WALK FOR THE CURE
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2,3 & 4 August 2019

Les Hautes Vosges (Fra)

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A SOLIDARITY WALK IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE HAUTES VOSGES FOR THINK PINK

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Join us for the first edition of the Walk for the Cure, where participants try to challenge their limits by walking between 50 and 100k in the French Vosges and and at the same time raise the awareness for breast cancer. We have created 3 beautiful courses through the beautiful nature of this French mountain range. No less than three of the five highest peaks of the massif are part of the route: the Honeck (1364m), the Kastelberg (1350m) and the Grand Ballon (1424m).

Participate in the 3 day walking Challenge ‘Walk for the Cure‘ or just the 1 day event ‘Walk du Grand Ballon

On Friday and Saturday you can choose your distance. On Sunday everybody takes the same course of 24k.

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FRIDAY
20K / 34K
HONECK – Kastelberg

Stage 1 – Start & finish at La Belle Montange / La Belle hutte

SATURDAY
12 / 21 /42K
WALK DU GRAND BALLON

Stage 2 – Start in Le Markstein and finish on top of the Grand Ballon

SUNDAY
24K
LES crÊTES

Stage 3 – Start and finish in Le Markstein at Auberge du Steinlebach

Walk for the cure in numbers

150.000

Fundraising goal – total amount in euro of the fundraising of our all walkers combined

1424

Meters above sea level. The highest point on the route. The Grand Ballon is the roof of the Vosges

20

Number of timing checkpoints along the course. Live tracking thanks to RFID tag in your bib number

70%

Expected percentage female participants

5870

Number of total positive altitude gain of the 100k course

0

Number of plastic cups used during the race

5

Number of mountain lakes along the three days course

85%

Percentage ‘off road’ of the course. Not on asphalt

477

Distance in kilometers between Brussels and le Markstein

REGISTER NOW FOR
WALK FOR THE CURE
3 DAY CHALLENGE 

Registration opens Dec 1st 2018. We only have 300 start tickets available and we have a first come first serve base.
Registrations are open until july21, or til all the spots are taken.

The entry fee for participation in the 3-day event Walk for The Cure depends on the chosen distances:

STARTER – 90 euro LAST MINUTE: 100 euro

TOTAL DISTANCE LESS THAN 65KM

PRO – 120 euro LAST MINUTE 135 euro

TOTAL DISTANCE MORE THAN 65KM

The minimum distance is 20 + 12 + 22 = 54km. The maximum distance is 36 + 42 + 22 = 100km

WALK FOR THE CURE

DISTANCE BETWEEN 54km & 100KM

Entry Fee includes: participation in the 3 day event – free use of the shuttle bus (stage 2) – finisher T-shirt & medal Walk for the Cure – pasta meal on sunday afternoon – aid stations during the walk. Not included: accommodation and an administration fee

REGISTER NOW FOR
WALK DU GRAND BALLON
1 DAY CHALLENGE

Registration opens Dec 1ste 2018. For the Walk du Grand Ballon we have 500 extra tickets available on top of the 300 tickets of the Walk for the Cure. We have a first come first serve base. Registrations are open until july21, or til all the spots are taken.
The entry fee for participation in the Walk du Grand Ballon is

12K – 20 euro LAST MINUTE: 25 euro
21k – 30 euro LAST MINUTE: 40 euro
42k – 50 euro LAST MINUTE: 60 euro

All distances start in Le Markstein and end on top of the Grand Ballon. There are free shuttle buses between finish and Le Markstein.

WALK DU GRAND BALLON

DISTANCE 12KM / 21kM/ 42KM

Entry fee includes: free use of the shuttle bus Ballon – Le Markstein. Not included: accommodation and an administration fee.

FREE PARTICIPATION? IT IS POSSIBLE….

COURSE INFORMATION

By clicking on the button ‘course map’ below you can view the route, the location of the aid stations and the altitude profile (popup image). The courses on “Trace de Trail” will be made available later.

All cut-off times at the supply posts and at the finish are calculated at an average of 3.5 km/h. If you do not reach this limit, you may not continue walking that day. The next day you can just start again.

The course markings are yellow signs with black arrows. View here an image of such an arrow.

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FRIDAY

HONECK – KASTELBERG
36KM – 2000m+
20KM – 1270m+

The start and finish of this first stage is the ski station La Belle Montagne

Start of the 36km is at 8.00AM and the 20km at 09.30AM.

Aid station Gashney @ 9km

Aid station Ferschmuss @ 26/36km

GPX available 23.07.2019

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SATURDAY

WALK DU GRAND BALLON
12km – 610m+
21km – 1050m+
42km – 2300m+

The start and finish of this second stage is the ski station Le Markstein. The queen stage that takes the participants from all distances to the highest peak in the Vosges, where the finish is. A free shuttle bus will take you back to the start. 

Start of the 42km at 7.15AM, 21km at 9.45AM and 12km at 13.15PM.

Aid station Steinlebach @9km (21km/42km)
Aid station Edelweis @7km (13km)

Aid station St Amarin @ 22km (42km)

Aid station Moosh @ 31km (42km)

GPX available 23.07.2019

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SUNDAY

LES CRÊTES
22km – 1160m+

The start and finish of this last stage is again Le Markstein, but this time at the Auberge du Steinlebach.Perhaps the most beautiful stage with beautiful views over the crêtes. Arrivalparty is at the auberge de Steinlebach in Le Markstein.

Start at 8.00AM.

