The sky's the limit. #ASICSGoRunIt
The sky's the limit. #ASICSGoRunIt
i know I shouldn’t be grumbling but I really need to sleep……I am having such a great time and don’t want to miss out on anything but as a result I am pooped. I needn’t have bothered setting the alarm early. Read More..
So as some of you may know, I am currently in Chamonix as part of the Asics Beat The Sun team and I thought it would be a good idea to keep a blog diary for the few days that I am here. For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I am going on about here is a little synopsis. Read more..
And then it was done. #asicsbeatthesun
@iazaldir showing pure joy after finishing in first place l. His friend Edmilson dos Santos ran the final relay.
#Repost @epictv @geniszapater & @iazaldir #asicsbeatthesun amazing teamwork between Europe South and Americas, helping each other up the hill. Neck and neck between the top 3 with just a few stages remaining. Unbelievable race.
Runner @jaimielle takes over from @Liang_Mulong_Andy at the end of the 7th leg of the #ASICSBeatTheSun challenge
Kota Araki (@pohhta) showing style on his leg. #ASICSBeatTheSun
Manu running strong earlier this morning at Col de la Seigne #ASICSBeatTheSun
Release the drone #ASICSBeatTheSun
LIVE on #Periscope: Athlete briefing #ASICSBeatTheSun https://t.co/9DeHzpXjss
Pretty epic views on top of Mont Blanc #ASICSbeatthesun @ASICSeurope http://t.co/TenmTYEL2X
Our #ASICSBeatTheSun pro runner @rushbynature preparing for Sunday http://t.co/SxpTiskOOJ
RT @runnersworldza: RT @ASICS_ZA: Good to see @runnersworldza Ed @MikeFinchSA enjoying time on the trails in Chamonix #ASICSBeatTheSun http…
Five intercontinental teams, 6 members per team. Three of ASICS’s finest endurance athletes coupled with three amateurs selected in a global search, working together to Beat the Sun. Find out more about the participants here:
Lukas has always enjoyed endurance sports, so it’s no wonder he took too long distance road running when he tried it for the first time. He is currently a professional running coach and enjoys everything to do with the outdoors. It was his dream to win the marathon in Freiburg and so he did in April 2014.
Genis began trail running as a child, running around the grounds of their family home in Terrassa, Spain, with his father. Genis’ brother, Xavi, is a double World Champion trail runner with the Catalonian trail team and an influential figure who encouraged Genis to follow his passion for trail running.
Substitute for team 1 When Emmanuel, or Manu, to his friends, was young he was a very promising runner destined for the top. However his life was left on hold when he suffered a severe accident which left him paralysed for two years and with doctors saying he would never be able to run again. Miraculously, Manu made a full recovery and moved over to trail running after he was persuaded by a friend. By profession Manu is a Teacher/ Headmaster but his passion lies in performance sports, specifically trail running.
Born in Brazil, Iazaldir Feitoza started running at 14 years old; he had no interest in becoming a professional runner and simply enjoyed taking part in local running for fun. At the age of 18, Iazaldir was sent to serve in the armed forces and it was here that he realised how much he enjoyed running.
Megan started off life living in a VW campervan in the hills of Colarado, with her rural upbringing and outdoor lifestyle she soon turned to trail running in the hills – resulting in a start to a new career and passion adventure trail running. A few of her racing successes include being a part of the USA Moutain Running Team and placing 1st at Pikes Peaks Ascent in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A former member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, Kota took pride of place within the force’s marathon running team where he convincingly won the Lake Kawaguchi Marathon. Kota is now a formidable trail runner who moved across so strongly that he was nominated for the ‘Trail Runners of the Year’ award in 2013.
Trail Expert Runner Distance: 8.5 km Positive Elevation: 154m The ‘Beat the Sun’ course starts with an initial 2km road section, followed by smooth rolling forest tracks and finishing with 3km of urban running featuring short inclines and declines.
Les Houches – Col de Vozza Vertical Race Amateur Runner Distance: 3 km Positive Elevation: 656m A vertical race up a very steep uphill section through meadows and onto the alpine piste of the Col de Vozza summit - featuring panoramic views of the railway below.
Trail Amateur Runner Distance: 15 km Positive Elevation: 398m Initial steep descent on a gravel road for 1km, followed by a descent onto a rolling forest single track and finishing with a fast section along the river at the bottom of the valley.
Technical Trail Expert Runner Distance: 15 km Positive Elevation: 1287m Short but very steep 1km paved path, transitioning into an alpine meadow for 2km. This is followed by a steep climb up to the highpass of Col du Bonhomme, across rocks and snow at the summit before a technical crossing at the Refuge du Bohomme. Finishing with a technical descent.
Trail Expert Runner Distance: 16 km Positive Elevation: 595m A single track path along the river on the way out of “Ferret” followed by short rolling section, before a steep trail climb and 1km of paved road into Champex lac.
Alpine Trail Expert Runner Distance: 19 km Positive Elevation: 2080m From Champex across the Arpette plain, then a steep technical climb to “fenêtre de l’Arpette”. Here there’s a high probability of snow, and athletes need fixed ropes on uphill and downhill sections. Finally, a technical descent on glacier moraine, is followed by a climb up to Col de Balme.
Downhill Race Expert Runner Distance: 5 km Positive Elevation: - 741m A short 5km alpine descent through meadows and alpine piste into Le Tour.
Trail Amateur Runner Distance: 12 km Positive Elevation: 50m Starting with a single forest track through the traditional small French villages of Le Tour, Montroc, l’Argentière and Le Lavancher before heading onto the streets of Chamonix and racing along the river to the finish line.
Technical Trail Expert Runner Distance: 16 km Positive Elevation: 1020m Starting at the traditional village of “Les Chapieux” with 4km of alpine road, including some very steep sections, before a steep technical climb to Refuge “Les Mottets” and the high pass at “La Seigne”. Then a 2km descent across an alpine plain followed by a gravel road into lake Combal.
Road Amateur Runner Distance: 12.5 km Positive Elevation: 114m A fast downhill road section to start with, followed by a very steep section in the middle and finishing on the old, cobbled streets of Courmayeur.
Vertical Race Expert Runner Distance: 4 km Positive Elevation: 751m Beginning on the streets of Courmayeur, transitioning into a forest track before taking on an alpine meadow with very steep sections near the summit at Refuge Bertone.
Amateur Runner Distance: 12 km Positive Elevation: 555m A technical descent from Refuge Bertone through an alpine meadow, and finishing with a short technical downhill section to Arnouva.
Technical Trail Amateur Runner Distance: 12 km Positive Elevation: 790m Starting with a steep climb up to Refuge Elena and Grand Col Ferret through an alpine meadow, followed by a gradual descent to La Peule, across a short plain and finishing with a 1km gravel and paved road into “Ferret”.