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The 6000D is a sporting event in France consisting of several long-distance nature trails (running) around the ski resort of La Plagne (Savoie). The event takes its name from the initial height difference of the race: 3000 m of positive height difference, so 6000 m of height difference in total. The start and finish take place in Aime.
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The first edition of the 6000D was held on 11 August 1990 on the initiative of six organisers from the resort of La Plagne.
In 2009 and 2010, the 6000D included an ultra trail race of almost 110 km and 5,800 m of positive altitude difference.
Until 2008, the main event was 55 km and 3,000 m of positive elevation gain, hence the name of the event (3,000 m D+ and 3,000 m D-); but it was lengthened by 5 km in 2009. Since 2010, the main event is scheduled for 65 km and 4,000 m of positive altitude difference, which can vary according to the weather. It starts from Aime in the valley. The runners make a long ascent of the Roche de Mio (2,681 m) interspersed with a short descent to the centre of the resort of La Plagne (1,979 m) for refreshments. The ascent includes the bobsleigh run. After a descent to the Col de la Chiaupe (2,492 m) and another refreshment stop, the trailers start the ascent of the highest chairlift in the resort, the Traversée (3,047 m), located at the foot of the Bellecôte glacier. After a descent of about 6 km, the runners climb the last main difficulty: the Col de l’Arpette (2 337 m or 2 380 m). The rest is a long descent with a few short climbs to Aime (673 m).
The 2 Lakes Trail is 23.5 km long with two main climbs: the Roche de Mio (2,681 m) and the Col de l’Arpette (2,337 m or 2,380 m) and a start and finish at Plagne Bellecôte (1,924 m).
The shortest event, the 6 Découverte, is an 11km course with three climbs: Le Dou du Praz (2,135m), Plagne Aime 2000 (2,110m) and the Fromagerie (2,151m) with a start and finish in Plagne Bellecôte (1,924m).
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