Mine express

Sunday 7 July 2023
9:15 am

1 refreshment

60€ / team

DEPARTURE : La Mine Image, La Motte d’Aveillans


13 km
700 m d+

Mine Express

The historic railway line of the Petit Train de La Mure was opened in 1888. It was used to transport coal to Grenoble from different mining areas of the Matheysin. It was also used to transport the miners and other people working in and around the mines.

After a century of service, this mythical railway line was adapted as a tourist attraction in 1988, until its closure in October 2010 due to a rockslide on the line. This ended 122 years of service!

Since its creation, the TPM has always highlighted this historic railway line, pillar of the Matheysin historical and cultural legacy. Participants have to run along important sections of this railway line during the Big Race, then the 3e Poste since 2017, and then the Petit Train since 2019.


As 2021 marks the reopening of the tourist operation of Le Petit Train de La Mure railway line, we have associated ourselves with this event by proposing a new race to our programme: the MINE EXPRESS. This new experience offers runners the following package: board the mythical Petit Train in La Mure for a twenty-minute trip which will take you to the departure of the race, the underground museum La Mine Image, in La Motte d’Aveillans. As the capacity of a train is 200 seats, the number of bibs is limited to 100 teams of two people. Indeed, this Mine Express race must be completed by teams of TWO (the 2 team members will run together for the entire course and the time taken into account will be that of the 2nd runner to cross the finish line) with a course of 13 km for 700m D+ to reach the station of La Mure, the symbolic arrival.

An historical trip between lakes and mountains to (re)discover, thanks to the re-launch of the Petit Train de la Mure

In brief, Mine Express is:
– A team race for 2 (the 2 participants run the same distance) of 13 km / 700 m d+.
A new transport (included in your registration fee) thanks to the Petit Train, between La Mure (arrival) and La Mine Image (departure)
Limited to 100 teams of 2. Don’t wait to register!


You can find all the details of the route of the Mine Express 2024 by linking to the link below:

The natural spaces we are working on and the people who are taking care of those lands and territories, which you will be crossing for the race, are factors we do not control 100%. Therefore, we sometimes have to make changes to our different routes, which can slightly modify the distance and/or the altitude difference. This distance and altitude difference is therefore given as an indication.

Practical information

TIME AND DEPARTURE9:15 am in La Mine Image (La Motte d’Aveillans) on Sunday 7 July 2024
ARRIVALLa Mure station
ALTITUDE700 m elevation gain
REFRESHMENT STATION– km 4,5 (Les Signaraux)
– Arrival

We remind you that we will not give you glasses on refreshment stations (during the race and at the finish line). You need to have your personal glass.
FINISH LINE CLOSURE– At the refreshment station of Signaraux (km 4,5) at 10:30 am
– At the Arrival at 12:10 pm
COLLECTION BIBS– Saturday 06 July : in the Môle located 200m from the beach of Mayres Savel from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
– Sunday 07 July : at the train station of La Mure from 6:00 am to 7:45 am
Please note, no bibs will be given at the departure site in La Mine Image
Please note, this race is limited to 100 teams!
AGE REQUIRMENTTo be born in 2006 or before
EQUIPMENTMandatory equipment: 0,5L tank of water + 1 survival blanket + 1 hat + 1 fully charged cellphone + 1 whistle + 1 food supply + 1 cup
Recommended equipment: 1 waterproof jacket
Tolerated equipment: Telescopic poles (must be folded at the departure)
SHUTTLE – PETIT TRAINThe little tourist trainreserved by TPM for the event, will take all the participants from La Mure to the start at La Mine Image, where bibs collection and arrival will take place.
This twenty-minute ride on the little train is included in the registration fee.
The Petit Train will leave La Mure at 7:50 am.
LABELThe Mine Express is part of several labels:
– ITRA: The Mine Express will allow you to obtain a score that will be used in the calcul of your ITRA index.
– UTMB Qualifier: The race is part of the UTMB Qualifier 20 km category.