By 16:58 on Sunday, September 2nd 2018, more than 10,000 runners had taken part in one of the seven scheduled races for the UTMB week in Chamonix, crossing over three different countries.
The competition's main race, the 171km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, started at 18:00 on Friday and its last participant crossed the finish line just two minutes before 17:00 on Sunday. Of the 2561 athletes that started the challenge in Chamonix, only 1779 made it back into town within the 46h30 time constraint. This year's UTMB was dominated by tough conditions, especially cold temperatures which dropped down to around -10ºC at high altitude, as well as low cloud, rain and winds.
Frenchman Xavier Thévenard was able to deal with the cold weather to win his 3rd UTMB, after 2013 and 2015, with a time of 20:44:16 ahead of this year's wild card, Romanian Robert Hajnal (21:31:37), and Spaniard Jordi Gamito (21:59:42). Thévenard, from Chamonix's neighbouring Jura mountains, joins the ranks of the only other three-time UTMB winner, Spanish legend Kilian Jornet. He is also the only athlete to complete the UTMB's grand slam, having also won the TDS (2014), CCC (2010) and OCC (2016)