Hometown Annecy, France
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.
Hometown Red Hill South, VIC, Australia
A bit about me Hello – Bonjour – hallo – hola – こんにちは – नमस्ते
My name is Majell (pronounced My – Al)
I’m working on empowering collective action on environmental, social and ethical issues. Dedicated to cycling around town, hitching rides, plant-based eating, meditation, practicing patience, living a zero-waste lifestyle.
I undo my good intentions by exploring the world, churning through running shoes and the inevitable harm caused by living as a human on this planet.
Living to discover “the why to” instead of simply “the how to,” and never forgetting I am always a student. Fluent in the universal languages of a smile and a thumbs up and working on maintaining the art of conversation.
Making comical mistakes, experiencing un-comfort zones and meeting good and average people all form parts of a good day. Running and documenting… I do a bit of that too.
Favorite trail run Honestly, it is the experience on the trail and not just the trail itself. Plus, there are too many to list if I was pushed for an answer.
Hometown Annecy, France
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. We always thought Colorado would be home, but my husband Mike and I moved to Annecy, France spring of 2019. If you run in the Alps, you’ll probably find us either running or crewing for each other!
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.
Hometown Longmont, Colorado
A bit about me Growing up in Colorado gave me access to just about every sport and outdoor activity that you could imagine. I didn’t find my way to trail running or mountain biking until a career ending ACL injury in soccer, a sport I had known my entire life. The first rehabilitating activities I was allowed to do post-surgery were running and biking. Once I discovered the mad world of ultra-running and bike packing, I never looked back.
A newfound love and passion were formed with these new sports, and now I spend most of my time covered in dirt, eating smooshed granola bars, happy as can be.
Favorite run Grand Col Ferret—just on the other side of the Mont Blanc Massif from Chamonix—is my favorite trail, and one of my favorite memories from the last time we visited the area. I ran with one of the Run the Alps tour guests along this beautiful rolling stretch from Italy to Switzerland, and I remember how my mouth hurt more than my legs from how much we laughed and smiled along the way. Stopping at the mountain inns for the freshly made blueberry pie—the best I’ve ever had—and coffee that was sweetened with glorious mountain views; that run was one that I will never forget.
Hometown Longmont, Colorado
A bit about me I grew up on the Front Range of Colorado, which exposed me to every outdoor sport you can think of: mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, skiing… You name it, chances are I enjoy doing it.
After spending the summer of 2019 in Chamonix for Run the Alps, I have been looking for an excuse to get back to this magical valley for more vert, more Moody Coffee, and more chances to butcher my juvenile understanding of the French language. (One phrase I have in my brain vault: “Je ne sais pas!”)
Favorite run In 2017, while on a self-guided Run the Alps tour in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland, I stumbled upon a magical area called The Tanzbödeli. The Tanzbödeli—roughly translating to “The Dance Floor”—is a flat cropping at the top of a hill that overlooks the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is a truly spectacular view, and it gifted me with a sense of stillness and peace that I hadn’t received from anywhere else in the world. I’ve been wanting to get back there ever since.