The Pyrenees is a perfect place to improve fitness


Pyrenean trail running & Ariege races

Trail running near Bouan

Trail runningin the Pyrenees offers spectacular mountain terrain with fine views and interesting wildlife. See snow capped peaks, mountain Orris(primitive stone shelters) and tranquil lakes. We have plenty of runs for you to enjoy and can offer maps and accompaniment. Several start from the house including the Sinsat run, gently undulating and the much tougher Col de Ussat, Clot de Carboniere, Lujat 12km (+850m).


On the opposite side of the valley you can run or drive up to the col de Larnat and from there do marked French athletics federation marked trail circuits of 5km upwards. A spectacular location with views accross onto Sinsat falaises. You can also tackle it as a 25km circuit from the bottom with +1204m of height gain. 



Dates for the Ariege 2016 trail running race calendar
  • Corrida de Toulouse - Vendredi 01 juillet 2016 10k and 3k races

  •  La dent d'Orlu - Dimanche 24 juillet 2016 Distance (s)14 km montagne Départ 8h30

  • Trail de Caussou - Samedi 30 juillet 2016 Distance (s)15 km

Semi-marathon de Toulouse - Dimanche 18 septembre 2016

Km vertical du Montcalm - Jeudi 18 août 2016

Le marathon du Montcalm - Samedi 20 août 2016 

- Marathon du Montcalm : passage par le Pic du Montcalm (3077m) et la Pique d'Estats (3143m).
- Trail des Novis : cross de montagne reliant les villages de la vallée.
- Randonnée : ascension du pic du Montcalm et de la pique d'Estats.
- Courses enfants : parcours dans le coeur du village d'Auzat, le samedi à 19h

 Trail des cascades - Samedi 10 septembre 2016 





Montcalm mountain marathon is the classic of the summer and we have a brave group of 6 here at the moment ready to take part.  


There are also often local races to enter. See here:



 Images Dan Webber/Shane Ohly

 Trails to run locally from the house

  • Col de Ussat Circuit via chapel de Lujat 
  • Run to Ussat from the house and then ascend the col de ussat and descent to the house via Barry d'en Haut Optional to run up the clot de carbonnaire to make more of a challenge. ~ 9.6km +366m
  • House - Col de Ussat Circuit and around to the Chapel de Lujat and drop into Barry d'en haut
  • Col de Ussat - Chapel d' Arnave - Tarascon sur Ariege and back on the road - quite an adventure
  • Run to Sinsat along the river
  • Cross the N20 and drive up to the col de Larnat (alternatevely run there). There are some FFA courses marked out there on the plateau.

Circuit training in Ussat les Bains fitness circuit

Just outside Ussat les Bains Spa

Just at the bottom of the road from our square is a park opposite the Thermal Spa and a great little circuit of exercise elements to complete. In addition there is a 1km marked trail for interval training and a 500m additional stretch. 

Afterwards why not relax and enjoy a coffee or cake at the cafe opposite. Morning training for 1hr on booking (15 euros/person) – or enjoy it solo.