Hometown North Ogden, Utah
A bit about me I discovered mountains and trail running my last year of college at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was on a website looking to buy a new wetsuit, and saw clothing for something called “trail running.”
I had to learn more. I Googled “trail running,” and it opened a whole new world. Eventually, I saw a Salomon TV episode about UTMB and I knew I belonged in this sport.
Since that time, my love for trail running has shaped my life and has been a constant source of inspiration.
Favorite run I love everything that gets me above the trees. The North and South Balconies in Chamonix are great for a steep climb and then a run with spectacular views. Running in Chamonix, France is classic.
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Hometown Noosa Heads, Australia
A bit about me I’m the first to admit I arrived late to the trail running world. I grew up on the beach, far from mountains and it wasn’t until Covid exploded into our lives and I was stood down from my job in the aviation industry, that I unearthed a passion for hitting the trails. I discovered the excitement of running through amazing landscapes and places previously unknown.
My passion for trail running is definitely the force that now motivates me to explore new challenges, live in different countries and simplify life. For me personally, the longer the run the better.
Favorite trail run I love running the route up to La Flégère. The climb itself is enjoyable and once you reach La Flégère, there are various routes to choose from based on the desired length of the run. The surroundings offer a breathtaking backdrop, enhancing the entire experience.
Hometown North Ogden, Utah
A bit about me Growing up I played a lot of sports, but I was never supposed to be a runner. Although my dad had run countless ultras, the sport never interested me until my senior year of college. Since then, I have completed numerous ultras and continue to be inspired by pushing myself physically and mentally.
Favorite run I love trail running in the Chamonix valley. It’s such an incredible playground for trail runners, it’s hard to pick a favorite run. However, just outside town towards Argentière you’ll find the trail to Mont Buet. This trail winds through the beautiful Bérard valley and then climbs swiftly up past late-melting snowfields, opening to an expansive view of Mont Blanc. If you’re lucky, you’ll see ibex and chamois!
Hometown Chamonix, France
A bit about me I’ve been playing in the mountains since I was a kid, breaking wooden cross-country skis on remote peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with my older brothers. The ensuing years have been filled with adventures from the Alps to the Andes. The thought of a warm chocolate croissant and a friendly dog at the next mountain hut can make me run for hours.
Favorite run From Chamonix village to the Refuge du plan de l’aiguille. It’s an hour-and-a-half uphill run from what I think of as the world’s epicenter for trail running, to the best fresh-baked pies in the entire valley. The refuge has a cheerful staff, too. The views from the refuge are some of the best in the region. After your tart and café au lait, run the dramatic north balcony to Montenvers and the Mer du Glace, or walk a few minutes uphill and ride the Aiguille du Midi tram back to town.