The Vosges Mountains welcome trail runners all year long on a high-performance getaway.
Trail running is about giving the best of yourself, finding harmony of body and mind, and enjoying privileged moments with nature: bring on the hills!
The winter trail along the Moselotte
The boldest runners head to the Moselotte for the winter trail running race. Every February, hundreds of cold-loving trail racers cross the finish line. Running with a friend or racing on our own, we’re mesmerised by the snow-covered landscapes as we climb higher and higher.
info point: There are 3 itineraries depending on your ability: 14, 28 or 42 km.
Between two seasons: the Petit Ballon trail
If winter decides to stick around, you’ll have to dress warmly to run the Petit Ballon trail race. Held yearly in mid-March, this competition attracts a crowd of athletes for its 52 km race, with an elevation from 200 to 1,300 m and a height gain of more than 2,300 m. Cross the starting line in Rouffach and head out on a high-performance adventure in the heart of the vineyards of Alsace.
info point: For the 15th anniversary of the trail running race in 2018, a new itinerary has been added. The “Quinzaine” is a 15 km trail with a height gain of 400 m.
The spring trail of the Valley of the Lakes
The trail race of the Valley of the Lakes is a fun, family-friendly event. Kids can proudly compete in the 2.5 km Mini Trail or the 1 km Traillounet. We opt for the 13 km women’s race, La Natur’elle, to discover the hidden lakes of the Vosges Mountains.
An Indian summer on the Infernal Traill
The name might scare off some runners, but we are up to the challenge! Every September, the unforgiveable Infernal Trail race of the Vosges takes runners on an exceptional discovery of the Vosges Mountains. There are 7 different events, for both casual runners and expert racers.
For Stéphane Brogniart, trail running isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. An expert at long distances and at pushing his limits, this home-grown runner has an impressive list of achievements. In 2016, he crossed the Vosges in just 31 hours and 6 minutes! A total of 217 km on the GR5 footpath through the mountainous terrain of the Vosges.
Point info : Give trail running a try alongside Stéphane. All year long, he shares his passion for trails on training courses for both beginners and experienced runners.