WALK TO THE ROOF OF THE FRENCH VOSGES (1415m) AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL NATURE
…Breathtaking views, hard & steep climbs, technical downhills and a finish on top of the highest mountain of the Vosges
The race office and the start of all distances are located in the small ski village ‘Le Markstein’ at an altitude of 1145m. All day long shuttle buses will travel up and down to the finish at the top of the Grand Ballon, 7km away.
Registration opens December 1st and for the first edition there are only 750 spots available.
The Walk du Grand Ballon is the 2nd stage of the 3 days event Walk for the Cure / Vosges.
The hikers are facing 3 major climbs and descents. Finish on top of the Grand Ballon.
Undulating first 2/3 of the course to end with a brutal 5k climb to the top of the Grand Ballon.
Rolling course with a hard 4k climb at the end to finish on top of the Grand Ballon.
When you click the button ‘course map’ you can look at the course, location of the aid stations and watch the altitude profile ( popup image ). The Trace de Trail tracks will be available at a later time
All courses are not final, the organiser has the right to change the courses – if needs be – at any time
Parking, picking up race numbers and all starts are located near Hotel Wolf in the small ski village Le Markstein at 1100m+.
La Bresse, Gerardmer, Colmar, Belfort and Mulhouse are all less than 1 hour drive away. The distance by car :
Brussel – 474km
Amsterdam – 768km
Zurich – 218
Paris – 466km
The closest airport is located in Basel ( 94km )
Address : Hotel Wolf – Route des Crêtes, 68610 Markstein (France)
Mandatory race registration and pick-up race numbers for the marathon Challenge on Friday in Hotel Wolf between 17.00 and 21.00. Race office will be closed before the start of the 42k on Saturday! Participants of the 1/2 marathon Challenge or 12km can pick up the race bags on Friday AND on Saturday.
Friday 2 aug
- 17.00 – 21.00 Mandatory Registration / Number pickup
Saturday 3 aug
- 7.15 Start 42km Challenge
12 & 21KM
Friday 2 aug
- 17.00 – 21.00 Registration / Number pickup
Saturday 3 aug
- 7.30 – 12.45 Registration / Number pickup
- 9.45 Start 21km Challenge
- 13.15 Start 12km
Below you can find an overview of useful information about the Walk du Grand Ballon.
HOTEL WOLF – The start and our race office (registration) of the Walk du Grand Ballon. 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 !
During the challenge you can follow the leaders and / or your favorites when they pass the different checkpoints on the course.
- Results Marathon
- Results 1/2 marathon
- Results 12km
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