In the space of just one event the Black Pyramids trail event (Trail des Pyramides Noires in French – so called, in case you haven't guessed, because of the slag heaps) has become one of the main sports attractions in the area Around the Louvre-Lens. The first competition was held in May 2014 and attracted over 700 participants, and the organisers are planning the next event with new formats to please all those taking part.

The purpose of the Black Pyramids trail event, like the Mining Area Adventure Race (Raid Bassin Minier), is to promote the area’s wealth of unique heritage in a sporting context. It is also the opportunity for many people who have moved away from the region to come back and rediscover the landscapes of the mining area. This year, in addition to courses for confirmed runners, there will also be a fun course for children (the TPN des Galibots), as well as a planned Nordic walking event.

The Ultra Trail 

Not everyone is up to completing a trail. It is an extreme sport, and the 105km course takes in 21 slag heaps with a total climb of 1700 metres. Although new, this trail is already on a par with other, longer established events. Add in a 50km race and a 22km one, and you have a complete event to discover the finest slag heaps in the region.

An event that's all about fun

The finishing line is on the 9/9bis site in Oignies, and there are a whole range of events to discover everything on offer in the region – with pride of place going to its gastronomy and folklore. So even if you're not ready to hit the trail yourself, it’s still an excellent way of discovering the region, while supporting the participants at the same time. Events are held along the course in order to cheer participants on their way, with brass bands on the top of the slag heaps to welcome the runners, and guitar riffs replacing the traditional starting gun.

Practical information

Visit the event's website to enrol or find out all about the activities surrounding this event.