Our relationship with Trail Running

Our relationship with Trail Running

SIDAS x UTMB®

UTMB start 2021
As we head through August one of the biggest Trail Running Events is approaching... Athletes from around the globe have been and are still preparing for the infamous UTMB®.
Sidas at UTMB race villageFor the past few years Sidas have been an official supplier of the UTMB® for foot care and protection. The Sidas team are proud to bring all its expertise and solutions to the UTMB® ultra-trailers (socks, foot protection, creams, and of course insoles etc.) In collaboration with athletes and the team of podiatrists, Sidas has developed and offers products specially adapted to the needs of trail runners looking to take events such as the UTMB®

So, what is the UTMB?

The UTMB® is the most incredible trail-running event! An essential event for trail-runners from all over the world. Each year, the best athletes meet in Chamonix and almost 10000 runners participate in one of the event's 7 races.
Running around Mont-Blanc is above all an inner adventure, a unique experience where each participant has to rely on their strength and push their mental and physical limits to cross the finish line. This extraordinary journey in the heart of the range allows runners to cross valleys and ridges in a unique alpine environment.

 

2000 volunteers from 15 countries and 18 French, Italian and Swiss municipalities of the Mont-Blanc region are working to ensure the success of the event and support the UTMB® runners. 20 000 supporters are coming to cheer on their loved ones and more than 50,000 spectators visit the show and take part in the activities in all the villages of the Pays du Mont-Blanc.

Head to Chamonix the last week of August to get involved in this unique and mythical adventure!

Our UK and International Sidas Athletes

Elsey Davis El PasoA few UK athletes will be representing their various teams at elite level and Sidas UK are proud to support Eleanor Davis in her 'rookie' professional year racing for team The North Face. 
Elsey will be challenging a strong field in the OCC® race on Thursday 25th August. What does th OCC® race include?
The OCC® Race
A shorter race at 55km the OCC® is better suited to trail runners not wishing to partcipate the Ultra distances of the CCC® or the UTMB®. The race starts in the Swiss municipality of Orsières at an altitude of 900m and then ventures into France heading towards Chamonix.
OCC race elevation
OCC data

Our athletes

Elsey ranking 9th, will be joined in a strong female field! Runner such as Allie McLaughlin (1), Anais Sabrie (2) and Luicille Germ of Team Sidas Matryx, and Sidas Spain athlete Virginia Perez Mesonero amongst the top female athletes taking part. We must note that in the mens field, Elsey's British Athleteics team mate, Robbie Simpson ranks 4th! Good Luck to them all!

Sidas have representation all week but most notable is Thibaut Baronian (4) taking part in the CCC® race. The field for the CCC® race is super strong with the UK's and team The North Face's Jon Albon (1) looking to lead the field. 

The CCC® has been elevated from being the "little sister of the UTMB®" to becoming one of the most prestigious races in the world. The start line in the center of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians know how to create, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis. 

After the first kilometres on an original route - different from the UTMB® - the athletes will quickly climb to 2500m of altitude to enjoy exceptional landscapes, facing the Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The path to the Grand col Ferret (2537m) takesthe racers into Switzerland; La Fouly, Champex and Trient. Already in France but still so close to Switzerland, they will take in Vallorcine, before climbing up to Vallons des Chezerys, a true corner of paradise with a magnificent view over the Mont-Blanc chain. It is then time to finally reach the finish line in the heart of Chamonix. 

Check out the UTMB® website for more information

In the shoes of the UTMB®

The Invisible 'Essentials'

Running is part of our lives and we truly think that our products can help you run better and realise that there are no limits to what you can accomplish. Their unheralded features are invisible to the eyes, but when they are implemented, their virtues help runners focus on the essentials and make the most of their runs. find out more on footcare for trail running