France/Font Romeu Trail Run
The Font Romeu Nature Trail Run takes place on July 4 in 2020 (check the date before booking flight and hotel). Font Romeu is where Kilian Jornet, one of the world´s most famous trail runner, grew up. If you have heard about Kilian´s Classic, this is the one!
The marathon distance is also called the Carlit marathon. It is 42 kilometres with an ascent of 2300 metres including the summit of Carlit.
The half marathon is called the Trail des Lacs. It is said to be 21 kilometres, but my GPS showed 28 kilometres. The ascent is 1300 metres.
Carlit marathon starts at 6:30 in the morning in the very enter of Font Romeu. Trail des Lacs starts at 8:00. Trail des Lacs partly follows the same route as the Carlit marathon.
Both races pass by meadows, streams and grazing cows. You climb a couple of ski pistes along the way with the last one being a true challenge for anyone. The views are great!
Part of the trail is rather technical and besides running uphill before the race you shall practice running downhill as well. That will at least save you a lot of time.
You finally reach the goal in the village, at the same place where you started.
The race is arranged by the people living in the village and they were so enthusiastic and helpful even though we do not know any French at all.
Practical information about trail races in France
To participate in run races in France you need a certificate that indicates that you are fit enough. Probably your doctor can sign the document for you. In Sweden you can get a signed certificate at your Vårdcentral. It will probably cost you some 300 SEK and you need to
book the appointment well in advance.
During the race there is some mandatory equipment. That includes water, whistle, safety blanket, buff, and a cup for water. You probably also want to bring some bars or gels.
You apply for the race here.
Where to stay in Font Romeu?
There are some more simple hotels in Font Romeu. We ended up staying at an apartment hotel, Residence Le Pic de l'Ours just by the start/finish of the race. That was a great advantage since one of us run the Carlit marathon and the other Trail des Lacs. Also, we did not have to get up too early in the morning since we had 10 metres to the starting point.
The apartments have balconys and some of them provide a lovely view of the landscape. Ask for a balcony with a view! If this place updated it's furniture it would be a great stay.
How to get to Font Romeu?
Font Romeu is a 2 hours beautiful drive north of Barcelona, You pass by the Catalonian landscape, the Pyrenees and a Spanish enclave in France.
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