Taking the family on holiday doesn't mean you have to put your own wishes aside. The Jura Mountains are the ideal playground for the whole family to partake in training or simply share moments of togetherness. You can even take part in a trail race as a family, because certain events include races for children. Who knows, you may even pass down the passion...

An ideal playground and training ground

With 6 trail-running areas and resorts, the Jura Mountains make the ideal playground in which to train. Ranging from the easiest to the most complex, the multiple itineraries and training spots will help you progress at your own pace.

The Jura Mountains also host around fifty events throughout the year, across the 3 departments of the mountain range. Enough to fill your morning training sessions as you vary the pleasure and level of difficulty.

Each trail-running area and resort has its own specific landscape features. For a blend of nature and architecture, the Grandes Heures Nature resort is ideal. If you want to run at the water's edge, the resorts of Les 7 Belvédères and Haut-Bugey are perfect, and if you enjoy spectacular views and impressive ridges, then Métabief Mont d’Or is the place to be.

traileur dans les Montagnes du Jura
Benjamin Becker / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

Activities galore for the whole family

With fabulous landscapes, lakes and waterfalls to discover, parks to visit and hiking trails to explore, the Jura Mountains have no shortage of things to do. Whether you want to keep the children happy while you train, or have fun with the family after your session, there are many possibilities close to your accommodation or within a short drive.

Staying in Métabief? Take your children to do the adventure trail or visit the comté cheese cellars, then go for a family boat trip on Saint-Point Lake.

Further south in the massif? Then take the opportunity to discover the lakes in the surrounding area, like Lake Nantua or Lake Genin, and visit the Cerdon caves.

You're in Jura? Visit the famous Hérisson waterfalls and the Gendarme's hat, as well as the Maison des Fromages in Les Moussières to find out how comté cheese is made. 

Trail course enfants
Benjamin Becker / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

Take part in a trail race with the children

Why not make the most of your family holiday to participate in a trail race, all together? Some of the trail-running events in the Jura Mountains include races for children. For example, the Transju’ Trail race proposes a Transju’ des Marmots race for children aged 7 to 13 years, and another in the form of a Jungle Run of between 750 metres and 3km. 

The Chalam trail race also includes the P’tits Loups race for children from the age of 5.

Last but not least, there's the Baumoise Valley trail race which invites children to take part in the chamois race.

A great way to share great moments with the family! You'll cheer on the children on the Saturday, and it's the parents' turn to be encouraged on the Sunday. The guarantee of great memories that make the whole family want to join in. And who knows, a future trail-running champion may even be revealed!

Staying right by the trails 

Whether you prefer camping, hotels or holiday rentals, a multitude of accommodation solutions can be found not far from the trail starting points. You'll have no trouble reaching your training ground from your accommodation without even having to take the car.

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