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Sep 5, 2018

Ultra-marathon through the Alps

Ultra-marathon through the Alps

Runners punish themselves on a 106-mile race through the Alps in the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in the world.
Respect, I get bored with having to run 5km.

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A contestant lights a candle in the St-Michel church before the start of the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Contestants wait for the start the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Contestants wait wait for the start the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Buehler of Switzerland waits for the start the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Zach Miller of the U.S. (C) runs after compatriot Jim Walmsley (L) and Kilian Jornet of Spain in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Walmsley of the U.S. runs in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Kilian Jornet of Spain runs in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Walmsley of the U.S. runs in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run in the Col de Voza during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors climb during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors climb during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors climb during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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A competitor takes a bottle during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors climb during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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A competitors climbs during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at La Balme near Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors warm up by a fire at the Lake Combale during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitor runs at the Lake Combale during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitor rests during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Dolonne near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors rest during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Dolonne near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitor crosses a stream during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race at the Val Ferret near Courmayeur DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Thevenard of France celebrates winning the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Thevenard of France celebrates winning the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Thevenard of France celebrates with his girlfriend Amelie after winning the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Competitors run through the Mont-Blanc massif in the Alps during the 16th Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) race in Chamonix, France TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

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