News Échappée Belle 2020

We trust that you managed to find your way back to the tracks after the lock-out, while still applying the protection rules of course. For our part, we have been working since mid-march on adapting l’Echappée Belle to the current and moving health situation. We have actually decided to take a little more time in order to optimize our chances to maintain l’Echappée Belle, and we will announce a final decision on Saturday, June 20. We will definitely keep in touch and share any new and decisive information until that date.
We look forward to meeting you in Belledonne !
Meanwhile please take care of yourself.

Information Échappée Belle 2020

Hello trailer friends

First of all we hope you and your beloved ones are in great shape. We are counting on your legendary ultra trailer mindset to apply confinement rules, although we are well aware how painful it can be for you going through such times. L’Échappée Belle is a demanding race and we hope, just like you, that you will soon be able to get back to training !

Many runners are currently worrying about whether or not our event will be held this year. To date we have no certainty but be aware we will do everything possible to welcome you in Belledonne, although that will only be as long as we can guarantee safety, for you, the volunteers, and the local population. The whole team is currently working on different scenarios in order to adapt as quickly as possible to the situation and to soon-expected government rules related to such events.

We remain very focused on the evolution of the situation and will get back to you very soon with more information.

Please trust we are doing our very best to meet up all together in Belledonne late August, in the best possible conditions.

Thank you for your understanding, let’s stand together.

The whole organization team

Sébastien Chaigneau sponsor Échappée Belle 2020

Sébastien Chaigneau, ultra-trailer and fan of mountains and outdoor sports, owns a dense track record with numerous podiums on renowned international races: 3rd place at the Diagonale des Fous 2005, 2nd in 2009 and 3rd in 2011 at the UTMB, 1st at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2011, 3rd of the TransGranCanaria 2011, 1st and record holder of the TransGranCanaria 2012 and 2013, triple winner of the Libyan Challenge in 2007, 2008 and 2009 (200 kms in 30 hours in desert and full autonomy), 1st of the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run (USA, 160 km, 10,000 D +) in 2013 …

We are thrilled to welcome him back to the race, and very proud to announce he will be the moral sponsor of this 8th edition.

New 2020 / Selection by the draw for 149km and 87km races

In 2019, registration for Echappée Belle Intégrale was complete in 23 hours, and for the North Crossing in 7 days. We have a possibility to increase the number of places. But since we committed for a sustainable management of the race and we would like to prevent pushing on paths, to limit soil erosion, and preserve friendliness and pleasure.

Increasing prominence of Echappée Belle last years makes us think that 149km could be completed in few hours only, and the North Crossing (87km) in 2 or 3 days maximum.

This situation might create several inconveniences such as:

  • Disappointment of those who did not have a chance to register;
  • Registerrations on the spur of the moment without assessing how challenging the race is;
  • Disappointment of people who could not register and are not able to run as their trail buddies do;
  • Incomplete information provided during registration might trigger addition treatment time for our volunteers;
  • International trainers who miss the opportunity to register because of jetlag.

In order to avoid pushing and to give equal opportunities to all to participate to Echappée Belle, we decided to establish the principle of selection by the draw for 149km and 87km races.

  • The registration period will last 15 full days.
  • Results will be available few days later.
  • Registrations in a group are possible: in this case, ALL group members are chosen in the lottery, or any member of the group is chosen.
  • Reasonable number of places are specifically reserved for female runners to encourage women to register and participate.
  • Same for international runners.
  • A defined number of 50 places are reserved at the discretion of organizers for volunteers, certain journalists, partners, etc.
  • All who were not selected in the lottery will be placed on waiting list which will be used to continue registrations in case of cancellations.

This operational mode is complex, but it seems to us a better option to guarantee efficiency of the registration process by our amazing team of volunteers, as well guaranteeing quality of Echappée Belle.

This year, the insurance is included in the registration. It comprehends helicopter transportation, mountain rescue services, repatriation. For few more euros, you can have a possibility to extend insurance to one-year period and be covered during all your trainings and sport events.

The 8th edition of Echappee Belle, Belledonne’s Ultra Crossing, will take place on August 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2020

Registration opening January 13th 2020

Three races in altitude throughout the wild, steady and rocky Belledonne Mountain:

  • Echappee Belle Integrale, 149k and 11400m of elevation, solo or duo, from Vizille to Aiguebelle, for the complete crossing of Belledonne Mountain. With more than 40k above 2000m and a minimum of descent in the valley, this very technical and demanding ultra trail running offers an unique experience. This race is a real fun for experienced trailers who love stunning and challenging terrain.
  • The North Crossing, 87k and 6140m elevation solo from Pleynet/Les 7 Laux to Aiguebelle, for sky-run-wild-terrain lovers. This ultra trail running offers a great opportunity to discover the North Face of Belledonne by day and its mythic Moretan Pass (be ready for 1500m ascent and 1500m descent in a raw)!
  • NEWS The Ridge Track offers now a new route of 62k and 4700m elevation solo from Allevard to Aiguebelle. A very challenging route throughout the wild trails of Maurienne side of Belledonne, with the highlight Rognier Peak. The time limit will remain more accessible than the 2 other races, to allow runners to experience this adventure.
    Discover the race: http://lechappeebelledonne.tracedetrail.fr/fr

For sake of security and well-being of runners, number of participants is limited to 500 per race (100 addition runners for duo on the 144k) on random draw.

L’Échappée Belle 2019, The Unforgettable Edition!

The 2019 edition is a highlight in the history of the race thanks to perfect weather conditions coupled with an exceptional line-up of competitors and their impressive performance!

YOGA Session for runners Échappée Belle 2019

August Thursday 22th 2019, 05:00 PM Aiguebelle Gymnasium

François D’Haene, one of the best ultra-trail runner, will run the Echappée Belle in 2019!

3 time winner of UTMB and 4 time winner of the Diagonale des Fous, François D’Haene is a giant among the ultra-trail running world. After the Hardrock 100 in USA mid july, he’ll run the Echappée Belle, ultra crossing of Belledonne, August 23rd in Vizille, Isère.

The 7th Edition of Echappée Belle, ultra trail running of Belledonne, will be held on Aug 23, 24 and 25, 2019.