Chamonix is quickly becoming the trail running Mecca of Europe. While known for decades as the climbing capital of the world, Chamonix's vast network of trails suitable for running remained relatively undiscovered. Recently, though, widespread media coverage of events such as the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and the CCC (Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix) have brought trail running into the limelight and exposed Chamonix to a new legion of outdoor athletes keen to explore the natural wonders of the Mont Blanc massif.
Trail running is all about getting out into nature and experiencing the exhilaration of running along twisty tracks in forests, along valleys, over creeks and gullies and through beautiful alpine meadows. The Chamonix valley has a great trail network which has been further developed in recent years by the local commune, guided by the input of avid and experienced trail runners keen to develop the area's vast potential. Last year the International Trail Running Association was launched in Chamonix and the town now also plays host to a number of elite level athletes year-round who have chosen the valley as their training base due to the high quality of the trails and facilities. Visitors also benefit from the great number of sports stores that increasingly carry a large range of trail running equipment suited to all levels backed up with excellent advice from knowledgeable staff.