By Mathias Eichler
Just announced today the Trail Alsace Grand Est is UTMB’s newest World Series event. The race is offering the 4 official distances and is situated in the Alsace region in the Vosges mountains, near the Black Forest, surrounded by lush trees and old castles… and only a couple hours away from my hometown. The races are scheduled for May 18-21, 2023 and all finish in Obernai, 20min outside of Strasbourg, right on the border to Germany.
On a personal note this is a must-run race for me in absolute spectacular setting that will feel very much like home.
Strategically, this is another early season race for UTMB, when the Alps are still covered in snow there’s tons of possibility to expand for them. I mentioned this as an opportunity on the German Trail Running Podcast I was guest back in December.
It’s also interesting to note that expansion, by building new races in France clearly seems to go quit swimmingly for UTMB, while we’re still waiting on more races to be announced in North America.
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