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Skyrunning takes to the Alps: Sierre-Zinal

August 11th, 2014
Run Zinal trail

Breathless Mountain Running: The Alps' Finest. (image: EveryTrail)

From our home on the pacific, the closest many of us Californians come to a true adventure in the Alps is a ride down the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride at Disneyland. With countless races in the United States worthy of any runner-traveler’s bucket list, it is easy for Americans to forget about the rest of the world. However, the Sierre–Zinal trail race through the Alpine wonderland of South-Eastern Switzerland is worthy of our attention for its beauty alone. The course features views of some of the most renowned peaks of the alps: Zinalrothorn, Obel Gabelhorn, Dent Blanche, and of course the Matterhorn in real life. Doug Meyer of Run the Alps does a better job describing this magical race than I do in his blog here.

The race, which celebrated its 40th birthday last year, is hardly content to let its panoramic scenery be the only draw and many of the world’s best trail runners are invited each year to take part in the festivities. The course is crafted in a way that no particular skillset is favored and runners from a variety of backgrounds can find their way to the podium. At 31 kilometers, the race is hardly a sprint but it is short enough that the field is not exclusively seasoned ultra runners. There is some highly technical terrain that requires dexterity and the ability to adapt to a quad-burning crawl, but there are also much smoother sections of dirt road that reward runners that can handle a swifter pace.

Joe Grey had an awesome race on a course that suits his many talents. (image: Skyrunning.com)

Stevie and Kilian are midway through very successful seasons. (image: Skyrunning.com)

Where there are advanced trails and elite competition, the venerable Kilian Jornet always seems to be involved. This race was no different as Killian rose to the top for the seventh time this year in a world-class trail race. This time, American Jo Grey from Washington appeared to give him a challenge until the final 4km of the race but Kilian was able to open up over a minute on Joe before they eventually crossed the finish.

Americans did well on the podium, in addition to Grey’s silver, as Stevie Kremer of Colorado took the women’s race after a pair of second place finishes prior to Sunday. With her second win on the Skyrunning circuit she now has the lead with 3 of 5 races complete.

The Skyracing series continues in the Swiss Alps with the Matterhorn Ultraks on August 23rd and concludes with the Limone extreme race in the beautiful Lombardia region of Italy.

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Dolomites Skyrunning, Rare Alpine Beauty

July 22nd, 2014

In the span of three weeks, Killian Jornet has repeatedly broken through reality taking on the world’s best athletes on the most spectacular courses seemingly every weekend.

Kilian Jornet is part billy goat

This weekend, a week after winning the Hardrock 100 mile race, he won the Dolomites Skyrace beating Rumanian Ionut Zinca.

Laura Orguè took conquered over 3000m of cumulative climbing to take the women's race.

Laura Orgue moved up in distance from her typical specialty, the vertical kilometer (an event with around 1000 meters of climbing over a variety of distances but typically shorter than 5km). So, Really steep.

The race is unbelievably beautiful

And here are more pictures because they are amazing.

Dolomite running

Running through a cave of snow

And through an alpine meadow

Some moments on the course seem more like rock climbing than running

These photos and more can be found at dolomiteskyrace.com

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Another Generation of Hardrock Adventure

July 14th, 2014
    “Long distance” is an subjective concept. Long can mean a mile to some while others use marathons as “speed training.” However, the unifying quality of distance running, regardless of the distance, is adventure that accompanies the training, racing, and post race celebrating. You pick your poison, but you are rewarded with a story once you endure.

    With that, the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run may stand-alone in the adventure classification.  Built in the footsteps of Rocky Mountain miners – the hardy exploring archetype of the western genre – this run makes no concessions to the weary. The 100 mile distance is only part of the challenge, with the average elevation atop the tree line of 11,000 feet. Not to mention that runners are exposed to extra weather-related variables without sufficient oxygen to process their plight.

    Katie DeSplinter took this amazing picture of a Hardrocker. (found at hardrock100.com)

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