GlaGla Race : information in english

glagla race the freezing cold race

 Registration for GlaGla Race 2020 is now open.

On January 18th, 2020, the 7th edition of the GlaGla Race (understand the Brrrr Brrrr Race in French … as in freezing COLD!) is taking place in Talloires, Lake Annecy – France.

For the latest edition, 650 paddlers from all regions of France, Europe and even a few participants from Africa and Australia, took on the GlaGla Race challenge : paddling in the Alps in the middle of winter, on a lake at 6°c ! As the number of participants raise very quickly, we expect at least 800 paddlers in 2020.

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Appropriate clothing must be worn ! A drysuit or wetsuit with gloves and wetsuit boots are highly recommanded. The GlaGla Race is open to casual paddlers with a 6 km short distance. The long distance (14 km) is designed for well trained and pro paddlers. The GlaGlarace is also open to special boards such as big mamas, Red Paddle Dragons or surf bikes for instance.

Talloires & Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is surrounded by the Bornes mountains range with, just over Talloires, the Tournette, 7732 feet high ! Talloires is a well preserved alpine village with a few luxurious hotels and famous restaurants, nested in a small and sheltered bay.

GlaGla Race 2020 : January 17th-19th

The event will be located on Talloires beach in the heart of the village. A big top will be installed to host the partners’ booths where participants and visitors will be able to discover 2019 SUP Gear.

The Talloires beach is facing south and even though the january sun is quite shy, it’s still very pleasant ! The view over the lake and the mountains is really beautiful.

GlaGla Race 2020 courses

There will be a short and long distance in the morning and a technical race in the afternoon.

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The Long Distance is the main race of the GlaGla Race : 14,5 km

The Long Distance course goes around the lake from Talloires to Duingt, Saint Jorioz, Sevrier, Menthon and Talloires again.

The courses was designed to show Lake Annecy’s best parts : the beautiful Talloires village with the Tournette mountain above, the Duingt castle almost in the middle of the lake, the panoramic view on the mountain from Saint Jorioz and Sevrier, the middle age Menthon Saint Bernard castle and the Roc de Cher Cliff !

Glagla Race Duingt Castle

The Short Distance for casual paddlers

For those who want to play it safe, the 6 km race is a good choice ! The course follow a section of the 13 km course, with a short cut after the second buoy in Duingt. Participants will get the nice view over the mountains, the Talloires village and the Duingt Castel.

GlaGla Race Short distance course

The Technical Race : a spectacular race in the Talloires Bay

The Technical Race will take place in the afternoon. During the 2015 edition the participants were hit by a strong snow storm !

under the snow
Sous la neige lors de la GlaGla Race 2015 – under the snow in 2015

The course is 1,7 km long and competitors have to do 3 turns with for each turn a short run on the beach.

Dragon Race

The Dragon Race is very funny Race on Red Paddle Dragon Boards.

Dragon Race

Planned GlaGla Race Schedule

Friday January, 17th

11 am + : training – board testing, clinics.
5-9 pm bib pick up

Saturday 18th

7.30 / 09.30 am : welcome coffee / tea + bib pick up
9.45 am : Skippers’ meeting
10 am : Warm up
10.30 am : start long & short distance races
12.30 am / 1.30 pm : Lunch
1-2 pm : Dragon World Series : Race on Red Paddle Dragon board, free / register on bib pick up
2.30 pm : Technical Race
4.30 pm : Prices ceremony

Sunday 19th

Reserve day in case of bad weather on saturday / Skiing day otherwise (schedule coming)

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Accommodation In Talloires and around Lake Annecy

A dedicated website by Lac Annecy Tourisme for your accommodation (hotels & residences, furnished accommodation,bed & breakfast, holiday villages and campsites) and activities during your stay.

Recommended accommodation : holiday resort “Les Alerions”. Rate : 35€ per night /person (breakfast included) + 6€ for the first night (laundry). Half board starts at 37€. They have room to keep your board during the night in a safe place. Be careful : small resort : 26 rooms / 74 beds.

Les Alerions website (english version)

You can send an e-mail to

You can also book online with the GlaGla Race booking service (housing in Annecy and around the lake

GlaGla Race 2020 registration