MAXI-RACE ANNECY 2020: THE NEW MARATHON-RACE WILL BE 3rd STAGE IN THE GOLDEN TRAIL NATIONAL SERIES

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After gaining so much popularity year after year, the MAXI-RACE ANNECY in its 10th edition will host a new Marathon format, the Marathon-Race will be the 3rd stage of the Golden Trail National Series en France/Belgium. Two different courses, the Marathon Experience that will start as usual in Doussard, and the Marathon-Race which will start at along the lake in Talloires.

Let’s check the official video from 2019 Maxi-Race Annecy.

 

 

 

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MAXI-RACE ANNECY 2020: NEW MARATHON-RACE 3rd STAGE IN

THE GOLDEN TRAIL NATIONAL SERIES

 

The new Marathon-Race, 42km with 3400m of vertical gain and drop, will include a much more challenging course reserved for mountain trail runners with a more competitive mindset looking for points and results. The starting line will be along the lake in Talloires. The course will begin with a steep uphill section and throws one thigh-pounding descent after another at runners for a truly unforgettable race. The new-and-improved Marathon Race will only share 15km of trails with the Marathon-eXperience, primarily the final kilometers of the course. Registration will be limited to 1000 runners who have a minimum of 450 ITRA points. This race will be part of the 2020 Golden Trail National Series.

 

The new format for the Marathon-Race makes it one of the major stages in the Golden Trail National Series. Among the already registered competitors, 11 runners in the men’s category have more than 800 ITRA points.

The list of elite racers includes several Frenchmen: the winner of the 2019 MaXi-Race, Michel Lanne (869 ITRA pts), a frequent podium finisher at the MaXi-Race. Gautier Airiau (866 ITRA pts), Julien Michelon (856 ITRA pts), Anthony Felber (839 ITRA pts), Nathan Jovet, and Alexandre Depeche figure among the favorites, as well as Gédéon Pochat (815 ITRA pts), who has participated in every MaXi-Race since 2014 and really enjoys the trails around Lake Annecy.

As of today, the women’s field of elites proves much more international. Mauritian runner Marie Perrier (703 ITRA pts) and German runner Romy Mey (659 ITRA pts) will compete against Frenchwomen Anne-Lise Desjacques (654 ITRA pts) and Andrea Canaud (621 ITRA pts). American Alexandra Earle (635 ITRA pts) will also test her mettle on this new race course!

 

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THE 2020 GOLDEN TRAIL NATIONAL SERIES FRANCE/BELGIUM:
6 RACES IN 2020

 

This national race circuit targets not only elite athletes, but also amateur runners who like to challenge themselves on the trails of renowned locations and during major sporting events.
In 2020, six races are scheduled, from Mt. Ventoux in the south of France to the Belgian Ardennes, by way of the Southern and Northern French Alps (from the foot of Mt. Blanc to around Lake Annecy), with the national finals in Basque country, and the grand international super finals in the Azores!

The 6 stages:

46 km / Ergysport Trail du Ventoux, Bédoin (84), March 8

From Provence’s lavender fields to the windy peaks above tree line.

49 km / La Bouillonnante, Bouillon, Belgium, April 25

The 15th edition and counting! Fewer mountains but more friendly?

39 km / Greenweez MaXi-Race, The Marathon-Race, Annecy-le-Vieux (74), France, May 31

An incredible location from lakeside beaches to mountain ridgelines.

42 km / Marathon du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix (74), France, June 28

A legendary course through the Mont Blanc Range.

42 km / Trail Ubaye Salomon Barcelonnette, France, August 9

In one of the most beautiful valleys in the Southern French Alps, basking in the Mediterranean sun, three trail races, including a technical, demanding, and committing course for elite runners.

21 km, GTNS Finals, the Skyrhune in Ascain (64), France, September 12

The technical, committing race course combines the passion of Basque country with an elite field of runners.

 

New for 2020! The grand finale will be held in the Azores on November 7, during the Azores Trail Run: 38 km / 2080 m of vertical gain.

The first 3 men and women in the Golden Trail National Series France/Belgium will be invited to compete in the super finals on November 7, in the Azores, against the top runners from the other Golden Trail National Series in Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.

The top 3 men and women in the super finals will earn a spot on the 2021 Golden Trail World Tour.

 

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MAXI RACE: PHOTO GALLERY

 

 

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Info by Abel de Frutos for Trailrunningspain