May 24, 2024
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Cledara Sponsors Val d'Aran 2024 by UTMB

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This prestigious event, taking place from July 3 to 7, 2024, in the stunning Pyrenees, is a highlight in the world of mountain ultramarathons.

by
Jack Harris

Cledara is once again proudly sponsoring the Val d'Aran by UTMB for the fourth year in a row. This event has become a cornerstone in the world of mountain ultramarathons, and we couldn't be more excited to continue our partnership. 

What is UTMB?

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is more than just a race; it's a grueling challenge that pushes runners to their limits. Held annually in the Alps, this ultramarathon covers a staggering 171 kilometers (106 miles) with an elevation gain of over 10,000 meters (32,940 feet). 

The race winds through France, Italy, and Switzerland, following the scenic yet demanding Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path. Known as one of the toughest and most prestigious trail ultramarathons globally, UTMB attracts elite athletes and determined runners from around the world.

‘Today trail running is open to everyone and based on the pursuit of freedom. It brings people closer, forging bonds through fundamental human and sporting values.’ Catherine and Michel Poletti, founders of UTMB

Win an entry to Val D'Aran by UTMB with Cledara

We have entries to give away to this sold out event that allow the winners to choose any of the events on the weekend.

  • VDA (163km): 5th July
  • CDH (110km): 5th July
  • PDA (55km): 4th July
  • EXP (32km): 7th July
  • SKY (15km): 6th July

Visit our website to register.

The back of a racer wearing a tag with the Cledara logo.
Picture by Liqen Studios.

Val d'Aran by UTMB

This event, which takes place from July 3 to 7, 2024, is nestled in the breathtaking Pyrenees. It features seven mountain races, each offering its unique challenges and stunning scenery. 

This isn't just any race; it's the UTMB World Series European Major, making it one of the few events that provide direct entry to the UTMB Mont-Blanc finals for the top finishers.

For the third consecutive year, Val d'Aran by UTMB will grant the top ten male and female runners in the VDA (Val d'Aran), CDH (Camins d'Hèr), and PDA (Peades d'Aigua) races direct access to the UTMB World Series Finals. 

This means that around 225 runners will secure their spots in the coveted finals in Chamonix. Plus, all finishers earn double the Running Stones, significantly boosting their chances in the lottery for UTMB Mont-Blanc.

Cledara's Commitment to Sportsmanship

Much like sponsoring Cambridge United, our sponsorship goes beyond logos and banners. It's about embracing the spirit of endurance, resilience, and community that these races embody. At Cledara, we see a strong parallel between the determination needed to conquer a mountain trail and the grit required to start and run a business.

Our team members, including Freddie and Viktor, have firsthand experience of the challenges and triumphs of trail running. In 2022, they tackled the PDA race, a 55km trail with a 3,300m elevation gain. 

Their journey was one of pushing physical and mental boundaries, much like what we strive to do at Cledara every day.

A woman finishes the Val D'Aran race.
Picture by Liqen Studio.

Looking Ahead to 2024

As we gear up for the 2024 Val d'Aran by UTMB, we are filled with excitement and anticipation. This partnership allows us to contribute to a community we deeply respect while also reinforcing our commitment to fostering growth and endurance within our organization. 

We are honored to support an event that aligns so closely with our values, and look forward to cheering on all the incredible athletes who will be taking on this epic challenge.

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Jack Harris

Jack is Cledara's growth-focused Product Marketing Lead and combines his expertise with a love for product storytelling. With a rich history in the tech landscape, he played a pivotal role at Timely in scaling from $2m to $20m ARR. Out of the office you'll find him in the mountains.

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