Aid station Kruth @ 12,5km

GPX available 23.07.2019

All courses are not final, the organiser has the right to change the courses – if needs be – at any time

LOCATION

Pick-up race numbers 3 days challenge on Afhalen startnummers 3daagse on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Start stage 1: Skistation La Belle Montagne
Address : 88 Route de Vologne, 88250 La Bresse, France

Start stage 2 : Hotel Wolf in the ski station Le Markstein at 1100m+
Address : Hotel Wolf – Route des Crêtes, 68610 Markstein (France)

Start stage 3 : Auberge du Steinlebach in the ski station Le Markstein at 1100m+
Address : Auberge du Steinlebach – Route des Crêtes, 68610 Markstein (France)

 La Bresse, Gerardmer, Colmar, Belfort en Mulhouse are all less than 1 hour drive away. The distance by car:
Brussel – 474km
Amsterdam – 768km
Zurich – 218km
Parijs – 466km
The closest airport is located in Basel (94km)

PROGRAM

Program of the 3 day walking event Walk for the Cure Vosges. Attention pick up race numbers and start stage 1 is in La Belle Montagne and start of stage 2 and 3 is in Le Markstein (25min away by car)

You carry the same race number during all three days. So registration is only needed at the beginning of the three-day event.

THU 1 AUG

19.00 – 22.00 pick-up race numbers at La Belle Montagne

FRI 2 AUG

7.00 – 9.15 pick-up race numbers at La Belle Montagne
8.00 Start 36km La Belle Montagne
9.30 Start 20km La Belle Montagne

SAT 3 AUG

7.15 Start 42km Hotel Wolf Le Markstein
9.45 Start 21km Hotel Wolf Le Markstein
13.15 Start 12km Hotel Wolf Le Markstein

SUN 4 AUG

8.00 Start 22km Auberge du Steinlebach

USEFULL INFORMATION

Below you can find an overview of useful information about the Walk for the Cure.

FACEBOOK

For updates and quick news please visit the Walk for the Cure Facebook event and/or the Facebook page.

PARKING

Day 1 : Parking at the start.

Day 2 and 3 : Parking in Le Markstein and NOT on top of the Grand Ballon. A shuttle bus ( free for athletes) will take you back to the start.

DOUCHES

Day 1 : not available

Day 2 and 3 : Changing rooms and showers are available in Auberge de Steinlebach

FREE SHUTTLE

Free shuttle bus (free for athletes) during stage 2. The Bus takes athletes back to start and spectators to/from finish and start

DOGS

Dogs are not allowed on the course as some parts are located in a natura2000 zone where it is strictly forbidden for dogs. Forest rangers will give you a fine of 150 euro!

MANDATORY KIT

Mandatory kit: a working phone, at least half a litre of water and a raincoat in case of bad weather.

cut off

All cut-off times of all distances and all stages are calculated at an average of 3.5 km/h. If you do not reach this limit, you may NOT continue walking that day. The next day you can just start again.

VOLUNTEER

You are not participating, but would love to be part of the race ? join our crew and help us out at the race office or at an aidstation. You can distribute medals / T-shirts at the finish.

PICTURES

Sportograf is the official photographer during the Walk for the Cure. After the race you can find your pictures here.

AID STATIONS

Along the walk, aid stations with water, sports-drinks, coke, fruit, cake, crackers etc. are available. For the location of the aid stations see ‘course information’ above.

T-SHIRT

Finisher shirts at the end of the last stage for every finisher.

GPX DOWNLOAD

The GPX files will be available for downloading one week before the event through Trace de Trail. Before and after this period the files cannot be downloaded.

CHARITY

Our organisation supports Think Pink, the breast cancer awareness campaign. You have the possibility to make a donation to this cause with your online registration.

NO PLASTIC

There are NO plastic cups at the aid stations. Everybody has to carry his/her own reusable cup or drinking system.

LIVE

During the race, supporters can follow the participants using our live tracking, which will be visible in a banner on the top of this page. There will be several check points along the course.

WASTE

We ask all participants to respect the natural environment and not litter. If you fail to do so, you will be disqualified.

Leave nothing but footprints!

MEDAL

All finishers receive an unique Walk for the Cure medal AND a finisher T-shirt.

INSURANCE

Participants are insured  by the organisation for any injury during the Walk for the Cure

POLES

Trekking poles are permitted during this race. Please make sure not to hinder other participants with them.

TIMING CHIP

There is a timing chip attached to the back of your bib. Checkpoints along the way will register your split times. Do not bend the chip and wear your bib number clearly visible on the front of your torso. Same bib number for the 3 days.

Medical

In France a medical certificate is mandatory when participating in sport events. Please present a copy when you pick up your race number.

WHEATER

The weather in august usually is warm & hot. If a thunderstorm occurs temperature can drop more then 20° and on the summits it can be cold

Where to stay near the Grand Ballon?

HOTEL WOLF– The start and our race office at day 2 and 3 (registration) of the Walk for the Cure. This hotel has a beautiful panorama over the French Vosges. You can reserve single rooms, double rooms of familly rooms. There different possibilities : Only breakfast, half pension or full pension.

AUBERGE DE STEINLEBACH – will be one of the hotspots for the fans and supporters and it will also be one of the aid stations. 5 minutes from Le Markstein by car and 15 minutes by foot. You can reserve a room at a very low price and there are a lot of possibilities : Dormitory or single/double room with or without breakfast, half pension or full pension.

HOTEL DU GRAND BALLON – This hotel is located right on top of the Grand Ballon. If you want to take a shower at 50m from the finish line, you have to book 1 of the 25 rooms…

Lots of accommodations can be found in La Bresse, Gerardmer, Colmar…
Because it is the middle of summer season, we recommend to book your stay as early as possible !

RESULTS WALK FOR THE CURE

During the challenge you can follow the leaders and / or your favorites when they pass the different checkpoints on the course.

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  • online during and after the event

SPONSORS / PARTNERS 

Thanks to all our sponsors, partners and friends!