May 20, 2020 / 2:27 PM / 12 days ago

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - This year’s Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

The UTMB features the biggest race in the trail-running calendar, with 2,300 runners taking part in the 171 km (106-mile) run with 10,000 metres of altitude gain across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

It is part of a festival, featuring four major races, that was due to take place from Aug. 24-30.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pravin Char

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