Typically thought of the king of extremely marathon working, or actually among the many greatest ultrarunners on the earth, Kilian Jornet is likely one of the few extremely runners who has transcended the moderately area of interest or sport of ultrarunning to turn into a family identify amongst on a regular basis runners who don’t have any imaginative and prescient of ever working an ultramarathon race.
Kilian Jornet is a Spanish ultramarathoner, who hails from Catalonia. He has numerous mountaineering accolades to his identify and has racked up a few of the most prestigious ultramarathon victories.
As an example, Jornet is the six-time champion of the Skyrunner World Sequence, and has received the Grand Raid Extremely, the Western States 100 Endurance Run, and the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run.
Maybe most notably, Kilian Jornet is the four-time winner of the Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) ultramarathon, which is the world’s largest ultramarathon, and is the present reigning UTMB champion after successful the preeminent ultramarathon race in 2022.
Actually, not solely did Jornet decisively win the 2022 UTMB World Sequence Finals, however he ran a record-setting time within the occasion of 19:49:30.
Simply final month, 35-year-old Jornet battled via an acute hamstring damage within the Eiger Extremely Path by UTMB E16 Pleasure Path in Grindelwald, Switzerland to earn himself the important UTMB Operating Stone.
The Eiger Extremely Path by UTMB E16 Pleasure Path 9.9-mile path race was a UTMB World Sequence Finals qualifier race, and capturing the lone UTMB Operating Stone meant that Kilian Jornet was in a position to seal his place at this yr’s UTMB World Sequence Finals developing in September.
Jornet struggled via the Eiger Extremely Path UTMB path race attributable to a excessive hamstring/glute damage that he sustained simply two days earlier than the occasion.
Though he was in a position to muscle his means via the race and clinch an opportunity to attempt to win the 2023 UTMB World Sequence Finals—which might have been a record-setting 5 wins on the extremely race—Jornet has simply introduced that he’s withdrawing from the UTMB championships attributable to an damage in his sacrum.
On August 17, 2023, Jornet took to his Instagram account and shared:
“No UTMB for me this yr. I nonetheless can’t run and because of the sacrum damage so we determined it was higher to prioritize restoration and attempt to do one thing enjoyable when the ache disappears.”
Though Jornet won’t be one of many opponents lining up for the 2023 UTMB finals, over 2,000 different intrepid extremely runners will depart Chamonix on September 1, 2023, at 6 PM native time hoping to traverse the long-lasting extremely course’s 10 alpine summits in underneath 46 hours and half-hour.
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