A classic that needs no introduction
The Mont Blanc Marathon is one of those races that wrote the history of the running track with its exceptional tracks that offer stunning views of Mont Blanc and the wonderful atmosphere that prevails in the streets of Chamonix,
If the course was modified last year to allow starts and finishes in the heart of Chamonix, for 2023 it receives a small modification, with a small steep climb before the Col des Montets that will add 70m of elevation difference and should spice up the middle of the race a bit.
She surprised everyone by winning Zegama, the first round of GTWS! That is why Daniela Omos (Salomon – Germany) will wear the yellow leader’s bib at the Marathon du Mont Blanc.
However, she will have to make amends with Sophia Lawley (Salomon – USA) who moved strongly last season by winning in particular the Stranda Fjord Trail Race and finishing second in the general classification.
Caitlin Fielder (Salomon – New Zealand) will want to do better than her second place finish at Zegama, who also finished second at the 2022 Mont Blanc Marathon.
There is also a very good start to the season Theres Leboeuf (Leboeuf / Compressport – Switzerland) with third place in Zegama, and he should come and lead the race near Chamonix.
We will also find girls like Silvia Nordskär (Hoka One One / Dælhie, Norway), Miao Yao (Salomon – China), Fabiola Conti (Italy), Ohiana Kortazar (Salomon, Spain), Mathilde Sagnes (Hoka One One, France) or again Tabor Heming (Solomon, USA).
Among the men, Manuel Mirelas (Scarpa – Spain) will have the honor of donning the GTWS leader’s yellow waistcoat after his impressive victory in Zigama.
However, he will have plenty to do on the “rolling” route of the Mont Blanc Marathon to contain boys like Houssein Azzawi (Penny Mountain Racing – Morocco), currently runner-up and second in the general classification last year.
Jonathan Albon (The North Face – UK), winner of the 2022 Mont Blanc Marathon and third in Zigama this year, is also aiming for victory.
GTWS 2022 winner Rémi Bonnet (Salomon/Red Bull – Switzerland) will want to do a lot better than last year on this course as he had to give up due to stomach issues.
It will also be necessary to keep an eye on Bart Przydojewski (Salomon – Poland), Eli Hemming (Salomon – USA), Andrzej Wittek (ASICS – Poland), Anthony Felber (Sidas X Matrix – France), Daniel Osans (Adidas Terex, Spain) or even Manuel Ennerhofer (Suleiman – Austria).
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