Where to watch
There are plenty of bars and cafes in the centre of Chamonix where you can base yourselves to see the runners heading towards the finish line and soak up the best of the atmosphere. The Bistro des Sports and La Terrasse are great spots to settle into with a drink or a snack.
When the UTMB race sets off, you can see the runners pass through from the centre of town to the bottom of the high street, and onto the end of the valley. The atmosphere is electric as thousands of runners stream through the streets, watched over by the event helicopter, filming the spectacle from above. Buonissimo cafe, Cha Cha Cha and the Vagabond are good places to watch from, or as they reach Lac de Gaillands, the Vert is a great place to stop and watch. In Les Houches you can sit at La Chavanne, the restaurant across the road from the mairie, where there's always music playing and a pit stop for the runners so you can give them lots of encouragement as they pass by.
You can also watch the runners on the mountain, literally anywhere on the trail routes or at the pit stops, just make sure you're not in their way! You'll be able to tell the nationalities of the runners from their race numbers, where a little flag will let you know whether to cheer "Keep Going!", "Allez!" or "Vamos!"
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