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Marathon du Grand Ballon

From €25.00
Organizer:
Registration possible until 29-07-2021


- 16KM - 26km - 42KM - 80KM -

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Official webpage of the Marathon du Grand Ballon in Le Markstein (16 - 26 - 42 - 80km).

Update 01/06/2021 - Taking into account the measures in force in France, the (Coronaproof) Marathon du Grand Ballon has been confirmed!


The Marathon (Trail) du Grand Ballon is at his 2nd edition! The start is in Le Markstein (1183m), the finish at the Grand Ballon at restaurant "La Vue des Alpes"!


The courses has been modified for this 2nd edition and there's a new distance: 80km! Thanks to the auberges, there will be more fun at the (Coronaproof) aid stations and the supporters can follow easily at every aid station!


If you're looking for a cool weekend in the mountains, register for one of the distances of the  Marathon (Trail) du Grand Ballon and enjoy the trails with us on 31.07.2021 on the 16km, 26km, 42km or 80km!


Rates :

Registration is only possible online via Larssie and according to the price table below*.
So it pays to register quickly!



Super Ealy Bird

Early Bird

Full Price

Last minute

16km

€15,00

€20,00

€25,00

€30,00

26km

€21,00

€28,00

€35,00

€42,00

42km

€27,00

€44,00

€55,00

€66,00

80km

€75,00

€85,00

€95,00

€105,00

* Prices do not include handling fees from Larssie.com.



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Course and time limits

Don't forget to wear the right shoes, you'll need a minimum of grip!

For the exact location of the aid stations, elevation profiles and courses we refer to our event on Trace de Trail.


  • Marathon du Grand Ballon 16km - 850m+

    • Start: Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.
    • Finish: Grand Ballon.
    • 1 aid station during te race (after 8,6km) + final aid station for every participant.
    • Cut-off: 21h00.
    • No UTMB® points.
    • There are NO plastic cups at the aid stations. Each runner has to carry his/her own cup or drinking system.
      Course  Profile

      GPX available for download from 1week to the event.

    • Marathon du Grand Ballon 26km - 1350m+

      • Start: Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.
      • Finish: Grand Ballon.
      • 2 aid stations during te race (after 9km and 19km) + final aid station for every participant.
      • Cut-off: 21h00.
      • 1 UTMB® point.
      • There are NO plastic cups at the aid stations. Each runner has to carry his/her own cup or drinking system.
        Course  Profile

        GPX available for download from 1week to the event.

      • Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 1950m+

        • Start: Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.
        • Finish: Grand Ballon.
        • 3 aid stations (after na 15km, 25km and 35km) + final aid station.
        • Cut-off: 21h00.
        • 2 UTMB® points.
        • There are NO plastic cups at the aid stations. Each runner has to carry his/her own cup or drinking system.
          Course  Profile

          GPX available for download from 1week to the event.

        • Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km - 3380m+

          • Start: Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.
          • Finish: Grand Ballon.
          • 4 aid stations (20km, 40km, 63km et 73km) + final aid station.
          • 1 aid station with only water after 28km.
          • Cut-off: 21h00 (16h race)
          • 4 UTMB® points.
          • There are NO plastic cups at the aid stations. Each runner has to carry his/her own cup or drinking system.
            Course  Profile

            GPX available for download from 1week to the event.

          • Time limit per aid station

            This tab will be updated very soon.

          • Courses On Google Maps + Locations Of The Aid Stations

            This tab will be updated very soon.


          Practical information


          • Address - How To Get There - Parking

            Start at hotel Wolf (Route des Crêtes, Le Markstein.)
            Finish at La Vue des Alpes, Grand Ballon.

            There is a large parking lot close to the start.
            Don't park your car next to the finish please, this place needs to stay free
            for the start of the races.

            There is a shuttle from the finish to the start.
            Don't forget to book the shuttle.

            Last departure of the shuttle from the Grand Ballon to the Markstein
            is at 21h10.

          • Program

            Friday 30.07.2021

            18.00 – 20.00: Race office is open + pick up bib number all distances.

            Saturday 31.07.2021

            04.30 – 14.00: Race office is open + pick up bib number all distances.


            05.00 - 05.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot 1)
            05.20 - 05.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot 2)
            05.40 - 06.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot3)
            06.00 - 06.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot 4)
            06.20 - 06.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot 5)
            06.40 - 07.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 80km (Timeslot 6)


            08.00 - 08.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot 7)
            08.20 - 08.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot 8)
            08.40 - 09.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot 9)
            09.00 - 09.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot 10)
            09.20 - 09.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot11)
            09.40 - 10.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km (Timeslot 12)


            10.00 - 10.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 13)
            10.20 - 10.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 14)
            10.40 - 11.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 15)
            11.00 - 11.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 16)
            11.20 - 11.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 17)
            11.40 - 12.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km (Timeslot 18)


            12.00 - 12.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km - 16km (Timeslot 19)
            12.20 - 12.40 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km - 16km (Timeslot 20)
            12.40 - 13.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon 42km - 26km - 16km (Timeslot 21)


            13.00 - 13.20 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon - 16km (Timeslot 22)
            13.20 - 13.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon - 16km (Timeslot 23)
            13.40 - 14.00 : Start Marathon du Grand Ballon - 16km (Timeslot 24)


            21.00 : End

          • Pick up bib number and T-shirt

            Bib numbers are not sent in advance and can only be collected from the race secretary on the day of the race. You will receive your bib number by email a few days before the event and you can also view it on the list of participants that comes online at the same time as the mailing.

            You will receive all extras you ordered (such as a T-shirt or eco-cup) together with your bib number. It is possible to pick up the numbers of your family and/or friends. You must report all last minute changes in distance to the secretariat.

