On the hunt for your next winter adventure with your friends? Look no further! This February, travel from Geneva to Chamonix and attend the eleventh â€œRun and Skateâ€ event. It is going to be epic.
What is â€˜Run and Skateâ€™?
The â€œRun and Skateâ€ is an annual competition in Chamonix that combines two terrific winter sports: cross country skiing and trail running. Travelling through the mythic snow-covered forests of Chamonix and ArgentiÃ¨re, itâ€™s the only race of its kind. You can admire the beautiful views as you conquer this challenge solo, or share the experience with your friends as you team up to form a relay. It is definitely worth the trip from London to Geneva and then from Geneva to Chamonix!
Events at â€œRun and Skateâ€
With four races to choose from, the competition caters to skiers and runners of all abilities. Available events include:
â€¢Individual: a single competitor does both the 11km running trail and the 14km cross country skiing route.
â€¢Relay Team: one competitor covers the 14km of cross country skiing while another does the 11km run (this is a team event, so the clock keeps ticking during the transition period).
â€¢Discovery: for a taster, this 6km ski route and 4.5km run is a good introductory event.
â€¢Trail Blanc: competitors run 12km only (this race doesnâ€™t include any skating).
Though the individual race is a true test of personal stamina, Iâ€™d recommend the relay. Itâ€™s a great experience to share with your best pals.
A Terrific Atmosphere
This competition continues to grow in popularity, attracting runners and skiers from all over the world, as well as crowds of local spectators. The cheers from these supporters create a brilliant and lively atmosphere. They are spread out along the course, offering great encouragement. The most thrilling moment though, is crossing the finish line behind the Ski de Fond chalet with the roaring crowd egging you on.
When Can I Go?
Hopefully youâ€™re totally psyched to do it now! Starting at the Maison Nordique in Chamonix, the event will be held on Saturday, February 24th 2018 from 8:45am until 1pm.
Entries for the individual event is â‚¬30, while a relay entry is â‚¬56 per team. This registration fee includes refreshments, a warm shower and a delicious meal at PoÃªle GÃ©ante. If you have friends who donâ€™t want to race but just want to watch, spectator tickets are â‚¬13. Youâ€™ll need to book tickets online.
How to Get There
The easiest (and cheapest!) way of getting to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva airport. Flybe, easyJet and Swiss offer direct one-and-a-half hour flights from London starting very low prices. You can then book a private, shared or group transfer with Shuttle Direct. One of their friendly drivers will meet you outside the terminal and take you and the gang from Geneva to Chamonix in just over an hour. If youâ€™re bringing your own skis, mention it when you book your transfer from Geneva to Chamonix and Shuttle Direct will transport your kit for free.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Chamonix, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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