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The 5 passes

23 km / 1400 m D+ (altitude gain)

Sunday, July 28



Take up the challenge of the 5 Cols race, a demanding new 23km, 1300m D+ race format specially designed for trail enthusiasts in search of adventure and challenge.

This race links two emblematic points: the Col de Vars and the village of Sainte-Marie. At the start of the course, get ready for the longest climb of 670 m, which takes you directly to the Tête de Paneyron. From there, you’ll skirt around the Lac de l’Etoile until you reach the Col de Serenne. The last part of the run takes you to the Col de la Coulette, where you’ll reach the famous panorama of the Crêtes de Vars. You’ll be rewarded with a panoramic aerial view before finishing your run in the Pinée forest, just before reaching the village of Sainte-Marie.


The news


Departure from the village of Sainte-Marie at 10:30 a.m.

Distance :

23 km

Elevation gain :

1,310 m D+

Km 9 : Parking des Couniets

Format :

Mass Start

Maximum number of race numbers :


Compulsory equipment:

1-liter water supply, individual cup, windbreaker, whistle, survival blanket.

Recommended equipment:


Category :

Espoir to Master

Price :

€20 until May 31, then €24, then €27 on the day.

Number pick-up:

Friday evening 5 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm and Sunday 7:30 am – 10 am

2 Feed stations

Parking des Couinets km30 / Sainte-Marie finish line


Have a competition or running license issued by the Fédération Française d’Athlétisme, or a valid sports license (see regulations).


A medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of athletics in competition less than one year old for non-licensed athletes.

1 race number.

1 drink ticket

Race timing

1 refreshment station

Safety and rescue on the course

Prize-giving ceremony


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Permanent trail routes!

Come and run in Vars and discover our trail routes!

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