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ABOUT THE
VAL D'ARAN
TRAIL CAMPS

Finally, you have decided what your challenge is going to be, whether it’s the 162 km of the VDA, the 105 km of the CDH or the 55 km of the PDA, many will call you crazy, daring, challenging your limits and those of nature!

Only you know what it means, the effort you will have to make in your preparation and the goals you set yourself, you and those of us who share a passion for the mountains, for trail running, for pushing our limits.

At Val D’Aran Trail Camps by UTMB® we want to help you prepare YOUR CHALLENGE with the best means you can imagine, with a personalised programme designed exclusively for YOU. Our goal is to ensure that you achieve your goals whatever they are, improving your records, achieving the expected result in your category or simply reaching the finish line having enjoyed one of the most demanding and beautiful races in the Val D’Aran.

Whatever your challenge, WE WILL HELP YOU TO REACH IT and to become a finisher of VAL D’ARAN by UTMB® and achieve the running stones with the best guarantees and the best results, as we have the best professionals and resources that will be exclusively at your service!

Led by our Technical Director Depa, Val D’Aran Trail Camps by UTMB®have a unique team of great professionals and elite runners who will accompany you during the preparation of your challenge, especially during the days of each Camp, in which you will have the possibility of cohabitating with them.

You will also have the possibility, via Webinar, to share and interact in exclusive talks that will be mediated by our Technical Director – Depa and where renowned Elite runners will develop topics that will be of interest to you (sport and family reconciliation, material to take into account before the race, technical and psychological aspects, etc.).

We will advise you to get the best results!

I am a Polar Trail athlete with a long career both nationally and internationally. My sporting roots go back to alpine skiing, a sport in which I became a professional when I was very young, but a serious injury took me out of the competitive arena. This process and the uncertainty of not knowing if I would be able to return to the top level turned me into a passionate, consistent, coherent and balanced athlete. I have competed in many corners of the world such as Nepal, Costa Rica, the United States and Europe, races in which I have accumulated a record of which I am very proud and a very rich experience. I am a translator and journalist and I have studies in sports training. I am the mother of a small child who doesn’t stand still.

I am 44 years old, I have 3 kids and I am a high school history and geography teacher. I am a former elite whitewater racer and rock climber and I run since I am 35. My favorite runs are long ones in mountains, especially when I discover new places, but I also enjoy every type of running: road running, flat running, short and intense training. I also practice road biking and cross-country skiing, which I really love. I did quite a lot of races, between 2013 and 2018, and I won some important ones: UTMB and World Championships in 2016, but also CCC in 2013, Lavaredo and Eiger UT in 2015, Hardrock 100 in 2017 and some other international races. But what I enjoyed the most at these time was that I was able to move fast and without too much effort through fantastic landscapes. In 2018, I began to suffer from various health problem, which forced met reduce dramatically my training. Now, I feel much better, so I can enjoy again the pleasure of proper training: I feel blessed for that and I really look forward to race again on some nice courses. Ultra Trail Val d’Aran is now one of my major goals for 2021.

Despite living by the sea, my passion lies in the mountains. I am a mountain runner, although if I had to categorise my passion it would be something similar to being a sports nut. I like all the activities that take place in nature; mountain running, climbing, mountaineering, cycling, ski mountaineering, among others. But what gives meaning to everything is to share all these experiences with my family and friends, and if it can be accompanied by a good sunset, it makes the day even more magical! All this, without any doubt, is accompanied by trips around the globe discovering new places, so if you look for me one day you might find me hanging on a wall or climbing a mountain!

Here are some of my main achievements: World Skymarathon Champion, 1st ULTRA PIRINEU, 1st place Zegama Aizkorri +record, 3rd UTMB, 3rd CCC.

I grew up in the Savoie region in the northern Alps and participated in athletics and notably cross country, as well as all outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing, canyoning and mountaineering.

Then I needed to escape competitions that were too “structured” and training sessions that didn’t really suit my desire for freedom and mountain activities. So I instinctively turned towards trail running.

Thanks to this discipline I found my way of combining my passions, being in the mountains, for pleasure, competition, discovery and travel. I am particularly careful of keeping a healthy lifestyle that supports my desires. I believe that trail running should remain a discipline that is fuelled by pleasure that each individual can have and enjoy every day.

Despite the stress, pressure and standardisation of an elite athlete’s life I try not to not let it over-influence me and remain myself, natural, according to my own values. By staying true to myself I believe I find a very intense emotional pleasure that is nourishing and complimentary to the physical pleasure and this in turn reflects in my practice and performance…

Mason by profession, from a village by the sea – Playa de Aro – but a lover of the mountains and all the sport I can practice there. In all the sports I have practiced I have tried to give 100% of myself, now I am in a stage that I started in 2013 and the truth is it has changed my life, from having my own company to gradually learn to live with less and try to give all of me to be happier although sacrificing many things, this path I chose I do not change for anything.

Some of my main achievements are: 2nd Ultra Trail World Tour 2018, 3rd UTMB 2018, 1st Everest Trail Race, 3rd Ultra Pirineu 2017 and 10th UTMB 2017.

DON'T WORRY...
WE TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING

In the Val D’Aran Trail Camps bu UTMB® you have everything you need so you can focus on training, competing and enjoying yourself:

  • Transfers
  • First class accommodation with breakfast included
  • Bib Number included
  • Meals and dinners
  • Provisioning during the day and night training days
  • Physical and psychological preparation for the distances and gradients to be faced in the 3 modalities that you can find in the Val D’Aran by UTMB®.
  • Technical learning of ascent and descent with and without poles, management of food during the race and supplies, preparation of equipment and practice with it, management of the night during the race.
  • Awareness of the rules of the mountains: life in the refuges, the dangers to be faced in the mountains and how to manage risk situations. Solidarity between participants and environmental awareness.

Our aim is that on the day of the race you are ready to give the very best of you and live a unique experience.

PREMIUM SERVICES,
UNIQUE FOR YOU

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VIP ACCOMMODATION

In the heart of the Val D’Aran Mauberme Mountain Boutique Hotel is waiting for you to live unique experiences in a magical and charming place.

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INCLUDES

By signing up for the Val d’Arán Trail Camps by UTMB®, your race bib is automatically included in the race of your choice.

DIFFERENT LEVELS AND OPTIONS

So that each of the runners can prepare for their challenge, we have training sessions for each of the levels that form part of the Val D’Aran by UTMB®. Click on the image to see available dates, runners and race modalities.

Val d'Aran Trail Camps by UTMB Logistics

LOGISTICS AND ASSISTANCE

We have the necessary means to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You will have transport to and from the training points according to the plan indicated by our Technical Director. You will have VIP refreshment points where you will be able to find, depending on the day, hot food, drinks, refreshment point, etc.

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PHYSIOTHERAPY

We have professionals who will choose the most effective treatment according to the needs of the runner, thus guaranteeing the best service to complement your daily training.

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SPORTS NUTRITION

Nutrition plays a fundamental role in your day-to-day life in order to achieve your goals. For this reason, during the camp, thematic talks will be held on how to achieve greater sports performance, gain muscle mass, recover after exercise, improve your performance, lose weight (fat), etc.

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