicable to contracts concluded by electronic means when their object is to provide the services mentioned in 2 ”.
The same applies to personalized products such as the engraved medal in application of the provisions of Article L. 221-28 of the Consumer Code.

The Club des Sports de Chamonix is the organizer of a sporting event called the “Mont Blanc Marathon”.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article L 333-1 of the Sports Code, the Club des Sports de Chamonix is the exclusive owner of the exploitation rights for this event.

In this context, the Club des Sports de Chamonix is ​​the sole holder of the right to the image of each of the competitors participating in the event, who have waived the right to avail themselves of it by express membership when registering. Any communication about the event or use of images of the event must be done in accordance with the name of the event, trademarks and with the official agreement of the organization.

Consequently, only the organization has the right to use the image of the runners and can transmit this right.
In the absence of subscription to an operating license with the Chamonix Sports Club, the capture and use of images is strictly prohibited.
This means that the use of any image in the race featuring runners is subject to a license issued by the Club des Sports de Chamonix.

Modifications to Rules & Regulations

These rules & regulations may be amended at any time and without notice by the organization team until June 23, 2023. Any new versions of the rules & regulations will be posted on the event website www.montblancmarathon.fr.

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