Grand Raid des Pyrénées 2011 Registration

On your mark, get set, go! Another thrilling race is set for this summer and registration for the 2011 edition of the Grand Raid des Pyrénées is just around the corner. Route modifications and top athletes from around the world guarantee an unforgettable event.

Grand Raid des Pyrenees.  Photo: Event HostAfter three years of successful events, organizers of the Grand Raid des Pyrénées prepare for the fourth edition by opening registration on January 11, 2011.

True to the previous editions, two formats will test the resilience of the participating ultra racers: the Ultra, 160km with 10,000m positive ascent and the Grand, 80km with 5,000m positive ascent.

The 2011 Grand Raid des Pyrénées is scheduled to be held from August 26-­28.

The Ultra will start at 05:00 on August 26th in the picturesque town of Vielle‐Aure. Top racers are expected to finish the race in twenty-four hours, although two years ago, the winners shocked everyone by finishing in twenty-two hours.The time cutoff for all racers on the Ultra is fifty hours.

The Grand will kick off at 05:00 on August 27th and has an expected finish time of eleven hours. The cutoff for the Grand will be twenty­‐five hours.

A few race modifications have been made to the 2011 course by taking previous racers' suggestions into consideration. However, there is no need to worry - the core of the route remains unchanged.  Highlights of the Grand Raid des Pyrénées trail like the ascent of the majestic Pic du Midi (altitude of 2,877m) are irreplaceable.

The event hosts of the Grand Raid des Pyrénées expect another international and diverse group of athletes to attend. Last year's edition welcomed racers from 22 different countries, from as far away as Australia and Singapore.

Racers rave about the race in France and the internationally recognized website Sleepmonsters.com has described the race as, “Going from strength to strength”.

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