UT4M Ultra Tour Des 4 Massifs 2021 Preview

The 9th edition of the Ut4M (Ultra Tour Des 4 Massifs) will take place in July 2021, 15th – 18th after missing the 2020 edition due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Alpine Trail based in and around Grenoble, just 1-hour from Lyon has the tagline, ‘where the magic happens’ and no doubt there will plenty of magic as runners participate in one of the 13-races on offer over an incredible 4-days.

The main event is the 160km which has two options and in many ways, sets the stage for all the other events that take place, as the shorter event utilise sections of the 160km route.

As the name suggests, the 160km route takes in the complete Ultra Tour Des 4 Massifs either in one go, starting at 1600hrs on July 16th or over 4-days, starting at 0800 on July 15th. The remaining 3-stages utilise the same routes as the Ut4M 40 (4 days and 4 races) routes.

Also on offer Ut4M Master 100km, the Ut4M 80 Challenge, the Ut4M 20 challenge comprised of 4-races and finally, the Ut4M 10.


Ut4M 160 solo and 4-day challenge encompasses all that is on offer in the stunning area of France and provides a full 360 all encompassing experience. Departing from Seyssins and in the first section, Pic Saint Michel, Vif and Uriol will be experienced.

Connex is the start of the second massif and the Pas de la Vache is the highpoint of the whole route before Rioupéroux concludes this section.

Croix de Chamrousse in the heart of the Belledonne massif is welcomed in the third Massif, here, it is high mountain terrain with rocks, akes and snowfields. The Pra refuge will be expreinced and the Col du Loup at 2400m.

The final massif starts with the Manival, then the Faita pass followed by Chamechaude, the highest peak of the Chartreuse massif. Sappey-en-Chartreuse, Col de Vence, Mont Rachais and finally the Bastille before the arrival in Grenoble.

Ut4M Master is a classic 100 km long distance that encourages trail runners to t0 spend a night in the heart of the mountain! First, the Belledonne massif known for its steep trail and technicality. Then the Chartreuse massif with its dense forest that in bad weather will test everyone.

Ut4M 80 Challenge is a new challeneg that begins with the Vercors massif and a long climb towards Moucherotte and descent towards Lans-en-Vercors. Pas de la Vache and then a vertical kilometre climb will test all. The finish in the Chartreuse massif passing by the St-Eynard fort offers an exceptional night view of Grenoble and its metropolis.

Ut4M 40 Series breaks down the Ut4M 160 route to 4-stages that may be taken individually or, they make up the Ut4M 4-day challenge.

Ut4M 20 Series offers 4 races in the Vercors, Taillefer, Belledonne and Chartreuse – A perfect way to discover either part of a mountain range or a distance for novices in trail running. Each of these races allows different profiles: ascending or descending, day or night, rocky or single track.

Ut4M 10 starts and concludes in Grenoble. An event for anyone, young or old.


The Ut4m 160 covers 172km with 11330m of vertical gain. The 4-day races starts at 0800 on July 15th along with the Ut4M participants and then follows the daily timings of the Ut4M 40 races.

The Ut4m 160 solo event starts 16th July at 1600 hours.

The Ut4M Master has a total distance of 98.9km, 5930m of vertical ascent and starts July 17th at 6am.

The Ut4M 40 races start at 0800 15th July along with the Ut4M 160 4-stage race and then each day, 16, 17th and 18th at 0700. Distances are 42km per stage and ascent of 2700-3400m.

The Ut4M 20 series has 600 to 1900m per stage over 20kms and they start at 10am on the 15th, 0900 on the 16th, 1000 on the 17th and at midnight on the 18th.

The Ut4M 10 has 300m of ascent and depart July 17 at 1400 hrs.

Full details and information available HERE

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Marmot24™ and Marmot Dark Mountains™ get Petzl sponsorship

Lyon Equipment, the distributors of Petzl in the UK and Ireland, has today announced a wide-ranging new sponsorship deal with Ourea Events. The agreement will see Petzl, the Worlds leading headlamp brand, becoming an event partner for both Marmot24™ and Marmot Dark Mountains™.
Both races involve lots of nocturnal action and Petzl, with it highly innovative headlamp range, makes a logical partner for these events. Marmot24™ consists of 24-hours non-stop mountain marathon racing and the inaugural race takes place at the beginning of August in the Lake District. Marmot Dark Mountains™ is firmly established as one of the most serious and challenging mountain races in the UK, with dusk to dawn racing in January each year. Both events require competitors to navigate, race and remain safe in the mountains at night.
In addition to become an event partner for these two prestigious races, Petzl will also become a supporting sponsor for the Dragon’s Back Race™, Berghaus Trail Chase™, Great Lakeland 3Day™, Cape Wrath Ultra™ and the Rab Mountain Marathon™.  This wide ranging new sponsorship will strongly associated Petzl with many of the leading mountain running events in the UK for the next three years.
Shane Ohly, Managing Director of Ourea Events said, “Petzl products are superb and their headlamps are a natural companions to our events, which often challenge product and people in equal measure!”

Image ©iancorless.com - Marmot Dark Mountains

Image ©iancorless.com – Marmot Dark Mountains

He continued, “I fondly remember my first Petzl Zoom headtorch in the early 1990’s and don’t think I have been without a Petzl headtorch of some kind since then. With such a wide and innovative range of headlamps there is definitely an appropriate Petzl product for all our competitors at all our different events”. I am looking forward to working with Lyon Equipment and Petzl”.
Martin Bergerud, Brand Manager for Petzl at Lyon Equipment added, “We are genuinely excited to be linked to and working with Ourea Events as Event Partners on the Marmot 24 and Marmot Dark Mountain Marathon and as supporting sponsors to all their other current and future iconic events that they organise. They deliver eye exciting yet challenging events where having dependable and practical product designed for the task are key, an ideal playground for Petzl”.
For more than 30 years Petzl has led the way in as an innovator in the research, design and manufacture of quality headlamps. From humble beginnings, when Fernand Petzl fashioned the first helmet-mounted light for caving, headlamps were refined over time, until he created the ‘Zoom’ model, which, with its rotating bezel as a switch and focus adjuster, became a seminal outdoor product well into the 21st century. At the same time, international praise grew for all of Petzl’s climbing and mountaineering equipment.
Petzl now provides a comprehensive range of hands-free lighting for many outdoor activities from alpinism to fishing and night-running to canyoning. Utilising the very best LED and battery technology you can choose from the iconic TIKKA range the proven MYO RXP, illuminate a tree from 120 with the ULTRA, have the security of the back up of an E+LITE in your rucksack or delve into the future with the latest REACTIVE LIGHTING featured torches such as the TIKKA R+ and the revolutionary NAO.
For further Information about:
Ourea Events, visit www.OureaEvents.com or contact Shane Ohly on 07771516962 or ShaneOhly@OureaEvents.com
Petzl and Lyon Equipment, visit www.lyon.co.uk/outdoor/ or contact Martin Bergerud on 015396 26338 ormartinb@lyon.co.uk
Please note – Press release provided by Ourea Events