Probably the largest stand up paddle winter race in the world

glagla race the freezing cold raceOn January 21st, 2017, the 4th 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, 200 paddlers from all regions of France and also from Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, took on the GlaGla Race challenge : paddling in the Alps in the middle of winter, on a lake at 6°c! In 2015 the water temperature was 4°c! As the number of participants double each year, we expect at least 300 paddlers in 2017. For the first time this year there will be €3,500 prize money for the Long Distance (Men & Women) races.

2016 Alpine Lakes Tour film

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 5 km short distance. The long distance (13 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.

Courte distance glagla race 2016

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 2017 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 2017 courses

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

Long distance glagla race course

The Long Distance is the main race of the GlaGla Race : 13 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 5 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 2017 la courte distance

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.

GlaGla Race 2017 Schedule

  • 8:00 / 10:00 : welcome coffee & tea & bib pick up
  • 10:30 : Short & Long Distance start
  • 12:30 / 13:30 : Lunch
  • 15:00 : Technical Race
  • 16:30 : Award Ceremony
  • 19h : Diner & Party


To register for GlaGla Race 2017

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