Climbing Upstream to Champex

A quarter of the way through our hike from Trient to Champex, a man comes running down the trail towards us, then another man, then another. WTF? Turns out that today was a 50 km race through the Alps. Those first hundred guys were flying over rocks, cows and sometimes us! There were literally thousands of spandex wearing, hiking pole wielding runners along the trail for miles and miles. It was amazing to see.

Friday an Ultra Marathon starts and people do parts of the Haute Route starting in Italy going through Switzerland and ending in Mt Blanc. The fastest runner should complete the race in 19 hours. We should run into these runners on Saturday on our way to Zermatt. In the meantime, we are burning up our own trails. A lovely day two.

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