The DDM|13 and Junior – DDM’s Youth Race
Start: 1:00pm – Adults and Juniors
The DDM Trail welcomes athletes of all ages! Since we know that trailing is often a family affair, this race allows advanced trailers to push their envelope while giving newer or younger trailers a chance to cut their teeth on this legendary route.
This (nearly) 13 km-long race offers 2 versions – one for adults and one for youths ages 12 to 17. The race starts and ends at the iconic Trail des Dents du Midi arch.
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The start is located on the village road, near the tourist office, under the DDM Trail arch.
The first 200 metres follow the gentle uphill slope of the Rue du Village. The next 700 metres continue along asphalt residential roads, followed by another 700-metre-long segment on a forest road. Runners will then cross a bridge over the Vièze River. Taking the Roc Coupé trail, head steeply uphill through forests and then pastures before reaching the race’s high point at the Belle-Etoile alpine suspension bridge, having cumulated about 500 metres elevation gain. Racers then follow the path to the Bonaveau Hut, where the route meets up with the original Trail itinerary. From here, it’s a steep descent back to Grand Paradis before crossing the bridge to the large parking lot at the Grand Paradis chairlift.
At the end of the parking lot, just at the edge of the forest, is the beginning of the Chemin des Pousettes, or ‘baby buggy trail’, a 700-metre-long forest path with an elevation loss of 34 m.
At the end of this path, the route continues through the quiet residential streets of Champéry village for another 670 metres to the Restaurant le Vieux-Chalet and the Boutique Hotel Beau-Séjour & Spa.
From here, you’ll coast down the Rue du Village on a cloud of euphoria to the sound of spectators cheering. Feel the thrill as the speaker calls out your name as you finally pass, like a conquering hero, under the arch at the finish line!