          • Change name, distance and / or cancel

            Changing your distance, buying a T-shirt, adapting your data and even canceling it can ONLY be done through your Larssie account. So you do this all by yourself!

            After you have logged in, search for the relevant order and change the details. If your new data results in a lower cost price, your account will be credited and you can use that amount for another registration. If your new information leads to a higher registration price, you still have to pay that amount to complete the change.

            If you wish to cancel, your account will be credited in accordance with our cancellation conditions. You can then spend this amount on another registration later.

            Attention: Please check the conditions of the organizer to find out until when  you can cancel and how much your account will be credited !

          • Showers - Dressing rooms - Bags drop-off

            There are no changing rooms and no showers du to the covid restrictions.

            You can hand in your sports bag at the 'storage of sports bags' stand.
            Make sure you bring a well-closing bag because loose pieces or open bags are not accepted.
            Your bag will receive a number, which will also be noted on your chest number. You will not get your bag back without a bib number!

          • Insurance physical accidents

            By default you are NOT insured through the organization for physical injuries during the race. You can choose to take an insurance through the organizer when you register. This is an additional paying option.

          • Photoservice

            A selection of photos can be found a few days after the event on our Facebook page. This can be viewed by anyone, including those who do NOT have a Facebook account.

            During the event, the Sportograf team will be present to take the most beautiful photos of you in action. You can find your personal photos via the link below or by clicking on the icon behind your name in the results list.

          • Organisation

            Sportevents, bvba

            This event is part of the Runners' Lab Trailrun Series.

          • Where to stay?

            Looking for a nice place to stay?


            1. Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.

            At 50m of the start.

            For booking, contact them by

            • e-mail: hotelwolf@aol.com 
            • telephone: +33 3 89 82 64 3

            2. Auberge du Steinlebach

            1km from the start and this place is one of the aid stations! 

            For booking, contact them by

            • telephone: +33 3 89 82 61 87 


          • Live GPS tracker - Legends Tracker

            With our GPS trackers your exact position can be tracked live during the race. This is not only exciting for the supporters, but is also important for your safety. We know where you are at all times and in case of an emergency, you can use the SOS button to initiate a rescue operation. The GPS trackers weigh 65gram and record your position every 15 seconds to 10 minutes (depending on the event). On the day of the race a link will appear on our website where you can follow the tracking.

            How does it work?

            • Usually the organization will have already turned the trackers on. If you have to turn your tracker on for some reason, press the button on top of the tracker for 2-3 seconds (not the big SOS button on the front) when the light starts to blink you can release the button. The tracker is active when a green light blinks slowly.
            • Put your tracker in a plastic bag (provided by the organization) and stick it with tape (provided by the organization) on the outside of your trail backpack, best on your shoulder. Do not put the tracker in your backpack or under your clothes.
            • After the event, don't forget to return your tracker.
            • Use the SOS button (button on the front of the tracker) only in case of emergency. Always try to contact us by phone via the emergency number on your bib number before using the SOS button. Use SOS button = evacuation = end of race.  

            Powered by Legends Tracking.




          Race information


          • Cut-off times

            All aid stations have official opening hours / opening times


            Consult the tab Course --> Time Limit Per Aid Station

          • Podium / Prize allocation

            The prizes will be awarded during an award ceremony near the finish area.

            The exact hour will be decided on the day itself and communicated by the speaker or the race director. The ceremonies are held approximately 15 minutes after the arrival of the 3rd finisher.

            There are no age group podia, only overall for men and women.

          • Aid stations / No plastic cups / Personal drop bag

            AID STATIONS

            There are multiple aid stations during the race. The exact locations are indicated on the course map (see the "course" tab). The supplies have standard water, salty snacks, cake, candy, ... Attention! There are no plastic cups at the aid stations, so you have to bring your own drinking cup or bottle.


            PERSONAL DROP BAG

            There will be a personal drop bag. You can get your bag at the race office.
            Please depose your bag before the start in "La Bulle" next to the start.
            Your bag will be ready at km63 during the race. The organization will bring your bag to the finish.
            Attention: you'll need to show your bibnumber to get your bag back.
            No bibnumber = no personal dropbag.

            NO PLASTIC CUPS!

            Because we respect the environment we do not provide disposable plastic cups. So you have to bring a drinking cup or bottle yourself. This applies to the aid stations along the way as well as at the finish. We have handy eco-cups, which are reusable drinking cups that you can fold, to be purchased with your online registration and/or to be purchased at the race office for 3 euros.

          Media


          • Marathon (Trail) du Grand Ballon 2019

            To view the photos in a larger format, we refer to the album on Facebook (also available for those who do not have a Facebook account) and / or the Sportograf event page. You can also view / purchase your personal photos on the event page of Sportograf.

            Results Marathon du Grand Ballon


            • 2021

              Click here for the results of 2021.

            • 2020

              The 2020 edition has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

            • 2019

              Click here for the results of 2019.


            Marathon (Trail) Du Grand Ballon F.A.Q. 's


            • Are dogs and/or poles allowed?

              Dogs are not allowed.

              Poles are  allowed.

            • Is a (PETZL) head lamp mandatory?

              If you're participating at a nighttrail or a semi-nighttrail, the head torche is mandatory.

            • Due to circumstances I cannot participate. What should I do?

              Changing your distance, buying a T-shirt, adapting your data and even canceling it can ONLY be done through your Larssie account. So you do this all by yourself!

              After you have logged in, search for the relevant order and change the details. If your new data results in a lower cost price, your account will be credited and you can use that amount for another registration. If your new information leads to a higher registration price, you still have to pay that amount to complete the change.

              If you wish to cancel, your account will be credited in accordance with our cancellation conditions. You can then spend this amount on another registration later.

              Attention: Please check the conditions of the organizer to find out until when  you can cancel and how much your account will be credited !

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