Bad to the Bone All-Star Running Retreats Announces UTMB Training Camp

Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports is excited to announce a new addition to its All-Star Running Retreats event calendar for spring: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Training Camp May 26—June 2, 2012.
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January 23, 2012, Charlottesville, VA— Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports is excited to announce a new addition to its All-Star Running Retreats event calendar for spring: UTMB Training Camp May 26—June 2, 2012. Retreat Leader Ian Sharman (USA Trail 100 Mile Record Holder) and Lead Runner Krissy Moehl (UTMB Female Record Holder) are the designated "all-stars" in this international offering. Krissy and Ian will guide participants through some of the most memorable mountain scenery in Europe, taking five days to run and hike the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc race course.

During the week, participants will cover the entire UTMB route of 103 miles (167km), providing ideal training for any of the UTMB events, or for that matter, any other mountain ultra. Each day runners will leave early after breakfast for the high mountain trails. Runners will rest and eat together at lunch—then again at the end of the day's route. While this is a much more relaxing and photo-friendly way to see the route than in the race, each day covers a lot of distance and climb. Because of this, the UTMB Training Camp is best suited for experienced runners capable of logging 100 miles per week.

The UTMB Training Camp pairs experienced elite runners with a diverse group of athletes who share a common goal: to test their personal and physical limits on the UTMB course. Like the 3-day All Star Running Retreats format in the U.S., the small group size and staff-to-runner ratio of the UTMB Training Camp will create a tight sense of community in an extraordinary setting, fostering "the close culture already present in the sport of ultra running,"says Dr. Francesca Conte, Bad to the Bone co-founder. Retreat Leader Ian Sharman speaks for the UTMB staff when he says, "Both Krissy and myself are looking forward to running these spectacular alpine trails with like-minded runners."

Participants will arrive Sat, May 26th, traveling from Geneva airport to Chamonix for dinner as a group. A snapshot of the run schedule is as follows: Sunday begins with a 19.3 mile run to Les Contamines, France. Monday with a crossing the Col de la Seigne into Italy (29.2 miles).Tuesday's passage is Courmayeur, Italy to La Fouly, Switzerland (19.9 miles). Wednesday continues through Switzerland, but going from La Fouly to Trient (18.6 miles). Thursday marks the final leg from Trient, Switzerland to Chamonix, France (16.8 miles).

Space is limited and participants must have the required visas for France, Italy, and Switzerland - EU and American citizens do not generally require visas for these countries. To view a more detailed itinerary or to register for All-Star Running Retreats' UTMB Training Camp, go to www.all-starrunning.com.

About Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports
By directing premiere endurance events, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports strives to motivate athletes of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For almost 10 years, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports events have reflected owners' Gill and Francesca's decades-long knowledge and passion for running. www.badtothebone.biz

About Ian Sharman
Ian is a Brit and started running 6 years ago after seeing a TV documentary about a race across the Sahara. He kind of got addicted and started running races most weekends around the world, mainly in Europe. Then he moved to the US in 2009 to get married and found the ultra culture to be even more fun this side of the pond and makes it his mission to race the most interesting courses and most competitive fields he can find globally. Ian is also a coach.

About Krissy Moehl
Krissy has recently realized that ultra-trail running has been a major part of her life for over 10 years, and that the UTMB course is one she always feels drawn to, especially after 2 wins and holding the current course record. Over those years running has been the constant through the whirlwind of life and has provided an amazing perspective on everything. Racing has taken Krissy all over the world and she loves that running is the common ground she finds in each place she visits and with the people she meets. Krissy is even more involved in the trail running world as the race director of the highly competitive Chuckanut 50k in Washington State and as a coach.

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