Dates: October 2020
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Price: €338 per person
Starting point: Gap, Southern French Alps
Terrain: Trail, mountains
Longest distance: 58km
TABLE OF CONTENT
About the Routes
Distance: 58 km and 3200m of ascent – a tough but beautiful trail (no pain, no gain!). Run through the stunning ridges, stumbling upon forgotten villages and enjoy the wild terrain. There are some technical sections, so be wary!
This can be done as an individual, as a DUO team where you start together, run together and finish together and as a RELAY.
The Edelweiss as a Relay
If you do it as a relay, the course is split into 3 sections:
Route 1: From start to Rabou | Distance: 22km | Ascent: 1310m
Route 2: From Rabou to Col de Gleize | Distance: 16.2km | Ascent: 1298m
Route 3: From Col de Gleize to finish | Distance: 20.5km | Ascent: 603m
The Trail des 3 Cols
Distance: 50 km and 2600m of ascent – a new route that opened in 2018. It runs between SuperDevoluy and Gap taking in three magnificent cols.
Distance: 27 km and 1200m of ascent – an astounding run with a steady consistent climb, beautiful ridges and rolling descent.
Distance: 14 km and 650m of ascent – a good route for new runners and walkers who are experiencing the world of trail running for the first time.
The Ladies Trail
Distance: 6 km and 250m of ascent – A fun little trail that runs up onto the hill of St Mens through the woods above Gap. No rankings for this trail.
The Mini Kids Trail
Distance: 800m – Don’t wanna leave all the running fun to the grownups. Join the kids’ trail that runs in a loop. It is done one or more times depending on the age group (<8, 8-12, 12<).
All the trails are waymarked (no navigation requirements) and it is possible to get soft drinks and snacks at the refreshment stops. Safety and security are well managed with first aid posts strategically positioned around the courses and a red cross tent at the arrival.
There are no kit restrictions so you can wear whatever you like and you don’t need to carry any of your own security or safety equipment.
DAY 1 | Friday – Arrival
When you arrive at the hotel on Friday evening, we will go through the weekend so can plan and prepare yourself to make
We’ll meet you at the hotel on your arrival evening and go through the weekend so you can prepare yourself and make the most of your time here. The weekend will be dictated by your race times. If there are people doing different races in your party we help you to organize yourselves so that the logistics work.
DAY 2 | Saturday
10:00 AM – 19:30 PM: Collect race number and visit race village
Mini Kids Trail – Departs: 13:00 PM from Parc Pépinière (Gap). Arrivals: Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
Ladies Trail – Departs: 14:00 PM from Parc Pépinière (Gap). Arrivals from 14:30 PM: Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
Trail of Saint Mens – Departs: 15:30 PM from Parc Pépinière (Gap). Arrivals from 16:30 PM Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
At the Ice rink
17:00 PM: Prize giving – Ladies Trail
17:30 PM: Prize giving Saint Mens Trail
19:30 PM: Pasta Party and music for all race participants and volunteers
DAY 3 | Sunday
Shuttle departure is from the ice rink Alp Arena for all trails.
Trail Eidelweiss 58km Individual / DUO and RELAY (runner 1)
Shuttle Departs: 4:30 AM / 5h
Race Departs: 6:30 AM Superdevoluy
Arrivals from 11:45 AM at Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
Trail des Trois Cols 50km
Shuttle Departs: 4:30 AM / 5h (first runner)
Race Departs: 6:30 AM Superdevoluy
Arrivals from 10:45 AM at Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
Trail des Cretes 27km
Shuttle Departs: 7:30 AM / 8h (first runner)
Race Departs: 9:30 AM Superdevoluy
Arrivals from 11:30 AM at Alp Arena Gap (ice rink)
At the Ice rink
12:00 PM: Buffet for runners opens
14:00 PM: Prize giving Trail des Cretes
15:00 PM: Prize giving Trail Eidelweiss / DUO / RELAY
DAY 4 | Monday – Departure
Time for departure.
What’s Included in the Price?
- 3 nights accommodation
- Shuttles to starts of races
- Race entry for either The Eidelweiss (individual, DUO or RELAY), The Trois Cols, The Cretes, The Ladies trail or The Saint-Mens trail race
- Race lunch on arrival
- Pasta party on eve of race (Saturday evening) with entertainment
- Local Information on things to see and do around Gap
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- Flights/train tickets
- Meals on day 3 and day 4, and breakfast and lunch on day 2
- Travel insurance
Trail Running Kit
This is not an exhaustive list, but some good recommendations of what you might want to bring along with your own personal favourite running kit. The most essential thing to consider when packing is the weather. Since it is generally hot here, light clothing is vital to reflect away the heat.
- Trail running trainers (specific trail shoes that are suitable for uneven terrain)
- Trail running socks
- Light colored running tops
- Windproof top
- Running shorts or leggings
- Lightweight poles
- Small rucksack or water carrier
- Sunscreen (factor 30+)
- Head torch (if you are entering an event with a very early start time when it is still dark)