In anticipation of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa (UTMR) from September 6-9, ultra runners from around the globe are ascending to world-renowned Zermatt and the surrounding Alpine region. Offering a combination of one-day ultramarathons and multi-day stage races ranging from 116- and 170-km distances with more than 11,200 metres, the UTMR stage event traverses throughout the Italian and Swiss Alps along a high alpine trail that is tough, technical and will challenge even the most seasoned mountain runner.
Lizzy Hawker, athlete and UTMR Race Director, created this brutal and beautiful route while training for the “Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc”, and now the full 170km UTMR is a qualifying race for the UTMB. This year’s racers have had the opportunity to explore the trail through the UTMR training camps hosted by Lizzie and sponsored by Smartwool.
“For me, UTMR training camps are a way to share the beautiful and demanding route of the UTMR outside a race situation. The camps are four days of hard training, perfect endurance preparation for long races but are also filled with comraderie and companionship in a wonderfull mountain environment. My hope is that people have fun but also to gain confidence to go a little bit further than what they throught was possible,” explained Hawker.
“Providing our fullest support to an event so important to Lizzy and the entire ultra running community is an opportunity we welcomed with enthusiasm. Lizzy has built a truly special event—one that pushes the limit of possibility for the mind and body—and we’re absolutely thrilled by the chance to become involved as the official sock supplier,” says Alex Pashley, Smartwool athlete and strategic partnership manager.
Ultra runners demand the highest performing gear in the most physically challenging scenarios one can imagine. That’s why we've reinforced our commitment to the ultra running community through our official sock partnership with Ultra Tour Monte Rosa (UTMR) one-day ultramarathons and multi-day stage races, and the UTMR training camps. The UTMR truly challenges the tenacity of the human spirit, and we're proud to provide every UTMR competitor with a complimentary pair of PhD® Run Light Elite socks.