Five Romanians will take part in the 168-km ultra-marathon in the Alps this year, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), a race that will take them through France, Italy and Switzerland and which is considered the most difficult in Europe, a CGS company communiqué shows. The race has an overall altitude of over 9,500 meters and has to be finished in 46 hours at most, in line with the rules presented on the competition’s website. The best competitors finish it in approximately 20-25 hours. “Gabriel Cojan, who is our colleague since 2008, is among the five Romanians,” Vladimir Sterescu, Country Manager of CGS, the American company that sponsors the Romanian athletes, pointed out. “The race will start off from the Chamonix resort in the French Alps on August 30, at 4.30 PM local time, and the competitors are supposed to finish the 168-km race in the same place. From what I know no more than 10-12 Romanians took part in previous editions,” Gabriel Cojan pointed out. Another seven Romanian competitors will take part in two “shorter” races (a 100-km and a 119-km race) with lower overall altitudes.