Sports Events for Families au Pays du Mont-Blanc

The season for trail running, triathlons, half-marathons, marathons, bike races, ultra races is now upon us . . . and if you like taking part IN (or being a spectator AT) sports events, then there are plenty of options au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . .

Many of the upcoming sporting events have options for families and children, big and small . . . so here – below – is an outline for some family sporting fun au Pays du Mont-Blanc over the coming months . . .

Colour code for listings:

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine)

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

Further France



2018 calendar for sports events (with children’s/family options)
  • Sunday 20th May 2018La Grimpée du RuisseauSallanches – walk/running race options;
  • Sunday 27th MayLe Dré dans l’DarbonDomancy/Lac de Passy – VTT race;
  • 8th, 9th & 10th June – Festival Capoeira da BahiaCluses;
  • 15th to 17th June 2018 – Samoëns Trail Tour Samoëns – trail running;
  • 15th to 17th June 2018 – Alps Bike Festival La Clusaz – VTT race;
  • Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th JuneLa CombloraneCombloux running race;
  • 20th to 24th June – CrankworxLes Gets – VTT event;
  • 28th June to 1st July – Marathon du Mont-BlancChamonix;
  • 6th, 7th & 8th JulyChamonix Yoga FestivalChamonix;
  • 6th, 7th & 8th JulyMB Race – Megève & Combloux – VTT race;
  • 7th to 9th JulySpartan RaceMorzine Avoriaz – obstacle race;
  • Sunday 8th JulyLa Folle Furieuse ®Les Carroz – obstacle & mud race;
  • July – La Traversée du Lac de PassyPassy – swimming competition;
  • Sunday 29th July – 10ème Trail Tour du Fiz and Camp de Base Passy;
  • Sunday 12th AugustMonts et Couleurs  Notre Dame de Bellecombe – colourful fun run;
  • 24th, 25th & 26th August – Mont-Blanc Triathlon International Passy – swimming, biking, running;
  • 27th August until 2nd September – UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc)Chamonix & beyond – ultra trail running race;
  • 16th SeptemberColor’Annecy Annecy – colourful family fun run;
  • 23rd SeptemberLe Tac’Athlon Lacs des Ilettes, Sallanches – road-biking, VTT, running;
  • Sunday 7th OctoberLa Chirv’Athlon (“le bike and run“) – Servoz;

AGENDA (chronological order):

La Grimpée du Ruisseau – Walk & Race – (Sallanches) – Sunday 20th May 2018
© Grimpée du Ruisseau

This walk/race leaves from Burzier and heads up to Mayères, up above Sallanches. There are 3 different options: a 15km race and a 12km or 7km walk for families . . . / see here for route description / eco-friendly measure: navettes from Carrefour car park up to the start of the race/walk in Buzier;

price: adults: 17€; children (up to 12 years): 12€ (meal included);

more information/to sign up: limited to 420 participants! / website / FB page;


Grimpée du Ruisseau, Sallanches © Grimpée du Ruisseau

Le Dré dans L’Darbon Rando – VTT – (Domancy) – Sunday 27th May 2018

This convivial VTT circuit – this year the 9th edition of Rando VTT – Dré dans L’Darbon – comes highly recommended by the whole MBFF team, who took part last spring (with the littlest member enjoying the ride from his bike seat behind his maman!).

© VTT – Dré dans L’Darbon

parcours – the Dré dans L’Darbon departs from /arrives at the Tour Carrée in Domancy, and there are different parcours to choose from (from 10km to 77km), heading to Lac de Passy, Sallanches, Combloux, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Demi-Quartier, Megève, Magland and more local villages.  This year, Dré Dans l’Darbon is offering 7 parcours for all levels with 8 fun pit-stops. Le parcours vert will be of special interest to families with small children . . . this 10km route departs from La Tour Carrée in Domancy, and then heads towards Lac de Passy. It then heads off the beaten track, into the woods . . . / for more information about all of the parcours (including a parcours descente en fauteuil tout terrain), see website;

Dré dans L’Darbon’s story this VTT event saw the light in 2009, with the primary objective to encourage people to get out on their VTT bikes and to enjoy springtime nature with family and friends au Pays du Mont-Blanc.  From the original 4 members and 40 volunteers, this year the number of volunteers has surged to 110!

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