BEAT THE SUN. DONE. Team America's wins by 4 seconds over Southern Europe

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Go the distance in the new limited-edition “Dam to Dam” GEL-NIMBUS 17 Available now on asics.com #GelNimbus

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Run long in GEL-KAYAN0 22. Greater protection for greater distances. #gelkayano #ASICSGoRunIt

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From our 2015 trail running collection, built for comfort and protection. #RunTough #ASICSGoRunIt

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A short piece from our race last month around Mont Blanc. See more footage from our #ASICSBeatTheSun event at facebook.com/asicseurope

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Holly Rush	 -  Day 2

Holly Rush - Day 2

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..

Holly Rush	 -  Day 1

Holly Rush - Day 1

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..

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LIVE on #Periscope: Athlete briefing #ASICSBeatTheSun https://t.co/9DeHzpXjss

Vernon Steenkamp

Vernon Steenkamp @kvsteenkamp

Pretty epic views on top of Mont Blanc #ASICSbeatthesun @ASICSeurope http://t.co/TenmTYEL2X

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Our #ASICSBeatTheSun pro runner @rushbynature preparing for Sunday http://t.co/SxpTiskOOJ

Dawid Visser

Dawid Visser @DawidrunVisser

RT @runnersworldza: RT @ASICS_ZA: Good to see @runnersworldza Ed @MikeFinchSA enjoying time on the trails in Chamonix #ASICSBeatTheSun http…

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The Teams

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:

Team Northern Europe

  • Christian Schiester AUSTRIA
    Christian Schiester
    Age 48 - AUSTRIA
    Christian Schiester
    Christian Schiester

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  • Benjamin Druml AUSTRIA
    Benjamin Druml
    Age 26 - AUSTRIA
    Benjamin Druml
    Benjamin Druml

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  • Lukas Naegele GERMANY
    Lukas Naegele
    Age 26 - GERMANY
    Lukas Naegele
    Lukas Naegele

    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.

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Team Southern Europe

  • Xavier Chevrier ITALY
    Xavier Chevrier
    Age 25 - ITALY
    Xavier Chevrier
    Xavier Chevrier

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  • Youssoupha N’Diaye FRANCE
    Youssoupha N’Diaye
    Age 26 - FRANCE
    Youssoupha N’Diaye
    Youssoupha N’Diaye

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  • Olga Garcia Santamaria SPAIN
    Olga Garcia Santamaria
    Age 41 - SPAIN
    Olga Garcia Santamaria
    Olga Garcia Santamaria

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  • Genis Zapater SPAIN
    Genis Zapater
    Age 23 - SPAIN
    Genis Zapater
    Genis Zapater

    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.

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  • Emmanuel Gault FRANCE
    Emmanuel Gault
    Age 37 - FRANCE
    Emmanuel Gault
    Emmanuel Gault

    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.

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Team Americas

  • David Le Porho CANADA
    David Le Porho
    Age 37 - CANADA
    David Le Porho
    David Le Porho

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  • Edmilson dos Santos BRAZIL
    Edmilson dos Santos
    Age 51 - BRAZIL
    Edmilson dos Santos
    Edmilson dos Santos

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  • Iazaldir Feitoza BRAZIL
    Iazaldir Feitoza
    Age 40 - BRAZIL
    Iazaldir Feitoza
    Iazaldir Feitoza

    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.

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  • Megan Kimmel USA
    Megan Kimmel
    Age 35 - USA
    Megan Kimmel
    Megan Kimmel

    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.

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Team Asia/Pacific

  • Kota Araki JAPAN
    Kota Araki
    Age 31 - JAPAN
    Kota Araki
    Kota Araki

    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.

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  • Shingo Shintani JAPAN
    Shingo Shintani
    Age 30 - JAPAN
    Shingo Shintani
    Shingo Shintani

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  • Jaimielle Jacobs AUSTRALIA
    Jaimielle Jacobs
    Age 30 - AUSTRALIA
    Jaimielle Jacobs
    Jaimielle Jacobs

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Team Africa

  • Abida Ezamzami MOROCCO
    Abida Ezamzami
    Age 0 - MOROCCO
    Abida Ezamzami
    Abida Ezamzami

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  • Mohamed Labquira MOROCCO
    Mohamed Labquira
    Age 0 - MOROCCO
    Mohamed Labquira
    Mohamed Labquira

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  • Vernon Steenkamp NAMIBIA
    Vernon Steenkamp
    Age 0 - NAMIBIA
    Vernon Steenkamp
    Vernon Steenkamp

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  • Johnny Young SOUTH AFRICA
    Johnny Young
    Age 41 - SOUTH AFRICA
    Johnny Young
    Johnny Young

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  • Leilani Scheffer SOUTH AFRICA
    Leilani Scheffer
    Age 32 - SOUTH AFRICA
    Leilani Scheffer
    Leilani Scheffer

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  • RELAY 1

    RELAY 1
    Chamonix – Les Houches

    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.

  • RELAY 2

    RELAY 2
    Les Houches – Col de Vozza

    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.

  • RELAY 3

    RELAY 3
    Col de Vozza – Notre Dame de la Gorge

    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.

  • RELAY 4

    RELAY 4
    Notre Dame – Les Chapieux

    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.

  • RELAY 10

    RELAY 10
    Ferret – Champex

    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.

  • RELAY 11

    RELAY 11
    Champex – Col Balme (Val Arpette)

    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.

  • RELAY 12

    RELAY 12
    Col de Balme – Le Tour

    Downhill Race Expert Runner Distance: 5 km Positive Elevation: - 741m A short 5km alpine descent through meadows and alpine piste into Le Tour.

  • RELAY 13

    RELAY 13
    Le Tour – Chamonix

    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.

  • RELAY 5

    RELAY 5
    Les Chapieux – Lac Combal

    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.

  • RELAY 6

    RELAY 6
    Lac Combal – Courmayeur

    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.

  • RELAY 7

    RELAY 7
    Courmayeur – Refuge Bertonne

    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.

  • RELAY 8

    RELAY 8
    Refuge Bertonne – Arnouva

    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.

  • RELAY 9

    RELAY 9
    Arnouva – Ferret

    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”.

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